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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

Listen / Mosul exodus - Khazair checkpoint, near the Erbil governorate, Kurdistan, Iraq.  UNifeed (video capture)

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

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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

Listen / Nomad communities in Djibouti have lost some of their livestock because of drought, which is essential to their survival and way of life.  Credit:  WFP/Jacques Higgi

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

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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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