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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 [...]

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Palestinian Authority applies to join global conventions, treaties

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The Palestinian Authority has exercised its legal right in requesting to join a number of UN institutions. That's what Riyad Mansour, Permanent Observer of Palestine to the United Nations told the press on Wednesday after he hand-delivered letters of accession to the Secretary-General's Chef de Cabinet, Susan Malcorra. Earlier, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abass signed [...]

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Spirit behind cease-fire petition for Afghanistan should grow stronger: UN envoy

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The top United Nations official in Afghanistan has urged women in the country to build on the momentum behind a petition calling for peace. Ján Kubiš made the call ahead of the 5 April elections which have been marred by a string of violent attacks by the Taliban against election facilities. The petition has garnered [...]

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8.2-magnitude earthquake in Chile claims 6 lives

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Six people have lost their lives in Chile following an 8.2 –magnitude earthquake that struck off its northern coast. That's according to Mr. Ricardo Mena, the head of the Latin American and Caribbean Office of UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction. The Chilean government, which declared a State of Emergency in the north of the [...]

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First Arms Trade Treaty adopted turns one year old

Listen / Some light and heavy weapons collected from fighters under a disarmament programme. UN Photo/S. Waak

The UN Secretary-General has called on all States that have not yet signed and ratified the Arms Trade Treaty to do so without delay. Mr. Ban Ki-moon made the appeal on Wednesday as the General Assembly marked the first anniversary of the adoption of the Treaty. Fifty signatures are needed for the Treaty to enter [...]

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Arms Trade Treaty marks one year anniversary at UN

Listen / A view of the voting panels as the UN General Assembly voted to approve a global arms trade treaty. UN Photo/Devra Berkowitz

The Arms Trade Treaty was adopted in the General Assembly on the 2nd of April 2013 by a vote of 154 in favour, 3 against, and 23 abstentions. The three countries against the adoption were Syria, Iran, and North Korea. The Arms Trade Treaty regulates the global trade of conventional arms, from handguns to battle [...]

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Women have critical food security role in sustainable development agenda

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Women have a critical role to play in ensuring food security in the post-2015 agenda, according to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). FAO cites the fight against hunger as critical part of the Sustainable Development Goals that will follow the Millennium Development Goals after 2015. Derrick Mbatha sat down with Anna Rappazzo, [...]

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Reinforcements needed in CAR to restore peace and security: Ban

Listen / Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (right) with Jose Manuel Barroso, President of the European Commission, during the fourth European Union-Africa summit. UN Photo/Evan Schneider

Reinforcements are needed "right away" in the Central African Republic (CAR), the Secretary-General told participants at the fourth European Union-Africa Summit in Brussels on Wednesday. The Summit brings together African and European Union (EU) leaders, as well as leaders of EU and African Union Institutions. The debates focus on peace, security, trade, migration and climate [...]

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Unemployment among Syrian refugees in Lebanon reaches 33%

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A third of Syrian refugees living in host communities in Lebanon are unemployed, according to a study by the International Labour Organization (ILO). The report says most refugees suffer from low wages and harsh working conditions. Most of them lack skills and education, it adds. The assessment found that the average monthly income for a [...]

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Diseases carried by vectors may spread and intensify in Europe through global travel and trade

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Diseases carried by vectors may spread and intensify in Europe because of global trade, travel, increased urbanization and changing weather patterns. The World Health Organization Regional Office for Europe is raising the alarm ahead of World Health Day observed on 7 April. WHO says every year 77,000 Europeans fall sick with diseases transmitted through insect [...]

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World Lights up Blue for World Autism Awareness Day

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Buildings and landmark structures around the world are lit blue on Wednesday to mark World Autism Awareness Day. The day is observed on 2 April each year to put the spotlight on this condition which is caused by neurological disorder affecting the functioning of the brain. Although no accurate data is available, it is estimated [...]

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Integrate people with autism in schools and jobs, says Ban

Listen / World Autism Awareness Day, 2 April
Photo: CARE/David Rochkind, Design: Kim Conger

People with autism deserve all possible opportunities for education, employment and integration. That was Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's message for World Autism Awareness Day. Autism is a lifelong developmental disability that manifests itself during the first three years of life. By including children with different learning abilities in mainstream and specialized schools, Ban said, we can [...]

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No increase in cancer levels after Fukushima nuclear accident: UN

Listen / Safety inspector at Fukushima plant in Japan

The 2011 Fukushima nuclear accident and the resulting exposure to radiation is not expected to lead to discernable changes in future cancer rates in Japan. A new report issued by the United Nations Scientific Committee on the Effects of Atomic Radiation (UNSCEAR) also confirms that no increases in the rates of birth defects are expected. [...]

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