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News in Brief 30 September 2016 (PM)

Truckloads of humanitarian aid waiting to cross into Syria on 19 September 2016. Photo: UN Monitoring Mechanism (UNMM)/Tonglet

  UN inquiry launched to investigate Syria aid convoy attack An investigation has been launched by the UN into a recent attack on an aid convoy in Syria travelling west of Aleppo city. A Syrian Red Crescent convoy carrying UN emergency aid was attacked on 19 September by an airstrike in the town of Urem [...]

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Exhibition shows past, present and future of "green oasis" Riyadh

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"A green oasis in the middle of a desert". That's how the mayor of Riyadh described his city, at a new exhibition at the UN this week, which revealed new perspectives on the Saudi capital's past, present and future. Mayor Ibrahim Al-Sultan attended the launch of A Day in Riyadh; a 4-day-long installation showcasing the [...]

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UN Daily News 30 September 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: Heaven is "better than the hell" of Syria's Aleppo, according to one mother there who attempted to kill her baby And: why having a bad attitude about ageing is not good for your health.

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Human Rights Council is sum of parts, says UN deputy rights chief

Kate Gilmore, Deputy UN High Commissioner for Human Rights. UN Photo/Jean-Marc Ferré

It's been a little over a decade since the UN Human Rights Council started work to address abuse wherever it is reported and push for accountability against perpetrators of such violations. On Friday, Member States agreed to set up a high-level Commission of Inquiry probe into Burundi, where there's ongoing violence linked to President Pierre [...]

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Heaven "better than the hell" of Syria's Aleppo

Children ouside their tent in the western part of Aleppo city, Syria. Photo: UNICEF/Ourfali

A mother who tried to stab her one-month old baby to death in Aleppo, Syria has told the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) that she did so because heaven would be better than the hell her daughter is living in. The more than five year civil war in Syria has intensified in recent weeks following the [...]

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Yemen: Mobile health teams reach 600,000 children affected by conflict

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Mobile health teams in war-torn Yemen have successfully reached 600,000 children under five years of age with much-need services, the UN Children's Fund, UNICEF, confirmed on Friday. The children have received treatment for childhood infections, been screened for malnutrition, dewormed, vaccinated and given vitamin supplements. More details from Jocelyne Sambira. In addition to the children, [...]

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News in Brief 30 September 2016 (AM) – Geneva

Thousands of internally displaced people gather at Emmanuel Church Compound in Yei, South Sudan. Photo: UNHCR/Rocco Nuri

  100,000 people trapped and in South Sudan town In South Sudan, a humanitarian and security alert has been issued for 100,000 people trapped in the town of Yei, which has until now been largely spared from an upsurge in fighting. According to the UN Refugee Agency, UNHCR, deadly and direct attacks on civilians and [...]

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A bad attitude about ageing not good for health: WHO

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Negative attitudes about ageing can reduce an older person's lifespan by more than seven years, according to research cited by the World Health Organization (WHO). Ahead of the International Day of Older Persons, observed this Saturday, the UN agency is urging people across the globe to take a stand against stereotyping or discriminating against older [...]

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27,000 lives saved by search and rescue charity in Mediterranean

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Around 27,000 lives have been saved in the past two years by a charity set up by one American family who felt a "call to action" to help refugees and migrants. That's according to Christopher Catrambone, founder of Migrant Offshore Aid Station (MOAS) who was at UN Headquarters in New York this month, taking part [...]

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The world is "tantalizingly" close to a climate deal: UN Special Adviser

Secretary-General's Special Adviser on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development David Nabarro briefs the press on climate change and sustainable development. UN Photo/Cia Pak

The world is "tantalizingly" close to a climate deal as India prepares to ratify the agreement at the end of the week, a senior UN official announced Thursday. The internationally agreed Paris climate change agreement only comes into force legally once it is ratified by at least 55 countries, which between them produce 55 per [...]

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News in Brief 29 September 2016 (PM)

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    UN "extremely troubled" by alleged use of chemical weapons in Darfur Allegations regarding the use of chemical weapons against residents in Jebel Marra in the Darfur region of Sudan have been described by the UN as "extremely troubling". An investigation carried out by the non-profit advocacy group Amnesty International reportedly found that the [...]

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UN Global Perspective: focus on Syria crisis and attacks on medical facilities

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"Raw grief and unquenchable anger" at Syria crisis "Raw grief and unquenchable anger" is how the UN's top humanitarian official has described his feelings about the latest developments in war-torn Syria. Stephen O'Brien was addressing the UN Security Council following a series of attacks on the city of Aleppo in which at least 96 children [...]

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Access to information "at the heart of open and healthy societies"

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  The right of citizens around the world to access information about how they are governed is "at the heart of open and healthy societies". That's according to the UN Special Representative in Afghanistan, Tadamichi Yamamoto, applauding the launch of a national campaign to improve public awareness of their rights to information. The UN Cultural [...]

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Global migrant compact should address threat of human trafficking

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The scourge of human trafficking needs to be factored into a new global compact on migration, a UN meeting heard on Thursday. Nearly 250 million people, or just over three per cent of the world's population, live and work outside their countries of origin, according to UN data. While the experience has been beneficial for [...]

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UN Gender Focus: economic empowerment, women rights and "sex education" for girls and boys

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Women's economic empowerment is "uniquely important": UN chief Women's economic empowerment is a "uniquely important" way to give women more control over their lives and promote genuine equality. That's the view of UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, speaking at the launch of a High-Level Panel report on the issue. The UN chief set the panel up [...]

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UN Daily News 29 September 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: the UN humanitarian chief expresses "raw grief and unquenchable anger" at Syria crisis And: Global migrant compact should address threat of human trafficking

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UN and Africa: focus on Timbuktu, Somalia and SDGs

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Welcome for ruling against Mali’s Timbuktu desecrator An international court ruling which has found a man guilty of war crimes for destroying priceless mausoleums in Mali’s Timbuktu has been described as “historic”, according to UNESCO. Welcoming the judgment by the International Criminal Court against Ahmed Al-Faqi Al-Mahdi, the UN agency said that it was a [...]

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News in Brief 29 September 2016 (AM)

An Internally displaced person (IDP) brings her son for Severe Acute Malnutrition (SAM) treatment at one of the health centres UNICEF is supporting in Banki IDP camp, Borno state, northeast Nigeria. Photo: UNICEF/Andrew Esiebo

  Children's lives in northeast Nigeria "hanging by a thread": UNICEF The lives of children in northeast Nigeria are literally hanging by a thread, a senior UN official has warned Thursday. Since 2013, several states in the region have been wracked by violence as the government battles insurgents from the Boko Haram terrorist group. According [...]

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"Raw grief and unquenchable anger" at Syria crisis

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"Raw grief and unquenchable anger" is how the UN's top humanitarian official has described his feelings about the latest developments in war-torn Syria. Stephen O'Brien was addressing the UN Security Council following a series of attacks on the city of Aleppo in which at least 96 children were killed. The civil war in Syria is [...]

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Shipping "backbone" of global trade, economy

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Shipping is the backbone of global trade and the global economy, the Secretary-General has said in his message for World Maritime Day. Observed annually on 29 September, the official UN day draws attention to the importance of shipping and other maritime activities. This year's theme focuses on the critical link between shipping and the everyday [...]

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Ugandan slum-dweller becomes UN "change-maker"

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A young Ugandan entrepreneur who grew up in a slum has been chosen to act as a United Nations "change-maker" to promote better sanitation and waste management. Samuel Malinga, who now runs a company called Sanitation Africa, has been nominated by the UN as one of 17 Young Leaders for the Sustainable Development Goals, or [...]

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News in Brief 28 September 2016 (PM)

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  Sudan violence takes centre stage at Human Rights Council Concerns about rights violations in Sudan took centre stage at the UN Human Rights Council on Wednesday, where Member States heard details of ongoing violence. Presenting his latest report, independent investigator Aristide Nononsi highlighted grave abuses in three states : Darfur, Blue Nile State and [...]

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Racial equality's taken a "back seat" at UN

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'Racial equality has taken a "back seat" at the United Nations compared with other issues, according to the person behind a new initiative called UN-SONG. It aims to increase the visibility of people of African descent, who live outside the continent. Although it is not part of the organization, it hopes to improve racial equality [...]

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Libya's warring groups acting "with complete impunity" UN Rights Council hears

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Libya's warring parties continue to show little regard for civilians and are responsible for dreadful rights abuses, the UN Human Rights Council has heard. In her address to the Council in Geneva, UN Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights Kate Gilmore also highlighted violations against migrants, refugees and asylum-seekers. That theme was also taken up [...]

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UN Daily News 28 September 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: Huge escalation of attacks in Aleppo kills 96 children And: The Security Council hears how attacks on medical facilities becoming "new norm" in conflict

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Attacks on medical facilities becoming "new norm" in conflict

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Attacks against hospitals and health workers are becoming a "new norm" in conflict, the head of one of the world's top humanitarian organizations told the Security Council on Wednesday. The Council met to debate the need to ensure protection for healthcare during wartime. From Syria and Yemen to Afghanistan, South Sudan, Pakistan and beyond, hospitals, [...]

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Huge escalation of attacks in Aleppo kills 96 children

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A "huge escalation" of bombardments in the Syrian city, Aleppo, has led to the deaths of at least 96 children, according to the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF). The agency says there are only 30 doctors left in the eastern part of the city which it says it now fully besieged. A ceasefire which was agreed [...]

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Database shows global disparity in access to cancer care: UN

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A new and improved database highlighting the global disparity in access to cancer care has been made public, by the UN's nuclear energy agency (IAEA). Since 1959, the IAEA has been collecting data on radiotherapy hospitals and clinics worldwide. The Directory of Radiotherapy Centres or DIRAC was launched Wednesday. Charles Appel has the story. Most [...]

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News in Brief 28 September 2016 (AM)

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Shimon Peres of Israel "worked tirelessly" for peace: UN chief Deeply saddened by the passing of the former president of Israel, Shimon Peres, the UN Secretary-General remembered him as a tireless crusader for peace. Mr Peres died early on Wednesday at the age of 93. According to Ban Ki-moon, the 1994 Noble Peace Prize winner [...]

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Rabies: the growing and neglected killer

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Amid recent health scares over diseases such as Ebola and Zika, chances are that you perhaps haven't given much thought to another deadly killer: rabies. For World Rabies Day, which falls on September 28, the UN and partner organisations want more countries to treat the disease as a priority. This year, the special day's motto [...]

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Religious leaders have duty to "protect believers from bigotry"

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Religious leaders of all faiths have a duty to protect believers from bigotry and extremism, according to an Imam based in Italy, who recently visited the United Nations. Imam Yahya Pallavicini, from the Italian Religious Islamic Community, was at the UN to participate in a discussion on the “indispensable” role of religious leaders in preventing [...]

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News in Brief 27 September 2016 (PM)

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  "Manifestly excessive and lethal force" used on people in DRC Security forces in the Democratic Republic of the Congo or DRC used "manifestly excessive and lethal force" on crowds gathered in the capital Kinshasa according to, the UN Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights. Last week, at least 53 people, including 49 civilians, had [...]

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Mali extremist gets 9 years jail for destroying Timbuktu sites

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An Islamist militant from Mali has been sentenced to 9 years of jail by a UN-backed tribunal for directing attacks against religious and cultural monuments in Timbuktu. Ahmad Al Faqi Al Mahdi is a former member of the Ansar Dine rebel group. Mali’s intellectual and spiritual capital is inscribed on the UN World Heritage Site. [...]

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"Moral impact" of migrant issue on Monaco

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The migrant and refugee crisis in Europe has had a strong "moral impact' on the tiny Principality of Monaco according to Minister of State, Serge Telle. More than a million people crossed the Mediterranean Sea alone in 2015 fleeing from conflict and instability in places like Syria, Iraq, Eritrea, Nigeria and Afghanistan. Isabelle Dupuis spoke [...]

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Somalia readying for extraordinary electoral process

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The upcoming electoral process in Somalia could mark a watershed moment for the country, the Security Council heard on Tuesday. After several delays, the parliamentary vote now will take place beginning 23 October, followed by presidential elections at the end of November. The indirect elections prepare the path for universal elections in 2020. Daniel Dickinson [...]

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UN Daily News 27 September 2016

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Listen to a bulletin of news and features from United Nations Radio, with Dianne Penn and Jocelyne Sambira. In the programme today: Somalia prepares for what the UN calls an extraordinary electoral process And a human rights expert says attacks on medical facilities “shocking hallmark” of Syria crisis

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News in Brief 27 September 2016 (AM) – Geneva

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  Eastern Aleppo medical facilities "on verge of destruction" Escalating violence in Eastern Aleppo has brought the last remaining health facilities in the northern Syrian city to the "verge of complete destruction", the UN health agency said Tuesday. Issuing the warning, the World Health Organization (WHO), reported that just 25 medical centres, clinics and hospitals [...]

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More than 6 million global deaths due to air pollution, says UN

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More than 6 million deaths that's one in nine globally are due to exposure to indoor and outdoor air pollution, the World Health Organization has said. The people most affected are women, children and older adults, the agency says. A new model shows countries where the danger spots are and provides a baseline for monitoring [...]

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Indian "change-maker" educates women about rights

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A 25-year old lawyer from India who has been nominated as a UN Young Leader for the Sustainable Development Goals, or SDGs, says she can improve the situation of women in her country by informing them of their rights. Trisha Shetty will act as an advocate for SDG 5, the internationally-agreed goal which focuses on [...]

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Colombia victims "most forceful" voices of peace

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The victims of the Colombia conflict have been among the "most forceful" voices for peace and reconciliation, the UN chief has said. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon was in the city of Cartagena to witness the historic deal between the government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC). The agreement ends four years of negotiations between [...]

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Attacks on medical facilities "shocking hallmark" of Syria crisis

Health workers vaccinate a child in a medical centre in Al-Radwanieh village, rural Aleppo. Photo: UNICEF/ Al-Issa

Direct targeting of medical facilities and staff has become a "shocking hallmark" of the Syrian conflict. That's according to an international human rights expert, citing figures which show that more than 700 health workers have been killed since fighting broke out in March 2011. At a press conference in Geneva on Monday, a Syrian doctor [...]

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Innovating agriculture to address climate change

A farmer packs up bundles of rice destroyed in the recent torrential rains which affected much of Timor-Leste. UN Photo/Martine Perret

Transforming agriculture to address challenges such as climate change and growing urban populations are among the topics experts and decision makers will be discussing this week in Rome. Delegates from more than 190 countries are in the Italian capital for the biannual meeting of the Committee on Agriculture (COAG). The Committee is one of the [...]

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News in Brief 26 September 2016 (PM)

WFP sent 45 trucks carrying food rations and wheat flour to four towns in Syria as part of a joint UN-SARC convoy. Photo: WFP

  Aid convoys deliver food in four besieged Syrian towns For the first time since April, aid has been delivered to besieged families in four Syrian towns, the World Food Programme (WFP) has confirmed. A joint interagency convoy arrived in Madaya and Zabadani in Rural Damascus and Foaa and Kefraya in Rural Idlib on Sunday. [...]

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Seychelles – Permanent Representative Addresses UN General Debate, 71st Session (audio of full speech)

Marie-Louise Potter, Permanent Representative of the Republic of Seychelles to the United Nations, addresses the general debate of the General Assembly's seventy-first session. UN Photo/Amanda Voisard

Marie-Louise Potter, Permanent Representative of the Seychelles, addresses the general debate of the 71st Session of the General Assembly of the UN (New York, 20-26 September 2016). Duration; 12’07″

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Togo – Permanent Representative Addresses UN General Debate, 71st Session (audio of full speech, with interpretation)

Kokou Kpayedo, Permanent Representative of Togo, addresses the general debate of the 71st Session of the General Assembly of the UN. UN Photo/Amanda Voisard

Kokou Kpayedo, Permanent Representative of Togo, addresses the general debate of the 71st Session of the General Assembly of the UN (New York, 20-26 September 2016). Duration: 16’51″

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Environment factors should be part of refugee status

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People who are forced to leave their homes because of environmental factors should be considered refugees, according to a non-government organisation, attending the recent migrant and refugee summit at the UN. Rising sea levels and environmental disasters are increasingly driving people to find new places to live. Eleonor Mitch, represents the International Centre of Comparative [...]

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Pakistan – Prime Minister Addresses UN General Debate, 71st Session (audio of full speech)

Muhammad Nawaz Sharif, Prime Minister of Pakistan, addresses the general debate of the General Assembly's seventy-first session.UN Photo/Cia Pak

Nawaz Sharif, Prime Minister of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, addresses the general debate of the 71st Session of the General Assembly of the UN (New York, 20-26 September 2016). Duration: 20’58″

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Protecting heritage part of "security response" to conflict

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Protecting cultural heritage is an integral part of the "security and humanitarian response" to conflict situations; that's according to Irina Bokova Director General of the UN's cultural agency, UNESCO. Archaeological sites such as Palmyra in Syria and ancient and religious monuments in Timbuktu in Mali have been targeted and destroyed by terrorists. UNESCO has been [...]

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UN Daily News 26 September 2016

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Listen to a bulletin of news and features from United Nations Radio, with Dianne Penn and Jocelyne Sambira. The top UN official in Cyprus tells us negotiations on a solution for the divided island are approaching a "make or break moment" And then we head for the Caribbean, where the regional bloc CARICOM outlines challenges [...]

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News in Brief 26 September 2016 (AM)

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  Women should take lead in peace process for Israel and oPt Israel and the Palestinians are being urged to start a new peace process with the full participation of women. The call was made by a UN human rights expert following an official visit to Israel and the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt) to examine [...]

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World faces growing nuclear threats, says deputy UN chief

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The world is facing growing nuclear threats yet progress in multilateral nuclear disarmament has come to a standstill, the deputy UN chief has said. Jan Eliasson made the remarks on Monday during a meeting to commemorate the International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons. The event was organized on the margins of the [...]

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Cyprus talks approaching "make or break moment"

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Cyprus is fast approaching a "make or break moment" in long-running negotiations to reach a comprehensive settlement, and end decades of division between its Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot communities. That's according to Espen Barth Eide, the UN Special Adviser on Cyprus, who is working with the leadership of both sides of the Mediterranean island. [...]

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India – Minister of External Affairs Addresses UN General Debate, 71st Session (audio of full speech, with interpretation)

Sushma Swaraj, Minister for External Affairs of India, addresses the general debate of the General Assembly's seventy-first session. UN Photo/Cia Pak

Sushma Swaraj, Minister of External Affairs for India, addresses the general debate of the 71st Session of the General Assembly of the UN (New York, 20-26 September 2016). Duration: 19’43″

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Colombia peace deal to be signed with "bullet pens"

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Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (centre) arrives in Cartagena, Colombia  Photo/UNIC Bogota A historic peace agreement between the Government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) is to be signed with "bullet pens", according to the UN Mission in the country. According to media reports, the pens were commissioned by the authorities as a symbol of [...]

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Good work conditions "improve pay and factory output"

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Improving working conditions in traditionally poorly paid garment factories does not come at the expense of productivity or profitability, the UN said Monday. According to the International Labour Organization (ILO), hundreds of factories across seven developing countries have seen "dramatically improved" changes thanks to its Better Work programme. These include higher wages and productivity, along [...]

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UN chief welcomes proposal for national dialogue in Gabon

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The United Nations has underlined its commitment to supporting the democratic process in Gabon. In a statement issued on Sunday by his spokesperson, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon welcomed a call for national dialogue in the wake of the country's disputed presidential elections. Gabon's Constitutional Court has confirmed incumbent Ali Bongo as the winner of the [...]

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Commendation for Cypriot leaders

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon with Nicos Anastasiades, President of the Republic of Cyprus (left), and Mustafa Akinci, Leader of the Turkish Cypriot Community (right). UN Photo/Isaac Billy.

The leaders of the two communities in Cyprus have been praised by the UN Secretary-General for their efforts to reach a settlement for the divided island. Ban Ki-moon met with Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akýncý and Greek Cypriot counterpart Nicos Anastasiades in New York on Sunday. The UN has been working for more than 50 years to [...]

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Security Council urged to press for halt in Syria violence to protect civilians

UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura. UN Photo/Manuel Elias.

The international community has been asked to push for a break in the violence in Syria in the wake of intensified government airstrikes in Aleppo. UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura made the appeal during an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council convened on Sunday morning. Mr de Mistura said the military [...]

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Sudan – Foreign Minister Addresses UN General Debate, 71st Session (audio of full speech, with interpretation)

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Ibrahim Ahmed Abd al-Aziz Ghandour, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Sudan, addresses the general debate of the 71st Session of the General Assembly of the UN (Audio of full speech, with interpretation). Duration: 14’15″

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UN chief: Intensified attacks in Aleppo mark “dark day”

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"A dark day for the global commitment to protect civilians." That is how UN Secretary-General has characterized intensified airstrikes in the Syrian city of Aleppo. The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) is also worried that two million civilians are without water due to the operations. In a statement issued on Saturday by his spokesperson, Mr Ban [...]

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Park attack shows even playtime is dangerous in Libya: UNICEF

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Warring parties in Libya are being urged by the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) to protect children caught in the country's conflict. The appeal was made by UNICEF Special Representative in Libya, Ghassan Khalil, following a deadly air strike earlier this week. The North African country has been embroiled in fighting between rival factions since 2014. [...]

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Government committed to finding political solution to end Syrian crisis

Walid Al-Moualem, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Expatriates of the Syrian Arab Republic, addresses the general debate of the General Assembly's seventy-first session.UN Photo/Cia Pak

Syria is committed to finding a political solution to stop nearly six years of bloodshed in the country, Foreign Minister Walid Al-Moualem told the UN General Assembly on Saturday. More than 300,000 civilians have been killed since the crisis broke out in March 2011. The United Nations has been working to bring the conflict to [...]

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Central African Republic – President Addresses UN General Debate, 71st Session (audio of full speech, with interpretation)

Faustin Archange Touadéra, President of the Central African Republic, addresses the general debate of the General Assembly's seventy-first session. UN Photo/Cia Pak

Faustin Archange Touadera, President of the Central African Republic, addresses the general debate of the 71st Session of the General Assembly of the UN (New York, 20-26 September 2016). Duration: 21’06″

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Syria – Deputy Prime Minister Addresses UN General Debate, 71st Session (audio of full speech, with interpretation)

Walid Al-Moualem, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Expatriates of the Syrian Arab Republic, addresses the general debate of the General Assembly's seventy-first session.UN Photo/Cia Pak

Walid Al-Moualem, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Expatriates of the Syrian Arab Republic, addresses the general debate of the 71st Session of the General Assembly of the UN (New York, 20-26 September 2016). Duration: 21’08″

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Financing SDGs a major concern for Caribbean Community

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (right) meets with Irwin LaRocque, Secretary-General of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM).

Ensuring financing so that they can meet the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) is among the top concerns for the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), the man leading the regional bloc has said. Secretary-General Irwin LaRocque said the organization also wants the region to be counted as a distinct group when it comes to measuring statistical progress towards [...]

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Tuvalu – Prime Minister Addresses UN General Debate, 71st Session (audio of full speech)

Enele Sosene Sopoaga, Prime Minister of Tuvalu, addresses the general debate of the General Assembly's seventy-first session. UN Photo/Cia Pak

Enele Sosene Sopoaga, Prime Minister of Tuvalu, addresses the general debate of the 71st Session of the General Assembly of the UN (New York, 20-26 September 2016). Duration; 23’54″

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Democratic Republic of the Congo – Minister for Foreign Affairs Addresses UN General Debate, 71st Session (audio of full speech, with interpretation)

Raymond Tshibanda N'tungamulongo, Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, addresses the general debate of the General Assembly's seventy-first session.UN Photo/Cia Pak

Raymond Tshibanda N’tungamulongo, Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, addresses the general debate of the 71st Session of the General Assembly of the UN (New York, 20-26 September 2016). Duration; 20’17″

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South Sudan – Vice-President Addresses UN General Debate, 71st Session (audio of full speech)

Taban Deng Gai, Vice President of the Republic of South Sudan, addresses the general debate of the General Assembly's seventy-first session.UN Photo/Cia Pak

Taban Deng Gai, Vice-President of the Republic of South Sudan, addresses the general debate of the 71st Session of the General Assembly of the UN (New York, 20-26 September 2016). Duration: 16’31″

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International organizations call for restraint in DRC

UN peacekeepers in Kinshasa, capital of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). Photo: MONUSCO/Myriam Asmani

Four international organizations are urging political leaders in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) to "exercise maximum restraint" in their actions and statements in the wake of recent deadly violence. Clashes between protesters and government forces in the capital, Kinshasa, and other parts of the country have left scores of civilians dead. The unrest [...]

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"We are not advocates of revenge": Yemeni president on Houthi rebels

Abdrabuh Mansour Hadi Mansour, President of the Republic of Yemen, addresses the general debate of the General Assembly's seventy-first session.UN Photo/Cia Pak

Yemen's president said on Friday that his government and supporters were "not advocates of revenge" when it comes to ending the country's bloody civil war. Abdrabuh Mansour Hadi Mansour told the UN General Assembly that with international support, a "new Yemen" could emerge that would include rebel Houthi fighters. Matthew Wells reports. Houthi rebels, which [...]

23 Sep 2016 | Posted in 71st General Assembly, Today's News | Read More »

Media hub generates "buzz" about UN global development goals

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Real-time conversations between world leaders and journalists on how the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are being implemented one year on, has been generating valuable "buzz" online. That's the view of Sergio Fernandez De Cordova, Chairman of the PVBLIC Foundation, who helped set up an online platform connecting the UN to the wider public. During the [...]

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

Internal reconciliation can be affected by "external intervention" in South Sudan

Taban Deng Gai, Vice President of the Republic of South Sudan, addresses the general debate of the General Assembly's seventy-first session.UN Photo/Cia Pak

Reconciliation between former foes in South Sudan could be negatively affected by external intervention, the First Vice President of the African country has said at the United Nations in New York. Taban Deng was addressing world leaders in the annual debate of the UN General Assembly. Charles Appel has more details. South Sudan is recovering [...]

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News in Brief 23 September 2016 (PM)

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  BRICS can impact food security: FAO The five countries with newly industrialized economies, known as the BRICS, Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa, are well placed to lead agricultural reforms which could transform rural societies. That's according to a senior official with the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). Kundhavi Kadiresan, the agency's [...]

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“Going nuclear armed" is North Korea policy

Ri Yong Ho, Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, addresses the general debate of the General Assembly's seventy-first session.UN Photo/Cia Pak

North Korea has confirmed at the United Nations that it will continue with the development of nuclear weapons against the wishes of the UN Security Council. Earlier this month, the Asian country, also known as DPRK, carried out its fifth and reportedly largest ever atomic test: a move which was described by the UN as [...]

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Democratic People's Republic of Korea – Minister for Foreign Affairs Addresses UN General Debate, 71st Session (audio of full speech, with interpretation)

Ri Yong Ho, Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, addresses the general debate of the General Assembly's seventy-first session.UN Photo/Cia Pak

Ri Young Ho, Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, addresses the general debate of the 71st Session of the General Assembly of the UN (New York, 20-26 September 2016). Duration: 15’15″

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Bolivians are treated in an "inhuman way" over sea access, says Evo Morales

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Bolivian families face "inhuman" treatment because of a long-standing international border dispute, President Evo Morales told the UN Human Rights Council on Friday. Addressing Member States in Geneva, President Morales explained how the rights of "whole families" are violated when they try to cross Chile from landlocked Bolivia for access to the coast. In 2013, [...]

23 Sep 2016 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

One of world's worst humanitarian crises "struggling for attention"

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One of world's worst humanitarian crises underway in the Lake Chad Basin is "struggling for attention" according to the Deputy Secretary-General of the UN, Jan Eliasson. Nine million people urgently need humanitarian aid across the region with some 6.3 million not getting enough to eat. On the margins of the UN General Assembly debate, leaders [...]

23 Sep 2016 | Posted in 71st General Assembly, Focus on Climate Change, Food Crisis, Today's Features | Read More »

Security Council affirms role of nuclear test-ban treaty in promoting peace

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Countries which have not yet signed or ratified a global treaty banning nuclear testing have been urged by the international community to do so without delay. This follows the adoption of a resolution by the UN Security Council on Friday commemorating 20 years since the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT) opened for signature. Dianne Penn reports. [...]

23 Sep 2016 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

UN Daily News 23 September 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, bringing the Sustainable Development Goals to life – the UN chief says we "need action from everyone, everywhere"… And one of today's worst humanitarian crises – Africa's Lake Chad basin – is struggling to [...]

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"We need action from everyone" to reach 2030 goals: UN chief

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"We need action from everyone" to realize the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030; global targets which will end hunger, reduce poverty and guarantee sustainable living for all. That's the call from UN chief Ban Ki-moon, speaking at a High Level side event on Friday, entitled; SDGs Coming to Life, Envisaging a Common and Resilient [...]

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Yemen – President Addresses UN General Debate, 71st Session (audio of full speech, with interpretation)

Abdrabuh Mansour Hadi Mansour, President of the Republic of Yemen, addresses the general debate of the General Assembly's seventy-first session.UN Photo/Cia Pak

Abdrabuh Mansour Hadi Mansour, President of the Republic of Yemen, addresses the general debate of the 71st Session of the General Assembly of the UN (New York, 20-26 September 2016). Duration:27’51″

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UN chief appeals for calm ahead of Gabon election ruling

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Political leaders in Gabon and their followers are being urged by the UN Secretary-General to "exercise maximum restraint" as the country awaits a decision on the recent presidential elections. Gabon's Constitutional Court is set to deliver a ruling this Friday on the disputed vote between incumbent Ali Bongo and opposition candidate Jean Ping. Charles Appel [...]

23 Sep 2016 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Colombia – President Addresses UN General Debate, 71st Session (audio of full speech, with interpretation)

Juan Manuel Santos Calderón, President of Colombia, addresses the general debate of the General Assembly's seventy-first session.UN Photo/Cia Pak

Juan Manuel Santos Calderón, President of the Republic of Colombia, addresses the general debate of the 71st Session of the General Assembly of the UN (New York, 20-26 September 2016). Duration: 16’13″

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News in Brief 23 September 2016 (AM) – Geneva

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Aid effort will continue "by all means" to Syria Efforts to deliver humanitarian supplies in Syria will continue "by all means" available where access is possible despite the ongoing violence, the UN said Friday. On Thursday, 23 trucks delivered enough aid for 35,000 people in Moadamiyet Al Sham, according to agency spokesperson Jens Laerke. "The [...]

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Korea – Minister for Foreign Affairs Addresses UN General Debate, 71st Session (audio of full speech)

Yun Byung-se, Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Korea, addresses the general debate of the General Assembly's seventy-first session. UN Photo/Cia Pak

Yun Byung-se, Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Rupublic of Korea, addresses the general debate of the 71st Session of the General Assembly of the UN (New York, 20-26 September 2016). Duration: 15’26″

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France – President Addresses UN General Debate, 71st Session (audio of full speech, with interpretation)

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François Hollande, President of the French Republic, addresses the general debate of the 71st Session of the General Assembly of the UN (New York, 20-26 September 2016). Duration; 21’45″

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Iraq – Prime Minister Addresses General Debate, 71st Session (audio of full speech, with interpretation)

Haider Al Abadi, Prime Minister of the Republic of Iraq, addresses the general debate of the General Assembly's seventy-first session. UN Photo/Loey Felipe

Haider Al Abadi, Prime Minister of the Republic of Iraq, addresses the general debate of the 71st Session of the General Assembly of the UN (New York, 20-26 September 2016). Duration: 17’04″

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Liberia – President Addresses UN General Debate, 71st Session (audio of full speech)

Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, President of the Republic of Liberia, addresses the general debate of the General Assembly's seventy-first session. UN Photo/Cia Pak

Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, President of the Republic of Liberia, addresses the general debate of the 71st Session of the General Assembly of the UN (New York, 20-26 September 2016). Duration: 14’55″

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Culture in Africa a barrier to "sex education" for girls and boys

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African parents cannot talk openly to their children about sexual relations because of cultural barriers, according to the First Lady of the Kingdom of Lesotho. Mathato Mosisili was at the UN in New York to attend a High-Level Event on the sexual reproductive health of adolescent girls across Africa. She is a member of the [...]

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

Emergency UN fund is "for all, by all"

At least 7 million people across Yemen are living under emergency levels of food insecurity. A further 7.1 million people are in a state of crisis, according to the latest assessment. Photo: WFP/Asmaa Waguih

A decade-old UN fund which can allocate money within hours to support emergency responses anywhere in the world has been described as a fund "for all and by all." The Central Emergency Response Fund, or CERF as it's often known, has provided almost US$360 million so far this year. The UN Secretary-General has called for [...]

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

World must act "rapidly and forcefully" to protect heritage from terrorists

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The international community must act "rapidly and forcefully" to prevent more cultural heritage from being irrevocably destroyed by terrorist groups. That's the message coming from Jordan's foreign minister, Nasser Judeh, speaking at a High Level Meeting on Thursday entitled Protecting Cultural Heritage – an imperative for Humanity. In a message to the meeting, UN Secretary-General [...]

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

News in Brief 22 September 2016 (PM)

Some one thousand internally displaced persons (IDPs) have been moved to new, cleaner – and drier – accommodations in South Sudan.UN Photo/Isaac Billy

  Keep spotlight on internally displaced people: the world's "invisible majority" Aid officials, human rights experts and other concerned members of the international community are urging governments and the public to unite to support people who have been displaced within their own countries due to conflict or other catastrophes. In an open letter to UN [...]

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

Palestine to push for UN resolution on settlements

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Palestine has said it will push for a UN Security Council resolution to prevent Israel from building more settlements. Israel has continued to build on Palestinian territories despite being banned from doing so by a UN resolution dating back to 1979. The expansion of settlements has long been cited as holding back the peace process [...]

22 Sep 2016 | Posted in 71st General Assembly, Today's News | Read More »

UN Global Perspective: focus on General Assembly, Syria and heart disease

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Jihadist extremists are "altogether outside" Islam: King of Jordan Jihadist extremists do not exist on the fringe of Islam but are "altogether outside" it. That's the emphatic view of King Abdullah of Jordan, who devoted his speech during the United Nations General Debate in New York to debunking misconceptions about his faith and the need [...]

22 Sep 2016 | Posted in UN Global Perspective | Read More »

Israel invites Palestinian President to address parliament

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Israel has invited the Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to address the country's parliament, known as the Knesset. The invitation was issued by Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during his speech to the UN General Assembly in New York on Thursday. Charles Appel has more details. Israel and Palestine continue to struggle to find a way [...]

22 Sep 2016 | Posted in 71st General Assembly, Today's News | Read More »

Israel – Prime Minister Addresses UN General Debate, 71st Session (audio of full speech)

Benjamin Netanyahu, Prime Minister of Israel, addresses the general debate of the General Assembly's seventieth session. UN Photo/Cia Pak

Benjamin Netanyahu, Prime Minister, Minister for Foreign Affairs, Minister for the Economy, Minister for Communications, and Minister for Regional Cooperation of the State of Israel, addresses the general debate of the 71st Session of the General Assembly of the UN (New York, 20-26 September 2016). Duration; 41’18″

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UN chief highlights role of SDGs in ending hunger

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The number of undernourished people worldwide has dropped by nearly 70 million over the past four years, the UN Secretary-General announced on Thursday. Ban Ki-moon is spurring world leaders to continue the battle to make "zero hunger" a reality. Charles Appel reports. The Secretary-General launched the Zero Hunger Challenge at the Rio+20 Conference on Sustainable [...]

22 Sep 2016 | Posted in 71st General Assembly, Sustainable Development Goals, Today's News | Read More »

Palestine – President Addresses UN General Debate, 71st Session (audio of full speech, with interpretation)

Mahmoud Abbas, President of the State of Palestine, addresses the general debate of the General Assembly's seventy-first session.UN Photo/Cia Pak

Mahmoud Abbas, President of the State of Palestine, addresses the general debate of the 71st Session of the General Assembly of the UN (New York, 20-26 September 2016). Duration:33’30″

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Iran – President Addresses UN General Debate, 71st Session (audio of full speech, with interpretation)

Hassan Rouhani, President of the Islamic Republic of Iran, addresses the general debate of the General Assembly's seventy-first session.UN Photo/Cia Pak

Hassan Rouhani, President of the Islamic Republic of Iran, addresses the general debate of the 71st Session of the General Assembly of the UN (New York, 20-26 September 2016). Duration; 19’03″

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Security Council debates terrorist threat to aviation

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Attacks at airports in Brussels and Istanbul this year were a "tragic reminder" of the inseparability of aviation and national security, diplomats heard at the UN on Thursday. Security Council members met to discuss global efforts to counter the terrorist threat to the aviation industry. Ten million travellers take to the skies each day on [...]

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

UN Gender Focus Special: LGBT

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Caleb Orozco's story of survival Five years ago, Caleb Orozco challenged the criminalization of sodomy which is detailed in Section 53, of the Belize criminal code. The statute calls for a 10-year prison term for "carnal intercourse against the order of nature." Like many former colonies of the British Empire, Belize inherited the law from Britain. [...]

22 Sep 2016 | Posted in UN Gender Focus | Read More »

Women's economic empowerment is "uniquely important": UN chief

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Women's economic empowerment is a "uniquely important" way to give women more control over their lives and promote genuine equality. That's the view of UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, speaking at the launch of a High-Level Panel report on the issue, at UN Headquarters on Thursday. The UN chief set the panel up earlier this year, [...]

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

Sympathy not enough, time to act on poverty, says youth delegate

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It's time to act against poverty and stop sympathizing, a youth observer from Ghana to the United Nations has said. Pearl Afua was selected to be the "eyes and ears" of young people in her country during the United Nations General Assembly debate. Jocelyne Sambira caught up with her ahead of a High-Level event on [...]

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UN Daily News 22 September 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…Women's economic empowerment is "uniquely important" to achieving real gender equality, says the UN chief… And South Sudan is "struggling for survival" as the Security Council meets to assess the humanitarian and political crisis afflicting [...]

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South Sudan "struggling for survival"

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"Struggling for survival"- that's how the UN Secretary-General has described the world's newest nation, South Sudan. Almost three years of internal conflict, born out of a political row between two leaders serving in the same government, has led to the deaths of tens of thousands of people and forced some 2.6 million to flee their [...]

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

Countries to "beat back" threat of heart disease

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A new initiative called "Global Hearts" has been launched by the World Health Organization (WHO) to beat back the threat of heart disease. Heart attacks and strokes are the world's leading cause of death. These diseases kill more than 17 million people globally, rich and poor alike, the agency says. The project aims to scale [...]

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Sierra Leone calls for "strong African voices" at the UN

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It will be hard to achieve a better world without reform of the United Nations, and inclusion of "strong African voices" in the global organization. That was the opinion expressed by Sierra Leone's President Dr Ernest Bai Koroma who addressed the UN General Assembly on Thursday. World leaders are reviewing progress on the Sustainable Development [...]

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Leaders urged to deliver on humanitarian summit commitments

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World leaders have been asked to deliver on their collective promise to create a better future for millions of people in need. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon reminded them of this commitment on Thursday while presenting his report on the outcomes of the World Humanitarian Summit. Representatives from 180 countries, including more than 50 Heads of [...]

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

US and Russia "determined" to make Syria ceasefire agreement work

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Russia and the United States are determined to make their Syria ceasefire agreement work, while direct peace talks could happen within weeks, a senior UN negotiator announced on Thursday. Speaking to journalists in Geneva, UN Deputy Special Envoy for Syria, Ramzy Ezzeldin Ramzy, also confirmed that the superpowers planned to meet in New York in [...]

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

UN and Africa: focus on African development, climate change and SDGs

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Terrorism "threat of the century" says Chad President The President of Chad has described terrorism as the "threat of the century" facing Africa. Extremists, including those belonging to the Boko Haram terrorist group, have destabilized much of the Lake Chad Basin triggering a humanitarian crisis. Daniel Dickinson reports. African development possible if illicit financial flows [...]

22 Sep 2016 | Posted in UN and Africa | Read More »

Myanmar – Minister for Foreign Affairs Addresses UN General Debate, 71st Session (audio of full speech)

Aung San Suu Kyi, State Counsellor and Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar, addresses the general debate of the General Assembly's seventy-first session. UN Photo/Cia Pak

Aung San Suu Kyi, State Counsellor and Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar, addresses the general debate of the 71st Session of the General Assembly of the UN (New York, 20-26 September 2016). Duration:14’48″

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News in Brief 22 September 2016 (AM)

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  Zeid: DRC violence could be a precursor to "large-scale crisis" Violence in the Democratic Republic of the Congo which has left dozens of civilians dead is a sign that "a large-scale crisis" could soon envelop the country. That warning comes from UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein who's called for [...]

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

SDGS in Action thanks to new smartphone app

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Smartphones are helping to bring about a sustainable global future. By using a new mobile phone application unveiled at the UN this week, people worldwide can learn about the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and how they can make them a reality. Priyanka Shankar has the story. The SDGs in Action app highlights the Sustainable Development [...]

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

Peacebuilding Fund facing perilous financial situation

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Violence and conflict cost the world more than US$13 trillion last year, according to the UN Secretary-General. But a mechanism which supports millions of people in countries emerging from conflict is in danger of not meeting its most basic commitments. In an appeal made on Wednesday, the UN chief called on the international community to [...]

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Myanmar working to achieve peace and prosperity in Rakhine State

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Myanmar's new government is committed to finding a sustainable solution to the situation in Rakhine State, home to some one million people of indeterminate citizenship. Most are members of the Rohingya, a Muslim minority living in the north. Speaking in the UN General Assembly on Wednesday, Foreign Minister Daw Aung San Suu Kyi said authorities [...]

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Japan – Prime Minister Addresses UN General Debate, 71st Session (audio of full speech, with interpretation)

Shinzo Abe, Prime Minister of Japan, addresses the general debate of the General Assembly's seventy-first session. UN Photo/Cia Pak

Shinzo Abe, Prime Minister of Japan, addresses the general debate of the 71st Session of the General Assembly of the UN (New York, 20-26 September 2016). Duration; 18’54″

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China calls for inclusive and balanced global economic growth

Li Keqiang, Premier of the State Council of the People's Republic of China, addresses the general debate of the General Assembly's seventy-first session. UN Photo/Cia Pak

China is urging more action to reduce inequalities in global development. Premier Li Keqiang made the appeal in his speech to the UN General Assembly on Wednesday. Charles Appel reports. The Chinese Premier called on world leaders to work together to ensure the safe recovery of the global economy. Any long-term sluggishness would threaten efforts [...]

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News in Brief 21 September 2016 (PM)

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 (file photo)

  Humanitarians call for continued assistance for Lebanon Ongoing international support for Lebanon is essential as the country continues to bear the impact of the conflict in neighbouring Syria, according to the UN humanitarian affairs office, OCHA. Lebanon, which has a population of around five million people, is hosting more than one million Syrian refugees. [...]

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Kenya – Vice-President Addresses UN General Debate, 71st Session (audio of full speech)

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William Ruto, Vice-President of the Republic of Kenya, addresses the general debate of the 71st Session of the General Assembly of the UN (New York, 20-26 September 2016). Duration; 26’34″

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EU hopes global solidarity will bring more services for refugees

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  The European Union is hoping that international solidarity will lead to a scale-up in support for refugees. European Council President Donald Tusk expressed this wish in his address to the UN General Assembly on Wednesday. Worldwide, more than 65 million people have been forced to flee their homes due to conflict or persecution, according [...]

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Afghanistan – Vice-President Addresses UN General Debate, 71st Session (audio of full speech, with interpretation)

Sarwar Danesh, Vice President of Afghanistan, addresses the general debate of the General Assembly's seventy-first session.UN Photo/Cia Pak

Sarwar Danesh, Vice-President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, addresses the general debate of the 71st Session of the General Assembly of the UN (New York, 20-26 September 2016). Duration: 28’26″

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European Union – President Addresses UN General Debate, 71st Session (audio of full speech)

Donald Tusk, President of the European Council, addresses the general debate of the General Assembly's seventy-first session. UN Photo/Cia Pak

Donald Tusk, President of the European Council of the European Union, addresses the general debate of the 71st Session of the General Assembly of the UN (New York, 20-26 September 2016). Duration; 10’11″

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UN Daily News 21 September 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 warring parties in Syria and their allies must "negotiate a way out of hell" warns the UN chief in an emergency Security Council session. And what once looked impossible in terms of curbing carbon [...]

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Warring parties urged to negotiate "a way out of hell" in Syria

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The warring parties in Syria and the international community have been urged by the UN Secretary-General to negotiate "a way out of hell" for the people of the war-torn country. Over 300,000 Syrians have been killed and half the population uprooted during the more than five-year long civil conflict. A cessation of hostilities which was [...]

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Stop polluting the planet, urges head of UN environment programme

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People need to be much kinder to the planet and to each other, the head of the UN Environment Programme has urged. Erik Stolheim made the remarks on the sidelines of the 71st United Nations General Assembly debate. People should stop throwing garbage into the ocean; stop conflicts that damage the environment; and protect all [...]

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"Now inevitable" climate change agreement will come into force

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"What once seemed impossible" in terms of bringing a global climate change agreement into force, "is now inevitable" according to the UN Secretary General. Ban Ki-moon was speaking at a High Level event on the entry into force of the Paris Agreement, which was agreed to by more than 190 states last December. Countries have [...]

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China – Premier Addresses UN General Debate, 71st Session (audio of full speech, with interpretation)

Li Keqiang, Premier of the State Council of the People's Republic of China, addresses the general debate of the General Assembly's seventy-first session. UN Photo/Cia Pak

Li Keqiang, Premier of the State Council of the People's Republic of China, addresses the general debate of the 71st Session of the General Assembly of the UN (New York, 20-26 September 2016). Duration: 20’00″

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Sanctions could curtail sustainable development in Zimbabwe: Mugabe

Robert G. Mugabe, President of the Republic of Zimbabwe, addresses the general debate of the General Assembly's seventy-first session. UN Photo/Cia Pak

Ongoing sanctions against Zimbabwe could threaten sustainable development in the country, President Robert Mugabe told the UN General Assembly on Wednesday. World leaders are reviewing progress on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development as part of this year's General Debate. It seeks to transform the world by eliminating extreme poverty, promoting greater equality and tackling [...]

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Zimbabwe – President Addresses UN General Debate, 71st Session (audio of full speech)

Robert G. Mugabe, President of the Republic of Zimbabwe, addresses the general debate of the General Assembly's seventy-first session. UN Photo/Cia Pak

Robert Mugabe, President of the Republic of Zimbabwe, addresses the general debate of the 71st Session of the General Assembly of the UN (New York, 20-26 September 2016). Duration: 16’49″

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News in Brief 21 September 2016 (AM) – Geneva

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Appeal for funds to help liberated Libyan town In Libya, funding for humanitarian work is needed urgently to help nearly 80,000 people return to the town of Sirte, which was until recently in the hands of ISIL fighters. The US$ 10.7 million appeal comes from UN aid coordinating agency OCHA. Here's spokesperson Jens Laerke: "One [...]

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10m people could die annually due to drug resistance

Dr. Keiji Fukuda, Assistant Director-General and Special Representative for Antimicrobial Resistance

Some ten million people could die annually as a result of resistance to antimicrobial drugs, known as AMR, according to the Assistant Director- General of the World Health Organization (WHO). The misuse of drugs, such as antibiotics, means that they can no longer fight so-called “super bugs”, a situation which has been described as a [...]

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Decent work and economic growth "mantra" of Jamaica

Jamaica Prime Minister Andrew Holness with Jocelyne Sambira during a FB live on the margins of the United Nations General Assembly Debate (Screenshot)

Jamaica is firmly committed to growing its economy and creating jobs to lift people out of poverty, even going as far as creating a ministry to deal with this matter. That's what Prime Minister Andrew Holness said on Tuesday, on the first day of the United Nations General Assembly debate. Globally, two out of every [...]

21 Sep 2016 | Posted in 71st General Assembly, Caribbean News, Today's Features | Read More »

"No doubt" aid saves lives and increases protection for civilians

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Aid has saved lives and increased protection for civilians trapped in conflict, according to a Professor at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva. Gilles Carbonnier made the remarks at the UN while introducing his new book "Humanitarian Economics," an emerging field of study. But there is a flip side to providing [...]

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

Sharing information key to ending the death penalty

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Disseminating information about the death penalty is the best way to get countries to abolish the practice, according to a senior UN official. Ivan Šimonović, UN Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights, said some 170 countries worldwide have either abolished capital punishment or have never implemented it. Mr Šimonović will moderate a panel discussion this Wednesday [...]

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Egypt calls on UNESCO to help fight "cancer of our age": terrorism

Abdel Fattah Al Sisi. UN Photo/Cia Pak

The President of Egypt described terrorism as the "cancer of our age" on Tuesday and called on the UN's scientific and cultural organization, UNESCO, to be given a greater role in the fight. Abdel Fattah Al Sisi was speaking during the annual General Debate of world leaders at UN Headquarters in New York and he [...]

20 Sep 2016 | Posted in 71st General Assembly, Today's News | Read More »

Climate change "biggest human rights issue" in world

Mary Robinson (left) is interviewed by Jocelyne Sambira of UN Radio. (Screenshot of UN FB live event at #UNGA)

Climate change is one of the biggest human rights issue in the world today and it's also a matter of justice, a senior UN envoy said on Tuesday. Mary Robinson, the UN special envoy on El Niño and Climate, stressed how the poorest countries and communities are being affected although they are the least responsible. [...]

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Nigeria makes "remarkable progress" in defeating terrorists

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Nigeria has made "remarkable progress" in defeating terrorists belonging to the Boko Haram group. That's according to the President of the West African country, Muhammadu Buhari, speaking to world leaders at the UN General Assembly on Tuesday. Daniel Dickinson has more details. Boko Haram extremists have terrorized large areas of north-east Nigeria causing the huge [...]

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African development possible if illicit financial flows are stopped

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Africa can manage its own development agenda if the "scourge" of illicit financial flows is stopped. That's what the President of South Africa, Jacob Zuma, told the UN General Assembly on Tuesday, as the first day of the general debate of world leaders got underway in New York. Jocelyne Sambira has more details. The UN [...]

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Turkey – President Addresses UN General Debate, 71st Session (audio of full speech, with interpretation)

Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, President of Turkey, addresses the general debate of the General Assembly's seventy-first session. UN Photo/Cia Pak

Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, President of the Republic of Turkey, addresses the general debate of the 71st Session of the General Assembly of the UN (New York, 20-26 September 2016). Duration: 28’26″

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Jihadist extremists are "altogether outside" Islam: King of Jordan

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Jihadist extremists do not exist on the fringe of Islam but are "altogether outside" it. That's the emphatic view of King Abdullah of Jordan, who devoted his speech during the United Nations General Debate in New York to debunking misconceptions about his faith and the need for a "new mind-set and new partnerships" to fight [...]

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United Kingdom – Prime Minister Addresses UN General Debate, 71st Session (audio of full speech)

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Theresa May, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, addresses the general debate of the 71st Session of the General Assembly of the UN (New York, 20-26 September 2016). Duration: 22’28″

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News in Brief 20 September 2016 (PM)

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  Concern over latest unrest in DRC Political leaders in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and their followers have been urged by the UN Secretary-General to refrain from further violence. Ban Ki-moon's appeal was made in the wake of unrest in the capital, Kinshasa, and in other parts of the country. Clashes between [...]

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Malawi – President Addresses UN General Debate, 71st Session (audio of full speech)

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Arthur Peter Mutharika, President of the Republic of Malawi, addresses the general debate of the 71st Session of the General Assembly of the UN (New York, 20-26 September 2016). Duration: 16’49″

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Nagoya University in Japan champions gender equality

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Nagoya University in Japan is accelerating the hiring of female faculty members as well as researchers and scientists, its president has confirmed. Seiichi Matsuo was in New York for the launch of the first-ever "University parity" report which charts the progress of 10 global universities towards achieving gender equality. Impact 10x10x10 is the brainchild of [...]

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

UN Daily News 20 September 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….first day of General Debate, which has been dominated by concern for the suffering of Syria, as the UN temporarily suspends aid following Monday's bombing of a humanitarian convoy. And, faith leaders from around the [...]

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Syria's future should not rest on "fate of a single man": UN chief

A view of the General Assembly Hall as Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon presents his annual report on the work of the Organization, at the opening of the Assembly's seventy-first annual general debate. UN Photo/Cia Pak

The future of war-torn Syria should not rest "on the fate of a single man", according to the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. The UN chief indicated that the removal of Syria's president could not be the only consideration for ending the civil war which has left hundreds of thousands dead, and millions displaced. Addressing the [...]

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Nigeria aims to become first country to achieve SDG goals

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Nigeria aims to become the first country to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals or SDGs within a period of 14 years, according to the head of a Nigeria-based power and energy corporation. Food security is a critical issue in the West African nation, where smallholder farming accounts for the majority of food production and up [...]

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President of General Assembly Addresses UN General Debate, 71st Session (audio of full speech)

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Peter Thomson, President of the UN General Assembly, addresses the general debate of the 71st Session of the General Assembly of the UN (New York, 20-26 September 2016). Duration: 11’22″

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United States – President Addresses UN General Debate, 71st Session (audio of full speech)

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Barack Obama, President of the United States of America, addresses the general debate of the 71st Session of the General Assembly of the UN (New York, 20-26 September 2016). Duration: 48’33″

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Call for “robust” action to end Burundi violence

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A call for "robust" measures against Burundi that could lead to international sanctions or peacekeepers has been made by independent UN investigators, who've published evidence alleging gross human rights violations by the government. Announcing their findings on Tuesday, the United Nations Independent Investigation in Burundi (UNIIB) said that the state-led abuse possibly amounted to crimes [...]

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

Secretary-General Addresses UN General Debate, 71st Session (audio of full speech)

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon presents his annual report on the work of the Organization at the opening of the General Assembly's seventy-first general debate. UN Photo/Cia Pak

20 Sep 2016 – Ban Ki-Moon, United Nations Secretary-General, addresses the general debate of the 71st Session of the General Assembly of the UN (New York, 20-26 September 2016). Duration: 26’28″

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Terrorism "threat of the century" says Chad President

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Terrorism has been described as the "threat of the century" for Africa by the President of Chad speaking at the United Nations in New York. Extremists including those belonging to the Boko Haram terrorist group have destabilized much of the Lake Chad Basin triggering a humanitarian crisis. Daniel Dickinson reports from UN Headquarters. The UN [...]

20 Sep 2016 | Posted in 71st General Assembly, Today's News | Read More »

SDGs must be taught if they are to take hold: General Assembly President

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Schoolchildren worldwide should be taught about the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) if they are to become reality. That was the message UN General Assembly President Peter Thomson delivered to world leaders meeting in New York on Tuesday for the annual debate in the UN General Assembly. Heads of State and Government adopted the 2030 Sustainable [...]

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Spread word of global goals to two billion people

Prior to starting its seventy-first general debate, the General Assembly held a brief special segment to mark the first anniversary of the adoption of the 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).UN Photo/Cia Pak

The full details that explain the internationally agreed sustainable development goals, need to be spread to two billion people worldwide. That's the hope of the UN Secretary-General speaking at an event to mark the first anniversary of the goals, known as the SDGs. Daniel Dickinson reports The 17 targets of the SDGs include ending poverty, [...]

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News in Brief 20 September 2016 (AM) – Geneva

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Aid deliveries to Syria halted after deadly aid convoy attack An attack on an aid convoy in Syria which killed at least one humanitarian worker and an unknown number of civilians has been condemned by the UN, which has now suspended deliveries of supplies throughout the war-torn country. Jens Laerke from UN humanitarian coordinating agency, OCHA, [...]

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"Less refugees" if Indigenous land rights were respected

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There would be "less refugees" and less environmental damage throughout the world if UN Member States properly respected the historic land rights of indigenous peoples. That's according to Raja Devasish Roy, a hereditary chief from Bangladesh, and also a Vice-Chairperson of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues. The forum is pressing governments to scale [...]

20 Sep 2016 | Posted in Today's Features, UN Summit for Refugees and Migrants | Read More »

"Atrocity crimes" a global emergency

A Special Event was held today at the United nations in New York on the topic, “Genocide: A Preventable Crime”.

Genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity, or so-called atrocity crimes, have become a global emergency. That's according to Simon Adams, the Executive Director of the Global Centre for the Responsibility to Protect, who is due to address a meeting on the issue at UN Headquarters on Tuesday. Experts and faith leaders from around the [...]

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

"Enormous outrage" at attack on Syria aid convoy

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An attack on an aid convoy reportedly heading to the war-torn city of Aleppo in Syria has been condemned as an "outrage" by the UN. It is thought that at least 18 of the 31 trucks in the convoy were hit by an air strike. Daniel Dickinson has more details. The Syrian Red Crescent aid convoy [...]

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

All children have the right to an education, urge former refugees

The Social Good Summit gives speakers an opportunity to express their ideas, plans and agendas in regards to the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals.

All children have a right to an education, two former refugees turned activists told global leaders during an event to debate the world's greatest challenges. Muzoon Almellehans of Syria and Zaynab Abdi of Yemen both campaign for the Malala Fund, an organization that raises funds for girls to go school. Muzoon Almellehans is sometimes referred [...]

19 Sep 2016 | Posted in 71st General Assembly, Today's Features, UN Summit for Refugees and Migrants | Read More »

Rainbow crossing shows LGBT fight continues

Representatives of the LGBT Core Group, including Samantha Power (centre), United States Ambassador to the UN, assemble at the rainbow crossing on 1st Avenue and 46th Street. OHCHR Photo/Charles Radcliffe

A pedestrian crossing outside the United Nations which has been painted in the rainbow colours associated with the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender or LGBT movement is a reminder to world leaders that the fight for equality continues. That's according to a senior UN official. The rainbow crosswalk is an initiative of the US, as [...]

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

News in Brief 19 September 2016 (PM)

Syrian man carrying a baby along the highway with other refugees, several kilometres after leaving Budapest, Hungary, heading in the direction of Vienna, Austria. Photo: UNHCR/Mark Henley (file photo)

  Funding to assist refugees, host communities in rural areas An initiative to mobilize US$100 million has been launched to address the rural dimension of the global refugee and migrant crisis. The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) said the money will go towards assisting refugees, displaced people and their host communities in rural areas [...]

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

Refugee agreement "depends on Member States taking action"

Jan Eliasson is interviewed by Matthew Wells of UN Radio. Photo: Giles Clarke

The landmark declaration, to protect the world's refugees and migrants reached at the UN on Monday "depends on Member States taking action" to make it a reality for around 65 million vulnerable people on the move. That's the view of Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson, speaking at UN Headquarters. He said compromises that had to be [...]

19 Sep 2016 | Posted in Today's Features, UN Summit for Refugees and Migrants | Read More »

World leaders stand together to protect refugees and migrants

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World leaders have been urged to commit to a UN campaign which aims to uphold the rights and dignity of people forced to flee their homes. The campaign, "Together – Respect, Safety and Dignity for All," is a response to what the UN Secretary-General sees as rising xenophobia against refugees and migrants. Dianne Penn reports. [...]

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UN Daily News 19 September 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…a young Syrian refugee stands at the podium of the General Assembly Hall and tells world leaders that "inaction" will no longer do…. And…we've a special interview with a US-based activist on Syria who says [...]

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"Words no longer enough" when it comes to refugee crisis

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Words are no longer enough when it comes to the biggest refugee and humanitarian crisis of our lifetime, a humanitarian activist has said. Nadia Alawa is the founder and president of NuDay Syria, the US-based non-profit organization working with displaced populations in the war-torn country. Speaking to Jocelyne Sambira on the margins of the first-ever [...]

19 Sep 2016 | Posted in Today's Features, UN Summit for Refugees and Migrants | Read More »

"Inaction" on refugees must stop, young Syrian tells world leaders

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Too often "inaction" is the only thing that the international community can agree on, when it comes to finding a solution to the refugee crisis. That's the passionate view of one young Syrian refugee and activist, addressing world leaders on Monday at the opening session of the High-Level Meeting to address large movements of refugees [...]

19 Sep 2016 | Posted in Today's News, UN Summit for Refugees and Migrants | Read More »

The International Organization for Migration joins the UN

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A longstanding UN partner is now part of the family. The International Organization for Migration (IOM) officially joined the United Nations system during an agreement signing ceremony in New York on Monday. Dianne Penn reports. The International Organization for Migration (IOM) was founded in the wake of the Second World War. Its chief, William Lacy [...]

19 Sep 2016 | Posted in Today's News, UN Summit for Refugees and Migrants | Read More »

Aid chief "pained and disappointed" Aleppo convoy still stuck in Turkey

A child standing in front of his ground-flattened school after a bombardment in Ainjara village in rural Aleppo, Syria. Photo: UNICEF/Khalil Alshawi

"Pained and disappointed" is how the UN Humanitarian Affairs Coordinator described himself on Monday over the delay in delivery of aid to a besieged Syrian city. Stephen O'Brien expressed disappointment that a 20-truck UN convoy has yet to reach eastern Aleppo, where up to 275,000 civilians are trapped without food, water and medical care. Humanitarians [...]

19 Sep 2016 | Posted in Today's News, UN Summit for Refugees and Migrants | Read More »

Emulate leadership of Tanzania in refugee policy

Newly-arrived family in Tanzania's Nduta camp. Burundi refugee Perrie fled her home with her three children in December 2015. Photo: UNHCR/Sebastian Rich

The international community has been urged by the UN to learn from refugee policies in Tanzania. The East African country has a history of taking in refugees from regional conflicts, including in Burundi and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. In 2010 more than 200,000 Burundian refugees were given Tanzanian nationality. Assumpta Massoi spoke to [...]

19 Sep 2016 | Posted in Today's Features, UN Summit for Refugees and Migrants | Read More »

Collective commitment to work together on refugees

UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi (second left) visits Lesbos on his first official visit to Greece. Photo: UNHCR/Achilleas Zavallis (file photo

There's now a collective commitment within the international community to work together on the response to the global refugee and migrant crisis. That's the view of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, speaking in New York before world leaders adopted what's been described as a "bold plan" to enhance protection for those people who have [...]

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News in Brief 19 September 2016 (AM)

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  Killing of Indian soldiers condemned A bloody attack which killed 18 Indian soldiers this weekend has been condemned by the UN Secretary-General. Ban Ki-moon expressed hope that those responsible for the crime will be identified and brought to justice. The soldiers were killed when gunmen stormed their base in Uri, a town in Indian-administered [...]

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

Refugee response challenged by "sheer enormity" of problem

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The global response to the refugee crisis is being challenged by the "sheer enormity" of the problem, according to a senior UN humanitarian official. Some 65 million people around the world were displaced at the end of 2015. More than a million migrants and refugees made their way to Europe last year, 350,000 from Syria [...]

19 Sep 2016 | Posted in Today's Features, UN Summit for Refugees and Migrants | Read More »

Syria investigators add voice to aid access call

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The truce in Syria that was brokered by Russia and the United States must be accompanied by "unimpeded, sustained and rapid" aid access, UN war crimes investigators said Monday. Heading the UN Commission of Inquiry on Syria, Paulo Pinheiro told Member States at the Human Rights Council in Geneva that humanitarian assistance must not be [...]

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

Science needs to be "more deeply integrated with policy-making" says Ban

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The world needs "more connected" science that is also "more deeply integrated with policy-making", the UN chief said on Sunday. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon was speaking at the handover of the UN's Scientific Advisory Board Summary Report, at UN Headquarters. He credited the board, which he established four years ago, for having played "an important role [...]

18 Sep 2016 | Posted in Sustainable Development Goals, Today's News | Read More »

Kenyan designer has high hopes for Africa's fashion industry

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When it comes to fashion, interior design and art, Africa is "the place to be." That belief has been expressed by Kenyan designer Akinyi Odongo who is calling for greater assistance for creative people on the continent, particularly women. Ms Odongo has received support from the UN trade body, UNCTAD, and the International Trade Centre [...]

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

Education is "civil rights struggle" of the generation

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Education has been described as the "civil rights struggle" of our generation by the UN Special Envoy for Global Education. Gordon Brown was speaking ahead of the launch on Sunday of a report which aims to provide a roadmap for achieving equal educational opportunities for children and young people, wherever they are in the world. [...]

18 Sep 2016 | Posted in 71st General Assembly, Today's News | Read More »

Palestinian pianist spreads positive message about refugees

Ayham al-Ahmad at the piano. Photo from his Facebook page taken with his permission.

A Palestinian man who escaped the conflict in Syria is using music to spread a positive message about refugees. Ayham al-Ahmad would play his piano amid the rubble in the Yarmouk camp in Damascus, drawing scores of children…and condemnation from adults who felt there was no place for music while conflict raged. The musician spent [...]

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AIDS, TB, Malaria can be eradicated by 2030 UN chief tells Global Fund

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, speaking at the 5th Replenishment Conference of the Global Fund, in Montreal. Credit: UN Radio screen-shot captured from video.

Mankind has the "knowledge and tools" to end AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria by 2030, the target date for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). That's according to UN chief Ban Ki-moon, addressing the Fifth Replenishment Conference of the Global Fund, which is a financing institution dedicated to fighting three of the biggest threats to world health. [...]

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

Countries can learn from Uganda's ‘"exceptional" support to refugees

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In Uganda, refugees can access public services, get a job and move about the country freely, unlike in many other nations where those services are not available and free movement is restricted. These measures are part of the "exceptional" support the East African country provides to this population, according to the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) [...]

17 Sep 2016 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

Music, like UN promotes international "peace of mind"

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Music and the UN both have the ability to promote international "peace of mind" and "emotional health". That's the upbeat assessment of UN Messenger of Peace and concert violinist Midori, speaking at UN Headquarters on the International Day of Peace. The Japanese-born American prodigy has championed the developmental potential of children through her Midori & [...]

17 Sep 2016 | Posted in 71st General Assembly, Celebrity Partners, Today's Features | Read More »

Yazidi trafficking survivor named UN Goodwill Ambassador

Nadia Murad Basee Taha (centre) of Iraq named UNODC Goodwill Ambassador for the Dignity of Survivors of Human Trafficking with her attorney, Amal Clooney (Left). UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

A young Yazidi woman who was kidnapped and trafficked from her Iraqi village of Kocho, Nadia MuradBasee Taha, was named UN Goodwill Ambassador on Friday. The appointment by the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) marks the first time a survivor of atrocities is tapped for the position. Attorney and international human rights lawyer [...]

16 Sep 2016 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Refugee petition represents "expression of solidarity": UNHCR

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A petition on behalf of the world's refugees handed over to the UN Secretary-General on Friday represents an important "expression of solidarity". That's the view of Filippo Grandi, High Commissioner for Refugees. The UNHCR chief said that the #WithRefugees petition, which has gathered more than 1.3 million signatures, was being presented at UN Headquarters in [...]

16 Sep 2016 | Posted in Today's Features, UN Summit for Refugees and Migrants | Read More »

News in Brief 16 September 2016 (PM)

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Colombia Mission ready to begin verifying ceasefire Ahead of the signing of a final peace agreement, the UN Mission in Colombia has announced that it is ready to begin its job of "verifying and monitoring" the ceasefire. After more than 50 years of fighting, government forces and FARC rebels have agreed to finally lay down [...]

16 Sep 2016 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

"That will be the end of us" if conservation challenge not met

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"That will be the end of us" if the world fails to meet today's environmental challenges, according to one of the world's foremost conservationists. UN Messenger of Peace, Jane Goodall, was at UN Headquarters to mark the International Day of Peace on 16 September. The world's leading expert on chimpanzees, her global Roots and Shoots [...]

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Most of us are migrants, says UN Geneva chief Michael Møller

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Hate speech and political point-scoring at the expense of migrants and refugees mask the huge benefits they bring, UN Geneva chief Michael Møller said Friday. Drawing on his positive experiences in helping to resettle millions of boat people from Vietnam in the late 1970s when he worked for the UN Refugee Agency, UNHCR, Mr Møller said [...]

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Global peace "not a mystery": UN chief

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Although peace may be elusive, it's not a mystery. That's the message UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon delivered this Friday at the annual Peace Bell ceremony in New York. The event commemorates the International Day of Peace observed on 21 September. Dianne Penn reports from the ceremony. Duration: 2’18″

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UN Daily News 16 September 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 Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon rings the Peace Bell in hopes that the vibrations carry across to war-torn countries; And…World leaders are set to adopt a more "humane" refugee and migrant policy;

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News in Brief 16 September 2016 (AM) – Geneva

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Severe acute malnutrition leaves children "on brink of death" In Nigeria, tens of thousands of children could die in coming months from severe acute malnutrition, UNICEF said Friday. The warning from the UN Children's Fund comes as aid workers start to gain access to the north-east of the country after government forces pushed back Boko [...]

16 Sep 2016 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

World leaders to adopt more “humane” refugee and migrant policy

Ambassador David Donaghue. Photo:Permanent Mission of Ireland to the UN

World leaders are preparing to adopt a more “humane” approach to dealing with large movements of refugee and migrants, a senior diplomat has confirmed. Ambassador David Donaghue of Ireland is co-chair, along with his Jordanian counterpart, of a UN Summit on the issue scheduled to take place on 19 September. Heads of State and Government [...]

16 Sep 2016 | Posted in From the Ambassador, Today's Features, UN Summit for Refugees and Migrants | Read More »

News in Brief 15 September 2016 (PM)

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Medicine-resistant "superbugs" endangering Sustainable Development Goals Medicine-resistant "superbugs" are proving extremely costly and endangering the progress of human development. That's the powerful warning from Keiji Fukada, Assistant Director-General focussed on the problem of antimicrobial resistance at the World Health Organization (WHO). He was briefing the press on Thursday ahead of a High-Level meeting next week [...]

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UN Global Perspective: focus on Aleppo, Yemen and internet

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Safe passage for humanitarian workers hinders Aleppo aid delivery Humanitarian workers are as "ready as they possibly can be" to deliver aid to people in eastern Aleppo in Syria, a senior UN official has confirmed. Trucks filled with food and supplies for at least 40,000 people are on stand-by at the last border point between [...]

15 Sep 2016 | Posted in UN Global Perspective | Read More »

UN and Africa: focus on South Sudan, Liberia and disaster risk reduction in East Africa

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"Cry for justice and accountability" in South Sudan The people of South Sudan are crying out for "justice and accountability" for the crimes they have suffered, according to the UN Commission on Human Rights for the country. Three members of the Commission have just finished a visit to the troubled African state. They found that [...]

15 Sep 2016 | Posted in UN and Africa | Read More »

UN Gender Focus: indigenous women, domestic workers and fashion industry

Filmmaker Reahgan Tarbell holds her infant son, Jacob, after a press briefing at United Nations Headquarters in New York. Photo/UN Radio

Film gives voice to indigenous Mohawk women in New York City Many men from the indigenous Mohawk community of North America have helped to shape the New York City skyline through their contributions to the ironworks industries. But it is the Mohawk women who are responsible for shaping their communities in the city and beyond. [...]

15 Sep 2016 | Posted in UN Gender Focus | Read More »

More than half of all school-age refugees are being denied education

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  More than half of all refugee children simply have no school to go to, according to the UN Refugee Agency, (UNHCR). That amounts to 3.7 million children out of the six million that UNHCR is mandated to help. Matthew Wells has more. UNHCR chief, Filippo Grandi, said that "this represents a crisis for millions [...]

15 Sep 2016 | Posted in Today's News, UN Summit for Refugees and Migrants | Read More »

Israel, Palestine leaders "have failed to take difficult steps" for peace

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.  UN Photo/Evan Schneider

Both Israeli and Palestinian leaders have failed over the course of a generation to "take the difficult steps needed for peace." That's the view of UN chief Ban Ki-moon, in remarks to the Security Council on Thursday. He called on international stakeholders to continue working towards a negotiated end to Israel's occupation of Palestinian territories [...]

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

Safe passage for humanitarian workers hinders Aleppo aid delivery

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Humanitarian workers are as "ready as they possibly can be" to deliver aid to people in eastern Aleppo in Syria, a senior UN official has confirmed. Trucks filled with food and supplies for at least 40,000 people are on stand-by at the last border point between Turkey and Syria. But, Jens Laerke, from the UN [...]

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UN Daily News 15 September 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: Aid workers are as "ready as they possibly can be" to deliver aid to people in Syria's eastern Aleppo; And… the people of South Sudan are "crying out" for justice, a UN human rights [...]

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News in Brief 15 September 2016 (AM)

Ahead of the UN Sustainable Development Summit from 25-27 September, and to mark the 70th anniversary of the United Nations, a 10-minute film introducing the Sustainable Development Goals is projected onto UN Headquarters. UN Photo/Cia Pak

Democratic principles are "golden thread" of sustainable development Democratic principles are the "golden thread" that run through the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals. That's the view of UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, in his message marking the International Day of Democracy, on 15 September. The UN chief said that all 17 of the global goals, agreed [...]

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Internet access gender gap revealed in UN report

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Lack of internet access for women is growing around the world, raising concerns that it could put at risk the UN's Sustainable Development Goals’ pledge to "leave no-one behind", UN data showed Thursday. The findings appear in the 2016 report by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU)'s Broadband Commission for Sustainable Development. It found that 3.5 [...]

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"Cry for justice and accountability" in South Sudan

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The people of South Sudan are crying out for "justice and accountability" for the crimes they have suffered, according to the UN Commission on Human Rights for the country. Three members of the Commission have just finished their visit to the troubled African state. They found that no progress has been made in punishing those [...]

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Special Envoy renews call for Syria aid permits, cites East Aleppo solution

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Ongoing delays in obtaining Syrian government permits to allow UN aid deliveries throughout the war-torn country are "regrettable" and should happen "immediately". That was the message delivered on Thursday by the UN Special Envoy for Syria, Staffan de Mistura, who said nonetheless that humanitarian supplies could soon reach Eastern Aleppo as part of the US-Russia [...]

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News in Brief 14 September 2016 (PM)

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Mandate extended for UN mission in Liberia, amid stability concerns The mandate for the UN's mission in Liberia (UNMIL) was extended by the Security Council on Wednesday, amid continuing concerns over long-term stability. The Council resolution authorizes a force of more than 1800 military and other personnel to remain until the end of December. The [...]

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Kuwait urged to counter exploitation of domestic workers

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Kuwait has been urged by an independent UN human rights expert to strengthen measures to prevent the exploitation and abuse of domestic workers. Many of the foreign workers are trafficked for forced labour. They're often employed under the kafala system, which binds every worker to an employer as a sponsor and which can create a [...]

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"Time machine" showcases gaps in childhood data

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon at the launch of the Time Machine Installation. UN Photo/Rick Bajornas

An interactive art installation at UN Headquarters is drawing attention to the need for better data on children. The "time machine" created by the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) demonstrates the value of data through art. The goal is to encourage world leaders to take action to ensure that all children are counted. Dianne Penn reports. [...]

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More "shared responsibility" needed for the world's refugees and migrants

Opening remarks at press conference by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on the occasion of the 71st Session of the General Assembly. UN Photo/Rick Bajornas

The international community needs to "come together in a spirit of shared responsibility" for refugees and migrants. That's one of three essential challenges on the agenda for the high-level week of the new General Assembly session, according to the UN Secretary-General. Matthew Wells reports. Ban Ki-moon was speaking at his annual press conference to mark [...]

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Afghanistan situation presents "formidable challenges"

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The present situation in Afghanistan is hopeful but also presents “formidable challenges”, the UN special envoy to the country has said. Tadamichi Yamamoto who is also the head of the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) made the remarks during his briefing to the Security Council on Wednesday. In the past 15 years, the war-torn [...]

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UN Daily News 14 September 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: Afghanistan has made great progress, but it's also facing "formidable challenges" a UN special envoy told members of the Security Council on Wednesday. And we talk to an expert on disaster risk reduction after [...]

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Enforcing building codes critical to disaster risk reduction in East Africa

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Developing and enforcing building codes could help East African countries to better withstand the effects of earthquakes, floods and other catastrophes. That's according to a UN expert on disaster risk reduction, speaking in the aftermath of the magnitude 5.9 quake which struck Tanzania on Saturday. At least 16 people died in the disaster while 840 [...]

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News in Brief 14 September 2016 (AM)

Good farm hygiene and animal health practices can greatly reduce the need to use antimicrobial medicines. Photo: FAO/Sergei Gapon

Agricultural "action plan" launched to help stop "superbugs" spreading An "action plan" to help stop the spread of medicine-resistant "superbugs" through the global food supply has been launched by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). The UN agency said the plan would help countries develop their own strategies for tackling the spread of antimicrobial resistance, [...]

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Refugees without mobile and internet access lack a vital "lifeline"

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Mobile phones and the internet can be key survival tools for refugees around the world, the UN says, but it's found that many still do not have access to either. In rural areas the problem is much worse, UN Refugee Agency UNHCR warns, with data from 44 countries on four continents showing that only one [...]

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Film gives voice to indigenous Mohawk women in New York City

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Many men from the indigenous Mohawk community of North America have helped to shape the New York City skyline through their contributions to the ironworks industries. But it is the Mohawk women who are responsible for shaping their communities in the city and beyond. The film To Brooklyn and Back: A Mohawk Journey gives a [...]

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Transparency commitment made by new General Assembly President

Outgoing General Assembly President Mogens Lykketoft (2nd left) hands over gavel to incoming President Peter Thomson of the Republic of Fiji. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (left) looks on. UN Photo/Manuel Elias

The new President of the UN General Assembly has said he will continue to build on the transparency introduced into the work of the United Nations by the outgoing president. Peter Thomson of Fiji became the President of the 71st session on Tuesday replacing Mogens Lykketoft of Denmark. Daniel Dickinson reports from UN Headquarters in [...]

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News in Brief 13 September 2016 (PM)

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  “Significant drop in violence” in Syria says UN envoy There's been “a significant drop in violence” in Syria following the cessation of hostilities agreement between warring parties, the UN Special Envoy for the country has said. Staffan de Mistura said that the capital, Damascus, and central Syria were calm, although there were reports of [...]

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UN Daily News 13 September 2016

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Listen to a bulletin of news and features from United Nations Radio, with Dianne Penn and Daniel Dickinson. In today's programme: European countries are being urged to step up relocation of refugees and migrants And we talk to a senior UN humanitarian official in Yemen about the "silent deaths" of children there

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Europe urged to increase relocation of refugees and migrants

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"Unnecessarily slow and challenging." That's how the implementation of a European Union (EU) agreement to relocate thousands of asylum-seekers from Greece and Italy to other countries on the continent has been described by the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR). The agency says effective relocation is critical to increasing European solidarity and responsibility in addressing refugee and [...]

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Rights chief calls for greater access for probes

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Opposition to UN human rights probes by Member States is growing and an increasing number of them are unwilling to allow access to specially appointed investigators, the High Commissioner for Human Rights said Tuesday. Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein was speaking on the opening day of the 33rd Human Rights Council in Geneva. Highlighting that the [...]

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Colombia peace agreement welcomed by Security Council

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A peace agreement between the Colombian government and rebels which will bring an end to a 50-year-long conflict has been unanimously welcomed by the UN Security Council. The peace deal was signed by Colombia and the rebel FARC movement in August in the Cuban capital, Havana. Charles Appel reports Colombia and FARC forged a ceasefire [...]

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News in Brief 13 September 2016 (AM) – Geneva

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Yellow Fever declared "under control" in Angola An outbreak of Yellow Fever in Angola has been brought under control, UN health experts said Tuesday, but the risk has yet to be contained in neighbouring Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). The World Health Organization (WHO) announcement comes after a huge vaccination programme in both countries. [...]

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Children dying "silent deaths" in Yemen

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Children in Yemen are dying "silent deaths" according to the UN Humanitarian Coordinator in the country. The recent breakdown of a cessation of hostilities agreement has led to an intensification of fighting in the Gulf state. 30 people were killed on Saturday by airstrikes aimed at a water-well north of the capital Sa'ana, adding to [...]

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Human Rights Council prepares for 33rd session

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Discussions around ongoing violence in Syria and Yemen as well as Burundi, the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Ukraine are expected to be the focus  of the 33rd session of the UN Human Rights Council which begins on Tuesday in Geneva. The Council will also see the historic appointment of its first independent expert [...]

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UN Daily News 12 September 2016

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Listen to a bulletin of news and features from United Nations Radio, with Daniel Dickinson. In today's programme: The president of the UN General Assembly tells us why he thinks the United Nations has not received the right support from its Member States and the Security Council And, in Liberia reconciliation is an unfinished business. [...]

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News in Brief 12 September 2016

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  Caribbean countries need "new generation of public policies" Caribbean countries need a new generation of public policies to increase gains on the economic, social and environmental fronts while boosting climate and financial resilience in order to protect the well-being of their citizens. That's according to the United Nations Development Programme's (UNDP) Human Development Report (HDR) for the [...]

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Hundreds return home in Nigeria after insurgents driven out

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Hundreds of internally displaced people are returning to devastated villages and towns that have recently been liberated by the Nigerian armed forces in the north-eastern state of Borno, the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) has said. Sixteen districts that were formerly controlled by Boko Haram insurgents are now accessible to aid agencies. Daniel Dickinson reports UNHCR [...]

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Reconciliation an "unfinished business" in Liberia

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The reconciliation of former foes in Liberia following years of civil war and conflict is an "unfinished business" according to a senior UN peacekeeping official. Two months ago, the West African country assumed full security responsibilities from the UN Mission in Liberia, UNMIL, a process which has been described as a "huge achievement." El–Ghassim Wane, [...]

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Member States have not supported UN sufficiently

Mogens Lykketoft gives an interview for the UN News and Media Division's news outlets on the Assembly's work during its current session. UN Photo/JC McIlwaine

The UN has not received the right support from its Member States and the Security Council over the last year to adequately fulfil its role in creating peace across the world. That's the assessment of Mogens Lykketoft who steps down on Tuesday as the 70th President of the UN General Assembly. Conflicts in Syria, Yemen [...]

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Radio drama in Haiti takes on disaster risk

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Information is power in today's world and even more so when working to reduce the risk of disasters, according to the UN Office for Disaster-Risk Reduction UNISDR. When an earthquake or flood hits, a simple radio or televised message telling people where to go and what to do to stay safe can make a difference [...]

11 Sep 2016 | Posted in Caribbean News, Today's Features | Read More »

UN welcomes US-Russia accord to reinstate Syria ceasefire

Staffan de Mistura, United Nations Special Envoy for Syria speaks to the press on the Intra-Syrian Geneva Talks 2016. 25 January 2016. UN Photo / Jean-Marc Ferré

The Russian Federation and the United States have agreed to reinstate a ceasefire in war-torn Syria starting next week, the UN special envoy for the country has confirmed. The United Nations welcomed the move which would allow for the resumption of the intra-Syrian peace talks, Staffan de Mistura said in a statement released late on [...]

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News in Brief 09 September 2016 (PM)

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Security Council urged to take "action" regarding North Korea nuke tests The UN Security Council must remain united and take appropriate action regarding the latest nuclear test carried out by the Democratic Republic of North Korea or DPRK. The Secretary-General made the remarks in a press stakeout at UN headquarters in New York on Friday. [...]

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News in Brief 09 September 2016 (AM) – Geneva

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  DPRK nuclear test shows "complete disregard" for international community The test of a nuclear weapon by Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) has been confirmed and condemned by global monitoring groups including UN-partner the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). In a statement on Friday, IAEA head Yukiya Amano said that the test by the [...]

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UN Daily News 09 September 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: We have a reaction to a presumed nuclear test in North Korea And, keeping two million people healthy at the Hajj pilgrimage to Mecca

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Court should work in line with "democratic aspirations" of Gabon

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The "democratic aspirations" of the people Gabon should be respected in a legal challenge to a disputed presidential election. The claim filed by the defeated candidate, Jean Ping, who lost the August poll by around 5,500 votes, has been made in the Constitutional Court. Violence erupted on the streets of the capital, Libreville, following the [...]

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US-Russia deal on Syria could make all the difference, says Special Envoy

Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator and Special Envoy for Syria brief the press. Photo: UN Photo/Violaine Martin

Concern for civilians trapped in Syria's eastern Aleppo is greater than ever, UN negotiator Staffan de Mistura has warned, as high-level talks between the United States and Russia continue in Geneva. Speaking on Friday in the Swiss city, the Special Envoy said it was a priority that the two super-powers agree on a way to [...]

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"Frightening" nuclear test in North Korea

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"Frightening" is how a presumed nuclear test in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, also known as North Korea, has been described by the head of the CTBTO, the UN agency tasked with banning the testing of all atomic explosions. According to media reports, the test was the fifth and largest ever conducted by the [...]

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Hajj pilgrims at risk from heat exhaustion and respiratory diseases

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Pilgrims who travel to Saudi Arabia for the annual Muslim Hajj celebrations are facing the heightened risk of heat exhaustion and respiratory diseases, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). Over 2 million pilgrims are expected to participate in this year's hajj that is underway in the holy city of Mecca. The UN health agency [...]

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UN Gender Focus Special: Syria

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The women of Syria: the "backbone" of peace and reconciliation in the war-torn country, and a "glimmer of hope" in a flailing peace process. Then, we'll hear the story of a Syrian refugee mother who fled the city of Aleppo with her family. Presenter: Jocelyne Sambira Production Assistant: Sandra Guy Duration: 10'00″.

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News in Brief 08 September 2016 (PM)

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  Global meeting focuses on supporting UN peacekeeping Defence ministers and senior officials from around 80 countries have been meeting in London to discuss how best to support UN peacekeeping operations around the world. There are currently 16 deployments of peacekeepers in places like Mali, Lebanon Haiti as well as Pakistan and India. The Under [...]

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UN Global Perspective: focus on next UN chief, children and Paralympic Games

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Selection of next UN chief "delicate process" The selection process for the next UN Secretary-General has been a "delicate" and "game-changing process" according to the outgoing President of the General Assembly, Mogens Lykketoft. For the first time in the history of the organization, the candidates for the next UN chief presented their vision, in open [...]

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UN and Africa: focus on South Sudan, Darfur and African taxes

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South Sudan gives go-ahead for UN force The South Sudanese government has given the go-ahead for the deployment of a 4,000 strong regional protection force recently mandated by the UN Security Council. The announcement came on 4 September while Council members were in the country to meet with President Salva Kiir and other politicians, and [...]

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FIFA first sports organization to sign up to UN climate campaign

David Nabarro, the UN Special Adviser on the Sustainable Development Goals, receives a pledge of climate neutrality from FIFA Secretary-General Fatma Samoura, 8 September 2016. (UN Photo/Ariel Alexovich)

Football's world governing body FIFA, has become the first international sports organization to commit to a UN campaign to combat climate change. The Climate Neutral Now campaign encourages companies and organizations to take the lead on reducing harmful greenhouse gas emissions and contribute to the goal of keeping global temperature rises to below two degrees [...]

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South China Sea tensions could affect regional stability, warns Ban

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Efforts must be made to ensure that the dispute over the South China Sea territory does not affect regional relations and stability, the UN Secretary-General has said. Ban Ki-moon made the remarks at the 11th Summit of the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) in Laos. Jocelyne Sambira has the story. China claims it [...]

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UN Daily News 08 September 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: we hear from the outgoing President of the United Nations General Assembly and the "delicate" process of picking a new UN Secretary-General And, FIFA becomes the first sports organization to sign up to UN [...]

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News in Brief 08 September 2016 (AM)

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  Global literacy rates have improved in past 50 years: UN Considerable efforts by countries and organizations have helped raise the global literacy rates for adults and children but much work remains to be done. That's what the Director-General of the United Nations education organization, UNESCO said during the launch of the 50th International Literacy [...]

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260,000 refugees add to challenges facing South Sudan

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There are around 260,000 refugees from neighbouring countries living in camps around South Sudan, adding to the "enormous political, economic and social challenges" facing the world's youngest country. That's according to Roko Nuri, a communications officer with the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR). Continuing conflict inside the country and on its borders, has led refugees to [...]

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More "police keeping" will help UN missions, says departing chief

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More "police keeping" is needed in UN missions around the world to bolster the traditional role of peacekeepers. That's the view of the out-going UN Police Commissioner for the mission in the Central African Republic, MINUSCA. Luis Carrilho first joined the UN in 1996 training civilian police with the mission in Bosnia, and also served [...]

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Selection of next UN chief "delicate process"

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The selection process for the next UN Secretary-General has been a "delicate" and "game-changing process" according to the outgoing President of the General Assembly, Mogens Lykketoft. For the first time in the history of the organization, the candidates for the next UN chief have presented their vision in open meetings for the future of the [...]

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"We fail but we don't give up" on peace for South Sudan

Festus Mogae gives an interview to Radio Miraya and UNMISS video team in Juba on 8 January 2016. UN Photo/JC McIlwaine

The international community may have failed to broker a lasting peace in South Sudan, but it is "not prepared to give up." That's the passionate view of former Botswanan President, Festus Mogae, who is Chairperson of the Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Commission for South Sudan (JMEC). JMEC works closely with the UN and is made [...]

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"Too early" to declare an end to inter-communal conflict in Darfur

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It's "too early" to declare an end to inter-communal conflicts in Sudan's troubled Darfur region. That's the view of Mike Dzakuma, the Officer in Charge of Civil Affairs for the Joint African Union-UN Mission in Darfur, (UNAMID). Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir declared on Wednesday that peace had returned to the region saying that the government [...]

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News in Brief 07 September 2016 (PM)

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  UN deploys observers on Western Sahara no-man's land to maintain calm Unarmed military observers have been deployed by the UN on a strip of land that serves as a neutral area in Western Sahara in an effort to de-escalate tensions there. Western Sahara, a former Spanish colony, is located on the north-west coast of [...]

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UN Daily News 07 September 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: Almost a quarter of a million people have fled their homes in Afghanistan since the beginning of the year And, 50 million children around the world are "on the move"…we hear from the UN [...]

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News in Brief 07 September 2016 (AM)

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Anti-Semitism "deadliest form" of hatred warns UN chief Anti-Semitism, or the hostility against the Jewish people, is one of the world's oldest, most pervasive and deadliest forms of hatred, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has warned. A High-Level Forum on Global Anti-Semitism opened on Wednesday to assess the rise of this form of prejudice around the [...]

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Lao PDR launches "SDG18" to remove Unexploded Ordnance

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon addresses the eighth summit between the Association of Southeast Asian Nations and the United Nations (ASEAN-UN Summit), in Vientiane, Lao People's Democratic Republic. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

The Lao People's Democratic Republic (PDR) has been praised by the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon for launching its own national Sustainable Development Goal or SDG on removing Unexploded Ordnance or UXO. Ban Ki-moon made the remarks at the opening of the 8th Association of South East Asian Nations’ (ASEAN) Summit in the country's capital Ventiane. [...]

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"Emergency spike" in newly-displaced across Afghanistan

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There is an "emergency spike" in the number of newly-displaced people across Afghanistan, who are in need of life-saving aid. That's according to the United Nations Humanitarian Coordinator, Stephen O'Brien, speaking at the end of a two-day fact-finding visit to the country. He announced that the UN was launching a "flash appeal" for US$150 million [...]

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50 million children "uprooted", says UNICEF

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Some 50 million children have been uprooted from home, more than half by conflict, the UN Children's Fund, UNICEF, said Wednesday. In a new report on the global challenge, the agency highlights that children and youngsters make up a growing proportion of those seeking shelter outside their countries of origin. UNICEF's Director of Programmes, Ted [...]

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News in Brief 6 September 2016 (PM)

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  Secretary-General visits UN-backed drug treatment centre in Lao UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has met with patients and their families at a community-based drug treatment centre in the Lao People's Democratic Republic. The Sisattanak district hospital in the capital city of Ventiane is supported by the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) as well [...]

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Greek volunteers share Nansen Refugee Award

Efi Latsoudi, human rights activist behind PIKPA camp, and Hellenic Rescue Team leader Konstantinos Mitragas, in front of a vast pile of lifejackets in northern Lesvos, a haunting reminder of the dangers faced by refugees who arrived on Greek shores in 2015. Photo: UNHCR/Gordon Welters

A 2,000 strong volunteer sea rescue team and a human rights activist from Greece are the joint winners of the 2016 UN Nansen Refugee Award. Efi Latsoudi of PIKPA village, the residential holiday centre turned refugee shelter and Konstantinos Mitragas of the Hellenic Rescue Team received the award on behalf of their organizations. Over 850,000 [...]

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UN Daily News 06 September 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: Political will" is in "short supply" when it comes to the responsibility of countries worldwide to Protect their citizens And, why multinational companies are not paying enough in tax to Africa

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News in Brief 6 September 2016 (AM) – Geneva

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  Syrians in "despair" amid increase in fighting, say investigators Syrians are in a state of despair amid a tragic increase in fighting and besiegement that's crushing hopes of peace, a United Nations rights investigators said Tuesday. In a new report on the more than five-year conflict, the UN Commission of Inquiry authors note continued [...]

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"Political will" in "short supply" for Responsibility to Protect

A woman walks past a police officer holding a riot shield at the Bentiu Protection of Civilians site in South Sudan. UN Photo/JC McIlwaine

The "political will" to protect vulnerable people from so-called "atrocity crimes" has been in "short supply" especially when it comes to UN Security Council taking action. That's the view of Edward Luck, former Special Adviser to the Secretary-General on the "Responsibility to Protect" principle. He was speaking at the annual General Assembly dialogue on Responsibility [...]

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African countries losing out on taxes from multinationals

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African countries are losing out on significant tax revenues from multinational companies despite the "huge profits" those companies are making. That's according to the Deputy Director-General of the European Commission's International Cooperation and Development directorate. Klaus Rudischhauser was recently at the International Monetary Fund (IMF) in Washington DC. Many of the countries whose raw materials [...]

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World 50 years late in meeting education targets: UN

Children of Suai Loro, a fishing village in Timor-Leste, attend school . UN Photo/Martine Perret

The world is 50 years late in meeting the education targets set out in the Sustainable Development Agenda, a new report by the UN agency for Education, Science and Culture (UNESCO) has found. The global goals or SDGs are a series of ambitious targets to end extreme poverty and tackle climate change, adopted by world [...]

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

Zeid warns against "populists and demagogues" in Europe, US

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People must draw the line when it comes to the "banalization of bigotry", the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights warned on Monday. In a hard-hitting speech delivered in The Hague, Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein called for action to confront European and US demagogues. Jocelyne Sambira has the story. "I am angry" the UN human [...]

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

South Sudan needs unity to overcome deep divisions

Ambassador and deputy permanent representative to the UK Mission at the UN, Peter Wilson in South Sudan's capital Juba talking to an IDP. UN Photo

South Sudan needs unity to overcome the "huge tribal and ethnic" divisions it faces, according to Peter Wilson, Ambassador and deputy permanent representative of the UK mission to the UN. He spoke to Ratomir Petrovich before boarding a flight at Juba International airport. Mr Wilson is part of a delegation sent by the UN Security Council to [...]

5 Sep 2016 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

UN Daily News 05 September 2016

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Listen to a bulletin of news and features from United Nations Radio, with Jocelyne Sambira. In today’s programme: the United Nations Security Council reaffirms its support for peace in South Sudan as it concludes a three-day visit to the country. And, preparations for the Paralympic Games are underway in Rio de Janeiro, but there has [...]

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News in Brief 05 September 2016 (AM)

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  "Keep up fight against hunger" Pope Francis urges UN The leader of the Catholic Church, Pope Francis, has called on the UN to "keep up the fight against hunger" the Director-General of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said on Monday. The Pontiff made the remarks during a brief meeting with Mr. Jose Graziano [...]

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Wealthy nations urged to deliver on $US100 billion climate pledge

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon at G20 Summit in Hangzhou, China on 5 September 2016

Leaders of major world economies are being urged to "live up to their commitments" on climate finance, including a promise to provide $100 billion for climate-related projects. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon made the appeal during a summit of the G20 group of countries in Hangzou, China. A Green Climate Fund (GCF) was launched in 2014 [...]

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Paralympics "need to be mainstreamed" and not overlooked

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All Olympic athletes, both able and disabled, deserve recognition and widespread media coverage. That's according to Guozhong Zhang, formerly of the Chinese National Paralympic Committee and current officer for the UN Convention for the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). The Paralympic Games are due to get underway on Wednesday in Rio de Janeiro, two weeks after [...]

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South Sudan gives go-ahead for UN force

Martin Elia Lomuro, Cabinet Affairs Minister in the Transitional Government of National Unity of South Sudan reads a communiqué after the Security Council delegation met President Salva Kiir. UNMISS Photo/Isaac Billy

The South Sudanese government has given the go-ahead for the deployment of a 4,000 strong regional protection force recently mandated by the UN Security Council. The announcement on Sunday came after Council members, who are currently in the country, met with President Salva Kiir. Daniel Dickinson has more details. Civil conflict has raged in South [...]

4 Sep 2016 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

"Sustainable development requires sustainable peace" says UN chief

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"Sustainable development requires sustainable peace" the UN Secretary-General has told the G20 summit of global leaders which is underway in Hangzhou, China. The leaders of the world's richest nations are discussing  wide-ranging economic issues at the annual meeting, while the Chinese Presidency is keen to emphasize sustainable development efforts as a core element of the [...]

4 Sep 2016 | Posted in Focus on Climate Change, Sustainable Development Goals, Today's News | Read More »

"Desperate appeals" made for South Sudan protection force

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"Desperate appeals" have been made by the people of South Sudan for an armed force to provide protection against violence in the country. That's the message that was heard by the 15 members of the UN Security Council who are currently visiting the war-torn country. Daniel Dickinson has more details. Some 200,000 people are living [...]

3 Sep 2016 | Posted in From the Ambassador, Today's News | Read More »

Rapes and violence in South Sudan “increase resolve" of Council

The United Nations Security Council members visit UNMISS Protection of Civilians sites, in Juba and meet with internally displaced people and see for themselves the prevailing humanitarian and security conditions. UNMISS Photo

Sexual violence and the ongoing fighting in South Sudan has increased the resolve of the UN Security Council to make sure a peace agreement for the country is implemented. That's according to France's Deputy Permanent Representative to the UN, Alexis Lamek, who is taking part in a Council mission to the country. Around 200,000 people [...]

3 Sep 2016 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

“Powerful momentum" for climate change deal

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The ratification by the United States and China of an internationally agreed climate change agreement will provide a "powerful momentum" towards bringing the deal into force, according to the UN Secretary-General. Ban Ki-moon made the comment shortly after the presidents of the US and China announced they had ratified the Paris Agreement the world's first [...]

3 Sep 2016 | Posted in Focus on Climate Change, Today's News | Read More »

News in Brief 02 September 2016 (PM)

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  Terrorist attacks in Kyrgyzstan and Pakistan condemned A bomb attack against the Chinese embassy in Bishkek, the capital of Kyrgyzstan, has been condemned "in the strongest terms" by the UN Security Council. The incident on August 30th, which caused injuries to embassy staff, was described as a terrorist attack. Media reports said a suspected [...]

2 Sep 2016 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Conditions "dire" for 70,000 Syrians trapped on Jordanian border

UN aid trucks arrive in the Syrian town of Madaya, which has been slowly starving since October 2015. Photo: OCHA/G. Seifo

Conditions have become "dire" for more than 70,000 mainly women and children trapped on the Syrian side of the border with Jordan, according to the UN humanitarian chief. Stephen O'Brien visited the Syrian war refugees during a trip to Jordan where he has been discussing ways of increasing the flow of aid. Jordan closed the [...]

2 Sep 2016 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

UN Daily News 02 September 2016

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Listen to a bulletin of news and features from United Nations Radio, with Matthew Wells and Daniel Dickinson. In today's programme: "deep concern" expressed by Security Council members as they arrive in South Sudan on Friday to see for themselves the effects of the latest humanitarian crisis. We'll have a full report. And, without an [...]

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"Deep concern" over fighting fuelling South Sudan's "devastating" crisis

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"Deep concern" was expressed on Friday by the UN Security Council as members arrived in South Sudan, to assess what's been described as a "devastating" humanitarian crisis there. The 15 Council members plan to spend three days in the world's youngest country, visiting Protection of Civilian Sites, talking to senior politicians and UN officials from [...]

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Acknowledge "voice of victims" in Sri Lanka

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon addresses a youth event in Galle, Sri Lanka. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

Sri Lanka has been urged by the UN Secretary-General to acknowledge the "voices of the victims" and address "the legacy of the past." The Indian Ocean island is recovering from more than 25 years of conflict which ended in 2009, but recriminations over abuses by rebels and the government continue. Jocelyne Sambira reports Speaking in [...]

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News in Brief 2 September 2016 (AM) – Geneva

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This is the news in brief, from the United Nations in Geneva Cholera fears for the Democratic Republic of Congo A massive cholera vaccination campaign is gearing up in Kinshasa, the capital of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the World Health Organization (WHO) said Friday. The central African country last saw an outbreak in [...]

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Without peace there will be "no future" for Myanmar: UN expert

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Without peace between the new government and ethnic groups in Myanmar there will be "no future" for the country, according to the UN independent expert on human rights there. Special Rapporteur Yanghee Lee, was speaking during what's been billed as an historic five-day peace summit taking place in Myanmar, known as the 21st Century Panglong [...]

2 Sep 2016 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

Security Council visit shows "firm commitment" to "much needed" peace

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A "firm commitment" to "much needed" peace. That's the significance of the UN Security Council's visit to South Sudan which begins on Friday, according to the head of the UN mission in the country (UNMISS). Ellen Løj, was speaking against a backdrop of a renewed political and humanitarian crisis that has wracked the world's youngest [...]

1 Sep 2016 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

Religion increasingly used to incite violence

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Religion is increasingly being used to incite violent extremism across the world, according to the President of the UN General Assembly.  Mogens Lykketoft made the statement at a debate on the Culture of Peace which took place on Thursday at United Nations Headquarters in New York. Daniel Dickinson reports. Violence in many parts of the [...]

1 Sep 2016 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

News in Brief 01 September 2016 (PM)

A woman cooks a meal outside in the open air with her three children where she is camping with her family the night before being able to register for a ration card in Thanyang, South Sudan. Photo: UNICEF/Kate Holt

  18 million children out of school in ten countries Eighteen million primary-age children are not attending classes in the ten countries across the world with the highest out-of-school rates; that's according to the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF). Liberia in West Africa has the highest proportion of out-of-school children with nearly two-thirds not receiving an [...]

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UN Global Perspective: focus on CTBTO, indigenous people and peace in Colombia

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Eight countries holding the world "hostage" over nuclear testing ban Eight countries which have so far failed to ratify a Comprehensive Nuclear Test-Ban Treaty are holding the international community "hostage". That's according to Lassina Zerbo, Executive Secretary of the Preparatory Commission for the Comprehensive Nuclear Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO). Speaking in a UN interview, he [...]

1 Sep 2016 | Posted in UN Global Perspective | Read More »

UN and Africa: focus on oil prices, Burundi and South Sudan refugees in Uganda

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Very significant shock" of lower oil prices in Africa Eight oil-producing countries in Africa are facing a "very significant" economic shock following the collapse in oil prices over the past two years.  A barrel currently costs around US$50 on global markets, down from a high of US$125. The countries mostly badly hit are Angola, Cameroon, [...]

1 Sep 2016 | Posted in UN and Africa | Read More »

UN Daily News 01 September 2016

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Listen to a bulletin of news and features from United Nations Radio, with Matthew Wells and Daniel Dickinson. In today's programme: A survivor of ISIL's sexual enslavement of Yazidi women and girls calls for faster international action, saying words aren't enough… And, human rights need to be a bigger priority when it comes to protecting [...]

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Cluster bomb attacks "seen almost daily" in Syria

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Almost daily attacks using cluster bombs are taking place in Syria, and to a lesser extent in Yemen, experts said Thursday. The warning, from the Cluster Munition Monitor 2016, comes despite growing international support of a ban on the weapons altogether. Daniel Johnson has more. Cluster bombs are weapons that can often contain hundreds of [...]

1 Sep 2016 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

News in Brief 01 September 2016 (AM)

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    “Deep concern" over Gabon post-election violence "Deep concern" has been expressed by the UN Secretary-General about the reported acts of arson and clashes between protesters and security forces following presidential elections in Gabon. Protestors took to streets of the capital, Libreville, after the official election result gave the incumbent President Ali Bongo Ondimba [...]

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UN Gender Focus: access to water, burkini ban and gender inequality in the labour market

Girls carry water through a field after rain at a site of displaced civilians in Diffa, Niger, on 18 August 2016. Photo: UNICEF/Sam Phelps

Time wasted collecting water a "double whammy" for women and girls Time wasted collecting water is a "double whammy" for women and girls around the world. That's according to Sanjay Wijesekera, Chief of Water, Sanitation and Hygiene programmes at the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF). He said that apart from losing time that could be spent [...]

1 Sep 2016 | Posted in UN Gender Focus | Read More »

Syria envoy supportive of US-Russia talks as aid stalls

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A ceasefire deal on Syria between Russia and the United States is crucial if there's to be an end to increasingly intense fighting that has severely disrupted aid deliveries in the war-torn country, UN negotiator Staffan de Mistura said on Thursday. The UN Special Envoy for Syria confirmed that talks between the two countries were [...]

1 Sep 2016 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Survivor's plea for quicker action to end Yazidis' sexual slavery

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Victims of dreadful sexual violence committed by ISIL extremists in Iraq need to see quicker action from the international justice system, a survivor-turned-campaigner has announced. Nadia Murad, a member of Iraq's Yazidi community whose women and girls were taken into slavery by ISIL two years ago, told a UN meeting that words alone will not [...]

1 Sep 2016 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

South Sudan refugees in Uganda receive emergency aid

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An emergency aid operation is being implemented by the World Food Programme (WFP) in Uganda to assist refugees from South Sudan. Over 80,000 people fled to Uganda in July, to escape renewed conflict in Africa's newest nation. Fierce fighting between government and opposition forces in and around the capital city, Juba has led to widespread [...]

1 Sep 2016 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

Human rights should be "priority" in conservation efforts

Victoria Tauli-Corpuz. UN Photo/Jean-Marc Ferré.

Everyone involved in efforts to conserve the environment must make the human rights of indigenous people a "priority." That's the message that a UN independent expert is taking to the World Conservation Congress which opens in Hawaii on Thursday. Communities around the world are increasingly losing access to lands they have inhabited for centuries. Victoria [...]

1 Sep 2016 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

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