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UN AND AFRICA: Warning signs of genocide in CAR

Listen / Adama Dieng

• 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

Listen / Security Council Chamber

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 [...]

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

Diplomatic efforts to diffuse Ukraine crisis continuing at UN

Listen / Jeffrey Feltman

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

Listen / 03-13-2014-Drugs-Commission

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 [...]

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

US and China set new patent filing record in 2013

Listen / WIPO LOGO

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 [...]

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

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

Listen / school-children-kenya-large

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

Listen / UNRWA@PHOTO

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 »

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