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Security Council condemns Al-Shabaab terrorist attack in Somalia

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The members of the Security Council have condemned in the strongest terms a terrorist attack in Somalia for which Al-Shabaab has claimed responsibility. In a statement issued late on Thursday, the Council members said they were "appalled" by the attack and expressed their deep concern at this and other recent attacks perpetrated by the same [...]

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3,000 Muslims trapped in Bangui neighbourhood to be evacuated

Listen / UNHCR/S. Phelps

Plans are being finalized to evacuate 3,000 members of the Muslim community from a neighbourhood in Bangui, the capital of the Central African Republic (CAR). The Office or the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) confirmed the news on Thursday and said humanitarian agencies and international forces were behind the move. These are mainly elderly people [...]

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Guinea-Bissau prepares for elections

Listen / Voting in first round presidential polls in Guinea-Bissau. A military coup scuppered the run-off in April 2012. Photo: IRIN/John James

• The people of Guinea-Bissau preparing for elections scheduled on 13 April this year. The West African country has been beset by military coups and political assassinations. The Security Council was on Wednesday briefed by the top UN envoy in the country as preparations for the elections continue. UN denounces Ugandan anti-homosexuality law • A new [...]

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WOMEN: Spotlight put on role of women as global leaders

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Innovative approaches to getting more women into leadership positions around the world were discussed at a conference recently held at the United Nations. Representatives from the UN as well as the public and private sectors took part in the "Power of Collaboration Summit" to discuss new ways to work together to accelerate the promotion of [...]

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UNCA: Filipinos make progress in rebuilding their lives: UN humanitarian chief

Listen / Humanitarian Chief Valerie Amos (centre) visits a Child Friendly Space in Guiuan, Philippines, on 26 February 2014. Photo: OCHA/Joey Reyna

Significant progress has been made in rebuilding the lives of Filipinos following the devastation caused by Typhoon Haiyan. The typhoon hit the Philippines in November, killing over 6,000 people and destroying the livelihoods of millions of others. The UN Emergency Relief Coordinator, Valerie Amos, has been in the country visiting the worst hit areas, to [...]

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Let Freedom Ring

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Through excerpts from historic speeches, a commemoration of the first anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Language: English Genre: Report 1949 Duration: 14’20″

27 Feb 2014 | Posted in UN Radio Classics | Read More »

Malakal town "deserted, destroyed and under severe stress": UN official

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The South Sudan town of Malakal is deserted, destroyed and under severe stress, United Nations Humanitarian Coordinator Toby Lanzer said on Thursday after touring the area. Government forces loyal to the former South Sudanese Vice-President recently battled for control of the oil-rich Upper Nile state capital. Mr. Lanzer said his team managed to go into [...]

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ICC calls on DRC to respect its obligations

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The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) is being reminded of its obligations to cooperate with the International Criminal Court (ICC). The warning comes as Sudanese President Omar Al-Bashir attends a meeting in Kinshasa, the capital of the country. The ICC has issued two warrants of arrest against President Al-Bashir for alleged war crimes, crimes [...]

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Oscar-nominated director urges people to join fight against slavery

Listen / Steve McQueen

An Oscar-nominated movie director is urging people around the world to become involved in fighting against modern-day slavery. The British director Steve McQueen was talking at a special screening at the United Nations of his film ’12 Years A Slave’ and ahead of the Academy Awards or Oscars ceremony which is being held in Los [...]

27 Feb 2014 | Posted in Celebrity Corner, Today's Features | Read More »

"Enormous needs" remain in Philippines following Typhoon Haiyan

Listen / OCHA@PHOTO

Significant progress has been made in supporting local communities in the Philippines that were destroyed by Typhoon Haiyan but "enormous needs" remain according to the UN Emergency Relief Coordinator. Nearly six thousand people were killed and around four million lost their homes last November in what was one of the most powerful typhoons ever recorded. [...]

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Filipinos make progress in rebuilding their lives:UN humanitarian chief

Listen / OCHA@PHOTO

Significant progress has been made in rebuilding the lives of Filipinos following the devastation caused by Typhoon Haiyan. The typhoon hit the Philippines in November, killing over 6,000 people and destroying the livelihoods of millions of others. The UN Emergency Relief Coordinator, Valerie Amos, has been in the country visiting the worst hit areas, to [...]

27 Feb 2014 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

Uganda media urged to refrain from fuelling anti-gay hatred and attacks

Listen / It is against international law to discriminate against people because of their gender identity or sexual orientation. Photo: OHCHR

Media organizations in Uganda are being urged by the UN human rights office to refrain from fuelling hatred and attacks on the basis of sexual orientation. A newspaper in Uganda recently published the names and photos of people it claims are homosexual under the headline "Exposed". Cécile Pouilly, Spokesperson for the Office of the High [...]

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World urged to practice "compassion" ahead of Zero Discrimination Day

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People across the world are being asked to practice tolerance and compassion towards each other in the lead up to Zero Discrimination Day, observed on 1 March. UNAIDS Executive Director, Michel Sidibé made the call from Beijing, China, where he launched the Day with the support of the China Red Ribbon Foundation. Also there to [...]

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Women encouraged to become journalists in South Sudan

Listen / Young girls in the South Sudan. Photo: UNESCO/BRAC

Women are being encouraged to enter journalism in South Sudan bucking a trend which has typically seen only men employed as journalists. Media workers in South Sudan have often reported harassment and physical hardship as part of the job, a situation which has deterred many women from entering the profession. But now, the Union of [...]

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UN observes 20th commemoration of Rwandan genocide

Listen / Solemn ceremony in commemoration of the genocide in Rwanda

People around the world are being asked to stand against genocide by honouring the memory of those who died in Rwanda twenty years ago. The Outreach Programme on the Rwanda Genocide and the United Nations is working with the Rwandan Mission to the UN to organize a series of events in New York in commemoration [...]

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"Enormous needs" remain in Philippines following Typhoon Haiyan

Listen / Valerie Amos

Significant progress has been made in supporting local communities in the Philippines that were destroyed by Typhoon Haiyan but "enormous needs" remain according to the UN Emergency Relief Coordinator. Nearly six thousand people were killed and around four million lost their homes last November in what was one of the most powerful typhoons ever recorded. [...]

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