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Asylum applications in Europe increase by third

Listen / displaced Syrian family

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

Listen / Students in Liberia.UN Photo/Staton Winter

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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UN Daily News 20 March 2014

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More than half of Syria's chemical weapons removed

Listen / OPCW headquarters in The Hague, the Netherlands

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

Listen / Karin Landgren

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

Listen / Ten Years of peace in Liberia. UNMIL Photo/Staton Winter.

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

Listen / Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

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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