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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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Initiative for safe schools in Nigeria attracts over $23 million

Listen / A view from a 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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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

Listen / A woman electoral officer and a woman voter at a polling station in Kabul.  UN Photo/Fardin Waezi

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 [...]

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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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