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Developments in Ukraine should alarm all: UN senior envoy

Listen / Jeffrey Feltman, Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs, during a UN Security Council debate

In the past four days alone, "alarming" developments such as kidnappings, occupation of public buildings and assassination attempts have occurred in Ukraine, according to the UN's top political envoy. Jeffrey Feltman told members of the Security Council late on Tuesday that that "time was of the essence" and that a diplomatic and political solution to [...]

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Chemical weapons watchdog to probe Syria's alleged chlorine gas attacks

Listen / Inspectors from the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) inventory a stockpile of 22mm chemical artillery projectiles (file photo). Credit: OPCW

A fact-finding mission led by the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) is going to Syria to investigate the alleged use of chlorine in the war-torn country. The OPCW Director-General Ahmet Uzumcu made the announcement on Tuesday. In recent weeks, there have been unverified reports of toxic chlorine gas attacks taking place in [...]

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Humanitarian flights delivering aid to South Sudan kick off

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A massive airlift has been launched from the city of Dubai, in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to South Sudan carrying urgently needed aid for people fleeing the conflict, according to the UN refugee agency. UNHCR's first chartered Airbus300 aircraft landed around noon on Tuesday, carrying 32 metric tons of supplies including sleeping mats, blankets, [...]

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The first International Jazz Day celebrated at the UN

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The General Assembly hall was abuzz with jazz for the first International Jazz Day celebrated on 30 April 2012. A musical extravaganza of musicians from around the world gathered, celebrated and performed the universal power of jazz — Stevie Wonder, Sheila E, Jimmy Heath, Angelique Kidjo, Wynton Marsalis, Lang Lang, Hugh Masakela and many more. [...]

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A ballet about the Holocaust to remember and educate

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The human body can tell stories without words, according to a choreographer who uses dance to educate about the Holocaust. "Light/The Holocaust & Humanity Project" is a full-length contemporary ballet that recounts the journey of a Holocaust survivor. Stephen Mills created the project in 2005 as a way to engage a community and create dialogue [...]

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Inaction over Middle East political impasse could trigger crisis

Listen / Robert Serry, Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, tours Gaza. UN Photo/Shareef Sarhan

The suspension of US- brokered negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians poses a great risk to the prospects of a two-state solution. That's what Robert Serry, the UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process told the Security Council on Tuesday. The United Nations supports the establishment of an independent State of Palestine based [...]

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UN concern over Maldives reinstatement of death penalty

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Authorities in the Maldives have overturned a 60 year moratorium on the use of capital punishment in the country, a move which has been criticised by the UN human rights office. The new regulation allows for people charged with "intentional murder" to be sentenced to death. The age of criminal responsibility in the Maldives is [...]

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Attack on Central African Republic relocation convoy condemned

Listen / Muslim residents in CAR are fleeing towards Chad escorted by armed Seleka militias.  UN Photo/Emmanuelle Schneider

A grenade attack on a humanitarian convoy in the Central African Republic, that left two people dead and seven injured, has been condemned by the United Nations. Claire Bourgeois, the Senior Humanitarian Coordinator in the country, says that she is appalled by yesterday’s attack and has urged all armed groups to put an immediate end [...]

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Supplying life's basics for thousands devastated by Northern Afghanistan flooding

Listen / Flooded streets in Kabul neighbourhood.  UN Photo/Fardin Waezi.  (file photo - 2009)

Relief agencies are rushing in basic supplies to victims of floods which hit northern Afghanistan last week. More than 100 people are reported to have died in the floods which destroyed thousands of houses and left some people trapped on the rooftops of their homes. United Nations agencies are working with the Afghan Red Crescent [...]

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Mass trials in Egypt "clearly breach" international human rights law

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For the second time in two months, a court in Egypt on Monday issued death sentences to 683 individuals after what the UN human rights office called "hasty" trials. The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay expressed her shock and outrage over the sentences that she said "clearly breached international human rights law". [...]

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Ban pays tribute to Syria chemical warfare victims on Day of Remembrance

Listen / Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon addresses a Memorial Ceremony.  UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

The use of chemical weapons in Syria was a deplorable offense against humanity, according to the UN Secretary-General. On the annual Day of Remembrance for Victims of Chemical Warfare observed 29 April, Mr. Ban Ki-moon paid tribute to the victims of these weapons. He deplored that the horrific use of chemical weapons in Syria in [...]

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Mass death sentences in Egypt strongly condemned by UN

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The sentencing of hundreds of people to death in Egypt face following a mass trial has been strongly condemned by the United Nations. On Monday a judge in the Criminal Court in Al-Minya sentenced 683 people to death in a trial that has been criticized for not meeting international standards for justice. The defendants, among [...]

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Supplying life's basics for thousands devastated by Northern Afghanistan flooding

Listen / Flooded Kokaldash Village in Jawzjan Province in 2009.  UN Photo/Sayed Barez

Emergency aid is getting through to the large majority of people affected by flash floods in Northern Afghanistan last week, which killed at least 132 people. The Afghan army has evacuated some 14,000 people from the worst affected areas to open desert areas. It's estimated that 39,000 have been affected in some way by the [...]

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Bollywood music video recognises rights of LGBT people

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A Bollywood-style music video which presses for the recognition of the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people (LGBT) is being launched in India by the UN human rights office. It's part of the global Free and Equal campaign to raise awareness of homophobic violence and discrimination. Daniel Dickinson reports. Duration: 2’41″

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Regulation of chemicals in the workplace "huge challenge"

Listen / Young boy spraying insecticides on plants. Senegal/ILO

The regulation and management of chemicals in the workplace is a "huge challenge" for the global community, according to the UN's International Labour Organization (ILO). According to World Health Organization figures there are at least 400,00 deaths a year around the world annually which are attributable to the poor management of chemicals at work. Although [...]

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Agriculture one of the most dangerous jobs because of chemical exposure

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Agriculture is one of the most dangerous jobs with regards to exposure to dangerous chemicals like pesticides, according to a technical officer with the International Labour Organization or ILO. "Safety and health in the use of chemicals at work" is the theme for the 2014 World Day for Safety and Health at Work. High doses [...]

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Central African Republic faces challenges in protecting civilians

Listen / Internally Displaced Children in Bangui, Central African Republic.  UN Photo/Evan Schneider

The Central African Republic continues to face challenges in protecting civilians as the conflict continues between Christian and Muslim communities. Thousands of people are believed to have been killed and hundreds of thousands of others forced to flee their home since the violence started in December 2012. African Union forces and French troops, known as [...]

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