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International Jazz Day celebrates music's "universal message of peace"

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Jazz can help to promote a universal message of peace and provide "unique opportunities for mutual understanding. That's according to Irina Bokova, head of the UN cultural organization, UNESCO, in her message for International Jazz Day. Janie Cangelosi reports. In 2011, UNESCO officially designated 30 April as International Jazz Day to bring attention to the [...]

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News in Brief 29 April 2016 (PM)

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  Security forces accused of "summary executions" in Mozambique Security forces in Mozambique have been accused of "summary executions" and other humans rights violations, the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) has said. The office has received what it called "worrying information" about ongoing armed clashes between national security forces and members [...]

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UN Daily News 29 April 2016

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Listen to a bulletin of news and features from United Nations Radio, with Dianne Penn and Daniel Dickinson. In today's programme recent attacks in Syria show "monstrous disregard" for civilians. And, swearing in of South Sudan transitional unity government hailed as an "important milestone" towards peace.

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Chemical weapons re-emerge as "tool of war"

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Chemical weapons have re-emerged as a "tool of war," according to the UN Secretary-General. Ban Ki-moon’sassessment comes on the Day of Remembrance for all Victims of Chemical Warfare, marked annually on 29 April. Janie Cangelosi reports. The UN chief said in his message to mark the annual Day of Remembrance, that instead of "being consigned [...]

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News in Brief 29 April 2016 (AM) – Geneva

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"Monstrous disregard for civilian lives" as Syria fighting grows An upsurge of fighting in Syria shows a "monstrous disregard" for civilian life, the UN's human rights chief has said. Following reports of direct attacks on hospitals and marketplaces, Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein urged all parties in the conflict to step back from a return to [...]

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South Sudan swears in transitional unity government

From left: Riek Machar Teny-Dhurgon, First Vice-President of the Republic of South Sudan; President Salva Kiir; and James Wani Igga, Second Vice-President of the Republic of South Sudan. UN Photo/Isaac Billy

The formation of a transitional unity government in South Sudan should result in action to tackle the numerous issues the world's youngest nation is facing, according to the spokesperson at the UN mission there. The coalition government headed by President Salva Kiir and First Vice President Riek Machar was sworn in on Friday in the [...]

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People with albinism face "extinction" in Malawi

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People with albinism face "systemic extinction" in Malawi because of attacks and atrocities committed against them, a UN independent rights expert has warned. Around 10,000 people have the harmless condition which is characterised by light-coloured skin, caused by a lack of pigment. Daniel Johnson reports UN Special Rapporteur Ikponwosa Ero warned that many people in [...]

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Recent attacks in Syria show "monstrous disregard" for civilians

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The latest violence in Syria reveals "a monstrous disregard for civilian lives" by all sides to the country's conflict, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights has stated. Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein said the bombing this week of a key hospital in the city of Aleppo and deadly blasts at busy markets in other towns [...]

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Health needs of women and children in conflict zones neglected

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The implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals, a set of development targets agreed by world leaders last September at the UN, will provide an opportunity to address the needs of women and children in humanitarian settings. That's according to Her Royal Highness Princess Sarah Zeid of Jordan who is an advocate for maternal and newborn [...]

29 Apr 2016 | Posted in Sustainable Development Goals, Today's Features | Read More »

News in Brief 28 April 2016 (PM)

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  Hospital air strikes in Syria condemned by UN chief Air strikes against a hospital in the Syrian city of Aleppo in which at least 20 people were reportedly killed have been condemned by the UN Secretary-General. Civil society groups said three children and the area’s last paediatrician died in the attack on Wednesday night. [...]

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Significant cease-fire violations recorded in Ukraine

A reminder of the deadly destruction in the conflict in Mykolaivka in the Donetsk region of eastern Ukraine. Photo: WFP/Abeer Etefa

Ukraine has witnessed the highest number of cease-fire violations in months, a chief monitor with Europe's Organization for Security and Cooperation (OSCE) has told the UN Security Council. The conflict in eastern Ukraine is entering its third year, although the Minsk ceasefire agreement was signed in 2015 between the government and rebel forces. Over 9,300 [...]

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UN Global Perspective: focus on peacebuilding, El Niño and Palmyra archeological site

A Mongolian troop with the UN's mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) smiles for the camera with a local boy in Bentiu, Unity State. UN File Photo/Isaac Billy

UN embraces concept of "sustaining peace" "Ground-breaking" resolutions on peacebuilding have been adopted by the UN in an effort to streamline its approach to tackling conflict, a senior UN official has said. The resolutions aim to reduce the high human cost from so many simultaneous security and humanitarian crises. The UN is looking beyond post-conflict [...]

28 Apr 2016 | Posted in UN Global Perspective | Read More »

Stress, the unseen and growing workplace hazard

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Almost two million people die each year from work-related diseases, according to the International Labour Organisation (ILO). And while stress might not be immediately life-threatening, on the World Day for Safety and Health at Work, the ILO says that it is nonetheless increasingly common. As with many other unseen dangers in the workplace, the key [...]

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UN Gender Focus: gender equality, SDGs and climate change

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Geneva takes diplomatic approach to gender equality Empowering women and girls is a key target of the Sustainable Development Goals or SDGs agreed by world leaders last year; it's also at the heart of a new campaign to break down gender barriers everywhere. Launched by Michael Møller, head of the UN in Geneva, and Ambassador [...]

28 Apr 2016 | Posted in UN Gender Focus | Read More »

UN and Africa: focus on South Sudan, vaccination in Angola and Tanzania

1st Vice President-Designate Riek Machar arrives in Juba. Photo: UNMISS / Isaac Billy

Swearing-in of South Sudan's Vice President "opens new chapter" South Sudan's First Vice President-designate has arrived in the capital Juba on a UN plane amid intermittent fighting in several parts of the country, the UN peacekeeping chief has confirmed. Riek Machar's return will enable the formation of a Transitional Government of National Unity and the [...]

28 Apr 2016 | Posted in UN and Africa | Read More »

Syria human toll and suffering "sickening and obscene": UN

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The human toll and suffering in Syria is "sickening and obscene" in a senseless fight where there is nothing much to gain, a senior UN official has warned. In a latest incident, 20 people were killed including two doctors when two rockets hit a hospital in Aleppo city, a grave violation of international humanitarian law. [...]

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UN Daily News 28 April 2016

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Listen to a bulletin of news and features from United Nations Radio, with Jocelyne Sambira and Daniel Dickinson. In today’s programme the human toll and suffering in Syria is "sickening and obscene" a senior UN official warns. And, Asia-Pacific economic powerhouse is under threat and needs to reform.

28 Apr 2016 | Posted in Daily Programme | Read More »

Developing nations need assistance to build "green" economies

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Developing nations need assistance to build "green" economies or they will continue to have to rely on fossil fuels and non-renewable resources. That's the warning from Amina Mohammed, Nigeria's Environment Minister and a former Special Advisor to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon. Ms Mohammed helped author the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and attended this month's signing [...]

28 Apr 2016 | Posted in Sustainable Development Goals, Today's Features | Read More »

News in Brief 28 April 2016 (AM)

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Côte d'Ivoire peacekeeping mission to close The mandate of the United Nations peacekeeping mission in Côte d'Ivoire is to be extended for a final period, the UN Security Council has decided. The 15-member Council adopted a resolution on Thursday which will prolong the mission, known as UNOCI, until the end of June next year. Its [...]

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Burundi killings “are evidence of spiralling violence”

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In Burundi, an increasing number of attacks against high-level officials has been condemned by the UN human rights chief. The reaction from Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein follows Monday's assassination of Brigadier General Athanase Kararuza and his wife, and an attempt on the life of government minister Martin Nivyabandi a day earlier. Violence continues to grip [...]

28 Apr 2016 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Rise in arrests of young Palestinians

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The number of Palestinian children arrested by Israeli authorities has doubled in the past four years, according to an advocate from the region. Khaled Quzmar, General Director of Defense for Children International-Palestine, says 440 young people have been detained, some as young as 12-years-old. Mr Quzmar was at the UN to participate in a briefing [...]

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Lifeline to millions of Syrians is at stake, says aid coordinator

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The violence in parts of Syria is as bad as it was before a cessation of hostilities came into force, threatening the aid lifeline to millions of people, the UN said Thursday. Jan Egeland, who's the humanitarian taskforce coordinator for the wartorn country, said that more than half of those in besieged areas have now [...]

28 Apr 2016 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Asia-Pacific productivity “under threat and needs reform"

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The Asia-Pacific region is an economic powerhouse but urgently needs to rethink its economic strategy if it's to stay that way, UN experts said Thursday. Latest data from the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP) shows that although the region is likely to see stable growth in 2017, productivity is [...]

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Solar power saves women farmers in Senegal

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Good farming practices and solar energy have helped to save a women's agricultural cooperative in Senegal. The 65 members were about to give up on growing vegetables due to soil degradation caused by low rainfall. However, investment by the UN's International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) has brought solar-powered pumps—and a steady supply of water—to [...]

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News in Brief 27 April 2016 (PM)

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Forum on inclusive societies concludes in Azerbaijan A three-day meeting on the causes and solutions to violent extremism has wrapped up in Azerbaijan. The 7th Global Forum of the UN Alliance of Civilizations included a session on the role of women in peacebuilding in conflict zones. Journalists and documentary filmmakers also presented stories about refugees [...]

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UN Daily News 27 April 2016

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Listen to a bulletin of news and features from United Nations Radio, with Jocelyne Sambira and Daniel Dickinson. In today's programme UN tackles the challenge of "sustaining peace". And, a UNESCO team assesses the damage to the ancient Syrian city of Palmyra  

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UN embraces concept of "sustaining peace"

A Mongolian troop with the UN's mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) smiles for the camera with a local boy in Bentiu, Unity State. UN File Photo/Isaac Billy

"Ground-breaking" resolutions on peacebuilding have been adopted by the UN in an effort to streamline its approach to tackling conflict, a senior UN official has said. The resolutions aim to reduce the high human cost from so many simultaneous security and humanitarian crises. The organization is looking beyond post-conflict peacebuilding to embrace the concept of [...]

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Geneva takes diplomatic approach to gender equality

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Empowering women and girls is a key target of the Sustainable Development Goals agreed by world leaders last year; it's also at the heart of a new campaign to break down gender barriers everywhere. Launched by Michael Møller, head of the UN in Geneva, and Ambassador Pamela Hamamoto of the United States, Geneva Gender Champions [...]

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"End madness" of nuclear testing

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon addressing a meeting to mark the International Day against Nuclear Tests. UN File Photo/Rick Bajornas

The international community has been urged to end what the UN Secretary-General has called the "madness" of nuclear testing. Ban Ki-moon was speaking in Vienna, Austria, at the 20th anniversary of the signing of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT). Dianne Penn reports. The Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT) is a multilateral treaty in which countries agree [...]

27 Apr 2016 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

People in North Korea expected to have "borderline" food consumption

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People in North Korea are expected to have "poor or borderline" food consumption this year following a fall in the production of a number of crops. That's the assessment of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), which has said production is at its lowest level in five years. Janie Cangelosi reports. Overall food production [...]

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News in Brief 27 April 2016 (AM)

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Terrorist attacks on Libya oil fields "grave assault" on economy and people Attacks by the ISIL terrorist group on oil fields in Libya have been described by the UN's most senior representative in the country as a "grave assault" on the economy and population. Martin Kobler, the head of the United Nations Support Mission in [...]

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Palmyra has "maintained its integrity and authenticity"

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The ancient archaeological site at Palmyra has "largely maintained its integrity and authenticity" despite the best efforts of the terrorist group ISIL to destroy it. That's according to Mechtild Rossler, who is leading a team from the UN cultural organization (UNESCO) to the World Heritage site in central Syria. The team has been assessing the [...]

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Responsible banking starts from "the bottom of the pyramid"

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Responsible banking starts with innovating from the bottom of the pyramid, with those most in need of help. That's the view of Namita Vikas, Responsible Banking & Chief Sustainability Officer at YES Bank in India. In 2012 Ms Vikas was one of the first to champion what later became the Paris Agreement on climate action. [...]

27 Apr 2016 | Posted in Sustainable Development Goals, Today's Features | Read More »

News in Brief 26 April 2016 (PM)

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Return to South Sudan of country's First Vice President welcomed by UN The return to South Sudan and the swearing in of the country's First Vice President has been welcomed by the United Nations chief, Ban Ki-moon. Riek Machar arrived in the capital, Juba, from Ethiopia on Tuesday on a UN aircraft. His return follows [...]

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Chernobyl: Exhibition chronicles tragedy and hope

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An American photographer has been chronicling the aftermath of what has been called one of the world's worst nuclear accidents. Philip Grossman is the photographer behind the exhibition 'Chernobyl: Tragedy, Lessons, Hope' which is on display at UN Headquarters in New York. The exhibition looks at the people and places affected by the Chernobyl nuclear [...]

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60 million people worldwide affected by El Niño phenomenon

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Floods, drought and other extreme weather events triggered by the current El Niño phenomenon are affecting an estimated 60 million people worldwide, the UN humanitarian affairs office (OCHA) reports. While countries have been appealing for US$3 billion to respond to this challenge, a huge funding gap remains. The UN joined affected countries, aid groups and [...]

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UN Daily News 26 April 2016

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Listen to a bulletin of news and features from United Nations Radio, with Jocelyne Sambira and Daniel Dickinson. In today’s programme Riek Machar is sworn-in as South Sudan's Vice President. And, UN forum in Baku opens with a strong message on promoting human rights to prevent extremism and terrorism.

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Swearing-in of South Sudan's Vice President "opens new chapter"

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South Sudan's First Vice President-designate has arrived in the capital Juba on a UN plane amid intermittent fighting in several parts of the country, the UN peacekeeping chief has confirmed. Riek Machar's return will enable the formation of a Transitional Government of National Unity and the full implementation of the peace agreement. His departure in [...]

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Extremism flourishes when human rights are violated: UN official

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The risk of violent extremism and terrorism can be reduced by guaranteeing social and human rights as well as access to opportunities and employment. That's according to the man who heads a UN initiative which promotes mutual respect among people from different cultural and religious backgrounds. Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser, High Representative for the UN Alliance [...]

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Victims of Chernobyl nuclear accident remembered on 30th anniversary

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The victims of what has been described by the UN as the world's most serious nuclear accident have been remembered 30 years after the event. An explosion at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in Ukraine on 26 April 1986 released radioactive material affecting hundreds of thousands of people. Carmen Cuesta Roca reports. Yukiya Amano, the [...]

26 Apr 2016 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Yellow fever vaccination essential for Angola, WHO tells travellers

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The yellow fever outbreak in Angola has now killed 258 people and there are fears that it could spread rapidly unless preventative measures are taken quickly, the World Health Organization (WHO) said Tuesday. To date, the majority of those infected are in the Angolan capital, Luanda, and the UN health agency is concerned that people [...]

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News in Brief 26 April 2016 (AM) – Geneva

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Worst is yet to come from El Nino, warns WFP El Niño has fuelled a global food crisis but "the worst is yet to come", the World Food Programme (WFP) said Tuesday. Although the weather phenomenon that's caused by warmer Pacific Ocean temperatures is on the wane, its impacts are expected to be felt for [...]

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The "edge of development" is shifting away from Western nations

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The edge of development for digital technology is shifting away from Western nations in favour of the developing world. That's according to Alexander De Croo, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Development Cooperation and Digital Agenda in Belgium. He explained how mobile money and mobile health care have been put to use in nations like [...]

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Young people want to craft new "narrative" for society

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The Somali terrorist group Al-Shabaab takes its name from the Arabic word for "youth," but young people there have been urged to reclaim the word by a UN official who also happens to be one of their peers. UN Youth Envoy Ahmad Alhendawi says this is just one way young people can craft "their own [...]

25 Apr 2016 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

News in Brief 25 April 2016 (PM)

A woman refugee from South Sudan stands outside a shelter in Bitima village in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Photo: UNHCR/C. Delfosse

Resources to support South Sudan refugees "stretched"  Resources to support South Sudanese refugees in Sudan are being stretched at a time when the needs are "quickly growing;" that's according to the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR). The agency said that over 50,000 people from South Sudan have crossed into its northern neighbour since the beginning of [...]

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Don't give in to "fear and anger"

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The world's youth have been warned not to give in to "fear and anger" but to face the challenges of a world in turmoil. That's the view of the UN High Representative of the Alliance of Civilizations, Nassir Abedlaziz Al-Nasser, speaking at a global forum on inclusivity being held in Baku, the capital of Azerbaijan. [...]

25 Apr 2016 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

UN Daily News 25 April 2016

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Listen to a bulletin of news and features from United Nations Radio, with Jocelyne Sambira and Daniel Dickinson. In today's programme piracy and armed robbery at sea in the Gulf of Guinea is on a steady decline And, a Nigerian youth leader at a UN-sponsored event in Azerbaijan shares her vision of a better future

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Piracy on steady decline in the Gulf of Guinea

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Piracy and armed robbery in West Africa's Gulf of Guinea has been on a steady decline over the past few years, but insecurity remains a source of concern a senior UN official told the Security Council on Monday. The Gulf of Guinea is the name given to the north-eastern part of the Atlantic Ocean which stretches [...]

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Sustainable agriculture will be built through partnerships

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Partnerships between large food companies and small scale farmers are key to developing sustainable agriculture. That's according to Diane Holdorf, Chief sustainability officer for the global Kellogg food company. Ms Holdorf attended the signing of the Paris Agreement on climate action last week at UN headquarters in New York. She spoke to Janie Cangelosi about [...]

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Sustainable goals show appetite for a better future

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The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) aren't something you might associate with a piece of meat, but that's just what they mean to one young artist. For Marta Reguero, who's 15, her lifelike, three-dimensional recreation of a supermarket steak represents the exploitation of children and the need to do something about it. The artwork scooped first prize [...]

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Nigerian youth leader envisions peaceful future

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Young leaders from across the globe are outlining their visions for a better future at a UN-sponsored meeting in Azerbaijan. Their "Narratives of Tomorrow" are being shared during the 7th UN Alliance of Civilizations Global Forum which opened in the capital, Baku, on Monday. May Yaacoub is at the forum where she met Juliet Aniango [...]

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Nepal marks one year since earthquake which killed 8,700

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Nepal is marking the one year anniversary of a series of major earthquakes which killed 8,700 people in the country. The reconstruction effort is continuing with the UN supporting what it is calling green and sustainable post-disaster recovery. Janie Cangelosi has more details. The earthquake, which struck one year ago on Monday, and its aftershocks [...]

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News in Brief 25 April 2016 (AM)

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Female genital mutilation on the rise in Guinea Female genital mutilation is on the rise in Guinea despite being forbidden by national and international law, the UN has said. Some 97 percent of women and girls between the ages of 15 and 49 in the West African country have undergone the practice which is also [...]

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International community is "failing" Iraq

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In Iraq, conflict is still having an horrendous impact on civilians who are being failed by the international community, the UN said Monday. Kate Gilmore, UN Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights, made the comments after returning from the conflict-ridden country. She said it was right that global partners should help Iraq to defeat extremists, [...]

25 Apr 2016 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

More than 20 countries on track to 'end malaria for good'

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Twenty-one countries are on track to fully eliminate malaria within the next five years, the World Health Organization (WHO) has announced. The agency says this is an example of the "great progress" the world is making in fighting the life-threatening disease which is spread by infected mosquitoes. 'End malaria for good' is the theme for [...]

25 Apr 2016 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

"Inclusive" aspect of "living together" stressed at UN conference

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The importance of diverse communities living together in harmony is expected to be underlined at a UN conference getting underway in Azerbaijan on Monday. The 7th Global Forum of the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations opens in Baku and has as its theme "Living Together In Inclusive Societies: A Challenge and A Goal." May Yaacoub [...]

24 Apr 2016 | Posted in From the Field, Today's Features | Read More »

DRC signs US$ 200 million deal to protect rainforest

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Efforts to protect the world's second largest tropical rainforest received a boost on Friday, thanks to a US$ 200 million deal between by the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and international partners. The deal aims to address forest degradation in the country and promote sustainable development. It's part of the UN-led Central African Forest Initiative [...]

23 Apr 2016 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

History made as 175 sign UN climate deal

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (right) and President François Hollande of France brief the press. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

History has been made as 175 countries sign a UN climate deal in New York on Friday, the Secretary-General has said. Fifteen countries have also ratified the Paris Agreement formally adopted last December. For the accord to come into effect, 55 countries that account for at least 55 per cent of greenhouse gas emissions need [...]

22 Apr 2016 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Future "catastrophic" unless climate action is taken

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The world faces a "catastrophic" future unless immediate action is taken to counter the effects of climate change. That's the opinion of Mary Robinson, the United Nations Envoy for Climate Change, speaking as world leaders gathered at UN headquarters in New York for the signing of the Paris Agreement. The Agreement which was approved by [...]

22 Apr 2016 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

News in Brief 22 April 2016 (PM)

A nurse administers an immunization to a baby at a clinic in Ein Al Beidah, a village in northern West Bank. Photo: UNICEF/Rula Halawani

Conflict countries have highest percentage of unimmunized children Almost two-thirds of children who have not been immunized with basic vaccines live in countries affected by conflict, according to the UN Children's Fund. UNICEF issued the statement ahead of World Immunization Week which starts on 24 April. South Sudan has the highest percentage of unimmunized children, [...]

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Syria envoy claims 400,000 have died in Syria conflict

UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura speaks to the press. UN Photo/Pierre Albouy

The Syria conflict has likely claimed 400,000 deaths, significantly more than previous estimates, UN Special Envoy Staffan de Mistura said on Friday. Speaking at the end of another week of peace talks in Geneva, which the UN negotiator confirmed will now continue until next Wednesday, he explained that the death toll "cannot be 250,000" any [...]

22 Apr 2016 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

"Don't let them slip through your fingers": Jeffrey Sachs on the SDGs

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Invest in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and "don't let them slip through your fingers." That's Jeffrey Sachs, advocate and advisor to the UN Secretary-General, speaking out during one of the lively discussions taking place in the Digital Media Zone on Thursday. The salon conversations were one of the innovations taking place alongside a High [...]

22 Apr 2016 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

Climate change "biggest threat" to access to water

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Climate change is the "biggest threat" to people's access to water according to the president of the Indian Ocean island of Mauritius. President Ameenah Gurib is one of ten Heads of State and Government, who have been appointed to the UN's High-Level Panel on Water. It aims to mobilize the international community to ensure access [...]

22 Apr 2016 | Posted in Focus on Climate Change, Today's Features, UN Climate Change Conference | Read More »

Climate change "defining crisis of our time": Leonardo DiCaprio

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Climate change is the defining crisis of our time and it's time for bold and unprecedented action, actor Leonardo DiCaprio said on Friday. The UN Messenger for Peace delivered a speech during a high-level signing ceremony for the Paris Agreement on climate change at the UN in New York. A dedicated environmentalist, the UN Messenger [...]

22 Apr 2016 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

UN Daily News 22 April 2016

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Listen to a bulletin of news and features from United Nations Radio, with Dianne Penn and Jocelyne Sambira. Today is a historic day at UN headquarters as heads of state and representatives from more than 160 countries gather to sign the Paris Agreement on climate change. We'll be bringing you highlights from the ceremony as [...]

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Paris climate treaty sign of hope for Pacific countries

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The signing of the Paris Agreement on climate change represents hope for Pacific Island nations. That's the opinion of Tony de Brum, the Ambassador for Climate Change of the Marshall Islands, who was at UN headquarters for the historic event. The agreement seeks to limit global temperature rise to below two degrees Celsius, something small [...]

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Turn "aspirations of Paris into action" urges UN chief

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The international community needs to turn the "aspirations" of the Paris Climate Change Agreement "into action". That's according to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, as more than 165 countries sat down to sign the historic agreement at UN headquarters on Friday. More than 190 countries came together last December and agreed to limit global temperature rises to [...]

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Countries urged to ratify Paris climate deal

Ban Ki-moon addresses the opening segment of the Signing Ceremony of the Paris Climate Treaty. UN Photo/Rick Bajornas

Countries are being urged by the UN chief to move quickly to ratify the Paris climate deal at the national level so that the agreement can enter into force. Some 60 Heads of State and Government are in New York to formally sign the agreement at a ceremony at the UN. Delegates from more than [...]

22 Apr 2016 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

16-year-old Tanzanian urges world leaders to act on climate change

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A 16-year-old girl from Tanzania has urged world leaders gathered at the United Nations in New York to take action to reverse climate change. Gertrude Clement addressed the international community at the opening of a ceremony to sign a climate deal agreed by over 190 countries in Paris last December. She was there to represent [...]

22 Apr 2016 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

News in brief – 22 April 2016 (AM) Geneva

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Military's arbitrary arrests in Thailand are "chilling", says UN rights chief The Thai military's deeping role in curbing dissent in Thailand ahead of a vote on a new constitution is having a "chilling effect" on the country, the UN's human rights chief has warned. In a statement on Friday, Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein said that [...]

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Interpreter remembers need for a cool head at key climate talks

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In December, the international community took a big step towards addressing climate change at UN-led talks in Paris; now, less than eight weeks remain until the agreement opens for signing by member states. For Earth Day, celebrated annually on 22 April, we're taking the opportunity to revisit the COP 21 Conference through the eyes of [...]

22 Apr 2016 | Posted in Focus on Climate Change, Today's Features, UN Climate Change Conference | Read More »

"New era" for climate change action

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The world is entering what's been described as a "new era" in which to take action to reverse damaging rises in the planet's temperature. On Friday, world leaders will gather the United Nations in New York to officially sign the Paris Agreement on climate change which was approved by the international community in the French [...]

21 Apr 2016 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

Motivational spirituality "as important as action" in achieving SDGs

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Inspiration and motivational spirituality is as important as action in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals or SDGs; that's according to UN artist in residence Yann Toma. Mr Toma attended the high-level meeting on the SDGs at UN headquarters on Thursday where he drew a series of sketches of people participating in the event. He spoke [...]

21 Apr 2016 | Posted in Focus on Climate Change, Setting the Stage: 2015 and Beyond, Sustainable Development Goals, Today's Features, UN Climate Change Conference | Read More »

News in Brief 21 April 2016 (PM)

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Yemen peace talks start in Kuwait Peace talks aimed at ending the violence in Yemen started Thursday in Kuwait, the UN has confirmed. Government forces and Houthi rebels had agreed to a truce on 10 April. The negotiations were initially scheduled for Monday, but the Houthi representatives cited heavy fighting on the ground as the [...]

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Supermodel from South Sudan tells story of displaced

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An international fashion model from South Sudan says she is using her position in the public eye to tell the story of displaced people in her country and elsewhere. Millions of people have been displaced due to civil conflict in South Sudan and tens of millions more have been forced to flee their homes in [...]

21 Apr 2016 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

UN Global Perspective: focus on SDGs and Paris Climate Agreement

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SDGs detail “a list of needs” to move planet forward: Forest Whitaker World leaders have been gathering at UN headquarters in New York for the historic signing of a climate change deal that they agreed to last December. They've also been discussing progress towards the sustainable development goals (SDGs). The American actor and social activist Forest Whitaker [...]

21 Apr 2016 | Posted in Sustainable Development Goals, UN Global Perspective | Read More »

Expand carbon pricing leaders urge on eve of UN climate signing

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Countries are being urged to expand carbon pricing on the eve of a UN signing ceremony in New York for the Paris climate deal. Members of The Carbon Pricing Panel, a group convened by the World Bank Group and the International Monetary Fund (IMF), made the call on Thursday. More than 165 nations and an [...]

21 Apr 2016 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

UN Gender Focus: Nigeria’s abducted girls, drugs policies and women farmers

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"Complicated and challenging" job to liberate Nigeria's abducted girls Any military operation to free more than 200 girls abducted by the terrorist group Boko Haram would be "complicated and challenging" and could end in "disaster". That's one major concern being raised by the UN Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict, on the second anniversary [...]

21 Apr 2016 | Posted in Sustainable Development Goals, UN Gender Focus | Read More »

Agenda on climate change and development is "bare minimum"

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The ambitious goals that governments have set themselves for tackling climate change and sustainable development are the "absolute bare minimum" the world needs. That's the firm and passionate view of the UN Special Adviser on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and Climate Change. David Nabarro was speaking ahead of two days of High Level [...]

21 Apr 2016 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

UN and Africa: focus on Ethiopia and South Sudan border, Gambia and Somalia

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Brutal killings and abduction of 102 Ethiopian children a "huge issue" The brutal abduction of more than 100 children on the border between Ethiopia and South Sudan is a "huge issue" for both the countries and families involved. That's the view of James Elder, who is based in East Africa with the UN Children's Fund, [...]

21 Apr 2016 | Posted in UN and Africa | Read More »

SDGs detail "a list of needs" to move planet forward: Forest Whitaker

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Unless people's basic needs are met, the planet is in risk of imploding. That stern warning comes from American actor Forest Whitaker who was recently named an advocate for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The 17 SDGs will drive global efforts to address the root causes of poverty by the deadline of 2030. Dianne Penn [...]

21 Apr 2016 | Posted in Celebrity Partners, Today's Features | Read More »

UN Daily News 21 April 2016

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Listen to a bulletin of news and features from United Nations Radio, with Dianne Penn and Jocelyne Sambira. In today's programme David Nabarro, the UN Special Adviser on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and Climate Change. And, Academy Award-winning actor Forest Whitaker is here for the UN General Assembly thematic debate on the Sustainable [...]

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Modest progress on aid to Syria is "not enough", says Special Envoy

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In Syria, "modest but real" progress has been made to help sick and vulnerable civilians there, UN Special Envoy Staffan de Mistura said Thursday. Speaking in Geneva, where peace talks between the warring sides have been threatened by an uptick in violence, de Mistura said that more than 500 people in need of medical help [...]

21 Apr 2016 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

News in Brief 21 April 2016 (AM)

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UN launches "World Immunization Week" Countries are being urged by the UN health agency (WHO) to close the immunization gap and meet global vaccination targets by 2020. A week long global public health campaign starting on 24 April is expected to raise awareness and increase the level of immunization against vaccine-preventable deaths. WHO Director-General Margaret [...]

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Global agreements need to be "implemented with urgency"

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Historic agreements on sustainable development and climate change need to be "implemented with urgency" to help overcome global crises. That's according to the President of the UN General Assembly, Mogens Lykketoft, opening a High Level Debate on achieving the Sustainable Development Goals, or SDGs. Daniel Dickinson reports. Drummers from a school not far away from [...]

21 Apr 2016 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Number of dead in Ecuador earthquake likely to rise to 500: UN

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Four hundred and eighty people have died in the Ecuador earthquake and the number is likely to rise to 500, the UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs has confirmed. Hundreds are still missing and more than 21,000 are in need of immediate shelter, Stephen O'Brien said. He spoke on the line from Kanoo, a few miles [...]

20 Apr 2016 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

News in Brief 20 April 2016 (PM)

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Significant humanitarian needs remain in Fiji two months after cyclone An enormous disaster response is still underway and the humanitarian needs remain significant two months after a cyclone hit the Pacific island nation of Fiji, the UN humanitarian agency, OCHA, has said. The cyclone and a massive storm surge on 20 and 21 February, killed [...]

20 Apr 2016 | Posted in Caribbean News | Read More »

Doomed sea crossing survivors describe Mediterranean ordeal

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Survivors of one of the worst ever tragedies at sea involving migrants crossing the Mediterranean, in which 500 people reportedly drowned, have begun to describe their ordeal. That's according to the UN Refugee Agency UNHCR, on Wednesday. Just 41 people were rescued by a merchant vessel after a large ship went down in the Mediterranean [...]

20 Apr 2016 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

Africa's commitment to "silence guns" ambitious but important

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The African Union's commitment to stop conflict across the continent by 2020 is ambitious but critically important, the Deputy Secretary-General has said. Jan Eliasson was speaking at a high-level forum at the UN on Wednesday entitled the "Africa We Want". Delegates discussed how to integrate the UN's new global goals together with Africa's development agenda [...]

20 Apr 2016 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

UN Daily News 20 April 2016

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Listen to a bulletin of news and features from United Nations Radio, with Matthew Wells and Jocelyne Sambira. In today’s programme survivors of one of the worst ever tragedies at sea involving migrants in the Mediterranean, describe how 500 reportedly lost their lives. And, the UN Children's Fund tells us the abduction of 102 Ethiopian [...]

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UN World Court at 70 "remains as relevant as ever"

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Resolving disputes peacefully and in accordance with international law has never been more important than now, the UN Secretary-General said on Wednesday. A ceremony was held in The Hague to mark the 70th anniversary of the International Court of Justice or ICJ. The ICJ, the principal judicial organ of the UN, settles legal disputes submitted [...]

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Brutal killings and abduction of 102 Ethiopian children a "huge issue"

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The brutal abduction of more than 100 children on the border between Ethiopia and South Sudan is a "huge issue" for both the countries and families involved. That's the view of James Elder, chief of communications in East Africa, for the UN Children's Fund, UNICEF. He condemned the mass killings and abductions which reportedly took [...]

20 Apr 2016 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

Doomed sea crossing survivors describe Mediterranean ordeal

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Survivors of possibly one of the worst tragedies at sea in the last 12 months in which 500 people are believed to have drowned have begun sharing their tale, the UN Refugee Agency UNHCR said Wednesday. Just 41 people were rescued by a merchant ship after a large ship went down in the Mediterranean last [...]

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News in Brief 20 April 2016 (AM)

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  Egypt urged to give fair trial to advocates during civil society hearings Egypt is being urged to give defendants in a judicial hearing against civil society organizations and human rights defenders the right to a fair trial and due process. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon released a statement, ahead of the hearing set to resume [...]

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Europe declared malaria-free "but still vulnerable"

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A significant victory in the global battle against malaria has been announced with the news that Europe is now free of the disease, UN health experts said Wednesday. According to the World Health Organization, (WHO), the number of malaria cases in Europe dropped from almost 91,000 in 1995 to zero last year. WHO has urged [...]

20 Apr 2016 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Participation on a regional level will be vital for funding SDGs

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Nations themselves and regional commissions must lead the way in setting the course for sustainable development. That's according to Shamshad Akhtar, Executive Secretary of the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP). Ms Akhtar was a keynote presenter at the UN Forum on Financing for Development. She spoke with Maoqi Li [...]

20 Apr 2016 | Posted in Sustainable Development Goals, Today's Features | Read More »

News in Brief 19 April 2016 (PM)

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  Life-saving services threatened for South Sudanese refugees Life-saving services for refugees from South Sudan are under threat because of an increase in the number of people fleeing the country according to the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR). The agency said that all of the countries neighbouring South Sudan have reported a rise in the number [...]

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Somalia "on track" to hold first democratic elections in 47 years

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Somalia remains "on track" to undergo its first democratic electoral process in 47 years, in what's been described as a "decisive" year for the Horn of Africa country. That's according to Somalia's president, Hassan Sheikh Mohamoud , briefing the UN Security Council on Tuesday. He described the elections which are due to take place by [...]

19 Apr 2016 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

UN Daily News 19 April 2016

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Listen to a bulletin of news and features from United Nations Radio, with Matthew Wells and Daniel Dickinson. In today’s programme Somalia "on track" to undergo first democratic elections in 47 years. And, Ecuador quake response under way to help "shattered" communities.  

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Drugs "threaten development, stability and security"

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The illegal global drugs trade threatens not only development but also stability and security. That's according to the UN Deputy Secretary-General, Jan Eliasson, speaking at the opening of what's been described as the world's biggest drug policy meeting. Janie Cangelosi has more details. The General Assembly meeting on the world drug problem known as UNGASS [...]

19 Apr 2016 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Ecuador quake response under way to help "shattered" communities

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The extent of the damage caused by Ecuador's devastating earthquake is massive, UN agencies have announced, as the response operation continues. The 7.8 magnitude tremor was the strongest to hit the country since 1979, with more than 400 reported fatalities and thousands of injured. The latest indications are that the earthquake last Saturday destroyed more [...]

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News in Brief 19 April 2016 – Geneva (AM)

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Ecuador quake response under way to help "shattered" communities The extent of the damage caused by Ecuador's devastating earthquake is massive, UN agencies have announced. The 7.8 magnitude tremor was the strongest to hit the country since 1979, with more than 400 reported fatalities and thousands of injured. Here's Jens Laerke, spokesperson for UN humanitarian [...]

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Death penalty is not the solution to drug trafficking

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The death penalty has proven to be ineffective overall at reducing illegal drug trafficking. That's according to Kasia Malinowska, Director of the Global Drug Policy program for Open Society Foundations. Ms. Malinowska was a panelist on Monday at a meeting leading up to the General Assembly's Special Session on the World Drug Problem (UNGASS). She [...]

19 Apr 2016 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

News in Brief 18 April 2016 (PM)

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Death of UN peacekeeper in CAR condemned A UN peacekeeper has succumbed to his wounds after being shot by unknown assailants in the Central African Republic on Monday. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon condemned the killing of the soldier, who had been sent to the town of Rafai to investigate an attack on a nearby village, [...]

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Syria peace talks continue though neither side "is yielding a comma"

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Peace talks on the future of Syria are continuing despite a "clearly wide" gap between the main participants, UN Special Envoy Staffan de Mistura has said. Speaking in Geneva after discussions with the government of Syria and the High Negotiations Committee (HNC), de Mistura conceded that neither side had "been yielding a comma". But he [...]

18 Apr 2016 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

Israel-Palestine deadlock requires “compromise on both sides”

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A path out of the current "political deadlock" between Israel and Palestine, requires "compromise, mutual respect and leadership on both sides." That's according to UN chief Ban Ki-moon, briefing the Security Council on Monday on the situation in the Middle East. The Secretary-General said that both "deeds as well as words" were needed to end [...]

18 Apr 2016 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

Billions of lives depend on "social compact": Ban

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Billions of lives depend on the "social compact" enshrined in a 15-year action plan to finance global development, and the world must follow through on it, the UN Secretary-General has urged. The plan named after the Ethiopian capital of Addis Ababa, was adopted last July during a UN conference on Financing for Development in the [...]

18 Apr 2016 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

UN Daily News 18 April 2016

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Listen to a bulletin of news and features from United Nations Radio, with Matthew Wells and Jocelyne Sambira. In today’s programme only compromise, "mutual respect and leadership" will end six-months of attacks and retaliation in Israel and Palestine, the Security Council hears. And, in a rare interview, a registrar on the International Court of Justice tells [...]

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News in Brief 18 April 2016 (AM)

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  Hundreds dead, thousands injured in Ecuador earthquake Ecuador has declared a state of emergency following a 7.8 magnitude earthquake , the strongest to hit the South American country in decades, according to the UN Children' Fund. The death toll stands at 246 so far with more than 2,500 people injured, the agency says. The [...]

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Gambia deaths highlight worrying pre-election situation, says UN’s Zeid

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The death of a leading opposition politician in custody in The Gambia must be investigated and lifesaving medical help given to peaceful demonstrators who are still being detained, the UN's human rights chief has said. In a statement issued after the death of United Democratic Party (UDP) member Solo Sandeng, one of three activists to [...]

18 Apr 2016 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Gambia urged to investigate death of opposition activists

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The Gambian government has been urged by the UN Secretary-General to conduct a thorough and independent investigation into the death in custody of three political activists. They died following their arrest last week for participating in a peaceful protest in Banjul, the capital of Gambia. Daniel Dickinson has more details. The UN chief, Ban Ki-moon, [...]

17 Apr 2016 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

"Greater range of voices" to be heard at infrastructure forum

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A global forum which is aimed at improving infrastructure, especially in the developing world, will allow a "greater range of voices" to be heard; that's according to the UN Secretary-General. Ban Ki-moon was speaking at the World Bank in the US capital, Washington DC, at the inaugural meeting of the Global Infrastructure Forum. Daniel Dickinson [...]

16 Apr 2016 | Posted in Financing for Development, Today's News | Read More »

Drug policy needs to focus on "regulation, not prohibition"

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Governments need to start focusing on control and regulation of drug markets, rather than the traditional policy of prohibition. That's according to the UN Secretary-General's Special Envoy on HIV and AIDS in Eastern Europe and Central Asia, Michel Kazatchkine. Prof. Kazatchkine presented his latest report on Friday, in which he emphasized the negative effects of [...]

16 Apr 2016 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

"Complicated and challenging" job to liberate Nigeria's abducted girls

Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict Leila Zerrougui (centre), meets displaced children and their families in northeastern Nigeria, in January 2015. Photo: UN

Any military operation to free more than 200 girls abducted by the terrorist group Boko Haram would be "complicated and challenging" and could end in "disaster". That's one major concern being raised by the UN Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict, on the second anniversary of the capture of the girls from Chibok. 276 [...]

16 Apr 2016 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

Yemen's spiral of violence could threaten talks, says envoy

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A spiral of violence in Yemen could threaten to derail the peace process, the Secretary-General's envoy for Yemen warned the Security Council on Friday. The special envoy briefed the Council on the eve of the next round of negotiations for the war-torn country. A nation-wide cessation of hostilities began at midnight on 10 April. Jocelyne [...]

15 Apr 2016 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

News in Brief 15 April 2016 (PM)

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  "Safe and unimpeded" access is needed to millions of Syrian civilians Leaders of the UN's humanitarian agencies have called on the warring parties in Syria to make peace, before the beginning of the sixth year of civil war there. A quarter of a million people have been killed in the "brutal and senseless" conflict [...]

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UN Daily News 15 April 2016

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Listen to a bulletin of news and features from United Nations Radio, with Matthew Wells and Jocelyne Sambira. In today's programme beating HIV epidemic "requires scaling up harm reduction".  And, informal Dialogues with Secretary-General candidates "exceeded expectations".

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World facing biggest refugee and displacement crisis of our time, says Ban

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The world is facing the biggest refugee and displacement crisis of the modern era, the UN Secretary-General warned Friday. Ban Ki-moon was speaking at an event on forced displacement in Washington DC co-hosted by the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) and the World Bank. Almost 60 million people are living either as refugees, internally displaced or [...]

15 Apr 2016 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Positive advances in CAR overshadowed by sex abuse allegations: UN

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Deeply disturbing allegations of misconduct and sexual abuse continue to overshadow positive advances in the Central African Republic (CAR), the UN peacekeeping chief has warned. Some of them were "extremely shocking" Hervé Ladsous told members of the Security Council Friday. The country's newly-sworn in President recently appointed a "leaner" cabinet including four women and Muslims. Janie [...]

15 Apr 2016 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Informal Dialogues with Secretary-General candidates "exceeded expectations"

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This week's Informal Dialogues which started the process of selecting the next UN chief, "exceeded" all expectations. That's according to the spokesperson for the President of the General Assembly, who led the briefings, giving nine candidates the opportunity to make their case in unprecedented public sessions. Dan Thomas said there was "great engagement" from Member [...]

15 Apr 2016 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

Beating HIV epidemic "requires scaling up harm reduction"

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Efforts to eliminate HIV are working but they should be scaled up massively if the virus is to be beaten, UNAIDS said Friday. Highlighting the value of harm-reduction programmes and the health dangers of criminalising drug-users in a new report, the UN agency said that prioritising people's health and human rights is more urgent than [...]

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News in Brief 15 April 2016 (AM) – Geneva

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Mozambican asylum-seekers begin relocation in Malawi A massive relocation programme in Malawi has begun for thousands of Mozambican asylum-seekers who've fled violence, the UN has announced. Clashes between Mozambique government forces and armed opposition groups have sparked an increase of new arrivals in Malawi in recent months. Now, some 10,000 Mozambicans are to be transferred [...]

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"Film can change the world": The Lid is On, with Gillian Anderson

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A "weapon of change" against the global scourge of human trafficking: that's how the director of the film that's the focus of our latest podcast, hopes his movie that's fuelling a movement, will be used. SOLD is the story of one 13-year-old Nepalese girl's journey into sexual slavery, and eventual emancipation. One of the stars [...]

15 Apr 2016 | Posted in Celebrity Partners, Today's Features | Read More »

E-commerce, the revolutionary US$16 trillion industry

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Online commerce is a relatively young industry and yet it is already worth more than US$ 16 trillion globally. It could also be a major boost for least-developed countries, if handled correctly, UN experts believe. Ahead of a week-long "E-commerce" meeting at the UN in Geneva, UNCTAD's Torbjorn Fredriksson spoke to Daniel Johnson about the [...]

15 Apr 2016 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

News in Brief 14 April 2016 (PM)

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Executions in Iran "should stop" for drug crimes Iran should halt executions to give lawmakers time to debate a new bill to remove the death penalty for drug crimes, the UN's human rights chief has said. The appeal, by Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein, follows the hanging last weekend of five men; three for narcotics trafficking [...]

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Third and final day of "historic" dialogue to select next UN chief

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The "historic" and public briefings to select the next UN Secretary-General have ended after three days. A total of nine candidates so far have put themselves forward for the world's top diplomatic post; four women and five men. The candidates all put forward their formal vision statements, and took questions from Member States and civil [...]

14 Apr 2016 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

New chief will need "devotion, passion and sacrifice": candidate Srgjan Kerim

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The next Secretary-General of the United Nations will need "devotion, passion and sacrifice" along with experience and expertise. That's the view of Srgjan Kerim, from the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM), who was the final candidate for the UN's top job to appear at Informal Dialogues, on Thursday. The briefings led by the President [...]

14 Apr 2016 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

UN Gender Focus: global goals, HIV and Roma women

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Global goals and gender equality: squaring the circle The global goals agenda, also known as the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), is widely seen as extremely ambitious, far more so than its predecessor, the Millennium Development Goals. But are the SDGs good for women? UN Radio’s Daniel Johnson put that question to Gabriele Koehler , from [...]

14 Apr 2016 | Posted in UN Gender Focus | Read More »

Inequality grows among children in high income countries

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Inequality among children in high income countries is growing, according to a report by the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF). The Innocenti Report Card 13 presents evidence on the ways inequality is affecting children in areas such as education and life satisfaction. Janie Cangelosi reports. The report looks at the inequality of income, education, health and [...]

14 Apr 2016 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Population growth in Asia-Pacific presents "huge opportunity": UN

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The Asia-Pacific region must create more and better jobs to turn its population challenges into an opportunity, a new UN report has advised. The Human Development Report 2016 compiled by the UN Development Programme or UNDP suggests innovative policies for maximizing the potential of changing demographics. Asia and the Pacific will have nearly 5 billion [...]

14 Apr 2016 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

A proven, "pragmatic and effective" leader: Helen Clark makes her case

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The UN "needs a proven leader" who is both "pragmatic and effective." That's the view of Helen Clark, making her case to become the next Secretary-General of the global organization. The current head of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) who served as Prime Minister of New Zealand for nine years, was speaking at an [...]

14 Apr 2016 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

UN Global Perspective: focus on military spending, torture and mental health services

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Global military spending is at its highest since World War II  Global military spending is the highest it's been since World War II, despite military spending cuts in the United States and Western Europe. That's according to Aude Fleurant, an expert at the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute, SIPRI. The growth in spending is being [...]

14 Apr 2016 | Posted in UN Global Perspective | Read More »

UN and Africa: focus on Rwanda, Central African Republic and industrialization in Africa

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It didn't just take our people, genocide "took away our dignity" Frida Umuhoza says that it's important each morning to wake up "feeling a better person, not a bitter person." She is now a mother-of-three and author of the book "Frida: Chosen to Die, Destined to Live."Her parents were among more than 800,000 people who [...]

14 Apr 2016 | Posted in UN and Africa | Read More »

UN Daily News 14 April 2016

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Listen to a bulletin of news and features from United Nations Radio, with Matthew Wells and Daniel Dickinson. In today’s programme the final three candidates, so far, to be the next Secretary-General in 2017, appear at historic and unprecedented briefings. And, the UN's humanitarian coordinator for Syria tells us that "ruptures of violence" are threatening [...]

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Ceasefire in Syria holding, but "ruptures" and violations continue

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The situation on the ground has changed "dramatically" since a cessation of hostilities between rival parties in Syria began more than six weeks ago, but violations are becoming more frequent. That's according to the UN Resident Humanitarian Coordinator in the country, Yacoub El Hillo. Over the last two weeks, the frequency of these "ruptures" and [...]

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News in Brief 14 April 2016 (AM)

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Humanitarian support in Syria interrupted by continuous conflict Intense armed conflict between extremist armed groups inside Syria's Yarmouk refugee camp has interrupted the delivery of vital humanitarian support to civilians who are in what the UN has described as "desperate" need. Yarmouk, which is a neighbourhood of the Syrian capital Damascus has been home to [...]

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Countries urged to do more to stop terror financing

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon speaks to the Security Council. UN Photo/Manuel Elias

Countries around the world have been urged by the UN Secretary-General to take "more concrete steps" to prevent terrorist organisations from financing their operations. Ban Ki-moon said the ISIL terrorist group which is active in Syria, Iraq and elsewhere has become adept at raising funds through what he called "nefarious activities." Daniel Dickinson reports. ISIL, [...]

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Syria aid convoys not making progress, says Envoy

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Disappointment at the lack of progress in getting aid convoys to those in dire need in war-torn Syria has been voiced by the UN Special Envoy for the country Staffan de Mistura. Since the start of the year, some 450,000 people have received humanitarian aid in besieged, hard–to-reach and other priority areas. Here's Daniel Johnson [...]

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"Revitalized" UN central to "global governance": Vuk Jeremić

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A "revitalized United Nations" should be the "centrepiece of global governance" under the leadership of the next Secretary-General. That's according to Vuk Jeremić, the first candidate for the UN's top job to appear at the Informal General Assembly Dialogues on Thursday. The briefings, where candidates state their case and take questions from Member States and [...]

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Denouncing sex abuse by UN troops not enough, says envoy

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Denouncing sexual abuse by international peacekeeping forces is not enough, the UN must respond quickly to help the victims and help render justice. That's according to a senior UN official in charge of improving the United Nations response to sexual exploitation and abuse (SEA). The Central African Republic has a history of military coups and [...]

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“Historic” open dialogue to select next UN chief continues on second day

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The "historic" and public dialogues to select the next UN Secretary-General have gone into the second day at UN headquarters. A total of nine candidates so far have put themselves forward for the world's top diplomatic post; four women and five men. The meetings where candidates put forward their case and take questions from Member [...]

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“Effective” UN never “so necessary” says UN chief candidate, Natalia Gherman

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Never before has an "effective United Nations been so necessary." That's according to Natalia Gherman, the former Deputy Prime Minister of Moldova. Ms Gherman was the third candidate for the position of UN Secretary-General to appear at the Informal General Assembly Dialogues on Wednesday. The briefings, where candidates state their case and take questions from [...]

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Africa too often overlooked by aid organizations

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Africa is being overlooked too often by humanitarian aid organizations due to the intense media focus on Syria. That's according to the UN General Assembly President Mogens Lykketoft in his opening statement at a major meeting at UN headquarters in New York on the Humanitarian Response in Africa. Janie Cangelosi has the story. Duration: 2’02″

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Syria negotiator appeals for support to stop ceasefire violations

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Syria negotiator Staffan de Mistura reopened peace talks in Geneva with a call for international support to stop an increasing number of ceasefire violations in the wartorn country. His comments followed a meeting with the main opposition group, the HNC, which alleged that there had been "21 massacres in the month of March alone" perpetrated [...]

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News in Brief 13 April 2016 (PM)

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40 metric tonnes of food airdropped into besieged Syrian city Two successful high-altitude drops over the besieged city of Deir Ezzour in Syria have been carried out by the World Food Programme (WFP). So far this week, the UN agency has dropped a total of 40 metric tonnes of urgently needed food assistance; that's enough [...]

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First, "make it work" says candidate for UN chief, Vesna Pusić

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The first priority for the new UN Secretary-General should be "to make the organization work." That's the view of Vesna Pusić, a senior Croatian parliamentarian, who was the second candidate to appear at Informal General Assembly Dialogues on Wednesday. The briefings where candidates state their case and take questions from Member States and civil society [...]

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UN Daily News 13 April 2016

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Listen to a bulletin of news and features from United Nations Radio, with Matthew Wells and Jocelyne Sambira. In today's programme an historic moment, as the UN begins its most transparent selection process ever for choosing a new Secretary-General. And, the World Health Organization says it's going to bring mental health issues, from the margins, [...]

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Insurance industry urged to "decarbonize investments"

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The global insurance industry has been urged by the UN Secretary-General to "decarbonize" its investments in order to reduce harmful greenhouse gas emissions. The call from Ban Ki-moon came at a meeting at UN headquarters focused on building resilience to climate change. Jocelyne Sambira reports. Speaking to executives from the insurance industry, Mr Ban said [...]

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News in Brief 13 April 2016 (AM)

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Syria talks set for second round in Geneva Syria peace talks prepared to resume on Wednesday in Geneva with political transition in the war-torn country among the key issues set to dominate proceedings. UN Special Envoy for Syria, Staffan de Mistura, planned to meet first with the main opposition group, the High Negotiations Committee or [...]

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Human rights violations in Congo "alarming"

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Alarming reports about human rights violations have been coming out of the Republic of the Congo, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights has said. It follows the death of 17 people in security operations after presidential elections took place in March. Janie Cangelosi reports. The UN human rights chief, Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein, said [...]

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Thousands flee violence in DR Congo

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In Democratic Republic of Congo, clashes between the country's military and armed groups have forced tens of thousands of people to flee in the east of the country, the UN warned on Wednesday. Violence in the province of North Kivu has affected civilians and aid organisations since late 2014. In recent weeks the fighting has [...]

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“Historic developments” confirm UN's value: Danilo Turk

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"Many important historic developments" have taken place for the good of the world, thanks to the United Nations. That's according to Danilo Turk, the former President of Slovenia, outlining why he has put himself forward for the position of Secretary-General, the UN's top job. The former senior UN official and diplomat is the fourth candidate [...]

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Global military spending at highest since World War II

Representatives from SIPRI and UNODA meet to discuss "World Military Spending: Trends and Implications" at UN headquarters in New York. Photo by Janie Cangelosi

Global military spending is the highest it's been since World War II, despite military spending cuts in the United States and Western Europe. That's according to Aude Fleurant, an expert at the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI). The growth in spending is being driven largely by countries in Asia. Ms Fleurant spoke about SIPRI's [...]

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It didn't just take our people, genocide "took away our dignity"

Rwandan refugees, who fled the genocide, returning in July 1994 from Goma, Zaire, (now the Democratic Republic of Congo, DRC). UN Photo/John Isaac

A survivor of the 1994 genocide in Rwanda, says that it's important each morning to wake up "feeling a better person, not a bitter person." Frida Umuhoza, is now a mother-of-three, and author of the book "Frida: Chosen to Die, Destined to Live." Her parents were among more than 800,000 people who were systematically murdered [...]

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Putting mental health at centre of development agenda

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Depression and anxiety are increasing worldwide and cost the global economy US$ 1 trillion each year, according to the UN. The World Health Organization (WHO) and World Bank are now joining forces to move mental health from the margins to the mainstream of the global development agenda. Ministers of finance together with development agencies have [...]

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António Guterres, candidate for UN top job, calls for "surge in diplomacy for peace"

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A former Prime Minister of Portugal who also served a decade as the UN High Commissioner for Refugees says the world needs "a surge in diplomacy for peace." António Guterres was outlining his vision for the United Nations to ambassadors meeting in New York on Tuesday. Mr Guterres is among eight candidates vying to lead [...]

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News in Brief 12 April 2016 (PM)

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International Day remembers space pioneer Yuri Gagarin Inspirational messages from space explorers to future generations are being shared this Tuesday, 12 April. The day marks 55 years since Yuri Gagarin from the then Soviet Union became the first person to travel to outer space. The International Day of Human Space Flight also reaffirms the important contribution of [...]

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UN Daily News 12 April 2016

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Listen to a bulletin of news and features from United Nations Radio, with Matthew Wells and Dianne Penn. In today’s programme an historic moment, as the UN begins its most transparent selection process ever for choosing a new Secretary-General. And a worrying resurgence in HIV/AIDS infection for men who have sex with other men.

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"Crucial" to find best person for top UN job as crises mount

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It is"crucial" to find the best person to lead the UN into the future as the organization "grapples with multiple crises". That was the message from the President of the General Assembly, speaking at the beginning of an unprecedented meeting which marks the beginning of the process to select the next Secretary-General. Mogens Lykketoft, said [...]

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C21st must bring "true commitment" to sexual equality: Irina Bokova

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The 21st century represents the time for the world to show "true commitment" to gender equality in all its forms. That's one of the key arguments offered by Irina Bokova, in her appearance before the UN General Assembly, in a bid to become the next Secretary-General. The former politician and diplomat from Bulgaria currently serves [...]

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Tenfold increase in Boko Haram suicide attacks using children

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The number of child suicide bombers coerced into acting for the West Africa-based Boko Haram terrorists has risen at least tenfold in the last year, the UN said Tuesday. Announcing the news, the UN Children's Fund UNICEF said that there were 44 such attacks in 2015 in Cameroon and Nigeria, Chad and Niger. Dianne Penn [...]

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News in Brief 12 April 2016 (AM) – Geneva

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Air drops continue to besieged Syrian town For the second time in two days, the World Food Programme (WFP) has successfully air-dropped food to the besieged Syrian city of Deir ez-Zour. A total of 26 pallets carrying basic food items for 2,000 people for one month were dropped on Tuesday over the cut-off eastern city, [...]

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“We need to reinvent multilateralism” says candidate Igor Lukšić

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The next UN Secretary-General needs to "reinvent multilateralism" for the modern age. That's according to the first candidate to appear before the UN General Assembly, seeking to lead the organization from January next year. Igor Lukšić is the Deputy Prime Minister and minister for foreign affairs for the Balkan state of Montenegro. Matthew Wells has [...]

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"Historic moment" as UN begins selecting next Secretary-General

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The start of the process to begin selecting the next Secretary-General of the United Nations is being described as an "historic moment" for the organization. Eight candidates, four women and four men, have so far been put forward by their respective governments for the job of what is often described as the world's top diplomat. [...]

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HIV resurfaces in gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men

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The annual number of people newly infected by HIV around the world has dropped in the past 15 years, but the virus has resurfaced in the gay community. That's according to experts, researchers and human rights defenders belonging to an advocacy platform backed by the UN. Meanwhile, the epidemic has expanded "uncontrolled" in bisexual and [...]

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Lebanon war film's irony not lost on leading actress

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More than 30 years after the release of an acclaimed film depicting the civil war in Lebanon, the widow of the director has said its message about the absurdity of conflict is as relevant as ever. The film, Les Petites Guerres ("Little Wars" in English), by director Maroun Bagdadi focuses on how ordinary people’s lives [...]

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Population data critical to sustainable future for all

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Population data is critical to achieving a "life of dignity" for all people. That is what UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told the opening of the latest session of the UN Commission on Population and Development on Monday. Mr Ban described it as a "landmark" gathering, the first commission to convene following the adoption of the [...]

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News in Brief 11 April 2016 (PM)

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Egypt: Experts concerned about rights of civil society, trade unions The Egyptian government is being urged to take steps to protect civil society in the country. The call comes from three UN human rights experts who have expressed alarm over an ongoing crackdown on non-governmental organizations (NGOs) there. They report that many NGOs have been [...]

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"Immediate and peaceful" handover of power in Libya urged

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An "immediate, orderly and peaceful" handover of power to Libya's unity government needs to take place as the peace accord stipulates, the UN envoy to the country has urged. A Government of National Unity was formed after the signing of a peace deal back in December in an effort to end a civil war waged [...]

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UN Daily News 11 April 2016

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Listen to a bulletin of news and features from United Nations Radio, with Matthew Wells and Dianne Penn. In today's programme Africa has a "golden opportunity" to leapfrog into a bold new phase of "green" industrialization and we preview the candidates who'll be sitting down this week for a job interview "in front of the [...]

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Strong and unified political support critical to peacekeeping success

A Beninese peacekeeper of the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) patrols the grounds of the El Farouk Hotel in Bamako. UN File Photo/Marco Dormino

The right processes, strong partnerships and clear political strategies are needed to help UN peacekeeping operations to better confront the challenges that they face. That was the message UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon delivered to ambassadors meeting in New York on Monday to review the organization's peacekeeping missions worldwide. Dianne Penn reports. The Secretary-General detailed "the [...]

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"Golden opportunity" for Africa to "leapfrog" into green future

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There's a "golden opportunity" for African countries to "leapfrog" over rival economies into a green future. That's the message from the chief of the Economic Commission for Africa delivered at UN headquarters on Monday. Carlos Lopes was launching the 2016 Economic Report on Africa which this year is entitled Greening Africa's Industrialization. Matthew Wells has [...]

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Yemen truce allows humanitarian access to isolated areas

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A halt to fighting in Yemen will allow the humanitarian community to deliver aid to people living in areas which have been hard to reach over the previous months, according to the UN. The conflict in the Gulf state has intensified over the past year as rebels continue to battle the government for control of [...]

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News in Brief 11 April 2016 (AM)

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Syria: Next phase of talks "crucially important" The resumption this week of talks on the Syrian crisis is "crucially important," the UN official shepherding the process told journalists in the country's capital on Monday. UN Special Envoy Staffan de Mistura said the next phase of the negotiations, set for this Wednesday in Geneva, will focus [...]

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Yemen's warring sides urged "to step back from brink"

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A cessation of hostilities in Yemen that's just entered into force is a chance for warring parties to "step back from the brink", UN negotiator, Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed, has announced. In a statement released on Monday, shortly after the truce came into effect, the UN Special Envoy for Yemen urged all sides in the [...]

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UN chief candidates prepare for "interview in front of whole world"

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Candidates for the role of Secretary-General of the United Nations are due to appear at what has been described as a "job interview in front of the whole world." Eight people, four men and four women have been proposed by their national governments for the position of what is often called the world's top diplomat. [...]

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Invest more in Rwanda says genocide prevention expert

Mother and Child at the "Village of Hope"- Rwanda Women's Network community centre -- an initiative to provide services and emergency housing to women victims of rape and other violent crimes committed during the Rwandan genocide. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe (File Photo)

More investment must be made in Rwanda, where people are still reeling from the 1994 genocide, a legal and human rights expert has recommended. Adama Dieng, UN Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide, said the country will not be able to meet development objectives if a large number of its citizens are still traumatized [...]

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Graphic novel sheds light on status of Roma women

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A new comic that is available online takes a novel approach to highlighting the situation of one of the most excluded groups in Europe. Daria: A Roma Woman's Journey tells the story of a young mother in Serbia and touches on issues such as early marriage, discrimination, poverty, and lack of educational and employment opportunities [...]

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States “failing to help children survive torture”

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States are not doing enough to help the recovery of children and families who’ve fled conflict and experienced torture and other ill-treatment, a UN event for victims of abuse has heard. Clinical psychologist Anette Carnemalm said in her home country of Sweden, which has welcomed more than 160,000 mainly Syrian refugees this year, many families [...]

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"Panama Papers" show need to end financial secrecy

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Tax evasion undermines justice and deprives governments of resources to provide health care, education and other public services, according to a human rights expert who is calling for an end to financial secrecy. Juan Pablo Bohoslavsky, the UN independent expert on foreign debt and human rights, was speaking in the wake of the leak of [...]

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News in Brief 08 April 2016 (PM)

Secretary General Ban Ki-moon briefs member states on the 22 April 2016 High-level signing ceremony for the Paris Agreement (COP21). UN Photo/Mark Garten

G20 affirms support for climate change signing The G20 group of major world economies has affirmed its "full support" for the official signing of the Paris Agreement on climate change later this month. The UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said the statement of support had come from China on Friday, which holds the presidency of the [...]

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Giraffada: fabled account depicts Palestine life through eyes of kid

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A fictional account of a Palestinian veterinarian's effort to save his zoo's remaining giraffe by smuggling a companion giraffe from Israel has been told in the movie, Giraffada. The award-winning production's title is a cross between "giraffe" and "intifada" or Palestinian "uprising," the director Rani Massalha said during a UN screening in New York. The [...]

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UN Daily News 08 April 2016

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Listen to a bulletin of news and features from United Nations Radio, with Jocelyne Sambira and Matthew Wells. In today’s programme terrorist groups are “spreading like cancer” the UN Chief warned participants at a conference in Geneva; and we’ll hear from a Palestinian movie director about his feature film “Giraffada”.

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Nuclear security agreement efforts "have now paid off"

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A new nuclear security agreement finally came into effect on Friday, more than a decade after it was drafted. The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said that the nuclear agreement showed its efforts "have now paid off". The Amendment to the 1980 Convention of the Physical Protection of Nuclear Material (CPPNM) was drafted in 2005 [...]

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Terrorist groups are "spreading like a cancer"

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Terrorist groups are "spreading like a cancer" that will require a new, preventative, global approach if they're to be beaten, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has warned. Speaking at a conference on violent extremism in Geneva, the UN chief urged all nations to support his recommendations to address the root causes of radicalisation. Here's Daniel Johnson [...]

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News in Brief 08 April 2016 (AM) – Geneva

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  More children "are victims of torture and suffering", says UN rights chief More and more children are victims of torture and suffering, the UN's top human rights official said Friday. Speaking at an event hosted by the UN Voluntary Fund for Victims of Torture (UNFVT), Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein said that the crime was [...]

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Haiti in dire need of aid as humanitarian crisis deepens

A family digs up pieces of wood on the outskirts of Gonaives, Haiti, which they burn in a pit to create charcoal for sale at the local markets. This demand, coupled with the lack of alternative employment, has contributed to the deforestation and erosion crisis in the country. Photo: UNICEF/UNI43567/LeMoyne

A prolonged drought coupled with high levels of food insecurity and the constant risk of cholera has deepened the humanitarian crisis in Haiti. That's according to the UN humanitarian agency, OCHA, which launched an appeal of over US$190 million dollars to meet the critical needs of 1.3 million people. The ongoing presence of tens of [...]

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Stamping out sex abuse by UN personnel

Mogens Lykketoft, President of the seventieth session of the General Assembly. UN Photo/Rick Bajornas

Sexual abuse committed by civilian and military personnel working for the United Nations has been called "an extremely serious and troubling issue," an issue which ambassadors and senior UN officials have put under a spotlight. A wave of allegations, mainly against UN peacekeepers and other military personnel not serving under the United Nations flag, has [...]

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News in Brief 07 April 2016 (PM)

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  South Sudan sanctions renewed by Security Council The Security Council has adopted a resolution to renew sanctions on South Sudan. This is the second time that sanctions have been renewed following review. The world's youngest nation has been wracked by bloody civil war between the government and opposition fighters loyal to the president's former [...]

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UN and Africa: focus on Libya, Darfur and South Sudan

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"Terrible conditions" for migrants in Libya Detention centers The living conditions for migrants being held in detention centres in Libya have been described by the UN as "terrible," with cases of abuse allegedly frequent. The assessment by the UN Humanitarian Coordinator for the country, Ali Al-Za'tari, follows the death in custody of four migrants from [...]

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UN Global Perspective: focus on relocation of migrants, diabetes and mine action

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Caution urged in relocation of migrants from Europe to Turkey The lack of safeguards regarding the relocation of migrants and refugees from Europe to Turkey under a new deal is a cause of concern for the UN refugee agency, UNCHR. The March agreement between the European Union (EU) and Turkey is an attempt to stem [...]

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UN Daily News 07 April 2016

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Listen to a bulletin of news and features from United Nations Radio, with Jocelyne Sambira and Matthew Wells. In today’s programme a UN negotiator on Syria embarks on a tour of states to seek support for the political transition and preparations are underway to help people fleeing the Iraqi city of Fallujah.  

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Syria negotiator seeks "critical mass" for political transition

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Seeking to assess whether there is a "critical mass" of support for the political transition in Syria, the UN Special Envoy for the country has embarked on a tour of states. Staffan de Mistura, the UN negotiator on Syria's recent visit to Moscow had been for that reason. He's also scheduled to travel to other [...]

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UN Gender Focus: Yemen, Portugal and epidemic diseases

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Yemen conflict having "devastating" effect on women of reproductive age The latest round of peace talks aimed at ending the year-long conflict in Yemen is set to begin later this month. The resulting breakdown in the country's healthcare system has put the lives of some 3.4 million women between 15 and 49 years old at [...]

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"Acknowledge shared responsibility" and "shared action" against genocide

In 1996 in Rwanda, wooden crosses mark the graves in a cemetery in the village of Nyanza in a rural area of Kigali, the capital. During the 1994 genocide, over 10,000 people were burned to death in Nyanza as they tried to escape towards Burundi. Photo: UNICEF/Giacomo Pirozzi

The world needs to "acknowledge shared responsibility" and commit to "shared action" to prevent people at risk from genocide. That's part of the message from UN chief Ban Ki-moon on the International Day of Reflection on the Genocide in Rwanda, taking place on Thursday. The day marks the 1994 genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda, [...]

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News in Brief 07 April 2016 (AM)

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  "Work together" to halt "growing toll" of diabetes says UN chief Countries around the world need to work together to stop the "growing toll" of diabetes, according to the UN Secretary-General. In a message for World Health Day, marked on Thursday, Ban Ki-moon said that it was essential to promote healthier lifestyles, especially among [...]

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Global goals and gender equality: squaring the circle

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The global goals agenda, also known as the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), is widely seen as extremely ambitious, far more so than its predecessor, the Millennium Development Goals. But are the SDGs good for women? UN Radio's Daniel Johnson put that question to Gabriele Koehler, from UNRISD, the United Nations Research Institute for Social Development. [...]

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Concern over civilians trapped in Iraqi city

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Aid officials are "extremely worried" about the humanitarian situation in the Iraqi city of Fallujah which has been under the control of the terrorist group, ISIL, also known as Daesh, for several years. In recent months, the city has been experiencing widespread shortages of food and medicine, according to the UN Humanitarian Coordinator for the [...]

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"Terrible conditions" for migrants in Libya Detention centers

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The living conditions for migrants being held in detention centers in Libya have been described by the UN as "terrible," with cases of abuse allegedly frequent. The assessment by the UN Humanitarian Coordinator for the country, Ali Al-Za'tari, follows the death in custody of four migrants from Sub-Saharan Africa in a facility in al-Zawiya in [...]

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Australia must "accept the new generation of people"

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Australians must accept the new generations that add to their culture, by working with the Muslim community. That's according to Pritzker Laureate Glenn Murcutt, an architect from Melbourne, who has just completed a new mosque in his home town. He participated in an event on Architecture and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that was held [...]

6 Apr 2016 | Posted in Sustainable Development Goals, Today's Features | Read More »

Renewed fighting in Darfur displaces hundreds of thousands

Women and children displaced from Jebel Marra, in North Darfur, due to fighting, take shelter in the Tawilla new arrivals site. Photo: OCHA

Hundreds and thousands of people continue to flee the Jebel Marra area in the Sudanese region of Darfur, as air raids and clashes between government troops and rebels continue. That's according the UN peacekeeping chief Hervé Ladsous, who briefed the Security Council on Wednesday. Jebel Marra, a chain of volcanic rocks located between north, central [...]

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Migrants at a detention centre in the city of Zawiya, Libya. Photo: Mathieu Galtier/IRIN

  Migrant deaths in Libyan detention centre should be investigated An "independent and impartial" inquiry into the deaths of four migrants from Sub-Saharan Africa, in a Libyan detention centre has been urged by the United Nations. UN Humanitarian Coordinator in the North African country, Ali Al-Za'tari, called for a full investigation into the deaths, which [...]

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Diabetes sufferers "have quadrupled since 1980"

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The number of people living with diabetes has almost quadrupled since 1980, with more than 420 million people affected, UN health experts have warned. Although the disease is often associated with richer countries, new data from the World Health Organization (WHO) shows that most sufferers are in developing nations. In its first Global Report on [...]

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2016 "ground-breaking" year for the UN global goals and sport

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2016 is a "ground-breaking" year for the UN global goals and sport, a senior adviser has said on the International Sport for Peace Day observed Wednesday. The UN has long recognized the right to sport and physical education as a fundamental right. It's also a powerful tool that unites people, promotes equality and equity. Jocelyne [...]

6 Apr 2016 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Strong collaboration needed to support victims of sex abuse by UN personnel

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The UN children's fund (UNICEF) has allocated an additional US $1.8 million to its offices in countries where UN personnel have allegedly committed acts of sexual exploitation and abuse. That's what the head of the UN Department of Field Support told diplomats meeting in New York on Tuesday. Atul Khare was among several senior UN [...]

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  "No case to answer" against Kenyan Deputy President The UN-backed International Criminal Court (ICC) has decided that there is "no case to answer" following allegations of crimes against humanity levelled at the Kenyan Deputy President. Charges against William Ruto and former journalist Joshua Arap Sang, were vacated by the court, with the possibility that [...]

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Conflict and weather worsen food shortages in South Sudan

An internally displaced woman seeking refuge from the ongoing violence in the swamps of Unity state, cooks her last supply of sorghum. Photo: FAO South Sudan

The ongoing conflict in South Sudan has combined with unfavourable rains to reduce cereal crop production, according to a joint report from the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the World Food Program (WFP). The world's youngest nation gained independence in 2011 but a bloody civil war has forced two million people from their homes, [...]

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Implications of the Paris climate agreement on Africa

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African countries can position themselves to be "front runners" in the goal to achieve a more sustainable future. That's the opinion of Fatima Denton, an energy expert who heads the Special Initiatives Division at the African Climate Policy Centre. The Centre is based at the UN Economic Commission for Africa in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, which [...]

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Terrorist attacks undermine peace process in Mali

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Violent extremist and terrorist groups operating in the volatile North and Central regions of Mali are determined to undermine the peace process, members of the UN Security Council heard on Tuesday. These groups are attacking government representatives, civil servants and ordinary citizens of the West African nation, including foreigners and UN peacekeepers. Jocelyne Sambira has [...]

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Preventing radicalization “is key to ending terror”

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Thousands of fighters from more than 100 countries are engaged in terrorism, evidence that a purely military response to violent extremism isn't enough, the UN said Tuesday. In an appeal for a rethink by the international community, Jehangir Khan, who heads the UN's Counter-Terrorism Implementation Task Force (CTIT), said that prevention is what states should [...]

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Health needs from humanitarian emergencies at record high

In some parts of Yemen, the conflict has crippled the health system, making the delivery of services and supplies extremely challenging. Photo: WHO Yemen

The health needs resulting from humanitarian emergencies around the world have never been greater. That's the stark warning from the World Health Organization (WHO) on Tuesday, outlining its Humanitarian Response Plans for 2016. WHO said in Geneva that together with its partners, US$2.2 billion was needed to provide "life-saving services" to 79 million people. Matthew [...]

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South Sudan conflict causes rise in mine-related accidents

The United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS), in partnership with the South Sudan National Mine Action Authority (NMAA), held an event at Nyakuron Cultural Centre in Juba on the occasion of the International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action (4 April). UN Photo/JC McIlwaine

Conflict in South Sudan has caused a recent spike in the number of accidents involving mines and other explosive remnants of war (ERW), according to a UN programme that's working to rid the country of these weapons. The UN Mine Action Service (UNMAS) says people fleeing fighting between government and opposition forces are probably less [...]

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News in Brief 05 April 2016 (AM) – Geneva

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Record mass displacement in Central America due to "gang violence" In Central America, the number of people on the run from gang violence has reached levels not seen for 30 years, the UN Refugee Agency (UNCHR) has warned. Mass displacement of people fleeing violence has risen dramatically in the so-called Northern Triangle of Central America: [...]

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News in Brief 04 April 2016 (PM)

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  Disarmament Commission, "critical role to play" in 2016 The UN Disarmament Commission has a "critical role to play" this year as international conflict and tensions threaten multilateral treaties. That's according to the chair of the commission, Odo Tevi. Given the deadly conflicts going on around the world and increasing rivalries between states, he said [...]

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"Many millions" in dire need must not be "let down": UN chief

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"We must not fail" the "many millions" of people in need around the world today. That's the impassioned plea from the UN Secretary-General on Monday, ahead of the World Humanitarian Summit, due to take place on May 23, in Istanbul. Mr Ban was updating Member States at UN headquarters in New York on preparations for [...]

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Afghanistan striving to be mine-free by 2023

De-mining expert detects anti-personnel land mine for clearance. UN Photo/Jawad Jalali

Although Afghanistan has been cleared of nearly 80 per cent of the landmines and other explosive remnants of war (ERW) buried during conflicts, these weapons still pose serious threats to the lives of thousands of citizens. That's according to Mohammad Wakil, officer-in-charge of the UN mine action programme which has been operating in the country [...]

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Caution urged in relocation of migrants from Europe to Turkey

Newly-arriving refugees wave as the large inflatable boat they are in approaches the shore, near the village of Skala Eressos, on the island of Lesbos, in the North Aegean region of Greece. Photo: UNICEF/Ashley Gilbertson VII

The lack of safeguards regarding the relocation of migrants and refugees from Europe to Turkey under a new deal is a cause of concern for the UN refugee agency, UNCHR. The March agreement between the EU and Turkey is an attempt to stem the numbers of refugees and migrants landing on Europe’s shores. Close to [...]

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Mine action "has to come first" in world's humanitarian crises

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The indiscriminate nature of the threat posed by land mines has shown just how important mine-clearance work is to helping people affected by conflict , the UN said Monday. Around 10 people a day are killed by landmines and around 40 per cent are children, according to the UN's Mine Action Service (UNMAS). Speaking on [...]

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Exhibition links mine action and humanitarian work

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Landmines and other explosive devices that were buried in the ground during conflict continue to kill and maim innocent people, mostly children. For this reason, the UN has declared 4 April as the International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action. The UN Mine Action Service (UNMAS) has mounted an exhibition at UN [...]

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In Ukraine, cash and food voucher assistance by WFP allow people to go to the market and pick the food they prefer. Photo: WFP/Abeer Etefa

    1.5 million hungry due to conflict in eastern Ukraine Around 1.5 million people are suffering from hunger due to the on-going conflict in eastern Ukraine, according to the World Food Programme (WFP). This comes after two years of fighting between government forces, and separatist rebels around the border with Russia. WFP said on [...]

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Mine action is a key humanitarian challenge, says UN's Ban

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Tackling the lethal hazards posed by landmines and other explosive devices in and around conflict zones is a key humanitarian challenge, UN chief Ban Ki-moon has announced. In a message released to coincide with the international day for mine awareness, the UN Secretary-General expressed particular concern about the use of explosive weapons in populated areas. [...]

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Life continues for resettled Syrian refugees

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Young refugees from Syria who have been resettled in Europe are being given opportunities to continue their studies in school. Five years of civil war has driven almost five million people abroad from their homes in Syria. The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) is working with NGOs and nations like Portugal to provide scholarships and accommodation [...]

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UN Chief calls for negotiations following Nagorno-Karabakh clashes

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UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called for negotiations following clashes in the South Caucus region of Nagorno-Karabakh. According to media reports, Azerbaijan has announced a "unilateral cease-fire" but intermittent fighting was still ongoing Sunday. Jocelyne Sambira has more. In a statement released by his Spokesperson, Ban Ki-moon asked all parties in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict to [...]

3 Apr 2016 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Security Council requests "options" to deploy UN police to Burundi

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UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has been asked to explore with the Burundi government and regional actors "options" for a police deployment to the troubled nation. A French-led resolution was unanimously adopted by the Security Council because of concern over the persisting violence in the country as well last the continuing political impasse. A crisis erupted last April after Burundi [...]

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News in Brief 01 April 2016 (PM)

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Civilian deaths and injuries in Libya high: UN A total of 32 people have been injured or killed in war-torn Libya during the month of March alone, the UN Mission (UNSMIL) in the country has found. The victims include women and children. Rival political groups and factions have been fighting for control of the North [...]

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Demobilization and security top priorities in CAR

UN peacekeeping chief Hervé Ladsous. UN Photo/Mark Garten

Helping former combatants in the Central African Republic (CAR) to return to civilian life is expected to continue under the country's new leadership. That's according to UN peacekeeping chief Hervé Ladsous who was in the CAR this week to attend the inauguration of its new President on Wednesday. Faustin-Archange Touadéra has taken over from transitional [...]

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Countries should vet their troops, police before joining peace missions

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Troops and police officers sent to serve in peace missions should be vetted, the UN peacekeeping chief has said. Allegations of the sexual abuse of children by foreign soldiers serving in the Central African Republic have been reported by the United Nations on a number of occasions. The alleged crimes mostly took place in 2014, [...]

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Yemen war has "devastating" effect on women of reproductive age

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The latest round of peace talks aimed at ending the year-long conflict in Yemen is set to begin later this month. The resulting breakdown in the country's healthcare system has put the lives of some 3.4 million women between 15 and 49 years old at risk, the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) reports. The agency estimates [...]

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China, US commit to signing Paris climate deal

Non-State actors such as companies, cities, regions and provinces have vital role in realizing bigger reductions in current and future emissions. UN File Photo/Kibae Park

China and the United States have been commended by the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon for committing to sign a global agreement to combat climate change. A hundred and ninety-five countries agreed to keep global temperatures below two degrees Celsius during a historic meeting in Paris last December. The UN climate deal will be open for [...]

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Hundreds vaccinated amid Ebola flare-up in Guinea, Liberia

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More than 800 people have been vaccinated in Guinea using an experimental Ebola jab to deal with the first flare-up of the deadly disease there since the original outbreak was declared over in December last year. The World Health Organization (WHO) which announced the news, also said on Friday that the disease has returned to [...]

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News in Brief 01 April 2016 (AM) – Geneva

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Hundreds vaccinated amid Ebola flare-up in Guinea In Guinea, hundreds of people have been vaccinated with an experimental Ebola jab in an effort to deal with a flare-up of the deadly disease. So far, seven people have died in what is the first re-emergence of the disease since the original outbreak was declared over in [...]

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Three comedians walk into the UN: Our seriously funny new podcast

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (center) at International Day of Happiness Launch Event - Angry Birds for Happy Planet Campaign, with Maya Rudolph (far left), Josh Gad (left), Jason Sudeikis (far right) and "Red" the Angry Bird (right).
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You've heard all the jokes about comedians walking into a bar, but what happens when a trio of self-described "chuckleheads" dedicated to fighting climate change, walk into the UN? We recorded the result, for our latest episode of The Lid Is On, UN Radio's new podcast series. Jason Sudeikis, Josh Gad and Maya Rudolph are [...]

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‘Benjamin's Story’ short film raises awareness of autism

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A young autistic filmmaker has visited the UN to look at how recently agreed development targets will benefit people living with the condition. The Sustainable Development Goals which were agreed by the international community last year will frame global poverty eradication over the next 15 years. During his visit to the UN, Benjamin Rosloff spoke [...]

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