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No military solution to Syria conflict-same applies to Israel-Palestine conflict: Ban

Listen / Secretary-General (right) meets with Staffan de Mistura (centre), and Ramzy Ezzeldin Ramzy. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

The UN Secretary-General has promised to spare no effort, together with his newly-appointed senior advisors, to help stop the violence and achieve a Syrian-led inclusive political solution. Mr Ban Ki-moon made the remarks during a photo opportunity with his Special Envoy and Deputy Special Envoy for Syria on Thursday. Mr. Staffan de Mistura replaces Lakhdar [...]

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UN Chief calls for full probe into Malaysia Airlines crash

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The Secretary-General has called for a "full and transparent" international investigation into Thursday's crash of a Malaysia Airlines plane. Mr Ban Ki-moon issued a statement to the press during a photo-op with his two newly-appointed senior advisors to Syria. According to media reports, the Boeing 777 was en route from Amsterdam to the Malaysian capital, [...]

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"ICC not focused primarily on Africa", official says on International Criminal Justice Day

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The International Criminal Court or ICC is not primarily focused on Africa, the Court's Spokesperson has refuted. The 120 States that adopted the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court (ICC), named 17 July as the International Day of Criminal Justice, the day on which the Statute was adopted. This day commemorates the efforts of [...]

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Africa needs significant investment to end extreme poverty: Ban

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To end extreme poverty and provide inclusive prosperity, Africa needs an enabling environment to promote investment, the right kind of investment and the wise management of the proceeds. That's what UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told a High-Level General Assembly debate on investment in Africa. Much of the foreign direct investment that has gone into the [...]

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Libya in middle of "all out confrontation" between two rival groups

Listen / Tarek Mitri, Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL).  UN Photo/Devra Berkowitz

Libya is in the middle of an "all out confrontation" between two rival groups, the Secretary-General's Special Representative to the country has warned. Mr Tarek Mitri told the Security Council via video teleconference on Thursday that the confrontation, born out of deep political polarization, is playing out at Tripoli's international airport. The fighting has pitted [...]

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Fracking carries significant environmental risks – UN

Listen / Schematic representation of infrastructures and potential impacts. Source: UNEP/GRID-Geneva

The volume of water used every year in the United States to drill or extract natural gas is the equivalent of a city of five  million people, a senior advisor for the UN Chief on the Sustainable Energy Initiative for All has warned. The method known as fracking or hydraulic fracturing involves pumping gallons of [...]

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UN assesses humanitarian needs in Gaza during ceasefire

Listen / Nehad Salama Abu Sad and her family of ten receive food assistance from UNRWA.  © Shareef Sarhan/UNRWA Archives

The World Food Programme took advantage of a five-hour humanitarian truce to provide emergency food assistance to thousands of people affected by the escalation in violence and to move food stocks into position around the Gaza Strip. WFP's Country Director in the occupied Palestinian territories, Pablo Recalde, took part in an inter-agency mission to Gaza [...]

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UNRWA condemns placement of weapons in Gaza school

Listen / Palestinian families take shelter at an UNRWA school in Gaza City, after evacuating their homes in the northern Gaza Strip. Gaza City, July 13, 2014
© Shareef Sarhan/UNRWA Archives

About 20 rockets have been found hidden in a vacant school run by the United Nations agency assisting Palestinians UNRWA. The weapons were discovered on Wednesday by UNRWA officials during a regular inspection of their premises. It is still not clear who placed the weapons in the school. UNRWA has condemned the placement of the [...]

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Humanitarian pause in Gaza allows for emergency food aid distribution

Listen / Palestinian families take shelter at an UNRWA school in Gaza City, after evacuating their homes in the northern Gaza Strip. Gaza City, July 13, 2014
© Shareef Sarhan/UNRWA Archives

Thousands of people affected by the escalation of violence in the Gaza Strip have been able to receive emergency food aid during a five-hour humanitarian truce, according to the World Food Programme. The temporary cease-fire was brokered by the Secretary-General's Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, Robert Serry. WFP took advantage of the [...]

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New food standards adopted to protect consumers

Listen / A variety of the new high-yielding rice grown in Guyana.  UN Photo/Ciganovic

The United Nations’ food standards body has adopted new standards to protect consumer health worldwide. The Codex Alimentarius Commission resolved to lower further the maximum acceptable levels of lead in infant formula. The Commission says infants and young children are particularly vulnerable to the toxic effects of lead and they can suffer profound and permanent [...]

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People across globe who want a just, peaceful world connect

Listen / The International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague. Photo: ICC-CPI/Max Koot

People around the world are sharing pictures of themselves holding signs that say "Justice Matters" on their social media accounts on Thursday, International Criminal Justice Day. Observed annually on 17 July, the Day marks the anniversary of the adoption of the Rome Statute, the founding treaty of the International Criminal Court (ICC). The World Court, [...]

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UN and AFRICA: "Time to take action" on youth unemployment

Listen / Job seekers in Zimbabwe.  ILO Photo/Maillard J.

The time for talking is over, action must now be taken to combat the increasing levels of youth unemployment around the globe.   That is the resounding message from some young people who recently attended a major conference at the United Nations on youth issues.   Wambui Kahara is the Youth Representative from Kenya attending the conference.   [...]

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WOMEN: 94,000 newborn deaths from malaria averted

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An estimated 94,000 newborn deaths from malaria were averted in the three years leading up to 2012 following more intensive preventative treatment, according to a new report. The Roll Back Malaria Partnership, which was created by four UN agencies, says that interventions during pregnancy and the use of insecticide treated nets have improved the survival [...]

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Lack of access to HIV services for at-risk populations stalls progress

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Failure to provide adequate HIV services for high risk populations is holding back progress on the elimination of the virus, according to the World Health Organization. Men who have sex with men, people in prison, people who inject drugs, sex workers and transgender people are some of the groups identified by the agency. This key [...]

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UN CALLING ASIA: Men and women serve under same rules in UN peacekeeping operation

Listen / Commander Luzviminda Camacho.  Photo:  Radio:  Portuguese Unit

Men and women serving with the UN peacekeeping mission in Haiti, have to abide by the same rules, according to the commander of a battalion from the Philippines.  Commander Luzviminda Camacho, a navy captain, is leading a contingent of 156 men and women in Haiti. She has over 25 years of service in her country [...]

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