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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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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

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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

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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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