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Development and alternative crops provide hope in war on illicit drugs

Listen / Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

A greater focus on development activities and alternative crops has been urged by the UN in countries where drug trafficking has disrupted security and development. In 2012, up to 324 million people, or 7 per cent of the world population aged 15-64, had used an illicit drug. Addressing an event at the UN on "Sustainable [...]

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Ceremony Naming Nelson and Winnie Mandela’s Corner in New York

Listen / Nelson and Winnie Mandela with Secretary-General Perez de Cuellar. UN Photo/Milton Grant

This ceremony honors Nelson and Winnie Mandela and the fight against the Apartheid regime in South Africa. Language: English Genre: Speech 1984 Duration: 8’00″

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Women on Security Council have responsibility to open door for others

Listen / Maria Cristina Perceval.UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

Women ambassadors who serve on the United Nations Security Council have the responsibility to open the door for other women to follow in their steps. That's according to Maria Cristina Perceval, the Permanent Representative of Argentina, who is one of five female ambassadors serving on the Council. It's the first time there have been five [...]

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Yemen: millions don't know where the next meal will come from

Listen / Children helping an old woman fill her containers with water from a community pump in Dobra Khira near Sanaa, Yemen.  Credit: UN Photo/Ian Steele

Millions of Yemenis do not know where their next meal will come from, according to a joint survey by two UN agencies. The World Food Programme (WFP) and the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) carried out the assessment in 22 governorates or provinces of the country. It shows that acute malnutrition rates in Yemen are serious [...]

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First aid in two years reaches besieged Syrian locality

Listen / A Syrian mother and child.  (UNHCR - video capture)

A besieged locality in Rural Damascus in Syria has been reached with aid supplies for the first time in nearly two years. UN agencies and partners from the Syrian Arab Red Crescent reached Madamiyet Elsham on Monday and delivered food, household items, and hygiene supplies for about 5,000 people. It's hoped that this will be [...]

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Ebola infections in West Africa reach almost 1000

Listen / A health-care worker takes recommended protective measures from Ebola.  (WHO video capture)

An estimated 964 cases of Ebola have been reported in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, the World Health Organization (WHO) has reported. So far, more than 600 people have died from the virus. In Guinea alone, six new cases and three deaths have been reported in the last few days. The disease causes severe haemorrhaging [...]

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Haiti aims to improve access to safe water, sanitation

Listen / Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and his wife visits Los Palmas, Haiti.  UN Photo/Paulo Filgueiras

Cholera rates in Haiti are declining but weak water and sanitation problems are slowing down progress and allowing the epidemic and other waterborne diseases to persist, according to the UN Secretary-General. Mr Ban Ki-moon arrived in Caribbean island on Monday to raise support for initiative which aims to eliminate cholera in both Haiti and the [...]

15 Jul 2014 | Posted in Caribbean News, Today's Features | Read More »

Small businesses missing out on benefits of ICT

Listen / Computer stations in the renovated Delegates' Lounge at United Nations Headquarters.  UN Photo/Mark Garten

Small businesses, especially those in developing and transition economies, are losing out on the benefits of information and communication technology (ICT), according to the UN Conference on Trade and Development, (UNCTAD). New data published by UNCTAD suggests that the smallest companies, in particular are less likely to be connected to the Internet. The agency said [...]

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Suicide bomb attack in Afghanistan condemned by UN

Listen / Ján Kubiš, Head of Afghanistan Mission.   Photo: Fardin Waezi / UNAMA

A suicide bomb attack in Afghanistan which killed at least 43 people including eight children has been condemned by the United Nations. The attack took place in a market in Urgun, in Paktika province in the south-east of the country and caused the single largest loss of life in 2014. At least 67 civilians were [...]

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Nelson Mandela Addresses General Assembly

Listen / Nelson Mandela. UN Photo/Pernaca Sudhakaran

ANC leader Nelson Mandela addresses the General Assembly about his fight against the Apartheid regime in South Africa, four years before being elected President. Language: English Genre: Speech 1990 Duration: 25’00″

15 Jul 2014 | Posted in UN Radio Classics | Read More »

Childhood obesity becoming a global health crisis

Listen / Collage of healthy children.  from WHO's Childhood Obesity Prevention report.

Childhood obesity is rapidly becoming a public health crisis in many developing countries, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO). WHO says the number of obese and overweight children worldwide has grown from 31 million in 1990 to about 44 million presently, with developing countries registering a growth rate that is 30 per cent higher [...]

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UNRWA calls for a ceasefire in Gaza to stop civilian deaths

Listen / On 10 July 2014, boys carry clothing salvaged from the rubble of the Al Haj home, which was destroyed during an early morning Israeli air strike in the Khan Yunis refugee camp in the southern Gaza Strip.  © UNICEF/NYHQ2014-0905/El Baba

There could be more deaths and destruction in Gaza, if efforts to broker a ceasefire between the Israel and Palestine fail, according to the UN agency providing assistance to Palestinians, UNRWA. Already over 174 Palestinians have been killed and more than 1,100 injured, since the start of Israel's latest military offensive in Gaza. Briefing journalists [...]

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10 million Yemenis "still struggle for food"

Listen / Woman seated on a rocky ledge looking at the terraced valley below, Al Jabin, Yemen Arab Republic.  UN Photo/Ian Steele

Ten million people in Yemen are still struggling to find enough food to eat, according to two UN agencies. A survey by the World Food Programme (WFP) and the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) shows that 40 per cent of Yemenis don't know where their next meal will come from. Around five million people are severely [...]

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A Symbol of Hope and Humanity

Listen / Nelson Mandela and Boutros Boutros Ghali. UNPHOTO

Secretary-General Boutros Boutros Ghali gives a special toast to Nelson Mandela, newly elected president of South Africa. Mandela follows with his own toast to the UN. Language: English Genre: Speech 1994 Duration: 13’00″

15 Jul 2014 | Posted in UN Radio Classics | Read More »

Ban visits anti-poverty programme in Dominican Republic

Listen / Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (right) meets with Danilo Medina Sánchez, President of the Dominican Republic. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe (24/09/2012)

The UN Secretary-General has travelled to the Dominican Republic on Tuesday where he visited an anti-poverty programme for the most vulnerable. Mr Ban also met with President Danilo Medina and other senior government officials. It's the UN Chief's second stop on his Caribbean tour following Monday's visit to Haiti. While in Haiti, he launched, the [...]

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