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Developing countries look to Dubai for "inspiration"

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Developing nations are looking to Dubai for "inspiration" on how to make the UN global agenda for sustainable development a reality, the Director of the UN South-South Cooperation has said. The city is often referred to as the "commercial capital and tourism centre" of the United Arab Emirates or UAE. Delegates at the 2016 Global [...]

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News in Brief 31 October 2016 (PM)

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"Transform world" through cities "To transform our world, we must transform its cities;" that's the message from the UN Secretary-General on World Cities Day marked annually on October 31. Globally, more than half of all people live in cities and human settlements, and that proportion is projected to grow to two thirds by 2050. The [...]

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Tobacco industry's use of social media "requires global plan"

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The use of the internet to promote cigarettes has been identified as one of the biggest challenges to global efforts to reduce smoking, UN health experts said Monday. In a call for action ahead of an international meeting on tobacco control, the World Health Organization (WHO) said that countries should work more closely together to [...]

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Support to ICC must remain "strong", urges its president

The International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague. Photo: ICC-CPI/Max Koot (file photo)

Support to the International Criminal Court (ICC) must remain "strong" and countries should retain their membership, the president of the court has urged. Silvia Fernandez de Gurmendi made the appeal to UN Member States on Monday, during a presentation of her annual report. Last week, three African countries — South Africa, Burundi and Gambia, announced [...]

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UN Daily News 31 October 2016

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Listen to a bulletin of news and features from United Nations Radio, with Jocelyne Sambira and Daniel Dickinson. In today's programme: The President of the International Criminal Court has urged three African countries not to withdraw from the tribunal And: 300 million children globally are breathing toxic air

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News in Brief 31 October 2016 (AM)

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    Refugee agency plans to double cash aid by 2020 An ambitious plan to double the amount of cash assistance to refugees has been announced by the UN. On Monday the UN Refugee Agency said the measure is needed,because an increasing number of forcibly displaced people now live in urban areas, where cash is [...]

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"No winners" in Yemeni conflict

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Political leaders in Yemen have been told there are "no winners in war" and have been urged by the UN to agree to a new roadmap for peace. The Gulf state descended into conflict after Shia Houthi rebels seized the capital Sana'a in 2014 and forced the government to move most of its operations to [...]

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Five million suffer from hunger in drought-hit Somalia

In Somaliland and Puntland, close to two million people are affected by the drought amid the El Niño phenomenon. WFP/Petterik Wiggers (file photo)

More than five million people in Somalia do not have enough to eat and over a million require life-saving aid, the head of the UN food agency in the country has said. The World Food Programme (WFP) and its partners are stepping up efforts to help communities cope with a severe drought exacerbated by El [...]

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300 million children breathing toxic air pollution

Children prepare a fire for cooking in Syria. Photo: UNICEF/ Al-Issa (file photo)

Approximately 300 million children, or one in seven youngsters globally, are living in areas of the world with the most toxic levels of outdoor air pollution, according to a report by the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF). Air pollution is linked to pneumonia and other respiratory diseases that can kill children or affect their development, with [...]

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"Shock" at high rocket fire in western Aleppo, Syria

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The UN Special Envoy for Syria has said he is "appalled and shocked" by the high number of rockets launched into the western part of Syria's Aleppo city in the last 48 hours. The war in Syria has been raging for the last five years. Since March 2011, over a quarter of a million people [...]

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If slum-dwellers' voices are ignored, new cities agenda "will fail"

José Lobo. UN Photo/Matt Wells

If the voices of slum-dwellers are ignored in the New Urban Agenda for world cities, adopted by UN Member States in October, then it "will fail". That's according to José Lobo, of Arizona State University in the United States, who partners with the Slum Dwellers International network, based in 32 countries around the world. He [...]

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Appeal for dialogue as deaths escalate in Central African Republic

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An appeal for dialogue has been made by the UN to warring parties in the Central African Republic following the deaths of 25 people over the past days. The African country continues to endure a three-year long political crisis, with deadly clashes between rival groups. Daniel Dickinson has more details. Violence has increased recently, particular [...]

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Photo exhibit gives identity back to refugees

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A photography project which aims to give refugees and migrants their identity back has opened at UN Headquarters in New York. The photographs in the "I AM with them" exhibition were taken by Anne A-R as she walked alongside people from Sudan, Iraq, Syria and Afganisatn across Europe over a period of three months. Isabelle [...]

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News in Brief 28 October 2016 (PM)

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

Reported attack on western Aleppo school condemned A reported attack on a school in the Syrian government-held western part of Aleppo city on Friday, which killed a number of children, has been condemned as a possible war crime by the UN Secretary-General. In a statement, Ban Ki-moon said that those responsible for such attacks "must [...]

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Lack of "large ransom" delays hostage release by Somali pirates

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Lack of a "large ransom" delayed the release of 26 hostages held by Somali pirates for nearly five years, according to a representative from the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). The hostages were crew members of the FV Naham 3, an Omani-flagged fishing vessel which had been hijacked by the Somali pirates, off [...]

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Free mobile app showcases art and architecture at UN Headquarters

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A free mobile app which guides visitors around more than 65 art and architectural works on display at UN Headquarters has been launched. According to Vincenzo Pugliese, Chief of UN Guided Tours, the app will "enhance visitors' experience" and give insight into the artworks donated by Member States. More than 1,000 visitors take a tour [...]

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UN Daily News 28 October 2016

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Listen to a bulletin of news and features from United Nations Radio, with Dianne Penn and Matthew Wells. In today's programme: Forced relocations and executions as operation to liberate Mosul continues And: The challenge of providing safe and efficient transportation systems

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Access and safety key for sustainable transportation

Bicycle-taxi in the streets of Amsterdam, Netherlands. Photo: ILO/Marcel Crozet

Transportation plays a critical role in a country's development by facilitating the means for workers to get to their jobs and for goods to reach markets. Yet, providing citizens with access to safe, affordable and efficient modes of transport remains a challenge for governments and the industry. That's according to international experts appointed by the [...]

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Forced relocations, executions as Mosul liberation offensive continues

Internally displaced persons flee to Debaga camp in Erbil Governorate, northern Iraq, as Mosul assault begins. Photo: UNHCR/Ivor Prickett

Tens of thousands of people living in areas surrounding the Iraqi city of Mosul are being used as human shields by ISIL as the battle to retake the city from the extremist group rages on. That's according to the UN human rights office (OHCHR) which reported that in one incident this week, ISIL killed more [...]

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Withdrawal of countries from international court sends "wrong message"

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon addresses the Security Council on cooperation between the United Nations and regional and subregional organizations in maintaining international peace and security. UN Photo/Evan Schneider

The announcement by three African countries of their intent to withdraw from the International Criminal Court (ICC) sends a "wrong message" according to the UN Secretary-General. Ban Ki-moon, speaking in the Security Council chamber on Friday, said that pulling out of the court undermined the commitment to justice on the part of South Africa, Gambia, [...]

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News in Brief 28 October 2016 (AM)

A boy carrying his belongings in a large cloth bag over his shoulder is among people walking on railway tracks to cross from the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia into Serbia. Photo: UNICEF/NYHQ2015-2203/Georgiev (file photo)

  Italian lawmakers urged to pass bill supporting refugee children: UNICEF Italian lawmakers have been urged by the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF), to pass a "historic" bill which would strengthen support and protection for a record number of unaccompanied refugee and migrant children. At least 20,000 of them, together with those separated from their families, [...]

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Australia's indigenous farmers face "harassment" from mining companies, says UN expert

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Landowners, farmers and individuals from the indigenous communities in Australia are susceptible to "harassment" by mining companies, a UN independent expert has said. UN Special Rapporteur for Human Rights Defenders, Michel Forst, who has just concluded a working visit to the country, said that these companies often play a "tricky" role, as the farmers fight [...]

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Being a woman human rights defender in Pakistan is "risky"

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Being a woman and a human rights defender in Pakistan is "risky" a young activist who founded a non-profit called "Aware Girls" with her sister when she was just fifteen. Saba Ismail grew up in the conservative Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province on the border between Pakistan and Afghanistan before "violent religious extremism" became an international buzzword. [...]

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News in Brief 27 October 2016 (PM)

A young resident at the so-called Calais 'jungle' views the harsh winter landscape of the temporary center, home at times to several thousand persons. Photo: UNHCR/Corentin Fohlen (file photo)

  Calais camp conditions "more dangerous than ever": UNICEF Conditions inside a camp in Calais, France, which until this week was home to hundreds of refugees and migrants, have been described as "more dangerous than ever" for children. UN Children's Fund, UNICEF, said on Thursday that many children had been forced to sleep out in [...]

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2017 looking like "another year of fear" for children in conflict zones

A mother watches as three of her children head off to school in Syria. Photo: UNHCR/F. Al-Khateeb

2017 is already looking like "another year of fear" for children caught up in conflict, and denied their rights to an education. That's according to the UN Special Envoy for Global Education, Gordon Brown, speaking at UN Headquarters on Thursday. He pledged to invest US$42 million in child protection and schooling to help 1.5 million [...]

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UN Global Perspective: focus on Iraq, Haiti and women parliamentarians

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ISIL human rights abuses emerge as Mosul campaign continues In Iraq, information continues to emerge of human rights violations committed by the terrorist group ISIL following the start of a military offensive to free the northern city of Mosul from its control. The UN mission in the country, UNAMI, said human rights monitors have received [...]

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Aviation sector implements "innovative measures" to protect the planet

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Although air travel accounts for less than two per cent of the emissions that contribute to global warming, the aviation industry is doing its part to protect the environment. That's according to the Secretary General of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), Dr Liu Fang. The aviation industry recently announced that from 2020, it will [...]

27 Oct 2016 | Posted in Habitat III Conference, Today's Features | Read More »

Fight against human trafficking moving "centre stage"

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The fight against human trafficking is increasingly moving "centre stage" as an issue for the international community, according to the UN Office on Drugs and Crime, (UNODC). The agency says that human trafficking affects every country of the world, as countries of origin, transit or destination. Andita Listyarini reports. UNODC says there are no firm [...]

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World Day celebrates "the memory of mankind"

A film editing machine at the UN Department of Public Information (DPI) film and video archives, Audiovisual Services Section. UN Photo/JC McIlwaine

Films, videos and sound recordings are a means to tell stories about the world's people while also reflecting their diversity. That's according to the UN cultural agency, UNESCO, which highlights their value on the World Day for Audiovisual Heritage, observed on 27 October. The celebrations this year include a film festival in Myanmar that pays [...]

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ISIL human rights abuses emerging as Mosul, Iraq, campaign continues

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Human rights monitors have received reports of mass killings, abductions, recruitment of child soldiers and other abuses, as families continue to flee communities surrounding Mosul in Iraq. Government forces backed by allies have launched an offensive to free the northern city from the terrorist group ISIL. Basma Baghall has been speaking to Roueida El Hage, [...]

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UN Gender Focus: South Sudan, LGBT community and Sustainable Development Goals

Rita Lopidia Abraham (left) is interviewed by Jocelyne Sambira of UN Radio. UN Photo/May Yaacoub

South Sudan at "tipping point" warns woman activist South Sudan is at a "tipping point" and might slide back into war, a young woman activist from the country has warned. Rita Lopidia Abraham, founder and Executive Director of EVE Organization for Women Development, briefed the UN Security Council on Tuesday during a women, peace and [...]

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UN Daily News 27 October 2016

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More than 1 million treated with "highly effective hepatitis C drugs

WHO has issued its first-ever guidance for the treatment of chronic Hepatitis B. Photo: WHO/G. Hampton

More than a million people in low and middle-income countries have been treated with "highly effective" new drugs for the disease hepatitis C, according to the World Health Organization. Many of the chronic sufferers treated, have been completely cured said WHO on Thursday, during the launch of a report detailing results of a two-year-old programme [...]

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News in Brief 27 October 2016 (AM)

Young Omar and his parents, who fled the Syrian city of Idlib and crossed into Turkey, have been accepted for resettlement in France. Photo: UNHCR/J.Tanner

  Killing of 22 children, 6 teachers in Syria school bombing "a war crime" The killing of 22 children along with six of their teachers in the Syrian city of Idlib, has been denounced as "a war crime" if it turns out the bombing was deliberate. That's the view of UN Children's Fund Executive Director, [...]

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We are not giving up" on relief for Aleppo

In western Aleppo City, Syria, children displaced from the al-Hamadaniyah neighbourhood stay at the Al-Shafii shelter, a mosque converted to a shelter. Photo: UNICEF/Khuder Al-Issa

"We are not giving up" on evacuating the sick and wounded of eastern Aleppo, said the UN's humanitarian coordinator for Syria on Thursday. Jan Egeland regretted the failure of a UN plan to carry out the evacuation last weekend, and demanded that the warring parties in the siege of Aleppo, drop their conditions to allow [...]

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Ugandan entrepreneur stresses importance of education for impoverished children

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  A Ugandan woman has been speaking at the UN about how education has turned her life around, from being condemned by some as a "useless person" to becoming a successful entrepreneur. Beatrice Ayuru is the founder of Lira Integrated School, whose mission is to educate impoverished children in northern Uganda. Ms Ayuru, who at [...]

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New and "protracted" refugee flows on radar of humanitarians

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Humanitarians are taking a closer look at "neglected and protracted" refugee situations as well as new refugee flows under a global compact aimed at addressing challenges faced by people on the move, a senior UN official has said. Countries adopted the "New York Declaration" in September to protect and save the lives of refugees and [...]

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UN and Africa: focus on Nigeria, Somalia and New Urban Agenda

A nutrition screening for children in the Dalori camp for internally displaced people, in the north-eastern city of Maiduguri in Borno State, Nigeria. Photo: UNICEF/Andrew Esiebo (file photo)

Forgotten humanitarian crisis in north-east Nigeria A "forgotten crisis" is taking place in north-eastern Nigeria which the UN humanitarian affairs office (OCHA) warns could be the worst on the African continent. Seven years of insecurity sparked by the terrorist group Boko Haram has affected up to 15 million people in four states, leading to mass [...]

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“Incandescent” relief chief tells Council “buck stops with you” in Aleppo

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“Incandescent with rage”, the UN’s humanitarian coordinator told members of the Security Council “the buck stops with you” when it comes to saving eastern Aleppo from total destruction. Stephen O’Brien used his monthly briefing on the Middle East, to tell the council that “selfish, inhuman interests” had “trumped the moral imperative” of ending Syria’s five-year-long [...]

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News in Brief 26 October 2016 (PM)

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  US abstains for first time on General Assembly Cuba resolution The United States has abstained for the first time on a General Assembly resolution calling for an end to the US economic embargo on Cuba. The US embargo has been in place for more than 50 years, and for the 24 years that the [...]

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UN Chief pays tribute to colleagues killed "in the service of peace"

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, flanked by the President of the General Assembly and President of the Security Council, at the Annual Staff Memorial Service, 2016. Photo: Giles Clarke.

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has paid tribute to colleagues from all UN agencies, funds and programmes, who have given their lives "in the service of peace." Speaking at the 5th Annual Memorial Service at UN headquarters on Wednesday, to honour those who have died serving the UN, he said there was "nothing more powerful than the [...]

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Forgotten humanitarian crisis in north-east Nigeria

A nutrition screening for children in the Dalori camp for internally displaced people, in the north-eastern city of Maiduguri in Borno State, Nigeria. Photo: UNICEF/Andrew Esiebo (file photo)

A "forgotten crisis" is taking place in north-eastern Nigeria which the UN humanitarian affairs office (OCHA) warns could be the worst on the African continent. Seven years of insecurity sparked by the terrorist group Boko Haram has affected up to 15 million people in four states, leading to mass displacement. It has also caused a [...]

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UN Daily News 26 October 2016

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Listen to a bulletin of news and features from United Nations Radio, with Jocelyne Sambira and Matthew Wells. In today's programme: The UN secures tents to receive families fleeing the Iraqi city of Mosul; And: A "forgotten humanitarian crisis" is taking place in north-east Nigeria;  

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UN secures tents, emergency shelter kits for Mosul families "on the move"

Bruno Geddo. Photo: UNHCR

Thousands of tents have been airlifted to Iraq in anticipation of a large-scale displacement from the northern city of Mosul, the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) has confirmed. The agency says it is securing 50,000 tents and 50,000 emergency shelter kits for families on the move. A military offensive launched by government forces is underway to [...]

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News in Brief 26 October 2016 (AM)

MINUSCA peacekeepers on patrol in the Central African Republic. Photo: MINUSCA

Violent protests in Central African Republic condemned by UN chief Violent protests in the capital of the Central African Republic (CAR) which left at least four civilians dead, have been condemned by the UN Secretary-General. The protests on Monday in Bangui, took place outside the headquarters of the UN Mission in CAR, known as MINUSCA. [...]

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Study reveals widespread sexism and violence against women MPs

Martin Chungong. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

A study of 55 women members of parliament (MPs) from across the globe reveals that the majority have experienced death threats, rape threats and other forms of psychological violence. Furthermore, 20 per cent of the MPs reported that they have been slapped, pushed or struck by an object that could have caused injury, while 12 [...]

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Countries urged not to "turn back" on Afghanistan

Chaloka Beyani (left) is interviewed by Mohammad Hamed Haleemi of UN Radio. UN Photo

Afghanistan is being asked to intensify efforts to meet the needs of hundreds of thousands of its citizens who have been displaced due to ongoing insecurity in the country. That recommendation has been made by the UN Special Rapporteur on the rights of Internally Displace People (IDPs). Chaloka Beyani has also urged the international community [...]

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"Action is at the base" implementing New Urban Agenda for Africa

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When it comes to the New Urban Agenda for world cities, action needs to start at "the base" and not come from the top-down. That's the passionate view of Alima Sagito, a grassroots campaigner from Ghana, speaking at the UN's Habitat III conference on the future of world cities, which took place recently in Quito, [...]

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Mediterranean death toll hits record high

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The death toll among refugees and migrants attempting to cross the Mediterranean Sea has reached an all-time high, the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) has reported. At least 3,740 lives have been lost so far this year compared to 3,771 for the whole of 2015, the highest number on record. Many of those making the journey [...]

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UN will "do the right thing" for Haitian people

Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson during his interview with UN News Centre. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

The UN is determined to "do the right thing" on behalf of the Haitian people when it comes to the damaging effects of cholera and Hurricane Matthew. That's the pledge from Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson, who said a package of measures would be presented soon to help eliminate the cholera outbreak which has affected an [...]

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News in Brief 25 October 2016 (PM)

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  Removal of "Jungle" migrant camp in Calais underway The removal of a controversial migrant camp in Calais, France, known as the "Jungle" is underway. At its height the unofficial migrant settlement was home to 7,000 people, who were hoping to travel mainly to the UK. On Tuesday the destruction of the camp continued as [...]

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Families in Yemen struggling to feed their children: WFP

In the photo: Ahmed, 3 years old, receives treatment for moderate acute malnutrition in a hospital in Hajjah, Yemen. Photo: WFP/Abeer Etefa

Severely malnourished children in some parts of Yemen are surviving on bread alone most days of the week. That's what mothers told a team from the World Food Programme (WFP) which concluded a visit to the country on Tuesday. Fierce conflict between Yemeni government forces and rebels has raged more than a year, but access [...]

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Reports of ISIL "ruthlessness" as Mosul battle continues

This family fled the fighting in Mosul, Iraq, and are close to the Khazair checkpoint. They hope to stay in Erbil city until it is safe to return home. Photo: UNHCR/R. Nuri (file photo)

As the battle to liberate the Iraqi city of Mosul from the terrorist group ISIL intensifies, reports continue to emerge that the extremists are using civilians as "human shields." That's according to the UN human rights office which has received "very alarming information" that supports the belief that people living in areas near the city [...]

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UN Daily News 25 October 2016

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Listen to a bulletin of news and features from United Nations Radio, with Jocelyne Sambira and Daniel Dickinson. In today's programme: Reports of ISIL atrocities surface as the battle for the Iraqi city of Mosul continues; And: an activist from South Sudan warns that her country is at a "tipping point";

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South Sudan at "tipping point" warns woman activist

Rita Lopidia Abraham (left) is interviewed by Jocelyne Sambira of UN Radio. UN Photo/May Yaacoub

South Sudan is at a "tipping point" and might slide back into war, a young woman activist from the country has warned. Rita Lopidia Abraham, founder and Executive Director of EVE Organization for Women Development, briefed the UN Security Council on Tuesday during a women, peace and security debate. Sixteen years ago, a resolution was [...]

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UN chief "ashamed" of atrocities committed against women

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (centre left) addresses the Security Council during the open debate on Women, Peace and Security.UN Photo/Kim Haughton

The United Nations chief has said he is "ashamed" of atrocities committed against women around the world including those carried out by UN peacekeepers. Ban Ki-moon was speaking at a debate in the UN Security Council to mark the 16th anniversary of a key resolution on women, peace and security. Daniel Dickinson has more details. [...]

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News in Brief 25 October 2016 (AM) – Geneva

In Yemen, a nation-wide mobile campaign 24-29 September 2016, reached more than 600,000 children under the age of five and over 180,000 pregnant and breastfeeding mothers with a package of health and nutrition services. Photo: UNICEF

  Alarm over rising hunger and malnutrition in Yemen In war-torn Yemen, fears are growing for vulnerable communities amid an expected shortage of humanitarian supplies, the UN said on Tuesday. The World Food Programme (WFP) which issued the warning, said that it has had to split rations in recent months to help a total of [...]

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Risk of "outright violence" increasing against LGBT in cities

Cicely-Belle Blain. UN Photo/Matt Wells

The risk of "outright violence" against the LGBT community is growing in cities but hopes are high that a newly-adopted agenda for future urban living will create more "safe spaces". That's the view of Cicely-Belle Blain, a Canadian youth worker, who was one of the delegates to the recent Habitat III conference on the future [...]

25 Oct 2016 | Posted in Habitat III Conference, Today's Features | Read More »

Project brings water to farmers in dry areas of Guatemala

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Some farmers in Guatemala have lost up to 80 per cent of their harvests this year due to changing weather patterns and poor rainfall, the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) reports. The UN agency is supporting the construction of water collection tanks and use of improved agricultural practices that will allow farmers to produce [...]

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Widening the "safety net" and "digital food" in cities

Amir Abdulla. UN Photo/Matt Wells

Cities of the future will have an expanded "social safety net," including more "digital food" for the needy, according to the deputy chief of the World Food Programme (WFP). Deputy Executive Director, Amir Abdulla, was speaking at the recent Habitat III Conference on reshaping the cities and towns of the future, in Quito, Ecuador. He [...]

24 Oct 2016 | Posted in Habitat III Conference, Today's Features | Read More »

UN relief chief "deeply frustrated and saddened" by Aleppo evacuation delays

A child and a man sell baked goods in Aleppo, Syria. Photo: UNICEF/Rami Zayat

It is "deeply regrettable" that critically ill people have not been evacuated from the besieged Syrian city of Aleppo, despite calls from the UN and its partners in the past few days. That was the sentiment expressed by the UN Humanitarian Coordinator Stephen O'Brien in a statement released on Monday. A government offensive to take [...]

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UN Mission will "stand firm" after violent protests in CAR

MINUSCA, the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (CAR), on patrol in the capital Bangui. UN File Photo/Catianne Tijerina

After a day of violent protest in the Central African Republic which left four dead on Monday, the UN Mission in the country, MINUSCA, says it will "stand firm" in carrying out its mandate. That's according to MINUSCA spokesperson, Vladimir Monteiro, speaking from the capital, Bangui. Four demonstrators were killed and 14 others were injured, [...]

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News in Brief 24 October 2016 (PM)

Internally displaced persons flee to Debaga camp in Erbil Governorate, northern Iraq, as Mosul assault begins. Photo: UNHCR/Ivor Prickett

  Mosul operation displaces more than 7,000 so far Military operations to free the Iraqi city of Mosul from extremists have displaced more than 7,000 people so far, UN humanitarians in the country have reported. They described the situation as "fluid," with the numbers and patterns of displacement fluctuating among the various front lines of [...]

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New approach needed to address 40 million internally-displaced

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The world has fallen short in its efforts to support millions of people displaced within their own countries due to conflict or natural disasters, a senior UN humanitarian official has said. UN Deputy Relief Coordinator Kyung-wha Kang was speaking at a meeting in New York on Monday aimed at finding ways to better assist the [...]

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Opium production surges by 43% in Afghanistan

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Opium production in Afghanistan has increased by 43% according to a survey released on Monday by the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). 4800 metric tons of opium has been produced in the past year, compared to 3300 metric tons during the previous year. The highly-addictive drug heroin is obtained from the 'opium poppy', a [...]

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Artist's hands-on world vision of human rights becomes reality

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Using the arts to promote human rights and making change happen are the ambitious goals of one artist whose work has been unveiled in Geneva. Created by Spanish sculptor Cristóbal Gabarrón, "Enlightened Universe" is a monumental steel sphere that's surrounded by a spiral of 70 larger-than-life figurines. The piece has been erected by the lake [...]

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UN Daily News 24 October 2016

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Listen to a bulletin of news and features from United Nations Radio, with Jocelyne Sambira and Dianne Penn. In today's programme: Somalia's Gaalkacyo "tense, volatile" as people continue to flee fighting And: Teenage author encourages children to stand up against bullies

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Somalia's Gaalkacyo "tense, volatile" as people flee fighting

19 October 2016, Gaalkacyo, Somalia: The onset of the rainy season is likely to worsen living conditions for those displaced by the violence who are now seeking shelter in the open in Xaar-xaarka area. Credit: OCHA/G.Isse

The situation in Gaalkacyo, Somalia is "tense, volatile and has the potential to break out in renewed fighting" the head of the UN humanitarian agency in the country has said. Fighting in the area has continued for the third week, leaving 18 people dead and 60 injured since 7 October. Humanitarian partners estimate that more [...]

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News in Brief 24 October 2016 (AM)

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  Paris Treaty points way to low-carbon growth: UN Day message The entry into force of the Paris Agreement on climate change marks humanity's best chance for "greener, cleaner, low-carbon growth," the UN Secretary-General has said. Ban Ki-moon's comments came in a message for United Nations Day, celebrated annually on 24 October, which marks the [...]

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Greenhouse gas report reveals record CO2 levels

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Heat-trapping gases in the atmosphere reached record levels in 2015, UN climate experts said Monday, and they've warned that things are likely to stay that way for generations to come. According to a new report from the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), the El Niño weather phenomenon was most to blame. The droughts it triggered limited [...]

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Violence against women "pervasive" in Asia-Pacific region

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Violence against women is "pervasive" in the Asia-Pacific region despite laws to prevent it, according to a senior official from the United Nations gender agency, UN Women. Many countries in the region have found it difficult to implement laws due to impunity for the perpetrators of crimes. UN Women is working with the authorities in [...]

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Teenage author encourages children to stand up against bullies

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"Saying something" is the first step to fight child bullying, says author and activist Aija Mayrock, who recently spoke at the UN. The 21-year-old was motivated by her own experience as a victim of this aggressive and coercive behavior in school to write a book entitled "The Survival Guide to Bullying". Ms Mayrock said that [...]

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

Making sure women and girls are included in Haiti hurricane response

The World Food Programme (WFP) and their local partner Fondation pour le Développement et L'encadrement de la Famille Haïtienne (Fondefh), distribute food to residents of Torbek, a commune on the outskirts of Les Cayes that was heavily damaged by Hurricane Matthew. UN Photo/ Logan Abassi

Following the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, some girls living in displacement camps resorted to trading sex in order to meet their basic needs. This is one example of how natural disasters have a disproportionate effect on women, according to the UN's gender entity, UN Women. As Haiti emerges from the wreckage of Hurricane Matthew, which [...]

23 Oct 2016 | Posted in Caribbean News, Today's Features | Read More »

Yemen parties urged to extend ceasefire

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Warring parties in Yemen are being urged by the UN special envoy for the country to renew an existing ceasefire for another 72-hours. A three-day halt in the fighting went into effect on Wednesday at midnight following a month of intense clashes between government forces and Houthi rebels. The truce is due to end late [...]

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

"Make roads safer" to walk and cycle: UNEP

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"Road networks have been built for cars and not to accommodate cyclists and pedestrians, making it unsafe for them." That's according to the director of the UN's Environment Programme (UNEP) in New York. In a UNEP study released this week, unsafe infrastructure for walking and cycling, has been contributing to the death of over one [...]

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

Wonder Woman designated as gender empowerment ambassador

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The cartoon and movie character Wonder Woman has been designated by the UN as an Honorary Ambassador for the Empowerment of Women and Girls. The designation is part of a campaign, in cooperation with DC Entertainment and Warner Bros., to raise awareness about Sustainable Development Goal 5 on gender equality. Wonder Woman, one of the [...]

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

News in Brief 21 October 2016 (PM)

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  Plans to evacuate sick and injured in eastern Aleppo delayed Plans to evacuate the sick and injured in eastern Aleppo did not begin on Friday morning as planned, the UN Spokesperson has confirmed. The conditions were not in place to ensure a safe, secure and voluntary evacuation of these people and their families, humanitarians [...]

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Community participation a factor in making cities safer

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To combat urban crime, mayors and other city authorities should not only rely on the police services, but should also encourage community participation in safety and security efforts. That's according to Aisa Kirabo Kacyira, a former mayor of Kigali, Rwanda, and Deputy Executive Director at UN-Habitat, which promotes a sustainable urban future. Eighty cities across [...]

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Hurricane Matthew leaves extensive damage in eastern Cuba

WFP and the Government of Cuba will deliver food to the population of the four hardest-hit municipalities of Guantanamo Province: Baracoa, Maisi, Imías and San Antonio del Sur. Photo: WFP Cuba

Some 350,000 people in eastern Cuba have been affected by Hurricane Matthew, according to a senior UN official in the country. UN Resident Coordinator Myrta Kaulard said debris left by the storm which struck earlier this month has made some hard-to-reach areas in Guantánamo province even more difficult to access. While 1,600 homes were destroyed, [...]

21 Oct 2016 | Posted in Caribbean News, Today's Features | Read More »

UN Daily News 21 October 2016

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Listen to a bulletin of news and features from United Nations Radio, with Dianne Penn and Jocelyne Sambira.    

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Aleppo spotlight as UN Human Rights Council holds special session

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Horrific violence in Syria's Aleppo was the focus of an extraordinary session of the UN Human Rights Council on Friday, which ended with a call for a special inquiry into dramatic recent events in the city. Such so-called "special sessions" are rare, and indeed, this one was the only one to happen so far in [...]

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

"Tax evasion industry shocking" says UN expert

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Tax evasion across the world is "shocking" and costs governments some US$3 trillion every year, according to a UN independent expert. Governments, especially in developing countries, rely on taxes to support economic and social development. Alfred de Zayas is an Independent Expert on the promotion of a democratic and equitable international order He's urging the [...]

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

Yemen ceasefire "fragile but largely holding"

On 8 August 2016 in Yemen, an internally displaced woman sits with her daughter in front of her makeshift shelter in the Tharawan IDP camp on the outskirts of Sana'a. By 11 August 2016, over 2.8 million internally displaced persons (IDPs) had fled their homes due to ongoing conflict. Photo: UNICEF/Moohialdin Fuad (file photo)

The ceasefire in Yemen is "fragile but largely holding" the UN special envoy to the country announced on Friday. A 72-hour halt to the fighting began on Wednesday at midnight following a month of intense clashes between government forces and Houthi rebels. An estimated 12 million people in Yemen, nearly half of the population, are [...]

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News in Brief 21 October 2016 (AM) – Geneva

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Spotlight on Aleppo as UN Human Rights Council re-opens for special session A special session of the UN Human Rights Council has got under way to highlight the plight of those affected by conflict in Syria's Aleppo. At the start of the meeting in Geneva, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein [...]

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Somalia electoral season begins

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An electoral process in Somalia that has been described as "a big step forward" for the country is underway. It is being held to choose a parliament and president, with the hope that one-person, one-vote elections will take place in 2020. Michael Keating is the UN Secretary-General's Special Representative for Somalia and head of the [...]

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Colombia: Consensus on ceasefire a "happy development"

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Popular support for the ceasefire in Colombia is "one of the happy developments" in the wake of the recent referendum there, the head of the UN mission in the country has said. The 2 October plebiscite saw Colombians narrowly rejecting a peace deal between the Government and FARC rebels aimed at ending five decades of [...]

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UN chief welcomes "unilateral pause" in Syria bombing

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon at an informal meeting of the seventy-first session of the General Assembly with briefings from Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the Special Envoy on Syria, Staffan de Mistura, on the situation in Syria. UN Photo/Amanda Voisard

The "unilateral pause" in the bombing in Syria announced by Russia on Thursday has been welcomed by the UN Secretary-General. Ban Ki-moon made the remarks during a special meeting on Syria in the UN General Assembly. The results of a military government offensive to take back eastern Aleppo have been "horrific," Mr Ban said. Jocelyne [...]

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News in Brief 20 October 2016 (PM)

The World Food Programme (WFP) with their local partner Fondation Pour le Development de la Famille Haitien, distribute food to residents of Torbek, a community on the outskirts of Les Cayes, Haiti, that was heavily damaged by Hurricane Matthew. Photo: UN/MINUSTAH/Logan Abassi

  Haiti towns devastated by Hurricane Matthew continue to receive aid Humanitarians continue to deliver critical assistance to devastated areas in Les Cayes in Haiti, a spokesperson for the UN has said. Affected families received additional food by the World Food Programme (WFP) on Wednesday and further distributions are planned this week. So far, WFP [...]

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UN Global Perspective: focus on girls, torture and Habitat III conference

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US$21 billion "dividend" to keep 10-year old girls in school Developing countries around the world could reap a US$21 billion "dividend" if all 10-year old girls were able to finish secondary education. That's the finding of the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) in its State of the World Population Report for 2016. The report shows girls [...]

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UN and Africa: focus on Somalia elections, New Urban Agenda and CAR

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Somalia electoral season begins What's been described as a "complicated" electoral process is now underway in Somalia. The indirect elections are being held to choose a parliament and president, with hopes that one-person, one-vote elections will take place in 2020. Michael Keating is the UN Secretary-General's Special Representative for Somalia and head of the UN [...]

20 Oct 2016 | Posted in UN and Africa | Read More »

UN Gender Focus: New Urban Agenda, Yazidis and Haiti hurricane response

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New Urban Agenda guarantees rights of women and girls The rights of women and girls to enjoy full equality, living in safe and sustainable cities, are “guaranteed” under the New Urban Agenda adopted at the UN’s Habitat III conference. That’s according to Deputy Executive Director of UN Women Lakshmi Puri who has been attending the [...]

20 Oct 2016 | Posted in UN Gender Focus | Read More »

Gains of Habitat III will be “useless” without effective implementation

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The adoption of a new agenda to transform the world’s cities will be “useless” unless countries and cities implement it. That’s the passionate view of Joan Clos, Secretary-General of the UN’s Habitat III conference which ends on Thursday in Quito, Ecuador. The once-every 20-years conference on Sustainable Urban Development has been focused on making cities [...]

20 Oct 2016 | Posted in Habitat III Conference, Today's Features | Read More »

UN Daily News 20 October 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: Medical evacuations set to begin amid pause in fighting in Aleppo, Syria And: Why 10-year-old girls are the face of the future

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News in Brief 20 October 2016 (AM)

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  Walking and cycling can save lives and fight climate change Countries are being urged by the UN to invest at least 20 per cent of their transport budgets in walking and cycling infrastructure in order to save lives and combat climate change. Motorized transport is responsible for a quarter of global carbon dioxide emissions [...]

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Medical evacuations set to begin amid pause in Aleppo fighting

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Medical evacuations of hundreds of sick and wounded people from Aleppo in Syria could begin on Friday, the UN has said. The development comes after the announcement of a temporary truce in the city between government forces and opposition militia. Speaking in Geneva, UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura welcomed the pause in [...]

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US$21 billion "dividend" to keep 10-year old girls in school

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Developing countries around the world could reap a US$21 billion "dividend" if all 10-year old girls are able to finish secondary education. That's the finding of the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) in its State of the World Population Report for 2016. The report shows girls are less likely than boys to complete schooling and more [...]

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Road safety "a basic human right for children" says actress

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Road safety is "a basic human right for children," according to the Malaysian-born actress and UN Development Programme Goodwill Ambassador, Michelle Yeoh. Some 500 children around the world die each day on dangerous roads and thousands more are injured. Hao Cheng caught up with Ms Yeoh on the margins of the Habitat III conference on [...]

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"I am here to listen and learn" UN Secretary-General-designate tells Member States

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"I am here essentially to listen and to learn;" that's the message that the UN Secretary-General-designate brought to delegates during a special meeting of the 193-Member State General Assembly on Wednesday. António Guterres, who was officially selected as the organization's 9th Secretary-General on 14 October addressed the Assembly in New York and provided more details [...]

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

News in Brief 19 October 2016 (PM)

Iraqi women and children displaced from the Mosul corridor line up to recieve food in Debaga Displacement Camp in Erbil Governorate. Photo: UNICEF/Anmar

Rations available to feed 1m people fleeing Mosul Food rations have been prepositioned outside the Iraqi city of Mosul for one million people, who may flee as a result of a government offensive to retake the city. Mosul has been held by terrorists of the ISIL group for the last two years. Thousands of people [...]

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CAR urged to take action on foreign fighters

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International human rights experts are urging authorities in the Central African Republic (CAR) to tackle the threat of mercenaries and foreign fighters who have joined armed groups in the country. More than 1,000 foreign combatants, mostly from Cameroon, Chad, Niger and Sudan, are in the CAR, according to the UN Working Group on mercenaries which [...]

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Palestine question "cannot be relegated to a secondary problem:" UN official

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The international focus on the question of Palestine may have been overtaken by the tragedy in Syria and elsewhere in the Middle East, but it cannot be relegated to a secondary problem. That's what the UN special coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process told members of the Security Council on Wednesday. Israel continues to [...]

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

Campaign tackles health impact of air pollution in cities

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A new initiative has been launched to raise awareness about the health impacts of air pollution which the World Health Organization (WHO) calls "an invisible killer." The 'BreatheLife' campaign highlights measures cities can implement to minimize impacts, including through better housing, transport and waste and energy systems. It was unveiled on Wednesday at Habitat III, [...]

19 Oct 2016 | Posted in Habitat III Conference, Today's Features | Read More »

900 million more Africans will be living in cities by 2050

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Around 900 million people will move to cities in Africa over the next 35 years, according to a director of the African Development Bank, who is attending the UN's Habitat III conference in Quito, Ecuador. Amadou  Oumarou, who hails from Cameroon, said that the "future of society" across the continent will be based on steadily-growing [...]

19 Oct 2016 | Posted in Habitat III Conference, Today's Features | Read More »

UN Daily News 19 October 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: Yemen's 72-hour ceasefire is welcome but not enough, say aid workers And: A new city agenda will also protect the world's migrants. We hear more from the UN conference on urban development underway in [...]

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Vaccine breakthrough deal set to save millions of children's lives

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A deal to supply lifesaving vaccines to dozens of countries at half the price they usually cost could prevent 5.7 million child deaths, UN health experts announced on Wednesday. Under the terms of the agreement with global drug manufacturers, the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) will buy 450 million doses of vaccine over the next three [...]

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

News in Brief 19 October 2016 (AM)

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  Civilian casualties in Afghanistan continue to surge: UN report Civilian casualties in Afghanistan have continued to surge, according to the latest figures from the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA). Tadamichi Yamamoto, the head of the agency, said that it is "imperative" for all warring parties to ensure all "feasible precautions" are being taken [...]

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72-hour Yemen ceasefire welcome but not enough, say aid workers

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A temporary halt to fighting in Yemen has been described by the UN aid workers as welcome, but not enough, as humanitarian teams try to deliver aid to hard-to-reach communities caught up in the conflict. A 72-hour ceasefire is due to come into effect at midnight on Wednesday involving forces loyal to President Hadi Mansour [...]

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Yazidis in Iraqi city of Mosul face an uncertain future

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Ethnic and religious minorities in Iraq, like the so-called Yazidis, face an "uncertain future" with the ongoing liberation of Mosul, a women's rights activist has warned. Ameena Saeed Hassan, a Yazidi from Sinjar in Northern Iraq, spoke at the UN's headquarters about the persecution of her people by the ISIL terrorist group, also known as [...]

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

Torture, ill-treatment "rife" during suspect interrogations: UN envoy

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Torture, coercion and other forms of ill-treatment remain rife in some parts of the world during interviews of criminal suspects in an investigative context, a UN independent expert has said. Juan Méndez, the UN Special Rapporteur on Torture, said that many law enforcement officials have been "conditioned to accept torture" as a necessary method to [...]

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

New Urban Agenda guarantees rights of women and girls

Lakshmi Puri (centre). UN Photo/Matt Wells.

The rights of women and girls to enjoy full equality, living in safe and sustainable cities, are "guaranteed" under the New Urban Agenda adopted this week at the UN's Habitat III conference. That's according to Deputy Executive Director of UN Women, Lakshmi Puri, who has been attending the global summit in Quito, Ecuador, designed to [...]

18 Oct 2016 | Posted in Habitat III Conference, Today's Features | Read More »

Migrants to be protected under new city agenda: UN migration chief

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"All migrants will be protected" in the world's cities if governments stick to new global standards for urban living, agreed this week at the UN's Habitat III conference in Ecuador. That's according to William Swing, Director-General of the International Organization for Migration (IOM), who has been attending the UN Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban [...]

18 Oct 2016 | Posted in Habitat III Conference, Today's Features | Read More »

Iraq: "Race against time" to assist Mosul residents

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

With the military offensive to take back the Iraqi city of Mosul from the terrorist group ISIL now underway, humanitarians are in "a race against time" to meet the needs of civilians expected to flee the fighting. That's according to UN Humanitarian Coordinator for the country Lise Grande who has called for greater international solidarity [...]

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News in Brief 18 October 2016 (PM)

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UN chief "encouraged" by Colombia commitment to peace The UN Secretary-General on Tuesday said he "remained encouraged" by the commitment to peace reiterated by all parties to the Colombian peace process. Ban Ki-moon made the remarks on the margins of a UN conference in Quito focused on sustainable urbanization and city-building, also known as UN [...]

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"Frustration and fear" about cholera in Haiti

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People in Haiti are frustrated that they are not getting the help they need to deal with a cholera outbreak on the Caribbean island; that's according to a senior UN official who has been visiting the country. The devastation caused by Hurricane Matthew which struck the country earlier this month has increased the risk of [...]

18 Oct 2016 | Posted in Caribbean News, Today's Features | Read More »

UN Daily News 18 October 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: Aid agencies warn of a potential humanitarian catastrophe as the battle for the Iraqi city of Mosul gets underway And: We join the UN General Assembly president on a walkabout to view urban development [...]

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News in Brief 18 October 2016 (AM) – Geneva

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Aleppo truce "must come from all warring parties for aid to get in" A joint Russia and Syrian government call for a temporary halt to the violence in Aleppo does not mean that aid deliveries can resume to the war-torn Syrian city, the UN said Tuesday. For that to happen, all weapons must fall silent [...]

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Fears of potential humanitarian catastrophe in Mosul

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A massive aid operation is under way to help civilians who are expected to flee conflict in the Iraqi city of Mosul, amid warnings by the UN that ISIL extremists there may be using chemical weapons. An estimated one million people could be displaced as the Iraqi army attempts to push ISIL fighters away from [...]

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

Yemen parties agree to resume ceasefire for initial 72-hour period

Ismail Ould Cheik Ahmed. UN Photo/Jean-Marc Ferré

A plan to resume a nationwide cessation of hostilities in Yemen on Wednesday has been announced by the UN special envoy for the country. Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed said he has received assurances from all Yemeni parties of their renewed commitment to a ceasefire that first went into effect in April. Conflict between forces loyal [...]

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

Iraqi citizens at risk and struggling to return to normal life: UN envoy

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Civilians in Iraq are living under constant threat of mines and explosives, the UN has said. Agnès  Marcaillou, the director of UN Mine Action Service (UNMAS) recently spoke about mitigating the threat of improvised explosive devices (IEDs) in Iraq and other countries. The agency educates populations of affected nations about the risks of IEDs and encourages [...]

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21st Century to be based on cities, not countries: Montréal mayor

Denis Coderre, the Mayor of Montréal, Canada, is attending the Habitat 3 conference in Quito, Ecuador. UN Photo/Matt Wells.

National politics are important "but the 21st Century will be based on cities" and not countries, according to the mayor of Canada's second city, Montréal. Apart from running Montréal, Denis Coderre is president of the "Metropolis" group, which represents all of the world's big cities, with populations of over one million. He was speaking at [...]

18 Oct 2016 | Posted in Habitat III Conference, Today's Features | Read More »

Development "used to break my heart:" GA chief on Quito walkabout

UN General Assembly President Peter Thomson (far right in dark glasses) inspects innovative urban projects at the Habitat 3 conference in Quito, Ecuador. UN Photo/Matt Wells.

The rush to leave the countryside for cities in the past used to leave the current President of the UN General Assembly feeling heartbroken. Speaking from personal experience, Peter Thomson said that rural development projects used to go to waste thanks to depopulation in poorer countries, until the arrival of the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals, [...]

18 Oct 2016 | Posted in Habitat III Conference, Today's Features | Read More »

Sustainable practices help farmers cope with climate change

A farmer in Tanzania uses hay to help mulch and prevent soil erosion. Photo: FAO/Marco Longari

Climate change will make it even more expensive for the world's poorest people to afford food, according to the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). A warmer world means the availability of crops, livestock and fisheries will also be affected, thus disrupting the lives of millions of people employed in these industries. The findings come [...]

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

News in Brief 17 October 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

  Fighting in South Sudan "prolongs" suffering Ongoing fighting in South Sudan is prolonging the suffering of people there according to the UN. The UN mission in country, UNMISS, reported explosions in Unity state on Sunday which led to 67 civilians seeking protection at a UN compound. Fighting between government and opposition forces has been [...]

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Haiti: UN strategy for people, areas affected by cholera

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Reducing the impact of cholera and supporting people and communities affected by the disease is the goal of a new UN approach in Haiti, where more than 9,000 deaths have occurred since a 2010 outbreak. Cholera is spread through contaminated food and water and it is feared that the destruction caused by Hurricane Matthew earlier [...]

17 Oct 2016 | Posted in Caribbean News, Today's Features | Read More »

UN Daily News 17 October 2016

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You're listening to United Nations Radio, from the Habitat 3 Conference, in Quito, Ecuador, I'm Matthew Wells. We're bring you today's programme from the official opening of a once-every-20 years event that will help decide the future growth and sustainability of cities and towns across the world… Thousands have gathered in this lush equatorial capital [...]

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Inhabitants of Iraqi city could be used as human shields

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The inhabitants of a city in Iraq which the Iraqi government is attempting to retake from terrorists could be used as human shields, the UN's most senior humanitarian official in the country has warned. An air and ground attack to retake Mosul was launched in the early hours of Monday morning in an attempt to [...]

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

Transform our world by transforming cities: UN chief

A family living in an urban slum in Sonagachi, Kolkata, India. UN Photo/Kibae Park

Transforming the world "for the better" means transforming our towns and cities through sustainable development and planning. That's according to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, opening the Habitat III conference in Quito, Ecuador, and urging governments at all levels to work on implementing the so-called New Urban Agenda. The agenda being adopted this week sets new [...]

17 Oct 2016 | Posted in Habitat III Conference, Today's Features | Read More »

News in Brief 17 October 2016 (AM)

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  Abuse of human rights is a measure of poverty Poverty is not simply measured by inadequate income, but also by a range of other elements including the denial or abuse of fundamental human rights. That's according to the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in his message to mark the annual International Day for the Eradication [...]

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Fears for 1.5 million people in ISIL-held Mosul, Iraq

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Up to 1.5 million people in the Iraqi city of Mosul "are at extreme risk" from the campaign to retake the strategic location from ISIL militants, the UN has warned. In a statement released to coincide with the Iraqi army-led offensive now under way, UN Emergency Relief Coordinator Stephen O'Brien called on all parties to [...]

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Teenager tells UN what it takes for girls to become leaders

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  One young woman from the United States has been telling the UN what it takes in her view, to become a civic leader. Hariella Lawson, 17, says that the key is being open to any opportunities that may arise. The New Jersey native was at UN headquarters in New York, talking about how girls [...]

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"Take ownership of vital agenda" UN chief to world's mayors

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  Mayors across the world need to "take ownership" of a new global agenda for sustainable development in the towns and cities they represent, said the UN chief on Sunday. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon was speaking in the Ecuadorian capital, Quito, on the eve of the official opening of the UN's Habitat III conference, which aims [...]

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Strong building codes "spread new Ecuadorian norm" post-earthquake

Two women and a young girl walk past a building destroyed by the earthquake in Nuevo Pedernales, Manabi, Ecuador. Photo: UNICEF/UN018950/Arcos. (file photo)

"Strong" new building codes are one of the ways that Ecuador is aiming to "build back better", six months on from an earthquake which killed more than 650 people. That's according to Diego Zorilla, the UN Development Programme's Resident Coordinator in the South American country, which is working with the government to promote new building [...]

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Wasting food can have negative impacts on climate: FAO

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People are throwing away so much that it's having a negative impact on the climate, a representative from the UN's Food and Agriculture Organization  has warned. When the squandered food breaks down, it emits greenhouse gas emissions, including carbon dioxide (CO2), a pollutant that is warming the Earth. According to the FAO about 1.3 billion tons [...]

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"Absolute devastation" witnessed by UN chief in Haiti

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"Absolute devastation;" that's how the UN chief, Ban Ki-moon described what he saw on Saturday as he visited the areas in Haiti most badly hit by a hurricane that struck the country ten days ago. The UN Secretary-General flew over Les Cayes to carry out an aerial inspection of the destruction caused by Hurricane Matthew. [...]

15 Oct 2016 | Posted in Caribbean News, Focus on Climate Change, Today's News | Read More »

Deal on greenhouse gas HFCs welcomed by UN

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An agreement reached by more than 150 countries to phase out a global warming greenhouse gas has been welcomed by the UN Secretary-General. The deal to reduce the production and use of  hydrofluorocarbons or HFCs was struck in Rwanda after an amendment was made to the Montreal Protocol, an international treaty aimed at protecting the [...]

15 Oct 2016 | Posted in Focus on Climate Change, Today's News, UN Climate Change Conference | Read More »

Activist debunks stereotypes of Muslim women and girls

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Muslim women are often stigmatized in the media and seen as having no "equal rights", according to a girls' rights activist who recently spoke at the UN. Urooba Abid, a high school student from New York, has been advocating women empowerment in local Islamic communities. Religion is "not to blame", as stereotypes are more often [...]

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

Help rural women to thrive says UN Secretary-General

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Rural women comprise nearly half the world's agricultural workers, according to the United Nations. The global body is calling for greater support to help them thrive in its promise to "leave no one behind." The appeal was made by the UN Secretary-General in a message for the International Day of Rural Women, observed on 15 [...]

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Make handwashing a habit to reduce disease spread: UNICEF

A group of Haitian children learn how to properly wash their hands in an effort to raise awareness about cholera prevention. UN Photo/ Logan Abassi

More than 300,000 young children died last year due to diarrhoeal infections linked to poor access to safe drinking water and sanitation, according to the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF). This Saturday, 15 October, is Global Handwashing Day and the agency is urging children, families and communities to make handwashing a habit to help prevent the [...]

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New US$400 million approach to address cholera in Haiti

A vehicle carrying cholera kits sent by the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) arrives in in Les Cayes, Haiti. Photo: PAHO

Solidarity, speed and solutions are key for the UN as it works to address cholera in Haiti and prevent any further spread of the water-borne disease in the wake of Hurricane Matthew. That's according to Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson who on Friday outlined the organization's new US$400 million strategy to battle cholera, which has killed [...]

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

UNHCR welcomes closure of France's "Jungle" camp for refugees and migrants

A young resident at the so-called Calais 'jungle' views the harsh winter landscape of the temporary center, home at times to several thousand persons. Photo: UNHCR/Corentin Fohlen (file photo)

The decision by France to close an informal camp for refugees and migrants has been welcomed by the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR). French authorities announced earlier this month that the so-called "Jungle" camp, located in the port city of Calais, will be closed in the coming days. The camp has been problematic for several years [...]

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News in Brief 14 October 2016 (PM)

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  UN chief welcomes release of 21 Chibok schoolgirls The release of 21 Nigerian girls who had been kidnapped by Islamic militants more than two years ago has been welcomed by the UN Secretary-General. They were among more than 200 girls from a school in Chibok, located in north-east Nigeria, who were abducted by the [...]

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UN Daily News 14 October 2016

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Listen to a bulletin of news and features from United Nations Radio, with Jocelyne Sambira and Dianne Penn. Urbanization has "huge potential and also huge risks" the head of UN-Habitat warns ahead of a global summit in Quito, Ecuador to discuss the future of cities; And; A Nigerian activist who helped launch the "Bring Back [...]

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News in Brief 14 October 2016 (AM) – Geneva

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Appeal for calm in Central African Republic amid escalating violence A deadly escalation of violence in Central African Republic has prompted the UN Human Rights Office (OHCHR) to appeal for restraint. The call follows a spate of recent incidents in the north of the country, where a transitional government is in place, after years of [...]

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Improved nutrition for under-twos could save 100,000 lives each year: UNICEF

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Five out of six children under two-years-old are not getting enough nutrition to support their growth and brain development, the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) reports. Improving nutrition for young children could save 100,000 lives a year, according to the agency, which on Friday released the second part of a report that maps infant and young [...]

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

Rape "second most reported" serious crime in Liberia: UN

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Rape is the "second most reported" serious crime in Liberia and often goes unpunished, a report by the UN Mission in the country (UNMIL) has found. Peacekeepers and human rights officers with the UN gathered information between January and March 2015, and documented 803 rape cases. Close to 80 per cent of the victims were [...]

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

"Surge in diplomacy for peace" needed says next UN chief

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (right) meets with António Guterres, Secretary-General-designate. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

A "surge in diplomacy for peace" is needed to limit human suffering across the world, according to the UN Secretary-General-Designate, António Guterres. Mr Guterres was officially selected as the organization's 9th Secretary-General on Thursday. He will begin his five year term on January 1st next year, and will succeed Ban Ki-moon. Madiha Sultan asked him about [...]

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

Invest in small-scale farming otherwise "zero hunger talk is just talk"

Dr. Kanayo F. Nwanze, President of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD). Photo: IFAD/Abate Damte

Invest in smallholder farmers otherwise "this talk of zero hunger is just talk," the head of a UN specialized agency focusing on agricultural development has urged. The Zero Hunger Challenge launched by the UN Secretary-General in 2012, is a global movement to end hunger, eliminate all forms of malnutrition and build inclusive and sustainable food [...]

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Boko Haram fighters can reintegrate "with right approach"

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Many young fighters belonging to the extremist Boko Haram group can be convinced to return to their communities "with the right approach". That's what Hamsatu Allamin, negotiator and peacemaker from the town of Maiduguru in Nigeria, said when asked about the possibility of reintegrating them. During the rise of the militant group, and after witnessing [...]

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Urbanization has "huge potential also huge risks": UN-Habitat chief

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The process of urbanization has "huge potential and also huge risks" according to the senior UN official leading the biggest conference on world cities in 20 years. "Habitat III", as it's known, begins this weekend in the Ecuadorian capital, Quito, and thousands will be attending from around the globe, to adopt The New Urban Agenda. [...]

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Additional threats emerge as ISIL terrorists adapt to "new reality"

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Terrorists from the ISIL group operating in the Middle East are adapting to what the UN is calling a "new reality," which is expected to lead to an increase in attacks outside conflict zones. ISIL has experienced what a new report has described as "significant military setbacks," particularly in Iraq and Syria, but is finding [...]

13 Oct 2016 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Rising violence against civilians in Central African Republic condemned

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Rising violence against civilians in Central African Republic has been condemned by the UN. Clashes between rival groups in the troubled country have forced thousands of people to flee their homes and disrupted vital humanitarian aid operations. Daniel Dickinson reports The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) condemned an increase in attacks on civilians in the Central [...]

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News in Brief 13 October 2016 (PM)

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Midwives "face cultural isolation, unsafe accommodation, low salaries" Midwives around the world face cultural isolation, unsafe accommodation, and low salaries, according to the first global survey of midwifery personnel carried out by the World Health Organization (WHO). The UN health agency called for an end to the "discrimination and lack of respect" that hinder midwives' [...]

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UN seeks "consensus" on UN police deployment to Burundi

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The UN special envoy to Burundi has been tasked by the Security Council to travel to the country and work on a "consensus" regarding the possible deployment of a UN police component. Jamal Benomar presented a report to Council members on Thursday regarding the status of the implementation of the French-led resolution that authorized the [...]

13 Oct 2016 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

UN Global Perspective: focus on UN Secretary-General, disaster reduction and Haiti

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"Human dignity" to be the "core of our common work" says Guterres The former Portuguese Prime Minister  António Guterres has been officially appointed Secretary-General-Designate of the United Nations and has promised to put "human dignity" at the core of his work. He told the General Assembly that he accepted the job with "gratitude and humility" [...]

13 Oct 2016 | Posted in UN Global Perspective | Read More »

UN and Africa: focus on South Sudan, CAR and partnerships for peace

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"Extreme concern" over increased armed conflict in South Sudan "Extreme concern" has been expressed by the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) over increased reports of violence and armed conflict in various parts of the country. The Mission reported heavy artillery and gunfire in Leer town between government and opposition forces which led to numerous [...]

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UN Daily News 13 October 2016

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Listen to a bulletin of news and features from United Nations Radio, with Matthew Wells and Jocelyne Sambira. In today's programme: the new Secretary-General-elect promises to put human dignity at the core of his and the UN's work… António Guterres said he was accepting the top job with "gratitude and humility." And; earthquakes and tsunamis may be [...]

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UN Gender Focus: International Day of the Girl Child

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Disparity in household chores shows need for more investment in girls: UNICEF Girls worldwide collectively spend more than 550 million hours each day cooking, cleaning, taking care of younger siblings and performing other unpaid household chores. The finding comes in a UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) report, which shows how gender disparity in domestic work starts [...]

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"Human dignity" to be the "core of our common work" says Guterres

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The former Portuguese Prime Minister,António  Guterres, was officially appointed Secretary-General-Designate of the United Nations on Thursday and promised to put "human dignity" at the core of his work. He told the General Assembly that he accepted the job with "gratitude and humility" and promised to put gender-equality at the centre of his five-year term in [...]

13 Oct 2016 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

News in Brief 13 October 2016 (AM)

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  King of Thailand praised as "unifying national leader" following his death King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand who died on Thursday has been praised by the UN Secretary-General for his "long dedication to his country and his legacy as a unifying national leader." The 88-year old King was head of state for seven decades and [...]

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TB threat "bigger than previously thought", says WHO

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Tuberculosis is a far bigger threat to life than previously thought and the global effort to beat it is "dismal", UN health experts have announced. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), countries need to act much faster on prevention, detection and treatment of the disease, which killed 1.8 million people last year. Global goals [...]

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UN Envoy de Mistura pushes for aid access ahead of US-Russia talks on Syria

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"Intensive" efforts are being led by UN Syria negotiator Staffan de Mistura to stop the fighting in Syria and push for humanitarian aid access ahead of his meeting with Russia's Sergey Lavrov and John Kerry from the US at the weekend. That's the message from Ramzy Ezzeldin Ramzy, Deputy Special Envoy for Syria, who was [...]

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Earthquakes, tsunamis are "biggest killers" but mask climate threat

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Of all the natural disasters that can befall nations, earthquakes and tsunamis are the biggest killers, the UN has said. In a new report, the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) also warns that climate-related deaths linked to events such as storms and heatwaves are the next most dangerous threat. The findings coincide with [...]

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

Seed distributions help drought-hit Ethiopia farmers "bounce back"

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A seed distribution campaign has helped Ethiopian farmers "bounce back" following a severe drought caused by the El Niño weather phenomenon, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has said. According to the agency, more than 32,000 tonnes of seed have been doled out to 1.7 million households who do not have access to enough nutritious [...]

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

Uncontrollable "hypertourism" changing Venice and other cities

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Hordes of visitors and the ease of arranging home rentals via the Internet are turning one of the world's most famous cities into a "tourist village," according to a senior official with the UN cultural agency. Francesco Bandarin is urging authorities in Venice, Italy, and in other cities, to think about the long-term impacts of [...]

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Securing road access for humanitarian convoys part of UN response in Haiti

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A convoy loaded with food, non-food items and a "massive" water purification system left Haiti's capital on Wednesday for some of the areas hit by Hurricane Matthew. It's part of UN efforts to support the country as it emerges from the category 4 storm that hit a week ago, killing upwards of 400 people and [...]

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

News in Brief 12 October 2016 (PM)

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  Afghanistan: Attacks on two mosques in two days "truly abhorrent" At least 10 people have been killed and nearly 40 injured in an explosion at a mosque in Afghanistan on Wednesday, the second such incident in 24 hours. The UN representative in the country, Tadamichi Yamamoto, called the attacks "truly abhorrent." Wednesday's blast occurred [...]

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Burundi: Human Rights office hopes suspension decision will be reversed

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It is crucial that Burundi and the United Nations continue dialogue on key human rights issues. That's according to the UN human rights office which is "deeply concerned" by the government's decision to suspend cooperation with its branch in the country. Dianne Penn reports. Burundi's government announced on Tuesday that it had suspended "all cooperation [...]

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

Ban welcomes formal talks between Colombia and ELN rebel group

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Colombia is set to begin formal negotiations on 27 October in Havana, Cuba, with the country's second-largest rebel group, the National Liberation Army or ELN, the UN has confirmed. The announcement comes after two years of exploratory negotiations between the left-wing rebel group and the Government. It also follows the rejection in a vote by [...]

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"Extreme concern" over increased armed conflict in South Sudan

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"Extreme concern" has been expressed by the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) over increased reports of violence and armed conflict in various parts of the country. The Mission reported heavy artillery and gunfire in Leer town between government and opposition forces which led to numerous deaths and the displacement of the civilian population. There [...]

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UN Daily News 12 October 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: heavy fighting breaks out across parts of South Sudan with "numerous deaths" reported in the town of Leer…We'll have the latest. And, we'll hear how Africa's made a huge step forward in infrastructural development.. [...]

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News in Brief 12 October 2016 (AM)

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  Afghan mosque attack an "atrocity" A deadly attack on a mosque in Afghanistan's capital, Kabul, has been labelled an "atrocity" by the UN mission in the country, UNAMA. At least 18 people, including four women and two children, were killed in the incident which took place on Tuesday night. Fifty others were injured. They [...]

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Extent of hurricane damage in Haiti "is massive": UNICEF

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The extent of the damage due to Hurricane Matthew across Haiti is "massive", according to UN staff who are working in the hardest hit areas. Najwa Mekki of the UN Children's Fund, UNICEF, said that it would likely take "years and years" for the affected populations of the Caribbean island to recover. She was speaking [...]

12 Oct 2016 | Posted in Caribbean News, Today's Features | Read More »

Cut labour costs to boost jobs in Eastern Europe, Central Asia: UNDP

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A third of all workers in Eastern Europe, Turkey and Central Asia, or 37 million people, are employed in the informal sector or in "vulnerable" jobs. That's according to Progress at Risk, a report by the UN Development Programme (UNDP), which calls for labour taxes to be cut in order to encourage more secure formal [...]

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People are happiest at the "ends of their lives" anti-ageism author says

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People are happiest at the beginning and ends of their lives and older people enjoy better mental health than the young and middle-aged. That's what a best-selling American author and blogger on ageism- the discrimination or prejudice against older people- discovered. The World Health Organization (WHO) says that negative or ageist attitudes towards older people [...]

12 Oct 2016 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

Africa has made "huge step forward" in developing its infrastructure

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Africa has made a "huge step forward" in developing its infrastructure from building roads to power grids, according to the CEO of the New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD). Ibrahim Mayaki made the remarks on the margins of a high-level event at UN headquarters informally known as "Africa Week". The continent needs more than US$93 [...]

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"Vigorous support" needed in Haiti to ensure elections take place

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"Vigorous support" is needed in Haiti to ensure that credible elections take place after they were delayed due to a hurricane, the UN's senior representative in the country has said. Hurricane Matthew struck the Caribbean island last week destroying whole villages and killing almost 400 people. Daniel Dickinson reports. Haiti's presidential election was due to [...]

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

News in Brief 11 October 2016 (PM)

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  Fighting reported in Leer, South Sudan Sustained small arms fire as well mortar explosions and tank fire has been reported by the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) around Leer town in the north of the country. The Mission said Government and opposition forces were reportedly fighting each other over the weekend. The almost [...]

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Polio risk in Lake Chad region is real, says UNICEF

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The risk of a polio outbreak spreading in the Lake Chad region of Africa is real, the UN Children's Fund  UNICEF said Tuesday. The disease resurfaced in Nigeria in August and now the agency is aiming to vaccinate 41 million people in the north-east of the country, as well as in neighbouring Chad, Cameroon and [...]

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"Gearing up partnerships" essential to African peace and stability

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Strengthening and "gearing up" partnerships is essential for Africa's peace and stability, according to the UN's Special Advisor on the continent, addressing a High-Level event at UN Headquarters in New York on Tuesday. Maged Abdelaziz said that there could be no development without peace, nor peace without development, and that ambitious goals could not be [...]

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UN Daily News 11 October 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, there's little chance of peaceful elections at present in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the UN's top official there tells us. And, Africa's peace and stability needs closer partnerships to end war and [...]

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Taxing sugary drinks “could save lives and fight obesity”

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Increasing the cost of sugary drinks and taxing them more could have massive health benefits for millions of people, the World Health Organization (WHO) said Tuesday. Announcing the recommendation on World Obesity Day, the UN health agency detailed findings showing how price increases can go hand-in-hand with a drop in consumption. Latest figures show that [...]

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News in Brief 11 October 2016 (AM) – Geneva

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One million cholera vaccines ready to tackle Haiti cholera spike One million doses of cholera vaccine are to be sent to Haiti in the aftermath of the devastation left by Hurricane Matthew, UN health experts said Tuesday. The disease has claimed more than 9,000 lives since 2010. The World Health Organization (WHO) is concerned that [...]

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Ninth UN Secretary-General due to be formally appointed

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The former Prime Minister of Portugal, António Guterres, is due to be formally appointed as the next United Nations Secretary-General on Thursday. He will take up the post on January 1st, 2017 and will replace the current UN chief Ban Ki-moon who has served the organization for the past 10 years. Daniel Dickinson reports António [...]

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

"Mood" in DRC not conducive to peaceful election process: UN envoy

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The prevailing "mood" in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) does not allow for a "genuine dialogue' and a peaceful election process, the UN special envoy in the country has said. Maman Sambo Sidikou, who is also the head of the UN Mission there, made the remarks as the Security Council prepared to discuss [...]

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Development "opportunities" in times of crisis in South Sudan

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Development projects can still thrive in South Sudan despite the almost three-year long civil conflict there and the ensuing humanitarian crisis, according to the UN. The international community has been focussing on the response to the crisis which began in December 2013, but it has also launched a plan which it's hoped will help to [...]

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Young Indian displays girl power, fighting against trafficking

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An 18-year old Indian woman who was trafficked as a child says her personal experience motivated her to fight for the rights of other young girls. Anoyara Khatun from a village in West Bengal, India recently spoke about her advocacy work at the UN in New York. According to the UN Office on Drugs and [...]

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Improved data collection key to solving gender issues

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Improved data collection on issues girls face across the world, can provide a better understanding of their lives and help to solve their problems according to the UN Population Fund (UNFPA). The data can be used to further gender equality and empower women, a key focus of the sustainable development goals or SDGs. On International [...]

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South Sudan "one of worst places" to be a girl child

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South Sudan is one of the worst countries in the world to be a girl, according to an NGO there marking the UN International Day of the Girl Child on Tuesday. Save the Children says that 52 per cent of girls are married before the age of 18, and do not enjoy the same access [...]

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Deadly attacks in South Sudan "horrific"

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

Reports of a series of deadly attacks in the South Sudanese town of Yei have been described as "horrific" by the UN mission in the country, UNMISS. According to UN agencies, some 100,000 people are trapped in Yei, which is situated in Central Equatoria state, about 150 kilometres south-west of the capital Juba. Until recently, [...]

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Disparity in household chores shows need for more investment in girls: UNICEF

A young girl carries her sibling on her back and firewood on the head. Girls always bear the burden of doing most of the house chores. Photo: UNICEF/Stephen Wandera

Girls worldwide collectively spend more than 550 million hours each day cooking, cleaning, taking care of younger siblings and performing other unpaid household chores. The finding comes in a report by the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) which shows how gender disparity in domestic work starts early. It reveals that girls aged five to 14 years [...]

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UN chief urges support for good governance efforts in Africa

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The international community needs to support African countries as they strive to improve good governance, the UN Secretary-General has said. Ban Ki-moon was speaking on Monday at the inaugural event for Africa Week at the United Nations. Dianne Penn reports. The UN chief said governance systems in Africa are improving, especially through the African Peer [...]

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News in Brief 10 October 2016 (PM)

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  Death penalty does not diminish terrorism: UN Secretary-General Capital punishment does not deter terrorism and could even attract followers to extremist groups, according to the UN Secretary-General. Ban Ki-moon's comments came in a message on the World Day against the Death Penalty, observed this Monday, 10 October. The focus this year is on terrorism-related [...]

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CAR stabilization could be undermined without international support

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Efforts to stabilize the Central African Republic could be undermined if the international community fails to maintain its commitment to the troubled country, according to the UN Peacekeeping chief. A three-year long political crisis in CAR as it's known has resulted in a violent conflict that has affected nearly the whole country. It's left some [...]

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UN Daily News 10 October 2016

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Deadly hurricane shows need to step up Haiti cholera efforts: UN chief

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Devastation caused by Hurricane Matthew in Haiti has made it even more vital to step up efforts to address cholera in the country, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told journalists in New York on Monday. UN personnel were accused of being responsible for a cholera outbreak which has resulted in more than 9,000 deaths and affected [...]

10 Oct 2016 | Posted in Caribbean News, Today's News | Read More »

News in Brief 10 October 2016 (AM)

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  Human Rights chief condemns "outrageous" Yemen funeral attack "Outrageous attacks" in Yemen, such as airstrikes that killed at least 140 mourners at a funeral this weekend, cannot be allowed to continue, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights has said. Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein on Monday reiterated his call for an independent international inquiry [...]

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Violence against women "significant challenge" in Pacific region

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Violence against women and gender inequality are "significant" challenges for the Pacific region, the UN human rights office, OHCHR, has said. OHCHR has been working with the authorities of nations across the Pacific to ensure that the rights of individuals, especially women, are upheld at all times. The Pacific has some of the highest rates [...]

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World Mental Health Day highlights psychological first aid in crises

A mobile mental health team treats patients living in makeshift shelters in Chapagaun, Nepal, just outside the capital Kathmandu. Photo: WHO/A. Bhatiasevi

Approximately one in 10 people worldwide suffered from a mental disorder over the past year, the World Health Organization (WHO) has reported. Supporting those going through this ordeal is the goal of World Mental Health Day, observed annually on 10 October. The theme this year focusses on how first-line responders such as police officers, firefighters [...]

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Shock and outrage over killing of at least 140 mourners in Yemen

The aftermath of airstrikes on the city of Sa'ada Yemen, in August 2015. Credit: OCHA / Philippe Kropf

The killing of more than 140 people in the Yemeni capital Sana'a, following airstrikes, has been condemned by the UN Secretary-General. In a statement following the attack on the large funeral ceremony on Saturday, Ban Ki-moon expressed his sincere condolences and sympathies to the families of the victims. Matthew Wells reports. The UN chief called [...]

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App connects patients to healthcare in Ghana where doctors are scarce

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A new app has been developed by a young entrepreneur in Ghana, which allows patients in remote areas to "see" a doctor, over their mobile phone. At present, there is less than one doctor for every 5,000 people in the West African country. But Raindolf Owusu hopes that his BISA app will help close the [...]

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Aleppo "abandoned to its executioners," without immediate end to bombing, argues French FM

Russia exercising its veto in the UN Security Council on 8 October. Credit: UN Photo, Cia Pak

The besieged Syrian city of Aleppo will soon lie in ruins, "abandoned to its executioners", without an immediate end to bombing by the government and its allies. That's according to the French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault, addressing the UN Security Council in New York on Saturday. He spoke minutes before Russia used its veto as [...]

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"Most pessimistic estimates" on climate change overtaken in Arctic: Ban

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon addresses the Arctic Circle Assembly in Iceland. Credit: UN Photo/Rick Bajornas

Scientists' "most pessimistic estimates" on climate change are being overtaken by "events on the ground" in the Artic, the UN Secretary-General warned on Saturday. Ban Ki-moon was in the Icelandic capital, Reykjavik, addressing the Arctic Circle Assembly on the state of global warming. He said that despite two major "breakthroughs" this week on the Paris [...]

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Film focuses on impact of climate change on indigenous communities

A picture of the panel discussion displaying Martin Nesirky, Johanna Kuchling, Seth Kramer and Professor Peter Schweitzer (from left to right). Photo:UNIS Vienna

The struggle of indigenous communities in the face of climate change is the theme of The Anthropologist, a movie which was screened recently at the UN Office in Vienna. The film is told through the perspectives of the daughters of two renowned women anthropologists: the late Margaret Mead, who popularized the discipline in the United [...]

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UN blue helmets support humanitarian aid delivery in Haiti

Scene from Les Cayes, Haiti, in the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew, the category 4 storm which made landfall in the country on 4 October. UN Photo/Logan Abassi

Peacekeepers from the UN mission in Haiti, MINUSTAH, are supporting efforts to deliver humanitarian aid to scores of people affected by Hurricane Matthew. The storm barrelled through the Caribbean nation on Tuesday and the UN says more than 350,000 people require assistance while some news agencies are putting the death toll at over 800. Haiti [...]

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Global aviation industry signs "historic" deal to cut emissions

Olumuyiwa Benard. Photo: ICAO

The global aviation industry has reached a "historic" deal to cut harmful greenhouse gas emissions by 2020, a senior official with the UN's International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) has said. The deal in Montreal, Canada follows the entry into force this week of the UN-led climate change accord, known as the Paris Agreement, in which [...]

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News in Brief 07 October 2016 (PM)

Internally displaced persons in Kunduz, Afghanistan. Photo: OCHA/Mohammad Sadiq Zaheer (file photo)

  "Deep concern" for up to 10,000 displaced from Kunduz, Afghanistan Up to 10,000 people have fled fighting in the Afghan city of Kunduz in recent days, prompting the UN Humanitarian Affairs office (OCHA) to express its deep concern for the "rapidly deteriorating" situation. Taliban militants have been attempting to regain control of the strategically-important [...]

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UN Daily News 07 October 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… Communities in Haiti have been "totally destroyed" by Hurricane Matthew And, a Ugandan left on death row for 18 years says, "it's not easy to forgive"

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News in Brief 07 October 2016 (AM)

Juan Manuel Santos Calderón (right), President of Colombia, gives Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, a pen similar to the ones used to sign the Colombian Peace Agreement. The pens are made from recycled bullets and have inscriptions that read: "Bullets wrote our past. Education, our future." UN Photo/Rick Bajornas

  Peace prize for Colombian President offers "hope and encouragement" The awarding of the Nobel Peace Prize to Colombia's President "provides needed hope and encouragement" to the country at a "critical moment." That's the view of UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Friday, reacting to news that the prestigious prize has been awarded to President Juan [...]

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"Total destruction" of communities in Haiti following hurricane

A woman crosses a muddy street in downtown Port-au-Prince after Hurricane Matthew hit Haiti on 4 October 2016, bringing heavy rains and winds. Photo: UN/MINUSTAH/Logan Abassi

Some communities in the south of Haiti have been totally destroyed as a result of the hurricane which swept over the Caribbean nation on Tuesday; that's according to the UN humanitarian office, OCHA. Media reports put the number of dead due to Hurricane Matthew at up to 800 people. Around 1.2 million have been affected [...]

7 Oct 2016 | Posted in Caribbean News, Today's Features | Read More »

Creative economy a "money pot" for developing countries

Haitian Rara band. UN Photo/Logan Abassi

Music and the arts are a potential "money pot" for all countries, especially in the developing world. That's according to World Bank consultant, Patrick Kabanda, who adds that a country's cultural wealth presents a huge development opportunity, and engine for "social progress". The passionate music fan from Uganda is writing a book on the role [...]

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"Not easy to forgive" says Ugandan on death row for 18 years

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A Ugandan man who lived for more than 18 years on death row says it's "not easy to forgive", in his own words, "everybody who participated in my suffering." But that's exactly what Edward Mpagi has been able to do, taking his call for the abolition of the death penalty worldwide, all the way to [...]

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Women's access to judicial rights needs a holistic approach in Nepal

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'Lack of awareness of legal remedies, complex court procedures and financial constraints are some of the issues women face in accessing justice. This is according to a UN official from Nepal. Sudhir Bhattrai, Under Secretary, in Nepal's Ministry of Foreign Affairs spoke at an event at UN headquarters,  on developing a 'Transformational Approach' to ensure [...]

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Mali mission adopting "more robust" approach to protect civilians

Senegalese UNPOL Officers patrol the streets of Gao, Mali. Photo: MINUSMA/Marco Dormino (file photo)

Civilians caught up in fighting in northern Mali "continue to suffer" despite the best efforts of the UN Mission there (MINUSMA) to protect them. That's according to the UN Peacekeeping chief, Hervé Ladsous, briefing the Security Council on Thursday. Mr Ladsous said MINUSMA was adopting a "more robust and proactive posture" to protect civilians following [...]

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News in Brief 06 October 2016 (PM)

António Guterres, former UN High Commissioner for Refugees, addresses Member States regarding his candidacy for Secretary-General. UN Photo/Manuel Elias

    "Vision, political skills" make Guterres the right choice: UNHCR chief A combination of "vision, political skills and a deep sense of humanity" make António Guterres the right choice to lead the UN. That's according to his successor in charge of the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR), Filippo Grandi. Mr Guterres ran the agency for [...]

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UN and Africa: focus on South Sudan, Uganda and Sudan

El Ghassim Wane (standing), Assistant Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, visits PoC sites 1 and 3 as part of a 5 day assessment mission in South Sudan. Photo: UNMISS / Eric Kanalstein

Very serious challenges remain "on the ground" in South Sudan Very serious challenges remain "on the ground" in South Sudan which are preventing the United Nations from carrying out its work effectively; that's the assessment of a senior UN peacekeeping official who is currently in the African country. South Sudan is recovering from almost three [...]

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UN Global Perspective Special: António Guterres recommended as next UN Secretary-General

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Security Council nominates António Guterres as the new UN chief The former Prime Minister of Portugal António Guterres has been nominated as the next United Nations Secretary-General…in what was described as an "important show of unity" by the Security Council. A formal vote was held by acclamation behind closed doors on Thursday 6th October….it followed [...]

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UN Gender Focus: refugees, human trafficking and judicial rights

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Detainees on Pacific island "completely without hope" Migrants and refugees being held on the Pacific island of Nauru are "completely without hope" according to the regional head of the UN human rights office, OHCHR. Nauru has been operating an off-shore processing centre for the Australian government despite calls from the UN and other organizations to [...]

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UN Daily News 06 October 2016

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Listen to a bulletin of news and features from United Nations Radio, with Jocelyne Sambira and Matthew Wells. In today's programme… the former Prime Minister of Portugal Antonio Guterres has been nominated as the next United Nations Secretary-General So, what can the rest of the world expect from Mr Guterres when he becomes the world's [...]

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Security Council nominates António Guterres as the new UN chief

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The former Prime Minister of Portugal António Guterres has been nominated as  the next United Nations Secretary-General…in what was described as an "important show of unity" by the Security Council. A formal vote was held by acclamation behind closed doors. It followed an unprecedented selection process during which all 13 candidates made open presentations to [...]

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350,000 Haitians in need in aftermath of Hurricane Matthew

Brazilian Marines with the UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) clearing the road to les Cayes, Haiti, after the passage of Hurricane Matthew. Photo: UN MINUSTAH.

An estimated 350,000 Haitians will need humanitarian assistance after Hurricane Matthew tore across the Caribbean island nation, according to the UN. The head of the Humanitarian Office, OCHA, in the capital, Port-au-Prince, said weather conditions had prevented a thorough evaluation so far, but the damage had been extensive. Matthew Wells reports. According to news reports, [...]

6 Oct 2016 | Posted in Caribbean News, Today's News | Read More »

António Guterres: from refugee chief to next Secretary-General

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (right) with António Guterres. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe. (file photo)

The UN Security Council has confirmed António Guterres, a former Portuguese Prime Minister and former UN High Commissioner for Refugees, as its choice for the next UN Secretary-General. Mr Guterres has said that he put himself up for the job because it was the best way to address the immense suffering he saw in his [...]

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News in Brief 06 October 2016 (AM)

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Climate agreement entering into force is "historic moment" The entering into force of the Paris Agreement on climate change is a "historic moment for people everywhere" according to the UN's top climate official. Patricia Espinosa, who heads up the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), said that the speed at which more than 55 [...]

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"Writing on wall" for trapped Aleppo civilians, says UN negotiator

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In Aleppo, thousands of people could die and the whole city may soon be destroyed unless rebel fighters retreat from the city and Syria and Russia call a halt to their aerial bombing campaign, the UN's Staffan de Mistura said Thursday. In a direct appeal to the three parties in the more than five-year-old conflict, [...]

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New label helps "sustainable" mountain goods to standout

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A new marketing label has been launched which the UN hopes will help sustainable mountain goods to stand out from the crowd. The label will be granted to products that support "local biodiversity" and production methods that are traditional to mountain communities across the world. It's an initiative of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) [...]

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Very serious challenges remain "on the ground" in South Sudan

El Ghassim Wane (standing), Assistant Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, visits PoC sites 1 and 3 as part of a 5 day assessment mission in South Sudan. Photo: UNMISS / Eric Kanalstein

Very serious challenges remain "on the ground" in South Sudan which are preventing the United Nations from carrying out its work effectively; that's the assessment of a senior UN peacekeeping official who is currently in the African country. South Sudan is recovering from almost three years of internal conflict which has led to the deaths [...]

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Paris Agreement on climate change will enter into force next month

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (right) speaks to the media with François Hollande, President of France, following the Signing Ceremony for the Paris Agreement on Climate Change. More than 165 Member States were expected to attend the signing ceremony, including an estimated 60 Heads of States and Heads of Governments, setting an all-time record for countries signing an international agreement on a single day.UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe (file photo)

The Paris Agreement on climate change crossed "the second and final threshold" on Wednesday and will enter into force next month. The announcement was made by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, after sufficient countries ratified the agreement, representing 55 per cent of global carbon emissions. More details from Matthew Wells. Mr Ban described the momentum for [...]

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News in Brief 05 October 2016 (PM)

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (left) meets with Pope Francis at the Vatican. UN Photo/Rick Bajornas

  Sport and faith "drive social change", tolerance and peace: UN chief Sport and faith foster "fundamental values of respect and friendship" according to the UN chief Ban Ki-moon, speaking at a conference in the Vatican on Wednesday. The event, entitled "Sport at the Service of Humanity" was an initiative of the Holy See and [...]

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Closing development gaps builds resilience against climate change

Massive flooding throughout Southern Sudan has caused widespread displacement and destroyed crops and homes across the region. UN Photo/Tim McKulka (file photo)

Governments around the world are being urged to close development gaps as a means to address the negative impacts of climate change. That's among the main findings of the World Economic and Social Survey 2016 published by the UN's Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA). The report looks at building resilience and reducing the [...]

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António Guterres emerges as "clear favourite" for top UN job

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The former Portuguese Prime Minister António Guterres has emerged as the "clear favourite" for the UN's top job, the President of the UN Security Council said on Wednesday. Russia's ambassador Vitaly Churkin told reporters at UN Headquarters that Mr Guterres was the consensus candidate to become Secretary-General. A formal vote of the 15-member Council will [...]

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UN Daily News 05 October 2016

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Listen to a bulletin of news and features from United Nations Radio, with Daniel Dickinson and Matthew Wells.

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Keep Afghanistan on path towards stability, UN chief urges donors

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon speaks to journalists on his arrival at the venue for the Brussels Conference on Afghanistan. UN Photo/Rick Bajornas

Afghanistan needs to be kept on the path towards stability, accountability and greater self-reliance, the UN Secretary-General has said. Ban Ki-moon made the remarks in Brussels where an international conference aimed at raising development aid for Afghanistan up until 2020 is taking place. Daniel Dickinson reports. Duration: 2’34″

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"Increased investment and trust" in UN needed to "deliver"

An all-female Formed Police Unit from Bangladesh, serving with the UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti, arrives in Port-au-Prince to assist with post-earthquake reconstruction. UN Photo/Marco Dormino

An "increased investment and trust" on the part of Member States is needed for the UN to "continue to deliver". That's according to Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, in his final submission on the work of the Organization, as he steps down after ten years in the top job. Priyanka Shankar has more. The UN chief said [...]

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News in Brief 05 October 2016 (AM)

Displaced children residing at a United Nations transit site in Juba attend makeshift classes. UN Photo/Isaac Billy

Nearly 69 million new teachers needed to reach 2030 goals Close to 69 million new teachers will be needed in order to reach the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). That's the stark conclusion reached by the statistical institute of the UN's Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, UNESCO, marking World Teachers Day on 5 October. In [...]

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Ban reaffirms UN's "moral" commitment to Haiti cholera fight

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Much more needs to be done to tackle the cholera outbreak in Haiti, Ban Ki-moon has said, adding that the situation is one he regrets as Secretary-General of the United Nations. Nearly 800,000 Haitians have been infected by cholera and more than 9,000 have died from it since 2010, when the country was hit by [...]

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Slavery "significant" in the seafood sector

Sorting mackerel unloaded at the Pusan fish market. UN Photo/M Guthrie

Slavery and other labour abuses are at a "significant" level in the seafood sector, according to the UN's Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). Seafood industry representatives, fish workers' unions, government representatives and international organizations such as FAO have been meeting in Spain to discuss, amongst other issues, how best to ensure that employees are not [...]

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Labour rights a must for future US-Africa trade deals

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Future trade agreements between the US and Sub-Saharan African countries could become a "powerful" tool to enforce labour standards, a senior UN official has said. The International Labour Organization's Assistant Director-General and Regional Director for Africa, Aeneas Chuma recently attended a forum on trade and economic cooperation between the two blocs. The African Growth and [...]

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"Faint" voices of migrants "need to be heard more" in the UN

This photo from November 2014 shows IOM providing transportation assistance in South Sudan, moving vulnerable refugees on a UNHCR helicopter. Photo: IOM

The "faint" voices of migrants will be heard much more loudly "in UN circles" thanks to the inclusion of the International Organization for Migration (IOM). That's the hope and belief of the IOM's Director-General, William Lacy Swing, speaking shortly after the official ceremony at UN Headquarters in New York, welcoming the agency into the system. [...]

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Individual responsibility for SDGs key message to take back to Guyana

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The individual responsibility of all people to make the Sustainable Development Goals or SDGs a reality is the key message a young journalist will be taking from the UN back home to Guyana. The SDGs will frame global development plans over the next 15 years. Kurt Campbell a reporter for the Guyana-based News Source organization [...]

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News in Brief 04 October 2016 (PM)

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Attacks on Mali mission condemned by Secretary General Two UN Peacekeepers from Chad have been killed and 4 others severely injured, in a series of attacks against the UN Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA). UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon condemned the attacks, calling them "war crimes under international law." The UN chief called for "swift action" [...]

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"We need to do more" says UN relief chief in Yemen

Stephen O'Brien, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator (left), during a visit to Al Hudaydah hospital in Yemen. Photo: OCHA Yemen

The international community "must do more to deliver" life-saving humanitarian aid to Yemeni civilians, especially when it comes to the shattered health care system, said the UN relief chief on Tuesday. Emergency Relief Coordinator Stephen O'Brien was speaking at the end of a three-day visit to the country where four of out five people are [...]

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Sudan encouraged to cooperate with chemical weapons body

Hervé Ladsous, Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping, briefs the Security Council on the situation in Darfur, Sudan.UN Photo/Evan Schneider

A report on alleged chemical weapons use in the Darfur region of Sudan underscores the need to bring an end to the ongoing conflict there, the head of UN Peacekeeping told the Security Council on Tuesday. Hervé Ladsous was referring to an investigation released last week by Amnesty International which found that "at least 30 [...]

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UN Daily News 04 October 2016

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Listen to a bulletin of news and features from United Nations Radio, with Dianne Penn and Matthew Wells. In today's programme… Sudan encouraged to cooperate with chemical weapons body And, a report explains why children make up "the worst of the worst-off" in the world

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Emergency mobilization underway in Haiti as hurricane hits

Port-au-Prince, Haiti. UN Photo/Logan Abassi

An emergency response to support people affected by the landfall of Hurricane Matthew in Haiti is underway, the UN's food agency has confirmed. The hurricane, which according to media reports is the strongest to hit the Caribbean region in nearly a decade, moved over the south-west coast of Haiti on Tuesday morning bringing high winds, [...]

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European parliament "underscores" climate commitment: UN chief

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon meets with Martin Schulz, President of the European Parliament, in Strasbourg, France. UN Photo/Rick Bajornas

European parliamentarians have "underscored their commitment" to fight climate change by backing the ratification of the Paris Agreement, UN chief Ban Ki-moon said on Tuesday. The Secretary-General made a special trip to the European Parliament, in Strasbourg, France, in order to urge Member States of the European Union (EU) to "fast track" ratification. Daniel Dickinson [...]

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Children are "the worst of the worst-off in the world"

Women and children search a garbage dump for cans to sell. UN Photo/Martine Perret

Children are "the worst of the worst-off in the world", according to new joint study carried out by UNICEF and the World Bank. Martin Evans, is the UN Children's Fund's senior advisor on poverty, and he says they are twice as likely to be "extremely poor" when compared to adults. The report follows on from [...]

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News in Brief 04 October 2016 (AM) – Geneva

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Hurricane Matthew's impact on Haiti could be "catastrophic" The impact of Hurricane Matthew could be "catastrophic" on Haiti and its neighbours, the UN said Tuesday. Issuing the warning, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) reported wind speeds at the centre of the storm in excess of 230 kilometres per hour. The agency's Clare Nullis also said [...]

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Afghanistan expected to receive development aid until 2020

The Secretary-General's Special Representative for Afghanistan, Tadamichi Yamamoto. UN Photo/Laura Jarriel

The international community is expected to continue providing Afghanistan with up to US$ 2 billion in development aid for the next four years, the UN special envoy to the country has said. A major conference got underway in Brussels on Tuesday, hosted by Afghanistan and the European Union, to secure continued support for the country's [...]

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Detainees on Pacific island "completely without hope"

Chitra Massey (centre). Photo: UNIC Canberra

Migrants and refugees being held on the Pacific island of Nauru are "completely without hope" according to the regional head of the UN human rights office, OHCHR. Nauru has been operating an off-shore processing centre for the Australian government despite calls from the UN and other organizations to shut it down. A vast majority of [...]

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News in Brief 03 October 2016 (PM)

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Killing of 19 Afghan civilians on the road condemned by UN The killing of 19 Afghan civilians in two separate incidents which involved improvised explosive devices, or IEDs, has been condemned by the UN Mission in the country, UNAMA. The civilian vehicles detonated the IEDs in Helmand and Badghis provinces a few days ago. Here's [...]

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Climate change taking "largest toll" on the world's poor

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Climate change is taking its "largest toll" on the world's poor, and "further aggravates" existing inequalities according to a senior UN official working on economic development. Lenni Montiel was speaking at the launch of the World Economic and Social Survey 2016. Matthew Wells reports. The report, entitled Climate Change Resilience – an Opportunity for Reducing [...]

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UN Daily News 03 October 2016

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Listen to a bulletin of news and features from United Nations Radio, with Jocelyne Sambira and Matthew Wells. In today's programme… the Syria crisis is a "perfect storm" which only a politically negotiated settlement can resolve, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in Geneva; And, the World Health Organization has delivered much needed medical supplies to [...]

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UN needs ability to "see around corner"

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The United Nations needs to be able to "see around the corner" and prepare for the many challenges it faces; that's according to the latest candidate to be put forward as the new Secretary-General of the organization. Kristalina Georgieva of Bulgaria becomes the 13th candidate for the role as the world's top diplomat. Daniel Dickinson [...]

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Syria crisis a "perfect storm", as UN's Ban calls for political talks

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon at a press conference he held at the Palais des Nations in Geneva. Photo: UN

The Syria crisis is a "perfect storm" which only a politically negotiated settlement can resolve, Ban Ki-moon insisted Monday. Speaking at the United Nations in Geneva, the UN chief condemned the "carnage" that has killed hundreds of thousands of people and left the country in ruins. In what could be Mr Ban's last visit to [...]

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Sustainable Development depends "in large part" on better cities: UN chief

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Reaching the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) depends "in large part" on making the world's cities "inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable". That's according to UN chief Ban Ki-moon, in a message for World Habitat Day, marked on 3 October. The Secretary-General urged governments, city planners and communities everywhere, to keep "housing at the centre" of policymaking. [...]

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Medical supplies reach Al Qamishli Kurdish area in northern Syria

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More than 11 tonnes of medical supplies have been airlifted to Al-Qamishli in northern Syria for the first time since last December, a spokesperson for the World Health Organization has said. Speaking on the line from Damascus, Tarik Jasarevic said the aid was "really helpful" for this part of Syria where accessibility to health services [...]

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News in Brief 03 October 2016 (AM)

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UN chief "encouraged" by commitment of Colombian leaders to peace Faced with the rejection of Colombia's peace deal between the government and FARC rebels, the UN Secretary-General said on Monday he was "encouraged" by the leaders' commitment to peace. In Sunday's referendum, Colombian voters narrowly rejected the landmark peace accord signed last week, with 50.2 [...]

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Travelling back in time to improve the lives of children today

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

Visitors to UN Headquarters recently had the chance to travel back in time to help create a better future for children worldwide. By using a "time machine," they demonstrated their support for The UN Children's Fund's (UNICEF) call for investment in better data on young people. The agency says without adequate child-related data, such as [...]

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"We've got to stop these guys" UN wildlife chief slams rosewood trade

John Scanlon, Secretary-General of CITES, addressing #CoP17, the largest ever World Wildlife Conference, in Johannesburg, South Africa. Credit: CITES Flickr account.

"We've got to stop" the criminals who have turned endangered rosewood into the world's most trafficked wild product. That's the urgent alarm being raised by John Scanlon, Secretary-General of CITES, The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species, which is part of the UN's environmental conservation effort. The convention is holding its largest ever conference [...]

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India ratifies Paris climate agreement on Gandhi's birthday

Screen-grab of India's permanent representative to the UN, Ambassador Syed Akbaruddin, after submitting the country's instruments of ratification of the Paris climate agreement. UN Photo/Webcast

India has formally joined the Paris climate change agreement, the country's permanent representative to the UN, has confirmed. Ambassador Syed Akbaruddin submitted India’s instrument of ratification on Sunday to coincide with Mahatma Gandhi's birthday and the International Day of Non-Violence. The Asian nation, which produces more than four per cent of global emissions, became the 62nd [...]

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"To nurture peace, we must also respect nature," UN deputy chief says

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A culture of non-violence begins with respect for one another, but it also implies respect for nature and life on Earth, the UN deputy chief has said. Jan Eliasson made the remarks on the International Day of Non-Violence observed by the UN every year on 2 October. It's also the birthday of Mahatma Gandhi who helped [...]

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"Innovative" technology helps rural education in Bangladesh

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The "innovative" use of technology is helping to boost rural education in Bangladesh according to the founder of a school who has been nominated as a UN Young Leader for the Sustainable Development Goals, or SDGs. Shougat Nazbin Khan set up H A Digital School & College in the north of the Asian country in [...]

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Volunteer orchestra looks to hit right note in front of Ban Ki-moon

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An orchestra of volunteer musicians is preparing for its biggest performance yet…in front of an audience of 4,000 people which is set to include UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. Founded and directed by professional conductor Antoine Marguier, the United Nations Orchestra will also be hoping to fulfil another mission, namely raising funds for vital humanitarian work. [...]

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

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