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UN Chief concerned by latest upsurge in CAR violence

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Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has expressed concern over the latest upsurge in violence in the Central African Republic (CAR). The further deterioration of the security situation has resulted in additional fatalities, a high number of injured and increased hardship for the population, a statement by his Spokesperson read. The Secretary-General has condemned in the strongest possible [...]

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UN peace mission ends 15 years of history with Sierra Leone

Listen / UN Police and security sector experts from the UN Development Programme (UNDP) on a visit to eastern Sierra Leone to assess the security situation in the region bordering Guinea and Liberia. UN Photo/Silke von Brockhausen

The United Nations peace mission is leaving Sierra Leone, once home to the largest peacekeeping force in the history of the organization, after 15 years of engagement. More than 17,000 "blue helmets" were deployed at the height of Sierra Leone's civil war to disarm rebel militias and return this West African nation to stability. 31 [...]

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UN mission in Sierra Leone ends

Listen / Head of the UN Integrated Peacebuilding Office in Sierra Leone (UNIPSIL), Jens Toyberg-Frandzen, delivering his final briefing to the Security Council. UN Photo/Devra Berkowitz

The United Nations mission in Sierra Leone has completed its work at the end of its mandate on 31 March. The UN Integrated Peacebuilding Office in Sierra Leone, (UNIPSIL) was established in 2008 to help Sierra Leone in post conflict recovery, democratic transition and peace consolidation. UNIPSIL followed the world's largest peacekeeping mission with the [...]

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UN agency chiefs visit South Sudan amid "spiralling" humanitarian crisis

Listen / Displaced women and children under a hot sun in South Sudan's Maban County, where food shortages are causing tension.© UNHCR/P.Rulashe

Senior UN relief officials have arrived in South Sudan to meet conflict-affected people and review the response and needs there. The World Food Programme (WFP) and the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) say the visit by their heads comes amid the "alarming" spread of hunger and displacement since the conflict erupted in mid-December. UN Spokesperson Stéphane [...]

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All Your Strength

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Actor Sir Cedric Hardwicke stars in this documentary drama about the need of joining forces worldwide to achieve peace and prosperity. Language: English Genre: Drama 1950 Duration: 29’55″

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Millions of women suffer from unsafe abortions every year

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At least 22 million unsafe abortions take place worldwide every year, according to the Wold Health Organization (WHO). Unsafe abortions occur when a pregnancy is terminated either by persons lacking the necessary skills or in an environment that does not conform to minimal medical standards. Globally, unsafe abortions account for 13 per cent of all [...]

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Aid groups and donors need to shift from managing crises to managing risks: new UN report

Listen / Kyung-wha Kang. Credit: UN Photo/Jean-Marc Ferre

Aid groups should anticipate and prevent a crisis, not just react and treat it, according to a flagship report released on Monday by the UN lead humanitarian agency, OCHA. The report entitled "Saving Lives Today and Tomorrow" calls for aid groups and donors to shift away from responding to crises in a purely reactive manner. [...]

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ICJ renders judgment on whaling dispute between Japan and Australia

Listen / Judges of the International Court of Justice during the sitting held on 31 March 2014 (Delivery of the Court's Judgment). Copyright: UN Photo/CIJ-ICJ/Frank van Beek. Courtesy of the ICJ. All rights reserved.

The United Nations International Court of Justice (ICJ) has ordered a temporary halt to Japan's whaling activities in the Antarctic largely involving fin, humpback and minke whales. In 2010, Australia had filed a suit against Japan for allegedly breaching international law regarding whaling, saying its activities cannot be justified on scientific grounds. Australia also accused [...]

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UN Daily News 31 March 2014

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The UN humanitarian agency launches its report for 2014

Listen / Feb 2014, Bossangoa, CAR: A lady sifts through seeds at a camp for people displaced by violence in the Central African Republic. Credit: OCHA/Phil Moore

The number of people in need of emergency humanitarian assistance has doubled over the last ten years, according to the Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator. Kyung-wha Kang spoke during the launch of this year's report of the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) on Monday. The report is entitled "Saving Lives Today and Tomorrow: [...]

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World is "ill-prepared" for risks from a changing climate: UN

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The effects of climate change that are already occurring on all continents and across the oceans may be "severe, pervasive and irreversible". That's according to a new report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). The report warns that the world, in many cases, is ill-prepared for risks from a changing climate. It also [...]

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New support to tackle dire food security situation in South Sudan

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The British government has released $13.7 million in emergency funding to help farmers affected by conflict in South Sudan restore their agriculture-based livelihoods. The money, which comes from the United Kingdom's Department for International Development, is being channelled through the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). This contribution will enable FAO to help farmers [...]

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"Complex and spectacular" air-drops continue in South Sudan

Listen / Food from the skies.  WFP (video capture)

The delivery of relief supplies by helicopter is becoming increasingly common in South Sudan as the United Nations strives to reach needy people in the remotest parts of the country. Thirty thousand people in Akobo, in Jonglei state, who were displaced by the ongoing conflict in South Sudan were amongst the first to receive food [...]

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UN to investigate violence against women in the UK

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The United Nations is to investigate violence against women in the United Kingdom for the first time. The UN Special Rapporteur, Rashida Manjoo is due to spend two week in the country studying domestic and sexual violence. She will focus on a number of specific issues including sexual bullying and harassment, forced and early marriages [...]

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"Small sparks" in Ukraine could ignite "large flames": UN chief

Listen / Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

The UN Secretary-General has warned against the escalation of the political crisis in Ukraine saying that "small sparks"  could become what he called "large flames." Russia annexed the Ukrainian autonomous region of Crimea following a referendum vote that was widely condemned by the international community. Both the United Nations Security Council and the General Assembly [...]

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"Indiscriminate and disproportionate attacks" continue in Syria

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Violence against civilians is continuing in Syria despite a UN Security Council resolution calling for increased and unhindered humanitarian access. On Friday, the Council discussed a report of the UN Secretary-General which said that "indiscriminate and disproportionate attacks" have caused mass civilian death and injuries, as well as forced displacement. The attacks included aerial bombings, [...]

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Security Council renews mandate of DRC peacekeeping mission

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Rwanda has said that it hopes the renewed mandate of the United Nations peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, MONUSCO, will help rid the region of armed groups. The Security Council took the decision to extend MONUSCO for one more year in a unanimous resolution adopted on Friday. Stephanie Coutrix reports: Duration: [...]

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UN Radio News 28 March 2014

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Internet blocking in Turkey against "fundamental rights"

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The blocking of social media sites by the government in Turkey is restricting the fundamental rights of the Turkish people according to a UN independent expert. The government prevented access to YouTube and Twitter ahead of local elections on Sunday, although the ban on Twitter was revoked by a court order. Popular protests against the [...]

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Kenya ruling "scapegoats" refugees says UNHCR

Listen / A UNHCR camp in Kenya is filled to capacity. UNHCR/E.Hockstein

A ruling by the Kenyan Government restricting refugees into two main camps in the country has been branded as scapegoating by the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR). Over half a million people, mainly from Somalia, are housed in the two camps, Dadaab and Kakuma. Adrian Edwards from UNHCR, said it was wrong to discriminate against refugees. [...]

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South Asia faces huge challenges to end open defecation

Listen / Constructing a toilet in Cambodia. Photo: UNICEF

2.5 billion people don't have access to adequate sanitation and just over one billion still practice open defecation—that’s according to the latest United Nations estimates. Girish Menon from Water Aid, a London-based non-governmental organization, says that to some it is hard to imagine a world where this basic service is not available. But numbers clearly [...]

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Building a food secure Africa

Listen / Building long-term resilience is one of the priorities under the Africa Solidarity Trust Fund.  FAO

Six countries in Africa are benefitting from a UN fund designed to improve food security across the continent. The Central African Republic, Ethiopia, Malawi, Niger, Mali and South Sudan have signed agreements with the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), and will receive $2 million each from the Africa Solidarity Trust Fund. The contributions will be [...]

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Deaths from Ebola virus continue to rise in Guinea

Listen / Healthcare worker disinfects areas where cases of deaths from Ebola have been reported. Credit: WHO

The number of people who have died in Guinea and neighbouring countries has risen to 66 according to the World Health Organization (WHO). The UN agency reported a further 103 suspected and confirmed cases and warned that there could be many more. Gregory Hartl, from WHO said that the outbreak of the infection had been [...]

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Children most affected by conflict in South Sudan

Listen / Boys who have been separated from relatives in Juba. Unaccompanied children are at risk of being trafficked, abused, illegally adopted or taken out of the country.   UNICEF

Children have been the worst affected by the violence and displacement in South Sudan, the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) has warned, 100 days into the crisis. Almost one million people have fled their homes across the country, as a result of ongoing political violence. Aid agencies say that 3.2 million people are currently in need [...]

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"Fear and trauma" high in Central African Republic

Listen / Abdelkarim Arame (70) found shelter at Ecole Liberty but she still worries about the situation in Bossangoa.  UNHCR/S.Phelps

Communities in the Central African Republic are suffering high levels of fear and trauma, according to the UN Refugee Agency, (UNHCR). An ongoing internal conflict has pitted Muslims against Christians and has led to the displacement of one million people. Over 700,000 are internally displaced in CAR and a further 300,000 have fled into Chad, [...]

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UN CALLING ASIA: South Asia faces huge challenges to end open defecation

Listen / Sapa, Viet Nam - Rice fields in a hill tribe village.  Kibae Park/UN Photo

South Asia faces huge challenges to end open defecation 2.5 billion people don’t have access to adequate sanitation and just over one billion still practice open defecation—that's according to the latest United Nations estimates.   Girish Menon from Water Aid, a London-based non-governmental organization, says that to some it is hard to imagine a world where [...]

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WOMEN: Sexual violence victims in DRC need "justice and reparation"

Listen / Human Rights Council. UN Photo / Jean-Marc Ferré

Helping victims gain justice and reparation remains a key element in combating sexual violence in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). That's according to senior UN officials.  Discussions at the Human Rights Council in Geneva underlined that sexual and gender-based violence continues to be a serious problem in the country and is often used [...]

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India – the power of pine needles

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Millions of people around the world, with no access to electricity, are struggling to lift themselves above the poverty line. Access to power sources has been identified by the United Nations as a way to boost sustainable development. In India, electricity is not available to many people living in rural areas. But one couple has [...]

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Climate innovation centre in Ethiopia to improve access to energy

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A centre to promote pioneering clean technology enterprises that address climate change and create jobs has been launched in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa. The World Bank–supported Ethiopia Climate Innovation Center (ECIC), is expected to help over 3.1 million Ethiopians to better cope with climate change. It's also thought it could lead to the creation [...]

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UN AND AFRICA: "Unprecedented" death sentences for 528 Egyptians

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• The sentencing in Egypt of 528 people to death after a mass two-day trial has been described as “unprecedented” by the UN Human Rights Office. It also said the trial was “rife with procedural irregularities”. The defendants, many of whom were not in court, were found guilty of charges including membership of the banned [...]

27 Mar 2014 | Posted in UN and Africa | Read More »

UN peacekeeping chief commends Afghans for preparations for elections

Listen / Herve Ladsous, Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations.  UN Photo/Ryan Brown

The people of Afghanistan have been commended by the head of UN peacekeeping operations for improvements in preparations for elections. On 5 April, Afghans will cast their votes for a new president and their provincial council leaders. Hervé Ladsous briefed the press at the office of the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) on Thursday. [...]

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Concern voiced about escalating violence in Darfur

Listen / A woman with her child take shelter under a cart in the Al Salam IDP camp near Nyala, South Darfur.  UN Photo/Albert González Farran

Authorities in Sudan have been urged to take robust measures to protect civilians and humanitarian workers as conflict escalates in Darfur. The appeal has come from two United Nations and African Union officials who say they are deeply concerned about the increasing violence in the troubled region. Joseph Mutaboba, the Deputy Joint African Union – [...]

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Water is major source of energy for African countries

Listen / Girl digs for water in Jamam refugee camp, South Sudan

Countries in Africa are grappling with developing their sources of energy while ensuring that their populations continue to have access to water. In fact, according to an expert from the UN Development Programme, (UNDP) water is a major source of energy on the African continent. This year, World Water Day, observed by the United Nations [...]

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Member States adopt resolution condemning annexation of Crimea

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Member States of the United Nations have adopted a resolution condemning the annexation of the Ukrainian region of Crimea by the Russian Federation. 100 countries voted for the resolution with 11 against; 58 abstained. The text that was adopted affirms the "commitment to the sovereignty, political independence, unity and territorial integrity of Ukraine within its [...]

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General Assembly rejects Russia's annexation of Crimea

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The annexation by Russia of the autonomous Ukrainian region of Crimea has been rejected by the UN General Assembly. The move by Russia followed a referendum in Crimea earlier in March in which voters elected to secede from Ukraine. In a resolution adopted by 100 in favour to 11 against with 58 abstentions, the Assembly [...]

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UN chief "alarmed" by melting ice caps in Greenland

Listen / Secretary General Ban Ki-moon visits Uummannaq Greenland with the PM of Denmark and the PM of Greenland to witness the fastest moving glacier on the planet.  UN Photo/Mark Garten

The UN Secretary-General has said he is alarmed by the speed at which glaciers are retreating and ice caps are melting. Ban Ki-moon has been in Greenland to observe, at first hand, the effects of climate change on the Arctic Circle. His visit comes ahead of a global summit on climate to be held at [...]

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UN chief urges North Korea to stop ballistic missile activities

Listen / Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. UN Photo/Mark Garten

Authorities in North Korea have been urged by the UN Secretary-General to stop its ballistic missile activities. Ban Ki-moon made the appeal following reports that North Korea launched two medium-range missiles on Wednesday. Mr Ban said he is increasingly concerned about the successive reports on new launches which he said are "contrary to building trust [...]

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Sri Lanka faces international inquiry over war atrocities

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An international inquiry to investigate atrocities committed during Sri Lanka's civil war has been given the go ahead by the UN Human Rights Council. This follows the adoption of a resolution which allows the Office of the High Commissioner of Human Rights (OHCHR) to monitor progress and undertake a comprehensive investigation into violations committed by [...]

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South-East Asia declared polio free

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The South-East Asia Region has been certified as polio-free by the World Health Organization (WHO). The region covers 11 countries including Bangladesh, Bhutan, Democratic People's Republic of Korea, India, Indonesia, Maldives, Myanmar, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Timor-Leste. The World Health Organization says the certification of the South East Asia region as polio free means [...]

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World leaders urged to deliver climate change solutions

Listen / Secretary General Ban Ki Moon visits Uummannaq Greenland.  UN Photo/Mark Garten

World leaders have been urged by the UN Secretary-General to come up with concrete measures to fight climate change. Ban Ki-moon was speaking during a trip to Greenland where he went to see the impacts of climate change. He said changes in climate that he had witnessed in places like the Arctic Circle affect the [...]

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Children given opportunity to study in UN camp in South Sudan

Listen / Displaced girl from South Sudan - UNMISS.

Children are being given the opportunity to study for the first time in a UN camp for displaced people in South Sudan. Fighting between government forces and rebels has driven hundreds of thousands of people out of their homes and for many children that has meant the interruption of their formal education. In Malakal, the [...]

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General Assembly considers resolution on Ukraine crisis

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The UN General Assembly is meeting on Thursday to discuss the crisis between Ukraine and Russia. The meeting follows the annexation of the region of Crimea by Russia following a referendum conducted there on 16 March. The Assembly of 193 Member States is expected to consider a resolution on the territorial integrity of Ukraine. The [...]

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Dialogue is a turning point for Haiti, says UN Envoy

Listen / Sandra Honoré

Haiti is at a turning point now that political actors have managed to meet and agree on elections, according to the Head of the UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH). Sandra Honoré said these recent dialogues led to the signing of an accord to hold combined elections in 2014, which can pave the way to [...]

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UN peace-building mission in Sierra Leone draws down

Listen / Jens Anders Toyberg-Frandzen, the Executive Representative of the Secretary-General for Sierra Leone

Sierra Leoneans have been urged to place national interests above all other interests as they rebuild their country following the civil war that ended in 2002. The call was made by Jens Anders Toyberg-Frandzen, the Executive Representative of the Secretary-General for Sierra Leone who briefed the Security Council on Wednesday on the work of the [...]

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"Time bomb" in South Sudan camp

Listen / Displaced people in South Sudan - UNMISS

A United Nations camp for displaced people in South Sudan has been described as a "time bomb" due to the dire humanitarian situation there. Around 200,000 people who have fled their homes across the country, as a result of ongoing political violence, are living in the Malakal camp. Ninety per cent are women and children. [...]

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Violence threatens interim government in Central African Republic

Listen / Babacar Gaye, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for the Central African Republic.

The crisis in the Central African Republic cannot be resolved without a political solution according to the UN Secretary-General's Special Representative in the country. Babacar Gaye said ongoing violence threatens the efforts of the interim government to stabilize the situation. Thousands of people remain displaced as the Christian and Muslim militias continue to fight each [...]

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CAR faces "last chances" to deal with political instability

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The Central African Republic is facing one of its "last chances" to deal with the political instability and the resulting conflict which has affected the country for over a year. The UN Secretary-General's Special Representative in the CAR, Babacar Gaye, said politicians and armed groups involved in the conflict have to act now to stop [...]

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Vietnamese authorities urged to stop evictions of residents

Listen / An urban slum in Hanoi, Viet Nam 21 June 2011.  UN Photo/Kibae Park

The government of Viet Nam has been urged by a group of United Nations independent human rights experts to urgently intervene to stop the eviction of residents from a small village in the centre of the country. The residents of the village on the outskirts of Da Nang city are part of the 100 or [...]

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Large scale test of Caribbean Tsunami Warning System

Listen / Tsunami warning exercise in the Caribbean - UNESCO.

A tsunami warning exercise involving 31 countries is taking place in the Caribbean. Monitored by UNESCO's Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC), it is designed to evaluate the response capacity of Caribbean countries and neighbouring regions in the event of a dangerous tsunami. The scenario is simulating an earthquake and tsunami modelled after an event that occurred [...]

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Killing of Iranian guard condemned by UN chief

Listen / UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

The killing of an Iranian border guard by a militant group has been condemned by the UN Secretary-General. The victim is one of five guards who were abducted by the group on the south-eastern border in early February. In a statement issued by his spokesperson late on Tuesday, the Secretary-General expressed his solidarity with the [...]

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Calls for independent inquiry into Sri Lanka's civil war

Listen / UN Human Rights Chief Navi Pillay

An independent international commission of inquiry should be established to investigate alleged human rights violations committed in the final stages of the Sri Lankan civil war that ended in May 2009. United Nations Human Rights chief Navi Pillay says although the Sri Lankan government had established various mechanisms to investigate past violations, none have had the independence [...]

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Gender equality “benefits all people”

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Equality between men and women benefits all people according to a US-based global alliance of men's groups which is committed to what it calls "transforming the gender relationship." The alliance, MenEngage, was recently at the United Nations to attend the 58th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women. Oswaldo Montoya, who coordinates MenEngage, [...]

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UN chief visits Greenland to assess climate change

Listen / Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

The UN Secretary-General is beginning a three-day visit to Greenland during which he will assess the affects of climate change. Ban Ki-moon is visiting the town of Ilulissat, which is 250 kilometers above the Arctic Circle. He will also meet with indigenous groups to hear about the impact of climate change on their lives. The [...]

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Students perform at the UN to remember victims of slavery

Listen / Students perform at the United Nations (from left to right: Davia, Jovaughn, Kaleb and Khadija)

Seven students from different countries were selected to participate in a theatre workshop that focuses on creative writing and acting. The culmination of this project, directed by artist and educator Shelah Marie, is a performance at the UN's commemoration of the International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade. [...]

25 Mar 2014 | Posted in Caribbean News, Today's Features | Read More »

Technological progress may threaten freedom of expression

Listen / UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova [UN Photo/Jean-Marc Ferre]

Advances in technology may threaten freedom of expression across the world, the UN's cultural organization, UNESCO has warned. It says the "increasing control" of online content by Internet companies, such as search engines and social media networks, threatens transparency in the free flow of information. Launching the report, World Trends in Freedom of Expression and [...]

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Farming families "critical to the fight" against hunger and malnutrition in Africa

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Farming families in Africa have a critical role to play in the fight against hunger and malnutrition on the continent according to the UN's Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). The organization has launched the International Year of Family Farming (IYFF) as part of a global campaign to reinforce awareness and support for small scale and [...]

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Sexual violence victims in DRC need "justice and reparation"

Listen / Human Rights Council. UN Photo / Jean-Marc Ferré

Helping victims gain justice and reparation remains a key element to combat sexual violence in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), according to senior UN officials. Discussions at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva underlined how prevalent sexual and gender-based violence remains in the DRC, with sexual violence being used as a weapon [...]

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South Sudan "imploding": UN humanitarian official

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South Sudan is imploding under the weight of an ongoing conflict and a worsening humanitarian crisis according to a senior official of the United Nations humanitarian office, OCHA. Speaking after a visit to the country earlier in March, the OCHA Director of Operations, John Ging, said that five million people were in need of assistance. [...]

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Attack on Afghan election commission condemned

Listen / Farhan Haq

A deadly attack on the office of the Independent Election Commission of Afghanistan (IEC) in Kabul, has been condemned by the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA). Two policemen were reportedly killed and two others injured in the attack which comes two weeks ahead of presidential and provincial council elections. UNAMA said that neither [...]

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World should not forget about the security of the people of Gaza

Listen / Filippo Grandi

The international community should not forget about the security of the people of Gaza according to the outgoing head of the UN agency that supports Palestinian refugees. Filippo Grandi, the commissioner-general of UNRWA, said Israel and Egypt had legitimate security concerns but that the problems facing the 1.7 million Palestinians there remained. For the last [...]

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528 Egyptians sentenced to death after two-day trial

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The sentencing in Egypt of 528 people to death after a mass two-day trial has been described as "unprecedented" by the UN Human Rights Office (OHCHR). It also said the trial was "rife with procedural irregularities" and in breach of international human rights law. The defendants, many of whom were not in court, were found [...]

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No accountability for sexual crimes in DR Congo

Listen / Residents of Rutshuru Territory flee their homes to seek safety in Goma. [UN Photo/Sylvain Liechti]

Armed groups in the Democratic Republic of Congo are not being held accountable for sexual crimes according to the UN Human Rights chief. Ms Navi Pillay said, sexual violence is used as a weapon of war, to intimidate local communities and to punish civilians for real or suspected collaboration with rival forces. She added that [...]

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7 million people die from air pollution in 2012

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Around 7 million people across the world died as a result of air pollution exposure in 2012 according to the World Health Organization (WHO). The death rate which equates to one in eight of total global deaths is more than double the previous estimates. WHO says the figure confirms that air pollution is now the [...]

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“Unprecedented” mass trial and death sentences in Egypt

Listen / Egyptians protest in Cairo in July 2013. Photo: UN News Centre

The imposition of the death sentence on 528 people in Egypt on Monday is not only unprecedented in recent history, but also irregular and in breach of international human rights law, according to the UN Human Rights Office (OHCHR). The 528 defendants were convicted of various charges, including membership of the banned Muslim Brotherhood, incitement [...]

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59 Ebola deaths reported in Guinea

Listen / Ebola Haemorrhagic Fever in Guinea - 23 March 2014 - WHO | Regional Office for Africa.

Fifty-nine people have died following an outbreak of the Ebola virus in the West African country of Guinea. The World Health Organization (WHO) said the deaths were reported in forested areas near the border with Sierra Leone and Liberia. WHO has sent a team to the affected areas to find out how the virus is [...]

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Victims of Transatlantic slave trade remembered

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"Victory over Slavery: Haiti and Beyond" is the theme for this year’s  International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade. It pays tribute to the revolt by slaves in the French colony on the Island of Hispaniola which culminated in the abolition of slavery and establishment of the Republic [...]

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Film helps spotlight dangers of racism and prejudice

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A film which is helping to raise awareness about the dangers of racism and prejudice has been shown as part of the commemoration for the UN’s International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade, marked each year on the 25th of March. The main actor in the film "Tey (Today)", [...]

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Immediate action needed to secure freedom and rights of UN personnel

Listen / Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

There needs to be immediate action to secure the freedom and rights of United Nations and humanitarian personnel who are unlawfully detained and arrested. That's the message of UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on the International Day of Solidarity with Detained and Missing Staff Members. Mr. Ban says the world has become increasingly more dangerous for [...]

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Haitian authorities urged to implement accord to pave way for elections

Listen / Sandra Honoré

It is critical for authorities in Haiti to implement a recent agreement signed at the El Rancho Hotel to pave the way for transparent elections later this year. That's what the head of the UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) told the Security Council during her briefing on Monday. Ambassador Sandra Honoré said the overall [...]

24 Mar 2014 | Posted in Caribbean News, Today's News | Read More »

Nuclear security and terrorism a "pressing concern" says UN chief

Listen / Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (left) addresses the opening session of the Nuclear Security Summit in the Hague. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

Nuclear security and terrorism remains a "pressing concern" according to the UN Secretary-General. Ban Ki-moon addressed more than 50 Heads of State attending the third Nuclear Security Summit in The Hague, in the Netherlands on Monday. Secretary-General Ban reiterated his support towards efforts to engage Iran to guarantee that their use of nuclear technology is [...]

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Search and rescue efforts continue to find missing on Lake Albert in Uganda

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Search and rescue efforts continue to find the many missing people who were on a boat that capsized on Uganda's Lake Albert over the weekend. The UN refugee agency, UNHCR, says the refugees had been in Uganda for more or less three years and felt the situation was now safe enough for them to go [...]

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UN refugee agency shocked by drowning of refugees in Uganda's Lake Albert

Listen / Ugandan fishermen in their pirogues search for victims of the boat capsizing on Lake Albert. © UNHCR/M.Sibiloni

The UN refugee agency (UNHCR) says it's shocked and saddened by a boat tragedy in which a number of refugees died on Uganda's Lake Albert over the weekend. The agency says the boat was one of two that left Hoima district on Saturday morning carrying refugees who were returning to the Democratic Republic of the [...]

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UNRWA leads way with region's first "green school"

Listen / Filippo Grandi

An innovative project to build an environmentally friendly school has been started by the UN agency for Palestinian Refugees (UNRWA) in Gaza. The agency says the project has come about after intensive work by its engineers in cooperation with Italian design firm Mario Cucinella Architects. According to UNRWA, the concept of the 'green school' refers [...]

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FAO calls for action to accelerate economic transformation and development in Africa

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Despite important economic progress and agricultural successes, Africa remains the world's most food insecure continent, according to the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). The agency says the continent has relatively low levels of agricultural productivity, low rural incomes, and high rates of malnutrition. As the agency holds its 28th Regional Conference for Africa in [...]

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Global warming still accelerating

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Global warming continues to accelerate with the year 2013 now on record as the sixth warmest year, according to the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO). WMO says many of the extreme weather events of 2013 including heavier precipitation, heat waves, storm surges and coastal flooding were consistent with results of human induced climate change. Temperatures in [...]

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Rapid diagnostics and life-saving drugs helps fight TB

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An innovative project that helps diagnose all forms of tuberculosis earlier and faster is improving the chances of people getting treatment and being cured. The World Health Organization or WHO made the announcement ahead of World Tuberculosis (TB) Day on 24 March. The project also known as EXPAND-TB has helped triple the number of multi-drug [...]

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"Missing millions" push on World TB Day

Listen / A woman at Pigg's Peak Hospital waits her turn to be screened for TB, Swaziland.
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One third of the estimated 9 million people who get sick with tuberculosis each year do not receive care, according to the World Health Organization. WHO says those who are "missed" by health systems often live in the world's poorest, most vulnerable communities or are among marginalized populations such as migrants, refugees, prisoners, indigenous populations [...]

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World leaders gather in The Hague to discuss prevention of nuclear terrorism

Listen / Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. UN Photo/Mark Garten

World leaders are gathering in The Hague, in the Netherlands on Monday to discuss progress in preventing nuclear terrorism. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is due to address the opening session of the two-day Nuclear Security Summit attended by over 50 leaders. The summit is aimed at ensuring effective global cooperation to prevent terrorists getting hold [...]

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World Water Day puts spotlight on water and energy issues

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The deep-rooted relationship between water and energy is being highlighted for World Water Day (WDD) observed 22 March. Water is required to produce nearly all forms of energy. And energy is needed in all stages of water extraction, treatment and distribution. Both are crucial for human well-being and sustainable development, according to the UN's flagship [...]

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UN team probing transport of weapons in South Sudan completes work

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A team sent to South Sudan to investigate an apparent irregular transport of weapons for UN peacekeepers has completed its work. South Sudanese government officials impounded a convoy from the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) that was transporting cargo, including some weapons and ammunition in Rumbek, Lakes State. The UN sent the High Level [...]

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UNWTO and CTO welcome UK announcement to reform Air Passenger Duty

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The UN World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) and in particular, the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) are delighted with the announcement by the British Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne, that the Air Passenger Duty (APD) will be reformed from next year. The Chancellor has announced that from April of 2015, the APD will be simplified into [...]

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Joint action aims to avoid food crisis in Central African Republic

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An $8 million project has been launched to help avoid a food crisis in the Central African Republic. The country is plagued by conflict between Christian and Muslim communities. The World Bank, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the government are coordinating the project with the World Food Programme (WFP). The World Bank [...]

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UN chief calls for real dialogue between Russia and Ukraine on Crimea crisis

Listen / Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (right) with Acting President Oleksandr Turchynov of Ukraine at a press encounter in the capital Kyiv. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

The UN Secretary-General has stressed that the current crisis between Russia Ukraine over Crimea can only be resolved through peaceful diplomatic solutions. Ban Ki-moon spoke in the Ukrainian capital Kyiv where he met with Acting President Oleksandr Turchynov. Mr. Ban is in Ukraine as part of his efforts to help resolve the crisis in the [...]

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Hundreds gather at Times Square in support of Syrians and Palestinians trapped in fighting

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Hundreds of people gathered in New York's Times Square for a flash mob event in support of besieged civilians in Syria. The public performance, organized by the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), follows a huge social media campaign that engaged over 40 million people on Twitter. Tens of thousands Palestinian refugees remain trapped [...]

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UN chief calls for condemnation of racism

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People around the world are being urged to strongly condemn racism. The call has come from the UN Secretary-General in a message to mark the International Day for the Elimination of Racial discrimination observed on 21st March each year. The day was established after police in South Africa killed 69 people during a peaceful protest [...]

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WOMEN: Strategic moment for women in setting of future development goals

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Activists from around the world have been at the United Nations in New York over the past two weeks to advocate for the inclusion of gender issues in new development goals.  The new poverty targets will replace the Millennium Development Goals the deadline for which is the end of 2015. Non-governmental organisations are pushing for [...]

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World Court urged to assess legal status of Israeli occupation of Palestine

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The International Court of Justice has been urged to assess the legal status of the prolonged Israeli occupation of Palestine. The call was made on Friday by Richard Falk, the UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the occupied Palestinian territories. He said the World Court should also look into allegations that [...]

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60,000 Sudanese refugees face expulsion from South Sudan

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  Nearly one million South Sudanese have now been displaced by the recent violence in the country according to the UN refugee agency UNHCR. The agency says over 708,000 South Sudanese are internally displaced while another 200,000 have fled into Kenya, Ethiopia, Uganda and Sudan. UNHCR says the condition of those arriving in neighbouring countries [...]

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Forests and fashion are interlinked, says UN forestry expert

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"Forests for Fashion-Fashion for Forests" is an initiative that is being launched on the International Day of Forests on March 21st. It seeks to demonstrate that new forest products can contribute to a greener economy while being fashionable and affordable. The message is clear: our choices, even on how we dress, can make a difference [...]

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UNCA: Afghanistan elections "defining moment" in country's history

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If successful, the elections in Afghanistan will help stabilize the country and instil confidence in the future, according to the UN Special Envoy to Afghanistan, Jan Kubis.  On 5 April Afghans will elect a new president as well as their provincial council leaders. Current President Hamid Karzai will not be seeking re-election because of term [...]

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Launch of "Forests for Fashion-Fashion for Forests" on International Day of Forests

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Forests and fashion might seem a world apart but are interlinked according to senior UN forestry expert. "Forests for Fashion-Fashion for Forests" is an initiative that is being launched on the International Day of Forests on March 21st. The initiative seeks to demonstrate that new forest products can contribute to a greener economy while being [...]

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Strategic moment for women in setting of future development goals

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Activists from around the world have been at the United Nations in New York over the past two weeks to advocate for the inclusion of gender issues in new development goals. The new poverty targets will replace the Millennium Development Goals the deadline for which is the end of 2015. Non-governmental organisations are pushing for [...]

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UN chief visits Ukraine to discuss Crimea crisis

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The UN Secretary-General is visiting Ukraine on Friday as part of his diplomatic efforts to help resolve the crisis in Crimea. Ban Ki-moon is scheduled to meet with Acting President Oleksandr Turchynov and Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk in the Ukrainian capital Kiev. On Sunday the Ukrainian autonomous region of Crimea held a referendum on secession [...]

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Asylum applications in Europe increase by third

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The number of asylum application made in western industrialized states rose by a third in 2013. The UN refugee agency UNHCR said the increase was driven mainly by the growing number of Syrians leaving their country to escape war and violence. Almost 613,000 people applied for asylum in North America, Europe, East Asia and the [...]

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UN AND AFRICA: Rural women farmers in Uganda need more access to land and inputs

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• Rural women farmers in Uganda produce the bulk of the country's food yet they still don't have access to land and inputs needed for agriculture. That's the view of a Ugandan woman farmer, attending the 58th session of the Commission on the Status of Women. She says rural women should have a say in [...]

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UN chief cautions against action that can exacerbate crisis over Crimea

Listen / Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (left) meets with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

Ukraine and Russia have been urged by the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to avoid any action that might aggravate an already volatile situation. He made the appeal after holding talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow on Thursday. The Secretary-General's visit to Russia came after the Ukrainian autonomous region of Crimea held a referendum [...]

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Inter-communal hatred in Central African Republic "terrifying"

Listen / Navi Pillay addresses the press in Bangui, Central African Republic. Photo: BINUCA/Dany Balepe

The inter-communal hatred in the Central African Republic is at what has been described as a "terrifying level." The observation has been made by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay, who has spent two days of discussions with transitional government officials in the capital Bangui. The country has been plagued by violence [...]

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Science and technology merge to make people happy

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Technology can help people be happier and feel good about their lives—that is according to Ofer Leidner, co-founder of Happify.com, a platform of scientifically designed activities and games to build lasting happiness. Mr. Ofer is at United Nations Headquarters in New York on International Day of Happiness celebrated each year on March 20th, for an [...]

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Rural women farmers in Uganda need more access to land and inputs

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Rural women in Uganda produce the bulk of the country's food yet they still don't have access to land and inputs needed for agriculture. That's the view of a Ugandan woman farmer, attending this year's session of the Commission on the Status of Women. Rose Akaki is part of the delegation of the World Farmers [...]

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Europe TB cases down, but fails to cure multidrug-resistant patients

Listen / Doctor examining a TB patient in a health care centre in Ukraine. WHO/Maxim Dondyuk

Europe has seen the fastest decline of rates of tuberculosis in the world, according to a new report by the World Health Organization or WHO. The report published ahead of World Tuberculosis Day on 24 March, shows that tuberculosis (TB) cases are down 5 per cent each year in the countries of the European Union [...]

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More than half of Syria's chemical weapons removed

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More than half of Syria's chemical weapons have been removed or destroyed, according to the joint mission of the UN and the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW). The organization has been tasked by the Security Council with eliminating the country's chemical weapons stockpile by the end of June this year. It follows [...]

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Liberia makes progress in building peace but faces challenges

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Liberia is making progress in rebuilding after the civil war that ended in 2003 but still faces challenges, according to the top UN envoy in the country. Karin Landgren the head of the UN Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) briefed the Security Council on Thursday. She said the political and security environment in Liberia remains relatively [...]

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Ukraine's envoy accuses Russia of "stockpile of violations of international commitments"

Listen / Yurii Klymenko. UN Photo/Jean-Marc Ferre

The annexation of Crimea by Russia has been described by a Ukrainian envoy as "unlawful" and part of a "stockpile of violations of international commitments". Ukraine's Ambassador to the Untied Nations in Geneva, Yurii Klymenko spoke to reporters in Geneva following a briefing to United Nations diplomats on Thursday. Ambassador Klymenko characterized the outcome of [...]

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International Day of Happiness observed on 20th March

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Happiness is a deep-seated yearning shared by all members of the human family and should be available to all. That's the message of UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon for International Day of Happiness observed on 20th March each year. The Secretary-General says the aspiration for happiness is implicit in the pledge of the United Nations Charter [...]

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Iconic Syria image to be displayed on billboards in New York and Tokyo

Listen / UNRWA staff members made sure that the distribution remained safe and orderly, Yarmouk camp, Damascus. 28 February 2014 © unrwa.org

An image of Palestinian refugees queuing for food at a camp in Syria is expected to be displayed simultaneously on electronic billboards in New York and Tokyo on Thursday The image, which has become an icon of the ongoing Syria conflict shows refugees in the Yarmouk camp waiting for food aid delivered by the UN. [...]

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Afghanistan elections "defining moment" in country's history

Listen / Electoral staff in Afghanistan busy laying the groundwork for the polls, which will be critical for the country's stability. Photo: Shamsuddin Hamedi/UNAMA

The success of elections in Afghanistan will help stabilize the country and instill confidence in the future, according to the UN Special Envoy to Afghanistan, Jan Kubis. On 5 April Afghans will elect a new president as well as their provincial council leaders. Current President Hamid Karzai will not be seeking re-election because of term [...]

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UN chief arrives in Russia to discuss Crimea crisis

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The UN Secretary-General is arriving in Russia on Thursday where he is due to meet President Vladimir Putin to discuss the crisis in Crimea. The Ukrainian autonomous region held a referendum on Sunday to decide to secede from Ukraine and join the Russian Federation, a move which was branded illegal by much of the international [...]

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Progress on military operations in Somalia welcomed by UN envoy

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The military progress that has been made by Somali and African Union forces against the Al Shabaab Islamic insurgents in south-central Somalia has been welcomed by the top United Nations envoy in the country. Troops from the Somali National Army and the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) have launched a new offensive against the [...]

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UN rights council debates situation of minorities in Ukraine

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The situation of ethnic and linguistic minorities in Crimea, in particular Crimean Tatars, fuelled a heated debate at the UN Human Rights Council on Wednesday. On 16 March, the autonomous region of Crimea voted to secede from Ukraine and join the Russian Federation. The majority of people living in Crimea are ethnic Russians, followed by [...]

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UN chief visits Russia and Ukraine to help resolve Crimea crisis

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The path towards a peaceful resolution of the crisis between Russia and Ukraine is still open. That's what has been said by the Deputy Spokesperson for UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon before his departure for Russia and Ukraine on Wednesday. Mr. Ban's visit comes after the regional parliament in Crimea declared independence and its wish to [...]

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Celebrities appeal to UN for help for besieged Syrians

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Over 30 leading film makers, writers, artists, musicians and public figures have come together in a joint public letter to the United Nations advocating for the creation of what they are calling "local ceasefires" and "safe spaces" for all civilians in Syria. The appeal comes as food deliveries to the besieged Palestinian refugee camp of [...]

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Security Council urged to shape Peacebuilding Commission to face global challenges

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The Security Council has been urged to shape a peace-building structure that would be relevant and effective in helping countries emerging from conflict. The appeal was made by UN Deputy Secretary-General, Jan Eliasson on Wednesday during an open meeting on Post-conflict Peacebuilding. He cited the missions in Sierra Leone and Timor Leste as examples of [...]

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Women's participation in upcoming elections in Afghanistan essential: UN envoy

Listen / The UNAMA-facilitated 'Afghanistan's 2014 Presidential Elections – Debate and Discussion' series. Jaffar Rahim/UNAMA

Women's participation in the upcoming elections in Afghanistan is essential to ensure that the process is inclusive and credible. That's what the Secretary-General's Deputy Representative in the country, Nicholas Haysom said in the capital Kabul after meeting with representatives of civil society on Wednesday. Afghanistan is scheduled to hold Presidential and Provincial elections on 5 [...]

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Minority groups face exclusion from national and global development agenda

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Minority groups are increasingly facing exclusion from national and global development agenda, violence and discrimination, according to a United Nations human rights expert. Rita Izsák, the United Nations Independent Expert on Minority Issues, says minorities constitute the poorest of the poor and majority of them cannot break free of their situations without targeted attention being [...]

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Achievements of women in science recognised through award

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Young Women around the world, especially those in the least developed countries, are being encouraged to apply for a fellowship scheme to further their scientific research. The scheme is being launched by the UN' cultural agency, UNESCO, on Wednesday with a view to promote the contribution of young women in the field of life sciences [...]

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Somali farmers feeding their countrymen again

Listen / New initiative has helped Somali farmers produce maize that meets international quality standards. Photo: FAO/Christena Dowsett

Somali farmers have for the first time been able to supply high quality food to the UN’s World Food Program (WFP) that will be used to feed their fellow countrymen. It's a major breakthrough for the farmers, especially coming from an area that faced severe famine less than three years ago. Four million people in [...]

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"Status quo not sustainable' in the Middle East, warns UN political chief

Listen / Jeffrey Feltman, Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs, during a UN Security Council debate

The status quo in the Middle East is not sustainable and the situation in Gaza has come very close to the brink of another crisis according to the top United Nations political official. The fragile ceasefire in Gaza has been threatened after dozens of rockets were fired at Israel last week. Israel responded with its [...]

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UN welcomes United States intent to relinquish internet oversight

Listen / Tomas Lamanauskas

An announcement by the United States to transition key internet domain name oversight to the global community, has been welcomed by the United Nations. The UN has been advocating a multi-stakeholder model of internet governance for a number of years. It says such a model will help to ensure a single, open, free, secure and [...]

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Anti-Homosexuality Act risks undermining Uganda's AIDS response

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The criminalization of homosexuality in Uganda risks undermining the national AIDS response, according to the Secretary-General's Special Envoy on AIDS in Africa. In 2012, the United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) reported there were 1.5 million people living with HIV in Uganda and 140 000 new HIV infections. Speciosa Wandira-Kazimbwe, who served as Uganda's Vice-President [...]

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"List of perpetrators" in Syria conflict named by UN rights panel

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A list of individuals and entities allegedly responsible for crimes in the Syria Arab Republic war has just been released by a UN panel investigating human rights abuses in the country. The news was announced during an interactive dialogue on Tuesday in Geneva at the UN Human Rights Council. An estimated 100,000 lives have been [...]

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UN condemns Benghazi bombing

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A terrorist bombing in Benghazi in Libya on Monday which targeted members of the military, killing a number and injuring others, has been strongly condemned by the UN mission in the country UNSMIL. The mission called on all Libyans to denounce the continued series of what it called "acts of violence and terror" such as [...]

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Afghan suicide attack condemned by UN

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A suicide attack in northern Afghanistan, which killed 15 civilians and injured nearly 50 others has been condemned by the United Nations. According to reports, a suicide attacker with an improvised explosive device (IED) detonated in the centre of Maimana, the capital of Faryab province. Local health officials have confirmed that two children were among [...]

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Indigenous women bid to influence post-2015 development agenda

Listen / Chanda Thapa. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

Indigenous women in Asia should be given a key role in deciding the future path of the post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals, according to a rights group in the region. Indigenous women from around the world recently gathered at the annual Commission on the Status of Women at the United Nations in New York, to advocate [...]

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Syrian refugee population in Lebanon to reach 1.5 million

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The number of Syrian refugees arriving in Lebanon is on the increase and the country is likely to host up 1.5 million Syrians by the end of the year. United Nations Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator in Lebanon Ross Mountain says Syrian refugees in the country now make up 25 per cent of the Lebanese population a [...]

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WFP airdrops food to remote areas of South Sudan

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Internally displaced people in remote insecure areas of South Sudan have started receiving airdrops of what the UN's World Food Programme (WFP) has called "urgently needed" food assistance. WFP launched the operation to feed people affected by conflict and to resupply isolated refugee camps where food stocks have dwindled. Chris Nikoi, WFP's Director in South [...]

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Syrians feel abandoned and hopeless, says Commission of Inquiry

Listen / Paulo Pinheiro, Chairperson of the Commission of Inquiry on Syria

Children are starving to death in besieged Syrian towns and villages according to the International Commission of Inquiry looking into human rights violations in the country. In its latest report to the UN Human Rights Council, the Commission says there is an overwhelming sense of hopelessness amongst Syrians as the international community remains paralyzed over [...]

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Search of UN convoys slows delivery of aid in South Sudan

Listen / A UNHCR staff member helps a displaced woman with her aid items at the Malakal Boys Secondary School.

Tightened security checks on operations carried out by the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) could delay the delivery of humanitarian aid. The UNMISS Spokesperson Ariane Quintier described the move to search UN vehicles and convoys as "very worrying". The concern stems from a statement by Information Minister Michael Makuei, saying the government would not [...]

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"Real solution" to South Sudan crisis in reconciliation: UN Official

Listen / Toby Lanzer

People in Melut County in South Sudan's Upper Nile State are under "severe stress" because of lack of food, water and shelter. That's according to a statement made by the UN Resident Humanitarian Coordinator in the country following a visit to the area. Tens of thousands of civilians are seeking shelter in Melut from neighbouring [...]

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Long-term, rights-based approach to water crisis needed in Jordan

Listen / Catarina de Albuquerque.

There needs to be a holistic, rights-based approach to Jordan's water and sanitation strategies, according to a United Nations independent expert. The UN Special Rapporteur on the human right to safe drinking water and sanitation, Catarina de Albuquerque, said that Jordan is at a critical moment as it struggles with severe water shortage issues. Wrapping [...]

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Vienna treaty body says no Malaysia plane explosion detected

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A UN-backed treaty body has confirmed that it has not detected an explosion or crash which could be linked to the disappearance of the Malaysian Airlines flight. Flight MH 370 went missing over a week ago with 239 people on board on its way from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing. The Vienna-based Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization [...]

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North Korea dismisses human rights report as "fabrication"

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North Korea has categorically rejected a report by the Commission of Inquiry (COI) on human rights in the country, dismissing it as mere "fabrication". The report published on 17 March found "systematic and widespread and grave human rights violations" occurring in the country and it also found an array of disturbing crimes against humanity. Jocelyne [...]

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Terrorists should not “deprive Afghan voters of their future”

Listen / Ján Kubiš

Terrorists should not be allowed to deprive Afghan voters of their future according to Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Afghanistan. In less than three weeks' time Afghanistan is scheduled to hold Presidential and Provincial Council elections, paving the way for the country’s first-ever peaceful democratic transfer of power. Briefing the Security Council on Monday, [...]

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UN chief "deeply disappointed" by referendum in Crimea

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The UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon has said he is deeply disappointed and concerned by a decision by the Ukrainian region of Crimea to secede from Ukraine and join the Russian Federation. A referendum which was held in Crimea on Sunday to decide the future of the region, was described as illegal by much of the [...]

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Iran urged to increase age of criminal responsibility for children

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Iran has been urged by the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) to increase the minimum age of criminal responsibility for young people. Currently, girls aged nine and boys aged 15 can be held criminally responsible. Iran has recently revised its Islamic Penal Code with new provisions to protect children from the death sentence, a move welcomed [...]

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Global database for land usage released by FAO

Listen / Croplands cover 12.6 percent of the Earth's surface. FAO@PHOTO

An overview of land cover and land use across the world has been gathered for the first time in a database released by the UN's Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). The Global Land Cover SHARE database provides a comprehensive overview of how much land is covered, for example, by crops, trees or land which is [...]

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North Korea rejects report on human rights violations

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North Korea has rejected as mere fabrication, the report by the Independent Commission of Inquiry set up to examine human rights violations in the country. North Korea's representative in Geneva, So Se Pyong said the witnesses who testified before the commission were defectors and criminals who had escaped from the country. He accused the United [...]

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People with albinism call for way to promote their rights

Listen / Ikponwosa Ero (left) at the Human Rights Council.

People with albinism are facing a "unique" and "complicated" situation that needs special policies and laws. That's the view of a person with albinism and International Advocate Officer for a non-governmental organization called Under the Same Sun which protects the rights of people with albinism. Ikponwosa Ero who is originally from Nigeria and now lives [...]

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Syrians "must choose between surrender and starvation"

Listen / Syrian child struggling to stay warm – UNHCR@PHOTO

More than 250,000 people who are living in besieged cities in Syria are being forced to choose between surrender and starvation. That's according to the Commission of Inquiry on Syria which is due to report to the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva on Tuesday. Syria has been at civil war for the past three [...]

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Pakistani student says education is a powerful tool to bring harmony in society

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A Pakistani graduate student says that peace in his country can be promoted through education. Ibrahim Khan, who comes from North-Western Pakistan, was at United Nations Headquarters recently to participate in an event on "Promoting peace through education". Twelve students who participated in the event organized by the Committee of Teaching about the United Nations [...]

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UN resolution on illegality of Crimea's referendum vetoed

Listen / Russia's Ambassador to UN, Vitaly Churkin, raises hand to veto a UN Resolution on Ukraine (UN Photo)

A United Nations resolution on the illegality of Crimea's referendum was vetoed on Saturday during a Security Council meeting. Thirteen of the 15 members of the Council voted in favour of the resolution. Russia voted against it, China abstained. One veto is enough to block the resolution from being adopted. Crimea is holding a referendum [...]

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Crops rejected for containing traces of GMOs

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Up to 26 countries around the world have blocked the import of a range of non-GMO crops because they were found to contain traces of Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs). The Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) said shipments of supposedly non-GMO grain, cereal and other crops have been blocked, destroyed or sent back to the country [...]

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"We may lose the gains we've made": Special Envoy for AIDS in Asia and the Pacific

Listen / J.V.R.Prasada Rao. Credit: UNAIDS

Bringing the fight against HIV/AIDS to the forefront of development goals on health is one of Prasada Rao's main goals as the Secretary-General's Special Envoy for AIDS in Asia and the Pacific. In Asia and the Pacific, the number of new HIV infections has fallen by 26 per cent in the last ten years, with [...]

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Refugees "traumatized" by horrors in CAR

Listen / One of the many malnourished children arriving in eastern Cameroon from Central African Republic.© UNHCR/D.Mbaiorem

Refugees arriving in Eastern Cameroon after fleeing violence in the Central African Republic have been traumatized by horrific experiences according to the UN refugee agency (UNHCR). Many have witnessed killings and lost members of their family. Eighty per cent of the people who have recently arrived in Cameroon are also suffering from conditions such as [...]

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WOMEN: Countries urged to look at gender equality challenges ahead of 2015 MDG deadline

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The international community is being asked to look at what can be done to improve gender equality and women's rights ahead of the 2015 deadline for the Millennium Development Goals.  The MDGs are a set of internationally agreed targets to halve world poverty and include specific targets on equality and the empowerment of women as [...]

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UN Chief warns of "dangerous downward spiral" in Ukraine

Listen / Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (right) meets with Arseniy Yatsenyuk, Prime Minister of Ukraine.UN Photo/Mark Garten

The UN Secretary-General has warned of a downward spiral in the Ukraine conflict if all the parties concerned continue to harden their positions and sharpen their rhetoric. In a briefing to the press, Mr. Ban Ki-moon urged the parties to avoid provocation and any hasty decisions in the coming days. He encouraged them to engage [...]

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Navi Pillay becomes first UN rights chief to visit Nigeria

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Widespread poverty and an increasingly brutal conflict in the north-east of Nigeria are just some of the daunting challenges the West African country is currently facing. That's according to a statement released by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR). The High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay is on a four-day [...]

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Syrians enter fourth year of conflict and suffering

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The conflict in Syria is entering its fourth year with no sign of an end to the suffering it is inflicting on Syrians within and outside the country. More than 100,000 people have been killed in the conflict which has also left over 9 million others in urgent need of humanitarian assistance within the country. [...]

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Another "blood-soaked" milestone for people of Syria deplores UN Chief

Listen / Ban Ki-moon, UN Secretary-General.  UN Photo/Paulo Filgueiras

The people of Syria have crossed another "blood-soaked" milestone, said the Secretary-General as he marked the country's fourth year into the conflict. Ban Ki-moon was briefing reporters following a General Assembly meeting, which was also attended by Joint Special Representative of the UN and the League of Arab States for Syria, Lakhdar Brahimi. He made [...]

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Burundi "cannot afford" to miss opportunity for fair elections in 2015: Ban

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The UN Secretary-General has warned Burundi's authorities that the country "cannot afford" to miss an opportunity to consolidate its democratic gains. Burundi is recovering from decades of ethnic war and is scheduled to hold elections in 2015. In a statement issued by his Spokesperson, Mr. Ban Ki-moon deplored the growing restrictions on the freedom of [...]

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Human rights violations continue in Iran despite official pledges for reform

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The new Iranian government is yet to live up to its pledges to strengthen and promote the respect for human rights, according to a report tabled before the UN Human Rights Council. The report cites widespread human rights violations including discrimination, the right to life, a clamp down on the enjoyment of the freedom of [...]

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UN human rights team deployed to Ukraine to monitor violations

Listen / Ivan Šimonović. UN Photo/JC McIlwaine

The United Nations is deploying a human rights monitoring team throughout Ukraine to help establish the facts surrounding human rights violations, including in Crimea, and de-escalate tensions in the country. UN Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights Ivan Šimonović who is currently in Ukraine says there was a need to have an objective and independent establishment [...]

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"Justice for All" in the Caribbean to combat HIV/AIDS

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The Caribbean is the first region in the world expected to eliminate mother-to-child transmission of HIV/AIDS. Edward Greene, the United Nations Secretary-General's Special Envoy for AIDS in the Caribbean, highlighted this success during his last visit to UN Headquarters. However, he noted that Haiti is the region's "major hiccup", with 100 deaths due to mother-to-child [...]

14 Mar 2014 | Posted in Caribbean News, Today's Features | Read More »

UNCA: New strategies needed to achieve gender equality at work

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Improving women’s working lives will require new strategies and concrete action, according to the International Labour Organization (ILO). The agency notes that many countries have incorporated the principle of equality and non-discrimination into their national legislation —but millions of women still face barriers at the workplace. ILO’s Sandra Kuchen reflects on the progress made around [...]

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New shelter design for displaced people being tested in South Sudan

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Keeping displaced people comfortable, safe and healthy in temporary camps is one of the key challenges facing humanitarian agencies in South Sudan. Over 850,000 people have been displaced in the country since December following an outbreak of hostilities between the government and rebels. Extreme weather including high winds and rain leading to flooding has tested [...]

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Pardon of political prisoners is Myanmar's most significant achievement: UN rights envoy

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The release of Myanmar's prisoners of conscience has been one of the most significant achievements by the Government regarding human rights. Over 1,100 prisoners were freed following 15 presidential amnesties, according to the latest report by the UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Myanmar Tomás Ojea Quintana conducted his ninth and [...]

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UN envoy sees progress and challenges in fighting HIV/AIDS in Africa

Listen / In Lesotho, A woman holds the AIDS anti-retroviral treatment medicine for her granddaughter. Photo: IRIN/Eva-Lotta Jansson

Africa has made strides in keeping the rate of new HIV infections low, according to the UN Secretary-General's Special Envoy for HIV/AIDS in Africa. Specioza Wandira Kazibwe says that there has been a reduction in mother-to child-transmission of HIV and that more than 7 million people are eligible for anti-retroviral treatment. UN Radio's Joshua Mmali [...]

14 Mar 2014 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

Opportunity for change in Myanmar, but challenges remain

Listen / Tomas Ojea Quintana, Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Myanmar.

People in Myanmar see an opportunity for change after years of military rule, according to the UN special envoy on human rights in the country. Presenting his final report to the UN Human Rights Council on Thursday, Mr. Tomás Ojea Quintana acknowledged however that "serious human rights issues" remained. The country is undergoing a process [...]

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International community should accept "inadequacies" of response to North Korea atrocities

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The international community should accept the "inadequacies" of its response to atrocities which have reportedly been carried out in North Korea, according to a UN Commission of Inquiry. The Commission's report on the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), is due to be formally presented to the Human Rights Council in Geneva on Monday. It [...]

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UN AND AFRICA: Warning signs of genocide in CAR

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• The warning signs of a possible genocide in the Central African Republic are increasingly evident according to a senior United Nations official. The official says the sign include hate speech using animal names to describe people. He stressed the need for the international community to act now to prevent genocide in the country. Somali [...]

13 Mar 2014 | Posted in UN and Africa | Read More »

Ukraine wants negotiations with Russia, not military aggression

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The Prime Minister of Ukraine has said it is still possible to resolve the conflict in his country in a peaceful manner. Russia deployed troops in the disputed region of Crimea after its Parliament voted to join the Russian Federation. Arseniy Yatsenyuk told the Security Council on Thursday that if Ukraine could have what he [...]

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Diplomatic efforts to diffuse Ukraine crisis continuing at UN

Listen / Jeffrey Feltman,Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs/UN Photo

Diplomatic efforts are continuing at the United Nations to ease tensions in the Ukrainian region of Crimea. Members of the Security Council are considering tabling a resolution on the upcoming referendum in Crimea, a referendum which could lead to the secession of Crimea from Ukraine to Russia. The resolution would urge respect for Ukraine’s sovereignty, [...]

13 Mar 2014 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

"Balanced approach" urged in combating illicit drugs

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A balanced approach is needed to combat the global trade in illicit drugs according to two senior United Nations officials. They spoke in the Austrian capital, Vienna where senior government officials and members of civil society have gathered to share ideas on countering the $320 billion a year global drugs trade. Among the issues being [...]

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Hopes for third round of Syria peace talks

Listen / Lakdhar Brahimi

A third round of peace talks in Geneva to stop the three-year civil war in Syria has been proposed to the UN Security Council. Over 100,000 people have been killed in the conflict which has pitted the government against rebel forces. Speaking after briefing the Council, the United Nations and Arab League special envoy for [...]

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US and China set new patent filing record in 2013

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A new record for the number of international patent applications filed in 2013 has been set by the United States of America (US) and China according to a new report by the UN intellectual property agency. International trademark and industrial design filings have also achieved new record-breaking levels. For the first time, the total number [...]

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Latin America and the Caribbean improve management of chemicals

Listen / UNEP Executive Secretary Achim Steiner

Many countries in Latin America and the Caribbean have taken steps towards the sound management of chemicals and waste—an improvement acknowledged by the Executive Director of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP). Achim Steiner highlighted the efforts in Los Pasos, Mexico, at a forum of Ministers of the Environment of the region. On another positive note, [...]

13 Mar 2014 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

GMO traces in food crops disrupts global trade

Listen / Flax (L. usitatissimum), grown for its oil-rich seeds. FAO@PHOTO

Shipments of grain, cereal and other crops are being blocked, destroyed or turned away in a number of countries across the world for having traces of Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs). The Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) released a survey on Thursday showing that 26 countries have rejected the food and feed following the testing of [...]

13 Mar 2014 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Equal opportunities promote gender equality in Jamaican sports

Listen / Flags of the United Nations and the Olympics.  UN Photo/Evan Schneider

Few people would argue that athletics and especially sprinting is the sport that Jamaica is most famous for worldwide. The Caribbean country's track and field athletes- both men and women- have won many Olympic medals over the years It's not by accident, according to Michael Fennel, President of the Jamaica Olympic Association and member of [...]

13 Mar 2014 | Posted in 58th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women, Caribbean News, Today's Features | Read More »

Children more at risk of sexual exploitation than ever before

Listen / A boy read a flyer distributed by the UN about Sexual Exploitation and Abuse (SEA)

Children are more at risk of being sexually exploited or sold than ever before according to the UN Special Rapporteur on the sale of children, child prostitution and child pornography. In a presentation to the UN Human Rights Council, Najat Maalla M'jid, said that "millions of girls and boys worldwide are victims of sexual exploitation", [...]

13 Mar 2014 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Environmental priorities asserted by Latin America and Caribbean ministers

Listen / UNEP Executive Secretary Achim Steiner

Climate change, chemicals and waste management, and biodiversity conservation are top environmental priorities in Latin America and the Caribbean. Strengthening regional cooperation to address these compelling environmental challenges is the main objective of the 19th Meeting of the Forum of Ministers of the Environment of Latin America and the Caribbean, considered the most important environmental [...]

13 Mar 2014 | Posted in Caribbean News | Read More »

Fighting global drugs trade is shared responsibility

Listen / Jan Eliasson

The fight against the global trade in illicit drugs is a responsibility that is shared by all people according to the UN Deputy Secretary-General, Jan Eliasson. Countries from around the world are currently meeting in Vienna at the 57th Session of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs to look at ways to counter the $320 billion [...]

13 Mar 2014 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

National legal and justice systems need to be made child-friendly

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Many children around the world are reluctant to seek justice for violations committed against them for fear of harassment, stigmatization, abandonment or reprisals against them or their families, according the UN Human Rights Office (OHCHR). Access to justice is particularly difficult for children in institutional care, migrant children, those living in extreme poverty or affected [...]

13 Mar 2014 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Campaign launched to generate 23 million social media tweets for Syria

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A campaign to generate 23 million social media tweets in support of the Syrian people has been launched by a UN-backed coalition of humanitarian agencies. The Thunderclap campaign, using the hashtag LetUsThrough, is intended to draw the world's attention to the difficulty of providing humanitarian aid to Palestinian refugees in Yarmouk camp as well as [...]

13 Mar 2014 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

Sport powerful social tool to shape young minds and attitudes

Listen / Mr Michael Fennel, President of the Jamaica Olympic Association and also Member of the IOC Women and Sport Commission

Sport is a powerful social tool and can help shape the minds and attitudes of young people towards their relationships in life. That's according to Michael Fennel, President of the Jamaica Olympic Association and Member of the International Olympic Committee's Women and Sport Commission. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) is expected to address the Commission [...]

13 Mar 2014 | Posted in Caribbean News, Today's News | Read More »

No progress on security and economic agreements between Sudan, South Sudan

Listen / The UN Interim Security Force for Abyei (UNISFA) is helping to keep the peace. Photo: IRIN/Hannah McNeish

There has been a lack of progress regarding an agreement signed by Sudan and South Sudan two years ago. That's what Security Council President Sylvie Lucas of Luxembourg told the press on Wednesday after closed door consultations on recent developments in the two countries. The agreement covers security, the common border and economic relations as [...]

12 Mar 2014 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Family visit flights resume in Western Sahara

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Flights to reunite families in Western Sahara who have been separated for nearly forty years are due to resume in April the UN refugee agency, UNHCR, announced on Wednesday. The flights from Algeria and Mauritania to Western Sahara are part of the agency's confidence-building measures to support people involved in one of the world's most [...]

12 Mar 2014 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

Family flights to Western Sahara resume, says UN refugee agency

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Families that had been separated for nearly forty years will be able to visit each other soon. The UN refugee agency, UNHCR, has arranged for Saharawi families to fly from Algeria and Mauritania to Western Sahara Western Sahara, a former colony of Spain, is disputed between Morocco which claims it, and the Polisario Front which [...]

12 Mar 2014 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

UN rights official denied entry into Crimea

Listen / Ivan Šimonović

A senior UN official has been denied access to the Ukrainian region of Crimea, where he had hoped to carry out an assessment of the human rights situation. Ivan Šimonović is the Assistant-Secretary-General for Human Rights. UN Spokesperson Stéphane Dujarric said the reasons given were the complexity of the situation on the ground as well [...]

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Youth unemployment “major challenge” in Sub-Saharan Africa

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  "Does investing in education pay off for African youth?" That's the question the International Labour Organization (ILO) tries to answer in a report analysing surveys in eight countries in Sub-Saharan Africa. The report shows that having higher rates of education in this region does not translate into better chances to be employed. The situation, [...]

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North Korea evades sanctions, persists with arms trade

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North Korea shows no signs that it intends to abandon its nuclear, ballistic missile and other weapons of mass destruction. That's according to a report by a panel of UN experts tasked with monitoring sanctions imposed on the country. On the contrary, the panel notes, it is persisting with its arms trade and other prohibited [...]

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UNESCO deplores killing of Iraqi journalists

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The killing of two Iraqi cameramen has been condemned by Irina Bokova, the Director General of the UN's Cultural Organization (UNESCO). The journalists who worked for the Al-Iraqia television network were killed last week in a suicide blast at a checkpoint in the city of Hilla. Bokova voiced concern for the safety of media workers [...]

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Violence in Syria reaching "unthinkable levels" says Ban

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The ongoing violence in Syria is reaching "unthinkable levels" according to the UN Secretary-General. In a statement released in New York on Wednesday, Ban Ki-moon said that Syria was now the biggest humanitarian and peace and security crisis facing the world. The civil war in the country is now entering its fourth year. Hundreds of [...]

12 Mar 2014 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Executions surge in Iran despite calls for a moratorium on the death sentence

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The Iranian government has been accused of executing prisoners at a staggering rate, despite serious questions about fair trial standards. This year, at least 176 people have reportedly been hanged in Iran for drug related offences, which a group of United Nations Human Rights experts say was in violation of international legal provisions limiting the permissibility [...]

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Countries meet to counter $320 billion global drug trade

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Countries from around the world are meeting in the Austrian capital, Vienna, to look at ways to counter the $320 billion a year global drug trade. The High-Level review of the 57th Session of the Commission on Narcotics Drugs is being attended by senior Government officials as well civil society organizations. Participants will examine how [...]

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Zimbabwean farmers helped to increase production

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Smallholder farmers in Zimbabwe are getting a helping hand from the European Union to increase their crop and livestock production. The EU has given $19 million, which is being channelled through the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), to help Zimbabwean farmers to commercialize their production. FAO says the programme will be implemented over a 4-year [...]

12 Mar 2014 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

Countries urged to look at gender equality ahead of 2015 MDG deadline

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The international community is being asked to look at what can be done to improve gender equality and women's rights ahead of the 2015 deadline for the Millennium Development Goals. The MDGs are a set of internationally agreed targets to halve world poverty and include specific targets on equality and the empowerment of women as [...]

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Rebels in DRC urged to surrender

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Rebels in the Democratic Republic of the Congo have been urged by the most senior UN official in the country to surrender and join the national disarmament and demobilization process. Martin Kobler, the Head of MONUSCO, the UN peacekeeping mission in the country, called on the FDLR rebels to immediately break away from their leaders [...]

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Conflict in Syria has devastating impact on children

Listen / Girls complete homework outside their tent home, in the Kawergosk camp for Syrian refugees. UNICEF@PHOTO

The three-year conflict in Syria has had a devastating impact on the country's children, according to the latest report issued by the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) on Tuesday. The report, entitled "Under Siege- the devastating impact on children of three years of conflict in Syria" says the conflict has caused immense damage to 5.5 million [...]

11 Mar 2014 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

New offensive launched against Al Shabaab militants in Somalia

Listen / A wide view of the Security Council Chamber, as Nicholas Kay (on screen) briefs the Council via video link.UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

African Union troops and Somali government forces have launched a new offensive against the Islamic militant group Al Shabaab. That's what Nicholas Kay, the UN Secretary-General's Special Representative to Somalia told the Security Council on Tuesday. He is also the head of the United Nations Assistance Mission in the country (UNSOA). Mr. Kay said the [...]

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Women in parliament reaches global record high

Listen / Women parliamentarians of the Afghan Lower House. UNWOMEN@PHOTO

The number of women in national parliaments around the world has reached a record high of almost 22 per cent. The Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) says the level of women's representation is particularly encouraging in the Americas, Nordic countries in Europe and in Africa. The increase has been driven by a political commitment by individual countries [...]

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Ban urges respect of democratic process in Maldives

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A decision of the Maldives' Supreme Court to remove the country’s election commissioners two weeks before parliamentary polls is a cause for concern according to the Secretary-General. Ban Ki-moon called on "all political leaders to respect the democratic process' and allow for a peaceful, inclusive and credible vote. In a statement issued by his Spokesperson, [...]

11 Mar 2014 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

“Stop attacks” on civilians in South Darfur: UN rights chief

Listen / Kalma IDP camp, near Nyala, South Darfur. UN Photo/Albert González Farran

The UN human rights chief has demanded an immediate halt to the attacks on unarmed civilians in South Darfur in Sudan. The statement was issued following Tuesday's attacks in the Um Gunya area. The Spokesperson for the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), Ravina Shamdasani, says there has been a disproportionate use [...]

11 Mar 2014 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Ukraine told to respect human rights

Listen / Ivan Šimonović. UN Photo/JC McIlwaine

A senior UN official has travelled to Kharkiv in Ukraine to meet with local authorities and discuss ways to de-escalate tensions in the country. Ivan Šimonović, the UN Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights, will raise with the authorities the allegations regarding human rights violations. He is also meeting with a range of civil society representatives. [...]

11 Mar 2014 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

New refugee camp in Jordan as more Syrian refugees flee conflict

Listen / Syrian refugees wait at a UNHCR distribution centre in Za'atri refugee camp in Jordan. [UNHCR/J.Tanner]

Jordan is to open a third refugee camp to host the ever growing number of Syrian refugees entering the country. The camp to be located in Azraq nearly 100 kilometres east of the capital Amman will be able to accommodate up to 130,000 refugees. The United Nations refugee agency UNHCR has welcomed the new camp [...]

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Conflict in Syria must not be allowed to continue: UN official

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The ongoing crisis in Syria has been described by a senior UN humanitarian official as a "madness" that needs to be stopped through political dialogue. UN Humanitarian Coordinator for Syria, Yacoub El Hillo said three years ago before the conflict began, Syria had "a very thriving and affluent civil society and middle class." He said [...]

11 Mar 2014 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

550 million people food insecure in Asia-Pacific region

Listen / A woman farmer harvesting beans, Sri Lanka. FAO@PHOTO

The Asia and Pacific region needs to improve its methods of food production or face significant food security problems within the next generation according to the UN's Food and Agriculture Organization, (FAO). The Millennium Development Goal of reducing global hunger by half by 2015 is on course to be met across the region. But there [...]

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Number of children suffering in Syria more than doubles in third year of conflict: UNICEF

Listen / Syria child from UNICEF report March 2014 report: Under Siege

The number of children affected by the fighting in Syria has more than doubled since last year, according to a new report by the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF). The report entitled, Under Siege: the devastating impact on children of three years of conflict in Syria, estimates that a total of 5.5 million children have had [...]

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Asia-Pacific region focuses on improving food security

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550 million people are still food insecure in the Asia-Pacific region according to the UN's Food and Agriculture Organization, (FAO). FAO says that the region needs to improve its methods of food production or face significant food security problems within the next generation Government Ministers and high-level officials from nearly 40 countries in Asia and [...]

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11 nuclear monitoring stations in China now sending data

Listen / Lassina Zerbo

A total of eleven International Monitoring System stations hosted in China are now sending data to the UN's nuclear test ban organization. Lassina Zerbo, Executive Secretary of the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO) hailed this step as a "significant achievement" in enhancing the system's global coverage. CTBTO is building a verification system to [...]

10 Mar 2014 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Loading of Libyan oil on North Korean flagged vessel an "illegal act"

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The loading of Libyan oil by a North Korean flagged tanker at Sidra port, east of Tripoli is an "illegal act" according to Tarek Mitri, the Secretary-General's Special Representative and head of the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL). On 8 March, Libyan oil was loaded on the vessel called the Morning Glory, by armed [...]

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UN calls weapons shipped by road in South Sudan "mistake"

Listen / UN peacekeepers in South Sudan securing the entrance to their Juba compound in January 2014. Photo: UNMISS/Isaac Billy

The United Nations says a "mistake" was made when weapons were transported by road in contravention of an agreement with the Government of South Sudan. The UN is only allowed to move arms belonging to peacekeepers by air. It's thought the weapons were found inside 12 trucks that were heading to the town of Rumbek. [...]

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UN in South Sudan to investigate "mistake" of arms shipped by road

Listen / UNMISS peacekeepers patrolling in Pibor, Jonglei State, South Sudan. Photo: UNMISS/Martine Perret

An investigation has been launched after a shipment of weapons used by peacekeepers was found in a convoy of trucks operated by the UN Mission in South Sudan, (UNMISS). An agreement between the UN and the Government of South Sudan stipulates that arms can only be transported by air and not by road. It's thought [...]

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Mass displacements triggered by renewed violence in North and South Darfur

Listen / A woman with her child take shelter under a cart in the Al Salam IDP camp near Nyala, South Darfur.UN Photo/Albert Gonzalez Farran

An outbreak of inter-communal violence in Saraf Omra, in the Sudanese region of North Darfur, has led to a mass displacement of civilians and a number of casualties. The African Union-United Nations Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) has expressed its deep concern over the thousands of displaced civilians who have taken refuge in Mission's base over [...]

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Guidelines to prevent torture not observed by many states

Listen / Juan Mendez

Guidelines to prevent and eradicate torture and cruel treatment have not been observed by many countries around the world according to a senior UN official Speaking at the Human Rights Council in Geneva, Juan Mendez, the UN Special Rapporteur on Torture, criticized the "state secrets doctrine." The doctrine allows countries to admit secret evidence during [...]

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Ending gender inequality is underlined as Commission on Status of Women begins annual session

Listen / Commission on the Status of Women meeting. UN Photo/Paulo Filgueiras

The 2015 deadline for meeting the Millennium Development Goals (MDGS) to eradicate extreme poverty and improve people's lives is around the corner. These goals include the provision of universal primary education, promoting gender equality and improving maternal health. And so as the Commission on the Status of Women begins its annual it is focusing on [...]

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"Turning point" in combating slavery in Mauritania

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The Mauritanian Government's formal adoption of a new road map to combat slavery has been hailed as a "turning point" by the UN. The United Nations Special Rapporteur on Slavery, Gulnara Shahinian told the Human Rights Council that the new provisions were not only symbolic, but marked a new phase in Mauritania's efforts to "eradicate [...]

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Space for civil society and human rights defenders has "shrunk"

Listen / Margaret Sekaggya

The job of a human rights activists remains highly dangerous in many parts of the world, according to a senior UN official. Presenting her last report to the Human Rights Council, Margaret Sekaggya, the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders said during her tenure, the space for civil society and human rights [...]

10 Mar 2014 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

"Serious repercussions" of continued unrest in Ukraine

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"Serious repercussions" can be expected if unrest continues in Ukraine, according to the UN Secretary-General. The turmoil in Ukraine started when thousands of people staged protests which turned violent to press for integration with the European Union. The parliament of the Ukrainian region of Crimea has also voted to secede from Ukraine and become part [...]

10 Mar 2014 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Warning signs of genocide in CAR

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The warning signs of a possible genocide in the Central African Republic, including hate speech, are increasingly evident according to a senior United Nations official. Adama Dieng the UN Secretary-General's Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide says the international community has to act now to stop it happening. On Tuesday a commission of UN-mandated [...]

10 Mar 2014 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

Hate speech in the Central African Republic may be “precursor to genocide”

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

A commission tasked with investigating human rights violations in the Central African Republic is expected in the country on Tuesday to begin gathering evidence. The International Commission of Inquiry was established by the UN Security Council and mandated to investigate reports of violations of international humanitarian and human rights law and compile information, to help [...]

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Gaps in millennium goals discussed by women

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The challenges of implementing the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) for women and girls are set to be discussed by the Commission on the Status of Women at the UN on Monday. The two-week session will examine the achievements but also the gaps in fulfilling the MDGs. The internationally agreed blue-print for global development, set in [...]

10 Mar 2014 | Posted in 58th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women, Today's News | Read More »

"Teach boys it's not cool to violate women": UNFPA chief

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Violence against women and girls in the Great Lakes region can be reduced by empowering young people, according to the UN Population Fund Executive Director. Babatunde Osotimehin believes giving girls an education will help them learn more about their rights. The Great Lakes region has been wracked by conflict in the past two decades. And [...]

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"Transform the world" by empowering girls

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The world can be transformed if girls are empowered according to the head of the UN Population Agency, UNFPA. The agency has teamed up with the World Bank to promote regional peace, security and sustainable development in the Great Lakes region of Africa. They are collaborating on a number of programmes which address the challenges [...]

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New strategies needed to achieve gender equality at work

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New strategies are needed as well as concrete action to improve women's working lives, according to the International Labour Organization (ILO). Many countries have incorporated in their national legislation the principle of equality and non-discrimination, the agency notes. But millions of women still face barriers at the work place, it adds. To mark International Women's [...]

8 Mar 2014 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

Women's equal rights means everyone wins: UN Women official

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The number of women who die in childbirth or pregnancy is still unacceptably high in Tanzania. That's what Anna Collins-Falk, UN Women Representative in Tanzania said in an interview for International Womens' Day. Meanwhile, early marriage and teenage pregnancy is very prevalent in the country, she adds. Her organization, UN Women, the global body in [...]

7 Mar 2014 | Posted in From the Field, Today's Features | Read More »

"Sex and the City" actress joins walk to End Violence against Women

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Over 600 people joined UN officials and local celebrities in a march to raise support for the End of Violence against Women. The "March in March" held on Friday was organized by the UN Women for Peace (UNWFP) and the UN Alliance of Civilizations (UNAoC). Kim Catttrall who played Samantha Jones, a successful PR agent [...]

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Crimea referendum "worrying and serious"

Listen / Martin Nesirky

The decision by the authorities in Crimea to hold a referendum on becoming part of the Russian Federation has been described by the UN Secretary-General as "worrying and serious". Lawmakers in the Ukrainian autonomous region of Crimea voted on Thursday to join Russia and to hold a referendum on 16 March to validate the decision. [...]

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Children need "pens and textbooks, not guns"

Listen / Source: Office of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict

Children should be armed with pens and textbooks, not guns according to the United Nations which has launched a global campaign called “Children, not soldiers”. The UN says that around the world, thousands of boys and girls are recruited into government forces and armed opposition groups to serve as combatants or in support roles. The [...]

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Treating women and girls as equal partners in development

Listen / Female construction student at suco development project in Liquica. Photo: UN Women Timor-Leste/Betsy Davis

In the last two decades, life has improved for many women and girls around the world. According to the UN Population Fund, more girls are going to school and fewer women are dying in pregnancy and children birth. As the world prepares to celebrate International Women's Day on 8 March, the UN held a debate [...]

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UN Daily News 07 March 2014

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Former militia chief found guilty of war crimes in DRC

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A former militia chief in the Democratic Republic of the Congo has been found guilty by the International Criminal Court (ICC) of acting as an accessory to one crime against humanity and four war crimes. Germain Katanga was found guilty of the crimes relating to murder and attacking civilian populations committed on 24 February 2003. [...]

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Sustainable development "needs women's empowerment"

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Women should be empowered and gender equality needs to be assured if sustainable development is to succeed according to the former Finnish President Tarja Halonen. Ms Halonen made the remarks as she chaired a high-level thematic debate at the UN General Assembly on the role of women and children in the Post-2015 Agenda. The General [...]

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Refugee agency pushes for greater humanitarian access in South Sudan

Listen / An elderly woman holds her grandson while his mother prepares food at a secondary school in Malakal, capital of Upper Nile state. Access to the town has been affected by fighting.© UNHCR/K.Gebreegziabher

The health of refugees in South Sudan could become "severely compromised" unless food is delivered immediately, according to the UN refugee agency UNHCR. Refugees from Sudan in the Maban camps in Upper Nile State last received food in February and may only access partial food rations this month. Humanitarian access has been disrupted in South [...]

7 Mar 2014 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

WOMEN: International Women's Day: "Gender equality is progress for all"

Listen / Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka

International Women's Day, observed on 8th March, this year comes on the eve of the 2015 deadline for meeting the Millennium Development Goals or MDGs. One of these eight goals, set by world leaders in 2000, is the promotion of gender equality and empowerment of women. The theme for this year's observance of International Women's [...]

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Looming deaths in the CAR as aid funding dries out

Listen / A man and his child walk through a crowded site for internally displaced people in Bangui. © UNHCR/S.Phelps

The United Nations is warning that the humanitarian situation in the Central African Republic is deteriorating fast and many displaced civilians could die as aid agencies are running out of funds to support the growing humanitarian needs. The UN Emergency Relief Coordinator Valerie Amos says humanitarian access and living conditions in the camps for displaced [...]

7 Mar 2014 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Human rights assessment team arrives in Ukraine

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A senior UN human rights official has arrived in Ukraine to conduct a "preliminary assessment" of the situation following developments in the country since November last year. During his eight-day visit UN Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights Ivan Šimonović plans to meet authorities as well as civil society organisations in Kiev, Lviv, Kharkiv and Simferopol. [...]

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UNCA: Demand for south-south cooperation in agriculture increasing

Listen / Laurent Thomas

Developing countries around the world are increasingly looking to other nations in the so-called Global South to help them build agricultural expertise. The UN's Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) says the demand for south-south cooperation is growing because it has proved successful. Many Asian nations provide technical expertise to developing countries. Laurent Thomas is Assistant [...]

7 Mar 2014 | Posted in UN Calling Asia | Read More »

New UN campaign to secure release of all child soldiers by 2016

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Children should be in school or on the playground but not on the battlefield. That's what Leila Zerrougi, the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict told UN Radio on Thursday. Ms. Zerrougi is behind a new UN campaign to end the recruitment and use of children in government forces by 2016. Thousands of boys and [...]

7 Mar 2014 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

UN AND AFRICA: Violence in South Darfur a cause for concern: UNAMID

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  • Thousands of people have been displaced by violence in South Darfur. The African Union-UN Darfur (UNAMID) says villages have been looted and burnt in the latest flare up of the violence. UNAMID says its peacekeepers tried to get into the areas affected by the violence but were prevented by the authorities. UN to [...]

6 Mar 2014 | Posted in UN and Africa | Read More »

Launch of campaign to stop use of children as soldiers by 2016

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All governments and organizations around the world have been urged to work with the United Nations to ensure that no children are used as soldiers by 2016. The call was made on Thursday by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in a message for the launch of the United Nations global campaign known as "Children, not soldiers". [...]

6 Mar 2014 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

The right to contraception is a human right, says WHO

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Girls, women and couples who want to avoid unwanted pregnancies should get the information and services they need, said the World Health Organization (WHO) as it launched a new guidance on contraceptives. A lack of contraception puts 6 out of 10 women in low-income countries at risk of unintended pregnancy, the agency says. Making contraception [...]

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Over 220 million women don't have access to contraceptives

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More than 220 million women and girls around the world who don't want to get pregnant don't have access to contraception, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). WHO has launched a new guidance to help countries ensure that girls and women are provided with information and services they need to avoid unwanted pregnancies. It [...]

6 Mar 2014 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Young people know what they need and want: GA President

Listen / Young people attend a meeting at the General Assembly Hall, UN Headquarters New York.  UN Photo/Paulo Filgueiras

Young people around the world know what they want and need, according to the President of the General Assembly. Ambassador John Ashe spoke at an event on "The Contributions of Women, the Young and Civil Society to the Post-2015 Development Agenda." 2015 is the deadline for meeting the Millennium Development Goals set by world leaders [...]

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Global food prices spike because of bad weather, increased demand

Listen / The Food Price Index was up but remained lower than one year ago.

Global food prices have increased by 2.6 per cent in February because of bad weather and increased demand, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization. The FAO Food Price Index, based on the prices of a basket of internationally-traded food commodities, registered its sharpest increase since mid-2012. While recent hikes in wheat and corn prices [...]

6 Mar 2014 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

Support to African-led mission in Central African Republic urged

Listen / Francoise is leaving Central African Republic and returning to the Democratic Republic of the Congo with her seven children.  UNHCR/H.Reichenberger

The international community has been urged to urgently provide financial and material support to peacekeepers in the Central African Republic which continues to be plagued by inter-communal violence. The appeal was made by the head of UN peacekeeping operations, Hervé Ladsous as the Security Council discussed the situation in the country on Thursday. Mr. Ladsous [...]

6 Mar 2014 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

More needs to be done to achieve gender equality: UN Women chief

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International Women's Day, observed on 8th March, this year comes on the eve of the 2015 deadline for meeting the Millennium Development Goals or MDGs. One of these eight goals, set by world leaders in 2000, is the promotion of gender equality and empowerment of women. The theme for this year's observance of International Women's [...]

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Global food prices up as bad weather hits supplies

Listen / Workers stacking large sacks from conveyor belt. Pakistan. Photo: Curt Carnemark / World Bank

Bad weather conditions in key food producing countries coupled with increased demand and security concerns pushed global food prices up sharply during the month of February according to the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO). FAO says its food price index rose by 2.6 per cent during the month of February, the sharpest increase since [...]

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Health experts want further cuts in the consumption of sugar

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The World Health Organization is undertaking a global public consultation on new proposals to limit the consumption of sugars to reduce public health problems like obesity and tooth decay. Currently, WHO recommends that sugars should make up less than 10 per cent of total energy intake per day. In its new draft guidelines, WHO says [...]

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"Equality for Women is Progress for All"

Listen / Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka

Equal participation of women in all aspects of the development of society benefits everyone. That's the message of the Executive Director of UN Women, the United Nations entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women on the eve of International Women's Day observed on 8 March. Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka said if more women were to [...]

6 Mar 2014 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

UN launches new phase of support in Sierra Leone

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Sierra Leone has been hailed by the UN Secretary-General as a "success story" because of the great strides it has made towards peace, stability and long-term development The UN is ending its peace and political operations on 31 March to focus more on supporting the economic development of the West African nation. Daljit Dhaliwal takes [...]

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Demand for south-south cooperation in agriculture increasing

Listen / South-South Cooperation is the mutual sharing and exchange of development solutions - knowledge, experiences and good practices, policies, technology, know-how, and resources - between and among countries in the Global South.

Developing countries around the world are increasingly looking to other nations in the so-called Global South to help them build agricultural expertise. The UN's Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) says the demand for south-south cooperation is growing because it has proved successful. Many Asian nations provide technical expertise to developing countries. Laurent Thomas is Assistant [...]

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A third of Syria's chemical arsenal removed or destroyed

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Over the past few days, there has been an acceleration and intensification of efforts by the Syrian Arab Republic to remove or destroy its chemical arsenal. That's what Sigrid Kaag, the Special Coordinator of the Joint Mission of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) and the United Nations told the press on [...]

5 Mar 2014 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Gunmen threaten UN senior adviser in Ukraine's Crimea region

Listen / Robert Serry (centre right), Senior Advisor to the Secretary-General, briefs Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (right) at the end of his mission to Ukraine.  02 March 2014  Mont Pèlerin, Switzerland.  UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

A senior adviser to the UN Secretary-General has been exposed to what has been described as "a very regrettable incident" in the Crimea region of Ukraine. Robert Serry was on a mission to the region on Wednesday to evaluate the situation on the ground. The Deputy Secretary-General, Jan Eliasson briefed reporters about what happened to [...]

5 Mar 2014 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

UN mission in Sierra Leone winds down

Listen / Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (left) meets with Ernest Bai Koroma, President of the Republic of Sierra Leone. Freetown, Sierra Leone - UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

Sierra Leone has been described by the UN Secretary-General as one of the world's successful cases of recovery after a conflict. Ban Ki-moon spoke to reporters on Wednesday in the country's capital, Freetown where he attended the official closing ceremony of the UN Integrated Peacebuilding Office in Sierra Leone (UNIPSIL). The Secretary-General said the event [...]

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Fears of more violence, "unprecedented loss of life" in South Sudan

Listen / UNHCR and partners have drilled or rehabilitated boreholes to ensure that the South Sudanese refugees receive enough water.  UNHCR/F.Noy

South Sudan could collapse if urgent action is not taken to help see its people through the current crisis, according to Toby Lanzer, the UN Humanitarian Coordinator for the country. Fighting erupted in Africa's youngest nation mid-December between Government forces and opposition forces loyal to the former South Sudanese Vice-President, Riek Machar. Mr. Lanzer, who [...]

5 Mar 2014 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

Donors urged to help before rainy season in South Sudan

Listen / A young South Sudanese woman lies on a mat, shaded from the sun by a piece of tarpaulin.  More than 60% of the adult refugees at Nyumanzi I are women.  UNHCR/F.Noy

The international donor community is being urged to urgently help pre-position more than 140,000 tons of food in South Sudan before the rainy season starts. The appeal came from the UN Humanitarian Coordinator in South Sudan, Toby Lanzer who says fighting in the country has continued to displace thousands of people. He expressed concern about [...]

5 Mar 2014 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

UN humanitarian chief reiterates call for abolition of death penalty

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The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights has called on countries that still have capital punishment to move swiftly to abolish it. Navi Pillay made the call on Wednesday in her address to the UN Human Rights Council. The UN human rights chief said that since the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights [...]

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Absolute impunity pervades the conflict in Syria: UN chief investigator

Listen / Syrian refugee Mahmoud, in the underground shelter where he lives with his family in El Akbiya, Lebanon.  UNHCR/S.Baldwin

As the Syrian conflict enters its fourth year, the absolute impunity that pervades the conflict is "absolutely unacceptable", according to the Chair of a panel of UN investigators. Speaking to the press in Geneva on Wednesday, Mr. Paulo Sérgio Pinheiro, Chair of the UN Commission of Inquiry on Syria, said the leadership of each party [...]

5 Mar 2014 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

Caribbean States hoping for huge tourism season in 2014

Listen / Sea life at St. Croix

"Tourism as Key Sector for Development in Island States" was the theme of a recent conference facilitated by the UN World Tourism Organization that looked at wide-ranging issues for island destinations from competitiveness and sustainability perspectives to regional integration, air connectivity to identifying specific challenges and vulnerabilities. Caribbean States are hoping that 2014 will be [...]

5 Mar 2014 | Posted in Caribbean News | Read More »

Stop wasting food – World Bank

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Millions of people around the world go to bed hungry every night and yet millions of tons of food end up in trash cans. World Bank President Jim Yong Kim says a new report shows that globally we lose or waste one-quarter to one-third of all food produced for human consumption. World Bank's Gayle Young [...]

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Syrians subjected to sieges and starvation

Listen / Paulo Pinheiro, Chairperson of the Commission of Inquiry on Syria

Hundreds of thousands of civilians are besieged in Syria and subjected to relentless shelling and bombardment, according to the latest report of the Independent International Commission of Inquiry on the Syrian Arab Republic. The report says civilians are systematically denied access to humanitarian aid, food and basic necessities such as medical care, and must choose between surrender [...]

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Tourists engaged in anti-trafficking campaign

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Tourists are being encouraged to join the global fight against the illicit trafficking of goods and services that they may be tempted to buy when they are travelling. A campaign by the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) and the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) is educating [...]

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Tourists asked to be "responsible" travellers

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Tourists can fight the trade in illicit goods by behaving as responsible travellers, according to the UN. The World Tourism Organization (WTO) estimates that each year a billion people travel and face choices about buying illegal products. A campaign by the WTO, UNESCO and the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) is making the [...]

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Dairy cooperatives in Afghanistan help stabilize rural communities

Listen / Charmesra Cooperative members meet once a week.

Dairy farmers in Afghanistan are forming cooperatives to not only help them earn money, but also to unite and stabilize communities they live in. The UN's International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) is assisting them with the necessary funds. The agency believes that cooperatives are key to improving food security and eradicating hunger- even in [...]

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UN body calls for investment to tackle drug abuse problem

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Governments can save  money by investing in prevention and treatment of drug abuse, according to a new report released on Tuesday. The report has been published by the International Narcotics Control Board (INCB), an independent UN body monitoring the production and consumption of narcotics worldwide. It estimates that every dollar spent on prevention of drug [...]

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UN continues to stress need for calm in resolving Ukraine situation

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UN Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson has stressed the need for calm in resolving the situation in Ukraine. Diplomatic efforts are continuing since Russian troops entered the Ukrainian Crimea region of the country. Mr. Jan Eliasson continued his visit to Ukraine on Tuesday where he met with the country's acting President, Prime Minister and acting Foreign [...]

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UN nuclear agency involves public in tackling nuclear emergencies

Listen / IAEA fact-finding mission assesses Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant  (file photo 2011)

After the Fukushima Daiichi Accident in 2011, the IAEA initiated a series of meetings on different aspects of preparing and dealing with nuclear incidents and emergencies. The most recent meeting held in February focused on Radiation Protection and improving public involvement. The meeting also took a unique approach of involving more young professionals from the [...]

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UN Daily News 04 March 2014

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Countries urged to place human rights of migrants at forefront: UN

Listen / Refugees and migrants risk their lives travelling from Africa to Europe in over-crowded and unseaworthy vessels to escape persecution and violence, or simply to find a better life.  UNHCR/A.Di Loreto

Countries are being urged to adopt a new approach to migration that places the rights of migrants at the forefront. The Human Rights Council in Geneva held a debate on Tuesday on the promotion and protection of their migrant rights. Stories of abuse, exploitation and discrimination of migrants are often heard on a daily basis, [...]

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The City We Need campaign launched in New York

Listen / The-City-We-Need, from the World Urban Campaign

A document outlining the vision of a city for the 21st century was launched at UN Headquarters in New York on Tuesday. "The City We Need" is a consensus document of the World Urban Campaign, a global coalition of public and private sector partners and members of civil society. Its work is focusing on promoting [...]

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Governments urged to facilitate regular migration

Listen / Francois Crépeau, Special Rapporteur on the human rights of migrants

Governments around the world have been urged to facilitate regular migration of workers in order to stop the empowerment of what has been called "smuggling mafias". The appeal was made by the UN independent expert on the Human Rights of Migrants, Francois Crépeau who spoke to the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva on Tuesday. [...]

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UNDP initiative in Central African Republic aims to help reconcile, rebuild communities

Listen / UNDP  will fix water reservoirs, bridges and clinics in the Central African Republic, through a new emergency work scheme .  PHOTO UNDP

As violence continues in the Central African Republic, pitting Christian and Muslim communities against each other, efforts are being made to foster reconciliation. It is estimated that 1, 000 people have died, although the numbers may be even higher – and hundreds of thousands of others have been displaced by the conflict in the country. [...]

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Gender parity in parliament possible within 20 years

Listen / Women MPs in the 8th Parliament of Zimbabwe and members of civil society gathered on 4 September 2013 to honour female candidates who participated in the 2013 elections. Photo: UN Women/Patricia A. Made

Equal representation of men and women in parliament within 20 years is possible, according to the global organization of parliamentarians. The Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) on Tuesday released its annual analysis of statistics and trends on women in parliament. IPU Secretary-General Anders Johnsson told reporters in Geneva that in 2012 there was an increase in the [...]

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UNHCR appeals for accelerated help for refugees fleeing CAR, South Sudan

Listen / Food distribution in South Sudan

Over 1.8 million people have been displaced by the crises in South Sudan and the Central African Republic in what the UN refugee agency UNHCR says is one of the biggest population displacement Africa has seen in recent years. UNHCR says the refugees and internally displaced people face appalling living conditions as lack of funding [...]

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Violence in South Darfur a cause for concern: UNAMID

Listen / Adam Abdala Idris, age five, is pictured in his shelter in a camp for displaced people. UNAMID

There has been an escalation of violence with burning of villages and displacement of thousands of people in South Darfur, according to the African Union-UN Mission in Darfur (UNAMID). UNAMID says its peacekeepers have been trying to get into the areas where there have been reports of burning of villages, looting and displacement of thousands [...]

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Situation in Ukraine "continued to evolve rapidly": UN official

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The situation in Ukraine has continued to evolve rapidly with Russia deploying more troops  while demonstrations continue in some parts of the country. That's what Assistant Secretary-General for Political Affairs, Oscar Fernandez-Taranco told the Security Council as it met again on Monday afternoon to discuss the situation in the country. Mr. Taranco said the UN [...]

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FAO promotes new tool to measure hunger and food security

Listen / Pietro Gennari, Director of Statistics Division, FAO

A new metric by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) to measure hunger and food insecurity faster and more effectively is being tested on the ground in several countries worldwide. The five-year global project, named Voices of the Hungry, gathers information on the extent and severity of hunger from food-insecure people through an annual survey. [...]

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Ugandan rebels in DR Congo urged to lay down arms

Listen / Training for United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in DR Congo (MONUSCO) Mission Personnel

Ugandan rebel fighters based in the Democratic Republic of the Congo have been asked to lay down their arms and enter UN-run camps. The call came from the top UN envoy in the DR Congo to the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) which has rear bases in the DR Congo and has been attacking civilians. The [...]

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Attack on Libya's parliament strongly condemned by UN

Listen / Martin Nesirky, UN spokesperson

The attack on Libya's parliament and the assault on its members on Sunday have been strongly condemned by the UN mission in the country. According to reports, rioters armed with knives and guns stormed the premises of the General National Congress and torched furniture. A guard was killed and six members of parliament were wounded [...]

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Ban: both sides in Ukraine conflict should "lower the temperature", engage in dialogue

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Restoring calm in Ukraine and promoting direct talks between its authorities and Russia is now of utmost importance. That's what UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said to the press in Geneva on Monday after his opening address to the 25th session of the annual Human Rights Council. Tensions flared when Russian troops and armoured vehicles were [...]

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UN Daily News 3 March 2014

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Sudanese authorities are urged to allow unhindered access to displaced people in Darfur

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Authorities in Sudan are being urged to allow unhindered and immediate access to the areas affected by recent violence in Darfur. The African Union-UN Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) says it's deeply concerned about reports of an escalation of violence in South Darfur in the past several days. The Mission has received reports of looting, burning [...]

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There can be no true development without equal human rights, says UN General Assembly President

Listen / John William Ashe, President of the 68th session of the General Assembly speaking at a High Level Segment of the 25th Session of the Human Rights Council, Geneva, Switzerland.  UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

Leaders and people around the world have been urged to work hard to create a better life for everyone, including the poorest and most vulnerable people. The call was made by the President of the General Assembly, Ambassador John Ashe, in his address to the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva on Monday. There is [...]

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Half the World is Woman – Part 1

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The first part of this series offers a survey of the situation of women around the world on International Women's Year. Language: English Genre: Report 1975 Duration: 4’42″

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Half the World is Woman – Part 2

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This programme analyzes women's involvement in political struggles and decision making around the world. Language: English Genre: Report 1975 Duration: 4’32″

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UN offers to mediate over the Ukrainian political crisis

Listen / Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. UN Photo/Mark Garten

The United Nations is ready to offer any assistance which would lead to the peaceful resolution of the political crisis in Ukraine. Speaking in Geneva, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon called for the restoration of peace in Ukraine and urged Russia to refrain from any acts or rhetoric that could further escalate the situation. The [...]

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Human Rights Council urged to end impunity and promote accountability

Listen / Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has expressed concern at the lack of accountability for human rights violations being committed in Syria, South Sudan and the Central African Republic. Addressing the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, Mr Ban said the conflicts are a sad testament to what can happen when perpetrators feel free to [...]

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Illegal wildlife trade threatens survival of world's "charismatic" species

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The trade in illegal wildlife is threatening the survival of what have been called the world's most "charismatic" species. Marking the UN's World Wildlife Day, CITES, the Convention on the International Trade in Endangered Species, said that the trade has increased over the last few years. John Scanlon is the Secretary-General of the CITES "We [...]

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International Ear Care Day highlights hearing loss problem

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More than 600 million people around the world suffer from some form of hearing loss, according to the United Nations health agency. The World Health Organization (WHO) says the highest prevalence of the problem is found in Asia Pacific, South Asia and sub-Saharan African. The agency points out that about half of all cases of [...]

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UN Human Rights Council holds its 25th regular session

Listen / Human Rights Council. Photo by Jean-Marc FerrŽ

Over a hundred reports covering a wide range of countries and human rights themes will be presented at a month-long session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva. The Council's 25th Session opens on Monday with a four-day High-Level Segment during which ministers and other senior dignitaries will speak. The 47-nation Geneva-based body serves [...]

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Celebrate "beauty" of nature on World Wildlife Day

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People around the world are being urged to celebrate the beauty and variety of the planet’s millions of plants and animals and to fight for the survival of some of our most charismatic species. The call comes from John Scanlon, the Secretary-General of the CITES, the Convention on the International Trade in Endangered Species to [...]

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360 million people in the world live with hearing loss

Listen / Photo: The London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM)/A. Smith

Countries are being asked to develop strategies to prevent and treat hearing loss. The call has come from the  World Health Organization  on International Ear Care Day observed 3 March. There are 360 million persons in the world with disabling hearing loss, according to the agency, that's around 5 per cent of the global population. [...]

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"Time for cool heads to prevail" as Ukraine crisis unfolds: UN Deputy Chief

Listen / Deputy Secretary-General, Jan Eliasson

Now is time for cool heads to prevail, the Deputy Secretary-General told members of the Security Council as they debated the crisis in Ukraine. The Council has been holding emergency consultations on Ukraine and the Autonomous Republic of Crimea since Friday. Ukraine has been witnessing violent unrest for several months and last week saw the [...]

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Ban "gravely concerned" about deterioration of situation in Ukraine

Listen / Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. UN Photo/Mark Garten

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has expressed serious concern over the deterioration of the situation in the Crimea region of Ukraine. That's according to his spokesperson, Martin Nesirky, who read a statement to the press on Saturday. Nesirky said Mr. Ban Ki-moon continued to closely follow the seriously and rapidly unfolding events in Ukraine. "The Secretary-General reiterates [...]

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UN Senior Advisor urges for calm in Ukraine's Crimea region

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A senior advisor to the UN Secretary-General has urged for calm and restraint in the Autonomous Republic of Crimea in Ukraine. Robert Serry shared this message on Saturday as he wrapped up a three-day fact finding mission to the country. Tensions have been mounting in recent days in Crimea, with media now reporting that the [...]

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