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UN chief broadcasts peace appeal in Central African Republic

Listen / UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

The UN Secretary-General has appealed to the people of the Central African Republic to lay down their weapons and end the bloodshed and killings in their country. An internal conflict, pitting Muslims against Christians has been going on for over a year. Two and a half million people, more than 50 per cent of the [...]

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Haitian court's decision to probe former President Duvalier welcomed "as landmark step" for justice

Listen / Everyday life in Cite Soleil, Haiti.  MINUSTAH/Nektarios Markogiannis

The decision by Haiti's Court of Appeals to investigate former President Jean-Claude Duvalier for crimes against humanity has been welcomed by the UN human rights office as "a landmark step" for justice in the country. During his rule from 1971 to 1986, thousands of Haitians were killed and tortured  and many others fled the country. [...]

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UN chief welcomes Ukraine agreement

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An agreement reached between President Yanukovych of Ukraine and opposition leaders on a process for the settlement of the crisis in the country has been praised by the UN Secretary-General. Ban Ki-moon called the Ukrainian President to welcome what his spokesperson called an "important step forward." Dozens of people have been killed in violent clashes [...]

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Environmentally friendly cities are good for economy and people: UN special envoy

Listen / Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (right) meets with Michael Bloomberg, former Mayor of New York City and his Special Envoy for Cities and Climate Change.  UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

Taking action to promote environmentally friendly cities is not only good for the economy but it is also good for business and people. That's what the newly appointed UN Special Envoy for Cities and Climate Change, former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg said on Friday following a meeting with Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to discuss [...]

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Close to 20,000 refugees from CAR arrive in Cameroon

Listen / Refugees from Central African Republic gather at a site in eastern Cameroon. © UNHCR/K.Daimon

Nearly 20,000 refugees fleeing violence in the Central African Republic have arrived in Cameroon this month, according to the UN refugee agency (UNHCR). The agency says the latest influx brings the total number of Central African refugees who have fled to Cameroon to more than 35,000. UNHCR spokesperson in Geneva, Dan McNorton says his colleagues [...]

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UN calls for countries to accept 100,000 Syrian refugees

Listen / Syrian refugee girl.   UNHCR.

The UN refugee agency is asking countries to let in 100,00 Syrians from next year. The agency anticipates that in the coming years there will be increasing numbers of vulnerable Syrian refugees who will need to be resettled or relocated. From Geneva Claire Doole reports. Duration: 1’09″ As the conflict in Syria deepens and the [...]

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Small-scale fishermen need help to benefit from boom in global fish trade

Listen / Women collecting fish and sipu at sunset in the Dili District, Timor-Leste. UN Photo/Martine Perret

The world fish trade is generating more wealth than ever before, but small-scale fishermen and fish farmers need assistance to benefit from the market, the UN's Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said on Friday. A record 160 million tonnes of fish products was traded globally in 2013 up from 157 million tonnes the previous year. [...]

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UNICEF launches biggest crisis appeal ever

Listen / Humanitarian Action for Children 2014

The UN Children's Agency has called for $2.2 billion to help 85 million people facing conflict and natural disasters in 50 countries. Almost 40 per cent of the appeal is for Syria and the region where the organisation says humanitarian and development aid is urgently needed. Claire Doole reports from Geneva. Duration: 2’25″

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UN human rights office concerned about executions in Iran

Listen / Ravina Shamdasani

The execution of two Iranians found guilty of what has been described as "ill-defined charges" has been criticized by the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights in Geneva. In a statement issued on Friday, the Office expressed its deep concern about the reported spike in executions in Iran since the beginning of [...]

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Second wave of refugees from Syria enter Lebanon

Listen / Hind Al-Hussein, a 19 years old Syrian mother of three

More than 10,000 Syrians have fled into Lebanon since a fresh offensive on the city of Yabroud and its outskirts began on 12 February, according to the UN Refugee Agency. Syria has been at civil war for the last three years during which time more than 100,000 people have been killed. Given the scale of [...]

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Global appeal for $2.2bn to help 85 million people in emergencies

Listen / A baby girl is carried in a crowd of hundreds of children awaiting their turn to step into the 'Learn and Play' mobile van that has just arrived in the squatter community of Parola, in Manila, the capital.

A global appeal has been launched for $2.2 billion to help 85 million people facing conflict and natural disasters in 50 countries. Almost 40 per cent of the appeal by the UN Children's Agency (UNICEF) is for Syria and the region where the organisation says humanitarian and development aid is urgently needed. Claire Doole reports [...]

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Women should play bigger role in South Sudan peace process

Listen / Pumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka visits the South Sudanese capital, Juba

Women should be playing a more central role in the process to bring peace to South Sudan according to the Executive Director of UN Women. Pumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka is in the South Sudanese capital, Juba, as part of a three day mission during which she is meeting key government officials including the president, as well as [...]

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UNCA: UN: international community must act on "widespread crimes of humanity" in North Korea

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The international community must act on evidence of widespread crimes against humanity in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), according to a UN Commission of Enquiry. A panel of experts mandated by the UN Human Rights Council said North Koreans had experienced "great suffering and unspeakable atrocities". It said those accused must face justice. [...]

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UNICEF makes record US$2.2 billion appeal for children in emergencies

Listen / UNICEF staff assisting children.

One of the largest appeals for emergency aid ever made has been announced by the UN children's fund, UNICEF. The Geneva-based agency appealed for almost US$2.2 billion to provide life-saving humanitarian assistance in 2014 to 85 million people, including 59 million children. The funds will be spent on assistance for children who face conflict, natural [...]

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Local languages provide "access to scientific knowledge": UNESCO

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The importance of local languages in providing access to scientific knowledge is being highlighted by the UN's cultural agency, UNESCO on Friday. International Mother Language Day, which is marked on 21 February each year, celebrates multilingualism and linguistic and cultural diversity across the world. The day was established by the UN General Assembly to "promote [...]

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Asian developing countries dominate ICT goods trade

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Countries in Asia represent the leading production hub of information and communication technology products (ICT), accounting for two thirds of world exports. That's according to the latest data released by the UN trade agency UNCTAD. China alone counted for 30 per cent of the total export market for ICT goods, the report found. Because of [...]

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