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Cancer-causing radon exposure addressed by UN agency

Listen / A Forum organized by the IAEA during the 57th IAEA General Conference in Vienna, convened a panel of experts to discuss the risks of radon exposure, and the steps that States can take to protect their populations. Photo: J. Brazda/IAEA

Efforts are being made at the United Nations to address a radio-active element which is commonly found in the environment and which has potentially deadly consequences. Radon can build up in the ground and seep into houses; exposure can cause lung cancer. Now the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) is helping countries in Europe to [...]

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Victims of crimes in Darfur "failed" by international community

Listen / Fatou Bensouda, Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC). UN Photo/Evan Schneider

The international community has "failed" to bring justice for the victims of the crimes allegedly committed in Sudan's Darfur region, according to Fatou Bensouda the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC). The crimes relate to the crisis that started in 2003 when government forces, supported by Janjaweed militias clashed with armed rebels in the [...]

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Stereotypes hinder women's rights – UN human rights chief

Listen / School girls from El Sereif, Sudan perform traditional songs and dances during the cultural and sports event organized by UNAMID.  UN Photo/Albert González Farran

The recent kidnapping of over 200 schoolgirls in Nigeria is an example of the harm that stereotypes about the role of women can cause, according to the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights. Navi Pillay spoke at the start of the UN Human Rights Council's annual full-day discussion of women rights in Geneva on Tuesday. [...]

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Iraqis urged to protect cultural heritage as violence intensifies

Listen / The Director-General of UNESCO Irina Bokova calls on Iraqis to stand united around their cultural heritage.  UNESCO Photo

The people of Iraq have been urged by the head of the United Nations cultural agency (UNESCO) to unite and protect their cultural heritage. The call has come from Irina Bokova, who has expressed concern about an upsurge of violence which, she says, is causing renewed human suffering and loss of life in the country. [...]

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Ban Ki-moon “diplomatic” over his football fan status

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The United Nations Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, has said that his 'heart may beat faster' when his home team South Korea play in the World Cup, but he says that, as head of the UN, it's very important that he remains impartial. When asked if he supports the South Korean team at a press conference in [...]

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Ban Ki-moon “deeply concerned” about increasing violence in Iraq

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The United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says that he hopes regional leaders and the international community will support the Iraqi Government to bring an end to the violence in the country. Speaking at a press conference in Geneva, he said that he is deeply concerned about the rapidly deteriorating security situation in Iraq and that [...]

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Conflict in Syria reaches "tipping point"

Listen / Paulo Pinheiro. UN Photo/Jean-Marc Ferré

The conflict in Syria has reached a "tipping point threatening the entire region" according to the Chairperson of the Commission of Inquiry into human rights violations in the country. Paulo Pinheiro presented the latest report to the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva on Tuesday. Mr. Pinheiro said that in over 3,000 interviews the Commission [...]

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Failure of Geneva political negotiations "mega disaster"

Listen / Paulo Sérgio Pinheiro. UN Photo/Jean-Marc Ferré

The failure of the Syria peace talks has been labelled a "mega disaster" by Paulo Sérgio Pinheiro, the Chairperson of the Independent International Commission of Inquiry on the Syrian Arab Republic. The Commission was established by the Human Rights Council to investigate alleged violations of international human rights law since March 2011. The last round [...]

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Swift action urged to prevent land degradation

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  More than 2 billion hectares of land are degraded, including over half of all the Earth's agricultural land. That's what the President of the General Assembly, Ambassador John Ashe says in his message for Word Day to Combat Desertification. He warns that if action is not taken to ensure that all the land we [...]

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