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Piracy off coast of Somalia "fractured but not broken"

Listen / UN Peacekeepers guard against piracy on DRC Lake UN Photo/Sylvain Liechti

Although the number of attacks by pirates off the coast of Somalia has gone down, "the game is not over" yet. That's what Maciej Popowski, Deputy Secretary-General of the European Union External Action Service told reporters in New York on Wednesday. Mr. Popowski spoke before a meeting of the Contact Group on Piracy off the [...]

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UN condemns killing of French journalist in Central African Republic

Listen / A man holding up a sign which says "Stop killing journalists".

The killing of a French photojournalist in the Central African Republic has been strongly condemned by the United Nations. The body of 26-year old Camille Lepage, was reportedly found by French peacekeepers when they searched a car in the Bouar region in west of the country where she had been working. In a statement issued [...]

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Countries urged to create “regular safe and orderly channels” for migration

Ban Ki-moon at GFMD Forum Meeting, 14-16 May 2014, Stockholm.Photo: GFMD / Mikael Sjöberg

Governments around the world have been urged by the UN Secretary-General to create what he called "regular, safe and orderly channels for migration." Ban Ki-moon spoke at the opening of the Global Forum on Migration and Development in Stockholm, Sweden on Wednesday. He said that "more than one in 30 people on earth is a [...]

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More indigenous women and youth standing up for their rights

Listen / Martha Ntoipo

Indigenous women are taking on more leadership positions and standing up for their rights, according to a member of an East African indigenous community. Martha Ntoipo is part of the Maasai community, a population of several hundred thousand people living in southern Kenya and northern Tanzania. She is at United Nations Headquarters in New York [...]

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Middle East Respiratory Syndrome not global public health emergency

Listen / Dr. Keiji Fukuda, WHO's Assistant Director-General for Health Security.  (video capture)

The spread of the sometimes fatal Middle East respiratory syndrome corona virus, known as Mers-Co V, is serious, but it is not yet an international public health emergency, according to the World Health Organization. Dr. Keiji Fukuda, WHO's Assistant Director-General for Health Security told reporters on Wednesday that experts have met to review the relevant [...]

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Burundi can avert political violence ahead of 2015 elections: UN envoy

Listen / Parfait Onanga-Anyanga, Secretary-General's Special Representative and head of the UN Office in Burundi (BNUB).   UN Photo/Rick Bajornas

Burundi needs political will from its leaders to avoid a reversal of what has been described as its "commendable" gains in creating stability ahead of general elections next year. That's what the Secretary-General's Special Representative and head of the UN Office in Burundi (BNUB), Parfait Onanga-Anyanga, told the Security Council on Wednesday. Mr. Onanga-Anyanga said [...]

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Record 33.3 million people worldwide displaced by conflict

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

More than 30 million people globally were internally displaced at the end of 2013 due to conflict, according to a new report launched at the United Nations in Geneva on Wednesday. The report by the Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (IDMC), which is part of the Norwegian Refugee Council, covers 58 countries. It reveals that more [...]

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Efforts made to control dengue outbreak in Tanzania

Listen / UN Photo/Tobin Jones

Efforts are being made by the World Health Organization (WHO) and authorities in Tanzania to control the outbreak of dengue in the country's main city, Dar es Salaam. Three people are reported to have died and more than 400 infected by the flu-like mosquito-borne tropical disease. WHO says there is no specific treatment for dengue [...]

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Booklet lunched to protect Afghan children from armed conflict

Listen / Ján Kubiš. Photo: Fardin Waezi / UNAMA

A booklet has been launched in Afghanistan by the UN to promote the rights of children under international law and Islam. Afghanistan continues to suffer from instability as the government faces the ongoing threat of violence by the outlawed Taliban movement. Thousands of people have died in recent years, including many children, despite the presence [...]

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Governments encouraged to promote adolescent health

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Governments around the world are being encouraged to take action to promote health amongst young people. The call comes in a report published by the World Health Organization (WHO) on Wednesday called "Health for the world's adolescents." The report covers a range of issues that concern young people between the ages of 10 and 19 [...]

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Tanzania steps up efforts to contain dengue fever outbreak

Listen / UN Photo/Tobin Jones

Health officials in Tanzania are battling an outbreak of dengue fever which has killed three people and infected more than 400. Dengue is a contagious viral infection transmitted through mosquitoes which begins with flu-like symptoms. It can become fatal if it develops into severe dengue. The World Health Organization's Dr Grace Saguti says the UN [...]

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