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UNAMID chief stresses need for dialogue to resolve Sudan conflict

Listen / Mohamed Ibn Chambas, Joint Special Representative and Head of the African Union and United Nations Mission in Darfur (UNAMID).  UN Photo/Paulo Filgueiras

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 [...]

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UN rights office decries "hasty" execution of alleged murderer

Listen / Human rights.  OHCHR

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 [...]

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

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

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 [...]

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Senior UN officials condemn attack on journalists in Afghanistan

Listen / A man holding up a sign which says "Stop killing journalists".

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 [...]

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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

Listen / A bomb-disposal, or explosive ordnance disposal (EOD), robot is remotely driven to disarm an ordnance. UN Photo/Marco Dormino

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 [...]

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

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

Listen / Photo: Fardin Waezi / UNAMA

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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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 [...]

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South Sudan: Driving out landmines

Listen / Nancy from South Sudan drives an armoured vehicle that is built to crush landmines.  (video capture)

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

Listen / A mine-victim with his son at a centre for rehabilitation in Kandal Province, Cambodia.  UN Photo/Pernaca Sudhakaran

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 [...]

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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 »

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