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Sexual violence continues in the DRC, but some progress achieved

Zainab Hawa Bangura UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

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 [...]

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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

Navi Pillay, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, UN Photo/Jean-Marc Ferré

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 [...]

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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 UN70 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″

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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

John Ashe

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

If you are going for a tattoo or piercing, make sure the needles are sterilized as most often, Hepatitis C is transmitted by blood via unsterilized equipment. Photo: WHO/S. Smith

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

Tony Elumelu (right), is interviewed by Stephanie Coutrix of UN Radio. Credit: UN Photo/ Predrag Vasić

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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UN Radio News 09 April 2014

News and features from United Nations Radio.

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Lithuania urged to overturn ban of former president from politics

UN Photo/Jean-Marc Ferré

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

UK Hepatitis C Trust. WHO@PHOTO

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

Joseph Stiglitz, Nobel prize-winning economist.  @CamaraLucida / UN-HABITAT

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

Mohamed Ibn Chambas. UN Photo/Evan Schneider

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

Liberata Mulamula. UN Photo/Paulo Filgueiras

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 [...]

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Groundbreaking "partnerships for development" debate held at UN

Afaf Konja. UN Photo/Paulo Filgueiras

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 »

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