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Mother Earth needs new legal system to recognize its inherent rights


Mother Earth would benefit from a new legal system, where just as we recognize human rights, we would recognize the inherent rights of nature. That's according to Linda Sheehan, the Executive Director of the Earth Law Centre, an organization based in California that advocates for legal changes in governance. Ms Sheehan was at UN Headquarters [...]

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Fighting east Sudan triggers new displacements

Mohamed Ibn Chambas. UN Photo/Evan Schneider

Fighting in parts of South Kordofan and Blue Nile states in east Sudan in the past two weeks has displaced or affected an estimated 16,500 people, according to government figures. Meanwhile, the contested oil-rich region of Abyei has seen at least 3,000 people arriving from South Sudan Unity State bringing the total number to 6,000. [...]

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Ukraine receives $17 billion loan from IMF to revive economy

Christine Lagarde

Ukraine's economic reform programme has received $17 billion in loans from the International Monetary Fund (IMF). The reform programme will focus on five key areas which include exchange rate flexibility, banking stability, fiscal policy, energy policy and governance. The government of Ukraine is also launching a new social protection programme to cushion the impact of [...]

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CAR community leaders fuel radicalization of the people: OCHA


Ordinary people in the Central African Republic (CAR) are being radicalized and manipulated by their leaders to believe that the solution to the crisis is segregation, the Operations Director of the UN humanitarian agency OCHA said on Thursday. In his briefing to the press on his recent trip to the troubled Central African nation, John [...]

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UN Daily News 1 May 2014

News and features from United Nations Radio.

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United States urges North Korea to improve human rights record

DPRK flag

North Korea has been urged to acknowledge human rights violations in the country and take immediate steps to end such violations and abuses. The call came from Ambassador Robert R. King, United States Special Envoy for North Korea Human Rights Issues in Geneva during his address to the UN body in charge of examining the [...]

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Arab Youth volunteering for a better future

(from right to left) the representative of the Ministry of Youth in Morocco, the UN Envoy on Youth Ahmad Alhendawi, Ayshanie Labe, UNDP Deputy Resident Representative in Morocco, Rosemary Kalapurakal, Deputy Executive Coordinator of UNV

The role of volunteerism in channelling the energies of young people in the Arab world has been a subject of discussion in a two-day forum that ended in the Moroccan City of Marrakesh on Wednesday. About 100 representatives of governments, civil society and youth shared ideas about volunteerism in the meeting that was organized by [...]

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UN pays tribute to journalists and media workers around the world

The media covering the second round of the Geneva Conference on Syria. 10 February 2014. UN Photo / Jean-Marc Ferré

The UN paid tribute to journalists and media workers around the world who risk their lives to inform societies at an event in New York on Thursday. The General Assembly held a meeting to celebrate World Press Freedom Day under the theme "Media Freedom for a Better Future: Shaping the Post 2015 Development Agenda." The [...]

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Accountability stressed as UN discusses post 2015 development agenda

Ban Ki-moon, UN Photo/JC McIlwaine

A culture of accountability is important to assess progress and achieve results in regards to the UN's new development agenda, the UN Secretary-General underscored on Thursday. Ban Ki-moon spoke at a meeting of the General Assembly to discuss a framework to ensure accountability for the post-2015 development agenda. The year 2015 is the deadline for [...]

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Malaysia calls for improved monitoring of real-time flight data

Ahmad Shabery Cheek, Malaysia's Minister for Communications and Multimedia (ITU-video capture)

Malaysia is urging the UN's ICT agency (ITU) to work with the aviation industry to develop a better way to monitor real-time flight data and record what is happening in the cockpit. The call came from the country's Minister for Communications and Multimedia, Ahmad Shabery Cheek. The ITU says that modern technology solutions could aid [...]

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Man versus Nature

Typhoon Haiyan survivors in the Philippines.  UNICEF

Whether it's Typhoon Haiyan which tore through South East Asia last last year, or the Indian Ocean earthquake and tsunami of 2004, media reports of natural disasters appear unrelenting. But are there more natural disasters today or are we simply more aware of them because of real time, round the clock media coverage? IMF's Nicole [...]

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Press needs to be free to shape a better future


A truly uninhibited free press is necessary for societies to move forward, according to Pamela Falk, a CBS News Foreign Affairs Analyst based at UN Headquarters. Ms. Falk is sharing her thoughts about the future of media freedom at the 2014 commemoration of World Press Freedom Day in New York on Thursday. The UN says [...]

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