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Ban hails Costa Rica for its commitment to peace and security

Listen / Secretary-General  (right) speaks to journalists during his joint press conference with Minister for Foreign Affairs of Costa Rica. UN Photo/Mark Garten

Costa Rica has played an important global role in promoting disarmament and in the adoption of a landmark Arms Trade Treaty. The Secretary-General made the remarks to the press in San José on Wednesday after addressing the Inter-American Court of Human Rights. The Central American country has agreed to host the meeting of the States [...]

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Kenyans have right to safe water and sanitation, says UN expert

Listen / Catarina de Albuquerque. UN Photo/Jean-Marc Ferré

Kenyans have a right to safe water and sanitation and existing water laws need to become reality, an independent UN human rights expert said after a trip to the country. Thirteen percent of people in Kenya still defecate in the open. Catarina de Albuquerque said that although Kenyans had rights to safe water and sanitation [...]

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Call for governments to better protect the rights of older people

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A UN treaty to protect the rights of older people is being championed by a group that builds awareness on global ageing issues. HelpAge International hopes that a UN panel on ageing, which is meeting in New York this week, will lead to the adoption of the treaty. Kenneth Hemley, an activist with the group, [...]

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Gaza: UN strongly condemns bombing of shelter, calls it "unjustifiable"

Listen / Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson.  UN Photo/Devra Berkowitz

The bombing of a UN shelter in Gaza has been met with "shock and dismay", the Deputy-Secretary General told reporters on Wednesday. Sixteen civilians were killed in Tuesday night's attack, including several children. More than a 100 people were injured. The Jabalia elementary girls' school is run by UNRWA, the UN relief and development agency [...]

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Child exploitation in tourism "can't be tolerated"


The exploitation of children in the worldwide tourism industry cannot be tolerated according to the UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO). In South East Asia where the tourism sector is continuing to grow, the organization is working to protect children from exploitation, trafficking and abuse. The UN agency is encouraging all countries and businesses to promote [...]

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"Rapid and terrifying" deterioration of humanitarian situation in Gaza

Listen / UN Photo/Shareef Sarhan

The humanitarian situation in Gaza is deteriorating at a "rapid and terrifying" pace, according to Jens Laerke, Spokesperson for the UN's Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). He told Patrick Maigua that a school sheltering civilians had come under fire killing many civilians, including children. This is a "flagrant violation" of humanitarian law, Laerke [...]

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UN humanitarian chief appalled by attacks on UN and other school in Gaza

Listen / Valerie Amos, UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator.  UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

Appalled by the attacks on UN offices and schools in Gaza, the UN humanitarian chief has called on the fighters to show some "humanity and morality." Ms Valerie Amos, who is also the head of the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), expressed alarm that more children and civilians were being killed [...]

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Nicaragua wind power can curb tons of emissions each year: Ban

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Nicaragua is being hailed by the Secretary-General for its "forward-looking" energy policy during an official visit to the Central American country. Mr Ban Ki-moon said the country has a vast potential to generate power from sun, wind and water. Wind power itself contributes almost 30 per cent of all energy in Nicaragua. The UN chief [...]

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UNICEF: women most affected Ebola outbreak in W. Africa

Listen / A nurse comforts a patient who has been diagnosed to have the Ebola virus. Photo: WHO/Chris Black

Women are the most affected by the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, according to Laurent Duvillier, Regional Communication Specialist for UNICEF's West and Central Africa office. He told that Anzhelika Devis that this is because many of the healthcare workers dealing with the epidemic on the ground are women. Also, women are also most likely [...]

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First World Day against Trafficking in Persons observed

Listen / United Nations voluntary trust fund for victms of human trafficking. Photo: UNODC

People around the word are being urged by the UN Secretary-General to "open their eyes to the crime of human trafficking and their hearts to the victims." Marking the first World Day against Trafficking in Persons, Mr Ban Ki-moon asked people to donate to the UN campaign, "Have a Heart for Victims of Human Trafficking". [...]

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