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Organic farming protects Mother Earth and supports harmony with nature

Listen / United Nations Headquarters building. UN Photo/JC McIlwaine

Harmony with nature, when it comes to farming, is organic farming. That's according to Jim Gerritsen, who runs a family farm in Maine, a state in the New England region of the north-eastern United States. He has been farming organically for 40 years and raises different organic seeds, primarily potato. Mr Gerritsen was invited to [...]

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Evidence of hundreds of executions in South Sudan's Bentiu

Listen / UNMISS Mongolian battalion evacuating civilians on 16 April from Bentiu, Unity State, after conflict broke out between government and oppostion forces. Photo: UNMISS

The UN has said there is evidence of executions which have taken place in the South Sudanese town of Bentiu. Hundreds of people have reportedly been killed in the town since last week after rebels took control. The conflict in South Sudan began in December last year when forces loyal to the deposed vice president [...]

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Killing of Somali parliamentarians and media worker condemned by UN

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The murder of two members of parliament and a media worker in Somalia has been condemned by the United Nations top envoy in the country. Abdiaziz Isaaq Mursal was shot dead by unknown gunmen in the country's capital Mogadishu early on Tuesday. The murder follows the killing on Monday of another member of parliament and [...]

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Improving "health of oceans" for food and nutrition security

Listen / Fishermen ready their boat on the beach in Kayar, Senegal. UN Photo/Evan Schneider

Experts from around the world are meeting in the Hague, in the Netherlands to look at ways of improving the health of oceans. The Global Oceans Action Summit for Food Security and Blue Growth aims to focus attention and increased investment into addressing the three key threats to ocean health: overfishing, habitat destruction and pollution. [...]

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Harmony with nature and planet stressed in General Assembly

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The importance of human beings living in harmony with each other and with nature has been underlined by the President of the UN General Assembly. Ambassador John Ashe spoke at the Fourth Interactive Dialogue of the General Assembly on Harmony with Nature held on International Mother Earth Day observed on 22 April each year. He [...]

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Warning that protection of South Sudan's one million internally displaced is eroding

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The protection of one million internally displaced persons, or IDPs, in South Sudan is further eroding amid persistent violence and deliberate ethnically targeted attacks, according to the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights of Internally Displaced Persons, Chaloka Beyani. Hundreds of people were left dead and many more were wounded during last week's [...]

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"Heart-wrenching" evidence of executions in South Sudan's Bentiu town

Listen / Toby Lanzer speaking to injured man at UNMISS protection site in Unity State capital Bentiu. Photo: UNMISS / Tina Turyagyenda

Evidence of atrocities, including executions, committed in the South Sudanese town of Bentiu have been described as "heart wrenching" by a UN official. Toby Lanzer, the UN Humanitarian Coordinator went to the town to assess the situation after opposition forces took it over last week. About 22,000 civilians there are now sheltering in a base [...]

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Climate change poses big challenge to fisheries: FAO official

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The livelihoods of people who depend on fisheries are being threatened by climate change, according to a senior official from the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). Árni Mathiesen, the Assistant Director-General of the Fisheries and Aquaculture Department at FAO, is attending a major global meeting on oceans which opened in The Hague, in the [...]

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Children 'paying the price' for conflict in South Sudan

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Children in South Sudan are being traumatised on many different levels, according to the United Nations Children's Fund, UNICEF. The agency says that not only are nearly a quarter of a million children at risk of suffering from severe acute malnutrition by the end of the year but they are also being separated from their [...]

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UNESCO chief calls for probe into murder of a Philippines journalist

Listen / UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova [UN Photo/Jean-Marc Ferre]

Authorities in the Philippines have been urged by the head of the UN's cultural organization (UNESCO) to investigate the recent killing of a journalist in the Philippines. Rubylita Garcia, a reporter for the Remate newspaper in Bacoor City and host of a radio talk show was reportedly shot dead by two gunmen in her home [...]

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Global economy "turning corner" says IMF

Listen / A local farmer collects hay on a rice field in the area of Koroyomme, Timbuktu.  UN Photo/Marco Dormino

The global economy is "turning the corner" but recovery is still too slow and too fragile according to the International Monetary Fund (IMF). The future of the world economy was one of the key themes discussed at the IMF's recently concluded annual Spring Meetings. The meetings bring together thousands of government officials, experts, civil society [...]

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Vaccines guarded against natural disasters in refrigerators in the Philippines

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Vaccines are being guarded in refrigerators against future natural disasters in the Philippines, according to the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF). The move follows the destruction wreaked by Typhoon Haiyan, which tore through the Philippines in November 2013. Health clinics were destroyed, the cold chain disrupted and temperature-sensitive vaccines ruined. One of UNICEF's first interventions [...]

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Earth Day focuses on green cities

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People across the world are being urged to speak out on behalf of Mother Earth so that she can continue to care for life as she has done for more than one thousand of years. The appeal comes from UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in his message for International Mother Earth Day observed on 22 April [...]

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Global summit looks at oceans as source for food security and economic growth

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Senior government officials from around the world are gathering in The Hague, the Netherlands on Tuesday for a summit on the role of oceans in global food security, livelihoods and economic growth. The four-day Global Oceans Action Summit for Food Security and Blue Growth is being convened by the Dutch government in close collaboration with [...]

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