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Thousands of lives saved by UN in South Sudan

Listen / Hilde F. Johnson.  UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

Thousand of lives have been saved in South Sudan as a result of the United Nations opening its compounds to civilians escaping violence. That's according to the UN's top envoy to the country, Hilde Johnson. Government forces have been battling rebels loyal to the former Vice-President Riek Machar since December last year. Over one million [...]

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Number of people fleeing ongoing crisis in Iraq "increasing rapidly"

Listen / This family fled the fighting in Mosul, Iraq, and are close to the Khazair checkpoint. They hope to stay in Erbil city until it is safe to return home. Photo: UNHCR/R. Nuri

The number of people displaced by the ongoing crisis in Iraq is "increasing rapidly" according to the UN humanitarian office, OCHA. An estimated 1.2 million Iraqis have fled their homes. Iraq continues to suffer from instability and violence as Islamic militants battle the Iraqi army for control of the country. More than 1300 have been [...]

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South Sudan authorities promise to release all child soldiers

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The South Sudanese President Salva Kiir has agreed to release all the children fighting in the country's armed forces and help them reintegrate into society. He made the promise to Leila Zerrougi, the UN Special Representative to the Secretary-General (SRSG) for children and armed conflict during her recent visit to the country. South Sudan is [...]

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Palestinians in Syria camp without aid for one month

Listen / Child of Yarmouk.  UNRWA/Rami Al-Sayyed

Palestinian refugees living in a camp in Syria have not received deliveries of aid for one month, according to the UN. The UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees, UNRWA, said that despite reports of a truce between the Syrian Government and armed groups inside Yarmouk camp, it is still unable to carry out [...]

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Implementation of sustainable development framework begins

Listen / Primary school children in class, in Harar, Ethiopia.  UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

The implementation of the framework for future sustainable development goals is getting underway at the United Nations in New York. Member States of the UN are meeting under the auspices of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) to begin implementing the institutional structure for the Post-2015 development agenda. A new set of poverty and sustainable [...]

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UN chief voices ‘grave concern’ at deepening crisis in Iraq

Listen / Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.  UN Photo/Evan Schneider

The UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has expressed grave concern at what he called the "deepening crisis" in Iraq and the rising number of civilian deaths. At least 1,300 people have been killed, and another 1,250 injured since the beginning of June. Violence has flared as Sunni-Islamist militants, known as ISIL, continue to battle the Iraqi [...]

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"Outrage" at confirmation of 183 death sentences in Egypt

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The largest mass death sentence to be confirmed in Egypt in recent history has been condemned by a group of UN experts. One hundred and eighty-three people were sentenced to death at the Criminal Court in Minya following riots in the city last year. They were charged with a series of crimes ranging from public [...]

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Poor quality education holding back South Asia, World Bank says

Listen / Afghanistan: UNICEF girls' education. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

The poor quality of education in South Asia, is trapping many of its young people in poverty the World Bank said in a report on Monday. The report "Student learning in South Asia" also says that poor education prevents faster economic growth and more broadly shared prosperity. It is the first comprehensive study by the [...]

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Poverty eradication, inequality top post-2015 UN development agenda

Listen / ECOSOC chamber. UN Photo/JC McIlwaine

A high-level political forum is opening on Monday to review the UN's global anti-poverty goals also known as MDGs and to chart the way for a post-2015 sustainable development agenda. The forum in New York, under the auspices of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), will provide political leadership and guidance on sustainable development. ECOSOC [...]

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Gambian women manage natural resources

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Gambian women are becoming increasing involved in the management of natural resources, according to the Executive Director of the West African country's National Environment Agency. Ndey Sireng Bakurin says rural women are key to pushing forward the sustainable development agenda. Meanwhile, a group of senior female officials from the Gambia has formed a network to [...]

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Caribbean tourism "on the rebound"

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Caribbean tourism is on the rebound and moving forward –thanks to a turn-around of the economy in the United States. So says the outgoing Chairman of the Caribbean Tourism Organization Beverley Nicholson-Dotty of the US Virgin Islands. The positive outlook comes at a time when the UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) is forecasting global tourism [...]

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Sport key role to play in raising awareness about the environment

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Sport has a key role to play in raising awareness about the environment according to a three-time Olympic champion in canoeing. Tony Estanguet is in Nairobi, Kenya attending the inaugural meeting of the United Nations Environment Assembly or UNEA. UNEA aims to put ecological and conservation issues at the heart of international affairs. David Koch [...]

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Enemies learning to live together in Darfur

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Former adversaries in the Darfur region of Sudan are learning to live together following a United Nations initiative to revive traditional mediation methods. An estimated 300,000 people have died in Darfur over the last decade as government forces continue to battle with militias. At the root of the problem is competition over natural resources, water [...]

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"Chemical pollution" in women's products affecting heath

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Chemicals commonly found in cosmetics are impacting negatively on women's health, according to an international network of environmental and health organisations. Women in Europe for a Common Future, WECF, recently attended the inaugural meeting of a new body, the United Nations Environment Assembly, which is focusing on moving ecological issues up the political agenda. Its [...]

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"Timing could not be better" to launch UN environmental body

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The timing could not be better for the launch of a "strong" UN body tackling all issues related to the environment. That's according to the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. He made the remarks in his address to the UN Environment Assembly (UNEA), a new body that places environmental issues at the heart of international affairs. [...]

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Ukraine urges immediate end to "discrimination, harassment of minorities and indigenous persons"

Listen / Yurii Klymenko. UN Photo/Jean-Marc Ferre

Ukraine has called for the immediate end to all acts of discrimination and harassment, in particular towards persons belonging to minorities and indigenous peoples. The Permanent Representative of Ukraine to the UN office in Geneva, Yurii Klymenko made the call on Friday at the Human Rights Council in Geneva. Ambassador Klymenko requested the Council to [...]

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Peace and security "prerequisites" for sustainable development

Listen / Masoumeh Ebtekar. UNEP PHOTO

Peace and security are "prerequisites" for the sustainable development of environmental resources as well as gender equality. That's according to the Vice-President of Iran, who has been in Nairobi, Kenya to attend the opening meeting of the United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA). UNEA is a new body which is aimed at putting global environmental challenges [...]

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More and more Ukrainians on the move as conflict continues

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An extra 16,000 people in Ukraine have left their homes and fled to other parts of the country just in the past week, says the United Nations Refugee Agency, UNHCR, which estimates that 54,400 people have been displaced within Ukraine. 12,000 of those are from Crimea and the rest from the Eastern region. The agency [...]

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Political violence involving Burundi ruling party's youth wing has "doubled"

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Incidents of violence involving the youth wing of Burundi's ruling party, against perceived political adversaries, has more than doubled compared to the same period last year. The United Nations Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights, Ivan Šimonović expressed particular concern over the matter at the end of his three-day visit to the east African nation. Violence linked [...]

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Thousands run from their homes in fear in northern Iraq

Listen / Melissa Fleming. UN Photo/Jean-Marc Ferré

Up to 10,000 people from the predominantly Christian communities of Qaraqosh in northern Iraq have fled their homes, fearing that they were being targeted after mortar rounds landed near the town earlier this week. That's according to the United Nations Refugee Agency, UNHCR. Qaraqosh is about 30 kilometres south-east of Iraq’s second largest city, Mosul, [...]

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Sudan, "worst crisis" in the world for children

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Sudan is one of the worst humanitarian crises in the world for young people according to the UN Children's Fund, UNICEF. The agency says that as many as 65% of those people who have fled their homes or become refugees are under the age of 18. So far this year, almost 270,000 people have become [...]

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Renewed conflict in Central African Republic leaves thousands displaced

Listen / Camp for internally displaced persons (IDPs) in CAR.UN Photo/Catianne Tijerina

Thousands of people have fled their homes to escape violence and reprisal attacks in and around Bambari in the Central African Republic. The United Nations Refugee Agency, UNHCR, says that at least 45 people have been killed this week. The violence began on Monday when a camp, housing Muslims, just outside Bambari, was attacked. Following [...]

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Education plays key role in ending domestic violence, rape

Listen / UN Radio's Jocelyne Sambira talking to Paulette Forbes-Igharo.

A lot of the violence directed at women is accepted as "normal" behaviour in some societies. That's according to Paulette Forbes-Igharo, the UN representative for Soroptimist International, a global volunteer organization working to improve the lives of women and girls through social and economic empowerment. She's found that domestic violence and rape become common occurrences [...]

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Environmental sustainability "crucial" to prosperity of Kenya

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The sustainable use of environmental resources is "crucial" to the prosperity of Kenya, according to the Ambassador of Kenya to the United Nations in Nairobi. Martin Kimani was speaking at the inaugural meeting of the UN Environment Assembly (UNEA), a new body that places environmental issues at the heart of international affairs. The East African [...]

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Ambitious plan to reconstruct Timbuktu launched by UN and EU

Listen / A man prays at dawn where a mausoleum once stood at the Three Saints Cemetery in Timbuktu, Mali. UN Photo/Marco Dormino

An ambitious plan to reconstruct Mali's intellectual and spiritual capital has been launched by the UN's cultural agency UNESCO in partnership with the European Union. Fourteen of the 16 mausoleums of Timbuktu inscribed on UNESCO's World Heritage List were destroyed by armed groups during the conflict that took place in the country between 2012 and [...]

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Muslim nations at UN condemn "collective punishment" against Palestinians

Listen / Security Council chamber.  UN Photo/Devra Berkowitz

An inter-governmental organization protecting the interests of Muslim countries at the United Nations has strongly condemned what it describes as "the illegal collective punishment inflicted on the Palestinian people by Israel". The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) issued a statement following a closed-door Security Council meeting on the Middle East. The OIC also decried what [...]

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UN and AFRICA: Reconciliation process progressing ahead of elections in Côte d’Ivoire

Listen / Aichatou Mindaoudou, Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Operation in Côte d'Ivoire (UNOCI).  UN Photo/Basile Zoma

The reconciliation process in Côte d’Ivoire is progressing ahead of presidential elections which are due to be held next year, according to the top UN envoy in the country.   The West African nation is recovering from the political crisis and violence that followed the refusal of former President Laurent Gbagbo to concede defeat in the [...]

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WOMEN: Gender equality and women empowerment priority for development

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Gender equality and women's empowerment are prerequisites for sustainable development.  So says Lakshmi Puri, the Deputy Executive Director of UN Women. Speaking in Nairobi, Kenya at the inaugural meeting of the United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA), she said it was crucial to invest more in women.   UNEA is a new world body that places environmental [...]

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W Africa Ebola outbreak spreading to cities and rural border areas

Listen / WHO delivers disposable personal protection equipment to isolation ward at the China-Guinea Friendship Hospital in Conakry, Guinea. Photo: WHO/T. Jasarevic

The emergence of an Ebola virus disease outbreak in West Africa this year has become a challenge to three African countries involved, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). Since March 2014, more than 600 cases of Ebola and over 390 deaths have been reported in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. The disease causes severe [...]

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East African nations join forces to combat illegal timber trade

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Senior government officials from three east African nations have announced their intention to unite efforts to combat the illegal trade in timber. Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania not only face challenges of illegal logging within their borders, but they are also used as transit countries for timber illegally logged in other countries such as the Democratic [...]

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UN CALLING ASIA: Small Island Developing States take lead on environmental protection

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The Small Island Developing States (SIDS) are not just "victims" of global climate change" but are taking progressive steps to attenuate its impact. That's according to Nik Sekhran, Director of the UN Development Programme's Environment and Energy Group. The Maldives, for example, has banned shark fishing in their waters and has also created a biosphere [...]

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UN condemns assassination of Libyan human rights activist

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The assassination of a prominent Libyan personality and member of the Preparatory Committee for National Dialogue has been condemned by the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL). Salwa Bugaighis was shot and killed in her home in Benghazi by unknown assailants. Local media reports say her husband, who was in their home at the [...]

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Ban hails AU condemnation of gender discrimination

Listen / Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (right). UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

The recent decision by the African Union (AU) to condemn acts of discrimination and violence against individuals based on sexual orientation has been hailed by the UN Secretary-General. Mr Ban Ki-moon made the remarks on Thursday at the 23rd African Union Summit in Malabo, the capital of Equatorial Guinea. He also commended the strong stance [...]

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Educational awareness of challenges facing small island states needed

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Young people need to know more about the environmental challenges facing small island developing states or SIDS, according to an activist from Barbados in the Caribbean. Hundreds of environment ministers, decision makers, scientists, civil society representatives and business leaders are gathered in Nairobi, Kenya for the inaugural meeting of the United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA). [...]

26 Jun 2014 | Posted in Caribbean News, Today's Features | Read More »

Youth leader campaigns for recognition by world leaders on environmental issues

Listen / Opening of the United Nations Environment Assembly - Nairobi, Kenya.  UN Radio/Fan Xiao/Monica Grayley

A youth leader from India is calling on world governments to take more notice of the views of young people when they formulate environmental policies. Yugrama Srivastava is a representative of Tunza, a youth project of the UN Environment Programme. She has been attending the inaugural meeting of the United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA), in [...]

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New out-of-school global figures show no progress

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Fifty eight million children aged 6 to 11 are still out of school, a new policy paper by UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has shown. The new global out-of-school figures demonstrate that there has been little overall improvement since 2007. Around 43 per cent of those out of school- nearly 15 million girls [...]

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Educating girls key to sustainable economic development

Listen / Three young girls in the Bam Sarai village in Bamyan province, Afghanistan, preparing for exams.  UN Photo/Shehzad Noorani

Education can help fight poverty and educating girls, in particular, can contribute to sustainable development, according to the former Prime Minister of Australia. Ms Julia Gillard, Chair of the Board of Directors for the Global Partnership for Education (GPE), was speaking at a high profile conference on the future of global education in the world's [...]

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Drug policy debate should move towards prevention

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The debate on global illicit drug policy should be shifted towards prevention and the treatment of substance abusers according to a new report by the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). The World Drug Report 2014 provides an annual overview of the major developments in drug markets and includes data on production, trafficking, as [...]

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Global drug use situation remains stable: UN report

Listen / Close-up of opium "farmer" scoring poppy seed pods to produce resin. UN Photo/D Gair

The global drug-use situation remains largely stable, according to a new report by the UN office on Drugs and Crime or UNODC. Up to 200,000 people die every year due to illicit drugs, the agency says. The release of the report coincides with the International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking observed on 26 [...]

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Non-state actors, militia groups can be held accountable for torture

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Non-state actors and unofficial militia who practice torture are not immune from the rules of international law but are accountable for their actions, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights has warned. Navi Pillay issued the statement ahead of the International Day in Support of Victims of Torture observed annually on 26 June. Under the [...]

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Afghanistan can "ill afford" a post-election slide to violence

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Afghanistan can ill-afford the "unpredictable impacts on security, stability, its economy and the wider region" if violence erupts over the current political stalemate. That's what Special Representative of the Secretary-General and head of United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA), Ján Kubis told the Security Council on Wednesday. In the run-off elections held on 14 [...]

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Experts tapped to advise and support UN-led Sri Lanka conflict probe

Listen / Martti Ahtisaari, Silvia Cartwright (center) and Asma Jahangir (right ). UN Photos/Stephenie Hollyman, Mark Garten, Jean-Marc Ferre.

Three international experts are to support a team set up to conduct a comprehensive investigation of alleged human rights violations during Sri Lanka's armed conflict. The announcement was made by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay, on Wednesday. The Sri Lankan Government declared victory over the rebel Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam [...]

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Iraqi security forces and ISIL accused of carrying out executions: UN

Listen / Nickolay Mladenov. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

The warring factions in Iraq have both been accused of carrying out summary executions, according to the Special Representative of the Secretary-General in Iraq. The Sunni-Islamist militants, know as ISIL, have been battling the Iraqi Security Forces (ISF) over the past two weeks for control of the country. ISIL has been branded a "terrorist organization" [...]

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Iraq faces serious food security concerns due to conflict

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Iraq is facing serious food security concerns following the recent escalation of conflict in the country, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) warned on Wednesday. Over one million people have fled their homes in the last six months disrupting the harvesting of wheat and barley crops. In total, 2 million Iraqis are now displaced within [...]

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Contribution of seafarers to world economy recognized by UN

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The contribution that seafarers make to the world economy is being recognized by the United Nations on Wednesday. The UN says crews that serve on commercial ships are "the oil that keeps the global trade machine moving." It's the fourth time the UN's International Maritime Organization (IMO) has celebrated the annual Day of the Seafarer. [...]

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Seafarers "oil that keeps global trade machine moving": UN

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Seafarers around the world are being recognised by the United Nations for their contribution to the global economy. Crews that serve on commercial ships have been described as "the oil that keeps the global trade machine moving." The UN's International Maritime Organization (IMO) is celebrating the annual Day of the Seafarer on Wednesday. The IMO's [...]

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Reconciliation process progressing ahead of elections in Côte d’Ivoire

Listen / Aichatou Mindaoudou. UN Photo/Rick Bajornas

The reconciliation process in Côte d’Ivoire is progressing ahead of presidential elections which are due to be held next year, according to the top UN envoy in the country. The West African nation is recovering from the political crisis and violence that followed the refusal of former President Laurent Gbagbo to concede defeat in the [...]

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$100 million appeal launched for UN Peacebuilding fund

Listen / Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson.  UN Photo/Devra Berkowitz

UN Member States have been urged to support the annual $100 million target of a United Nations fund that helps post-conflict countries build lasting peace. Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson made the appeal at the fourth annual stakeholders' meeting of the UN Peacebuilding Fund on Tuesday in New York. The Fund was launched in 2006 to [...]

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Transition to green economy should become a global priority: UN

Listen / Electric car. UN Photo/JC McIlwaine

The world needs to focus on transitioning to a green economy as it faces the challenges of a growing population, increased pollution and the effects of climate change. That's what experts of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) told the press in Nairobi during a briefing held on the margins of the first-ever United Nations Environment [...]

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Somalia makes progress towards establishing inclusive federal states

Listen / Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. UN Photo/Mark Garten

The UN Secretary-General has welcomed a move by warring factions in Somalia to sign an agreement to establish a new interim regional administration in the South West regions of the country. The new interim South West administration, as it has been named, will include the regions of Bay, Bakool and Lower Shabelle. Efforts towards establishing [...]

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Environmental crime worth up to $213 billion a year, new study shows

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Global environmental crime is worth up to $213 billion each year according to a new report by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and INTE RPOL, the world's largest international police organization. These crimes include logging, poaching, trafficking of a wide range of animals, illegal fisheries, illegal mining and dumping of toxic waste. The Environmental Crime [...]

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President Putin of Russia backs Ukraine peace plan

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President Vladmir Putin's request to the Russian parliament to revoke the authorization to send troops to Ukraine will help reduce tensions and improve chances for a negotiated settlement. That's what Tayé-Brook Zerihoun, the United Nations Assistant Secretary-General (ASG) for Political Affairs told the Security Council on Tuesday. President Putin has also expressed support for the [...]

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Aid distributions stepped up in northern Mali

Listen / Food and cooking oil are distributed to displaced people from northern Mali in a temporary shelter in Mopti. Photo: UNDP/Nicolas Meulders

Aid distributions in Mali's Kidal region are being stepped up by the World Food Programme (WFP) in June. WFP is delivering provisions to 31,000 people, compared to 20,000 people in April. Thousands of people fled Kidal, in northern Mali in May, after clashes between government forces and rebels. Hostilities are continuing in the region. More [...]

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Growing displacement crisis in Pakistan's North Waziristan region

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The number of people who have fled from their homes due to the current  offensive by Pakistan's military against Taliban fighters in North Waziristan continues to rise. The United Nations Refugee Agency, UNHCR, says that government registration figures show that more than 435,000 people have already escaped from fighting in the region. A few days [...]

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Sierra Leone aiming to be middle income country by 2030

Listen / Samura Kamara. UN Photo/Devra Berkowitz

Sierra Leone is aiming to become a middle income country by 2030 according to the West African country's Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation. Speaking at the United Nations at a meeting on peacebuilding, Samura Kamara, said rebuilding a country after conflict requires a long-term vision and consistent support. The UN mission (UNIPSIL) left [...]

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Gender equality and women empowerment priority for development

Listen / Women tend crops in rural Afghanistan.UN Photo/Fardin Waezi

Gender equality and women's empowerment are prerequisites for sustainable development. So says Lakshmi Puri, the Deputy Executive Director of UN Women. Speaking in Nairobi, Kenya at the inaugural meeting of the United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA), she said it was crucial to invest more in women. UNEA is a new world body that places environmental [...]

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More than 1000 people killed in Iraq, says UN human rights team

Listen / This family fled the fighting in Mosul, Iraq, and are close to the Khazair checkpoint. They hope to stay in Erbil city until it is safe to return home. Photo: UNHCR/R. Nuri

At least 1,075 people have been killed and 1,189 have been injured in Iraq since early June. The United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq, the UN human rights team in the country, says there are reports of summary executions, extra-judicial killings and abductions. Videos have shown victims being beheaded. Nicki Chadwick reports. Duration: 2’26″

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The Energetic Trio

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The 1961 UN Radio programme explores a future with clean energy sources. Scientists discuss the possibilities of utilizing the sun, wind and heat stored deep beneath the earth's surface and its economic and social significance. Language: English Genre: Report 1961 Duration: 28’36″

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More than 1000 people killed in Iraq, says UN human rights team

Listen / A wide view of the Human Rights Council.  UN Photo/Jean-Marc Ferré

At least 1,075 people have been killed and 1,189 have been injured in Iraq since early June. The United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq, the UN human rights team in the country, says that at least 757 civilians died in Nineveh, Diyala and Salahuddin provinces between the 5th and the 22nd of June. Rupert Colville [...]

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Youth want to be "more involved" in environmental decisions

Listen / Opening of the United Nations Environment Assembly - Nairobi, Kenya.  UN Radio/Fan Xiao/Monica Grayley

The world's young people want to be "more involved" in policy decisions which relate to the environment, according to a youth representative from South Africa. Governments, decision makers, scientists, civil society representatives and business leaders are currently gathered in Nairobi to discuss how best to tackle global environmental challenges. They are meeting at the inaugural [...]

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Rising humanitarian needs, costs "testing" world's response capacity

Listen / Valerie Amos, UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator.  UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

Humanitarian needs and costs are rising far beyond the current capacity of the global humanitarian system to cope. Valerie Amos, the UN humanitarian chief and Emergency Relief Coordinator made the announcement during a meeting on the future of humanitarian affairs. The 2014 UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) Humanitarian Affairs Segment (HAS) opened on Monday [...]

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Syria's conflict created "fertile ground" for radical armed groups

Listen / Jeffrey Feltman (centre), Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs.  UN Photo/Paulo Filgueiras

The prolongation of the conflict in Syria has created fertile ground for the growth of radical armed groups, including those affiliated with Al Qaeda. That's what Jeffrey Feltman, the Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs said on Monday during his regular briefing to the Security Council on the Middle East. The recent surge in violence in Iraq [...]

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"Modest but meaningful contribution" to peace in Syria after removal of chemical weapons

Listen / Sigrid Kaag, Special Coordinator of the Joint Mission of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) .  UN Photo/Paulo Filgueiras

A "modest but meaningful contribution" to peace and security in Syria has been made following the "100 per cent removal" of the country's chemical weapons material. That's according to the Special Coordinator of the joint mission of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) and the United Nations. The OPCW-UN Joint Mission is [...]

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Removal of chemical weapons in Syria complete

Listen / Sigrid Kaag, Special Coordinator of the Joint Mission of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW).  UN Photo/Devra Berkowitz

A major milestone has been reached with the "100 per cent removal" of Syria's declared chemical weapons material, according to the Special Coordinator of the joint mission of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) and the United Nations. The focus in recent weeks had been on removing the remaining 7.2 per cent [...]

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Challenges faced by small island states are "challenges for world"

Listen / The reflection of a tree in the wetlands of Tasitolu lake.  UN Photo/Martine Perret

The challenges faced by small island developing states are also challenges for the rest of the world, according to a senior UN development official. The so-called SIDS group face a wide range of issues including their remoteness, lack of resources, poor infrastructure and susceptibility to climate change and natural disasters. UN Member States are meeting [...]

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"Shock and alarm" over sentencing of Al Jazeera journalists

Listen / Navi Pillay, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights.  UN Photo/Jean-Marc Ferré

The heavy jail sentences handed down to Al Jazeera journalists by an Egyptian court on Monday has "shocked and alarmed" the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights. The three journalists, sentenced to 7 to 10 years, were working for the Doha-based media house funded by the ruling family of Qatar. According to media reports, they [...]

23 Jun 2014 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

"Integrate" environmental agenda in post-2015 development

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The international community is being urged to integrate environmental issues in a "holistic manner" into the Post-2015 development agenda. Hundreds of environment ministers, decision makers, scientists, civil society representatives and business leaders have gathered in Nairobi for the inaugural meeting of the United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA) to discuss global environmental challenges. The assembly is [...]

23 Jun 2014 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

International community urged to emphasis forest for development policies

Listen / Selm Muir Forest of West Lothian, Scotland in autumn.  UN Photo/Robert Clamp

Countries around the world need to put more emphasis on maintaining and enhancing the contributions of forests to livelihoods, food, health and energy. That's according to the State of the World's Forests report released by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). The report argues that the role of forests in food security and development is [...]

23 Jun 2014 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

"Historic" UN Environment Assembly opens in Nairobi

Listen / A young boy plants the rice crop in the village fields.  UN Photo/Martine Perret

Finding ways to use and dispose resources in a way that reduces harm to the environment will be a key focus of the United Nations' first ever Environment Assembly or UNEA. That's according to Naysan Sahba, the UN Environment Programme's Director for Communications and Public Information. The UNEA opened in Nairobi on Monday with more [...]

23 Jun 2014 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

1.3 billion people dependent on forests

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Around 1.3 billion people globally are dependent on forests for their livelihood according to the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). The State of the World's Forests report released by FAO on Monday argues that the role of forests in food security and development is often over looked. It says the socio-economic benefits of forests are [...]

23 Jun 2014 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

Small island states "can develop sustainably"

Listen / Nukunonu Atoll seaside, one of the regions of the world, vulnerable to the impact of the climate change.  UN/Ariane Rummery

The world's smallest island states can develop sustainably if all sectors of society come together to work on solutions. That's the opinion of Wu Hongbo, the Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs. Small island developing states, known by the acronym SIDS are meeting in New York this week ahead of an international conference being held [...]

23 Jun 2014 | Posted in Caribbean News, Small Island Developing States, Today's Features | Read More »

Al-Qaeda remains "real and lethal threat" to Yemen

Listen / Jamal Benomar, the Special Adviser to the UN Secretary-General on Yemen.  UN Photo/Mark Garten

The militant Al-Qaeda network in the Arabian Peninsula remains "a real and lethal" threat to Yemen as people try to forge ahead with political transition in the country. That's what the Jamal Benomar, the Special Adviser to the UN Secretary-General on Yemen told the Security Council on Friday. Yemen is recovering from the political crisis [...]

20 Jun 2014 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Over 6,000 people flee from Pakistan to Afghanistan

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More than 6,000 refugees fleeing conflict in Pakistan have been registered in Afghanistan, according to the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR). The agency says that women, men and children have trekked the mountainous terrain across Pakistan's border to seek safety in Afghanistan. The refugees are being accommodated with local Afghan communities for now but UNHCR says [...]

20 Jun 2014 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Neglecting plight of Palestine refugees "risk world cannot take"

Listen / A mother and her son find relief upon receiving an UNRWA food parcel.  Yarmouk, Damascus.  Credit:  UNRWA Archives

The Palestine refugee crisis in the Near East is "unsustainable", the Commissioner General of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) has warned. On World Refugee Day, Pierre Krähenbühl said the number of refugees is projected to increase to over 6 million in 2021 and the number of "poor" people will rise to 1.7 [...]

20 Jun 2014 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

Concern over IDPs and Syrian refugees as Iraq crisis deepens

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Aid agencies say that the humanitarian needs of people who have been forced to flee their homes in Iraq continue to escalate. The United Nations estimates that there are one million displaced people in the country. The United Nations Refugee Agency, UNHCR, says that its aid operation is currently focused on the north. While many [...]

20 Jun 2014 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

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International community urged not to abandon people of Syria

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The international community has been urged by the UN Secretary-General not to abandon the people of Syria to what he called "the never ending waves of cruelty and crisis". Speaking at an event organized by the Asia Society in New York Ban Ki-moon said the death toll in Syria may be well over 150,000. Half [...]

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"Concern" over displaced people and Syrian refugees as Iraq crisis deepens

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Aid agencies say that the humanitarian needs of people who have been forced to flee their homes in Iraq continue to escalate. The United Nations estimates that there are one million displaced people in the country. As the fighting continues, there are concerns that more and more people could be forced to leave their homes [...]

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Suicide bombing in Lebanon condemned by UN envoy

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A suicide bombing near a police check point in eastern Lebanon on Friday has been strongly condemned by the United Nations envoy in the country. According to reports, a suicide bomber detonated a vehicle in Dahr El-Baidar killing one person and injuring scores of others. The UN Special Coordinator for Lebanon Derek Plumbly expressed his [...]

20 Jun 2014 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Human rights concerns over force-feeding of Palestinian prisoners

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The United Nations Human Rights office says that it's concerned about a proposed change to Israeli law that would reportedly allow prisoners on hunger strike, who refuse force-feeding, to be sedated. The amendment could be passed next Monday. The office says it is closely following the situation of Palestinian hunger strikers who are protesting against [...]

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Global displacement tops 50 million for first time in post-war era

Listen / A woman and child at Za'atri refugee camp, host to tens of thousands of Syrians displaced by conflict, near Mafraq, Jordan.  UN Photo/Mark Garten

The number of refugees, asylum-seekers, and internally displaced people worldwide has exceeded 50 million for the first time in the post-World War II era. The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR)’s annual Global Trends report shows 51.2 million people were forcibly displaced at the end of 2013, six million more than in 2012. The increase was driven [...]

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"Political solutions" needed for humanitarian crises

Listen / Peacekeepers distributing water to Wau residents sheltering at UNMISS compound. Wau, Western Bahr El-Ghazal, South Sudan. 19 December 2012.  UN Photo

Political solutions need to be found to solve humanitarian crises around the world according to the chief of the UN refugee Agency (UNHCR). Antonio Guterres was speaking as the agency launched its annual Global Trends report which shows a record number of displaced people in 2013. For the first time since the Second World war [...]

20 Jun 2014 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

UN AND AFRICA: Political process cornerstone for stability in Mali

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• Mali continues to face insecurity caused by the presence of terrorist groups in the northern part of the country. That's what the head of UN peacekeeping operations said during a briefing to the Security Council on Wednesday. The UN mission in Mali is helping the country as it recovers from a political crisis caused [...]

19 Jun 2014 | Posted in UN and Africa | Read More »

UN CALLING ASIA: Philippines earthquake "opportunity" for development

Listen / A killer Earthquake struck Bohol Island in the Philippines in 2013.  Jason Gutierrez/IRIN

An earthquake which devastated the province of Bohol in the Philippines in 2013 has turned out to be a development opportunity.  That's according to the chief of the UN's World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO). In the wake of the disaster, the organization helped Bohol to deliver a recovery plan for the region's tourism sector which would [...]

19 Jun 2014 | Posted in UN Calling Asia | Read More »

Killing of Russian reporters condemned by UNESCO chief

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The killing of two Russian journalists in Ukraine has been condemned by the head of the UN cultural agency (UNESCO). In a statement issued on Thursday, Irina Bokova said she was "deeply shocked" by the death of Igo Krnelyuk a television reporter and Anton Voloshin a sound engineer. The two reporters, who worked for a [...]

19 Jun 2014 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

WOMEN: FGM: a "severe" form of violence against women

Listen / Abandoning female genital mutilation and cutting in the Fouta of Senegal.  UNFPA

Female Genital Mutilation or FGM is a violation of a person's rights, a form of "control over women" and a procedure which causes "irreversible and life-long" physical damage.  Those are the words of High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay, when she condemned the practice during a recent high-level panel in Geneva.   According to the [...]

19 Jun 2014 | Posted in Women | Read More »

Half of 250,000 displaced people in Iraq are children: UNICEF

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At least half of the 250,000 people displaced by fighting in Iraq are children, according to the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF). The country has been plunged into a crisis after armed militants took control of major towns and cities. The UN Mission in Iraq says the deteriorating security situation in Mosul, the second largest city, [...]

19 Jun 2014 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Syrian refugee in Brazil says "family has lost everything"

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A Syrian man who has been granted refugee status in Brazil says his "family has lost everything" in the civil war in the country. The three-year conflict between the government and rebel forces has caused millions of people to flee. Two and half million Syrians are now living outside the country, while six and a [...]

19 Jun 2014 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

Terrorist attacks, extremist ideologies "destabilizing" the Sahel

Listen / Children walk during a sand storm in Gao, Mali.  UN Photo/Marco Dormino

Crises in Libya, Mali and Nigeria are "destabilizing the broader Sahel region of Africa", according to the UN Secretary-General's monthly strategy report on the region. The report focuses on the five "core" Sahel countries of Burkina Faso, Chad, Mauritania, Mali and Nigeria. The Secretary-General's recently appointed Envoy for the Sahel, Hiroute Guebre Sellassie, presented the [...]

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Terrorist attacks harm civilians in Sahel, UN envoy

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Civilians in the Sahel region of Africa continue to suffer from the negative consequences of terrorist attacks, according to the newly appointed top United Nations envoy for the region. Hiroute Guebre Sellassie on Thursday briefed the Security Council on the situation in the semiarid region which lies along the edge of the Sahara desert. She [...]

19 Jun 2014 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

International community has "clear roadmap" to combat non-communicable diseases

Listen / John W. Ashe, President of the sixthy-eighth session of the General Assembly.  UN Photo/Paulo Filgueiras

The international community needs to implement "a clear roadmap" to combat the threat of non-communicable diseases, according to the President of the General Assembly. Ambassador John Ashe spoke on Thursday during a meeting with representatives of civil society, the private sector and academia to discuss the prevention and control of non-communicable diseases (NCDs). Mr Ashe [...]

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Religious minorities need protection in Iraq, say UN special advisers

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Religious and other minorities in Iraq are particularly vulnerable to attacks by terrorists and armed groups such as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). That concern has been expressed by two United Nations special advisers as the security situation continues to deteriorate in the country. The Special Advisers to the Secretary-General on [...]

19 Jun 2014 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

UNHCR online video campaign marks World Refugee Day

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Actors, authors and other high profile supporters of the United Nations Refugee Agency, or UNHCR, have been sharing their personal stories to mark World Refugee Day. The video stories appear on the UNHCR website and tell of a range of experiences, from meeting refugees to having been refugees themselves. American actress Kristin Davis gives an [...]

19 Jun 2014 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Gender equality one of "most pressing" development challenges facing India

Listen / Young women of Pushkar, India. UN Photo/Oddbjorn Monsen

Ensuring gender equality is one of the "most pressing" development challenges facing India, according to the United Nations' most senior representative in the country. India currently ranks 136 out of 186 countries in the UN's Gender Inequality Index. Low political representation, high unemployment and deep-rooted prejudice against women are all issues which need tackling according [...]

19 Jun 2014 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

UNHCR online video campaign marks World Refugee Day

Listen / Congolese refugee with her children. UN Photo/Katerina Kitidi

Actors, authors and other high profile supporters of the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) have been sharing their personal stories to mark World Refugee Day. The video stories appear on the UNHCR website and tell of a range of experiences, from meeting refugees to having been refugees themselves. The videos are part of a UNHCR [...]

19 Jun 2014 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

Iraqi leaders are urged to address the terrorist threat of ISIL

Listen / Nickolay Mladenov. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

Leaders in Iraq have been urged by the UN Secretary-General to come together to address the terrorist threat of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant or ISIL. The group has taken over a number of major cities in Iraq, including Mosul the second largest city in the country. The Secretary-General's Special Representative for [...]

18 Jun 2014 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Political process cornerstone for stability in Mali

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Mali continues to face insecurity caused by the presence of terrorist groups in the northern part of the country, according to the head of UN peacekeeping operations. Hervé Ladsous briefed the Security Council on the situation in Mali on Wednesday. The UN mission in the country, known as MINUSMA is helping the country as it [...]

18 Jun 2014 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

Thousands of people flee human rights abuses in Eritrea

Listen / Sheila Keetharuth. UN Photo/Amanda Voisard

About 2,000 Eritreans leave their country each month to escape human rights abuses, according to an independent expert. Sheila Keetharuth, the UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Eritrea presented her report to the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva on Wednesday. She said that the two main reasons cited for leaving [...]

18 Jun 2014 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

Tanzania's Selous Game Reserve is put on List of World Heritage in Danger

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The Selous Game Reserve in Tanzania has been inscribed on the List of World Heritage in Danger because of the decimation of wildlife populations as a result of poaching. The decision was taken by the UN cultural agency (UNESCO)'s World Heritage Committee which is meeting in Doha, in Qatar. The Selous Game Reserve, covering 50,000 [...]

18 Jun 2014 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Chocolate lovers to protect bio-diversity in São Tomé,

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Chocolate lovers in Europe are contributing to the preservation of one of the world’s biodiversity hot spots. São Tomé, an island off the west coast of Africa is home to many unique species of flora and fauna. Protected land is increasingly coming under pressure as impoverished people cut down trees for firewood and construction. But [...]

18 Jun 2014 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

Perpetrators of war crimes in Syria “must face justice”

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Governments around the world have been urged to remain vigilant to ensure that perpetrators of war crimes and crimes against humanity in Syria are face justice. The appeal was made in Geneva on Wednesday by Paulo Pinheiro, the Chairperson of the Commission of Inquiry into human rights violations in the country that is mired in [...]

18 Jun 2014 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

World faces "epidemic of youth unemployment" says UN chief

Listen / Youth center in downtown Nairobi. UNFPA/Roar Bakke Sorensen (NICA ID: 545292)

Governments around the world have been urged by the UN Secretary-General to solve what he described as "an epidemic of youth unemployment." Speaking at an event organized by the International Labour Organization (ILO) in Geneva on Wednesday, Ban Ki-moon called for more investment in youth employment initiatives. He said that many young people are stuck [...]

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Thousands of Eritreans flee human rights abuses in their country says UN expert

Listen / Sheila Keetharuth. UN Photo/Amanda Voisard

The international community has been urged to address "recurrent" human rights violations in Eritrea which have led to about 2,000 people fleeing each month to neighbouring countries. The call has come from the UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Eritrea who presented her report to the UN Human Rights Council in [...]

18 Jun 2014 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Violence is proof of "precariousness" of situation in Mali

Listen / Hervé Ladsous. UN Photo/Evan Schneider

The killing of four UN peacekeepers from Chad in northern Mali last week shows that much more needs to be done to achieve lasting peace in the country. That's what the head of UN peacekeeping operations, Hervé Ladsous, told the Security Council as it discussed the UN mission in Mali, known by its French acronym [...]

18 Jun 2014 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

What Follows the End?

Listen / Austrian children receive hot milk from the UN, 1949. UN Photo

The hopes and fears of a refugee family in Austria, and how the UN High Commission for Refugees came to the rescue. Language: English Genre: Drama 1955 Duration: 14’34″

18 Jun 2014 | Posted in UN Radio Classics | Read More »

Ukraine report highlights a reign of fear and terror in eastern regions

Listen / Navi Pillay. UN Photo/Jean-Marc Ferré

The breakdown in law and order in Ukraine has been described a as "worrying trend" in a United Nations report released on Wednesday. Ukraine has been in turmoil since February when its president was forcibly removed from power after months of political unrest. The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay, said that the [...]

18 Jun 2014 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

Ukraine report highlights a reign of fear and terror in eastern regions

Listen / Gianni Magazzeni, Chief of the Americas, Europe and Central Asia Branch at the Office of the UN Human Rights Commissioner for Human rights (OHCHR.  UN Photo/Jean-Marc Ferré

A new United Nations report on the situation in Ukraine details the breakdown in law and order in areas held by armed groups in the east of the country and identifies a number of 'worrying trends' emerging in Crimea. The report, the third produced by the UN Human Rights Monitoring Mission, covers the period from [...]

18 Jun 2014 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Cancer-causing radon exposure addressed by UN agency

Listen / A Forum organized by the IAEA during the 57th IAEA General Conference in Vienna, convened a panel of experts to discuss the risks of radon exposure, and the steps that States can take to protect their populations. Photo: J. Brazda/IAEA

Efforts are being made at the United Nations to address a radio-active element which is commonly found in the environment and which has potentially deadly consequences. Radon can build up in the ground and seep into houses; exposure can cause lung cancer. Now the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) is helping countries in Europe to [...]

17 Jun 2014 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

Victims of crimes in Darfur "failed" by international community

Listen / Fatou Bensouda, Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC). UN Photo/Evan Schneider

The international community has "failed" to bring justice for the victims of the crimes allegedly committed in Sudan's Darfur region, according to Fatou Bensouda the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC). The crimes relate to the crisis that started in 2003 when government forces, supported by Janjaweed militias clashed with armed rebels in the [...]

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Stereotypes hinder women's rights – UN human rights chief

Listen / School girls from El Sereif, Sudan perform traditional songs and dances during the cultural and sports event organized by UNAMID.  UN Photo/Albert González Farran

The recent kidnapping of over 200 schoolgirls in Nigeria is an example of the harm that stereotypes about the role of women can cause, according to the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights. Navi Pillay spoke at the start of the UN Human Rights Council's annual full-day discussion of women rights in Geneva on Tuesday. [...]

17 Jun 2014 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Iraqis urged to protect cultural heritage as violence intensifies

Listen / The Director-General of UNESCO Irina Bokova calls on Iraqis to stand united around their cultural heritage.  UNESCO Photo

The people of Iraq have been urged by the head of the United Nations cultural agency (UNESCO) to unite and protect their cultural heritage. The call has come from Irina Bokova, who has expressed concern about an upsurge of violence which, she says, is causing renewed human suffering and loss of life in the country. [...]

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Ban Ki-moon “diplomatic” over his football fan status

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The United Nations Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, has said that his 'heart may beat faster' when his home team South Korea play in the World Cup, but he says that, as head of the UN, it's very important that he remains impartial. When asked if he supports the South Korean team at a press conference in [...]

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Ban Ki-moon “deeply concerned” about increasing violence in Iraq

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The United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says that he hopes regional leaders and the international community will support the Iraqi Government to bring an end to the violence in the country. Speaking at a press conference in Geneva, he said that he is deeply concerned about the rapidly deteriorating security situation in Iraq and that [...]

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Conflict in Syria reaches "tipping point"

Listen / Paulo Pinheiro. UN Photo/Jean-Marc Ferré

The conflict in Syria has reached a "tipping point threatening the entire region" according to the Chairperson of the Commission of Inquiry into human rights violations in the country. Paulo Pinheiro presented the latest report to the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva on Tuesday. Mr. Pinheiro said that in over 3,000 interviews the Commission [...]

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Failure of Geneva political negotiations "mega disaster"

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The failure of the Syria peace talks has been labelled a "mega disaster" by Paulo Sérgio Pinheiro, the Chairperson of the Independent International Commission of Inquiry on the Syrian Arab Republic. The Commission was established by the Human Rights Council to investigate alleged violations of international human rights law since March 2011. The last round [...]

17 Jun 2014 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

Swift action urged to prevent land degradation

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  More than 2 billion hectares of land are degraded, including over half of all the Earth's agricultural land. That's what the President of the General Assembly, Ambassador John Ashe says in his message for Word Day to Combat Desertification. He warns that if action is not taken to ensure that all the land we [...]

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Zambia tackles challenges of being landlocked

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Landlocked developing countries or LLDCs face challenges because they don't have ports that are vital for exporting goods. One of these countries is Zambia, in Southern Africa, which has eight neighbours to the north, south, east and west. The country's Minister of Transport, Works, Supply and Communications, Yamfwa Mukanga, was in New York recently to [...]

16 Jun 2014 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

The Young Professionals Programme

Participation in the programme Every year the United Nations seeks highly qualified candidates who are ready to launch a professional career as an international civil servant. The young professionals programme (YPP) is a recruitment initiative that brings new talent to the United Nations through an annual entrance examination. This year we are holding the exam [...]

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Reconciliation continues in Côte d'Ivoire, says top UN envoy

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The process of reconciliation is continuing in Côte d'Ivoire with hundreds of people who had voluntarily gone into exile now returning to participate in the rebuilding of the country. That's what the UN Secretary-General's Special Representative in Côte d'Ivoire, Aichatou Mindaoudou said during her briefing to the Security Council on Monday. The West African country [...]

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FGM: a "severe" form of violence against women

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Female Genital Mutilation or FGM is a violation of a person's rights, a form of "control over women" and a procedure which causes "irreversible and life-long" physical damage. The High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay, came out strong in her condemnation of the practice on Monday during a high-level panel in Geneva. According to [...]

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Future of African children celebrated on anniversary of Soweto uprising

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The future of children in Africa is being celebrated across the world on Monday on the Day of the African child. The day has been marked on June 16th every year since 1991 in honour of the young people who took part in the Soweto uprising in South Africa in 1976. Thousands of children marched [...]

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UN Humanitarian Chief concerned about displacement crisis in Iraq

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An estimated half a million people have been displaced from their homes as a result of the escalation of violence in Iraq. Valerie Amos, the United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, says that, as the crisis continues, aid agencies will face more challenges on how to reach those who need emergency [...]

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People of South Sudan urged to respect rights of children

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Authorities in South Sudan have been urged to bring peace so that children can resume their lives and continue their studies. The call has come from Erasmus Migyikra, the Child Protection Officer at the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) on the occasion of the Day of the African Child on June 16. Mr. Migyikra [...]

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Aid access more difficult since Syrian presidential election

Listen / Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs Valerie Amos. UN Photo/Rick Bajornas

Getting emergency humanitarian aid into Syria has become more difficult since Bashar al-Assad was re-elected as Syrian president earlier this month, according to the United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, Valerie Amos. "What is reported to me in terms of our ability to have greater access and movement is that in [...]

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Iraqis leaders urged to ensure followers avoid acts of reprisals

Listen / UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. UN Photo/Rick Bajornas

Political, military, religious and community leaders in Iraq have been urged to ensure that their followers avoid acts of reprisals. The appeal has come from UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon amidst reports of advances by fighters of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. Last week , the Islamic militant group, also known as ISIS, [...]

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Governments urged to prioritize tackling violence against women

Listen / Rashida Manjoo. UN Photo/Jean-Marc Ferré

Governments around the world have been urged to prioritize tackling violence against women in their national political agendas. The call has come from Rashida Manjoo, the UN Special Rapporteur on violence against women, in her latest report to the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva. Ms Manjoo called for the adoption of different measures to [...]

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Up to 30 million girls at risk of female genital mutilation

Listen / Navi Pillay. UN Photo / Jean-Marc Ferré

As many as 30 million girls are at risk of female genital mutilation over the next decade, the UN High Commissioner for Human rights warned on Monday. Speaking in the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, Navi Pillay described female genital mutilation as a "harmful and degrading practice" which is "not based on any valid [...]

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Philippines earthquake "opportunity" for development

Listen / Workers in the town of Loon clear the debris from a church that collapsed in the the 15 October earthquake that struck the southern Philippines island of Bohol. Credit: OCHA/J. Addawe

An earthquake which devastated the province of Bohol in the Philippines in 2013 has turned out to be a development opportunity. That's according to the chief of the UN's World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO). In the wake of the disaster, the organization helped Bohol to deliver a recovery plan for the region's tourism sector which would [...]

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UN Chief calls for stronger laws to protect the elderly

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UN Member States are being urged to enact and enforce stronger laws and strategies to protect elderly people from abuse. UN Secretary-General made the appeal ahead of World Elder Abuse Awareness Day observed every year on 15 June. Elderly people in all societies can be vulnerable to physical, psychological and financial abuse. Older women are [...]

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Safe blood needed to save mothers: WHO

Listen / Blood drive. UN Photo/Ky Chung

On World Blood Donor Day observed 14 June, WHO has called for improved access to safe blood in order to save the lives of mothers. The agency maintains that providing safe and adequate supplies of blood and blood products should be an integral part of every country’s efforts to improve maternal health. A mobile blood [...]

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People urged to save mothers on World Blood Donor Day

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"Give blood for those who give life", the World Health Organization (WHO) has urged on World Blood Donor day observed annually on 14 June. The UN agency is calling on people to donate "safe blood to save mothers" and is asking countries to improve access to that blood. Sub-Saharan Africa, which has the highest maternal [...]

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Group of 77 and China marks 50th anniversary in Bolivia

Listen / Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon arrives in Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia. UN Photo/Evan Schneide

A bloc of developing countries in the United Nations known as the Group of 77 (G77) and China is observing its 50th anniversary in Bolivia on Saturday. The Group of 77 is a forum where these nations can articulate and promote their collective economic interests and enhance their negotiating capacity on all major international economic [...]

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Human rights abuses in Iraq cause concern at UN

Listen / Tents at Kalak border crossing for Iraqis displaced by fighting.  WFP/Mohammed Albahbahani

There has been a "dramatic deterioration" of the situation in Iraq, the United Nations human rights office warned on Friday. The rebel fighters of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), also known as ISIS, overran a number of towns and cities, including Mosul the second largest city early this week. About half [...]

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UN concerned about Mauritanian rights activist after fatwa ruling

Listen / A delegate reads the Koran.  UN Photo/Stuart Price

A fatwa issued against a prominent Mauritanian human rights activist has raised the alarm of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR). The fatwa, an Islamic religious ruling, was handed down by the movement known as 'Friends of the prophet", declaring that "whoever kills her or tears out her eyes will be [...]

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CAR children killed and maimed every day in violent clashes

Listen / Children from CAR in southern Chad's Doyaba transit camp. May 2014. 
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On average, at least one child is maimed or killed every day in Bangui, the capital of the Central African Republic in the last six months, according the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF). The agency says it has verified that 277 children have been maimed and 74 killed over the past six months. UNICEF says [...]

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Access to Syria becomes "more restricted by the day", says WFP

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Getting food aid inside Syria is becoming "more and more restricted by the day", the World Food Programme (WFP) warned on Friday. In May, WFP dispatched food for 3.2 million people inside Syria- down from April's distribution where 3.9 million people received assistance. Elisabeth Byrs, a spokesperson for the agency, says their goal is to [...]

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Elephant poaching levels remain alarmingly high

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The survival of African elephants continues to be under threat from poaching, says a new report on elephant conservation, illegal killing and the ivory trade, released on Friday by the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES). Poverty, difficulties in enforcing the law and the continuing demand for illegal [...]

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UN rights chief urges end to abuse against Iraqi civilians

Listen / Children displaced by fighting in northern Iraq receive UN assistance at Kalak border crossing.  WFP/Mohammed Al Bahbahani

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay is calling for an end to abuses against civilians in Iraq amidst reports of summary executions, extrajudicial killings and the massive displacement of half a million people as militia forces allied to the group known as ISIL or ISIS, overran a series of major towns and cities [...]

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Elephant poaching levels remain alarmingly high

Listen / Elephants drinking from a hole dug to allow water seepage. Savuti Camp, near the border with Zambia.  UN Photo/E Darroch

More than 20,000 African elephants were killed across the continent in 2013, according to a new report by the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora or CITES. John Scanlon, Secretary-General of CITES, says that with the number of elephants being poached at such a high level, there's concern that [...]

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New site offers protection of displaced South Sudanese in Malakal

Listen / The UN mission in South Sudan had opened a new site adjacent to its base in Malakal to protect civilians uprooted by conflict.  (UNifeed - video capture)

A new site has been opened by the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) in Malakal, the capital of Upper Nile State, to protect civilians who have fled violence in the country. Since the fighting broke out between government forces and those loyal to former Vice President Riek Machar in December 2013, thousands of civilians [...]

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Concert held at UN to spread message about sustainable future

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A group of international performers from the Caribbean, Asia and Africa are lending their voices and talents to call attention to the UN's anti-poverty goals. The gala event featured the iconic zouk band Kassav’, soca artists David Rudder, Machel Montano and Tizzy, the Band Lalon from Bangladesh, as well as former child soldier turned Hip [...]

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Fate of Afghanistan in hands of the people: UN envoy

Listen / Ján Kubiš (right), Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the UN Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA), witnesses the historic voting at a polling station. UN Photo/Fardin Waezi

The people of Afghanistan have the fate of their country in their hands. That's the message from the UN's top envoy in the country ahead of elections on Saturday. No candidate received the required 51 per cent of votes to win the first round of the election in April. Two candidates are taking part in [...]

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UN AND AFRICA: Italian priest and medical doctor wins UN Population Award

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• An Italian Roman Catholic priest who is also a medical doctor has won the 2014United Nations Population Award. The award was established by the UN General Assembly in 1981 "to recognize outstanding achievement in the fields of population and health". The doctor has been treating women with fistula in the most impoverished areas of [...]

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WOMEN: People cannot "turn blind eye" to sexual violence in conflict: UN envoy

Listen / Zainab Hawa Bangura, Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Sexual Violence in Conflict.  UN Photo/Paulo Filgueiras

People have a responsibility to take action against sexual violence in conflict and not "turn a blind eye".  That's what the UN Special Envoy on sexual violence in conflict said ahead of Tuesday's Global Summit in London on the issue. Last year, two-thirds or 149 UN Member States signed a "Declaration of Commitment to End [...]

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National dialogue meeting in Libya postponed

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A meeting brokered by the United Nations to bring together Libya's political leaders ahead of parliamentary elections has been postponed. The UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) called for a broad-based national dialogue to work out a set of principles before the elections scheduled for 25 June. The Mission says the dialogue is an important [...]

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UN agencies call for the protection of civilians in Iraq

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UN agencies are calling for the protection of civilians caught up in the fighting in Iraq. Around half a million people have fled Mosul in the north of Iraq after rebel fighters took control of the country’s second largest city. Heavy fighting between Iraqi security forces and insurgents has been continuing for days. Farhan Haq, [...]

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UN CALLING ASIA: Thousands of people risk lives sailing from Bay of Bengal

Listen / A man from Myanmar eating a simple meal.  IRIN/Nyan Lynn

Thousands of people desperate for peace and a better life elsewhere continue to risk their lives by crossing the Bay of Bengal, according to the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR). They include the Rohingya people who fled Myanmar when inter-communal violence erupted there two years ago. UNHCR has expressed concern about reports of growing abuse and [...]

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Global manufacturing recovering but growth prospects for developing economies remain fragile

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Global manufacturing has entered a phase of steady growth after a prolonged period of recession according to a report released by the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO). Global output rose 5.1 per cent in the first quarter of 2014, the highest rate in several years. The current growth can be attributed mainly to the [...]

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Attempt to break "vicious cycle" of humanitarian crises in Djibouti

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A two-year plan to break what's been called a "vicious cycle" of humanitarian crises in Djibouti has been launched by the UN. The Horn of Africa country has suffered from persistent and recurring droughts which have resulted in a general lack of water for both people and livestock. The humanitarian Strategic Response Plan is expected [...]

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"Political commitment" needed to solve global hunger

Listen / Children at the World Food Programme (WFP) school feeding centre in Guidam Makadam, Niger. UN Photo/WFP/Phil Behan

Governments around the world are being urged by the United Nations to make a stronger political commitment to solve global hunger. The UN estimates that worldwide over 840 million people are chronically undernourished. It says the proportion of undernourished has fallen by only 17 per cent since the early 1990s. Malnutrition is responsible for about [...]

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Italian priest and medical doctor wins UN Population Award

Listen / Esther Joakim, 25 years old, with her daughter at Beira Central Hospital after her successful fistula repair surgery.  Photo: UNFPA Mozambique

An Italian Roman Catholic priest who is also a medical doctor has won the 2014United Nations Population Award. The award was established by the UN General Assembly in 1981 "to recognize outstanding achievement in the fields of population and health". Father Aldo Marchesini has been working in the most impoverished areas of Mozambique where he [...]

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ILO launches campaign against child labour

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A global campaign against the exploitation of children has been launched by the International Labour Organization (ILO) on June 12 which is observed each year as World Day against Child Labour. The ILO says it launched the day in 2002 "to focus attention on the global extent of child labour and the action and efforts [...]

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Decision to halt oil exploration in Congolese park welcomed by UNESCO

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The announcement by a UK-based oil company to halt exploration activities in a World Heritage Status park in the Democratic Republic of Congo has been welcomed the UN cultural agency, UNESCO. In a statement, SOCO international agreed "not to undertake or commission any exploratory or drilling" activities within Virunga National Park unless UNESCO and the [...]

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UN calls for restoration of calm on border between DRC and Rwanda

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The UN says it's concerned by the outbreak of clashes between armed forces of the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Rwanda. According to reports, exchanges of fire took place on Wednesday in the border area of Kibumba and led to the death of a Congolese soldier. The two countries have had an uneasy relationship [...]

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Domestic abuse, sexual violence and harassment “widespread” in India

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Domestic abuse, sexual violence and harassment are widespread in India, according to the United Nations Special Rapporteur Rashida Manjoo, who has called on the Indian government to address the causes and consequences of violence against women. Speaking at the Human Rights Council in Geneva, Ms Manjoo said that violence against women and girls is strongly [...]

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Brazil urged to show "passion" at FIFA World Cup

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The people of Brazil have been urged by a top UN official to demonstrate their "passion" for football as the country prepares for the month-long FIFA World Cup. The world's biggest international sport competition is getting underway on Thursday against a backdrop of civil demonstrations against the government. The Secretary-General's Special Advisor on Sport for [...]

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Excitement ahead of FIFA World Cup, but concern at protests remains

Listen / Secretary-General Ban (centre) with students at Pre-World Cup event at UN Headquarters.  UN Photo/Paulo Filgueiras

Many people around the world are excited about the opening of the world's biggest international sport competition on Thursday. That's what the Secretary-General's Special Advisor on Sport for Development and Peace, Wilfried Lemke said during a UN celebratory gathering to kick off the event. The 2014 FIFA World Cup will be hosted by Brazil from [...]

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Campaign to combat child labour spreads global message in New York City

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A campaign to raise awareness across the globe is being launched by the UN in the heart of New York City on the world famous mega screens of Times Square. The Red Card to Child Labour Campaign, which has been organised by the International Labour Organization (ILO) is debuting on World Day against Child Labour. [...]

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Newly elected General Assembly President denies homophobia and corruption

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The Newly elected President of the United Nations General Assembly has denied that he holds homophobic views. Sam Kutesa who is currently Foreign Minister of Uganda, also rejected allegations of corruption. Earlier this year the UN condemned Uganda for the passing of a new law which imposes life sentences in prison for homosexuality. Mr Kutesa, [...]

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UN General Assembly elects new President

Listen / Ugandan Foreign Minister Sam Kutesa meets UN Secretary-General in April 2014
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The Foreign Minister of Uganda says he will push forward the Post-2015 development agenda as the newly elected President of the 69th Session of the General Assembly. Sam Kutesa, was elected by the 193 UN Member States on Wednesday and will serve for a period of one year from September. He was chosen unanimously by [...]

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Press Conference by Pelé

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Soccer player Edson Arantes do Nascimento from Brazil, better known as Pelé, explains his commitment as Goodwill Ambassador for the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro. Language: English Genre: Interview 1992 Duration: 23′

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UN chief expresses shock over diplomat kidnapping

Listen / Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.  UN Photo/Paulo Filgueiras

The UN Secretary-General has expressed his shock over the kidnapping of Turkish diplomats in the Iraqi town of Mosul. Islamic extremists took control of the country's second largest city on Tuesday forcing around half a million people to flee. According to media reports, the head of the Turkish mission in Mosul and almost 50 consulate [...]

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Protocol to help eliminate forced labour adopted by UN

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A new protocol to eliminate forced labour has been adopted by the International Labour Organization (ILO). It brings the existing convention adopted in 1930, into the modern era to address practices such as human trafficking. The ILO says that forced labour violates the human rights and dignity of millions of people and contributes to the [...]

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UN launches guidance on reparations for sexual violence

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A blueprint for promoting gender-sensitive approaches to reparations for victims of conflict-related sexual violence has been launched by the UN. The Secretary-General's Guidance Note was presented at the Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict being held in London, in the United Kingdom. The note recognises that what it calls "global outrage" has grown [...]

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2.8 million people die annually from weight problems

Listen / Anand Grover, Special Rapporteur.  UN Photo/Jean-Marc Ferré

At least 2.8 million people die annually from weight problems, according to a United Nations health expert. Challenging the world to get serious about the battle against "junk food", UN Special Rapporteur on the right to health, Anand Grover urged countries to adopt measures that promote the availability of healthy foods. Presenting his final report [...]

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New protocol adopted to help eliminate forced labour

Listen / Children, including two girls, are hauling concrete slabs at a Cairo construction site. 01 January 1978.  Cairo, Egypt.  UN Photo/Jean Pierre Laffont

The International Labour Conference has voted 437 to 8 to adopt a new protocol on forced labour. Delegates have hailed the move as a major step in the fight against contemporary forms of forced labour. Pete Forster reports from Geneva. Duration: 1’51″

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Safety of journalists essential to human rights

Listen / Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (centre) speaks with journalists during a visit to the site of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games.  UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

The safety of journalists has been described by the UN Human Rights Commissioner as "essential to the civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights of all people”. The UN says more than 1,000 media professionals have been killed since 1992 as a direct result of their profession. Among the deadliest years were 2012 and 2013, [...]

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500,000 flee Iraqi city following rebel takeover

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Around half a million Iraqi people have fled Mosul, after rebel fighters took control of the country's second largest city. That's according to the International Organization for Migration (IOM). Heavy fighting between Iraqi security forces and insurgents has been continuing for days. The Iraqi Prime Minister, Nouri Maliki has reportedly asked parliament to declare a [...]

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Peacekeeping needs to be "more mobile, more flexible and adaptable"

Listen / A peacekeeper of the United Nations Organization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUC) with a group of children during patrols of the Katanga area, Democratic Republic of the Congo.  UN Photo/Myriam Asmani

Peacekeeping operations of the United Nations need to be "more mobile, more flexible and adaptable" according to the UN Secretary-General. There are currently 16 peacekeeping missions around the world, mainly in Africa. Speaking to the Security Council on a debate about the trends in peacekeeping, Ban Ki-moon said the organization needed to adapt to new [...]

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Half a million Iraqis displaced as rebels take over Mosul City

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Approximately 500,000 people have fled from Mosul, Iraq's second largest city that has been taken over by rebel fighters, according to the International Organization for Migration (IOM). Over the weekend there was heavy fighting between Iraqi security forces and the Armed Opposition Groups (AOGs). IOM says that on Monday the Iraqi security forces left the [...]

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Countries crackdown on illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing

Listen / A woman is collecting fish and sipu at sunset in the Dili District, Timor-Leste.  UN Photo/Martine Perret

A set of international guidelines to tackle illegal fishing has been agreed by countries at the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) in Rome. The FAO Voluntary Guidelines for Flag State Performance are aimed at combating illegal, unreported and unregulated or (IUU) fishing. Although there are no precise statistics, it is believed that IUU fishing [...]

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Break put on $23 billion illicit fishing trade

Listen / Unloading mackerel at the Pusan fish market. Pusan, Republic of Korea.  UN Photo/M Guthrie

A set of international guidelines which could help to curtail the illicit fishing trade worth up to $23 billion a year has been agreed by countries around the world. The Voluntary Guidelines for Flag State Performance which are backed by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) endorse a set of international regulations that will hold [...]

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UN General Assembly to elect new President

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A new President of the General Assembly is due to be elected by UN Member States on Wednesday. It's expected the Foreign Minister of Uganda, Sam Kutesa, will be chosen to serve as the President of the 69th Session for a period of one year. The presidency rotates on an annual basis with a different [...]

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China reports four cases of avian influenza among people

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The authorities in China have reported four cases of avian influenza among people to the World Health Organization (WHO). The cases of the H7N9 virus were recorded in the provinces of Shandong and Jiangsu. Bird flu viruses continue to pose a serious threat to human and animal health. Stéphane Dujarric is the Spokesperson for the [...]

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UN Chief "gravely concerned" by Iraq violence

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The UN Secretary-General has said he is "gravely concerned" by the serious deterioration of the security situation in Mosul in Iraq. Thousands of civilians have been displaced in the recent violence in the city in the north of the country. He also condemned terrorist attacks in Anbar, Baghdad, Diyala, Ninewa, and Salah al-Din provinces that [...]

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Thousands of Somali children face death due to measles: UNICEF

Listen / A child being screened at Madina Maternal Child Health centre in Mogadishu, Somalia.  WHO/Somalia/P. Vicentini

Outbreaks of measles in several regions in Somalia have left thousands of children at risk of disability or death according to the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF). In March and April 2014, there were over 1350 suspected cases of measles, four times the number seen during the same period last year. UNICEF says many children could [...]

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Central African refugees in Cameroon reach 95,000

Listen / Internally displaced children at the main mosque in Bangui, CAR.  UN Photo/Evan Schneider

The total number of refugees form the Central African Republic who are now living in neighbouring Cameroon has reached 95,000 according to the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR). Almost 60 per cent are children. The majority of people are living with host families, but around 33,000 are sheltering in UNHCR camps. The World Food Programme (WFP) [...]

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Thousands of people risk lives sailing from Bay of Bengal

Listen / A man from Myanmar eating a simple meal.  IRIN/Nyan Lynn

Thousands of people desperate for peace and a better life elsewhere continue to risk their lives by crossing the Bay of Bengal, according to the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR). They include the Rohingya people who fled Myanmar when inter-communal violence erupted there two years ago. UNHRC has expressed concern about reports of growing abuse and [...]

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Human Rights chief decries "tide of racism" in European politics

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The rise of racist and anti-immigrant feelings amongst elected politicians in Europe was one of the concerns expressed by the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights as she spoke to delegates at the UN in Geneva today. Addressing the Human Rights Council on the opening day of its 26th session, Navi Pillay also talked [...]

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"Growing abuse" of refugees from Myanmar's Rakhine state: UNHCR

Listen / A young Rohingya boy bathes at the Sin Tet Maw IDP camp in Pauktaw Township, western Rakhine State.  David Swanson/IRIN

The UN Refugee Agency says it’s concerned about the growing abuse of refugees from Myanmar’s Rakhine state who are arriving by boat in other countries. Two years after intercommunal violence erupted in the state, thousands of people are still fleeing across the Bay of Bengal. More than 86,000 have left since June 2012. UNHCR spokesman [...]

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Hate speech" by political leaders in Western Europe "disturbing": Pillay

Listen / Navi Pillay, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights. UN Photo/Jean-Marc Ferré

The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay, says that she's disturbed by the recent increase, across the political spectrum, in several countries in Western Europe of discussions which she says are "rooted in anti-immigrant and racist sentiment, and religious intolerance." Speaking at the opening of the Human Rights Council in Geneva, Ms [...]

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Boat migrants to Europe top 50,000

Listen / A boat carrying sub-Saharan African migrant workers arrives in Lampedusa from Tripoli. Thousands of migrants have made the perilous journey.  © Kate Thomas/IRIN

The number of migrants who have crossed by boat from North Africa to Europe in 2014 has exceeded 50,000, according to the International Organization for Migration (IOM). It follows the arrival of almost 5,500 people in Sicily over the weekend. Operations are regularly launched in the Mediterranean Sea to rescue people who are travelling on [...]

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Unlock savings to finance sustainable development in Asia-Pacific, says UN

Listen / A firewood seller arranges his pile of wood. This photograph was taken in Jharkhand, India.  UN Photo/Somenath Mukhopadhyay

The Asia-Pacific region has vast private savings which should be mobilized to finance sustainable development, the UN has said. The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) met in Jakarta, Indonesia on Tuesday to discuss sustainable development financing. The ESCAP Executive Secretary, Dr Shamshad Akhtar, said that investments in sustainable [...]

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South Sudan peace talks resume in Ethiopia

Listen / A group of displaced women and children rest on Ethiopian territory after crossing the Baro River from South Sudan. Photo: UNHCR/L.F. Godinho

The South Sudanese President Salva Kiir is due to meet the rebel chief Riek Machar in Ethiopia on Tuesday in an attempt to bring an end to nearly six months of internal conflict. Thousands of people have been killed as fighting between government and rebel forces continues. Over 1.3 million people have fled their homes. [...]

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Small and medium-sized companies get help from joint UN World Trade Organization agency

Listen / Arancha González, Executive Director of the International Trade Centre (ITC).  UN Photo/Paulo Filgueiras

Thousands of small and medium-sized companies (SMEs) are being assisted by the International Trade Centre (ITC) to improve their competitiveness and create jobs. The head of the ITC says the big challenge faced by developing countries today is that thousands of SMEs "are born every day and thousands of them die everyday." The joint agency [...]

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People cannot "turn blind eye" to sexual violence in conflict: UN envoy

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People have a responsibility to take action against sexual violence in conflict and not "turn a blind eye". That's what the UN Special Envoy on sexual violence in conflict said ahead of Tuesday's Global Summit in London on the issue. Last year, two-thirds or 149 UN Member States signed a "Declaration of Commitment to End [...]

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UN Ambassadors don jerseys to kick off World Cup

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The United Nations ambassadors of the countries participating in the football World Cup have been getting into the competitive mood at UN headquarters in New York. They donned their national football jerseys to mark the beginning of the tournament later this week. The UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon kicked off the event by speaking about 'unique [...]

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New camp for South Sudanese civilians fleeing conflict

Listen / A family sitting inside a makeshift shelter at the UN compound in Malakal, Upper Nile State, South Sudan. Photo: OCHA

A new site for South Sudanese people fleeing conflict in the country has been opened by the United Nations in the town of Malakal. The facility can accommodate up to 9,000 people. It's intended to ease the congestion inside the main UN compound, which is hosting an estimated 19,000 people. Inaugurating the site on Monday, [...]

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Terrorist attacks in Pakistan condemned by UN chief

Listen / Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.  UN Photo/Mark Garten

Two terrorist attacks in Pakistan have been condemned by the UN chief. An assault at Jinnah international airport in Karachi on Sunday reportedly left 29 people dead. The outlawed Taliban group says it was behind the raid in which all ten attackers died. And 25 people died in suicide attacks targeting Shia pilgrims in Taftan, [...]

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Attacks on Darfur villages investigated by UN

Listen / Suleiman Abbakar, a displaced man from Gassa, South Darfur. UN Photo/Albert González Farran

The United Nations is investigating reports of attacks by Arab militia groups last week on at least 19 villages in the Sudanese region of North Darfur. Darfur is suffering from instability as rebel groups continue to fight government forces and amongst themselves. UN officials have repeatedly called on all sides to join negotiations aimed at [...]

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UN General Assembly focuses on role of human rights in development

Listen / Children attend class at the El Sereif camp for internally displaced persons (IDPs), located west of Nyala, South Darfur.  UN Photo/Albert González Farran

"There has been undeniable consensus that respecting human rights and the rule of law is central to the development process". That's what participants at a high-level event on the "Contributions of Human Rights and the Rule of Law in the Post 2015 Development Agenda" were told in New York on Monday. The year 2015 is [...]

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Turmoil in Libya could bring return of conflict and instability

Listen / Tarek Mitri, Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL).    UN Photo/Evan Schneider

Renewed turmoil In Libya is threatening to thrust the North African nation back into conflict and instability according to the United Nations envoy to the country. Libya has been undergoing a democratic transition since the toppling in 2011 of former leader Muammar al-Qadhafi. But political tensions as well as what have been called "significant security [...]

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Norway and FAO to launch state-of-the-art research vessel

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An $80 million boat with seven laboratories is in the works to continue collecting data on marine ecosystems, climate change and pollution off the coast of Africa. The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) announced on Monday that Norway is building the vessel known as Dr Fridtjof Nansen. It will replace an older craft which has [...]

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UN appeals for end to clan-based fighting in Lower Shabelle, Somalia

Listen / Nicholas Kay, Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the UN Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM).   UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

An appeal to end clan-based fighting in Somalia's Lower Shabelle region has been made by the UN's top envoy in the country. Nicholas Kay, the Secretary-General's Special Representative and head of the UN Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM) said that "all parties must refrain from violent actions", and resolve their differences through what he called [...]

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$80m research vessel to improve fisheries management

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An $80m research vessel is to be built by Norway in collaboration with the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) to help developing countries improve fisheries management. With seven laboratories on board it's been described as one of the most advanced research vessels in the world. It will collect data on marine ecosystems, climate change and [...]

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Nigeria urged to "close ranks" to secure release of abducted schoolgirls

Listen / Rally held in Lagos, calling for the return of over two hundred Nigerian secondary school girls abducted in April by the extremist group Boka Haram. UN Photo

Nigeria has been urged by a senior UN official to "close ranks" to secure the release of schoolgirls abducted by the militant Boko Haram group. The search is continuing for more than 230 girls who were kidnapped in April in the north of the West African country. On his second visit to Nigeria as the [...]

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Contributions of human rights in development a focus of a high-level event at UN

Listen / Afaf Konja, Spokesperson for John Ashe, President of the sixty-eighth session of the General Assembly.  UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

The role of human rights in supporting an inclusive people-centred  development agenda is being discussed at a meeting convened by the President of the General Assembly in New York on Monday. Senior government officials and representatives of UN agencies and civil society organizations are attending the high-level event on the "Contributions of Human Rights and [...]

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Largest annual meeting on labour issues opens in Geneva

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Over 4,000 representatives of workers, employers and governments  are gathering in Geneva for the largest annual meeting on work-related issues. The 103rd Conference of the International Labour Organization (ILO) is focussing on forced labour, moving from the informal to the formal economy and migration. Pete Forster spoke with some visiting delegates at Geneva's Palais des Nations [...]

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Tunisia launches Truth and Dignity Commission

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The launch of Tunisia's Truth and Dignity Commission on Monday has been welcomed as a "step forward" by the United Nations. The Commission was set up to investigate gross human rights violations that were committed by the state or those people acting for the state. It will consider cases dating back to 1955.  Its mandate [...]

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"Colonial era" convention on forced labour to be renegotiated

Listen / Opening session of the 103rd Session of the International Labour. Photo: ILO/Department of Communications

A convention on forced labour which is being described as coming from the colonial era is being renegotiated at the United Nations. The International Labour Organization estimates that around 21 million people are engaged in forced labour around the world. It's thought annual profits from the uncontrolled sector are in the region around $150 billion. [...]

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"Climate smart" agriculture could spark rural renewal

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More needs to be done to help poor farmers to adopt what is called "climate smart" agriculture, according to the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). In a report released on Friday FAO argues that a shift towards this new approach may help to fight climate change while combating hunger and poverty in rural areas. [...]

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"United Nations Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela Prize" created by General Assembly

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The struggle against racism, inequality, hatred, divisions and war continues, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said on Friday as the UN created a prize named after Nelson Mandela. The 193-member UN General Assembly  adopted a resolution establishing the "United Nations Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela Prize". Secretary-General Ban offered his "warmest" congratulations to the Assembly for adopting the [...]

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At least 62 dead in Red Sea boat tragedy

Listen / Exhausted new arrivals recover on a beach after crossing the ocean to southern Yemen. Photo: SHS/A.S. Hussein/UNHCR

At least 60 African migrants have died attempting to cross the Red Sea to Yemen, according to the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR). The agency said that it had just learned of the tragedy which happened last Saturday. Two Yemeni crew members also died. It is the largest single loss of life this year of [...]

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Farmers’ battle to cope with climate change could spark rural renewal

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The battle farmers across the world face to cope with climate change could spark what's being described as a "rural renewal." In a report released on Friday, the Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) says famers should shift to what's being called a “climate-smart” approach to agriculture. The new approach will not only help prevent future [...]

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Social media can empower youth to change future

Listen / Opening session of the 2014 Economic and Social Council Youth Forum. UN Photo/Devra Berkowitz

Technology and social media should be embraced as a method of self-empowerment. So says Olivia Rowley, a student from Tufts University in the US, who recently attended a conference on youth at the UN. Her message, that social media can affect real political change, was echoed throughout the conference. Sophie Outhwaite spoke to Olivia Rowley [...]

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​Thousands of displaced people in need of relief aid in Yemen

Listen / Jens Laerke. UN Photo/Jean-Marc Ferré

As many as 20,000 people have been displaced by heavy fighting between government and rebel forces in Yemen, according to the UN humanitarian agency (OCHA). OCHA is concerned about the displaced people who cannot be reached with humanitarian assistance following the fighting which broke out in the northern Amran governorate during the last week of [...]

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More people flee as fighting continues in Iraq's Anbar province

Listen / Adrian Edwards, Spokesperson of UNHCR.  UN Photo/Jean-Marc Ferré

Escalating violence in the Anbar province in Iraq has led to more civilians being forced to flee their homes and has made it increasingly more difficult for aid agencies to reach those most in need. The Iraqi government puts the number of people who have fled their homes since fighting escalated between  government forces and [...]

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Human rights concerns over escalating violence in Libya

Listen / Rupert Colville, Spokesperson for the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR).   UN Photo/Jean-Marc Ferré

The office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights says that it is deeply concerned by the violence in Libya that has led to a number of people being killed and injured in the east of the country, particularly in Benghazi – including people not directly involved in armed clashes. The office is [...]

6 Jun 2014 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

"Political will" needed to prioritize midwifery services

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Countries in Asia need to demonstrate political will to improve midwifery services and save millions of lives. That's according to the chief of the UN Population Fund (UNFPA). The State of the World's Midwifery 2014 report released this week reveals that almost 290,000 women and close to three million newborn babies died in 2013 from [...]

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Clean energy "made in China" has helped lift millions out of poverty

Listen / Susan McDade. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

China has done more than any other country to lift millions of people out of poverty, according to the Country Action Team leader in the UN's Sustainable Energy for All (SE4All) Initiative. Rural households in developing countries are using solar and wind energy made in China and using that energy as a motor for development. [...]

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#Timetoact to end gender violence in conflict: UK

Listen / Launch of the Campaign on Ending Sexual Violence through Gender Equality, organized by the Permanent mission of the United Kingdom. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

It's "time to act" to end gender violence in conflict through gender equality.  That's the message delivered by the United Kingdom Permanent Mission to the UN at a special event in New York on Tuesday.   The hashtag is being used as a social media campaign to encourage people get involved in the fight. Many are [...]

6 Jun 2014 | Posted in Women | Read More »

International community urged to remain engaged in Mali

Listen / Stéphane Dujarric. UN Photo/JC McIlwaine

The international community has been urged to remain mobilized to address humanitarian needs in Mali where 1.5 million people are affected by food insecurity. The appeal was made by the UN Regional Humanitarian Coordinator for the Sahel, Robert Piper as he wrapped up a five-day visit to the country on Thursday. Mr. Piper met with [...]

5 Jun 2014 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

UN AND AFRICA: Africa "must prioritize" midwifery services

Listen / Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin, Executive Director of the UN Population Fund (UNFPA). UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

• Millions of lives could be saved if African countries prioritize midwifery services. That's what the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) says in its 2014 report. Almost 290,000 women and close to three million newborn babies died in 2013 from illnesses and conditions that could have been prevented by the presence of a midwife. Floods add [...]

5 Jun 2014 | Posted in UN and Africa | Read More »

Modern energy services "key" to changing people's quality of life

Listen / Ban Ki-moon. UN Photo/Paulo Filgueiras

Sustainable energy has been described by the UN Secretary-General as a "golden" thread that links poverty eradication, equitable economic growth and a healthy environment. Ban Ki-moon spoke at the first annual Sustainable Energy for All Forum at UN headquarters in New York on Thursday. He said the commitment worth billions of dollars have been pledged [...]

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International food prices down for second consecutive month

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Food prices in May came down for the second consecutive month following a 10-month high recorded in March. Those are the findings of the latest Food Price Index published by the UN's Food and Agriculture Organization. Prices of most commodities in the index that are traded internationally fell due to what has been described as [...]

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States urged to cooperate with mechanism for criminal tribunals

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Member States of the United Nations have been urged to cooperate with a mechanism to handle the remaining cases of genocide and war crimes committed in the former Yugoslavia and Rwanda in the 1990s. The appeal came from Judge Theodor Meron, President of the Mechanism for International Criminal Tribunals during his report to the Security [...]

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Health of Palestinians on hunger strike causes concern for UN Committee

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The reported worsening health condition of more than 75 Palestinian detainees on hunger strike has caused "grave concerns" for a United Nations Committee dealing with the human rights of Palestinians. The detainees are protesting against Israel's continued use of administrative detention. The policy allows Israeli authorities to detain people indefinitely without giving explicit reasons. A [...]

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Food prices drop for second consecutive month in May

Listen / A local grain market in Tachilek, Myanmar. UN Photo/Kibae Park

Food importing countries received "good news" in May as international food prices went down slightly for the second consecutive month according to the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). In its latest Food Price Index, FAO says the drop in food prices continued to retreat from the ten-month high experienced in March. The Index is [...]

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Midori makes music at the UN

Listen / From left:  Peter Launsky-Tieffenthal, Under-Secretary-General for Communications and Public Information; violinist GaHyun Cho, Midori Goto, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and his wife Yoo Soon-taek, violinist William Frampton and cellist Michael Katz.  Credit: UN Photo/Mark Garten

Music can make people smile and give them a sense of inner peace, according to Midori Goto, world renowned violinist and United Nations Messenger of Peace. Midori, as she is generally known across the world,  performed at the UN and took part in an interactive discussion about her music and her role as a Messenger [...]

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UN body reports signal trace from Malaysia Airlines flight

Listen / The CTBTO's headquarters are at the Vienna International Centre.UN Photo/Mark Garten

A trace signal from the Malaysia Airlines flight 370 which disappeared in March may have been found by the UN's Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO). CTBTO had originally said there was no trace of the disappeared plane on its International Monitoring System, which is used to scrutinize the earth, sea and air for potential nuclear [...]

5 Jun 2014 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

Small Island Developing States take lead on environmental protection

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The Small Island Developing States (SIDS) are not just "victims to global climate change" but are taking progressive steps to attenuate the impact. That's according to Nik Sekhran, the Officer in Charge (OIC) of the UN Development Programme's Environment and Energy Group. The Maldives, for example, have banned shark fishing in their waters and have [...]

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Small island developing states on "frontline" in battling climate change

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Small island developing states are on the "frontline" in battle against climate change according to the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). On World Environment Day celebrated annually on June 5th, the UN is focussing on the particular vulnerability of the island states, known as SIDS, to changes in climate and natural disasters. Nik Sekhran, the [...]

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Warring parties in Syria disregard Security Council resolution

Listen / Valerie Amos. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

Violence continues to obstruct access to the people in need in Syria despite a Security Council resolution calling on the warring parties to adhere to international humanitarian law. That's what the United Nations Emergency Relief Coordinator, Valerie Amos told reporters during her latest briefing on Wednesday. She said that more than 241,000 people in Syria [...]

4 Jun 2014 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Over 1 billion people have no access to electricity

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The lack of electricity around the world is "a massive problem" which puts people's lives at risk, according to a report launched at the UN in New York. The Poor People’s Energy Outlook Report says 4.3 million people die each year as a result of indoor air pollution caused by open-fire cooking. Half of child [...]

4 Jun 2014 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

ILO seeks protection for migrant workers in Jordan

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The Jordanian government has made significant progress in clamping down on the exploitation of migrant workers, but the International Labour Organization (ILO) says more needs to be done. Around three-quarters of a million migrants, the majority from Egypt are employed in mainly low-skilled and low productivity jobs. Sandra Kuchen has the story of how one [...]

4 Jun 2014 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

Initiative for safe schools in Nigeria attracts over $23 million

Listen / Rally held in Lagos, calling for the return of over two hundred Nigerian secondary school girls abducted in April by the extremist group Boka Haram. UN Photo

An initiative to ensure that schools are safe for children in Nigeria has attracted more than $23 million in funding, according to the UN Secretary-General's Special envoy for global education. The announcement was made by on Wednesday as the UN remembered the more than 200 school girls who were abducted by the Islamist group Boko [...]

4 Jun 2014 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

First annual "Sustainable Energy for All Forum" opens at UN

Listen / A woman in Ba Trang, Viet Nam, makes biomass briquettes, a cooking tool, to sell in her village. Made from agricultural waste, biomass is often used in the developing world as a substitute for charcoal. Credit: UN Photo/Kibae Park

A global forum to increase access to sustainable energy solutions and find on-the-ground solutions has opened at the UN on Wednesday. Around 1.3 billion people worldwide lack access to electricity and 2.6 billion use traditional fuels for cooking and heating, causing premature deaths. Leaders of government, business and civil society are meeting for the next [...]

4 Jun 2014 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

Removal of Syria’s remaining chemical weapons material “critical”

Listen / Sigrid Kaag. UN Photo/Devra Berkowitz

The removal of the remaining 7.2 per cent of Syria's declared chemical weapons material is critical according to Sigrid Kaag, the head of the Joint Mission of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) and the United Nations. On Wednesday she told the UN Security Council that the remaining weapon material is still [...]

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States urged to fulfil obligations to environmental protection

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Governments around the world have been urged to ensure that people live in safe environments and that activists working on environmental issues are protected. The call has come from John Knox, the UN independent expert on human rights and the environment on the eve of World Environment Day. He says environmental degradation, including harm from [...]

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European Union to give $335 million to UN agency for Palestinian refugees

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The European Union has reaffirmed its support for the UN agency helping Palestinian refugees (UNRWA). Two senior EU officials in Brussels on Wednesday signed a joint declaration on EU support for UNRWA with the agency's Commissioner General. Under the agreement, the EU will provide $335 million up to 2016. The EU contribution to the UNRWA [...]

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UN calls for end to bloodshed in Libya

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People in Libya have been urged by the United Nations to stop fighting and allow an opportunity for political efforts to take their course. The UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) made the appeal in the wake of clashes that have erupted in the eastern region, particularly in Benghazi. Dozens of people are reported to [...]

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Transparency crucial in second round of Afghan elections

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Transparency is crucial in the next round of the presidential elections in Afghanistan to avoid possible fraud says a senior UN official in the country. Two candidates are taking part in the second ballot of votes on June 14th. The polls mark the first transfer of power from one democratically elected leader to another and [...]

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Afghan candidates urged to encourage voters to accept result of election

Listen / A voter (left) and an electoral officer (right) at at a polling station in Kabul.  UN Photo/Fardin Waezi

The candidates in the second round of the presidential election in Afghanistan have been urged by the United Nations to encourage their supporters to accept the result. No candidate received the required 51 per cent of votes to win the first round of the election in April. Two candidates are taking part in the second [...]

4 Jun 2014 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Two UN agencies highlight plight of Central African Republic in Rome

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

The plight of refugees and third country nationals fleeing violence in the Central African Republic is being highlighted in Rome by the heads of two major United Nations relief agencies. The Executive Director of the UN World Food Programme Ertharin Cousin and UN High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres are in Rome on Wednesday to [...]

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UN in Kosovo marks World Environment Day with "Green Steps"

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  A clean-up campaign in Kosovo which involved 45,000 people has been supported by the UN as part of its "Green Steps" project. The project intends not just to clean up the local environment, but to keep it clean. Shpend Berbatovci reports from Kosovo on World Environment Day observed on 5 June. Duration: 3'43"

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Investment in renewable energy decreased in 20013-REN21

Listen / A mobile charging solar unit. UN Photo/Mark Garten

Production of renewable energy has increased but investment in the sector declined in 2013, according to a report launched on Tuesday. The annual publication by the Renewable Energy Policy Network for the 21st Century (REN21) gives a comprehensive overview on the status of the renewable energy industry, market policy and investment trends. The report, produced [...]

3 Jun 2014 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

#Timetoact to end gender violence in conflict: UK

Listen / Launch of the Campaign on Ending Sexual Violence through Gender Equality, organized by the Permanent mission of the United Kingdom. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

It's "time to act" to end gender violence in conflict through gender equality. That's the message delivered by the United Kingdom Permanent Mission to the UN at a special event in New York on Tuesday. The hashtag is being used as a social media campaign to encourage people get involved in the fight. Many are [...]

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Government of national consensus in Palestine welcomed by UN chief

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The announcement of a government of national consensus for Palestinians has been welcomed by United Nations Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon. Leaders of Fatah and Hamas announced on Monday that they had agreed on forming the government to pave the way for elections of a new Palestinian president and parliament. Fatah controls the West Bank while Hamas [...]

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Gender equality "a key component" to ending sexual violence

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Redefining masculinity and promoting gender equality are key components in the fight to end sexual violence. That's according to the Deputy Permanent Representative for the United Kingdom to the United Nations. Peter Wilson was speaking at a special event in New York entitled "Ending Sexual Violence in Conflict through Gender Equality". He said the aim [...]

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Relocation of South Sudanese in Sudan welcomed by UN

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The decision by the Sudanese authorities to relocate over 30,000 South Sudanese refugees from an area at risk of flooding and disease has been welcomed by the United Nations. Thousands of people have fled to Sudan since fighting started in December last year between government and opposition forces in South Sudan. The UN humanitarian agency [...]

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Moroccan troops deploy to Bambari in Central African Republic

Listen / Muslim residents fleeing CAR. UN Photo/Emmanuelle Schneider

Moroccan soldiers have been deployed to the city of Bambari in the north of the Central African Republic as the conflict between Christian and Muslim militias continues. The troops are part of the UN mission in the country, known as MINUSCA whose main mission is to protect civilians Major Driss Bouris, is Spokesperson for the [...]

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140,000 now affected by continued flooding in Afghanistan

Listen / Jens Laerke. UN Photo/Jean-Marc Ferré

Further flash floods in northern Afghanistan over the weekend have affected thousands of homes, according to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs or OCHA, which has been organizing emergency relief since flood waters engulfed many villages in the north of the country in April. Initial reports from the latest flooding in [...]

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Countries urged to safeguard genetic diversity of forests

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The world's forest species are increasingly coming under pressure and face the threat of extinction, according to a report issued by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). The State of the World's Forest Genetic Resources report warns that up to 4000 forest species are being threatened with extinction globally. It blames human activities such [...]

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4000 forest species threatened says FAO

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Up to 4000 forest species are being threatened with extinction globally due to overexploitation and the conversion of forests to pasture and farm land. The findings published in The State of the World's Forest Genetic Resources report by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) reveal that climate change is also having a significant impact. FAO [...]

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More than 40,000 migrants arrive in Italy so far this year

Listen / Christiane Berthiaume. UN Photo/Jean-Marc Ferre

Almost as many migrants from North Africa have arrived in Italy so far this year compared with the total number in 2013, according to the International Organization for Migration (IOM). More than 3,000 people arrived by boat in Sicily over the weekend pushing the number of migrants who have reached Italian shores in 2014 to [...]

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Millions of lives of women and newborns could be saved with more investment in midwives

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Investing in midwifery services could save millions of lives around the world according to a report launched by the UN Population Fund (UNFPA). The State of the World's Midwifery 2014 report reveals that in the previous year almost 290,000 women and close to three million newborn babies died from complications and illnesses that could have [...]

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Investment in midwives could save millions of lives

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Millions of lives could be saved if more investment was made in midwives around the world according to a report launched by the UN Population Fund (UNFPA). The State of the World's Midwifery 2014 report reveals that despite a steady drop in maternal and newborn deaths since 1990, hundreds of thousands of women and newborns [...]

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Over 70 per cent of world's population lacks proper social protection – ILO

Listen / Rampant unemployment in Somaliland has prompted thousands of young people to leave the territory every month. Photo: IRIN/Mohamed Amin Jibril

More than 70 per cent of the world's population doesn't have proper social protection, according to a report issued by the International Labour Organization (ILO) on Tuesday. The ILO defines social protection as covering both social insurance schemes such as social security pension systems and monetary transfers to lower income households. The report says that [...]

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Majority of world's population not covered by social protection

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More than 70 per cent of the world's population is not adequately covered by social protection, a new report by the International Labour Organization (ILO) says. Social security and health care have been considered a universal right for children, the unemployed, the injured and older persons since the Universal declaration of human rights in 1948. [...]

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France: Issue of responsibility regarding Syria chemical attack leads to "acrimonious" exchange in Security Council

Listen / Gérard Araud, Permanent Representative of France to the UN.  UN Photo/Amanda Voisard

The issue regarding which side was responsible for the chemical weapons attack in Ghouta, Syria has led to an "acrimonious and non-conclusive" exchange in the Security Council. That's according to Ambassador Gérard Araud who was speaking in his capacity as France's Ambassador to the UN. He's also the current president of the UN Security Council [...]

2 Jun 2014 | Posted in From the Ambassador, Today's News | Read More »

U.S. initiative to limit emissions welcomed by UN officials

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An initiative announced by United States President Barack Obama on Monday to limit emissions from United States power plants has been welcomed by the United Nations Secretary-General. Ban Ki-moon said the initiative is a significant step toward reducing greenhouse gas emissions and called on other world leaders to accelerate their efforts to reduce emissions. Stephane [...]

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Young people are "leaders of today"-UN chief

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Young people are not just leaders of tomorrow but also leaders of today, according to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. The Secretary-General spoke on Monday as he welcomed young people from around the world to a two-day forum organized by the UN's Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). The forum is providing a platform for young people [...]

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Somalia faces "tough" food situation

Listen / A woman stands above her crops on a platform, keeping a lookout for birds, near the town of Jowhar, Somalia. UN Photo/Tobin Jones

The food situation in Somalia has been described as "tough' as a result of weather conditions and conflict. According to the latest report of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) late rains and erratic weather patterns have raised concerns about the worsening food situation in the country. FAO's Global Information and Early Warning System [...]

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IAEA cannot conclude that "all nuclear material in Iran is for peaceful activities"

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The UN says that although Iran continues to cooperate with its nuclear watchdog agency, it cannot conclude that all its nuclear material is for peaceful activities. The Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Yukiya Amano briefed the agency's Board of Governors in Vienna, Austria on Monday. He said on Iran, the IAEA [...]

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Another poor harvest in Somalia could lead to repeat of 2011 famine

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Somalia could face another famine if September's harvest is as poor as the previous one, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). Late rains and erratic weather patterns in Somalia have raised concerns over the worsening food security situation in the Horn of Africa country. The concerns are raised in the Global Information Early-Warning [...]

2 Jun 2014 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

Pakistan urged to protect Ahmadiyya Muslims

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The authorities in Pakistan have been urged to adopt urgent measures to stop faith-based killings and ensure the security of the Ahmadiyya Muslim community. The call has come from three UN human rights experts following incidents of murder. Ahmadiyya Muslims are not allowed to practice their faith in the country. According to the experts, on [...]

2 Jun 2014 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Young people demand to be heard, says UN envoy

Listen / Ahmad Alhendawi. UN Photo/Evan Schneider

Young people from over 65 countries around the world are gathering at the UN in New York on Monday for a forum of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). Other young people are contributing online during the two-day discussions of what they would like to see included in the post-2015 development agenda. The year 2015 [...]

2 Jun 2014 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

Prioritizing youth in the world's future development agenda

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Youth organizations around the world are being urged to endorse a Global Youth Call which aims to prioritize their issues in the post-2015 global development agenda. That's according to Ahmad Alhendawi, the UN's Special Youth Envoy. The global youth call outcome document is a compilation of hundreds of inputs from youth that has been whittled [...]

2 Jun 2014 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

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