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Samoa welcomes international community to islands conference

Listen / Samoan welcome to SIDS conference
Daniel Dickinson/United Nations Radio

An international meeting to chart the future development of small island states is beginning in the Pacific Ocean nation of Samoa. Over one hundred countries are expected to be represented at the conference which officially opens on Monday. The small island developing states or SIDS have unique challenges including climate change, susceptibility to natural disasters [...]

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

Security Council condemns actions of Houthi forces in Yemen

Listen / Security Council chamber. UN Photo/JC McIlwaine

  Actions by Houthi forces to undermine the government of Yemen have been condemned by the Security Council. In a statement issued on Friday, the Security Council welcomed the recent progress in Yemen's political transition. It noted with concern that the Houthis and others continue to stoke the conflict in the North in an attempt [...]

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Societies grapple with identity-based tensions, says senior UN official

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

Societies around the world continue to grapple with identity-based tensions, according to the head of the UN Alliance of Civilizations. Nassir Al-Nasser spoke at the start of the 6th Global Forum of the UN Alliance of Civilizations in Bali, Indonesia on Friday. He described the forum, under the theme "Unity in Diversity", as a historical [...]

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Average of 36 people killed daily in eastern Ukraine: UN

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On average, thirty-six people are killed every day in eastern Ukraine in the fighting between armed groups and government forces, according to a new UN report. Released by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights on Friday, the report details the human rights situation in the country. The number of casualties has more [...]

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Memorial for helicopter crash victims held in South Sudan

Listen / UN aircraft crew carrying the remains of three crew members to memorial service in their honour in Juba.  Photo: UNMISS/ JC McIlwaine

A memorial service has been held in the capital Juba on Friday for the victims of a helicopter crash , according to the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS). The bodies of the three Russian crew members who were killed in the crash near Bentiu in South Sudan's Unity State were flown home. Speaking at [...]

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Three million Syrians are now refugees

Listen / Syrian refugee women. UNHCR/N. Daoud

Three million Syrians have fled into neighbouring countries , in what the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) describes as 'the biggest humanitarian emergency of our era'. UNHCR says inside the country a further 6.5 million have been internally displaced. Majority of the Syrian refugees have fled into Lebanon where over 1.1 million are registered, Jordan 608,000 [...]

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Civilian death toll in eastern Ukraine significantly high

Listen / A resident of the Artema suburb of Sloviansk, Ukraine, in the rubble of what used to be her summer kitchen, in July 2014. Photo: UNHCR/Iva Zimova

The number of civilians killed each day in eastern Ukraine has more than tripled in the past one month, as both government and armed groups intensify the use of heavy weaponry in densely populated areas, according to a report by the UN Human Rights Office (OHCHR). The report says an average of 36 people are [...]

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World business leaders gather in Samoa to support small island developing states

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Major businesses from around the world are gathering on the Pacific island of Samoa to discuss how best to support the development of small island developing states. The countries which are collectively know as SIDS have many similar characteristics, their size, remoteness, lack of resources, poor infrastructure and susceptibility to climate change and natural disasters. [...]

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Private sector encouraged to play leading role in small island developing states

Listen / A view of the solar volatic panels for a renewable energy project in Tokelau
UN Photo/Ariane Rummery

The private sector is being encouraged to play a leading role in promoting the development of small island developing states. The so-called SIDS are characterised by their size, remoteness, lack of resources and susceptibility to climate change and natural disasters. Countries from around the world are gathering in Samoa for the third global conference of [...]

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UN rights chief pleased with "Rights Up Front" legacy

Listen / Navi Pillay, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights. UN Photo / Jean-Marc Ferré

Getting every UN department to commit to advancing the protection of human rights is one of the highlights of Navi Pillay's tenure. She made the remarks during her last interview as the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights. Ms Pillay said she was pleased her Offices' "Rights Up Front Policy" was endorsed by the Secretary-General. [...]

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