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Zambia tackles challenges of being landlocked

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Landlocked developing countries or LLDCs face challenges because they don't have ports that are vital for exporting goods. One of these countries is Zambia, in Southern Africa, which has eight neighbours to the north, south, east and west. The country's Minister of Transport, Works, Supply and Communications, Yamfwa Mukanga, was in New York recently to [...]

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The Young Professionals Programme

Participation in the programme Every year the United Nations seeks highly qualified candidates who are ready to launch a professional career as an international civil servant. The young professionals programme (YPP) is a recruitment initiative that brings new talent to the United Nations through an annual entrance examination. This year we are holding the exam [...]

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Reconciliation continues in Côte d'Ivoire, says top UN envoy

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The process of reconciliation is continuing in Côte d'Ivoire with hundreds of people who had voluntarily gone into exile now returning to participate in the rebuilding of the country. That's what the UN Secretary-General's Special Representative in Côte d'Ivoire, Aichatou Mindaoudou said during her briefing to the Security Council on Monday. The West African country [...]

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FGM: a "severe" form of violence against women

Listen / UN Photo/Albert González Farran

Female Genital Mutilation or FGM is a violation of a person's rights, a form of "control over women" and a procedure which causes "irreversible and life-long" physical damage. The High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay, came out strong in her condemnation of the practice on Monday during a high-level panel in Geneva. According to [...]

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Future of African children celebrated on anniversary of Soweto uprising

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The future of children in Africa is being celebrated across the world on Monday on the Day of the African child. The day has been marked on June 16th every year since 1991 in honour of the young people who took part in the Soweto uprising in South Africa in 1976. Thousands of children marched [...]

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UN Humanitarian Chief concerned about displacement crisis in Iraq

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An estimated half a million people have been displaced from their homes as a result of the escalation of violence in Iraq. Valerie Amos, the United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, says that, as the crisis continues, aid agencies will face more challenges on how to reach those who need emergency [...]

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People of South Sudan urged to respect rights of children

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Authorities in South Sudan have been urged to bring peace so that children can resume their lives and continue their studies. The call has come from Erasmus Migyikra, the Child Protection Officer at the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) on the occasion of the Day of the African Child on June 16. Mr. Migyikra [...]

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Aid access more difficult since Syrian presidential election

Listen / Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs Valerie Amos. UN Photo/Rick Bajornas

Getting emergency humanitarian aid into Syria has become more difficult since Bashar al-Assad was re-elected as Syrian president earlier this month, according to the United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, Valerie Amos. "What is reported to me in terms of our ability to have greater access and movement is that in [...]

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Iraqis leaders urged to ensure followers avoid acts of reprisals

Listen / UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. UN Photo/Rick Bajornas

Political, military, religious and community leaders in Iraq have been urged to ensure that their followers avoid acts of reprisals. The appeal has come from UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon amidst reports of advances by fighters of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. Last week , the Islamic militant group, also known as ISIS, [...]

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Governments urged to prioritize tackling violence against women

Listen / Rashida Manjoo. UN Photo/Jean-Marc Ferré

Governments around the world have been urged to prioritize tackling violence against women in their national political agendas. The call has come from Rashida Manjoo, the UN Special Rapporteur on violence against women, in her latest report to the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva. Ms Manjoo called for the adoption of different measures to [...]

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Up to 30 million girls at risk of female genital mutilation

Listen / Navi Pillay. UN Photo / Jean-Marc Ferré

As many as 30 million girls are at risk of female genital mutilation over the next decade, the UN High Commissioner for Human rights warned on Monday. Speaking in the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, Navi Pillay described female genital mutilation as a "harmful and degrading practice" which is "not based on any valid [...]

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Philippines earthquake "opportunity" for development

Listen / Workers in the town of Loon clear the debris from a church that collapsed in the the 15 October earthquake that struck the southern Philippines island of Bohol. Credit: OCHA/J. Addawe

An earthquake which devastated the province of Bohol in the Philippines in 2013 has turned out to be a development opportunity. That's according to the chief of the UN's World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO). In the wake of the disaster, the organization helped Bohol to deliver a recovery plan for the region's tourism sector which would [...]

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