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"Urgent moral duty" to prevent the "carnage" of terror: UN chief

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Member States of the United Nations have an "urgent moral duty" to act together and prevent the "carnage" of terrorism. That was the call from the organization's chief Ban Ki-moon, to the General Assembly during the 5th Review of the UN Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy, on Thursday. Matthew Wells has more. Speaking on the 10th anniversary [...]

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News in brief 30 June 2016 (PM)

Semi-pastoralists have been hard-hit by drought and cattle are dying as the El Niño weather phenomenon has forced families to be on the move from Haro Huba kabele in central Ethiopia in search of grazing land and water. Photo: UNICEF/Mulugeta Ayene

"Lasting resilience" needed as El Niño hits Central America  Urgent international action is needed to build "lasting resilience" along Central America's so-called "dry corridor". That's according to a crisis meeting of UN agencies and partners in Rome on Thursday, in an effort to raise awareness of the impact of El Niño on the region. The [...]

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New Independent Expert on LGBT issues a "huge development"

One of the six new stamps to promote the UN Free & Equal campaign for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) equality that were unveiled at UN headquarters ahead of their 5 February official launch by the UN Postal Administration (UNPA). Free & Equal is a global public education campaign initiated by the UN Human Rights Office to raise awareness of violence and discrimination against members of the LGBT community. UN Photo/Rick Bajornas

Activists are hailing the appointment of a UN Independent Expert on the human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people as a milestone. The UN Human Rights Council in Geneva passed a resolution on Thursday establishing the mandate. It represents an important step towards stamping out homophobia and transphobia, say those fighting hatred [...]

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UN and Africa: focus on Sahel region, Dadaab camp and drought in Zimbabwe

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Sahel suffers poverty, climate change and violent extremism: UN The Sahel region of Africa suffers "terrible" poverty compounded by climate change and further "ravaged" by violent extremism. That's according to Toby Lanzer, the UN Regional Humanitarian Coordinator for the Sahel. He was at UN Headquarters in New York for a meeting organized by the UN [...]

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UN Gender Focus: first woman to be appointed UN Under Secretary-General and empowerment" of women in Zimbabwe

In 1990 Margaret Anstee, then Director-General of the UN Office at Vienna, met President Fidel Castro of Cuba (centre) in Havana at the UN Congress on Prevention of Crime and Treatment of Offenders . Inset: Dame Anstee in 2011. Photos: UN Photo/UNA-UK

Conflicts and “disillusionment” hampering the UN, says distinguished former official A growing number of conflicts, a lack of will by Member States to act together and political disillusionment are hampering the work of the United Nations, while much depends on the next Secretary-General being "someone outstanding." That's according to Dame Margaret Anstee, the first woman [...]

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UN Global Perspective: focus on humanitarian assistance, contemporary forms of racism and Iraqi children

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Delivering on the promise to invest in humanity A staggering 130 million people worldwide require immediate humanitarian assistance; a figure that in population terms, would represent the 10th largest country in the world. That's according to the UN humanitarian affairs office (OCHA) which says although needs are great, they are not insurmountable provided countries come [...]

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Resolution of Israel-Palestine conflict requires "leadership and vision"

Nickolay Mladenov briefs the Security Council. UN Photo/Loey Felipe

The quest for a two-state solution to the Israel-Palestine conflict requires "leadership and vision" that has been "starkly absent for far too long." That's the view of Nickolay Mladenov, UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, addressing the Security Council on Thursday. He said that a long-awaited report from the Middle East Quartet [...]

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UN Daily News 30 June 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 … Some 3.6 million Iraqi children are at risk from increasing violence in the country And, Colombia is addressing its biggest challenge ever: ending more than 5 decades of conflict…

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Aid "milestone" reached with Syria convoys

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The delivery of aid to the last two besieged locations in Syria which have been without outside help since 2012 represents a humanitarian "milestone", the UN said Thursday. That message came from Jan Egeland, coordinator of an international humanitarian taskforce based at the UN in Geneva, after supplies reached Arbin and Zamalka in Rural Damascus. [...]

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3.6 million Iraqi children now at risk from increasing violence

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Some 3.6 million children in Iraq are at serious risk of death, injury, sexual violence, abduction and recruitment into armed groups. That's the shocking conclusion of a new report by the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF). A Heavy Price for Children reveals that one in five young people in the country are affected, a number that [...]

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News in brief 30 June 2016 (AM)

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  UN chief welcomes Liberia's "full assumption" of national security Liberia's "full assumption" of its own national security responsibilities, taking over from the UN Mission in the West African country, UNMIL, has been welcomed by the UN chief. Ban Ki-moon said that the "continuing improvement in the security and stability of Liberia" had "enabled the [...]

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Cautious welcome for Sri Lanka reconciliation

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Reconciliation in Sri Lanka after decades of civil war is under way but more needs to be done to bring to justice those guilty of rights abuses, the UN Human Rights chief Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein has said. Speaking to the Human Rights Council in Geneva, Mr Zeid welcomed government reform on issues including greater [...]

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Colombia set to accomplish more after end of 50-year conflict

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Colombia is addressing its biggest challenge ever: ending more than five decades of armed conflict. That's according to the Special Adviser to the nation's President on Humanitarian Affairs, Paula Gaviria. The Colombian government and the rebel group FARC this month signed an agreement to bring an end to fighting which began in 1964 that has [...]

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News in brief 29 June 2016 (PM)

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Membership of new UN global health task force announced A high-profile list of public figures who will serve on a new Global Health Crises Task Force was announced on Wednesday by UN chief Ban Ki-moon. The task force will produce regular updates on the efforts being made to create a more resilient global response to [...]

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Parties to peace talks in Syria bear "historic responsibility": UN envoy

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Everyone with a stake in the Syrian peace process bears a "historic responsibility" to find a way forward. That's the view of the UN Special Envoy for Syria, Staffan de Mistura, speaking at UN Headquarters after briefing the Security Council. He said that pressure was needed on all parties, to resume proximity talks by August, [...]

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Putting people at the centre of humanitarian operations

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How can the world's neediest people be best served? That’s what humanitarians and diplomats have been discussing at a meeting at the UN in New York, organized by the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). Reem Abaza spoke to Deputy Executive Director of the World Food Programme (WFP). He explained how the ECOSOC meeting and [...]

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UN Daily News 29 June 2016

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Listen to a bulletin of news and features from United Nations Radio, with Daniel Dickinson and Matthew Wells. In today's programme… a two-state solution is possible between Israel and Palestine…we hear from a UN conference in Geneva And, South Sudan faces "unprecedented" food shortages

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South Sudan facing "unprecedented" food shortage

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More than one-third of the population in South Sudan, or 4.8 million people, will face severe food shortages over the coming months. The warning comes from three UN agencies who say this figure represents the highest level of hunger in the country since the start of a conflict there in December 2013. Erminio Sacco is [...]

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Four new non-permanent members of Security Council chosen

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Four new non-permanent member countries have been chosen to serve on the UN Security Council. Bolivia, Ethiopia, Kazakhstan and Sweden will serve for two years beginning in January 2017. After voting left Italy and the Netherlands deadlocked for the final and fifth place on the Council, the two countries have suggested serving one year each. [...]

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Two-state solution for Israel and Palestine is "possible"

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Peace between the people of Israel and Palestine is possible and everything should be done to achieve it, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said on Wednesday. His message was for all those participating in a conference at the UN in Geneva, which is exploring how to advance the Israeli-Palestinian peace process. The focus of any future [...]

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News in brief 29 June 2016 (AM)

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Efforts to combat terrorism "need to intensify" after Istanbul attack International efforts to combat terrorism "need to intensify" in the wake of Wednesday's attack by suicide bombers on the main airport in Istanbul, Turkey. That's the message from UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, following the attack which left more than 40 dead and more than 200 [...]

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Ukraine conflict "at high risk of re-escalation"

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Conflict in Ukraine has claimed the lives of nearly 9,500 people since fighting erupted two years ago, and more than one in four were civilians, the Human Rights Council heard Wednesday. Speaking at the assembly in Geneva, Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights Ivan Simonovic warned that there is "a high risk" of hostilities re-escalating between [...]

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Syria "epicentre" of global displacement crisis

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Syria has become the global "epicentre" for the displacement of people according to a UN independent expert who focuses on human rights issues. Internally displaced people, or IDPs, are distinct from refugees in that they have fled their homes but remain in their own country. The UN estimates that there are currently over 40 million [...]

28 Jun 2016 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

Brexit shows need for politicians to stamp out racism says expert

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Politicians have a responsibility in the wake of the UK's decision to leave the European Union not to play on people's fears over migration, causing racist and xenophobic sentiment and hate crimes. That's the view of UN Special Rapporteur on Contemporary Forms of Racism, Mutuma Ruteere, who's attending the Human Rights Council in Geneva. He [...]

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News in brief 28 June 2016 (PM)

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"Cowardly attack" shows terrorists' "disdain for Islam" A suicide bombing in Iraq that news reports say killed at least twelve and injured more than 30, has been condemned as a "cowardly attack" by the senior UN representative in the country. The bomber, who was wearing an explosive vest, struck a mosque in the town of [...]

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Sixty-nine million under-5s will die by 2030 unless global aid increases

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Poverty, illiteracy and premature death await the world's most disadvantaged children, unless the world "focusses more" on their plight. That's according to the UN Children's Fund's (UNICEF) annual report, published on Tuesday, The State of the World's Children. This year's report warns that hundreds of millions of children will be denied a fair chance unless [...]

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"Mutual respect" for "legitimate aspirations" only path to peace, says Ban

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in a joint press statement with Prime Minister of Israel. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

No solution to the conflict between Israel and Palestine will be found without recognizing the "legitimate aspirations" of both peoples. That's the view of UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, speaking at a press conference with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday in Jerusalem. The UN chief also visited Gaza, and praised Palestinians there for rebuilding [...]

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UN Daily News 28 June 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… Millions of people in the Sahel region of Africa are "on the verge of starvation" the UN humanitarian coordinator for the region warns And, More than 800 journalists have been killed in the past [...]

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Sahel suffers poverty, climate change and violent extremism: UN

Toby Lanzer. UN Photo/Loey Felipe

The Sahel region of Africa suffers "terrible" poverty compounded by climate change and further "ravaged" by violent extremism. That's according to the UN Regional Humanitarian Coordinator for the Sahel, including Lake Chad and Mali. He is at UN Headquarters in New York for a meeting organized by the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) to [...]

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News in brief 28 June 2016 (AM) – Geneva

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Rights chief speaks out against racist attacks in UK A series of attacks on minorities and ethnic groups in the United Kingdom in the wake of its decision to leave the European Union has been condemned by the UN Human Rights Commissioner. In a statement issued on Tuesday, Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein expressed deep concern [...]

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"Alarming" drought in Zimbabwe threatens 4 million people

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A drought in Zimbabwe is threatening the well-being of around four million people according to the UN Resident Coordinator in the southern African country. The situation caused by the el Nino weather system has been described by the UN's Bishow Parajuli as "alarming." International donors are being urged to provide more money to counter what [...]

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More than 800 journalists killed in past decade, UN panel hears

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Information, and the pursuit of it, is becoming more and more dangerous with over 800 journalists killed in the past decade alone. That's one of the headlines to emerge from a panel discussion on the safety of journalists working in the field held at UN Headquarters in New York. The panel heard that journalists should [...]

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Delivering on the promise to invest in humanity

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A staggering 130 million people worldwide require immediate humanitarian assistance; a figure that in population terms, would represent the 10th largest country in the world. That's according to the UN humanitarian affairs office (OCHA) which says although needs are great, they are not insurmountable provided countries come together to invest in humanity. The UN Economic [...]

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News in brief 27 June 2016 (PM)

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UN establishes security cordon to protect South Sudanese civilians The UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) has established a security cordon around its base at Wau following an outbreak of violence between armed groups and the South Sudanese army (SPLA). In a statement, UNMISS said it was continuing to provide protection to around 10,000 civilians [...]

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UN Daily News 27 June 2016

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Listen to a bulletin of news and features from United Nations Radio, with Dianne Penn and Matthew Wells. In today's programme: Efforts continue to encourage Somali refugees at the Daadab complex in Kenya to voluntarily return home And humanitarians report that they are "completely overstretched" meeting the needs of scores of Iraqis fleeing the embattled [...]

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We cannot be a world of "us and them" warns UN chief

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon visited Tel Aviv University, where he received the George S. Wise Medal, spoke to students and faculty and met with private sector representatives and the University's research centres focusing on innovation and sustainable development. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

We cannot become a world that is divided into "us and them," according to the UN Secretary-General, speaking in Israel on Monday. The UN chief was receiving an award at Tel Aviv University and was also due to meet the Israeli President, Reuven Rivlin, and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Matthew Wells reports. Ban Ki-moon said [...]

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News in brief 27 June 2016 (AM)

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Suicide bombings in Lebanon kill five A series of four suicide bombings in north-eastern Lebanon that took place on Monday morning have killed five, and left others injured. The attacks, which took place at dawn in the town of El-Qaa, near the Syrian border, were swiftly condemned by the UN Special Coordinator for Lebanon. Sigrid [...]

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Dadaab returnees will leave camps voluntarily, says UNHCR

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In Kenya, moves are continuing to encourage about 320,000 Somali nationals to leave Dadaab, one of the biggest camp complexes in the world for displaced people, the UN Refugee Agency said Monday. UNHCR, which was present at talks over the weekend with government representatives from Kenya and Somalia, says that the target for 2016 is [...]

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Libya hospital strikes "more common and serious"

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Attacks on health facilities in Libya are happening more often with ever more serious consequences for the country's people, the World Health Organization (WHO) warned Monday. According to WHO's representative in Libya, Dr Syed Jaffer Hussain, Benghazi's main hospital and three other health facilities in the eastern city have been targeted in the last five [...]

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Europe needs to build on "existing systems" to fight Zika Virus

A model of the Aedes mosquito, which spreads the Zika virus to humans. Aedes mosquitoes also spread dengue, chikungunya, and yellow fever. Photo: Kate Mayberry/IRIN

Europe needs to build on "existing systems" to fight Zika and prevent any possible outbreak. This was the conclusion reached on Friday by disease surveillance and control experts who were attending a three-day meeting in Lisbon, Portugal. Health experts from the Americas were among those sharing their experience in handling the Zika virus outbreak with [...]

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Disaster risk reduction in Belize beneficial but expensive

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Reducing the economic impact caused by disasters is expensive but worthwhile, according to the minister for national emergencies in Belize. The Central American country suffers regularly from floods which disrupt trade, agriculture, transportation and child education. Minister Edmond Castro who works in the national emergency office, known as NEMO, was recently in Paraguay for a [...]

27 Jun 2016 | Posted in Caribbean News, Today's Features | Read More »

Parties to Yemen peace talks have “moral responsibility” to end conflict : Ban

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Parties to the Yemen peace talks have a "moral and political" responsibility to end the conflict, the UN Secretary-General urged on Sunday. Speaking in Kuwait where the negotiations were being hosted, Ban Ki-moon expressed concern about the worsening situation back in the war-torn country. He also met with the Gulf nation's top authorities and thanked [...]

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Women suffer greater impacts from drug dependency

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Women can suffer greater impacts from drug dependency than men according to the UN's annual report on global drug trends. The World Drug Report 2016 reveals that two million more people are hooked on on drugs, bringing the overall total to 29 million. The report comes ahead of the International Day Against Drug Abuse and [...]

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"Dehumanizing" practice of torture remains pervasive

ingers wearing hats advocating "No Torture" line up before performing at a Human Rights Day event outside of Mogadishu Central Prison in Somalia. UN Photo/Tobin Jones

The dehumanizing practice of torture remains pervasive and is disturbingly gaining acceptance, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said on Sunday. He made the remarks on the International Day of Support for the Victims of Torture observed annually on 26 June. Torture is strictly prohibited under international law. Jocelyne Sambira reports. The law on torture is crystal [...]

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New international project launches to help gather life-saving data

Children play outdoors at a school in Curaçao, the Netherlands. Photo: UNICEF/Roger LeMoyne

A new project to help gather life-saving data on health trends has been launched, involving 18 countries from around the world. The Data for Health Initiative is being driven by Bloomberg Philanthropies, in collaboration with the Australian government, together with public agencies, including the World Health Organization (WHO). Lubna Bhatti is a WHO physician and [...]

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Europe needs to find a "humane solution" to the migrant crisis

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in Paris during joint press conference with France President Francois Hollande. UN Photo/ Eskinder Debebe

European countries need to find a humane solution to the migrant and refugee crisis, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said on Saturday. He made the remarks in Paris during a briefing to the press with President François Hollande. Mr Ban was in the country to receive an honorary doctorate at the Sorbonne-Pantheon University. Jocelyne Sambira reports. [...]

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"At sea for all": annual day celebrates maritime workers

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"At sea for all"; that's the "campaign theme" of this year's annual Day of the Seafarer. It's the sixth annual day, marked by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) on Saturday, 25 June. The celebratory day is designed to highlight the significant impact that maritime labourers have, sailing the world's seas and oceans. Janie Cangelosi has [...]

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Brazilian government needs "more pressure" to protect indigenous rights

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More pressure needs to be put on Brazil's government to protect the rights of indigenous peoples. That's according to the UN Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples, Victoria Tauli-Corpuz. In mid-June, a health worker was killed and 6 others were injured in a paramilitary attack, allegedly backed by wealthy landowners. All the casualties [...]

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News in Brief 24 June 2016 (PM)

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon delivers keynote address at "The Cannes Debate" at Palais des Festivals, France. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

  Global ad industry launches "campaign for humanity" Leaders of the global advertising industry have launched the "biggest-ever campaign for humanity," the UN Secretary-General has announced. The Common Ground initiative was launched on Friday from France where Ban Ki-moon attended the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity. UN Spokesperson Farhan Haq explained more. The Secretary-General [...]

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UN Population Award recognizes importance of women's health

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A leading Brazilian social scientist and a Polish childbirth organization have been named as the recipients of this year's UN Population Award. The Childbirth with Dignity Foundation has worked for decades to improve reproductive health and women's rights in Poland. And the eminent population expert, Carmen Barroso, of Brazil, was honoured as individual laureate. She [...]

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Fallujah humanitarian operation “completely overstretched”

Lise Grande in a visit to Baharka IDP camp in northern Iraq. UNICEF File Photo

More than 85,000 people have fled Fallujah since the Iraqi military launched an offensive last month to free the city from the terrorist group ISIL, also known as Daesh. UN agencies and their partners have been working non-stop to assist those escaping the embattled Iraqi city, which has been under the extremists' control for more [...]

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UN Daily News 24 June 2016

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Listen to a bulletin of news and features from United Nations Radio, with Dianne Penn and Matthew Wells. In today's programme:  Mediterranean Sea deaths set to pass 3,000 for the third year running; and the former child bride of a notorious Ugandan rebel leader talks about that harrowing time…and her hopes for bringing about change [...]

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Mediterranean Sea deaths set to pass 3,000 for third year running

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The rescue of more than 5,000 migrants in unsafe boats off the Italian coast in the last 24 hours comes amid news that May was the deadliest month for Mediterranean Sea crossings so far this year, UN-partner the International Organization for Migration (IOM) said Friday. According to IOM, 1,086 people died or went missing last [...]

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EU, UK remain important partners for UN after "Brexit"

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The United Kingdom and the European Union remain "important partners" for the UN following the so-called "Brexit" vote, the Secretary-General said on Friday. The UK made the historic decision in a referendum to leave the EU, by a margin of 52 per cent to 48 per cent. The UN chief said that the vote had [...]

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News in Brief 24 June 2016 – Geneva (AM)

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Airlifted aid planned for 150,000 Syrians where supplies have run out Desperately needed food aid for up to 150,000 people is to be airlifted into the north-eastern town of Qamishli in Syria where supplies have run out, the UN said Friday. Announcing the development, the World Food Programme's Bettina Luescher said that conditions are "dire" [...]

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"I can still do great things" says abducted Ugandan woman

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A Ugandan woman who was abducted as an 11 year old by a notorious African warlord says that despite an incredibly difficult life she "can still do great things to bring about change in the world." Evelyn Amony was held by the Lord's Resistance Army or LRA for over 11 years, during which time she [...]

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Older people need "greater say" in disaster planning

Seventy-seven-year-old Anacleta struggles to subsist in her storm-ravaged home following Typhoon Haiyan, which struck the Philippines in 2013. File Photo: HelpAge International/Rosaleen Cunningham

Older people need to be consulted more consistently when it comes to planning for the eventuality of disasters; that's according to an expert working for the non-profit organization, HelpAge International in Colombia. Joost Van de Lest recently attended a UN conference in Paraguay focusing on how best to reduce the risk of natural and man-made [...]

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Torture victims’ right to rehabilitation “often neglected”

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The right of torture victims to seek treatment for the trauma they have experienced is “often neglected,” according to experts who work with these people. They say survivors sometimes find it hard to get help because some countries deny that they are torturing their citizens. Representatives from UN Member States and non-governmental organizations discussed the [...]

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News in Brief 23 June 2016 (PM)

Newly arrived families from Fallujah receive emergency assistance in Al Khalidiya. Humanitarian actors are working around the clock to provide emergency assistance to the newly displaced, including shelter, water, food, basic household items and health care. Photo: OCHA/Themba Linden

UN "working around the clock" to aid Fallujah Aid agencies are "working around the clock" to provide relief to people fleeing fighting in the Iraqi city of Fallujah, the UN says. More than 3,400 tents have been delivered since May and 21,000 packages of basic household items have been distributed, including cooking stoves. A five-day [...]

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Make widows "more visible" says UN chief

Ivorian widows run a small restaurant in Yopougon with the help of the non-governmental organization, Les Compagnes de Ruth. UN Photo/Ky Chung

Greater efforts are needed to make sure that widows are "more visible" in society. That's the message from the UN chief to mark International Widows' Day celebrated annually on 23 June. In some cultures women whose partners have died are often the most marginalized and isolated. Deganit Perez reports. The UN says that almost half [...]

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Colombia and FARC rebels sign ceasefire deal in Cuba

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A ceasefire has been signed in Cuba on Thursday between the Colombian government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia rebel group, known as FARC. The UN Secretary General is in Havana where he witnessed the signing of the deal and the laying down of arms between the two parties. Peace talks between Colombia's authorities [...]

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UN Global Perspective: focus on Syria talks, photographing refugees and yoga

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Syria talks "not ruled out for July" Fresh talks to decide the future of Syria are urgently needed, and the aim is still for them to take place in July, UN Special Envoy Staffan de Mistura said on Thursday. Speaking in Geneva, the veteran negotiator indicated that he will be asking the UN Security Council [...]

23 Jun 2016 | Posted in UN Global Perspective | Read More »

UN Gender Focus: Sexual Violence in Conflict, Disaster Management and Disabled Women Fight for Equal Rights

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Uniting political will and theatre to end wartime rape The sentencing this week of a former Congolese rebel leader for crimes against humanity committed in the Central African Republic (CAR) has been hailed by the UN as a sign of progress in global action to end impunity for wartime rape. The conviction of Jean-Pierre Bemba [...]

23 Jun 2016 | Posted in UN Gender Focus | Read More »

UN and Africa Special: Reclaiming a life after the brutality of a Ugandan warlord

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A Ugandan women who was abducted at age eleven and then forced to become the wife of one of Africa's most feared and brutal warlords has been speaking about her experiences at the launch of her memoir, I am Evelyn Amony: Reclaiming My Life from the Lord's Resistance Army in New York, an event hosted [...]

23 Jun 2016 | Posted in UN and Africa | Read More »

29 million people addicted to drugs globally

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The number of people addicted to drugs globally is now 29 million people – a new record – the UN said Thursday. The finding appears in the World Drug Report, published by the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). It shows that 207,000 people died from drug use in 2014, and that heroin use [...]

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UN Daily News 23 June 2016

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Listen to a bulletin of news and features from United Nations Radio, with Janie Cangelosi and Jocelyne Sambira. In today's programme: a senior UN Envoy to Syria calls for further peace talks in July; and a new report says that 29 million people are dependent on drugs globally.

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UN Peacebuilding Fund faces "desperate funding shortfall"

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A United Nations fund to promote peace in post-conflict countries is facing a "desperate funding shortfall", Jan Eliasson, the deputy UN chief warned on Thursday. The Peacebuilding Fund was set up to support countries emerging from war to prevent a relapse into conflict. A pledging conference is expected to be held in September organized by [...]

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Trauma of terrorist crimes against Yazidis laid bare in new report

Yazidi refugees, including several children, go about their lives in Nawrouz refugee camp, approximately 40 kilometres from the Syrian border with Iraq. Photo: UNICEF/Razan Rashidi

A report setting out for the first time the systematic crimes of genocide against the Yazidi minority in Iraq, by the terrorist group ISIL, has been presented to the UN Human Rights Council. Officially entitled "They came to destroy: ISIS Crimes against the Yazidis" the report was the subject of a panel discussion on the [...]

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Global drug dependency up to 29m people

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The number of adults who are dependent on drugs globally has increased by two million to 29 million people, according to a report released by the UN on Thursday. The World Drug Report 2016, shows that heroin use has increased sharply over the last two years in some countries in North America and Western and [...]

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News in Brief 23 June 2016 (AM)

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Former UN General Assembly President John Ashe dies  The former UN General Assembly President, John Ashe, has died, his successor has announced. In a statement released on Thursday, the current General Assembly President, Mogens Lykketoft expressed his condolences to the family of the late diplomat. The late Ambassador was from Antigua and Barbuda and served [...]

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Syria talks “not ruled out for July”

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Fresh talks to decide the future of Syria are urgently needed, and the aim is still for them to take place in July, UN Special Envoy Staffan de Mistura said Thursday. Speaking in Geneva, the veteran negotiator indicated that he will be asking the UN Security Council for guidance in coming days. But Mr de [...]

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Programme promotes Better Work conditions in the garment industry

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Approximately 60 million people in the developing world are employed in the garment industry, according to data from the International Labour Organization (ILO). The UN agency has joined with the World Bank to improve working conditions for these people, most of whom are women. The Better Work programme helps factories address areas such as working [...]

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"Don't push" Lebanon's resilience to tipping-point

A young Syrian girl sits on a broken chair by her tent in Faida 3 camp, an informal tented settlement for Syria refugees in Bekaa Valley, Lebanon. Photo: UNICEF/Alessio Romenzi.

The international community has been urged by a senior UN official not to push what's been described as Lebanon's legendary resilience to a tipping-point. A massive refugee influx from neighbouring Syria, coupled with regional uncertainties and domestic political polarization, have taken a heavy toll on Lebanon's economy according to the UN Resident and Humanitarian coordinator, [...]

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

Global business urged to embrace "integrity"

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The global business community has been told by the UN Secretary-General that "integrity" and "doing business right" will help to improve the world. Ban Ki-moon was speaking at the UN Global Compact Leaders Summit which opened in New York on Wednesday. Daniel Dickinson reports. The Global Compact is described as the world's largest corporate sustainability [...]

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News in Brief 22 June 2016 (PM)

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  Renewed violence in CAR displaces thousands Renewed violence is forcing thousands of people in the Central African Republic (CAR) to flee to neighbouring Chad and Cameroon, the UN says. Thousands more are moving into displaced camps in the Bimbo area in Ombella-M'Poko prefecture because of a recent flare-up of violence in the country's capital [...]

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UN Daily News 22 June 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: political action and theatre unite to stamp out sexual violence in conflict; and a human rights expert calls for greater controls for private security firms.

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Uniting political will and theatre to end wartime rape

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The sentencing this week of a former Congolese rebel leader for crimes against humanity committed in the Central African Republic (CAR) has been hailed by the UN as a sign of progress in global action to end impunity for wartime rape. The conviction of Jean-Pierre Bemba by the International Criminal Court came just days after [...]

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South Sudan security situation remains "volatile"

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The security situation in South Sudan remains "very volatile" and is characterised by human rights violations and abuse, a senior UN official has said. Kate Gilmore, Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights, spoke during an interactive dialogue of the Human Rights Council on Wednesday. Ethnically targeted clashes were triggered in December 2013 when political tensions [...]

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News in Brief 22 June 2016 (AM)

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"Dire" living conditions for Palestine refugees in Lebanon A UN special coordinator for Lebanon has expressed her concern about the "dire" living conditions of Palestine refugees in the country. Sigrid Kaag visited the Rashidieh camp in southern Lebanon and was briefed on the conditions of the camp and the socio-economic difficulties its residents were facing. [...]

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Private security must be held accountable, says rights investigator

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The use of force by private security firms is a "fact of modern life" but it should be subject to far greater controls and accountability, a top UN human rights investigator said Tuesday. Christof Heyns, who's the UN Human Rights Council Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial killings and the right to life, was speaking at the Geneva [...]

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Rohingya refugees want “a normal life in safety and in dignity”

There are 28,000 documented Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh, including these boys at the Kutupalong refugee camp. File photo: IRIN/David Swanson

Rohingya refugees like “all of us” are searching for “a normal life in safety and in dignity.” That’s according to Ravina Shamdasani, from the UN Human Rights Office (OHCHR). A new report from OHCHR on Monday, submitted to the UN Human Rights Council, urged the new government in Myanmar to take “concrete steps” to put [...]

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Series of violent incidents plague CAR

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A series of violent incidents have been taking place in the Central African Republic (CAR) since yesterday, the UN Mission in the country reports. On Monday, a police station in the PK5 area of Bangui was surrounded by an alleged armed "self-defence group". Janie Cangelosi reports. During an operation to extract policemen from there, shots [...]

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News in Brief 21 June 2016 (PM)

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Serious human rights abuses ongoing in Fallujah, the UN warns Serious human rights violations and abuses are ongoing in Fallujah as people continue to flee the embattled Iraqi city, the UN human rights office warns. Iraqi security forces are fighting with armed groups in an effort to re-take control of Fallujah which had fallen to [...]

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Syria life expectancy drops by 20 years

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Life expectancy in Syria has dropped by 20 years, the UN humanitarian chief told ambassadors meeting in New York on Tuesday. This is just one of the shocking figures resulting from six years of conflict which has killed more than a quarter of a million people, generated an unending wave of refugees, and decimated the [...]

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News in Brief 21 June 2016 (AM)

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More than half of Yemenis "don't have enough food to eat" Fears are growing for the people of Yemen, the UN said Tuesday, amid news that more than half of the country's population is suffering from life-threatening food insecurity. In a joint statement by the World Food Programme (WFP) and the Food and Agriculture Organization [...]

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UN Daily News 21 June 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: we get an update on the Syrian crisis from three senior UN officials; and it's the International Day of Yoga. Namaste.  A 97-year-old practitioner explains the benefits of "tuning into the spirit of life."

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UN-backed court sentences Jean-Pierre Bemba to 18 years for war crimes

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A Congolese former rebel commander has been sentenced to 18 years of prison for war crimes and crimes against humanity, including rape, murder and pillage. The UN-backed International Criminal Court (ICC) made the announcement on Tuesday, declaring Jean-Pierre Bemba Gombo guilty beyond any reasonable doubt. The crimes were committed in the Central African Republic (CAR) [...]

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Two billion people practice yoga "because it works"

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Two billion people around the world practice yoga, fundamentally, "because it works" according to one leading guru from India. Yoga is an ancient physical, mental and spiritual practice that originated in India and is now practiced in various forms around the world. Jaggi Vasudev was due to lead a session at UN headquarters in New [...]

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‘Portals’ connects people from all over the world

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A new innovation in communications technology is connecting people from all over the world, from the United States to Iraq, and from Cuba to Kenya. Michelle Moghtader is the Co-founder of Shared Studios, the organization behind the project, called Portals. Ms Moghtader was at UN Headquarters in New York on Monday to unveil the newest [...]

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Yoga, "breath of the eternal"

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The ancient practice of yoga represents the "breath of the eternal," according to one of the world's oldest practitioners. Ninety-seven year old Tao Porchon-Lynch began learning yoga in India at age eight. She's visiting United Nations Headquarters to celebrate the second ever International Day of Yoga, marked annually on 21 June. Laura Jarriel asked Ms [...]

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News in Brief 20 June 2016 (PM)

Newly arrived families from Fallujah receive emergency assistance in Al Khalidiya. Humanitarian actors are working around the clock to provide emergency assistance to the newly displaced, including shelter, water, food, basic household items and health care. Photo: OCHA/Themba Linden

UN releases US$15 million to provide aid to Fallujah displaced US$15million has been disbursed by the UN Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) to provide life-saving aid to people affected by fighting in Fallujah in Iraq. More than 85,000 people have been uprooted from their homes as government forces try to re-take the city from the [...]

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Myanmar minorities suffer "systemic" discrimination, abuse: UN

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Authorities in Myanmar are being urged to take concrete steps to put an end to the systemic discrimination and human rights violations against minorities. UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein issued a statement on Monday as he released a new report highlighting their plight. The large Rohingya Muslim community has been [...]

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Refugees need more help earning a living

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Refugees need more support to learn the skillsets required earn a living. That's according to Filippo Grandi, head of the UN Refugee Agency, UNHCR. He recently visited Iran, which plays host to over 3 million refugees from Afghanistan. Janie Cangelosi has the story. Duration: 1'43"

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UN Daily News 20 June 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: it’s World Refugee Day and we look at the record level of global displacement which sees no less than 24 people being forced to flee their homes every minute. We also hear how Afghan [...]

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10,000 waiting to return to Kosovo

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Some 10,000 refugees have expressed an interest in returning to Kosovo, according to the UN Refugee Agency, UNHCR. An estimated 850,000 people fled Kosovo during the 1990 according to UN figures. Voluntary repatriation began in 1999, but many are still to return. Shpend Berbatovci reports. Duration: 3’34″

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65 million uprooted globally as "anti-refugee rhetoric" rises

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The world must stand together with the millions of men, women and children who flee their homes each year to ensure their rights and dignity are protected. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon made the call on World Refugee Day observed annually on 20 June. Forced displacement has reached unprecedented levels with more than 65 million people [...]

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News in Brief 20 June 2016 (AM)

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Deadly attacks in Afghanistan condemned by UN A series of attacks that killed and maimed civilians across Afghanistan has been condemned by the UN mission there, UNAMA. The detonation of an improvised explosive device (IED) in a bazaar in the north-east province of Badakhshan killed 10 civilians, including five children. Thirty-six others were injured, mostly [...]

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A photographer’s search for “normalcy” in refugees' lives

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"A lot of photographers travel to places and they want to show the differences between us" and the people caught in conflict. That's according to Giles Duley, a British photographer who instead aims to show our similarities. Giles started his career in music and fashion, although he is best known for documenting humanitarian issues and [...]

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Refugee agency: 24 people "displaced every minute"

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Global forced displacement reached 65.3 million in 2015, the highest level ever recorded, the UN said Monday. The findings from the UN Refugee Agency, UNHCR, mark the first time the threshold of 60 million people has been crossed. It means that one in every 113 people is now either an asylum-seeker, internally displaced or a [...]

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Hopes alive to put first “developing country” astronaut in space

Simonetta Di Pippo, Director of the UN Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) speaking at UNIS Vienna. File Photo: UNIS Vienna

Putting the first developing country astronaut into space could become a reality in the next few years according to the UN Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA). The office, which focuses on the peaceful uses of outer space, has signed an agreement with the Chinese space agency to allow the possibility of a man or [...]

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"Empower women" to be part of disaster management policy making

In Yogyakarta, Indonesia, women at a community meeting discuss the reconstruction of their village in the wake of the 2006 tsunami and earthquake. Photo: World Bank/Nugroho Nurdikiawan Sunjoyo

Greater efforts need to be made to empower women to be part of the decision-making process for disaster risk reduction policies, according to a senior Canadian emergency management official. Studies show that women and children are heavily impacted when natural and man-made catastrophes strike. Experts from across the Americas recently gathered at a UN conference [...]

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Fighting discrimination against albinos in Liberia

An Albino student (right) attends school in Niambly, near Duekoue, Côte d'Ivoire. Photo: UNHCR/H. Caux

Discrimination, marginalization, unemployment and greater susceptibility to skin cancer are some of the obstacles encountered by people with albinism, according to an activist from the West African country of Liberia. Patricia M. C. Logan is the founder and Executive Director of the Liberia Albino Society which works to empower people who have the rare genetic condition, [...]

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

Sport as "catalyst" for building consensus

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Sport can act as a "catalyst" for change and can help to build consensus where disharmony exists; that's according to the Foreign Minister of The Netherlands. Bert Koenders was speaking at a sport for peace and development event at United Nations Headquarters in New York hosted by the Dutch and Zambian missions to the UN. [...]

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Technology doesn't "repair" people it "enables" them

A participant listens on at the special event in observance of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities. UN File Photo/Amanda Voisard

Technology doesn't "repair" people it "enables" them; that's according to Chapal Khasnabis the man leading a new World Health Organization (WHO) initiative to promote what are known as "assistive technologies." That could include electric wheelchairs, cochlear implants and other aids that assist people with disabilities. The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities which [...]

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Speak up for victims of sexual violence in conflict

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon with Nadia Murad Basee Taha at the recent World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul. Ms Taha, a Yazidi human rights activist from Iraq, who survived abduction and torture by the terrorist group ISIL. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe.

The shame felt by victims of rape and other sexual abuse during wartime should be redirected towards those who perpetrate these crimes. That's the message from the UN Secretary-General for the first International Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict, observed this Sunday, 19 June. Dianne Penn reports. The UN chief called for [...]

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Europe urged to adopt human rights-based approach to refugee crisis

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon greets a young refugee girl on the Greek island of Lesbos. UN Photo/Rick Bajornas

Detention is not the answer to Europe's refugee crisis, according to the UN Secretary-General who urges countries to adopt a "humane and human rights-based approach" to address the challenge. Ban Ki-moon made the call on Saturday from the Greek island of Lesbos, where he met with refugees from some of the world's most troubled places. [...]

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Expert on albinism rights urges people to “discover who we are”

Ikponwosa Ero, UN indendepent expert on albinism (left), and a participant at three-day Action on Albinism in Africa forum in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Photo: Stella Vuzo.

People with albinism do not bring good luck or bad luck; neither are they  "superhuman."  They just want to be treated like everyone else. That's the message from the UN Independent Expert on Albinism, Ikponwosa Ero, who is hosting a three-day forum in Tanzania to combat discrimination and violations against people with the condition. Albinism [...]

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UN chief calls for greater support for Greece as it tackles refugee challenge

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras. UN Photo/Rick Bajornas

Greece should not be left on its own to address the European refugee and migrant crisis, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said on Saturday. The UN chief was speaking to the press in the country's capital, Athens, following talks with Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras. Mr Ban is on a two-day visit to Greece, where over 57,000 [...]

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Liberia has "come a long way" and is ready to stand on its own

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Liberia has come a long way in the last thirteen years and is now ready to manage its own security. That's according to Farid Zarif, Special Representative to the Secretary General for the UN's mission in the nation, UNMIL. The peacekeeping mission was first deployed in 2003 to help the West African nation stabilize and [...]

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Football "common denominator" for peace in Africa

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One of the most celebrated African footballers of all time says that football can be the "common denominator" for peace on the continent and further afield. Kalusha Bwalya from Zambia was at UN Headquarters in New York to take part in an event to showcase the importance of sport in building peace and development. Daniel [...]

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News in Brief – 17 June 2016 (PM)

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Impunity "the order of the day" in Burundi crisis Impunity for serious present and past human rights violations remains "the order of the day" in Burundi, three independent experts have charged. The members of the UN Independent Investigation on Burundi (UNIIB) concluded their second visit to the Great Lakes nation on Friday. Burundi has been [...]

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UN Daily News 17 June 2016

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Listen to a bulletin of news and features from United Nations Radio, with Daniel Dickinson and Jocelyne Sambira. In today’s programme: African countries are urged to “talk less and act more” on albinism; and a photographer tells us why he’s looking to portray the everyday normalities of a refugee’s life.  

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Africa told "talk less and act more" on albinism

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African countries are being urged to "talk less and act more" to tackle attacks and discrimination faced by people with albinism. That's the recommendation of a UN independent expert on albinism speaking at the first-ever regional forum on albinism in Africa which is underway in Dar es Salaam in Tanzania. The condition is characterized by [...]

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New Zika response plan announced

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A new approach to tackling the Zika virus is needed which focuses more on preventing and managing the medical complications it causes, the World Health Organization (WHO) said Friday. Daniel Johnson reports from Geneva. Announcing a revised Zika strategic response plan in Geneva, WHO also called for greater international cooperation, adding that a vaccine could [...]

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Experts call for better land use to halt "alarming" rate of soil degradation

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The world loses 24 billion tonnes of fertile soil and 15 billion trees each year due to land degradation. That's according to a new report which calls for more action to reverse what's been called the "alarming" pace of depletion. The study was published by the International Resource Panel which brings together 34 internationally renowned [...]

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News in Brief 17 June 2016 (AM) – Geneva

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Syria aid convoys reach 87,000 besieged people Aid convoys to besieged communities in Syria have delivered emergency supplies in recent hours to more than 87,000 people, according to the UN. OCHA, the humanitarian coordinating agency, said that Al-Waer in Homs and Afrin in Aleppo had been reached. Another convoy to Al-Waer is planned, pending government [...]

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Football brings "joy" and relieves "sorrows"

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Football brings "joy" to people and relieves their "sorrows" and ultimately promotes a more peaceful world; that's according to the world renowned former Arsenal and Nigerian national team player, Nwankwo Kanu. Kanu, who is also a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador and the founder of the Kanu Heart Foundation in Lagos, was at UN Headquarters in New [...]

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Women with disabilities face “specific challenges”

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Women with disabilities face "specific challenges" which are not common to men with disabilities; that's according to Catalina Devandas Aguilar, UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. She was attending a conference focusing on women and girls with disabilities at the United Nations Headquarters. Deganit Perez reports. Duration: 2’07″

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Disaster policy needs to be better communicated to "broader audience"

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Information relating to national disaster risk reduction policies needs to be better communicated to "regular people" according to a senior United Nations official in Paraguay. The South American country recently hosted a meeting focusing on what's known as DRR, a key element of the Sendai Framework, an internationally agreed programme to mitigate the repercussions of [...]

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Latin America UNAIDS ambassador says "macho" gap needs closing

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The "macho" gap in Latin America needs closing when it comes to human rights and equality for people living with HIV and AIDS. That's the view of Alejandra Oraa, a Venezuelan-born television journalist and recently-appointed UNAIDS Goodwill Ambassador for Latin America and the Caribbean. She said the culture of machismo and patriarchal values around her [...]

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“Better equipped” contingents could help avert peacekeeper deaths in Mali

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Nineteen peacekeepers have been killed in Mali over a four-month period, the head of the UN mission in the country, MINUSMA, told the Security Council on Thursday. Mahamat Saleh Annadif said perhaps many of the deaths of blue helmets and other forces in the country could have been averted  if they were "better equipped." Dianne Penn [...]

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UN Global Perspective: focus on genocide against Yazidis, Ecuador earthquake and solar-powered airplane

Carla del Ponte and Paulo Pinheiro from the Commission of Inquiry into rights violations in Syria, at a press conference in Geneva. Photo: UN Photo/Jean-Marc Ferré

ISIL “committing genocide against Yazidis” Extremists of the ISIL terrorist group have committed genocide against the Yazidi people caught up in the Syria conflict, UN investigators have said. Paulo Pinheiro, who heads a report into abuses in the war-torn country, said that "every Yazidi man, woman and child" captured by the group has been subjected [...]

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News in Brief – 16 June 2016 (PM)

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  Investigations continue into sex abuse allegations in CAR Interviews with victims of alleged sexual exploitation and abuse at the hands of foreign troops in Kemo prefecture, Central African Republic (CAR), should be finalized in the coming weeks, the United Nations said on Thursday. The investigations are being conducted by the UN's Office of Internal [...]

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Global celebrities join campaign to stand #WithRefugees

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More than 60 international celebrities are calling on governments to take action for refugees. Stars such Australian actress Cate Blanchett, the model Alek Wek from South Sudan and musician Juanes from Colombia are urging people worldwide to join them in standing with those who have been displaced due to conflict and persecution. Daniel Dickinson reports. [...]

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UN Daily News 16 June 2016

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Listen to a bulletin of news and features from United Nations Radio, with Daniel Dickinson and Dianne Penn. In today's programme: The terrorist group ISIL is "committing genocide" against the Yazidi ethnic group in Syria And two months after a devastating earthquake in Ecuador, debris removal remains a problem

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UN and Africa: focus on attacks by the Lord's Resistance Army, children migrants and refugees in Dadaab camp

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Lord's Resistance Army attacks in CAR have "notably increased" Attacks by the so-called Lord's Resistance Army group in the Central Africa Republic (CAR) have "notably increased" in recent months. That's according to the head of the UN Regional Office for Central Africa (UNOCA), Abdoulaye Bathily. The Special Representative was briefing the UN Security Council on [...]

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UN Gender Focus: LBTI people and High-Level Meeting on Ending AIDS

Homage to LGBTI victims of Orlando, Florida attacks, at the US Mission to the United Nations, in New York. Photo: UN Radio/Laura Jarriel

"Huge numbers" of LBTI people "killed and injured around the world" "Huge numbers" of violent hate crimes against lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, transgender and intersex people take place around the world, and official statistics are "probably just the tip of the iceberg. "That's according to Charles Radcliffe of the UN Human Rights Office (OHCHR), speaking the [...]

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Progress made on aid access in Syria amid fighting

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Progress has been made on delivering desperately needed aid in Syria, the UN said Thursday, before warning of ongoing violence. Jan Egeland, who coordinates an international humanitarian task force at the UN in Geneva, said that 16 out of 18 besieged areas have received aid since February, compared with just two locations last year. He [...]

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News in Brief – 16 June 2016 (AM)

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  Bahrain: Concern over dissolution of leading opposition group Recent actions by authorities in Bahrain, including the dissolution of the country's largest opposition group and the detention of a prominent human rights defender, have raised the concern of the UN Secretary-General. Ban Ki-moon has also expressed dismay over reports which suggest that human rights defenders [...]

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All society benefits when civil society plays its full role: UN Secretary-General

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Restrictive laws that infringe on civil society across the world also threaten sustainable development, the UN Secretary-General said on Thursday. Ban Ki-moon's comments came in an address to the St Petersburg International Economic Forum in Russia. Dianne Penn reports. Mr Ban told the gathering that he was deeply concerned about escalating pressures faced by civil [...]

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All women, abled and disabled, are sisters in the fight for equal rights

Participants of the Conference of States Parties to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, on the first day of the session. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

"Sisterhood is powerful" and can be used to bring both able-bodied and disabled women together in the fight for equal rights; that's according to Stephanie Ortoleva, who is President of the US-based advocacy group Women Enabled International. Ms Ortoleva has been at the United Nations to participate in a meeting focussed on the Convention on [...]

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

ISIL "committing genocide against Yazidis"

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Extremists of the ISIL terrorist group have committed genocide against the Yazidi people caught up in the Syria conflict and the brutality is still happening, UN investigators said Thursday. Paulo Pinheiro, who heads a UN Commission of Inquiry report into abuses in the war-torn country, said that "every Yazidi man, woman and child" captured by [...]

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Children in Syria "living in fear" due to constant bombing

In Aleppo, Syria, four-year-old Esraa and her brother Waleed, three, sit on the ground near a shelter for internally displaced persons. Photo: UNICEF/UN013175/Al-Issa

Children in war-torn Syria are "living in fear" and are suffering from a wide range of ailments including trauma and hearing loss due to constant bombardments according to the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF). Millions of people have fled Syria as a result of the more than five years of civil conflict there, but many still [...]

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Refugees in Dadaab camp "cannot be forgotten"

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The nearly 350,000 predominantly Somali refugees in Kenya's Dadaab camp cannot be forgotten. That's according to Filippo Grandi, High Commissioner for the UN Refugee Agency, UNHCR. Mr Grandi recently took a three-day visit to Kenya and Somalia and visited the camp, considered the largest in the world. Janie Cangelosi has the story. Duration: 2’00″

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Debris removal "problem" 2 months after Ecuador earthquake

Thousands of buildings including this one in Portoviejo, Ecuador, were destroyed in the April 2016 earthquake. Photo: UNDAC/Manabí

The removal of debris following the catastrophic earthquake in Ecuador two months ago remains a "problem" for which it's difficult to attract donor funding, according to a United Nations advisor on disaster risk management in the South American nation. More than 650 people died in the magnitude 7.8 tremor which struck on 16 April in [...]

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Solar-powered airplane circles the globe with "no fuel, but much energy"

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An airplane that runs entirely on solar power, is circling the globe with "no fuel, but much energy" according to UN chief Ban Ki-moon. The plane, Solar Impulse, and its two project founders and pilots, Bertrand Piccard and André Borschberg, touched down in New York this week as part of their journey around the world. [...]

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

News in Brief – 15 June 2016 (PM)

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon participated in a commemoration at the Brussels airport for the victims of the 22 March attacks that took place at the airport and at a metro station in the city.
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  Remembering victims of Brussels terror attacks Victims of what has been described as the "heinous" 22 March terrorist attack in Brussels were remembered by the UN Secretary-General who was in the Belgian capital this Wednesday. Ban Ki-moon laid a wreath at the city's airport, one of the facilities targeted in the bombings which resulted [...]

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Lord's Resistance Army attacks in CAR have "notably increased"

Civilians displaced by increasing LRA attacks. UN Photo/Tim McKulka

Attacks by the so-called Lord's Resistance Army group in the Central Africa Republic (CAR) have "notably increased" in recent months. That's according to the head of the UN Regional Office for Central Africa (UNOCA), Abdoulaye Bathily. The Special Representative was briefing the UN Security Council on the challenges faced by the whole region, in light [...]

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UN Daily News 15 June 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: the Lord's Resistance Army is back on the offensive in Central Africa, the Security Council hears… And we speak to the most influential woman in space exploration, who tells us that getting people to [...]

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Coffee "does not cause cancer…but very hot drinks do"

The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) reviewed studies on the relation between cancer and hot beverages. Photo: World Bank/ A'Melody Lee.

Drinking coffee does not cause cancer, UN health experts said Wednesday, but very hot drinks probably do. The announcement comes from the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), the cancer agency of the World Health Organization (WHO). It follows work by scientists to assess the potential cancer hazards of drinking coffee, maté–a popular infusion [...]

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UN chief calls for peaceful resolution of Eritrea-Ethiopia border clashes

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (right) meets with Hailemariam Dessalegn, Prime Minister of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, on the margins of the 2016 European Development Days forum in Brussels, Belgium. UN Photo/Rick Bajornas

Eritrea and Ethiopia are being urged by the UN Secretary-General to exercise restraint following recent border clashes. Shelling along the frontier between the two Horn of Africa countries began on Sunday and lasted into the following day, according to reports. Eritrea became independent from Ethiopia in 1991 following a UN-supervised referendum. Dianne Penn has the [...]

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News in Brief – 15 June 2016 (AM)

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  Wave of displaced putting strain on Kurdistan Region of Iraq The Kurdistan Region of Iraq is hosting more than one million people who have been displaced by conflict in Syria or in other parts of the country, according to a study by the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR). UNHCR reports that the autonomous region, located [...]

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Nigeria's Boko Haram victims “need more help”

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The task of helping schoolgirls formerly held captive by Boko Haram extremists to recover from their ordeal is being obstructed by stigma and discrimination, the UN Human Rights Council has heard. Addressing Member States on the issue were three UN Special Rapporteurs, who recently returned from north-east Nigeria, where 276 students were kidnapped from a [...]

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People on Mars: "We must afford it" says US space chief

NASA Deputy Administrator Dr. Dava Newman walks to a meeting with NASA Administrator Charles Bolden, on her first day on the job at NASA Headquarters in Washington DC. Credits: NASA/Bill Ingalls

Putting people on Mars sometime in the 2030s is something the planet simply "must afford" for the sake of all the benefits it will bring. That's the view of Dava Newman, who is the Deputy Administrator of the US Space Administration, NASA. She gave a special presentation this week to the Committee on the Peaceful [...]

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UN chief calls for more support for refugees and host communities

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Europeans have been urged by the UN Secretary-General to remain committed to the ideals of solidarity and diversity. Ban Ki-moon made the appeal in Brussels on Tuesday, during a joint press conference alongside European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker. He also called for more joint action to better protect people seeking refuge on the continent. Matthew [...]

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News in Brief – 14 June 2016 (PM)

  Rio Olympics pose "very low risk" for further global spread of Zika Health experts have reiterated their advice that there should not be any general restrictions on travel and trade with countries or areas affected by the Zika virus. This includes the Brazilian city of Rio de Janeiro, host of the Olympic and Paralympic [...]

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If one person still needs critical aid “we haven’t done enough”

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If one person somewhere in the world still needs critical aid "then we haven't done enough." That's the passionate view of Michael Franti, a singer-songwriter from the United States who attended last month's World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul. When he came into UN Headquarters earlier this month, Deganit Perez asked how important the UN's values [...]

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UN Daily News 14 June 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, 90 per cent of child migrants crossing the Mediterranean between North Africa and Italy this year are travelling alone, the UN warns… And when it comes to giving blood, especially in some of the [...]

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Praise for partnership between United Nations and European Union

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The "vital importance" of the partnership between the United Nations and the European Union was reaffirmed this Tuesday following a visit by the UN Secretary-General to Belgium. Ban Ki-moon met with senior leaders in the capital, Brussels, and also spoke with refugees at a soup kitchen run by a local non-governmental organization (NGO). Dianne Penn [...]

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Alarming rise in youngsters reaching Italy alone

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Thousands of children have crossed the Mediterranean Sea from North Africa to Italy so far this year and nine in 10 of them were on their own, the UN has warned. According to the UN Children's Fund UNICEF, more than 7,000 unaccompanied youngsters reached Italian shores in the first five months of 2016, coming mainly [...]

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News in Brief 14 June 2016 (AM) – Geneva

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US needs to ramp up gun controls, says UN human rights chief Tougher gun controls are needed in the United States to protect people from "horrifyingly commonplace but preventable" attacks such as the Florida nightclub shooting, the UN Human Rights chief has said. Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein made his appeal on Tuesday, asking why it [...]

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"Lot more needs to be done" to boost blood-giving in developing countries

Medical technicians organize and process donated blood at Hanoi Blood Transfusion Center in Viet Nam. Photo: World Bank/Dominic Chavez

"A lot more needs to be done" to help boost blood donation in many low-income countries, according to the World Health Organization, (WHO). Speaking on World Blood Donor Day, marked annually on 14 June, Ed Kelley, WHO Director for Service Delivery and Safety, said that "things were going in the right direction" overall. He added [...]

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Countries urged to work harder for equal opportunities for people with disabilities

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The world can do better in achieving full rights for people with disabilities. That's according to the Korean Ambassador to the United Nations, who is chairing a conference this week to review progress on the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. The Convention is among the most widely ratified international treaties, with 164 [...]

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

Take action now to ensure no one left behind: UN General Assembly President

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The resources and knowledge to create a more just and equal world already exist. All that is needed is the action to make it reality. That's the opinion of UN General Assembly president Mogens Lykketoft, speaking on Monday ahead of the start of a three-day meeting on the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons [...]

13 Jun 2016 | Posted in Sustainable Development Goals, Today's News | Read More »

News in Brief – 13 June 2016 (PM)

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  UN chief condemns "abhorrent" air strike in Syria A deadly weekend air strike in Idlib city, Syria, has been condemned by the UN Secretary-General. Ban Ki-moon said the "abhorrent attack" on Sunday hit a vegetable market and the area's only bakery. Stéphane Dujarric is Spokesperson for the UN Secretary-General "The apparent air strike took [...]

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Fijian Ambassador to head UN General Assembly

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Implementing a new global agenda for sustainable development will be among the chief aims of the newly elected President of the UN General Assembly. Ambassador Peter Thomson of Fiji was on Monday voted in to lead the body, which brings together all 193 UN Member States. Dianne Penn reports. Applause in the General Assembly as [...]

13 Jun 2016 | Posted in Sustainable Development Goals, Today's News | Read More »

UN Daily News 13 June 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, after the Florida gun-massacre, a leading UN voice on human rights tells us official figures on LGBT people killed and injured worldwide are the tip of the iceberg"… And South Sudanese, expect to see [...]

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News in Brief – 13 June 2016 (AM)

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Pope urges stronger commitment to fighting hunger Pope Francis has pledged his full support to global efforts to end hunger, the World Food Programme (WFP) reports. The Pontiff on Monday made his first visit to WFP's headquarters in Rome where he encouraged countries to increase their cooperation with the UN agency. Pope Francis spoke of [...]

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Florida attack must not divide us, says UN's Eliasson

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The attack on a Florida nightclub which left up to 50 people dead must not be allowed to create division in the fight against violent extremism, the UN Deputy Secretary-General has said. Jan Eliasson made his comments in Geneva ahead of his address to the Human Rights Council to mark its 10th anniversary. Mr Eliasson [...]

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Efforts needed to end discrimination against people with albinism

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Countries are being urged by the UN Secretary-General to make a special effort to end discrimination against people with albinism. Ban Ki-moon's call comes in a message for International Albinism Awareness Day, observed this Monday, 13 June. Albinism is characterized by a lack of melanin pigment, which gives colour to skin, hair and eyes. People [...]

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"Huge numbers" of LGBTI people killed and injured around world

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"Huge numbers" of violent hate crimes against lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, transgender and intersex people take place around the world, and official statistics are "probably just the tip of the iceberg." That's according to Charles Radcliffe of the UN Human Rights Office (OHCHR), speaking the day after what the UN Secretary-General described as a "horrific attack" [...]

13 Jun 2016 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

South Sudanese expect to see "dividends of peace"

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People in South Sudan are expecting to see the "dividends of peace" now that a Transitional Government of National Unity is in place, the head of UN peacekeeping has said. Hervé Ladsous arrived in the country's capital Juba over the weekend to assess the progress since April when the new leaders were sworn-in and to [...]

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World attacked by "mainstreamed" hate, says Zeid

High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein, who addressed the opening session of the 32nd Human Rights Council in Geneva. Photo: UN Photo/Jean-Marc Ferré

The ability of the international community to resolve disputes is under attack and unravelling, the UN's human rights chief has warned. High Commissioner Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein was speaking at the beginning of the 32nd session of the Human Rights Council in Geneva. Swiss Minister for Foreign Affairs Didier Burkhalter, meanwhile, launched an appeal with [...]

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South-South Cooperation "critical" to food security

FAO Forestry Expert, Q. Ghaus (Bangladesh), left, and his Liberian counterpart (second from right) supervising the planting of teak at the College of Agriculture and Forestry near Monrovia.UN Photo/Jerry Frank

Developing countries are sharing their agricultural expertise as part of the global push to ensure that all people have enough to eat. The process is known as South-South Cooperation and is being facilitated by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). Katrin Taylor is a South-South Cooperation Officer at FAO headquarters in Rome. She spoke [...]

13 Jun 2016 | Posted in Sustainable Development Goals, Today's Features | Read More »

"Horrific attack" at Florida club, at least 50 dead, condemned by Ban

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A "horrific attack" at a Florida nightclub on Sunday morning, which has been described as the worst mass-shooting incident in the recent history of the United States, has been condemned by the UN Secretary-General. Matthew Wells reports. The UN chief Ban Ki-moon was unequivocal in his description of the attack in the city of Orlando, [...]

12 Jun 2016 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

"We can't have climate action without social justice"

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It is vital to consider social justice when implementing climate action policies. That's the warning from Moustapha Gueye, a Green Jobs Specialist for the International Labour Organization, ILO. Mr Gueye has been attending the International Labour Conference this week in Geneva. He spoke with Peter Forster about the unintentional effects that climate action can have [...]

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"Appalling" attack near sacred shrine in Damascus condemned by UN chief

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An attack on a suburb in Syria's capital which is home to what has been described as the country's holiest Shia shrine, which left many dead and injured, has been condemned by the UN Secretary-General. The terrorist group ISIL, or Daesh, carried out the bomb attacks, and news reports say that at least 12 were [...]

11 Jun 2016 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Young woman openly living with HIV shares powerful testimony at UN

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A young woman from Zimbabwe openly living with HIV, has been sharing her personal story of survival with the world to give hope to people in her situation. Loyce Maturu gave moving testimony to delegates from around the world during a High-Level Meeting at the UN in New York on Ending AIDS. She is an [...]

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"Powering the Future We Want": special grant for sustainable transport

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The UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs, or DESA, is offering a second US$ 1 million grant to fund sustainable development. Called "Powering the Future We Want," the annual grant will be awarded to one winner every year, until 2019. It was first awarded last year and the thematic focus for this year's applicants, [...]

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Countries urged to send more women police officers to Darfur

Priscilla Makotose speaking to Daniel Dickinson. Photo: UN Radio

More women police officers are needed in Darfur to help protect millions of people displaced by conflict. The appeal has been made by Priscilla Makotose, Police Commissioner at the hybrid UN-African Union mission there, known as UNAMID. She said although women comprise the majority of internally displaced people (IDPs) in Darfur, women police officers make [...]

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3 killed, scores injured in Afghan mosque bombing

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Three civilians have been killed and more than 70 injured by a bomb that went off inside an Afghan mosque during Friday prayers. The UN envoy in Afghanistan, Nicholas Haysom, condemned the attack, describing it as a "war crime", and called for the perpetrators to be brought to justice. Matthew Wells has more. The improvised [...]

10 Jun 2016 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Mosul: half a million people still displaced

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Two years on from its fall to the terrorist group ISIL, half a million Iraqi refugees from Mosul are still unable to return home. Civilians were driven from the city initially in 2014 amidst heavy fighting between Iraqi forces and insurgents. The UN Refugee Agency, UNHCR, is providing what aid they can in refugee camps [...]

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Syrian town receives first food convoy since 2012

On 9 June 2016, WFP and partners delivered food for 2,400 women, children and men in besieged Darayya. Copyright WFP/Hussam AlSaleh.

For the first time in four years, food aid has reached the besieged Syrian town of Darayya, the World Food Programme (WFP) has reported. A joint convoy from the UN and the Syrian Arab Red Crescent on Thursday delivered boxes of basic food supplies such as rice, lentils and vegetable oil for about 2,400 people [...]

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News in Brief – 10 June 2016 (PM)

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People in areas at risk from Zika should "consider delaying pregnancy" People living in areas where local transmission of Zika is known to occur, should "consider delaying pregnancy." That's the latest advice from the World Health Organization (WHO) in response to the continuing spread of the virus, which is linked to birth defects in newborns. [...]

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UN Daily News 10 June 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: peacekeepers are standard setters, the head of the international humanitarian organization ICRC has said; and, aid finally reaches Darayya in Syria.

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Peacekeepers are "standard setters"

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Peacekeepers are standard setters and their actions can make a difference in the most difficult situations, the president of a humanitarian institution has said. The president of the International Committee for Red Cross (ICRC) made the remarks on Friday to members of the Security Council during an open debate on the protection of civilians in [...]

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Food aid delivery to Daraya hailed "a success"

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Lorries carrying food aid have managed to reach the besieged Syrian town of Daraya, the UN has confirmed. The humanitarian rations, which should last one month, are the first the town's estimated 4,000 inhabitants have received since 2012. Jens Laerke, from the United Nations Humanitarian Coordinating Agency OCHA, explained to Daniel Johnson how the late-night [...]

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"Fast-growing movement" to defend people with albinism

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There is a "fast-growing movement" to defend people with albinism, but they remain vulnerable to physical attack across the world. That's the view of seven UN human rights experts, speaking ahead of International Albinism Awareness Day, observed on Monday, 13 June. Matthew Wells reports: Albinism is a harmless condition, characterized by light-coloured skin, caused by [...]

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New online course marks World Day Against Child Labour

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Nearly 100 million boys and girls worldwide between the ages of five and 19-years-old work in farming, forestry or fishing. That startling statistic comes from the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) which has joined with the International Labour Organization (ILO) in efforts to stamp out child labour in agriculture. The two UN agencies have developed [...]

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News in brief 10 June 2016 (AM) – Geneva

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First food convoy completes aid delivery to Daraya The first food aid delivery to the Syrian town of Daraya has been completed successfully, the UN said Friday. Enough food for more than 2,000 people for a month was driven in on trucks in the overnight operation, according to OCHA, the UN humanitarian coordinating agency. An [...]

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AIDS epidemic continues to grow in Eastern Europe and Central Asia

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Mobilization of effective policies to fight AIDS and HIV is vital in Eastern Europe and Central Asia, the only regions where the epidemic continues to grow. That's according to Michel Kazatchkine, the UN special envoy for HIV and AIDS for those nations. Mr Kazatchkine has been attending the UNAIDS High Level Meeting on Ending Aids [...]

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Sex education "empowers" youth to make informed choices

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A comprehensive sexual education programme empowers young people to make informed choices, a young delegate from Bulgaria has said. Peter Mladenov from the Department of Youth Policies in the Bulgarian Ministry of Youth and Sports said the classes he took "changed his life". He is in New York for the UN High-Level Meeting on Ending [...]

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News in Brief – 09 June 2016 (PM)

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Cities to provide crucial feedback on world urbanization trends A "global sample" of cities will be used by the UN to report back on world urbanization trends, conditions and developments, ahead of a major conference later this year. UN Habitat's Global Urban Observatory has created the sample group, which will provide key data from 200 [...]

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UN Global Perspective: focus on disaster risk reduction, HIV/AIDS and UNICEF campaign

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Rapid urban growth in Americas leading to higher disaster risk The rapid growth of cities in the Americas has increased the risk people face from natural and man-made disasters; that's according to the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR). Experts from the region recently gathered at a ministerial-level meeting in the Paraguayan capital, Asuncion, [...]

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UN Gender Focus: reproductive rights, women police officers and solar energy

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Zimbabwe activist champions sexual reproductive rights for women Young girls in Zimbabwe struggle with issues ranging from early pregnancy to accessing sexual reproductive services, a young activist has said. Annah Sango, advocacy officer for Africa Young Positives, is in New York to attend a High-Level event in the UN General Assembly on ending AIDS. A [...]

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"Stigma and discrimination" surrounding AIDS continues says Princess

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It's "terrible" that "stigma and discrimination" surrounding HIV and AIDS continue in many parts of the world in 2016. That's the view of Princess Stephanie of Monaco, who is a UNAIDS International Goodwill Ambassador. She was visiting UN Headquarters for a High-Level meeting on ending AIDS, in the General Assembly. She spoke briefly to Isabelle Dupuis. [...]

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"Resisting human nature" in order to reduce disaster risk

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"Resisting human nature" is necessary to plan for and reduce the risk of disasters. That's according to Robert Glasser, head of the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction, UNISDR. Mr Glasser has been participating in the meeting on the implementation of the Sendai Framework this week in Asunción, Paraguay. He spoke with Carla Garcia, who [...]

9 Jun 2016 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

UN on the fast-track to end AIDS in women, children

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"Start free, stay free, AIDS free" is a new plan adopted by the UN and its partners to accelerate the end of the AIDS epidemic. The announcement was made during a High-Level Meeting in the United Nations General Assembly in New York this week, focussing on wiping the disease out by 2030. Annie Lennox, International [...]

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UN chief says he's standing by children in conflict report

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The UN Secretary-General says he is standing by his report on the plight of children caught in various conflicts, including in Yemen. Ban Ki-moon was speaking to the press in New York on Thursday following an informal briefing to ambassadors on a review of UN peace operations. The Yemen conflict pits Shia rebels, known as [...]

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UN and Africa: focus on Eritrea, Darfur and illegal wildlife trade

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Eritrea "responsible for crimes against humanity" Widespread and systematic crimes against humanity have been committed in Eritrea since it gained independence in 1991 for which the perpetrators should face international justice, leading UN human rights investigators have said. The recommendation is just one of 40 made by a UN probe into human rights in the [...]

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UN Daily News 09 June 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: UN Chief Ban Ki-moon says he stands by his report on the plight of children caught in conflicts including in Yemen; and, an activist from Zimbabwe advocates for women affected by HIV.  

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News in Brief – 09 June 2016 (AM)

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  Humanitarian funding for civilians fleeing Fallujah running out Humanitarian funding to help the thousands of Iraqi civilians trying to flee the city of Fallujah is running out, according to a senior UN official who has met some of those reaching safety. Humanitarian Coordinator for Iraq, Lise Grande, said that the stories of those fleeing [...]

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Time's not right for Syria talks to resume in Geneva

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The time is not yet right for talks to resume on the future of Syria, despite signs of progress on aid access in the war-torn country, UN Special Envoy Staffan de Mistura said Thursday. Citing insufficient progress on the key issue of political transition, the UN negotiator said that he wanted the talks to happen [...]

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Zimbabwe activist champions sexual reproductive rights for women

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Young girls in Zimbabwe struggle with issues ranging from early pregnancy to accessing sexual reproductive services, a young activist has said. Annah Sango, advocacy officer for Africa Young Positives, is in New York to attend a High-Level event in the UN General Assembly on ending AIDS. A political declaration was adopted on Wednesday, setting new [...]

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Youth must be included in UNAIDS declaration

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Youth must push to be fully included in the UNAIDS Political Declaration on HIV and AIDS. That's according to Cedric Nininahazwe, Executive Director of RNJ+, Burundi’s national network of young people living with HIV. Mr Nininahazwe has been attending the High-Level Meeting on Ending AIDS this week at headquarters in New York. He spoke with [...]

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"Very feasible" to end "extreme poverty" across the world

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It's "very feasible" to end extreme poverty around the globe, but "a lot of threats" could easily derail the UN's Sustainable Development Goals. That's the measured view of Martin Ravallion, one of the world's leading authorities on the economics of poverty, speaking after the launch of his latest book at UN Headquarters. The former World [...]

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St Vincent & Grenadines "resilient" but needs international support

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The people of St Vincent & the Grenadines are "resilient" to disasters but need international support to ensure that damage caused by natural catastrophes is kept to a minimum. That's according to Frederick Stevenson, the country's minister with responsibility for social development. The Caribbean archipelago of more than 30 islands has been beset lately by [...]

9 Jun 2016 | Posted in Caribbean News, Today's Features | Read More »

ISIL terrorist group "yet to be strategically weakened"

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The terrorist group ISIL, or Daesh, or has yet to be "strategically or irreversibly weakened" despite its recent military setbacks. That's the view of Jeffrey Feltman, Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs, in a briefing to the UN Security Council on Wednesday. Remarking on the latest Secretary-General's report on the threat posed by Daesh, he said the [...]

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News in Brief – 08 June 2016 (PM)

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    Prosecutor warns of continuing "genocide denial" The Prosecutor responsible for International Criminal Tribunals, MICT, warned the Security Council on Wednesday that "genocide denial continues" and promised to continue the hunt for eight fugitives still on the run. Serge Brammertz, said his office was "firmly focussed on locating and securing the arrests" of the [...]

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Accelerating global efforts to end HIV/AIDS

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Countries are meeting this week to scale up global efforts to address HIV, the virus which causes AIDS. World leaders have committed to stamping out the AIDS epidemic by 2030 as part of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The High-Level Meeting in the UN General Assembly opened this Wednesday. Jocelyne Sambira has the story. Duration: [...]

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UN Daily News 08 June 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: the UN General Assembly holds a High-Level Meeting in New York on Ending AIDS; and, Eritrea has been found "responsible for crimes against humanity" by UN human rights investigators.

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"Urgent action on a global scale" is needed to protect our oceans

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"Urgent action on a global scale" is needed to protect the world's oceans and ease the pressures they face from climate change. That's the message from UN chief Ban Ki-moon to mark World Oceans Day, on Wednesday. The Secretary-General warned that "future dangers" could damage their ecosystems beyond repair. Matthew Wells reports. Mr Ban said [...]

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News in Brief – 08 June 2016 (AM)

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  Air pollution, climate change: greatest threats to European health Poor air quality and climate change are the "two greatest threats to human health" across Europe, according to a new UN report. The latest Global Environment Outlook assessment prepared by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the UN's Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) concludes that [...]

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"Whole of society" needs to engage in disaster reduction

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The "whole of society" needs to engage in the issue of disaster risk reduction if it is to be a success, the head of the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) has said. Robert Glasser was speaking in Asuncion, the capital of Paraguay as ministers and delegates from across the Americas gathered to discuss [...]

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Eritrea "responsible for crimes against humanity"

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Widespread and systematic crimes against humanity have been committed in Eritrea since it gained independence in 1991 for which the perpetrators should face international justice, leading UN human rights investigators said Wednesday. The recommendation is just one of 40 made by a UN probe into human rights in the Horn of Africa country in response [...]

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Human Rights Council "as relevant as ever"

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No less than 193 countries are expected in Geneva for the start of the 32nd session of the UN Human Rights Council on Monday; it's the first time the assembly will have seen all Member States in attendance. Ten years after the council was founded to highlight rights violations and to end impunity, it remains [...]

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"Winning" war against HIV/AIDS, says UN head of agency

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We are winning the war against HIV/AIDS but countries need to stay focused, the head of the agency dedicated to fight the epidemic has said. UNAIDS chief Michel Sidibé made the remarks ahead of a two-day High-Level meeting on ending AIDS in New York. New HIV infections have fallen by 35 per cent and AIDS-related [...]

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"Difficult time" for Americas as experts meet to discuss disasters

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The Americas region has been experiencing what's been described as "a difficult time" as experts gather in Paraguay to discuss how best to mitigate the risk of disasters. They're meeting in the capital Asuncion, to look at how to promote the Sendai Framework, a strategy agreed by the international community which aims to reduce mortality [...]

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Rapid urban growth in Americas means higher disaster risk

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The rapid growth of cities in the Americas has increased the risk people face from natural and man-made disasters; that's according to the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR). Experts from the region are gathering on Wednesday at a ministerial-level meeting in the Paraguayan capital, Asuncion, to discuss how to mitigate that risk. They're [...]

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Thailand, Belarus eliminate mother-to-child transmission of HIV and syphilis

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Both Thailand and Belarus have now eliminated mother-to-child transmission of HIV and syphilis, according to the World Health Organization, WHO. The Minister of Health of Thailand was presented with a certificate of validation during a ceremony at headquarters in New York ahead of the UN General Assembly's High Level meeting on ending AIDS. It was [...]

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News in Brief – 07 June 2016 (PM)

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"Despicable terrorist attack" in Istanbul condemned by UN chief A reported car bombing in the centre of Istanbul, Turkey, that left at least 11 people dead and dozens injured has been condemned as a "despicable terrorist attack" by the UN Secretary-General. So far no group has claimed the attack, but it's the fourth major terrorist [...]

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"Courage of conviction" vital trait for new UN chief: Susana Malcorra

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The UN needs more "flexibility and nimbleness" under its next Secretary-General, whose principal trait is to lead through "courage of conviction". That's according to the eleventh candidate for the UN's top job, to appear in open dialogues organized by the President of the General Assembly, Susana Malcorra. The Minister of Foreign Affairs for Argentina has [...]

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Tests of nuclear "pest control" for Zika mosquito forthcoming

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A decision on when to start field trials of a nuclear technique to stop the spread of the Zika virus will be made next month. The announcement was made by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) which describes the Sterile Insect Technique (SIT) as a type of "pest control" that uses radiation to neuter male [...]

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No country immune from wildlife and forest crime

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The first-ever global report on wildlife crime shows the need to criminalize not only poachers and those behind the illicit trade but also the people who demand its products. That's according to Yuri Fedetov, head of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) which published the study. Wildlife crime refers to the illegal exploitation [...]

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UN needs "more emphasis on how to do things better": Miroslav Lajčák

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The UN system needs "more emphasis on how to do things better" under its next Secretary-General. That's the view of Miroslav Lajčák, who serves as the current Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic, and a candidate for the top UN job. "Historic" public briefings to select the next UN chief began [...]

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Kenneth Cole named UNAIDS International Goodwill Ambassador

Kenneth Cole, American fashion designer and new UNAIDS International Goodwill Ambassador. Photo: UN Radio/L. Jarriel

There is a window of time where AIDS can be ended as a public health crisis if the appropriate resources are brought to bear, Kenneth Cole, fashion designer named UNAIDS International Goodwill Ambassador, has said. His appointment was announced on Tuesday at the UN in New York, on the eve of a High-Level Meeting on [...]

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UN Daily News 07 June 2016

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  Listen to a bulletin of news and features from United Nations Radio, with Dianne Penn and Matthew Wells. In today's programme, a new campaign puts youth at the centre of addressing online abuse and exploitation; and hundreds of thousands of children in the Americas are missing school due to disasters.  

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Campaign gives voice to youth to fight online exploitation

A student at St. Francis of Assisi School and other girls, check their smart phones after classes in the Central Visayas city of Cebu, Philippines. Photo: UNICEF/Joshua Estey

About 80 per cent of adolescents think young people are at risk of online sexual abuse or bullying. That's according to an opinion poll by the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) which gathered perspectives from more than 10,000 18-year-olds in 25 countries. UNICEF has launched a campaign called #ReplyForAll which makes young people advocates for staying [...]

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100,000s missing school in Americas due to disasters

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Hundreds of thousands of children are missing out on their education in the Americas because of the increasing number of natural and man-made disasters in the region. That's according to the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF). In 2015 there were 93 major recorded disasters there, with more following this year. An earthquake in Ecuador almost two [...]

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News in brief (AM) 7 June 2016 – Geneva

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Syria aid air-lifts to besieged Daraya "not off the table" In Syria, where the authorities have given only partial permission for desperately needed food aid to reach the besieged town of Daraya, the UN said Tuesday that deliveries by air are "not off the table". Daraya, which is near the Syrian capital Damascus, received its [...]

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Italian chef supports farmers' fight against climate change

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Rising temperatures and unpredictable rainfall are threatening rice and other essential food crops in southern Cambodia, the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) reports. The UN agency is helping some 90,000 farmers there to implement low-cost technology and more efficient farming practices to build their resilience to these changes in climate. Renowned Italian chef Carlo [...]

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Libya's displaced reaches "staggering" 435,000

Special Representative and Head of the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) Martin Kobler. UN Photo/Manuel Elías

The number of people displaced by war and conflict in Libya has reached "a staggering 435,000" according to the UN's Special Representative there. Martin Kobler was briefing the Security Council on Monday and he said that the implementation of the six-month old Libyan Political Agreement had "stalled". Matthew Wells reports. Mr Kobler said that the [...]

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Peace in Darfur will be achieved "through negotiations"

UNAMID Nigerian peacekeepers listen to Force Commander Lieutenant General Patrick Nyamvumba following the ambush which killed four of their countrymen. UN Photo/Albert González Farran

Peace in the Darfur region of Sudan can only be achieved through negotiations, not through military operations. That's according to Kingsley Mamabolo, a representative from the UN mission in Darfur, UNAMID. Mr Mamabolo recently met with government officials, community leaders, and internally displaced peoples during a three-day visit to the area. He spoke with Adam [...]

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News in Brief – 06 June 2016 (PM)

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Deal reached to release child prisoners held due to Yemen conflict An agreement has been reached to release all children being held as prisoners as a result of the conflict in Yemen. The UN Special Envoy for the country, Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed, and the Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict, Leila Zerrougui, said [...]

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EU and UN share approach of "dialogue, diplomacy, multi-lateralism"

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The European Union (EU) and the United Nations will continue to share and strengthen their ties through "dialogue, diplomacy and multi-lateralism." That was the commitment made by the EU's High Representative for Foreign Affairs, addressing the Security Council on Monday. Federica Mogherini said that with unprecedented global challenges, the UN and the EU needed each [...]

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New protocol seeks to understand and monitor food loss and waste

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It's estimated that one-third of food produced worldwide is either lost or wasted even as 800 million people globally go hungry. The first Global Standard to measure and manage this challenge has been released by an international partnership that includes the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). Robert VanOtterdijk is an agro-industry officer at FAO [...]

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UN Daily News 06 June 2016

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Listen to a bulletin of news and features from United Nations Radio, with Dianne Penn and Matthew Wells. In today’s programme:  new global standards established to measure food loss and waste; and experts are meeting this week in efforts to reduce the number of people affected by floods, drought and other disasters.

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Science, technology and innovation must be "a vehicle for inclusion"

A family in Tarialan, Uvs Province, Mongolia, uses a solar panel to generate power for their ger, a traditional Mongolian tent. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

Science, technology and innovation must be a "vehicle for inclusion" and the eradication of poverty, according to the UN Secretary-General. Ban Ki-moon was speaking at the inaugural Forum on Science, Technology and Innovation for the Sustainable Development Goals, or SDGs, on Monday. Matthew Wells has more. The UN chief said that innovation was "embedded" in [...]

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News in Brief – 06 June 2016 (AM)

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  IAEA chief praises efforts fighting Zika, promote development goals Efforts by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to help countries fight the Zika virus and promote sustainable development were highlighted by Director General Yukiya Amano on Monday. In his introductory statement to the agency's Board of Governors, Mr Amano said that more than 35 [...]

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Tackling the $100 billion question for development

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Tax avoidance by multinational companies is "crippling" poorer countries' economies, and stopping it would help sustainable development significantly, the UN said Monday. Mukisha Kituyi, who's the head of UN agency UNCTAD, said that the practice cost around US$ 100 billion in 2014; that's twice as much as Africa received in foreign investment. The issue is [...]

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UN Police face "true hardship" taking care of local communities

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UN Police officers face "true hardship" taking care of the local communities they are assigned to. That's according to Stefan Feller, the UN Police Adviser for Peacekeeping Operations. Mr Feller attended the recent Chiefs of Police Summit (UNCOPS) at UN Headquarters. He spoke to Daniel Dickinson. Duration: 3'11"

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Efforts underway to reduce 100m total affected by disasters

Damage assessment being undertaken following the devastating 7.8 magnitude earthquake that hit the coast of Ecuador on 16 April 2016. Photo: WFP

Efforts are underway by the UN to drastically reduce the number of people who are affected by natural and man-made disasters from the 100 million who suffered last year. Those people include more than 50 million who faced drought. Flooding, earthquakes and hurricanes brought devastating consequences to millions of others. Experts are meeting in Paraguay [...]

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Angola's former combatants to become "soldiers of nature"

UNEP Executive Director Achim Steiner attends the inauguration of a Ranger Training School in Cuando Cubango Province of Angola. UN Radio/Eleuterio Guevane

Angola's new school for wildlife rangers will turn former combatants into "soldiers of nature", the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has said. The southern African nation is hosting this year's World Environment Day (WED) celebrations. Many of the trainee rangers took part in Angola's long civil war which ended in 2002. Jocelyne Sambira has more. Angola's [...]

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Namibia's abundant wildlife result of conservation efforts

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Namibia has an abundance of wildlife and plant species because of its conservation efforts, the Minister of Environment and Tourism has said. Pohamba Shifeta made the remarks in the Angolan capital of Luanda during World Environment Day celebrations backed by the UN. Organized into communal conservancies, the local Namibian communities self-manage wildlife and benefit financially by attracting tourists. [...]

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UN "Wild for Life" campaign launched

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The UN is asking people to "go wild for wildlife" and use their own sphere of influence to help end the illegal trade in species. The call comes ahead of World Environment Day (WED) observed annually on 5 June. Smugglers and poachers are driving whole species to the brink of extinction. Jocelyne Sambira reports. Damage [...]

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Meet Sophia: a model way to end plastic pollution

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Visitors from all walks of life come to the UN, but chances are there's probably never been one made out of plastic and wearing trainers, jeans and a hoody. The lifelike human model is called Sophia, and she's the brainchild of UN agency UNECE, the Economic Commission for Europe. She's been unveiled for World Environment [...]

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Time for action against illegal wildlife trade in Africa

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The time for action against illegal wildlife trade in Africa is now, the UN Environment (UNEP) Africa Director has said. Angola is the host of this year's World Environment Day celebrations observed annually on 5 June. The country has been seeking to restore its elephant herds and has launched a string of initiatives to enhance [...]

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Attack on Yemen's Taiz condemned by UN chief

Girls fetching water in Mawyah district, Taiz. This role often falls on the shoulders of girls and young women, often at the expense of their education. Credit: OCHA

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has condemned the attacks in Yemen's Taiz where heavy weapons, including rockets, mortars and artillery were used. Rocket fire reportedly hit a busy market in the city. A year of conflict between forces loyal to the President and Houthi rebels has displaced millions of people in Yemen. Jocelyne Sambira reports. Attacks [...]

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Late Muhammad Ali "world champion for equality, peace": UN

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  The late Muhammad Ali was more than a legendary boxer, he was a world champion for equality and peace, UN Secretary-General has said. The American heavyweight champion and Olympic gold medallist passed away late on Friday at the age of 74, according to media reports. Ban Ki-moon expressed deep sadness over the passing of [...]

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UN Green Fair highlights community-level sustainability

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The United Nations played host to a Green Fair this week at headquarters in New York. Local and international groups came together to showcase their contribution to sustainability. The event was held ahead of World Environment Day on Sunday, 5 June. Janie Cangelosi has the story. Duration: 2’54″

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Steep learning curve for UN police officers

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A steep learning curve faces United Nations police officers when they are stationed in a mission where the UN is providing support. That's the view of Maria Appelblom, chief of the organization's Standing Police Capacity which is based in Italy. The SPC, as it's known, is a rapidly deployable arm of the Police Division which [...]

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News in Brief – 03 June 2016 (PM)

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  Refugee team competing at Rio Olympics "sends message of hope" The participation of 10 refugee athletes in the Rio Summer Olympic Games sends a strong message of support and hope for refugees globally, the UN says. It's the first time such a team has competed under the Olympic flag. The team includes two Syrian [...]

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Ending migrant smuggling in the Mediterranean

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Hundreds of people were rescued but scores more are feared dead after the vessel they were on capsized near the Greek island of Crete this Friday morning. The island has become a new destination for people trying to enter Europe, according to UN partner the International Organization for Migration (IOM), and the incident highlights the [...]

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UN Daily News 03 June 2016

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Listen to a bulletin of news and features from United Nations Radio, with Jocelyne Sambira and Dianne Penn. In today's programme… UN Police officers help to recover "hope for the future" And, we hear about efforts to disrupt migrant smuggling networks operating in the Mediterrean

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UN Police officers help to recover "hope for the future"

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Police officers working for the United Nations in trouble spots around the world can play an important role in helping local populations to "recover hope for the future." That's according to the head of UN peacekeeping operations, Hervé Ladsous. He was speaking as 110 national police chiefs met for first time at the UN to [...]

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Children represent "promises, not perils" in fight against extremism

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Children and youth around the world, represent "promises, not perils" when it comes to the fight against violent extremism. That's the message from UN Deputy Secretary-General, Jan Eliasson, at the opening session of a High-Level conference on children affected by violent extremism. Friday's day-long event was hosted by the President of the General Assembly, and [...]

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Israel and Palestine must "pull back from brink": UN chief

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Israel and Palestine must "pull back from the brink" and create the conditions to enable a return to negotiations, the UN Secretary-General has urged. He made the remarks during a meeting in Paris on the Middle East Peace Process on Friday where diplomats from over 30 countries were in attendance. Representatives from Israel and Palestine [...]

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News in Brief – 3 June 2016 (AM) – Geneva

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Hundreds feared dead in shipwreck off Crete's shores Hundreds of people may have drowned on Friday attempting to sail from Egypt to the Greek island of Crete according to media reports A rescue operation is under way involving Greek vessels and helicopters, the UN-partner agency the International Organization for Migration (IOM) has said. If confirmed, [...]

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Solar energy: A catalyst for transforming lives in West Africa

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Solar energy is lighting the pathway to a better future for rural youth and women in West Africa; that's according to an engineer from Burkina Faso who attended a recent UN conference in Turkey devoted to the world's Least Developed Countries (LDCs). The young people are being trained to install and maintain solar panels, water [...]

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News in Brief 02 June 2016 (PM)

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  Alarming reports of civilian casualties in Fallujah The top UN relief chief has expressed alarm over continued reports of civilian casualties due to heavy shelling in the besieged town of Fallujah in Iraq. Military operations are being carried out against ISIL, or Daesh, in order to retake control of the city. An estimated 50,000 [...]

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UN Global Perspective: focus on war-time rape, work environment issues and antiretroviral treatment

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War-time rape today a "revival" of slave trade era, says UN expert Rape and other sexual violations committed during war today, represent a return to the slave trade of centuries ago. That's according to Zeinab Hawa Bangura, the UN Special Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict, who was presenting her latest report to the Security [...]

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UN Gender Focus: poverty eradication, female peacekeepers and drug abuse by women

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"Virtuous" not "vicious" cycle needed to tackle poverty, gender equality The "vicious cycle" where poverty feeds gender inequality within the world's Least Developed Countries, LDCs, can become a "virtuous" one, if everyone embraces sustainable development. That's the view of Lakshmi Puri, Deputy Executive Director of UN Women, speaking just after the latest High Level review [...]

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UN Daily News 02 June 2016

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Listen to a bulletin of news and features from United Nations Radio, with Jocelyne Sambira and Dianne Penn. In today's programme… Why sexual violence during conflict today represents a return to the era of the Transatlantic slave trade. And, a report on how profound and rapid change in the world of work is generating optimism [...]

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UN and Africa: focus on LDCs, peace in Darfur and campaign to help farmers in CAR

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Least developed countries must go at "higher speed" The Least Developed Countries, or LDCs, must go at a “higher speed” than the rest of the world, and “all too few” of them have managed to graduate from the group so far. That’s the message from Mogens Lykketoft, the President of the UN General Assembly. He [...]

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War-time rape today a "revival" of slave trade era, says UN expert

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Rape and other sexual violations committed during war today represent a return to the slave trade of centuries ago, the Security Council heard on Thursday. Zeinab Hawa Bangura, the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General on Sexual Violence in Conflict, presented her latest report to Council members. It lists nearly 50 groups worldwide that systemically [...]

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Profound and rapid change in work generates “optimism and fear”

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Profound and rapid changes in the global work environment are generating optimism but also bring "insecurity and fear." That's according to the Director-General of the International Labour Organization (ILO), Guy Ryder at the opening of the UN agency's annual session in Geneva. Delegates from around the world have gathered to discuss a range of work-related [...]

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One million Syria kids at risk as jabs campaign halts

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The lives of "at least" one million Syrian children are at risk from missed vaccinations because of the conflict there, the UN warned Thursday. In a joint appeal by the UN Children's Fund UNICEF and the World Health Organization (WHO), the agencies highlighted increasing attacks on healthworkers and facilities in Idlib, which have halted the [...]

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Yemen's plight "has only got worse"

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The plight of the people of Yemen is worse than ever, a senior UN official has warned, amid ongoing efforts to secure peace in the conflict-hit country. Jamie McGoldrick, who's the Humanitarian Coordinator for Yemen, said that an escalation of fighting a year ago had caused suffering on a "tremendous" scale. Restrictions on desperately needed [...]

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News in Brief 02 June 2016 (AM)

Casting a ballot in the second round of senatorial and parliamentary elections and the first round for a new president in Haiti's capital Port au Prince, 25 October 2015. Photo UN/MINUSTAH/Logan Abassi

  Haiti can "ill afford" a prolonged transition, says UN Chief Haiti can "ill afford" a prolonged transition and needs a democratically elected leadership to take on the challenges the country is facing. That's according to a statement released by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. In February, the Haitian National Assembly elected Jocelerme Privert as the [...]

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Daraya food must arrive, says Syria aid coordinator

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In Syria, deliveries of vitally needed food to the besieged town of Daraya must happen soon, the UN warned Thursday. Speaking in Geneva, humanitarian taskforce coordinator Jan Egeland confirmed that a "limited" amount of mainly medical supplies had been delivered to the town for the first time this week since 2012. He also said that [...]

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Fifteen killed in Somalia terror attack

A street scene in Mogadishu, the Somali capital. Photo: AU-UN IST/Stuart Price

A terror attack carried out by militants in the Somali capital of Mogadishu has been described as a "despicable act" by the UN special envoy for the country. At least 15 people were killed and dozens were injured when a suicide bomber detonated a car bomb in front of a popular hotel, while militants stormed [...]

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Usage patterns to help in prevention of drug abuse by women

Afghan opium smokers. UN Photo/UNODC/Zalmai

A study into drug usage patterns will help in the prevention of abuse amongst women, according to a senior United Nations official. The UN International Narcotics Control Board (INCB) will dedicate its 2016 Annual Report to the study of drug use and its impact among women as well as the policy response of governments to [...]

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News in Brief 01 June 2016 (PM)

Woman living with her children in a volatile environment in Murwi, located in the Burundian province of Cibitoke. UN Photo/Mario Rizzolio

  Nearly 5 million people in Burundi food insecure Around 4.6 million people in Burundi are food insecure and close to 600,000 of them require urgent food aid, the World Food Programme (WFP) has warned. An assessment conducted by the UN agency across the country indicates that the political crisis has aggravated an already fragile [...]

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What cleaner air means: an extra year of life

View of Athens looking west from Acropolis. UN Photo/Michos Tzovaras

In Europe, average life expectancy has increased by a full year in the last three decades because of measures to tackle air pollution, the UN has said. Despite the welcome news, the UN agency behind the announcement, the Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), has warned that dirty air is still the main environmental cause of [...]

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New model for UN Police being devised

Female police officers of the UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH). UN Photo/Logan Abassi

A new model on how to better utilize police contributions to the UN has been tabled by a panel tasked with reviewing the way the whole division works. Hilde Johnson, a former UN senior official, is presently a co-chair of the team charged with conducting an external review. Speaking at UN Headquarters on Wednesday, she [...]

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UN Daily News 01 June 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…The pressure Jordan faces from giving refuge to 1.3 million Syrians is equivalent to a "slow moving tsunami" the country's planning minister tells us… And, a vicious cycle of poverty and gender inequality needs to [...]

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News in Brief 01 June 2016 (AM)

Humanitarian aid being unloaded in East Ghouta, Syria. Photo: OCHA

  Aid convoy enters Daraya for first time in years An aid convoy has entered the besieged town of Daraya in Syria for the first time since 2012, the UN humanitarian agency in Syria has confirmed. A video of UN and Syrian Arab Red Crescent vehicles driving into the city was posted on Wednesday. Some [...]

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UN peacekeeper killed in northern Mali

UN peacekeepers on patrol in Kidal, Mali. Photo: MINUSMA/Blagoje Grujic

A peacekeeper has been killed while three others were seriously wounded in an attack on a UN base in the northern town of Gao in Mali. The UN Mission in Mali, MINUSMA released a statement on Wednesday, confirming that its camp in the Château d’Eau neighbourhood came under mortar and rocket attack. A dozen UN [...]

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Global education agenda adopted

A child practices his writing during a kindergarten class. UN Photo/Kibae Park

A global agenda to ensure everyone has a right to a quality education has been adopted during a UN meeting in South Korea. The conference offered a platform for NGOs from around the world to cooperate in support of Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development. The Agenda includes 17 Sustainable Development Goals or SDGs and was [...]

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"Virtuous" not "vicious" cycle needed to tackle poverty, gender equality

Lakshmi Puri.  UN Photo/Loey Felipe

The "vicious cycle" where poverty feeds gender inequality within the world's Least Developed Countries, LDCs, can become a "virtuous" one, if everyone embraces sustainable development. That's the view of Lakshmi Puri, Deputy Executive Director of UN Women, speaking just after the latest High Level review of LDCs' progress, in Antalya, Turkey. She stressed the importance [...]

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Syrian refugee pressures on Jordan "like a slow-moving tsunami"

Syrian refugees queue for relief items at Jordan's Za'atri camp. Photo: UNHCR/S. Malkawi

The pressure of having more than a million Syrian refugees enter Jordan since 2011, is equivalent to a "slow-moving tsunami". That's according to Jordan's planning minister, Imad Fakhoury, speaking at the recent International Monetary Fund-World Bank Spring Meetings, in Washington DC. He said public services were under huge strain, with close to 150,000 extra schoolchildren [...]

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