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Grave humanitarian crisis continues to unfold in Sudan and South Sudan

Listen / Men, women and children with gourds wait for permission to gather the spilled grains from air-drops of World Food Programme aircraft in the drop zone near Thiekthou.  Bahr El Ghazal, Sudan.  UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

Hundreds of thousands of innocent people living in two disputed areas, on the border between Sudan and South Sudan, continue to be affected by war and have no access to even the most basic humanitarian aid. That's what the Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator told members of the Security Council on Wednesday. [...]

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Ban commends Dominican authorities for law creating path to citizenship

Listen / Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon delivers remarks to the Senate of the Dominican Republic. UN Photo/Paulo Filgueiras

The Secretary-General has commended authorities in the Dominican Republic for adopting a law that addresses the problem of stateless migrants in the country. Mr Ban Ki-moon made the remarks to Congress during a session held in the capital Santo Domingo on Thursday. Until 2010, the Dominican Republic had followed the principle of automatically bestowing citizenship [...]

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UN rights envoy for Cambodia urges end to protest ban

Listen / Surya Prasad Subedi, Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights in Cambodia.  UN Photo/Jean-Marc Ferré

The United Nations Special Envoy on the situation of human rights in Cambodia has once again called for an end to the official ban on demonstrations. Mr Surya Subedi issued the statement in the wake of alarming reports of violence following opposition protests in Phnom Penh on Tuesday. Forty people were injured in violent clashes [...]

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"Home can be the most dangerous place for a woman", says new study

Listen / Survivors of sexual violence receive treatment at the Hospital of Panzi, a non-profit health centre.  South Kivu, Democratic Republic of the Congo.   UN Photo/Marie Frechon

Over half of the female homicide victims worldwide are killed by intimate partners or family members. Men, on the other hand, are much more likely to be killed by someone they have never met. That's the conclusion of a report on global homicide statistics recently released by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime [...]

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Syrian refugee women in Lebanon face hardships as sole providers

Listen / Fadia, a Syrian refugee.  (UNHCR video capture)

Women refugees experience considerable hardships in their host countries, which are compounded when they are the sole providers of households, a new report by the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) has found. More than 145,000 Syrian refugee families in Egypt, Lebanon, Iraq and Jordan – or one in four of all households – are headed by [...]

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Security Council condemns "in strongest terms" Afghanistan attacks

Listen / A wide view of the Security Council Chamber as the Council gets ready to discuss the situation in Afghanistan. UN Photo/Amanda Voisard

The members of the Security Council have condemned in the "strongest terms" two attacks in Afghanistan that have caused many deaths and injuries of civilians, including children. The Kabul attack killed two people and injured five others riding in a shuttle bus carrying civilian government workers. The Taliban claimed responsibility for detonating a remote-controlled improvised [...]

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Ending HIV/AIDS epidemic within manageable reach

Listen / Billboards on AIDS prevention were produced by a local NGO called Positive Action based in Maseru, Lesotho.  UN Photo/G Pirozzi

The spread of the HIV AIDS could be brought under control by 2030, but will require a significant scale up of prevention and treatment measures, according to the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS. UNAIDS says new HIV infections have declined by 13 per cent in the last three years, while AIDS related deaths have [...]

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Individual human rights must be protected offline and online

Listen / Young Liberian men work at a computer station at Camp Clara, the Pakistani battalion's headquarters in Monrovia, during a five-day computer course conducted by the UN Mission in Liberia (UNMIL).  UN Photo/Staton Winter

Digital mass surveillance by governments on individuals and corporate organisations without their consent is an affront to the enjoyment of human rights including the right to privacy, according to a new report published by the UN Human Rights Office (OHCHR). The report entitled, "The right to privacy in the digital age" says there is a [...]

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Treaty to manage world's genetic resources and share benefits to come in to effect

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Local communities and indigenous populations are the custodians of the world's biodiversity or life on Earth and they deserve to share in the benefits. That's according to Braulio Ferreira de Souza Dias, Executive Secretary for the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity. Now those communities will benefit thanks to the entering into force of the [...]

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UN treaty to help curb bio-piracy and plundering of genetic resources

Listen / Braulio Ferreira de Souza Dias. Photo Credit: SCBD

The global sale of medicinal plants like South Africa's devil's claw used to treat rheumatism and the vastly popular appetite suppressant, hoodia goordoni, is part of a billion dollar industry. These traditional herbal remedies have been grown and cultivated for generations by local communities and the indigenous peoples. A UN treaty that will allow for [...]

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