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UN AND AFRICA: Diversified economy key to development of SIDS

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• A diversified economy is  key to the future of small island developing states, according to the Ambassador of Mauritius to the UN. At the time of independence in 1968 Mauritius was almost wholly dependent on sugar but now the country has a wide range of economic activities. Mauritius is attending the Third International Conference on [...]

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UN official warns of a "dangerous escalation" in the conflict in Ukraine

Listen / Jeffrey Feltman.  UN Photo/Mark Garten

The southward spread of fighting along the border between Ukraine and Russia in the Sea of Azov has been described by a senior UN official as "a dangerous escalation" in the conflict. The head of the UN Department of Political Affairs, Jeffrey Feltman on Thursday briefed the Security Council on the situation in eastern Ukraine. [...]

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UN peacekeepers detained as fighting continues in Golan Heights

Listen / UNDOF Explosive Disposal Unit Uncovers Landmine in Syria.  UN Photo

The United Nations is making every effort to secure the release of 43 peacekeepers who have been detained in the Golan Heights. The peacekeepers are serving with the UN Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF), deployed to monitor the 1974 accord between Syria and Israel after the 1973 war. UN Spokesman Stephane Dujarric says fighting has intensified [...]

28 Aug 2014 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

UN chief "alarmed" by reports of fighting in eastern Ukraine

Listen / UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.  UN Photo/Jean-Marc Ferré

The UN Secretary-General has expressed alarm over reports that fighting in eastern Ukraine has spread southward. Ban Ki-moon's spokesperson issued a statement on Thursday amidst reports that rebels have seized the coastal town of Novoazovsk near Russia. Early this year, pro-Russian groups in eastern Ukraine staged demonstrations which escalated into an armed rebellion and military [...]

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Displaced people in South Sudan's Bentiu town live in "very dire" conditions

Listen / Floods devastate Southern Sudan.  (file photo.  UN Photo/Tim McKulka)

People displaced by the ongoing conflict in South Sudan and sheltering at a UN base in Bentiu town live in what a senior UN official in the country has described as "very dire" conditions. Toby Lenzer, the UN Humanitarian Coordinator recently led a delegation including western diplomats to a UN base in the oil-rich Unity [...]

28 Aug 2014 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

UN Alliance of Civilization forum promoting "culture of peace"

Listen / Nassir Al-Nasser, the High Representative of the UNAOC.  (Photo © UNAOC/Aaron Fineman)

Defusing tensions between the Western and Islamic world remains a top priority for the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC). Speaking at the 2014 global forum of the Alliance, the UNAOC High Representative recalled that the organization was created after the tragic events of September 11, 2001 in New York. UNAOC's mission is to create [...]

28 Aug 2014 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

All flights to Bentiu in South Sudan grounded following helicopter crash

Listen / Dust rises as a helicopter takes off.  UN Photo/Tim McKulka

The UN Mission in South Sudan and the UN humanitarian service (UNHAS) have grounded all flights to the town of Bentiu, in Unity State of South Sudan. This follows the crash of a helicopter on Tuesday in which three Russian crew members died. The UN humanitarian Coordinator and the deputy head of UNMISS, Toby Lanzer [...]

28 Aug 2014 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

WOMEN: Women disproportionately affected by climate change

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Women are often more affected than men by climate change, especially if during a natural disaster. That's according to the Deputy Executive Director of UN Women. The global change in climatic conditions is due to be one of the main issues of discussion at a conference of Small Island Developing States or SIDS being held [...]

28 Aug 2014 | Posted in Women | Read More »

Economic and social fabric of Syria "ripped to shreds", says UN official

Listen / A baby in Turkey's Islahiye camp for Syrian refugees.  © Jodi Hilton / IRIN

People continue to suffer as a result of the ongoing conflict in Syria where the social and economic fabric of the country has been ripped to shreds. That's what the UN Deputy humanitarian chief, Kyung-wha Kang said during her briefing to the Security Council on Thursday. More than 190,000 people are reported to have died [...]

28 Aug 2014 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

#GirlWithABook creators are helping to build a library in Pakistan

Listen / Malala Yousafzai (centre) with Olivia Curl (left) and Lena Shareef, creators of #GirlWithABook. UN Photo/Mark Garten

The two young American girls behind a widely successful social media campaign promoting education, #GirlWithABook, are helping to build a library in Pakistan. Inspired by Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani girl shot by the Taliban in 2012 for wanting to go to school, Lena Shareef and Olivia Curl have partnered with the non-profit, the Citizens Foundation. [...]

28 Aug 2014 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

UN CALLING ASIA: Samoa prepares to welcome international community

Listen / Ali'ioaiga Feturi Elisaia. UN Photo/Paulo Filgueiras

The Pacific Ocean nation of Samoa is preparing to welcome the international community for a meeting focussing on the challenges faced by small island developing states. The SIDS conference is being described as a once in a decade opportunity to bring the issues to a worldwide audience. Ali'ioaiga Feturi Elisaia is the Permanent Representative to [...]

28 Aug 2014 | Posted in UN Calling Asia | Read More »

Ebola virus disease could affect 20,000 people in West Africa

Listen / A government health worker at the Kenema Ebola Treatment Centre in Sierra Leone attends to a victim. Photo: IRIN/Tommy Trenchard

The World Health Organisation (WHO) says it will require nearly $500 million over the next nine months to bring the Ebola disease outbreak in West Africa under control. WHO says the viral disease outbreak continues to spread at unprecedented levels, and estimates that up to 20,000 people could become infected before the transmission is contained. [...]

28 Aug 2014 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Effective outcome expected from Alliance of Civilizations meeting in Bali: UN official

Listen / Nassir Al-Nasser, the High Representative of the UNAOC (center) Photo © UNAOC/Aaron Fineman

An effective outcome is expected from the 6th Global Forum of the UN Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC) which starts in Bali, Indonesia on Friday. That's what has been said by Nassir Al-Nasser, the High Representative of the UNAOC who is attending the meeting under the theme "Unity in Diversity: Celebrating Diversity for Common and Shared [...]

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Women disproportionately affected by climate change

Listen / A Haitian woman and her child receive emergency rations during hurricane Ike in Gonaives.  UN Photo/Logan Abassi

Women are often more affected than men by climate change, especially if during a natural disaster. That's according to the Deputy Executive Director of UN Women. The global change in climatic conditions is due to be one of the main issues of discussion at a conference of Small Island Developing States or SIDS being held [...]

28 Aug 2014 | Posted in Small Island Developing States, Today's Features | Read More »

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