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Children in Central African Republic in “dire" situation

Listen / Souleymane Diabaté. UN Photo/Devra Berkowitz

The ongoing conflict in the Central African Republic has worsened an already "dire" situation for children. That's what the country representative of the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) Souleymane Diabaté, told reporters in New York on Tuesday. Thousands of people are believed to have been killed and hundreds of thousands of others forced to flee their [...]

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UN-Arab League envoy for Syria steps down

Listen / Ban Ki-moon (left) addresses a joint press conference with Lakhdar Brahimi. UN Photo/JC McIlwaine

The United Nations-Arab League Envoy for Syria, Lakhdar Brahimi, has stepped down. The announcement was made by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to reporters on Tuesday with Mr. Brahimi at his side. Since August 2012 Mr. Brahimi has been trying to help the Syrian government and opposition to find a political solution to ongoing civil war [...]

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Livelihoods opportunities can prevent poaching in Tanzania: UNDP chief

Listen / Helen Clark with Tanzania Prime Minister Mizengo Pinda. UNDP@PHOTO

The poaching and illicit trade in wildlife in Tanzania can be combated if people in rural areas of the East African country are given more opportunities for development. That's what Helen Clark, the Administrator of the UN Development Programme (UNDP) told reporters in Dar es Salaam on Tuesday as she concluded her visit to the [...]

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Illegal detention centres have no place in modern Libya: ICC

Listen / Fatou Bensouda. UN Photo/Evan Schneider

Libya continues to face "serious security challenges and a deep political crisis" which undermine its ability to affect meaningful judicial and other changes. That's what the Prosecutor of the UN-backed International Criminal Court (ICC) Fatou Bensouda told members of the Security Council on Tuesday. The steady decline in the security situation has hampered the investigative [...]

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"Bold" action urged to prevent machines from decision-making about killing people

Listen / Michael Møller. UN Photo/Violaine Martin

An appeal has been made by a senior United Nations official for "bold" action" to ensure that decisions to end human life are not made by so-called "killer robots." Michael Møller, Acting Director-General of the United Nations Office at Geneva, spoke at the start of a Meeting of Experts on Lethal Autonomous Weapons Systems. He [...]

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Migrant deaths from boat accidents in Mediterranean increase

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The number of people fleeing their homeland who have died in boat accidents in the Mediterranean Sea has increased this year, according to the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR). The agency says that people, including those fleeing violence and persecution, are once again risking their lives by using smugglers' boats to cross the sea from [...]

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Barbados chosen to host World Environment Day

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The Caribbean island of Barbados has been chosen to host the UN's World Environment Day celebrated on June 5. The theme for this year's celebrations is "Small Island Developing States and Climate Change". Barbados is considered to be highly vulnerable to shifts in climate. Agricultural could suffer and coastal ecosystems may be destroyed. The 430-square [...]

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UN appoints its first female Force Commander

Listen / Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (right) meets with Major General Kristin Lund of Norway. Credit: UN Photo/Mark Garten

Being a woman in the top ranks of the military has been "challenging but interesting", according to the new head the UN Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP). Major General Kristin Lund is the very first woman to be appointed Force Commander at the UN. She had broken new ground before as the first female officer [...]

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Experts debate ethics of using "killer robots" in battlefield

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Technological advances can and must be used to reduce the numbers of non-combatant casualties on the battlefield, according to Ronald Arkin, a professor of robotics and ethics at the Georgia Institute of Technology. Speaking ahead of an informal meeting at the United Nations in Geneva on the "pros and cons" of Lethal Autonomous Weapons Systems [...]

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South Sudan: Aid operations begin following signing of cease-fire

Listen / Displaced civilian at Tomping Protection Site, Juba.  UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

UN humanitarian agencies are using trucks, air drops and barges to deliver life saving aid to the communities affected by the conflict, according to the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). Sue Lautze said these operations are in response to a cease-fire agreement signed by President Salva Kiir and opposition leader Riek Machar on Friday. [...]

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830 million women workers without adequate maternity protection

Listen / Women sort pistachios by hand at a privately-owned factory in Afghanistan. UN Photo/Eric Kanalstein

830 million women workers around the world do not have adequate maternity protection according to the International Labour Organization, (ILO). The ILO's Maternity and Paternity report reveals that while many countries have adopted the principles of protecting the rights of women at work after they give birth, implementation is often lacking. Shauna Olney, is Chief [...]

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Over 1 million people to benefit from relief operation in South Sudan

Listen / A child carrying water at the Tomping civilian protection site. Juba, South Sudan.  UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

More than one million people in South Sudan are expected to benefit from a major humanitarian operation over the next ten days, according to an official of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). It follows an agreement between President Salvar Kiir and opposition leader Riek Machar signed in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa on [...]

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Maternity protection improving but "vast" global gaps remain

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The provision of maternity protection for women around the world is improving, according to the International Labour Organization (ILO), but "vast" global gaps remain. On Tuesday, the ILO published its third Maternity and Paternity at Work report, which shows that at least 830 million women workers still do not have adequate protection. But as Daniel [...]

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