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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 [...]

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

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

Listen / The iconic image of a huge crowd waiting for UNRWA food parcels in the Palestinian refugee camp of Yarmouk, Damascus has gone up simultaneously on the "Jumbotron" billboard in New York's Times Squareand in Tokyo's Shubyia district on the same day Photo: Alexandra Eurdolian and Smita Sharma for unrwa.org

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 [...]

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

UN chief calls for condemnation of racism

Listen / Secretary General Ban-Ki Moon Joint Press Stakeout

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 [...]

21 Mar 2014 | Posted in Women | Read More »

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

Listen / Richard Falk

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 [...]

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

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 [...]

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

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 [...]

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

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

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

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 [...]

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

UN chief visits Ukraine to discuss Crimea crisis

Listen / UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

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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