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New camp for Syrian refugees opened in Jordan

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Jordan opened a new refugee camp on Wednesday as part of its continued provision of shelter to thousands of Syrians fleeing violence in their country. The Azraq camp, located in the desert 100 kilometres east of the capital, Amman, will be run by Jordanian authorities supported by the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) and its humanitarian [...]

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"Onus rests on Security Council" to take action in Syria: Amos

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Security Council Consultations: UN Photo/Devra Berkowitz

The Security Council has the duty to not only recognize the reality on the ground in Syria but to act, the UN Emergency Relief Coordinator told the press following a Security Council meeting on Wednesday. Ms Valerie Amos deplored that public pressure and private diplomacy has yielded little progress while violence has intensified in the [...]

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UN Daily News 30 April 2014

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Conflict in South Sudan reaching "boiling point" warns UN human rights chief

Listen / UN Human Rights Chief Navi Pillay speaking to journalists in South Sudan's capital Juba.  (UNifeed video capture)

The "deadly mix of recrimination, hate speech and revenge killings" in South Sudan that has developed relentlessly over the past four and half months seems to be reaching boiling point." This warning has come from the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay who is visiting the new African nation together with Adama Dieng, [...]

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Antibiotic resistance a global threat to modern medicine: WHO

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Resistance to antibiotic drugs is a serious threat across the world and has the potential to affect people of all ages and in any country. The warning appears in the World Health Organization's very first report on antimicrobial resistance or drug resistance. Antibiotics treat infections caused by bacteria, parasites, viruses or fungi. Dr Keiji Fukuda, [...]

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New camp opens in Jordan for refugees fleeing Syria civil war

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A new camp for refugees escaping a civil war in Syria has officially opened in Jordan, the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) confirmed on Wednesday. Camp Azraq, which will be run by Jordanian authorities with the support of UNHCR, will help relieve pressure on the Za'atri camp, located some 80 kilometres to the north-west. With around [...]

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Famine can be avoided if South Sudanese return to their crops

Listen / UN human rights chief Navi Pillay talking to a community leader in the South Sudanese capital Bor.   (UNifeed - video capture)

Famine can be avoided if civilians in South Sudan can return to their land to plant crops, according to United Nations human rights chief Navi Pillay. The displacement of close to a million civilians due to ongoing conflict in the country is threatening to disrupt the planting season which will lead to a shortage of [...]

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South Sudan leaders recognise need for political solution to conflict

Listen / UN human rights chief Navi Pillay meets former Vice-President  Riek Machar in South Sudan

The President of South Sudan and the leader of rebel forces both recognise the need to solve an ongoing conflict in the country through political dialogue, according to the UN human rights chief, Navi Pillay. Thousands of people have been killed and a million have fled their homes as government troops continue to battle opposition [...]

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International Jazz Day highlights jazz's "diplomatic role"

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Jazz has a diplomatic role of uniting people in all corners of the globe, according to the United Nations' cultural organization (UNESCO). Every year on 30 April, International Jazz Day brings together communities, artists, historians and jazz enthusiasts to celebrate and learn about jazz and its roots. The musical genre is recognized for promoting peace, [...]

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Roads "critical component" of post-2015 development agenda

Listen / Regrading of roads around Afgoye, Somalia.  UN Photo/Tobin Jones

Roads are a "critical component" of the future global poverty reduction agenda according to UNOPS, a UN agency which supports the implementation of aid and development projects across the world. Member States of the United Nations are currently defining a new set of sustainable development goals which will replace the Millennium Development Goals, the deadline [...]

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National elections in Iraq important for peace and security: Ban

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National elections in Iraq mark an important milestone in the country's democratic transition and can contribute to greater peace and stability, according to a statement released by the Secretary-General. Iraqis are casting their ballots on Wednesday for the Council of Representatives or legislature, in what will be the country's third national election under the 2005 [...]

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Developments in Ukraine should alarm all: UN senior envoy

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

In the past four days alone, "alarming" developments such as kidnappings, occupation of public buildings and assassination attempts have occurred in Ukraine, according to the UN's top political envoy. Jeffrey Feltman told members of the Security Council late on Tuesday that that "time was of the essence" and that a diplomatic and political solution to [...]

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Chemical weapons watchdog to probe Syria's alleged chlorine gas attacks

Listen / Inspectors from the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) inventory a stockpile of 22mm chemical artillery projectiles (file photo). Credit: OPCW

A fact-finding mission led by the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) is going to Syria to investigate the alleged use of chlorine in the war-torn country. The OPCW Director-General Ahmet Uzumcu made the announcement on Tuesday. In recent weeks, there have been unverified reports of toxic chlorine gas attacks taking place in [...]

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Humanitarian flights delivering aid to South Sudan kick off

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A massive airlift has been launched from the city of Dubai, in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to South Sudan carrying urgently needed aid for people fleeing the conflict, according to the UN refugee agency. UNHCR's first chartered Airbus300 aircraft landed around noon on Tuesday, carrying 32 metric tons of supplies including sleeping mats, blankets, [...]

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The first International Jazz Day celebrated at the UN

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The General Assembly hall was abuzz with jazz for the first International Jazz Day celebrated on 30 April 2012. A musical extravaganza of musicians from around the world gathered, celebrated and performed the universal power of jazz — Stevie Wonder, Sheila E, Jimmy Heath, Angelique Kidjo, Wynton Marsalis, Lang Lang, Hugh Masakela and many more. [...]

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A ballet about the Holocaust to remember and educate

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The human body can tell stories without words, according to a choreographer who uses dance to educate about the Holocaust. "Light/The Holocaust & Humanity Project" is a full-length contemporary ballet that recounts the journey of a Holocaust survivor. Stephen Mills created the project in 2005 as a way to engage a community and create dialogue [...]

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UN Daily News 29 April 2014

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Inaction over Middle East political impasse could trigger crisis

Listen / Robert Serry, Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, tours Gaza. UN Photo/Shareef Sarhan

The suspension of US- brokered negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians poses a great risk to the prospects of a two-state solution. That's what Robert Serry, the UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process told the Security Council on Tuesday. The United Nations supports the establishment of an independent State of Palestine based [...]

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UN concern over Maldives reinstatement of death penalty

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Authorities in the Maldives have overturned a 60 year moratorium on the use of capital punishment in the country, a move which has been criticised by the UN human rights office. The new regulation allows for people charged with "intentional murder" to be sentenced to death. The age of criminal responsibility in the Maldives is [...]

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Attack on Central African Republic relocation convoy condemned

Listen / Muslim residents in CAR are fleeing towards Chad escorted by armed Seleka militias.  UN Photo/Emmanuelle Schneider

A grenade attack on a humanitarian convoy in the Central African Republic, that left two people dead and seven injured, has been condemned by the United Nations. Claire Bourgeois, the Senior Humanitarian Coordinator in the country, says that she is appalled by yesterday’s attack and has urged all armed groups to put an immediate end [...]

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Supplying life's basics for thousands devastated by Northern Afghanistan flooding

Listen / Flooded streets in Kabul neighbourhood.  UN Photo/Fardin Waezi.  (file photo - 2009)

Relief agencies are rushing in basic supplies to victims of floods which hit northern Afghanistan last week. More than 100 people are reported to have died in the floods which destroyed thousands of houses and left some people trapped on the rooftops of their homes. United Nations agencies are working with the Afghan Red Crescent [...]

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Mass trials in Egypt "clearly breach" international human rights law

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For the second time in two months, a court in Egypt on Monday issued death sentences to 683 individuals after what the UN human rights office called "hasty" trials. The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay expressed her shock and outrage over the sentences that she said "clearly breached international human rights law". [...]

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Ban pays tribute to Syria chemical warfare victims on Day of Remembrance

Listen / Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon addresses a Memorial Ceremony.  UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

The use of chemical weapons in Syria was a deplorable offense against humanity, according to the UN Secretary-General. On the annual Day of Remembrance for Victims of Chemical Warfare observed 29 April, Mr. Ban Ki-moon paid tribute to the victims of these weapons. He deplored that the horrific use of chemical weapons in Syria in [...]

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Mass death sentences in Egypt strongly condemned by UN

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The sentencing of hundreds of people to death in Egypt face following a mass trial has been strongly condemned by the United Nations. On Monday a judge in the Criminal Court in Al-Minya sentenced 683 people to death in a trial that has been criticized for not meeting international standards for justice. The defendants, among [...]

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Supplying life's basics for thousands devastated by Northern Afghanistan flooding

Listen / Flooded Kokaldash Village in Jawzjan Province in 2009.  UN Photo/Sayed Barez

Emergency aid is getting through to the large majority of people affected by flash floods in Northern Afghanistan last week, which killed at least 132 people. The Afghan army has evacuated some 14,000 people from the worst affected areas to open desert areas. It's estimated that 39,000 have been affected in some way by the [...]

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Bollywood music video recognises rights of LGBT people

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A Bollywood-style music video which presses for the recognition of the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people (LGBT) is being launched in India by the UN human rights office. It's part of the global Free and Equal campaign to raise awareness of homophobic violence and discrimination. Daniel Dickinson reports. Duration: 2’41″

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Regulation of chemicals in the workplace "huge challenge"

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The regulation and management of chemicals in the workplace is a "huge challenge" for the global community, according to the UN's International Labour Organization (ILO). According to World Health Organization figures there are at least 400,00 deaths a year around the world annually which are attributable to the poor management of chemicals at work. Although [...]

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Agriculture one of the most dangerous jobs because of chemical exposure

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Agriculture is one of the most dangerous jobs with regards to exposure to dangerous chemicals like pesticides, according to a technical officer with the International Labour Organization or ILO. "Safety and health in the use of chemicals at work" is the theme for the 2014 World Day for Safety and Health at Work. High doses [...]

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Central African Republic faces challenges in protecting civilians

Listen / Internally Displaced Children in Bangui, Central African Republic.  UN Photo/Evan Schneider

The Central African Republic continues to face challenges in protecting civilians as the conflict continues between Christian and Muslim communities. Thousands of people are believed to have been killed and hundreds of thousands of others forced to flee their home since the violence started in December 2012. African Union forces and French troops, known as [...]

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Peacekeepers extract civilians from violence in Bentiu, South Sudan

Listen / A makeshift primary school for students at the UNMISS displaced persons camp in Bor, Jonglei state, South Sudan. Photo: UNMISS/Mihad Abdalla

South Sudanese civilians seeking shelter from violence have been extracted from Unity State's capital Bentiu by United Nations peacekeepers, according to a UN Spokesperson. The UN Mission in South Sudan, known as UNMISS, also reported fighting between government and opposition forces in Mayom. The latest reports said Mayom is currently under SPLA control, although fighting [...]

28 Apr 2014 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Boston marathon winner says sport "unites and gives hope"

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Sport is a universal language that unites us and gives us hope, according to the winner of this year's Boston Marathon. Meb Keflezighi is an Eritrean-born American long distance runner who has won many international races, including an Olympic silver medal in 2004 and the New York City marathon in 2009. He was at United [...]

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Purpose of security sector reform is to make people's lives safer: Ban

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Public confidence in governments can be strengthened by a professional and accountable security sector . That's what the UN Secretary-General told members of the Security Council on Monday during an open debate on security sector reform (SSR). Simply put, the purpose of security sector reform (SSR) is to make people's lives safer, Ban Ki-moon said. [...]

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Syria gets rid of 92 per cent of chemical weapons arsenal

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Syria has disposed of more than 92 per cent of its declared stockpile of chemical weapons material, according to the head of the Joint Mission of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons and the United Nations (OPCW). The weapons were either removed from its territory or destroyed in-house. Sigrid Kaag hailed it as [...]

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UN Daily News 28 April 2014

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South Sudan officials urged by UN human rights chief to stop conflict

Listen / Dead bodies on the road side in Bentiu, South Sudan.  (UNifeed video capture)

Ordinary civilians in South Sudan are like the grass that suffers when two elephants fight in Africa. That's what UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay, said as she expressed alarm at the ongoing conflict in the country which she says remains grave and could result in revenge killings. Ms. Pillay accompanied by the [...]

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Situation in South Sudan very grave: UN top human rights official

Listen / UN's top human rights official Navi Pillay arrived in Juba, South Sudan today, 28 April 2014. (UNifeed video capture)

People from the outside think the situation in South Sudan is very grave and there are fears of revenge killings. That's what Navi Pillay, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights told government officials during her visit to Juba in the wake of recent mass killings in South Sudan's Unity and Jonglei state capitals. Accompanying [...]

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Safety and security of everyone is at stake with WMDs: Ban

Listen / Special Commission Team verifies Iraq's destruction of chemical weapons.  UN Photo/H Arvidsson

The use of poison gas in Syria is an alarming reminder of the continuing threat of chemical weapons and weapons of mass destruction, according to the UN Secretary-General. A report by UN investigators found that on 21 August last year, chemical weapons were used in the Ghouta area of Damascus. There were numerous casualties, including [...]

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Somali government faces challenges rebuilding state institutions, says UN envoy

Listen / Kismayo, 20 January 2014 - Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Somalia, Nicholas Kay, and the Vice Deputy Speaker of Somalia Federal Parliament, Jaylani Nur Ikar follow the proceedings of the launch of the Interim Jubba Administration ceremony at the Jubba Statehouse. [UN Photo/David Mutua]

The government of Somalia needs continued international support as it works to rebuild federal state institutions and hold its first truly national elections in 2016. That message has come from Ambassador Nicholas Kay, the head of the UN Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM) who was at the UN to brief the Security Council on the [...]

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Sport "clarion call to international understanding"

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Sport can act as a "clarion call to international understanding" and can promote peace. That's according to the Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations, Jan Eliasson. Speaking ahead of a debate on Monday at the UN on the role of sport in promoting peace and development, he said sport engenders fundamental principles. "Sports relate to [...]

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The international community urged to keep focus on Somalia

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The international community has been urged by the top UN envoy to Somalia to maintain its focus on the country as it works towards holding its first national elections in 2016. Ambassador Nicholas Kay, the head of the UN Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM) was at UN headquarters in New York to brief the Security [...]

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African women discuss coping with climate change

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Grassroots women and policy makers are gathering in Nairobi, Kenya on Monday to discuss coping with the challenges of climate change. The Workshop to Build Resilience to Combat Climate Change and Disasters is supported by the UN Development Programme (UNDP). Lucy Wanjiru Njagi, Programme Specialist for Environment, Gender and Climate Change at UNDP spoke to  [...]

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Eradication of tsetse fly in Senegalese region by 2016: UN agencies

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A campaign to eradicate the tsetse fly in the West African country, Senegal, could produce results within the near future, according to two UN agencies. Tsetse can carry parasites that cause sleeping sickness in humans and a wasting disease in livestock. The diseases are transmitted when a fly bites a host. Both can be fatal [...]

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Southeast Asian countries benefit from Mekong River

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The Mekong River is an important resource for millions of people in Asia as it runs through China, Laos, Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam. This poses a challenge for the countries to ensure that all the people in the region benefit from its rich and diverse ecosystems. The issue is even more important as some countries [...]

27 Apr 2014 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

Countries urged to use international database of stolen travel documents

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Countries around the world are being urged to use an international database of stolen travel documents as a way to counter terrorism. INTERPOL, the international police organization which manages the database, says that around 400 million individuals travel around the world on documents that are stolen or reported lost. It's warning that they may be [...]

26 Apr 2014 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

South Sudan's "wounded heroes" supported by women's group

Listen / Members of the different branches of the military forces of the Republic of South Sudan. UN Photo/Paul Banks

Women in South Sudan are recognizing the sacrifices made by government soldiers by donating food and other supplies to the men who they describe as "wounded heroes." A group of women from Agar Community in Lakes State made the donation to over 1300 soldiers being treated at a hospital in Juba, saying they want to [...]

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"Sense of belonging" nurtured at UN Inter-Agency Games

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Whatever time of the day, somewhere in the world there will be a UN staff member or peacekeeper hard at work……but the UN family also does get the opportunity to play. The annual United Nations Inter-Agency Games is the organization's very-own Olympic Games, although participants from across the world are competing not under their national [...]

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Insecurity a "challenge" for food aid deliveries in South Sudan

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The World Food Programme (WFP) says that it's determined to continue providing food assistance in South Sudan despite an attack on a UN convoy of barges on Thursday. The convoy was delivering urgently needed food and fuel supplies to the base of the United Nations Mission in Malakal in Upper Nile State. South Sudan continues [...]

25 Apr 2014 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

Chernobyl nuclear power plant disaster remembered

Listen / The ill-fated 4th block of the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant in Ukraine. Photo: IAEA/Petr Pavlicek

The anniversary of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant disaster that happened in Ukraine 28 years ago offers an opportunity to stand in solidarity with millions of people who still live in the affected areas. That's what UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in his message on the occasion of the anniversary of the disaster that happened [...]

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Two senior UN officials go to South Sudan in wake of rights abuses

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Two senior United Nations officials are going to South Sudan this weekend following mass killings in the towns of Bentiu and Bor and the use of radio to disseminate hate speech. Hundreds of civilians have been killed in the ongoing conflict between government forces and rebels loyal to former Vice-President Riek Machar. The UN Spokesperson [...]

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UN Radio News 25 April 2014

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Conflict-related sexual violence "as destructive as any bomb or bullet"

Listen / UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. UN Photo/Devra Berkowitz

Member States of the United Nations have been urged to work together to prevent human rights abuses, including sexual violence. The call came from UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon who spoke in the Security Council on Friday during an open debate on sexual violence in conflict. He said the Council has clearly and consistently stated that [...]

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Unchecked travel documents pose danger to passengers worldwide: INTERPOL

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Around 400 million individuals travel around the world on documents that may be stolen or reported lost. That's what a senor official of the international police organization, INTERPOL told reporters in New York on Friday during a briefing by the UN's Counter-terrorism Committee. Ronald Noble, the Secretary-General of INTERPOL warned that stolen and lost travel [...]

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30,000 children face malnutrition during rainy season in CAR

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Nearly 30,000 children in the Central African Republic are expected to suffer from severe acute malnutrition in the coming months as the rainy season in the country continues. The UN Children's Fund, UNICEF, says it expects many of those children to die. Meanwhile, UN humanitarian agencies are appealing for more money to fight malnutrition. Nicki [...]

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ICC Prosecutor decides to probe situation in Ukraine

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The Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) has decided to open a preliminary examination of allegations of crimes against humanity committed in Ukraine. Although Ukraine is not part of the UN-backed ICC, the new government has declared its acceptance of the Court's jurisdiction over the crimes it says were committed between November and February. [...]

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WOMEN: Girls can "shape future" with ICT

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Girls can help to shape the future of the planet if they're more involved in information and communications technology…well that's according to the 12-year old host of an online webshow.  Sylvia Todd, hosts Sylvia’s Super-Awesome Maker Show, which she describes as all about "how to make cool stuff."  On Thursday the United Nations is marking [...]

25 Apr 2014 | Posted in Women | Read More »

Global movie industry highlighted on World Intellectual Property Day

Listen / IP rights shape each stage of the film-maker's journey from script to screen. (Photo: WIPO).

The movie industry deserves to be protected by intellectual property laws according to the Geneva-based World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). On World Intellectual Property Day observed on 26 April each year, the organization is highlighting the importance of protecting the global film industry, an industry that employs hundreds of thousands of people. The day is [...]

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Shift in market power in banana trade: FAO

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The control of the global market for bananas has shifted from multinational companies to supermarkets and large retail chains, according to the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). The shift has come about partly because of cheaper transport costs. Growers, who are largely in developing countries, are also benefitting from changes in consumer demand. They're [...]

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Security Council debates "Women and peace and security"

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A senior UN official has spoken of her shock of meeting the victims of sexual violence as young as six months old. The comments by Zainab Hawa Bangura, Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Sexual Violence in Conflict came ahead of the Security Council's open debate on "Women and peace and security". In a resolution [...]

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$5 billion needed annually to eradicate deaths from malaria

Listen / Woman with malaria in Sudan. UN Photo/Albert Gonzalez Farran

Five billion dollars a year is needed to eradicate deaths from malaria according to the UN-supported Roll Back Malaria campaign. Approximately half of the world’s population live in malaria-affected areas. In Africa a child under five dies every minute from the disease. On World Malaria Day celebrated on the 25th of April each year, Isabelle [...]

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Global passion for movies highlights role of intellectual property

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Everyone loves a good story which is why film industries are flourishing across the world, according to the World Intellectual Property Organization or WIPO. On World Intellectual Property (IP) Day, observed on April 26 every year, the agency is using the world's passion for movies to highlight the role of IP in encouraging innovation and [...]

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Influence of multinationals in banana trade declines: FAO

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The influence of multinational companies in the banana trade has decreased dramatically, according to the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). The organization says that the market share of the three largest banana traders, Chiquita, Dole and Del Monte has dropped from almost two-thirds in the 1980s to slightly over one third in 2013. Ekaterina [...]

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UN AND AFRICA: Ethnic killings and radio hate speech deplored in South Sudan

Listen / Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs Valerie Amos (centre) meets a mother and young child at a clinic in Walgak, Jonglei State, during her official visit to South Sudan.  UN Photo/OCHA

• Hundreds of civilians have been killed in South Sudan’s Unity State capital, Bentiu, because of their ethnic origins, according to the UN mission in the country, UNMISS. The mission says that radio hate messages calling for violence are also being used to incite “vengeful sexual violence.” The killings began on April 15th following the [...]

24 Apr 2014 | Posted in UN and Africa | Read More »

UN CALLING ASIA: Best-selling author calls for global support for Syrian refugees in Iraq

Listen / Khaled Hosseini talks to Payman, an aspiring young Syrian writer.

The Best-selling author, Khaled Hosseini has called for more global support for Syrian refugees living in Iraq. Mr Hosseini, who is a Goodwill Ambassador for the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR), is also a former refugee from Afghanistan. He visited two camps in northern Iraq which are home to around 20,000 Syrians. Like millions of their [...]

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Over 90 per cent of Syria's chemical materials destroyed in country

Listen / Special Coordinator of the Joint Mission of the OPCW and the UN Sigrid Kaag (second left) inspecting preparations for the elemination of chemical weapons at the Syrian Port of Latakia in December 2013. Photo: OPCW-UN Joint Mission

"Significant progress" has been made in the last three weeks in the elimination of chemical weapons in Syria, according to a United Nations spokesperson. The joint mission of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons and the United Nations confirmed delivery on Thursday of a further shipment of chemical weapons material in Syria. UN [...]

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Garment industry in Bangladesh Rana Plaza: Never again

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A year after Bangladesh's deadliest industrial accident also known as the "Rana Plaza disaster", safety conditions for workers have improved. On April 24, 2013, the Rana Plaza, an eight story garment factory, collapsed in Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh, killing more than 1,100 people- the majority of them women. During the past year, the International [...]

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Unprovoked attack on supply barge in South Sudan condemned by UN

Listen / Residents at the camp for internally displaced persons (IDPs) at the UN Mission for South Sudan (UNMISS) Malakal Base in the Upper Nile State wait in line at the base's health facility. UN Photo/Isaac Billy

An attack on Thursday on a four-barge convoy carrying supplies for the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) has been strongly condemned by the UN. UNMISS says the convoy was delivering urgently needed food and fuel supplies to its Upper Nile Base in Malakal when it came under small arms attack from the northern bank [...]

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UN Radio News 24 April 2014

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All countries urged by UN chief to ratify treaty to abolish death penalty

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Countries around the world have been urged to ratify an international treaty aimed at abolishing what has been described as the "cruel" death penalty. The call came from UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon who spoke at a discussion entitled "Moving away from the death penalty-Discrimination against marginalized groups." Speaking at the UN, he said the right [...]

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Peace agreement needed in Darfur, says UNAMID Force Commander

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A negotiated peace agreement to resolve the conflict in the troubled Darfur region of Sudan, is needed to protect civilians according to the force commander of UN peacekeepers there. More than 200,000 people have been displaced by fighting in the south of Darfur since the beginning of the year. UN officials have repeatedly called on [...]

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Peace agreement in Darfur will help protection of civilians

Listen / A UNAMID Formed Police Unit Officer from Jordan interacts with a child in Zam Zam camp for Internally Displaced People (IDP), North Darfur. Photo by Albert Gonzalez Farran, UNAMID

A peace agreement between warring parties in Darfur will make it easier for the United Nations to protect civilians in the Sudanese region, according to the UN's force commander there. The security situation in Darfur has deteriorated over the past year marked by ongoing clashes between the Sudanese Government and rebels, as well as an [...]

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Warring parties in South Sudan face "serious consequences"

Listen / South Sudanese fleeing fighting, find refuge inside the UNMISS compound in Bor, Jonglei state. Photo: UNMISS/Tina Turyagyenda

The warring parties in South Sudan have been told that "serious consequences" could follow unless they end the fighting which has engulfed the country since last December. Thousands of people have been killed and a million have fled their homes as government troops continue to battle opposition rebels who support the former vice-president Riek Machar. [...]

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Technology to boost awareness of immunization programmes

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Countries around the world are being encouraged to use mobile or Internet technologies to inform people about immunization programmes. The call comes at the beginning of the annually observed Immunization Week, the slogan for which this year is "Immunization for a health future." During the campaign the World Health Organization (WHO) expects millions of people [...]

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World Immunization Week: "know, check and protect"

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On World Immunization Week, people are being asked to learn more about vaccines, check their immunization status and get a shot if needed. In the last week of April every year, the event takes place to remind families and communities how effective vaccines can be and to encourage people to get immunized against deadly and [...]

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One year anniversary of garment factory disaster marked in Bangladesh

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The anniversary of the collapse of garment factory in Bangladesh a year ago in which more than 1,100 people died and about 2,500 were injured is being marked on Thursday. The Deputy Director-General of International Labour Organization (ILO) is attending the commemoration of the disaster at the Rana Plaza in Dhaka. Gilbert Houngbo said that [...]

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General Assembly holds debate on "Ensuring Stable and Peaceful Societies"

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The importance of stable and peaceful societies for the realization of the Post-2015 Sustainable Development Agenda is being debated by the UN General Assembly on Thursday. Diplomats and senior UN officials are participating in the two-day meeting which has been convened by the President of the General Assembly John Ashe. His spokesperson Afaf Konja says [...]

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Girls and women encouraged to get into information and communication technologies

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Women and girls around the world are being encouraged by the UN's telecommunications agency to develop careers in information and communication technologies. "Girls in ICT Day", which is observed on the fourth Thursday of April each year, was established by the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) in 2010 to inspire girls to consider a future in [...]

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Girls can "shape future" with ICT

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Girls can help to shape the future of the planet if they're more involved in information and communications technology…well that's according to the 12-year old host of an online webshow. Sylvia Todd, hosts Sylvia’s Super-Awesome Maker Show, which she describes as all about "how to make cool stuff." On Thursday the United Nations is marking [...]

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Mobile technology facilitates literacy in developing countries: UNESCO

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Mobile technology is facilitating literacy in developing countries, according to a report by the United Nations cultural agency (UNESCO). The report, "Reading in the Mobile Era" was published on the occasion of World Book and Copyright Day, which is observed on 23 April each year. It found that people read books on small screen devices [...]

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UN Mission in South Sudan rejects responsibility for "disaster" in Bentiu

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The United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) has said it was not responsible for the human rights abuses that took place in a town in the country last week. According to the South Sudanese government, four hundred people were killed in Bentiu after rebels loyal to former vice-president Riek Machar took control. The conflict [...]

23 Apr 2014 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

Warring parties in Syria urged to allow relief aid to people in need

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Government and opposition forces in Syria have been urged to stop fighting and to allow unconditional humanitarian access to all the people in need in the war-torn country. The appeal has been made by the heads of five major UN humanitarian agencies in a joint statement issued on Wednesday. They recalled that a similar appeal [...]

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UN mission in South Sudan rejects claim it failed to protect civilians

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The UN mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) has rejected an accusation that it is partly responsible for human rights abuses that took place in the town of Bentiu. The town was taken over last week by rebels who are trying to bring down the government. A senior South Sudanese government official has claimed that civilians [...]

23 Apr 2014 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Situation in northern Mali "remains very fragile", warns UN envoy

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The detonation of an explosive device (IED) which injured a United Nations peacekeeper in the Malian town of Kidal has been strongly condemned by the top UN envoy in the country. Mali is recovering from a crisis which started with a military coup d'état in early 2012. Fighting between Government forces and Tuareg rebels followed [...]

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Cell phones in developing countries encourage "reading without books"

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People in the developing world are using their mobile devices to read full length books and stories, according to a new report by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). The report, Reading in the Mobile Era, found that printed material is a scarce resource that is very difficult to distribute in remote [...]

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UN expert calls for broad consultation on reform of Côte d'Ivoire's electoral body

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The authorities in Côte d'Ivoire have been urged to undertake broad consultations on reforming the country's Independent Electoral Commission (IEC). The call was made by the UN Independent Expert on human rights in Côte d'Ivoire Doudou Diène as the West African country prepares for next year's presidential elections. It follows the recent adoption by the [...]

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Nuclear Science in Cancer Treatment

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Radiation Oncology is a medical method used for treating cancer. It uses ionizing radiation to kill cancer cells. The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) provides its Member States with the assistance needed to build the infrastructure and train personnel to implement the treatment. Steve Thatchet spoke to Eduardo Rosenblatt, the Section Head of IAEA's applied [...]

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Shipwrecks offer "huge potential" for small island states

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Shipwrecks and other types of underwater cultural heritage offer "huge potential" for small island states according to a senior government archaeologist from the Caribbean. Experts from around the world have been gathering in New York to discuss how heritage sites could help in the development of small island economies. Archaeologist, Reg Murphy, is the Secretary [...]

23 Apr 2014 | Posted in Caribbean News, Today's Features | Read More »

Importance of population issues to development discussed in Stockholm

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Senior government officials, parliamentarians and development experts are meeting in the Swedish capital, Stockholm, on Wednesday to discuss the importance of population issues to development. The three-day meeting is reviewing successes and challenges in achieving the Programme of Action adopted at the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) held in Cairo in 1994. At [...]

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World Book and Copyright Day highlights preservation and sharing of knowledge

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The role of books and copyright in the preservation and sharing of knowledge is being highlighted on World Book and Copyright Day. The Day, observed on 23 April each year, was proclaimed by the UN cultural agency (UNESCO) in 1995 to promote reading and increase people's understanding of copyright laws. The day marks the anniversary [...]

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Organic farming protects Mother Earth and supports harmony with nature

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Harmony with nature, when it comes to farming, is organic farming. That's according to Jim Gerritsen, who runs a family farm in Maine, a state in the New England region of the north-eastern United States. He has been farming organically for 40 years and raises different organic seeds, primarily potato. Mr Gerritsen was invited to [...]

22 Apr 2014 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

Evidence of hundreds of executions in South Sudan's Bentiu

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The UN has said there is evidence of executions which have taken place in the South Sudanese town of Bentiu. Hundreds of people have reportedly been killed in the town since last week after rebels took control. The conflict in South Sudan began in December last year when forces loyal to the deposed vice president [...]

22 Apr 2014 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

Killing of Somali parliamentarians and media worker condemned by UN

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The murder of two members of parliament and a media worker in Somalia has been condemned by the United Nations top envoy in the country. Abdiaziz Isaaq Mursal was shot dead by unknown gunmen in the country's capital Mogadishu early on Tuesday. The murder follows the killing on Monday of another member of parliament and [...]

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Improving "health of oceans" for food and nutrition security

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Experts from around the world are meeting in the Hague, in the Netherlands to look at ways of improving the health of oceans. The Global Oceans Action Summit for Food Security and Blue Growth aims to focus attention and increased investment into addressing the three key threats to ocean health: overfishing, habitat destruction and pollution. [...]

22 Apr 2014 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

Harmony with nature and planet stressed in General Assembly

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The importance of human beings living in harmony with each other and with nature has been underlined by the President of the UN General Assembly. Ambassador John Ashe spoke at the Fourth Interactive Dialogue of the General Assembly on Harmony with Nature held on International Mother Earth Day observed on 22 April each year. He [...]

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Warning that protection of South Sudan's one million internally displaced is eroding

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The protection of one million internally displaced persons, or IDPs, in South Sudan is further eroding amid persistent violence and deliberate ethnically targeted attacks, according to the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights of Internally Displaced Persons, Chaloka Beyani. Hundreds of people were left dead and many more were wounded during last week's [...]

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"Heart-wrenching" evidence of executions in South Sudan's Bentiu town

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Evidence of atrocities, including executions, committed in the South Sudanese town of Bentiu have been described as "heart wrenching" by a UN official. Toby Lanzer, the UN Humanitarian Coordinator went to the town to assess the situation after opposition forces took it over last week. About 22,000 civilians there are now sheltering in a base [...]

22 Apr 2014 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Climate change poses big challenge to fisheries: FAO official

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The livelihoods of people who depend on fisheries are being threatened by climate change, according to a senior official from the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). Árni Mathiesen, the Assistant Director-General of the Fisheries and Aquaculture Department at FAO, is attending a major global meeting on oceans which opened in The Hague, in the [...]

22 Apr 2014 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Children 'paying the price' for conflict in South Sudan

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Children in South Sudan are being traumatised on many different levels, according to the United Nations Children's Fund, UNICEF. The agency says that not only are nearly a quarter of a million children at risk of suffering from severe acute malnutrition by the end of the year but they are also being separated from their [...]

22 Apr 2014 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

UNESCO chief calls for probe into murder of a Philippines journalist

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Authorities in the Philippines have been urged by the head of the UN's cultural organization (UNESCO) to investigate the recent killing of a journalist in the Philippines. Rubylita Garcia, a reporter for the Remate newspaper in Bacoor City and host of a radio talk show was reportedly shot dead by two gunmen in her home [...]

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Global economy "turning corner" says IMF

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The global economy is "turning the corner" but recovery is still too slow and too fragile according to the International Monetary Fund (IMF). The future of the world economy was one of the key themes discussed at the IMF's recently concluded annual Spring Meetings. The meetings bring together thousands of government officials, experts, civil society [...]

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Vaccines guarded against natural disasters in refrigerators in the Philippines

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Vaccines are being guarded in refrigerators against future natural disasters in the Philippines, according to the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF). The move follows the destruction wreaked by Typhoon Haiyan, which tore through the Philippines in November 2013. Health clinics were destroyed, the cold chain disrupted and temperature-sensitive vaccines ruined. One of UNICEF's first interventions [...]

22 Apr 2014 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

Earth Day focuses on green cities

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People across the world are being urged to speak out on behalf of Mother Earth so that she can continue to care for life as she has done for more than one thousand of years. The appeal comes from UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in his message for International Mother Earth Day observed on 22 April [...]

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Global summit looks at oceans as source for food security and economic growth

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Senior government officials from around the world are gathering in The Hague, the Netherlands on Tuesday for a summit on the role of oceans in global food security, livelihoods and economic growth. The four-day Global Oceans Action Summit for Food Security and Blue Growth is being convened by the Dutch government in close collaboration with [...]

22 Apr 2014 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Conflict displaces 500,000 people in DR Congo's Katanga Province

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Approximately half a million people have been displaced by conflict in the Katanga Province of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, according to humanitarian organizations. Government forces have been fighting with armed groups in the mineral-rich province since the beginning of the year. UN Spokesperson Stephane Dujarric has more. "Humanitarian organizations reported that some 100,000 [...]

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

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Ethnic killings and radio hate speech deplored in South Sudan

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Hundreds of civilians have been killed in South Sudan's Unity State capital, Bentiu, because of their ethnic origins, according to the UN mission in the country, UNMISS. The mission says that hate messages calling for violence are also being used to promote what it has called "vengeful sexual violence." The killings began on April 15th [...]

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Killing of Somali Parliamentarian condemned by UN envoy

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The murder of a Somali Member of Parliament has been strongly condemned by the UN Secretary-General's Special Representative for Somalia, Nicholas Kay. Isaak Mohamed Rino was killed in the country's capital Mogadishu on Monday morning when a bomb planted in his car detonated. Another parliamentarian, Mohamed Ali and several civilians were reportedly injured in the [...]

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Killings of civilians in South Sudan condemned by UN mission

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The murder of civilians based on ethnicity and nationality in Bentiu, the capital of Unity State in South Sudan, has been condemned by the UN mission in the country (UNMISS). The mission also denounced the use of Radio Bentiu FM to broadcast hate speech against certain ethnic groups. According to UNMISS Acting Spokesperson, Joe Contreras, [...]

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

Syria urged not to go ahead with elections in June

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The Syrian authorities are being urged by the United Nations not to hold presidential elections amidst the ongoing conflict and massive displacement of people. On Monday, the Syrian government said that the elections will be held on June 3. The country has been at civil war for three years. Over 100,000 people have been killed [...]

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

Two missing UN staff members in Pakistan reunited with families

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Two staff members of the UN children's agency (UNICEF), who had been missing for three days in the Pakistani city of Karachi, have been reunited with their families. According to UNICEF, the two local employees went missing on Thursday evening and were thought to have been kidnapped. UN spokesperson Vittorio Cammarota said when UNICEF could [...]

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

Participation of Afghan women in decision-making urged by UN envoy

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The participation of Afghan women in the national political process is critical to Afghanistan's development according to the top United Nations envoy in the country. Speaking after meeting with women parliamentarians in Kabul on Monday, Ján Kubiš, offered his congratulations on the participation of women as voters, electoral workers, observers and candidates. He said through [...]

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Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars sing about peace and forgiveness

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The civil war in Sierra Leone which raged from 1991 to 2002 was known for the brutality of the rebels who cut off people's limbs and forced thousands of others to flee to neighbouring countries. One of the refugees from the war is Reuben Koroma, composer and lead singer for Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars. [...]

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

Best-selling author calls for global support for Syrian refugees in Iraq

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The Best-selling author, Khaled Hosseini has called for more global support for Syrian refugees living in Iraq. Mr Hosseini, who is a Goodwill Ambassador for the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR), is also is a former refugee from Afghanistan. He visited two camps in northern Iraq which are home to around 20,000 Syrians. Like millions of [...]

20 Apr 2014 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

Victims of domestic violence need employment to restart their lives

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A shelter for victims of domestic violence in Kosovo is trying to connect women with sustainable employment so they can restart their lives. The Liria shelter, in the town of Gjilan, looks after survivors whose circumstances are often tragic. Violence against women in Kosovo is a widespread problem, with forty-eight per cent of women saying [...]

19 Apr 2014 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

Women in South Sudan in "unimaginable" situation

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Mothers and young girls in South Sudan are facing what has been described as an "unimaginable" situation. The country continues to suffer from an internal conflict which has pitted government forces against rebels. The UN says that close to one million people have been forced to flee their homes. Mabingue Ngom, a senior director at [...]

18 Apr 2014 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

"Unimaginable" situation for women in South Sudan

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The situation of mothers and young girls in South Sudan has been described as "unimaginable" by the UN Population Fund, UNFPA. The agency says it needs an additional $14 million to provide emergency maternal assistance to pregnant mothers in the country. The Director of the UNFPA programme division in New York, Mabingue Ngom said the [...]

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South Sudan Government condemns attack on UN base

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An attack on a United Nations base in South Sudan has been condemned by the country's government. The UN Mission (UNMISS) said a mob of armed civilians forced entry into the UN camp in Bor in Jonglei State on Thursday morning and opened fire on the internally displaced people sheltering there. Dozens of people were [...]

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Reconciliation process in Central African Republic underway says UN expert

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An inclusive reconciliation process between rival communities in the Central African Republic is underway according to an independent UN human rights expert. Fighting between mainly Muslim and Christian communities has fuelled a conflict which began at the end of 2012. Thousands of people are believed to have been killed, and over two million are in [...]

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Rival communities begin reconciliation process in Central African Republic

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Rival communities in the Central African Republic are finding ways to work towards reconciliation according to a UN human rights expert. Thousands of people are believed to have been killed, and over two million need humanitarian aid as a result of the ongoing conflict between Christians and Muslims that began in December 2012. Speaking at [...]

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Bravery medal for peacekeepers considered by UN

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A medal for peacekeepers who have demonstrated acts of bravery while serving with United Nations missions is being considered by the Security Council. The proposal was made by Jordan’s ambassador to the UN, Prince Zeid Ra’ad Zeid al-Hussein, after watching a documentary on a Senegalese peacekeeper, Captain Mbaye Diagne. Captain Diagne is said to have [...]

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Rwandan genocide exhibit features "rebirth of a nation from ashes"

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An exhibition depicting the "dark period" of the 1994 Rwandan genocide and the country's remarkable journey to heal and rebuild has opened at the UN. "Kwibuka20: Memory, Unity & Renewal in Rwanda after the Genocide" is part of a series of remembrance activities at the United Nations that commemorate the 20th anniversary of the genocide [...]

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Papua New Guinea struggles to meet MDG poverty targets

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As countries around the world continue to push towards reaching the Millennium Development Goals or MDGs, there are a few states which are still struggling to meet the poverty targets. One of those is Papua New Guinea, a Pacific Ocean archipelago with a population of seven million people. Around 40 per cent are living below [...]

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Psychosocial support needed for displaced persons in South Sudan

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Displaced people in South Sudan are suffering from negative emotions, including fears and concerns, as well as uncertainty and confusion about the future. That's according to a new report by the International Organization for Migration (IOM) which assesses the psychosocial needs of internally displaced persons (IDPs) seeking protection in the UN peacekeeping compound in Bor. [...]

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South Sudan women unite for peace

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Women in South Sudan are calling on the Government and armed opposition groups to stop fighting and make peace. The country has been beset by conflict since last December leading to the displacement of a million people. In times of conflict, it is generally women who suffer most. In South Sudan, they are joining a [...]

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Small bite, big threat: UN scientists research reducing mosquito populations

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Scientists at the UN are looking at ways of suppressing insect populations around the world as a way to prevent a wide range of diseases, such as malaria and dengue. Mosquito born-diseases result in the deaths of a million people every year. The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) is currently developing a procedure called Sterile [...]

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WOMEN: New rights treaty "empowers" children to stand for their rights

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A new treaty allowing children to file a complaint directly to the UN about alleged violations of their rights was signed into law on Monday by ten countries. A panel discussion was held at the UN Secretariat in New York to celebrate the event. Ms. Elda Moreno, Special Assistant to the Office of the Special [...]

17 Apr 2014 | Posted in Women | Read More »

UN AND AFRICA:Guinea Bissau holds "watershed" general elections

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• The counting of votes began in Guinea Bissau this week following "watershed" general elections on Sunday. The West African country has been plagued by political instability and military coups since it gained independence from Portugal in 1974. The last coup was in April 2012 and elections were promised within a year but didn't take [...]

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Somali refugees starting to be released from detention centres in Kenya

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Kenyan police are starting to release Somali refugees from detention, according to the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR). More than one thousand refugees and asylum seekers were rounded up in Nairobi during counter-terrorism operations targeting undocumented foreigners since the beginning of April. UNHCR confirmed that they are starting to return to refugee camps after having been [...]

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UN debates how to repair harm done to genocide survivors

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The rights of survivors of genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes need to be met and reparation has to be made. That's the theme for Thursday's annual high level meeting organized by the "Group of Friends of the International Criminal Court (ICC)". Delegates from Member States, the UN and civil society are meeting for [...]

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Deadly attack on UN base in South Sudan

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A deadly and unprovoked attack on a United Nations base in South Sudan has injured dozens of civilians, according to the United Nations peacekeeping mission in the country, UNMISS. The number of casualties has yet to be confirmed. UNMISS said it strongly condemns Thursday's attack by a mob of armed civilians on its base in [...]

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Tanzania farmers learn climate smart agricultural practices

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Climate smart agriculture is helping villagers in southern Tanzania cope with climate change, according to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). This approach developed by FAO, integrates sustainable practices into current farming systems, like innovative soil farming practices to fight dry conditions. Jocelyne Sambira has more. Duration:   2’57″

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UN condemns mob attack on its base in South Sudan's Bor town

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A number of civilians were killed in an attack by an armed mob at a base of the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) in the town of Bor on Thursday. UNMISS strongly condemned the attack by the assailants who went to the base under the guise of peaceful demonstrators intending to present a petition [...]

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Tribute paid to UN workers killed in Somalia

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A memorial service has been held for two men who were killed in Somalia whilst working for the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). Clément Gorrissen, aged 28, and 57 year old Simon Davis, were killed in an attack by an unidentified gunman in Puntland, Somalia on April 7th this year. They had just [...]

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Homs once again the theatre of death and destruction

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The besieged Syrian city of Homs is once again the theatre of death and destruction, a situation which has been described by the Joint Special Representative for Syria as "alarming". Lakhdar Brahimi on Thursday said he deeply regretted that discussions between the Syrian authorities and a Negotiating Committee representing civilians and fighters had been brutally [...]

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UN supported-project provides water to Kenyan farmers

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More than seven million seedlings have been planted in the water catchment along the eastern slopes of Mount Kenya. Trees hold rainwater in the soil and keep it flowing to small farmers, who can grow more high-value crops like snow peas for export. The pilot project has been supported by the UN International Fund for [...]

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Cola giants back UN guidelines to ward off land grabs

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A set of global guidelines that protect the rights of poor and vulnerable people to land, livelihoods and food security has garnered the support of two giant beverage corporations. PepsiCo and Coca-Cola have officially endorsed the Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure initiated by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). The guidelines [...]

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UN CALLING ASIA: Papua New Guinea struggles to meet MDG poverty targets

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As countries around the world continue to push towards reaching the Millennium Development goals or MDGs, there are a few states which are still struggling to meet the poverty targets. One of those is Papua New Guinea, a Pacific Ocean archipelago with a population of seven million. Around 40 per cent are living below the [...]

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Women in Papua plant roots of independence

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Papua, Indonesia's easternmost province is one of the most remote and least developed corners on the planet. It's a hot spot for separatist fighters and a place where tribal culture is strong, including the domination of women by men. As a result, attempts to develop this part of the world have faltered… or at least [...]

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Rwandan genocide survivor advocates for peace and forgiveness

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The youth in Rwanda must learn to forgive and live together, a genocide survivor said during a memorial ceremony at the UN commemorating the event. Kizito Kalima is the co-founder of the Amahoro Project for Forgiveness and Reconciliation, a grassroots movement that advocates for peace and forgiveness through reconciliation. In 1994, Hutu extremists slaughtered hundreds [...]

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Unrest in eastern Ukraine "risks destabilising" the rest of the country

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Ongoing unrest in the eastern Ukraine "risks destabilising" the rest of the country according to a senior UN human rights official. Government buildings were stormed by pro-Russian militants last Saturday, a move which led to Ukraine accusing Russia of waging war in the east of the country. The unrest follows a referendum in March in [...]

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Evidence, experience and aspirations are the basis for Disaster Risk Reduction

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Reducing the risks of disasters should be based on evidence and experience and should ultimately lead to a more resilient world for future generations. That's according to the United Nations Secretary-General who attended a Disaster Risk Reduction briefing in New York on Wednesday. Disaster Risk Reduction aims to reduce the damage caused by natural hazards [...]

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Brazilian footballer to promote AIDS awareness

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A Brazilian football player is appealing to fans around the world to end the discrimination of people with HIV and AIDS. David Luiz, a Brazil international and player for the English club, Chelsea, was making the appeal on behalf of the United Nations agency that focuses on AIDS, UNAIDS after being named Goodwill Ambassador for [...]

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UN Daily News 16 April 2014

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Security Council remembers 1994 Rwanda genocide

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The slaughter of approximately 800,000 Tutsis and moderate Hutus in Rwanda in 1994 was remembered in the Security Council on Wednesday. The Rwanda genocide raised questions about the capacity of the United Nations to protect people in a conflict as the killings, mainly with machetes, clubs or knives, continued for 100 days. The United Nations [...]

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Ban calls for immediate release of all school girls abducted in Nigeria

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The UN Secretary-General is calling for the immediate release of around 100 school girls who were reportedly abducted in Nigeria on Monday. Mr Ban condemned what he called a shocking mass abduction in Chibok, in Borno State of eastern Nigeria. The girls, between the ages of 12 and 17, were taken from their school hostel. [...]

16 Apr 2014 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Female car-washers in South Sudan break gender stereotypes

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Women in South Sudan are helping break gender stereotypes in the work place by operating a car wash facility at a UN base in Juba. The South Sudan Women empowerment Network (SSWEN) was awarded the contract by the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS). The contract not only helps to provide much-needed jobs in the [...]

16 Apr 2014 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

Genocide can be prevented with information and mobilization

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Genocide can be prevented with information and mobilization, as well as with courage and political will, according to the Deputy Secretary General of the United Nations. Jan Eliasson spoke at a Security Council briefing which on Wednesday focused on lessons learned from the failure of the international community to prevent the Rwandan genocide in 1994. [...]

16 Apr 2014 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

More than one million women in the UK domestically abused last year

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More than one million women in the United Kingdom (UK) reported being domestically abused last year, a concern highlighted by the United Nations Special Rapporteur on violence against women. Rashida Manjoo, who has just finished a visit to the UK, said a more comprehensive and targeted response to address acts of violence against women and [...]

16 Apr 2014 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

New life begins for evacuated orphans in South Sudan

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One hundred and thirty orphans in South Sudan who were evacuated from their native Malakal, are settling down in a new home in the capital of the country, Juba. Malakal has been a flash-point in the ongoing conflict in South Sudan which has pitted government forces against rebels. The orphans are being looked after by [...]

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Memorial in New York to mark 20th commemoration of Rwandan Genocide

Listen / Ban Ki-moon lays a wreath at Kigali's Genocide Memorial Centre. Credit: UN Photo/Government of Rwanda

Candle lighting and a minute of silence is being held at UN Headquarters in New York on Wednesday for the 20th commemoration of the Rwandan Genocide. In 1994, Hutu extremists slaughtered hundreds of thousands of Tutsis and moderate Hutus in a period of 100 days. Participants in the memorial ceremony include UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon [...]

16 Apr 2014 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Ban asks for renewed global partnership to reach development goals

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The international community must be committed to supporting future development goals through a renewed global partnership. That's according to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon who is in Mexico at the first meeting of the Global Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation. World leaders and civil society have gathered in Mexico City to work on the partnership, which [...]

15 Apr 2014 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Fear motivates actor Michael Douglas to campaign for disarmament

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The Hollywood actor Michael Douglas, has said that fear has motivated him to continue to campaign on disarmament issues. Mr Douglas was at the United Nations to support the launch of a book on disarmament, aimed at young people. He's been a UN Messenger of Peace for over a decade. "Action for Disarmament: 10 Things [...]

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Michael Douglas tells youth to lead change for disarmament

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Hollywood actor and UN Messenger of Peace, Michael Douglas, told a group of young people on Tuesday that they can play an important role in fighting weapons proliferation. Mr Douglas was at UN Headquarters to support the launch of a book on disarmament, which shows young people what steps they can personally take to get [...]

15 Apr 2014 | Posted in Celebrity Corner, Today's News | Read More »

Settlers urged not to take over Hebron building

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Settlers in Israel should not take over a building in Hebron, according to a United Nations Special Rapporteur. Richard Falk, who deals with human rights issues in the Palestinian territories, warned it would probably lead to more movement restrictions for Palestinians, and more harassment of Palestinian residents by settlers. Al-Rajabi House, a four-story building capable [...]

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Over 95,000 South Sudanese refugees arrive in Ethiopia

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Refugees from South Sudan continue to arrive in the remote Ethiopian Gambella region at a rate of up to 1,000 people per day, according to the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR). The agency says many of the refugees are from the Upper Nile where fighting broke out in December last year between forces loyal to President [...]

15 Apr 2014 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

More aid arriving in Ethiopia to protect South Sudanese refugees

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Airlifts of tents and the construction of new camps are currently underway to help South Sudanese refugees in Ethiopia, according to the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR). More than 95,000 South Sudanese refugees are now in Ethiopia since the conflict erupted last December, and up to one thousand are still arriving every day. UNHCR said refugees [...]

15 Apr 2014 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Actor Michael Douglas calls on youth to champion disarmament issues

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Young people around the world are being encouraged to a to play what's been described as a "critical" role in raising awareness about the threat posed by weapons of mass destruction. A book called "Action for Disarmament: 10 Things You Can Do!" was launched at the United Nations on Tuesday in the presence of Hollywood [...]

15 Apr 2014 | Posted in Celebrity Corner, Today's Features | Read More »

UN rapporteur waits to hear about execution of Iranian woman

Listen / Ahmed Shaheed, Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Iran. UN Photo/Amanda Voisard

The execution of an Iranian woman has reportedly been postponed following the intervention of the UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Iran. Reyhaneh Jabbari was due to be executed on Tuesday for the alleged murder of a former employee of the Iranian Intelligence Ministry. Ms Jabbari allegedly stabbed the intelligence officer [...]

15 Apr 2014 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

Tribunal rejects Ratko Mladić's request for acquittal

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Charges of genocide against a former Bosnian Serb army chief will not be dropped by the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY). Ratko Mladić, the former Commander of the Bosnian Serb Army, stands accused of genocide and a multitude of other crimes committed during the Bosnian War from May 1992 to late 1995. [...]

15 Apr 2014 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Misinformation and incitement to hatred must be addressed in Ukraine

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A UN report on human rights in Ukraine says misinformation, propaganda and incitement to hatred must be urgently addressed in order to de-escalate tensions in the country. Based on two missions by the UN Office for Human Rights (OHCHR) in March, it says the tension in Eastern Ukraine, where a large ethnic minority lives, is [...]

15 Apr 2014 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Iran urged to halt execution of woman

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Iran has been urged by the UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the country, to halt immediately the execution of a woman that is due to take place on Tuesday. Reyhaneh Jabbari, an interior designer by profession, was sentenced to death for the alleged murder of Morteza Abdolali Sarbandi, a former [...]

15 Apr 2014 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

UN chief to make appeal to work together and reach MDGs

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The UN Chief is due to make an appeal to countries to work together, reduce poverty, and meet the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) by 2015. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is on Tuesday in Mexico attending the first meeting of the Global Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation. The Global Partnership helps nations, businesses and organisations work better [...]

15 Apr 2014 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

New treaty empowers children to stand for their rights

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A new treaty allowing children to file a complaint directly to the UN about alleged violations of their rights was signed into law on Monday by ten countries. A panel discussion hosted by nine of the ten countries was held at the UN Secretariat in New York to celebrate the event. Ms. Elda Moreno, Special [...]

15 Apr 2014 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

UN chief condemns "indiscriminate" killing of people in Nigeria bus station attack

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The "indiscriminate" killing of more than 70 people in a bomb blast at a bus station in Nigeria has been condemned by the UN Secretary-General. The explosion at a crowded bus station on the outskirts of Nigeria’s capital, Abuja, happened on Monday morning during the rush hour. In a statement Mr Ban said he was [...]

14 Apr 2014 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

All countries can reach Universal Health Coverage

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Any country whatever its economic performance can provide Universal Health Coverage (UHC), according to health policy experts. Ministers and health representatives gathered at the United Nations on Monday to discuss the importance and feasibility of ensuring that everyone has access to affordable primary health services. Global support for UHC has been gathering momentum since 2012, [...]

14 Apr 2014 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Modest trade growth anticipated for next two years following slump

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World trade is expected to grow by a modest 4.7 per cent in 2014 and only slightly faster in 2015, according to the World Trade Organization (WTO). Economists on Monday said that for the past two years, growth has averaged only 2.2 per cent, which remains below the 20-year average of 5.3 per cent, following [...]

14 Apr 2014 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Vote counting proceeds smoothly in Guinea Bissau

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The counting of votes is taking place in Guinea Bissau following Sunday's general elections. The people in the West African country came out in big numbers to elect a president and members of parliament. It follows years of coups and failed attempts to establish constitutional rule in the country since it gained independence from Portugal [...]

14 Apr 2014 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

UN Daily News 14 April 2014

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Constructive dialogue needed between Kiev and Moscow, says Ban Ki-moon

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Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is continuing to call for restraint and direct and constructive dialogue between Kiev and Moscow, according to his Spokesperson. Ban Ki-moon spoke by phone on Monday to Ukraine's acting President Oleksandr Turchynov. Mr. Turchynov had previously invited the United Nations to join his army’s "anti-terrorist operation" against pro-Russian militants, who on Saturday [...]

14 Apr 2014 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Guinea-Bissau holds "watershed" general elections

Listen / Civic education officials visit communities to explain voting procedures ahead of presidential and parliamentary elections on 12 April, 2014 Photo: UNDP Guinea Bissau.

The counting of votes has begun in Guinea-Bissau following what have been described as "watershed" general elections on Sunday. The West African country has been plagued by political instability since it gained independence from Portugal in 1974. The last coup was in April 2012 and elections were promised within a year but did not take [...]

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

Countries urged to step up action against destructive banana disease

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A destructive banana disease that has spread from Asia to Africa and theMiddle Eastposes a major risk to livelihoods and banana markets, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has warned. Banana is the 8th most important food crop in the world and the 4th most important among the world's least-developed countries. Fusarium wilt Tropical Race [...]

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

Sixty-five per cent of chemical weapons removed from Syria

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Sixty-five per cent of Syria's stockpile of chemical weapons has now been removed from the country, according to the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, (OPCW). The organization has been tasked by the UN Security Council with eliminating the country’s chemical weapons by the end of June this year. The removal followed allegations that [...]

14 Apr 2014 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Torture at "reception parties" in Syrian detention facilities

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Detainees arriving at detention facilities across Syria are routinely tortured in what has come to be known as a "reception party", according to the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights. Navi Pillay condemned this rampant use of torture by Government forces and some armed opposition groups, who have been at war for more than three [...]

14 Apr 2014 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Detainees in Syria routinely "tortured"

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People who have been detained in Syria by Government forces and some armed opposition groups are routinely tortured according to the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights. Syria is in its third year of an internal conflict which has led to the deaths of over 100,000 people and the displacement of millions more. Navi Pillay [...]

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

Up to 40,000 Russian troops amassed near Ukraine border

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Up to 40,000 Russian troops are amassed on the border of Ukraine according to the British Ambassador to the United Nations. The accusation follows the storming of Ukrainian government buildings in the east of the country by pro-Russian militants. Last month the Ukrainian region of Crimea voted in a referendum to join the Russian Federation, [...]

14 Apr 2014 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Children given right to complain to UN about violations of their rights

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Children can now complain directly to the United Nations about alleged violations of their rights, according to UN human rights experts. A new treaty is entering into force on 14 April allowing children to submit complaints to the Committee on the Rights of the Child about specific violations. However, children can only complain if their [...]

14 Apr 2014 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Russia accused of "waging war against Ukraine"

Listen / Yuriy Sergeyev, Permanent Representative of Ukraine to the UN.

Russia has been accused of "waging war against Ukraine" following the storming of government buildings in the east of the country by pro-Russian militants. Unrest is continuing in Ukraine after a referendum in March in which the region of Crimea voted to secede from the country and join the Russian Federation. On Saturday, militants took [...]

14 Apr 2014 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Call to invest more in human development on Global Day of Action on Military Spending

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Governments should cut military spending and invest more in human development, according to a United Nations expert on the promotion of a democratic and equitable international order. On the occasion of the Global Day of Action on Military Spending, marked on 14 April, Alfred de Zayas said every democracy must determine what the real priorities [...]

14 Apr 2014 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Ukraine accuses Russia of "waging war"

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Ukraine has accused Russia of "waging war" after pro-Russian militants took control of government buildings in the east of the country. It follows a period of unrest which began when the region of Crimea voted to secede from Ukraine and join the Russian Federation. An emergency meeting of the UN Security Council was called late [...]

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

European governments discuss health and environmental impacts of transport

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Senior government officials from Europe are gathering in Paris on Monday for a three-day meeting on the health and environmental impacts of transport. The meeting is being held under the auspices of the Transport, Health and Environment Pan-European Programme, (THE PEP) which is run by the UN Economic Commission for Europe and the World Health [...]

14 Apr 2014 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Evaluation tools central to success of development goals

Listen / Shamshad Akhtar

Monitoring the success of development programmes, be they improving food production for farmers in Indonesia or ensuring clean water and sanitation for slum dwellers in India, requires strong evaluation methods according to ESCAP, the regional arm of the UN in Asia and the Pacific. Senior officials from across the ESCAP region recently gathered in Bangkok [...]

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

Joint call for action on South Sudan by UN, US, EU

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A joint call for action to help people in South Sudan has been made by the United Nations, the European Union and the United States. Launching the appeal in Washington, the UN Humanitarian Chief Valerie Amos said the ongoing conflict in the country has led to the destruction of cities, the collapse of the economy [...]

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

"The Little Prince's Day" highlights common values with the UN

Listen / Internally Displaced Children in Bangui, Central African Republic.  UN Photo/Evan Schneider

The values in "The Little Prince" novella by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry are closely linked with the primary purposes of the United Nations, according to astrophysicist Trinh Xuan Thuan. A special "Little Prince Day" was recently organized by the United Nations at the New York Public Library. Experts from child protection, education, humanitarian, and environmental sectors, [...]

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

“Digital smoke signals” used as disaster alert in Indonesia

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An innovative approach to mining data from mobile phones and the internet has been developed in Indonesia as a tool to better understand and address development issues. The United Nations’ Pulse Lab Jakarta, located in Indonesia’s capital, is using so-called “digital smoke signals.” These signals are created when people are impacted by slow-onset crises and [...]

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

Women in Brunei Darussalam face threat of stoning to death

Listen / Rupert Colville, spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR).

Women in Brunei Darussalam are facing the threat of being stoned to death under the revised penal code due to come into force on 22 April, according to the United Nations human rights office. The code stipulates the death penalty for numerous offences, including, adultery, sodomy and extramarital sexual relations for Muslims. People in the [...]

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

Building "resilient cities" from the bottom up

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What a person does as an individual has an impact on urban resilience, according to the UN Special Envoy for Disaster Risk Reduction. Urban resilience is the capacity of an urban area or city to prepare, respond to or recover from a natural or man-made disaster. It's not only solutions at the global level that [...]

11 Apr 2014 | Posted in Today's Features, World Urban Forum 7 | Read More »

Political tension rising ahead of 2015 election in Burundi

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Political tension is increasing in Burundi ahead of next year's general election, according to the UN Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide. Adama Dieng wrapped up a two-day visit to the Central African country on Thursday night during which he assessed the current political situation. Mr. Dieng held consultations with a wide range of [...]

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

Africa is exporting its jobs instead of creating them: UN official

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Despite its economic growth, Africa is not using its commodities to create jobs, according to a senior United Nations official. Carlos Lopes, the Executive Secretary of the UN Economic Commission for Africa spoke at the launch of the 2014 Economic Report on Africa which is focusing on industrialization. He said efforts to embark on industrialization [...]

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

Industrialization crucial for structural transformation in Africa

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Industrialization is crucial for Africa to grow, according to the United Nations Special Advisor on Africa who is presenting the 2014 Economic Report on Africa at UN Headquarters on Friday. Maged Abdelaziz feels strongly that Africa isn't maximizing its potential because not all industries in a particular country are developing concurrently. He says it's shameful [...]

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

UN Radio News 11 April 2014

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Heavy rainfalls and continued fighting exacerbate South Sudan crisis

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Humanitarian agencies say the crisis is worsening in South Sudan where fighting between rebels and the government has displaced hundreds of thousands of people. The United Nations and the International Committee of the Red Cross say as the rainy season approaches millions face the risk of starvation. The lack of security is also affecting thousands [...]

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

Attacks on civilians in Syria "no longer have the power to shock" says UN humanitarian chief

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Brutal violence and indiscriminate attacks against civilians in Syria are no longer shocking, according to the United Nations humanitarian chief. Valerie Amos was reacting to two car bombs that exploded in the central Syrian city of Homs on Wednesday which killed over 20 people and wounded more than 100 others, including women and children. According [...]

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

Militias prevent civilians from fleeing Central African Republic: UNHCR

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Christian militias in the Central African Republic, known as the anti-Balaka, are preventing civilians from fleeing the conflict to Cameroon, according to the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR). The agency says the militias are blocking main roads and attacking Muslims, most of whom are women and children. Those who have arrived in Cameroon have told UNHCR [...]

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

Rise in migrants crossing Mediterranean

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Over the past four days some 6 000 people sea have been rescued at sea by the Italian Navy according to the UN Refugee Agency. Since the beginning of the year around 18,000 people have arrived on Italy's southern shores – a tenfold rise over the same period last year. Claire Doole reports from Geneva. [...]

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

Political commitment needed to create equitable cities

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Political commitment and technical expertise are needed to create cities in which people can live as equal citizens, according to the UN's human settlements chief. Speaking at the World Urban Forum which ends on Friday in the Colombian city of Medellin, Joan Clos, the Executive Director of UN-Habitat, said that urban planning should be democratic [...]

11 Apr 2014 | Posted in Today's Features, World Urban Forum 7 | Read More »

Better planned cities with capacity to diminish inequalities needed: UN-Habitat Chief

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The seventh session of the World Urban Forum ends today in the city of Medellin, Colombia, where nearly 15,000 participants from around the globe have been gathering to chart the way for better cities, whose development takes into account the needs of everyone . The Colombian city of Medellin, which has recently undergone remarkable transformation, [...]

11 Apr 2014 | Posted in Today's News, World Urban Forum 7 | Read More »

UN CALLING ASIA: World must stop wasting good food: FAO

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The world cannot afford to squander one third of total agricultural production through food loss and waste, according to a group of agricultural ministers from Europe and Central Asia.  These delegates were in Bucharest, Romania as part of a Regional Conference of the UN's Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).   FAO has been examining food losses [...]

11 Apr 2014 | Posted in UN Calling Asia | Read More »

International community expected to commit to global sanitation improvement

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The international community is being asked to commit to supporting the world's poorest countries to improve their water and sanitation services. Ministers from 50 nations are attending a "High-Level Meeting on Sanitation and Water for All" in Washington DC on Friday where they are expected to make financial and political commitments to make those improvements. [...]

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

Guinea-Bissau prepares for "most important" elections

Listen / Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (right) meets with José Ramos-Horta. Credit: UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

Guinea-Bissau is preparing to go to the polls on Sunday  for what have been described by a senior UN official as the West African country's "most important" elections. The presidential and parliamentary polls, which have been postponed several times, are seen as a crucial step on the path to restoring constitutional order in Guinea-Bissau as [...]

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

Free app helps locate wrongly lit city street lamps

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With one touch of a button, a free mobile application or app is helping cities save energy. The Muhanna Foundation, a non-profit based in Beirut, designed the app a year ago, to help citizens report a street lamp that remains lit during the day. The application can be downloaded on any Smartphone. The Chairman of [...]

11 Apr 2014 | Posted in Today's Features, World Urban Forum 7 | Read More »

Countries urged to provide poorest people with equal access to water and hygiene services

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Countries around the world are being urged to help the poorest people gain equal access to drinking water, sanitation and adequate hygiene. Experts and government officials are meeting in Washington DC where they are expected to make financial and political commitments to improve water and sanitation services for the most marginalised populations. The meeting is [...]

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

UN AND AFRICA: Rwanda genocide remembered 20 years on

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• This year marks 20 years since Hutu extremists in Rwanda slaughtered approximately 800,000 Tutsis and moderate Hutus within a period of 100 days. The 1994 Rwanda genocide, which is remembered on 7 April each year, shocked the world. It also tested the United Nations capacity to intervene to protect vulnerable people in a conflict. [...]

10 Apr 2014 | Posted in UN and Africa | Read More »

Mobile application to boost greener cities

Listen / Solar lights illuminate Butwal, Nepal streets. UNDP@PHOTO

A Lebanon-based non-profit organisation is encouraging city dwellers to push for more environmentally friendly cities. The Muhanna Foundation promotes education and civic activism and has produced a mobile telephone application, called Waffir, which enables the reporting of mal-functioning streetlamps. The Chairman of the Foundation, Ibrahim Muhanna, presented his vision to the 7th Session of the [...]

10 Apr 2014 | Posted in Today's Features, World Urban Forum 7 | Read More »

UN chief calls for more investment in education

Listen / School in Bangui, Central African Republic. UN Photo/Serge Nya-Nana

Leaders around the world have been urged to reverse what has been described as the "unacceptable trend" of decreasing international aid budgets for basic education. The appeal was made by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon at a symposium organized by the World Bank in Washington DC. The Secretary-General said domestic spending is by far the most [...]

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

WOMEN: Sexual violence continues in the DRC, but some progress achieved

Listen / Zainab Hawa Bangura, UN Secretary-General's Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict

There is still a long way to go in the fight against impunity for sexual violence in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) although some progress has been made, according to the Secretary-General's Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict.  Ms. Zainab Hawa Bangura warned that those who commit sexual violence, wherever they are, whoever [...]

10 Apr 2014 | Posted in Women | Read More »

The private sector to play role in creation of equitable cities

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The 7th Session of the World Urban Forum (WUF7) entered its fourth day on Thursday, with participants discussing the role that privately owned companies or businesses can play in the achievement of sustainable and equitable cities through provision of basic urban services. During the discussions, participants acknowledged that challenges of urbanisation have existed for many [...]

10 Apr 2014 | Posted in Today's News, World Urban Forum 7 | Read More »

Road accidents blight economies and lives

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Road accidents, which kill over 3,000 people everyday, continue to take a toll on low and middle income countries. That's what Christophe Lorry Boulanger of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies told the UN General Assembly during its meeting on the global road safety crisis on Thursday. Mr. Boulanger said although real progress [...]

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

UN peacekeeping operation to CAR approved by Security Council

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The Security Council has unanimously approved the deployment of a 12,000 strong UN peacekeeping operation in the Central African Republic (CAR). Under the name MINUSCA, the protection of civilians will be the mission's priority. The newly established force will replace the African Union (AU)-led peacekeeping operation. Jocelyne Sambira has the story. Duration: 2’46″

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

UN Radio News 10 April 2014

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US details "worrying developments" in Burundi

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Concern has been raised at the UN by the United States about what have been described as "worrying developments in Burundi." Ambassador Samantha Power, who has just returned from the country, was asked about reports of a leaked UN cable detailing how the government is arming its youth wing. She spoke about what she called [...]

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

Development answer to reducing global homicide rate

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Social development should be part of the solution to reducing the global homicide rate, according to a senior UN official. A report by the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) says that more than 430,000 people were murdered around the world in 2012 Almost half of those murders took place in Africa and the [...]

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Security Council authorizes UN mission in Central African Republic

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The decision to create a UN peacekeeping mission in the Central African Republic has been described as a "key turning point" in the ongoing internal conflict in the country. Thousands of people have died and over 2 million are in need of humanitarian aid as a result of the crisis which began in 2012. In [...]

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

Hunger and malnutrition crisis worsening in Sudan, warns FAO

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People in Sudan are facing the threat of a worsening hunger and malnutrition crisis, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), warned on Thursday. The agency says currently, about 3.3 million people don't have enough food a number that is likely to rise to four million in the coming months. It blames a poor harvest [...]

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

Over 430,000 people murdered worldwide, says new UN study

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More than 430,000 people were murdered around the world in 2012 according to a new report by the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). The "Global Study on Homicide", released in London on Thursday, reveals that almost half of the homicides are in Africa and the Americas. The report says that the global average [...]

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

Creation of UN mission in Central African Republic welcomed by Ban Ki-moon

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The establishment of a United Nations peacekeeping mission in the Central African Republic has been welcomed by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. The Security Council on Thursday adopted a resolution to establish the MINUSCA mission which will help restore stability to the country. Violence between the Christian and Muslim communities has led to the deaths of [...]

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

World must stop wasting good food: FAO

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The world cannot afford to squander one third of total agricultural production through food loss and waste, according to a group of agricultural ministers from across Europe and Central Asia. The delegates are attending a round-table session in Bucharest, Romania as part of the biennial Regional Conference of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of [...]

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Kenya warned about arbitrary arrests and detention of asylum seekers

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Law enforcement agencies in Kenya are being urged by the UN refugee agency to uphold the rights of refugees and asylum seekers following a crackdown on illegal immigrants. The police sweeps were focused in Nairobi's Eastleigh neighbourhood where recent terrorist attacks took place. It's also where the majority of Somali refugees and asylum seekers live. [...]

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

Rape and impunity in the Democratic Republic of Congo

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Ending the use of rape as a weapon of war in the Democratic Republic of the Congo is in the headlines again as senior UN officials hold a meeting at UN headquarters in New York to review the progress made. Some estimates suggest that up to 200,000 women have been raped in the country. There [...]

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

UNICEF steps up response as Ebola spreads in Guinea

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As more people get infected with the deadly Ebola virus in Guinea, the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) is stepping up its response in the capital, Conakry, and across the rest of the country. Ebola Haemorrhagic Fever or Ebola HF is a fatal disease that is spread by contact with bodily fluids of infected people or [...]

10 Apr 2014 | Posted in Ebola Outbreak, Today's Features | Read More »

Deputy head of World Bank stresses importance of law for equity

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Law matters as a tool for achieving equity, according to the legal Vice-President of the World Bank, Anne-Marie Leroy. Speaking at the 7th session of the World Urban Forum in the Colombian city of Medellín, she said that law shapes our cities, the land use, the institutions and the finance. She said that law is [...]

10 Apr 2014 | Posted in Today's News, World Urban Forum 7 | Read More »

Sexual violence continues in the DRC, but some progress achieved

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There is still a long way to go in the fight against impunity for sexual violence in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) although some progress has been made, according to the Secretary-General's Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict. Ms. Zainab Hawa Bangura warned that those who commit sexual violence, wherever they are, whoever [...]

9 Apr 2014 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

Somalis in Kenya rescued by UN refugee agency from deportation

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The UN refugee agency (UNHCR) on Wednesday managed to rescue 13 people who were being deported from Kenya. According to reports, Kenyan security officers have detained hundreds of undocumented immigrants, mainly Somalis, who are being held at Kasarani Stadium for screening. The detention is part of an ongoing security operation following a spate of recent [...]

9 Apr 2014 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Rape and sexual violence remain serious concerns in DR Congo

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Rape and sexual violence in the Democratic Republic of the Congo remain very serious concerns, according to a United Nations report released on Wednesday. The report says thousands have been victims of rape and sexual violence, in particular in the eastern part of the D.R. Congo over the past four years. UN High Commissioner for [...]

9 Apr 2014 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

The New Frontier

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Starring actor Edward G. Robinson, this programme describes how the path to universal peace and prosperity is “the new frontier” for mankind and tasks for the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). Language: English Genre: Drama 1956 Duration: 28’35″

9 Apr 2014 | Posted in UN Radio Classics | Read More »

Freedom of the skies

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A drama portraying the creation of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), the UN body in charge of rules of airspace, aircraft registration and safety. Language: English Genre: Drama 1954 Duration: 30’21″

9 Apr 2014 | Posted in UN Radio Classics | Read More »

Aid delivered to besieged community in Syria after nine month wait

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An operation to deliver humanitarian assistance to a besieged neighbourhood of the Syrian city of Aleppo has been described as "rare and risky" by the UN refugee agency (UNHCR). The agency said that the last time it was able to deliver aid to the inhabitants of Boustan al Qaser was in June last year. UNHCR [...]

9 Apr 2014 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

General Assembly President calls for innovative partnership for development

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The important role of partnerships of various sectors of society to promote sustainable development was stressed by the President of the United Nations General Assembly on Wednesday. Ambassador John Ashe spoke at the first ever joint thematic debate of the UN General Assembly and the Economic and Social Council on the role of partnerships for [...]

9 Apr 2014 | Posted in Caribbean News, Today's News | Read More »

WHO issues first guidance for Hepatitis C treatment

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New guidelines on how to screen, care for and treat people with Hepatitis C have been issued by the World Health Organization. The publication of the recommendations comes after more effective and safer oral hepatitis medicines become available on the market. Hepatitis C is most commonly transmitted through exposure to contaminated blood or infected injection [...]

9 Apr 2014 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

Private sector to play key role in future development agenda

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The private sector is going to play an important role in the future development of Africa and the rest of the world, according to one of the continent's leading businessmen. Tony Elumelu, the Chairman of Heirs Holdings, an investment company operating businesses across Africa, made the comments at a debate held at the United Nations [...]

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Lithuania urged to overturn ban of former president from politics

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Authorities in Lithuania have been urged to lift a lifelong ban from holding political office on a former president accused of abuse of power. The Lithuanian parliament removed Rolandas Paksas from office in April 2004 after the constitutional court found that he had unlawfully arranged Lithuanian citizenship for a Russian-born businessman. In the same year [...]

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UN health agency issues guidelines on Hepatitis C treatment

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The World Health Organization (WHO) has issued its first ever guidelines for the screening, care and treatment of hepatitis C which results in liver damage. The agency says the chronic infection affects approximately 130 million people and results in up to 500,000 deaths a year. It is hoped the guidelines will enable standardized treatment across [...]

9 Apr 2014 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

GDP not key to better cities

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A strong and expanding economy, does not necessarily lead to improved standards of living in cities according to the Nobel prize-winning economist, Joseph Stiglitz. Speaking at the 7th session of the World Urban Forum in the Colombian city of Medellín, he said that Gross Domestic Product or GDP, which measures the market value of goods [...]

9 Apr 2014 | Posted in Today's Features, World Urban Forum 7 | Read More »

African Union-UN mission in Darfur to revise its strategic focus

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The joint African Union-United Nations mission in Darfur (UNAMID) is revising its strategic focus, according to its head and Special Representative of the Secretary-General in the region. The mission was established in 2007 to protect civilians and promote a political process following the outbreak of conflict in the region between government forces and armed groups [...]

9 Apr 2014 | Posted in From the Field, Today's Features | Read More »

Early warning key to preventing genocide

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Early warning mechanisms are key to ensuring that genocide will not occur again in the Great Lakes region. That's according to Ambassador Liberata Mulamula, the first Executive Secretary of the International Conference on the Great Lakes region, a UN-backed inter-governmental organisation set up following the Rwanda genocide. The 20th anniversary of the genocide in which [...]

9 Apr 2014 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

Groundbreaking "partnerships for development" debate held at UN

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The first ever joint thematic debate on the role of partnerships for the implementation of the post 2015 development agenda  is being held in New York on Wednesday. The meeting involves the UN General Assembly and the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), two of the main organs of the United Nations. The UN says that [...]

9 Apr 2014 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Amir of Kuwait lauded for generosity towards humanitarian funding

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The Amir of Kuwait has been thanked by the head of the World Food Programme for his support for humanitarian causes, particularly the Syria crisis. Ertharin Cousin, the Executive Director of the UN World Food Programme (WFP), said she could not "stress too highly what an immense service the Amir has done, not least by [...]

8 Apr 2014 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

People of Central African Republic need police protection

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People in conflict-torn Central African Republic are in need of police protection, according to the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights. Navi Pillay spoke to reporters on Tuesday after briefing the Security Council about human rights issues in conflict areas around the world. She said African-led international force in the country (MISCA) and French forces [...]

8 Apr 2014 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

"Smart" cities need to be high-tech but also innovative

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To make a city "smart," it's not enough for it to be wired or high-tech and high-speed, according to urban development expert Tim Campbell. It also has to be a city that can learn, innovate and operate in a "cloud of trust", he adds. The renowned author moderated an event entitled "A Global Conversation on [...]

8 Apr 2014 | Posted in World Urban Forum 7 | Read More »

World Urban Forum opens with call for equity in development

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The 7th session of the World Urban Forum opened on Monday night in the Colombian city of Medellín, with a call for action to create a new urban model for the 21st century, in order to achieve more sustainable, inclusive, productive and more equitable cities. In a recorded video message, the UN Secretary General, Ban [...]

8 Apr 2014 | Posted in Today's News, World Urban Forum 7 | Read More »

Fears of major drought in Syria could uproot more people

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Millions of Syrians could face a major drought in the North West of the country if more rain does not fall in the next month. The World Food Programme is warning that 6.5 million Syrians could need emergency rations, up from the current figure of 4.2 million. Claire Doole reports from Geneva. Duration: 2’19″

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

Kenya to borrow ideas from other countries at the World Urban Forum

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Cities in developing countries can learn from success stories in other parts of the world, according to Minister Suleiman Sumba from Kakamega County in Kenya. Minister Sumba is currently at the World Urban Forum (WUF), in Colombia to discuss how cities can be a critical component in addressing inequality. The Forum is convened every two [...]

8 Apr 2014 | Posted in Today's Features, World Urban Forum 7 | Read More »

"Brutal conflict driving Syria to its destruction" warns UN chief

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The brutal conflict in Syria is driving the country to its destruction, as troubling reports of atrocities continue. The warning has come from UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon who also condemned the killing of an elderly priest. Mr. Ban demanded that the warring parties and their supporters in Syria ensure that civilians are protected regardless of [...]

8 Apr 2014 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

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Ebola outbreak most challenging ever seen by WHO

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The World Health Organization (WHO)  is expecting to see the outbreak of cases of the deadly virus Ebola continue in West Africa over the next few months. The UN agency currently has 60 of its own and partner staff on the ground to manage and control the outbreak. From Geneva Claire Doole reports. World Health [...]

8 Apr 2014 | Posted in Ebola Outbreak, Today's News | Read More »

UN urges respect for election process in Afghanistan

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The candidates and their supporters in Afghanistan's presidential elections held on Saturday have been urged to respect the work of the country's two electoral institutions. The appeal was made on Tuesday by the head of the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA), Ján Kubiš as vote counting is underway. Mr. Kubiš met with the chairpersons [...]

8 Apr 2014 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

"Looming" drought threatens food security in Syria: WFP

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Drought threatens to worsen an already fragile food situation in north-western Syria, according to a report by the UN World Food Programme (WFP). The agency, which provided food to a record 4 million people last month, fears that if rainfall does not increase, drought could put the lives of millions of people at risk. According [...]

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South Sudanese women and children dying on way to Ethiopia

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Women and children fleeing conflict in South Sudan are dying on their way to refugee camps in Ethiopia, according to the International Organization for Migration (IOM). About 80,000 people have crossed into Ethiopia from the eastern parts of South Sudan since the beginning of the conflict in December 2013. The OIM has assisted the majority [...]

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Committee on rights of Palestinian people briefed on East Jerusalem

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The UN General Assembly's Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People is being briefed on Tuesday on the situation in East Jerusalem where thousands of Palestinians have been without running water for over a month. The Committee, which was established in 1975, is composed of several member states and regional [...]

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Young people to play role in future of cities

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Young people are being asked what type of cities they would like to inhabit in the future. The question was posed at a youth assembly at the seventh session of the World Urban Forum which is being held this week in the city of Medellín, Colombia. Around 15,000 participants from around the world have gathered [...]

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World "over-armed and peace under-funded" says UN deputy chief

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The international community has been urged to make progress in pushing the disarmament agenda in a world that has been described as "over armed and peace under-funded." The appeal was made by UN Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson as the UN Disarmament Commission began its three-week session in New York on Monday. Mr. Eliasson said the [...]

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

World Urban Forum discusses building "just and equitable" cities

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More than 30 years ago Medellín, Colombia's second largest city, was better known for being the "murder capital of the world" and home to the infamous drug lord Pablo Escobar. Today, it's a transformed city and is hosting the 7th World Urban Forum where experts and innovators in urban development are discussing how to plan, [...]

7 Apr 2014 | Posted in Today's Features, World Urban Forum 7 | Read More »

Member States urged to be "bold" to adapt to population development challenges

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UN Member States have been urged to adapt and respond to new population and development challenges. The appeal was made by the President of the General Assembly, Ambassador John Ashe, as the Commission on Population and Development began its 47th session in New York on Monday. In his statement, he noted that much has changed [...]

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Killing of UN workers in Somalia condemned

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The killing of two United Nations workers in Somalia on Monday has been condemned by senior UN officials. According to reports, the two consultants, working for the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) were shot inside Galkayo Airport in Puntland after they got off a plane. The two experts, nationals of the United Kingdom [...]

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

Investigation follows death at Syrian refugee camp in Jordan

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An investigation has been launched following the shooting and subsequent death of a Syrian refugee at a camp in Jordan. The death followed a riot by several thousand refugees after a family was discovered being smuggled out of the Za'atri camp. Za'atri which is located in the north of the country, currently houses over 100,000 [...]

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Kuwait gives $100 million to UN refugee agency for operations in Syria

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A contribution of $100 million by Kuwait to UN refugee operations in Syria represents "a difference between life and death" for Syrians both inside and outside the country. That's what the head of the UN refugee agency (UNHCR), Antonio Guterres, said in Geneva on Monday as he welcomed the donation by the State of Kuwait. [...]

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

Food insecurity doubles in Central African Republic

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The number of people in the Central African Republic who are not getting enough food has doubled over the past year to 1.6 million. The UN's Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the World Food Programme (WFP) said in a joint report that food insecurity has worsened due to the widespread conflict that has affected [...]

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

Conflict in Central African Republic creates food insecurity for 1.6 million people

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The ongoing conflict in the Central African Republic has created food insecurity for 1.6 million people according to United Nations food and agriculture agencies. The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the World Food Programme (WFP) have warned that the country needs a long-term expensive humanitarian operation. A report by the two agencies finds [...]

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

UN chief pays tribute to people of Rwanda on 20th anniversary of genocide

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The ability of the people of Rwanda to unite and show that reconciliation is possible even after what has been described as "a monumental tragedy" is an inspiration to the world. That's what UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says in his message to mark the 20th anniversary of the Rwanda genocide on 7 April. Starting on [...]

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Rwandans prepare to mark 20th anniversary of genocide

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Rwandans around the world are preparing to mark the 20th anniversary of the genocide in their country in which around 800,000 people were killed. The massacres in 1994 were carried out by militia and Government forces over a period of just 100 days. The United Nations is remembering the genocide through "Kwibuka 20," a series [...]

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World Health Day highlights serious threat of bug bites

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On World Health Day, the UN is highlighting the "serious and increasing threat" of vector-borne diseases and the need for people to shield themselves from them. These diseases come from mosquito, tick and flea bites that infect people with viruses, parasites and bacteria, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). Every year, more than one [...]

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Dengue: a silent disease spotlighted on World Health Day

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Mosquitoes, flies, ticks and bugs may be a threat to your health at home and when travelling—that's the message of this year's World Health Day, on the 7th of April. The World Health Organization (WHO) and its partners are spotlighting vector-borne diseases. Vectors are organisms that transmit pathogens and parasites from one infected person to [...]

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Rwanda genocide survivor urges "unity and love"

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A woman who survived the Rwandan genocide of 1994 has urged people to demonstrate "unity and love" at a meeting at the United Nations. Around 800,000 people perished in Rwanda over a period of 100 days in one of the worst cases of mass killings in modern times Immaculée Ilibagiza participated in the launch at [...]

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

Sport a universal language, says Ban on first International Day

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Sport is a universal language that unites groups and nations across divides. That was Ban Ki-moon's message on Sunday, as the world celebrated its first-ever International Day of Sport for Development and Peace. Sport empowers youth, promotes good health and deepens UN values such as equality, mutual respect and fair play, he said. The Secretary-General [...]

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

Secretary-General warns CAR at risk of partition

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The Central African Republic (CAR) is at risk of partition, destabilizing an already fragile region, the Secretary-General warned on Saturday. Mr. Ban Ki-moon made the remarks in the capital city of Bangui, after concluding his first visit to CAR since the crisis erupted in December 2012. The UN chief’s visit comes amid a recent escalation [...]

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

Afghanistan votes in 2014 "historic" polls

Listen / Afghan women cast their votes on 5 April "historic" elections. UNAMA Photo

Afghanistan has witnessed a large voter turnout during the country's landmark elections held on Saturday. Braving the heavy rains, challenges and security threats, people still came out to cast their ballots, the UN's top envoy in the country, Ján Kubiš told journalists at a polling centre in Kabul, the nation's capital. The UN Assistance Mission [...]

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Afghanistan elections "true historic moment", says UN top envoy

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It's a true historic moment for Afghanistan, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative in the country said as the nation held Presidential and Provincial Council elections on Saturday. Braving bad weather, threats and intimidation, Afghans showed their resolve by coming out to vote, said Ján Kubiš who is also the head of the UN Mission in Afghanistan [...]

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Rwanda genocide remembered 20 years on

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This year marks 20 years since Hutu extremists in Rwanda slaughtered approximately 800,000 Tutsis and moderate Hutus within a period of 100 days. The 1994 Rwanda genocide shocked the world and tested the United Nations capacity to intervene to protect vulnerable people in a conflict. There have been a series of events known as "Kwibuka [...]

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UNAMID chief stresses need for dialogue to resolve Sudan conflict

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Sudan's political issues can only be resolved through a dialogue with all parties to the conflict. That's what the head of the African Union-United Nations Hybrid operation in Darfur (UNAMID) told UN Radio on Friday. Mohamed Ibn Chambas was in New York where he briefed the Security Council on the situation in Darfur. Mr. Chambas [...]

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Czech Republic hailed as peacemaker and human rights advocate

Listen / While Czech Republic, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon takes time out to visit part of the new mobile flood barriers put up by the Prague fire department. Photos: UN

The Secretary General has commended the Czech government for its constructive role globally in supporting the peaceful settlement of disputes. This it has done through helping countries in transition and advocating for human rights protection, Mr. Ban Ki-moon said. He made his remarks in the capital city Prague in a press event with the country's [...]

4 Apr 2014 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

UN rights office decries "hasty" execution of alleged murderer

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A "hasty" judicial process in the Somali town of Kismayo that led to the execution of a man for the alleged murder of an elder has raised the concern of the United Nations human rights office. Rupert Colville, Spokesperson for the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) said the man was sentenced [...]

4 Apr 2014 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

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"Hate language" poses danger in Central African Republic: UN expert

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The development of what has been described as "hate language" in the Central African Republic is dangerous because it is usually a precursor to genocide. This warning has come from the head of a team of experts that is investigating allegations of violations of international humanitarian law in the Central African Republic. Violence continues between [...]

4 Apr 2014 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

Senior UN officials condemn attack on journalists in Afghanistan

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Senior UN officials have strongly condemned an attack against two international journalists in Afghanistan on Friday, which left one dead and the other wounded. The Associated Press journalists, Anja Niedringhaus and Kathy Gannon, were shot in the Tani district of Khost province in eastern Afghanistan where they were covering the upcoming elections. The Director-General of [...]

4 Apr 2014 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Probe of human rights abuses in Central African Republic continues

Listen / Amid continued fighting between Muslim and Christian communities in the Central African Republic, school has resumed in parts of the capital Bangui, including with assistance from UNICEF and partners.  UN Photo/Serge Nya-Nana

An international team investigating allegations of violations of international humanitarian law in the Central African Republic is continuing its work despite the ongoing violence in the country. Thousands of people are believed to have been killed and tens of thousands of others have fled their homes as violence continues between Christians and Muslims. The Chairperson [...]

4 Apr 2014 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Women help make mine action more efficient and effective: UN

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Women's participation is crucial at all stages of mine action from surveying mined areas to deciding where to begin clearance, according to the United Nations. On International Mine Action Day, observed 4 April, the UN is promoting the efforts made by women to make mine action more efficient and effective. The UN Mine Action Service [...]

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UN CALLING ASIA: Domestic observers to play crucial role in Afghan elections

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As Afghans prepare for Presidential and Provincial Council elections, the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) is highlighting the importance of domestic observers and the prevention of fraud. More than 10,000 domestic observers and 250,000 candidate and party agents have already received accreditation to monitor the elections on the 5th of April.  Stephanie Coutrix [...]

4 Apr 2014 | Posted in UN Calling Asia | Read More »

WOMEN: South Sudan: Driving Out Landmines

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After decades of civil war in Sudan, South Sudan gained independence in July 2011, and became the world's newest country. But legacies of the conflict live on. One young woman is challenging traditional roles by driving an armoured vehicle that is built to crush landmines, and in the process is clearing the remnants of her [...]

4 Apr 2014 | Posted in Women | Read More »

South Sudan: Driving out landmines

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After decades of civil war in Sudan, South Sudan gained independence in July 2011, and became the world's newest country. But legacies of the conflict live on. One young woman is challenging traditional roles by driving an armoured vehicle that is built to crush landmines, and in the process is clearing the remnants of her [...]

4 Apr 2014 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

Lack of funding a major setback to Cambodia's landmine clearance efforts

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Declining donor support for mine clearance activities in Cambodia could seriously hamper the country's chances of becoming mine-free. The country has been clearing landmines for nearly two decades now. Cambodia is affected by landmines and explosive remnants of war left by 30 years of conflict that ended in the 1990s. The full extent of the [...]

4 Apr 2014 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

Cities go under spotlight in Colombia

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Creating cities which are liveable and prosperous for all people is the goal of an international meeting which begins in Medellin, Colombia on Saturday. The bi-annual World Urban Forum (WUF) convened by the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) examines the most pressing issues facing the planet due to rapid urbanization. Delegates from across the [...]

4 Apr 2014 | Posted in Today's Features, World Urban Forum 7 | Read More »

Role of cities in Post-2015 agenda focus of UN Colombia meeting

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The rapid urbanization of the world needs to take place in what has been described by a senior UN official as a "proper manner" if future development is to be sustainable. Experts from around the world are gathering at a conference in Medellin, Colombia to assess the relationship between cities and the Post-2015 Development Agenda. [...]

4 Apr 2014 | Posted in Today's News, World Urban Forum 7 | Read More »

Security Council adopts resolution to allow better protection of civilians in Darfur

Listen / Mark Lyall Grant. UN Photo/Paulo Filgueiras

The Security Council has unanimously adopted a resolution to give the African Union-UN Hybrid Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) the best chance of protecting civilians of the regions. That's what UK's Ambassador to the UN, Mark Lyall Grant, told reporters on Thursday after a Security Council meeting. Ambassador Grant said the resolution would improve UNAMID's "effectiveness" [...]

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UN AND AFRICA: UN mission in Sierra Leone ends

Listen / As the drawdown of the United Nations Mission in Sierra Leone (UNAMSIL) began at the successful completion of its mandate, the Bangladesh contingent is seen here on board a ferry taking it to the Lungi airport transit camp prior to repatriation, today in Freetiown, Sierra Leone.   UN Photo/Eric Kanalstein

• The United Nations mission in Sierra Leone completed its work on 31 March. The UN Integrated Peacebuilding Office in Sierra Leone, (UNIPSIL) has been helping the country in its post conflict recovery.UNIPSIL followed the world's largest peacekeeping mission of over 17,000 "blue helmets" to disarm rebel militias and restore stability. Violence between Christians and [...]

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Afghans urged to show patience and respect for electoral institutions and processes during polls: Ban

Listen / Afghan citizen participating in Presidential and Provincial Council elections in 2009.  UN Photo/Tim Page

The Secretary-General has urged Afghan candidates and voters to show patience and respect for electoral institutions and processes during Saturday's historic polls. In a statement read by his Spokesperson, Ban Ki-moon also appealed to the people of Afghanistan to abide by the poll results. The country is holding presidential and provincial council elections on 5 [...]

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Domestic observers to play crucial role in Afghan elections

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As Afghans prepare for Presidential and Provincial Council elections, the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) is highlighting the importance of domestic observers and the prevention of fraud. More than 10,000 domestic observers and 250,000 candidate and party agents have already received accreditation to monitor the elections on the 5th of April. Stephanie Coutrix [...]

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Large-scale malaria interventions saved over 3 million lives: Ban

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More than three million peoples' lives have been saved by large-scale malaria interventions over a 12 year period, the Secretary-General told a group of leaders from Africa and Europe on Thursday. Ninety per cent of them are children, he underscored. Mr. Ban Ki-moon made his remarks in Brussels where he attended an event hosted by [...]

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West Papua: Saved by seaweed

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West Papua is more than 3000 kilometres from the Indonesian capital, Jakarta. It’s not only difficult to reach, but for decades it’s been plagued by conflict, so it’s been a challenge to create economic opportunities here. But thanks to a government project supported by the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) fishermen in the country [...]

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Syrian Refugees in Lebanon surpass one million

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The number of refugees fleeing from Syria into neighbouring Lebanon has surpassed one million today, according to the UN refugee agency (UNHCR). The agency describes this development as a "tragic milestone", adding that the situation is made worse by rapidly depleting resources and a host community stretched to breaking point. It says refugees from Syria [...]

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Food prices rise sharply as a result of weather and Black Sea crisis

Listen / Little girl working with her parents at home with freshly picked corn to let it dry hanging outside on the family's home.  UN Photo/Martine Perret

Food prices increased sharply in March according to the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). The FAO Food Price Index, which is based on the price of a basket of internationally-traded food commodities, rose by almost 5 points or the equivalent of 2.3 per cent. The agency says this is the highest level since May [...]

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"Race against time" to assist food insecure South Sudanese

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The United Nations is in a "race against time" to deliver aid to 3.7 million people who are at severe risk of starvation in South Sudan. That's what Toby Lanzer, the United Nations Humanitarian Coordinator in the country told reporters in Geneva on Thursday. According to the UN lead humanitarian agency, OCHA, an estimated 78 [...]

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Terrorists acting alone "emerging phenomenon"

Listen / Meeting Counter Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate (CTED). UN Photo/Paulo Filgueiras

The carrying out of terrorist acts by people acting alone or working in small cells has been described by the United Nations as an "emerging phenomenon." The Boston bombings by the Tsarnaev brothers and the murder of 77 people by Anders Breivik in Norway are two of the most high-profile examples of recent years of [...]

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UN specialized agency unveils tool to measure poverty

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A simple and innovative tool to analyze and measure rural development has been unveiled in Rome on Thursday by the United Nations' specialized agency for rural development, IFAD. The Multidimensional Poverty Assessment Tool (MPAT) is the result of a collaborative and international initiative started in 2008 and led by IFAD. Using household and village surveys, [...]

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Movie highlights violence against women and the birth of Beethoven

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Ludwig von Beethoven would not exist if his mother, a women violently abused by her husband, had decided to terminate her pregnancy. That's the main message of director Jason Jones' new short film Crescendo, screened in March at the UN. Mr. Jones, an anti-abortion activist, highlighted that Crescendo is not an ideologically driven film, but [...]

2 Apr 2014 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

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