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

Listen / Elda Moreno.  UN Photo/Paulo Filgueiras

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 [...]

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

Listen / Voters in Guinea Bissau went to the polls 13 April 2014 for presidential and parliamentary elections, which many hope will bring stability to this small country in West Africa.  UNDP/Guinea Bissau

• 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 [...]

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

UN debates how to repair harm done to genocide survivors

Listen / Wreath laying ceremony at the plaque in commemoration of the UN staff who lost their lives during the Rwandan genocide (UNDP Compound) UN Photo/Evan Schneider

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 [...]

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

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 [...]

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

Tanzania farmers learn climate smart agricultural practices

Listen / School children from Kiroka primary in Tanzania at the tree planting project.  (video capture)

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″

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

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

Listen / UNMISS evacuation support in Bentiu, Unity State, on 16 April. Photo: UNMISS Military

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 [...]

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

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 [...]

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

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 [...]

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

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 [...]

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

Cola giants back UN guidelines to ward off land grabs

Listen / Young farmers in Tanzania. UN Photo/B Wolff

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 [...]

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

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 [...]

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

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 [...]

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

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