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Newly elected General Assembly President denies homophobia and corruption

Listen / Sam Kutesa. UN Photo/Evan Schneider

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
UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

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

Listen / Pelé with children during the Earth Summit, 1992. UN PHOTO

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

Listen / Egyptian boys hauling rocks around a Cairo construction site. [1978]   UN Photo/Jean Pierre Laffont

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

Listen / IOM in Iraq.    IOM Photo

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

Listen / Ugandan Foreign Minister Sam Kutesa meets UN Secretary-General in April 2014
UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

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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