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Livestock of IDPs assisted by FAO in North Waziristan

Listen / A busy street in Lahore, Pakistan. UN Photo/B Wolff

Animals belonging to internally displaced persons (IDPs) from North Waziristan are receiving aid from the UN's Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). Due to military operations in North Waziristan, a mountainous region in northern Pakistan, about one million individuals have been displaced. According to FAO, 70 per cent of IDPs left with their livestock. Representatives of [...]

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Young people should get involved in environmental issues

Listen / Kehkashan Basu, the Global Coordinator for Children and Youth.  UN Photo/Rossana Fraga

Children and young people have things to say on environmental issues but are rarely heard. That's the opinion of 14 year old Kehkashan Basu, the Global Coordinator for Children and Youth at the UN's Environmental Programme's Major Groups Facilitating Committee. She wants to see more youth get involved in environmental policy as she explained more [...]

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Women pay the highest price in times of conflict, CEDAW member says

Listen / Women carry placards with messages of peace.  Goma, Democratic Republic of the Congo.  UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

Women are the ones who pay the highest price in times of conflict, Nahla Haidar, a member of the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW), said. However, they should not only be seen as victims but as "agents for peace", she added. She was speaking to Patrick Maigua after the just concluded [...]

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"Indiscriminate" firing of rockets must immediately end, says Ban

Listen / Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.  UN Photo/Evan Schneider

The "indiscriminate" firing of rockets by Hamas into Israel and Israeli retaliatory action must immediately end, according to the Secretary-General of the United Nations. On Thursday Ban Ki-moon said the "appalling suffering" of civilian populations will inevitably increase due to the escalation of violence between Israel and Palestine. He added he is disappointed that all [...]

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Secretary-General condemns "deliberate downing of civilian aircraft"

Listen / Jeffrey D. Feltman, Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs.  UN Photo/Rick Bajornas

The Secretary-General has strongly condemned the apparently deliberate downing of a civilian aircraft flying over eastern Ukraine. Jeffrey Feltman, the Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs, shared the remarks during an emergency meeting of the Security Council on Friday. Nearly 300 innocent people from many countries that are represented by Members of the Council were killed, including [...]

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Tribute to WHO spokesman killed in Ukraine plane disaster

Listen / Glenn Thomas, a communications officer at WHO Headquarters in Geneva.  (UNifeed video capture)

A World Health Organisation (WHO) staff member is among the 298 passengers killed in the Malaysia plane crash in Ukraine. Glenn Thomas, a communications officer at WHO Headquarters in Geneva, was flying to Australia to attend the International AIDS conference which opens in Melbourne on Sunday. Glenn was a regular speaker at the bi-weekly press [...]

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10,000 Syrian children denied access to medical supplies

Listen / Children trapped in Yarmouk camp.   Credit:  Rami Al Sayyed/UNRWA

The Syrian government has blocked the distribution of medicine and other hygiene supplies to nearly 10,000 children living in the besieged town of Mouadamiya al-Sham in Rural Damascus, according to the UN Children's Fund UNICEF. The town which is only 8 kilometres from Damascus has been under siege since August last year, and according to [...]

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Over 1,500 civilians killed in Iraq in June

Listen / An Iraqi woman with her family searches for water.  UNHCR.S. Baldwin

The United Nations has accused armed groups in Iraq of committing serous human rights violations some of which may amount to war crimes and crimes against humanity. A report prepared by the UN Human Rights Office (OHCHR) and the UN Mission in Iraq (UNAMI) says at least 1,531 civilians were killed and 1,763 wounded during [...]

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Nelson Mandela Day is a call to action, says UN Chief

Listen / UN Photo/Mark Garten

Nelson Mandela Day is a call to action and people across the globe can celebrate by helping address real problems in their community. That was the Secretary-General's message on the Day, observed every year on 18 July. Last year, the world lost one of its greatest leaders when Mr Mandela passed away, Mr Ban Ki-moon [...]

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"Poppa Mandela" tribute song performed at the United Nations

Listen / Mr. Mandela, surrounded by children, clapping his hands and 90th birthday cake on the table. NMF Photo/Juda Ngwenya

Nelson Mandela was a man who changed peoples' lives by saying no to Apartheid, no to racism, discrimination and segregation, according to a young female artist who goes by the stage name "Moonspice". Deeply moved by the news of his death last December, Christine Aurore Costarramone- her real name- wrote a song in memory of [...]

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Nelson Mandela: Carrying on His Legacy

Listen / Nelson Mandela.  UN Photo/Evan Schneider

As the world said farewell to Nelson Mandela, attention turned to how his legacy will live on in the pursuit of achieving justice and equality for all. The world's most famous prisoner of conscience who resisted the former system of racial discrimination in South Africa known as apartheid, died in his native village on 5 [...]

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