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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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

Listen / UN Photo/Martine Perret

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

Listen / UN Photo/Amanda Voisard

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

Listen / Human Rights Council.UN Photo/Jean-Marc Ferré

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 [...]

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Small Island Developing States take lead on environmental protection

Listen / UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

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

Listen / UN Photo/Martine Perret

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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