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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. 
© Anna Jefferys/IRIN

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

Listen / Syrian refugee children at a school in a refugee camp in Lebanon.  (UNifeed - video capture)

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

Listen / Tusk-bearing adult elephant roaming peacefully in the Mikumi National Park in Tanzania.  Credit:  UN Photo

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

Listen / Machel Montano.  UN Photo/Mark Garten

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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