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Peacekeepers extract civilians from violence in Bentiu, South Sudan

Listen / A makeshift primary school for students at the UNMISS displaced persons camp in Bor, Jonglei state, South Sudan. Photo: UNMISS/Mihad Abdalla

South Sudanese civilians seeking shelter from violence have been extracted from Unity State's capital Bentiu by United Nations peacekeepers, according to a UN Spokesperson. The UN Mission in South Sudan, known as UNMISS, also reported fighting between government and opposition forces in Mayom. The latest reports said Mayom is currently under SPLA control, although fighting [...]

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Boston marathon winner says sport "unites and gives hope"

Listen / Meb Keflezighi.  UN Photo

Sport is a universal language that unites us and gives us hope, according to the winner of this year's Boston Marathon. Meb Keflezighi is an Eritrean-born American long distance runner who has won many international races, including an Olympic silver medal in 2004 and the New York City marathon in 2009. He was at United [...]

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Purpose of security sector reform is to make people's lives safer: Ban

Listen / Ban Ki-moon, UN Secretary-General

Public confidence in governments can be strengthened by a professional and accountable security sector . That's what the UN Secretary-General told members of the Security Council on Monday during an open debate on security sector reform (SSR). Simply put, the purpose of security sector reform (SSR) is to make people's lives safer, Ban Ki-moon said. [...]

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Syria gets rid of 92 per cent of chemical weapons arsenal

Listen / OPCW headquarters in The Hague, the Netherlands

Syria has disposed of more than 92 per cent of its declared stockpile of chemical weapons material, according to the head of the Joint Mission of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons and the United Nations (OPCW). The weapons were either removed from its territory or destroyed in-house. Sigrid Kaag hailed it as [...]

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South Sudan officials urged by UN human rights chief to stop conflict

Listen / Dead bodies on the road side in Bentiu, South Sudan.  (UNifeed video capture)

Ordinary civilians in South Sudan are like the grass that suffers when two elephants fight in Africa. That's what UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay, said as she expressed alarm at the ongoing conflict in the country which she says remains grave and could result in revenge killings. Ms. Pillay accompanied by the [...]

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Situation in South Sudan very grave: UN top human rights official

Listen / UN's top human rights official Navi Pillay arrived in Juba, South Sudan today, 28 April 2014. (UNifeed video capture)

People from the outside think the situation in South Sudan is very grave and there are fears of revenge killings. That's what Navi Pillay, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights told government officials during her visit to Juba in the wake of recent mass killings in South Sudan's Unity and Jonglei state capitals. Accompanying [...]

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Safety and security of everyone is at stake with WMDs: Ban

Listen / Special Commission Team verifies Iraq's destruction of chemical weapons.  UN Photo/H Arvidsson

The use of poison gas in Syria is an alarming reminder of the continuing threat of chemical weapons and weapons of mass destruction, according to the UN Secretary-General. A report by UN investigators found that on 21 August last year, chemical weapons were used in the Ghouta area of Damascus. There were numerous casualties, including [...]

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Somali government faces challenges rebuilding state institutions, says UN envoy

Listen / Kismayo, 20 January 2014 - Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Somalia, Nicholas Kay, and the Vice Deputy Speaker of Somalia Federal Parliament, Jaylani Nur Ikar follow the proceedings of the launch of the Interim Jubba Administration ceremony at the Jubba Statehouse. [UN Photo/David Mutua]

The government of Somalia needs continued international support as it works to rebuild federal state institutions and hold its first truly national elections in 2016. That message has come from Ambassador Nicholas Kay, the head of the UN Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM) who was at the UN to brief the Security Council on the [...]

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Sport "clarion call to international understanding"

Listen / Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics. UN Photo/Paulo Filgueiras

Sport can act as a "clarion call to international understanding" and can promote peace. That's according to the Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations, Jan Eliasson. Speaking ahead of a debate on Monday at the UN on the role of sport in promoting peace and development, he said sport engenders fundamental principles. "Sports relate to [...]

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The international community urged to keep focus on Somalia

Listen / Nicholas Kay

The international community has been urged by the top UN envoy to Somalia to maintain its focus on the country as it works towards holding its first national elections in 2016. Ambassador Nicholas Kay, the head of the UN Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM) was at UN headquarters in New York to brief the Security [...]

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African women discuss coping with climate change

Listen / UN  Photo/Tim McKulka

Grassroots women and policy makers are gathering in Nairobi, Kenya on Monday to discuss coping with the challenges of climate change. The Workshop to Build Resilience to Combat Climate Change and Disasters is supported by the UN Development Programme (UNDP). Lucy Wanjiru Njagi, Programme Specialist for Environment, Gender and Climate Change at UNDP spoke to  [...]

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Eradication of tsetse fly in Senegalese region by 2016: UN agencies

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A campaign to eradicate the tsetse fly in the West African country, Senegal, could produce results within the near future, according to two UN agencies. Tsetse can carry parasites that cause sleeping sickness in humans and a wasting disease in livestock. The diseases are transmitted when a fly bites a host. Both can be fatal [...]

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