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Small island nations start "drum roll of action" for key UN Climate Summit

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Small island nations meeting in Samoa have started a "drum roll of action" ahead of a key UN climate summit in New York later this month. That's according to the Executive Secretary of the United Nations  Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). Christiana Figueres has been attending the 3rd UN conference on small island developing [...]

3 Sep 2014 | Posted in Focus on Climate Change, Small Island Developing States, Today's News | Read More »

Security Council to discuss growing danger of foreign terrorist fighters

Listen / Samantha Power.  UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

One of the main highlights in the work of the Security Council this month is a meeting of world leaders to discuss terrorism. That's what Ambassador Samantha Power of the United States told reporters on Wednesday as she outlined the programme of work for the Council during her country's presidency in September. September is also [...]

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UN probes attack that killed four peacekeepers in Mali

Listen / MINUSMA HQs Credit: UN Photo/Marco Dormino

The United Nations has deployed demining experts to investigate the explosion that killed four peacekeepers and injured 15 others in Mali on Tuesday. An explosive device that detonated on a vehicle carrying UN peacekeepers was the latest in a series of attacks in Kidal region. Last week there was repeated mortar fire against the camp [...]

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National ownership of peace process is crucial, says new head of mission in South Sudan

Listen / Ellen Margrethe Løj. Credit: UNMISS/JC McIlwaine

In a country coming out of conflict, a solution to address root causes cannot be imposed from abroad, according to the new Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General in South Sudan. Ellen Margrethe Løj, who has just taken up her post, said the job was impossible to turn down because the country's people had fought [...]

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Security Council reiterates call for release of peacekeepers in Golan Heights

Listen / Samantha Power, United States Permanent Representative to the UN.  UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

The Security Council on Wednesday reiterated its call for the immediate and unconditional release of 45 Fijian peacekeepers detained by an armed group 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. The peacekeepers were [...]

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Investing in women peacebuilders is "best value for money": UN Women

Listen / Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka. UN Photo/Paulo Filgueiras

Spending billions of dollars on projects that often predominantly benefit men after conflicts has to change. That's the message that was delivered by the head of UN Women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka at a special event held at UN Headquarters on Wednesday. The event on "Women, Everyday Peacebuilders" was organized by the UN Peacebuilding Commission and UN [...]

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Flights to Bentiu town resumed in South Sudan

Listen / Civilians arriving at the UNMISS base in Bentiu after attacks in April 2014. Photo: UNMISS/Tina Turyagyenda

Flights to the town of Bentiu in South Sudan that were suspended for one week after a helicopter crash have resumed. The UN mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) grounded all flights to the town in Unity State after the crash of the helicopter in which three Russian crew members died on Tuesday last week. UNMISS [...]

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UN calls for investigation into Iraqi military camp massacre

Listen / Nickolay Mladenov. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

The United Nations is calling on Iraqi authorities to conduct a public and independent investigation into the fate of hundreds of soldiers from the Speicher military base which was overrun by militants from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant on 12 June 2014. The UN representative in Iraq Nikolai Mladenov says initial investigations [...]

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Zanzibar economy suffering effects of climate change

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The development of the Indian Ocean archipelago of Zanzibar is being held back by the effects of climate change, according to a senior minister on the island. Agriculture, fishing and tourism are all being negatively impacted as sea-levels and temperatures rise. Zanzibar says it doesn't have the resources to counter the effects of climate change. [...]

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

International criminal justice system faces challenges: UN Prosecutor

Listen / Serge Brammertz. UN Photo/Paulo Filgueiras

The international criminal justice system is facing challenges, according to the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY). Serge Brammertz attended a recent annual meeting of international prosecutors at the Robert Jackson Centre near Buffalo City in the United States. Prosecutors from the tribunals for Rwanda, Cambodia and Sierra Leone as [...]

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Ebola outbreak is "accelerating ahead" of control efforts

Listen / After being triaged at the emergency room, people presenting Ebola-like symptoms are directed to the Department of Infectious Disease. Conakry, Guinea. Photo: WHO/T. Jasarevic

The outbreak of the Ebola virus disease in West Africa is accelerating ahead of the efforts to control it, according to UN officials. The World Health Organization (WHO) says there are now more than 3,500 confirmed cases of the disease in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia. More than 1, 500 people have died from the [...]

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Samoan villagers adapt to realities of climate change

Listen / Luatuanu'u village, Samoa
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Villagers on the Pacific Ocean island of Samoa are adapting their way of life to counter the negative impacts of climate change. A series of cyclones has devastated large swathes of the island, but now villagers are finding ways to protect themselves against disaster. They're being supported by the UN Development Programme, UNDP. Daniel Dickinson [...]

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Island nations encouraged to share climate action success stories

Listen / Samoa's coastline is regularly battered by cyclones
Daniel Dickinson/UN Radio

Small island developing states or SIDS are being encouraged to share their experience of successful projects which have mitigated the threat of climate change. Many SIDS are particularly susceptible to the negative impacts of climate change, such as rising sea levels and extreme weather conditions. The international community is meeting on the Pacific Ocean island [...]

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