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UN CALLING ASIA: Best-selling author calls for global support for Syrian refugees in Iraq

Khaled Hosseini talks to Payman, an aspiring young Syrian writer.

The Best-selling author, Khaled Hosseini has called for more global support for Syrian refugees living in Iraq. Mr Hosseini, who is a Goodwill Ambassador for the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR), is also a former refugee from Afghanistan. He visited two camps in northern Iraq which are home to around 20,000 Syrians. Like millions of their [...]

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Over 90 per cent of Syria's chemical materials destroyed in country

Special Coordinator of the Joint Mission of the OPCW and the UN Sigrid Kaag (second left) inspecting preparations for the elemination of chemical weapons at the Syrian Port of Latakia in December 2013. Photo: OPCW-UN Joint Mission

"Significant progress" has been made in the last three weeks in the elimination of chemical weapons in Syria, according to a United Nations spokesperson. The joint mission of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons and the United Nations confirmed delivery on Thursday of a further shipment of chemical weapons material in Syria. UN [...]

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

Garment industry in Bangladesh Rana Plaza: Never again


A year after Bangladesh's deadliest industrial accident also known as the "Rana Plaza disaster", safety conditions for workers have improved. On April 24, 2013, the Rana Plaza, an eight story garment factory, collapsed in Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh, killing more than 1,100 people- the majority of them women. During the past year, the International [...]

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Unprovoked attack on supply barge in South Sudan condemned by UN

Residents at the camp for internally displaced persons (IDPs) at the UN Mission for South Sudan (UNMISS) Malakal Base in the Upper Nile State wait in line at the base's health facility. UN Photo/Isaac Billy

An attack on Thursday on a four-barge convoy carrying supplies for the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) has been strongly condemned by the UN. UNMISS says the convoy was delivering urgently needed food and fuel supplies to its Upper Nile Base in Malakal when it came under small arms attack from the northern bank [...]

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UN Radio News 24 April 2014

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All countries urged by UN chief to ratify treaty to abolish death penalty

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

Countries around the world have been urged to ratify an international treaty aimed at abolishing what has been described as the "cruel" death penalty. The call came from UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon who spoke at a discussion entitled "Moving away from the death penalty-Discrimination against marginalized groups." Speaking at the UN, he said the right [...]

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Peace agreement needed in Darfur, says UNAMID Force Commander

UN Photo/Albert Gonzalez Farran

A negotiated peace agreement to resolve the conflict in the troubled Darfur region of Sudan, is needed to protect civilians according to the force commander of UN peacekeepers there. More than 200,000 people have been displaced by fighting in the south of Darfur since the beginning of the year. UN officials have repeatedly called on [...]

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Peace agreement in Darfur will help protection of civilians

A UNAMID Formed Police Unit Officer from Jordan interacts with a child in Zam Zam camp for Internally Displaced People (IDP), North Darfur. Photo by Albert Gonzalez Farran, UNAMID

A peace agreement between warring parties in Darfur will make it easier for the United Nations to protect civilians in the Sudanese region, according to the UN's force commander there. The security situation in Darfur has deteriorated over the past year marked by ongoing clashes between the Sudanese Government and rebels, as well as an [...]

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Warring parties in South Sudan face "serious consequences"

South Sudanese fleeing fighting, find refuge inside the UNMISS compound in Bor, Jonglei state. Photo: UNMISS/Tina Turyagyenda

The warring parties in South Sudan have been told that "serious consequences" could follow unless they end the fighting which has engulfed the country since last December. Thousands of people have been killed and a million have fled their homes as government troops continue to battle opposition rebels who support the former vice-president Riek Machar. [...]

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Technology to boost awareness of immunization programmes

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Countries around the world are being encouraged to use mobile or Internet technologies to inform people about immunization programmes. The call comes at the beginning of the annually observed Immunization Week, the slogan for which this year is "Immunization for a health future." During the campaign the World Health Organization (WHO) expects millions of people [...]

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World Immunization Week: "know, check and protect"

HPV vaccination in a school for adolescent girls. Source: Screen capture from UNIFEED video

On World Immunization Week, people are being asked to learn more about vaccines, check their immunization status and get a shot if needed. In the last week of April every year, the event takes place to remind families and communities how effective vaccines can be and to encourage people to get immunized against deadly and [...]

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One year anniversary of garment factory disaster marked in Bangladesh

Garment workers at a factory in Bangladesh. Source: Screen capture from ILO video

The anniversary of the collapse of garment factory in Bangladesh a year ago in which more than 1,100 people died and about 2,500 were injured is being marked on Thursday. The Deputy Director-General of International Labour Organization (ILO) is attending the commemoration of the disaster at the Rana Plaza in Dhaka. Gilbert Houngbo said that [...]

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General Assembly holds debate on "Ensuring Stable and Peaceful Societies"

UNMIL Photo/Staton Winter

The importance of stable and peaceful societies for the realization of the Post-2015 Sustainable Development Agenda is being debated by the UN General Assembly on Thursday. Diplomats and senior UN officials are participating in the two-day meeting which has been convened by the President of the General Assembly John Ashe. His spokesperson Afaf Konja says [...]

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Girls and women encouraged to get into information and communication technologies

Girls in ICT Day 2014, ITU HQ, Geneva, Switzerland. © ITU/T.Blyth-Kubota

Women and girls around the world are being encouraged by the UN's telecommunications agency to develop careers in information and communication technologies. "Girls in ICT Day", which is observed on the fourth Thursday of April each year, was established by the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) in 2010 to inspire girls to consider a future in [...]

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Girls can "shape future" with ICT

Serafina Jacobson-Walsh (right) interviewing Sylvia Todd. © ITU/T.Blyth-Kubota

Girls can help to shape the future of the planet if they're more involved in information and communications technology…well that's according to the 12-year old host of an online webshow. Sylvia Todd, hosts Sylvia’s Super-Awesome Maker Show, which she describes as all about "how to make cool stuff." On Thursday the United Nations is marking [...]

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