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Sergeyev: Ukraine authorities used "excessive force against own people"

Listen / Yuriy Sergeyev, Permanent Representative of Ukraine to the UN.

The government of Ukraine has used force against its own people, violating the Constitution and laws of the country. That's what Yuriy Sergeyev, the Permanent Representative of Ukraine to the United Nations told the press on Monday as he briefed them on the political situation in his country. The first time was on 30 November [...]

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OSCE to send assessment mission to Ukraine to rebuild trust

Listen / Didier Burkhalter

A mission will be sent to Ukraine to assess human rights violations in the country and help rebuild trust between the parties. That's what the current Chair of a European security organization told reporters on Monday after speaking to the UN Security Council. The Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) is a 57-member [...]

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UN in South Sudan assesses aftermath of Malakal clashes

Listen / A volunteer in the South Sudanese town of Bor arranges corpses, victims of repeated clashes between government forces and rebels. Photo: IRIN/Hannah McNeish

Several patrols conducted by the UN Mission in South Sudan in Malakal, Unity State over the weekend counted more than 100 bodies scattered along their routes, the UN Spokesperson told the press on Monday. The UN Mission found a deserted town, said Martin Nesirky, with signs of looting and burning. Malakal was recently the scene [...]

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UN denounces Ugandan anti-homosexuality law

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A new law in Uganda which imposes life sentences in prison for homosexuality has been condemned by the United Nations. The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay, said the legislation would mean that lesbians, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people would face institutionalised discrimination. She added that the law violated fundamental human rights. [...]

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Anti-homosexuality law in Uganda denounced by UN

Listen / Navi Pillay

An anti-homosexuality law in Uganda has been denounced by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights. Navi Pillay said the law which has just been passed in Uganda, would institutionalise discrimination against lesbians, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people. She added that it could encourage harassment and violence against them. Martin Nesirky is the UN [...]

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UN Daily News 24 February 2014

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International Year of Small Island Developing States launched at UN

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The International Year of Small Island Developing States has been launched by the United Nations to put a spotlight on the special needs of island nations. The UN says the countries, known as SIDS, need international support in their efforts to build resilient economies. Many face the threat of rising sea levels and what has [...]

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UN launches the International Year of Small Island Developing States

Listen / A child plaiting palm leaves in Samoa | Photo credit: ©Imene Meliane

The United Nations has launched the International Year of Small Island Developing States as a way to highlight their efforts to overcome their unique development challenges. Small Island Developing States are islands of the Caribbean Sea and the Atlantic, Indian and Pacific Oceans. The States face difficulties in their pursuit of sustainable development because of [...]

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People in Houses

Listen / Children in a displaced persons camp, Berlin, 1949

Princess Grace of Monaco stars in this drama about the life of refugees in Europe. Language: English Genre: Drama 1958 Duration: 28’46

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UNHCR Special Envoy Angeline Jolie urges aid for Syria children

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The Hollywood actress Angelina Jolie, has called for aid for Syria's children at the end of a three-day visit to refugee families in Lebanon. Ms. Jolie, who is a Special Envoy for the UN refugee agency UNHCR, met orphaned Syrian children who fled to Lebanon living in the Bekaa Valley. An estimated 3,500 children who [...]

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Global petition launched to help save Syrian children

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A global petition which encourages people across the world to voice outrage at the devastating impact on children of an ongoing civil war in Syria has been launched by the UN. The appeal has come from UNICEF, the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) and three international aid agencies as the conflict enters its fourth year. The [...]

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UN Chief calls for peaceful dialogue to resolve Ukraine crisis

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UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has once again called for non-violence and urged all Ukrainians to express their differences peacefully and through dialogue. More than 22 people were killed in violent clashes between riot police and protestors in the capital Kiev on 18 February, prompting senior UN officials to decry the excessive use of force. Demonstrations [...]

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Syrian children cannot afford another year of bloodshed and suffering

Listen / Children form a line outside the school at Za'atari camp in northern Jordan. [Photo: UNICEF/Simon Ingram]

As the Syrian war enters its fourth consecutive year, over 5.5 million Syrian children face a bleak future, according to United Nations agencies and their partners working in the country. United Nations Children's Fund UNICEF and the UN Refugee Agency UNHCR say the civil war in Syria continues to expose children to relentless horror and suffering, [...]

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Water scarcity, "most urgent food security" issue facing Near East and North Africa

Listen / A young woman pumps water from a well in the lowlands area of Eritrea.  UN Photo/Milton Grant

The scarcity of water in the Near East and North Africa is one of the most urgent food security issues in the region, according to the UN's Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). Fresh water availability is expected to drop by 50 per cent by the year 2050, which is expected to drastically affect agricultural productivity. [...]

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Water scarcity requires agriculture to be "more productive" says FAO

Listen / Conservation and management of water resources is crucial to food security. FAO

Agriculture needs to be more productive to make up for a scarcity of water in the Near East and North Africa, according to the UN's food agency, FAO. Agricultural productivity in the region is expected to fall in the next 25 years as the availability of water drops by 50 per cent. On Monday, ministers [...]

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