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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 [...]

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Building "resilient cities" from the bottom up

Listen / Margareta Wahlström

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

Listen / Adama Dieng

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 [...]

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

Listen / Carlos Lopes

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 [...]

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Industrialization crucial for structural transformation in Africa

Listen / Maged Abdelaziz

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 [...]

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Heavy rainfalls and continued fighting exacerbate South Sudan crisis

Listen / Internally displaced South Sudanese women.  UN Photo/Isaac Billy

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 [...]

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

Listen / Valerie Amos. UN Photo/Violaine Martin

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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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. [...]

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Political commitment needed to create equitable cities

Listen / Participatory neighbourhood planning involving women in Nepal © UN-Habitat

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

Listen / Joan Clos

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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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