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Jazz Day celebrations showcase Cuba’s rich musical heritage

Listen / (Left-right) Wayne Shorter, Dhafer Youssef and Ben Williams perform on stage during the International Jazz Day 2015 Global Concert at UNESCO on April 30, 2015 in Paris, France. (Photo by Kristy Sparow/Getty Images for Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz)

An all-star concert in the Cuban capital, Havana,  is the centerpiece of this year’s celebrations for International Jazz Day on Sunday, 30 April. Legendary jazz pianist and composer Herbie Hancock, a Goodwill Ambassador with the UN cultural agency, UNESCO, and Cuban pianist and composer Chucho Valdés, are among the artists from across the globe who [...]

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UNHCR airlifts emergency relief items for DRC refugees in Angola

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A plane loaded with relief items landed in Angola on Sunday to assist more than 11,000 people who have fled recent violence in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). That information comes from the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) which is supporting the arrivals from the Kasai region. The aircraft, which landed from Dubai, carried [...]

30 Apr 2017 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

UN urges South Sudan parties to cease hostilities after recent offensive

Listen / Continuous fighting around the Jonglei State capital Bor has driven an estimated 136,000 South Sudanese civilians across the River Nile into Awerial County in Lakes State. Photo: UNMISS/Wade Mageng

Warring parties in South Sudan are being urged to cease hostilities and to uphold their responsibility to protect civilians. The appeal was made by the United Nations in a statement issued on Saturday in the wake of a recent government offensive in the Upper Nile region which forced 25,000 to flee their homes. South Sudan [...]

29 Apr 2017 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Tensions in Western Sahara's Guergerat area should not erupt anew: UN chief

Listen / Peacekeepers with the UN Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara (MINURSO) consult a map as they drive through vast desert areas in Smara, Western Sahara. UN Photo/Martine Perret

The UN chief has urged the global community to ensure tensions do not erupt again in the Guergerat area in Western Sahara. The territory is located on the north-west coast of Africa and is bordered by Morocco, Mauritania and Algeria. For 16 years, the Frente Polisario independence movement fought Morocco for control of Western Sahara [...]

28 Apr 2017 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

News in brief 28 April (PM)

Listen / A displaced Malian woman prepares dinner for her family in the capital, Bamako. Photo: UNHCR/H. Caux

 UN official draws attention to "complex emergency" in Mali A senior UN official is drawing attention to the complex emergency in Mali and the deteriorating humanitarian situation resulting from the conflict, following a three-day visit to the country. John Ging, the Director of Operations for the Office of the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), warned [...]

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Better data "will help save lives" at work: ILO chief

Listen / A construction worker cuts through a steel beam at a construction site in Luang Prabang, northern Lao People's Democratic Republic. Photo: ILO/Adri Berger

More accurate data will help save lives at work and help countries to fulfil their commitments to meet the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals. That's the view of Guy Ryder, Director-General of the International Labour Organization (ILO) in a message to mark the World Day for Safety and Health at Work. Jocelyne Sambira reports. It's estimated [...]

28 Apr 2017 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Security Council debates DPRK nuclear issue

Listen / Secretary-General António Guterres (front left) addresses the Security Council ministerial-level meeting on the nuclear weapon and ballistic missile programmes of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK). At front right is Rex W. Tillerson, United States Secretary of State and President of the Security Council for April. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

The Security Council has been discussing what the UN Secretary-General calls one of the longest standing and most serious issues facing the international community: denuclearization of the Korean peninsula. Despite being subject to sanctions for over a decade, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) continues to pursue nuclear and missile development in defiance of [...]

28 Apr 2017 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

UN Daily News Programme 28 April 2017

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Listen to a bulletin of news and features from the United Nations, with Dianne Penn and Jocelyne Sambira. In today's programme: Security Council debates the North Korea nuclear issue And: We hear how "triple discrimination" is holding back indigenous women and girls  

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UN chief alarmed at military build-up over North Korea

Listen / United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres. UN Photo/Jean-Marc Ferré (file)

The UN chief António Guterres, told the Security Council on Friday he was alarmed by "the risk" of military escalation over the Democratic People's Republic of Korea's nuclear programme. He warned against the danger of "miscalculation or misunderstanding" on the part of the international community and said tensions need to be reduced over DPRK, commonly [...]

28 Apr 2017 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

News in brief 28 April (AM)

Listen / Opening of the biennial high-level panel discussion on the death penalty, organized as part of the Human Rights Council's current session. 1 March 2017. UN Photo/Jean-Marc Ferré

 Arkansas executions "deeply troubling" says UN human rights office The UN human rights office (OHCHR) says it is "deeply troubled" by the recent legalized killings of four prisoners in Arkansas in the space of eight days. The executions follow a 12 year de facto moratorium on the use of the death penalty in the state. [...]

28 Apr 2017 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

El Niño conditions "likely" to develop in second half of 2017

Listen / Farmers in Ethiopia. The Horn of Africa was one of the areas hardest hit by El Niño last year. Photo: FAO/Tamiru Legesse.

Despite the absence of El Niño weather conditions so far this year, there is a greater than 50 per cent chance they will develop later in 2017. That's the warning coming from the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) on Friday. El Niño weather patterns lead to fluctuating ocean temperatures and have a major destabilizing effect in [...]

28 Apr 2017 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

"Triple discrimination" holds back indigenous women and girls: FAO

Listen / Yon Fernandez de Larrinoa. Photo: UN News/Matthew Wells

Indigenous women and girls suffer from "triple discrimination" when it comes to their rights and well-being, according to an Advocacy Officer from the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). Yon Fernandez de Larrinoa has been at UN Headquarters in New York, taking part in an event on empowering indigenous women as part of the UN Permanent [...]

28 Apr 2017 | Posted in 16th Session of the Permanent Forum (UNPFII), 16th Session of the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues - UNPFII, Today's Features | Read More »

UN Gender Focus: Burundi terror campaign; Webby nomination and Saudi Arabia women

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News in brief 27 April (PM)

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Ishmael Beah, former child soldier, helps amplify Syria youth voices Ishmael Beah, author and former child soldier from Sierra Leone has been helping young Syrians in exile amplify their voices, the UN Children's Fund, UNICEF, said on Thursday. The UNICEF advocate for war-affected children wrapped up a three-day trip to Jordan where he helped around [...]

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UN Global Perspective: focus on Yemen, indigenous peoples and education in conflict zones

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Yemen conference "about hard cash and resources": UN Coordinator The donor conference on Tuesday which raised US$1.1 billion to bring Yemen back from the brink of famine was about "hard cash and resources" not "pledges and promises". That's according to the UN Resident Coordinator for the war-torn country, Jamie McGoldrick, who said humanitarians needed the [...]

27 Apr 2017 | Posted in UN Global Perspective | Read More »

UN Gender Focus: Yemen, indigenous women and disaster preparedness

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

Women and girls paying "heaviest price" in Yemen as famine looms: UNFPA Women and girls are "paying the heaviest" price as Yemen's humanitarian crisis deepens, increasing their vulnerability to violation and abuse. That's the view of Anjali Sen, the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) Representative in the country, who's in Geneva ahead of a High Level [...]

27 Apr 2017 | Posted in UN Gender Focus | Read More »

UN Daily News Programme 27 April 2017

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Listen to a bulletin of news and features from the United Nations, with Dianne Penn and Jocelyne Sambira. In today's programme: UN relief chief urges the Security Council to take "action today" on Syria And: A Syrian teen who was part of the first refugee team at the Olympics is now a Goodwill Ambassador for [...]

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Security Council: UN relief chief urges "action today" on Syria

Listen / Families evacuated from East Ghouta, Syria, congregate in the courtyard of the Dahit Qudsayya collective shelter for basic aid. Photo: OCHA/Josephine Guerrero

The UN's top humanitarian official has appealed to the Security Council to take action now on Syria. Stephen O'Brien, who addressed the 15 ambassadors on Thursday, reiterated the UN's belief that there can be no military solution to the crisis. More than 250,000 people have been killed in the Syrian conflict, now in its seventh [...]

27 Apr 2017 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

UN and Africa: focus on South Sudan and malaria vaccine

Listen / Crowded living conditions at the UN Protection of Civilians site, Malakal, South Sudan. Photo: IOM/Bannon

Ceasefire urgently needed in South Sudan, says UN special envoy Ending the hostilities in South Sudan should be the global community's "number one priority", David Shearer, the UN Special Envoy to the country said, just ahead of briefing the Security Council. South Sudan's neighbours should also be "in lockstep" when it comes to pressuring the various [...]

27 Apr 2017 | Posted in UN and Africa | Read More »

Around the globe, #WomeninTech showcase their skills

Listen / Women learning to code at a technology centre in Herat, western Afghanistan. Photo: UNAMA/Fraidoon Poya

Young women and girls around the globe showed off their tech skills on Thursday to celebrate International Girls in ICT Day. The day is organized every year by the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) to turn the spotlight on women working in the field of Information and Communications Technology or ICT. It also seeks to encourage [...]

27 Apr 2017 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

News in brief 27 April (AM)

Listen / Samar Khel camp, near Jalalabad, where Afghans displaced by war have taken shelter Photo: Bilal Sarwary/IRIN

  More than 2,000 Afghan civilians killed or injured in first quarter of 2017 A total of 2,181 Afghan civilians were killed or injured in the first quarter of this year, according to the latest data from the UN Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA). That represents a four per cent decrease compared with 2016, but the [...]

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Matt Damon on helping 5.5 million access water: World Bank

Listen / Jim Yong Kim (left) and Matt Damon. Photo: Screengrab from World Bank video.

Hollywood star Matt Damon's been telling the World Bank how a simple loan scheme has allowed around 5.5 million people to access affordable water. Mr Damon was speaking at a World Bank event on Sanitation and Water for All; part of the Spring Meetings in Washington, DC, held in conjunction with the International Monetary Fund. [...]

27 Apr 2017 | Posted in Celebrity Partners, Today's Features | Read More »

Information is power for indigenous women of the Americas

Listen / NOTIMIA members Guadalupe Martinez from Mexico and Nidia Bustillos Rodriguez from Bolivia. Photo: UN News/D. Penn

Indigenous women from the Americas are creating their own media to tell their stories and preserve the traditional knowledge of their people. That's according to Nidia Bustillos Rodriguez, a representative of NOTIMIA, a news agency created by women journalists of indigenous or African descent from Mexico, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Bolivia and Brazil. Thirteen members of the [...]

27 Apr 2017 | Posted in 16th Session of the Permanent Forum (UNPFII), 16th Session of the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues - UNPFII, Today's Features | Read More »

Fresh challenge for UNHCR's youngest Goodwill Ambassador

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She pulled refugees to safety across the Mediterranean Sea and then swam in the Rio Olympics. For her next challenge, Syrian teenager Yusra Mardini says she wants to change people's preconceptions about refugees. The 19-year-old was in Geneva on Thursday where she was named Goodwill Ambassador for the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR), the youngest appointee in [...]

27 Apr 2017 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

"100 million" African children out of school: former Tanzania President

Listen / Displaced children residing at the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) Tomping Protection of Civilians (POC) Site in Juba roast ears of corn and smile for the camera. (file) UN Photo/Isaac Billy

There are around 100 million African children out of school which is endangering the global push towards the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). That's according to the former President of Tanzania, Jakaya Kikwete, who is leading The Education Commission's push to convert its call for new ways of financing classrooms around the world, into action. [...]

27 Apr 2017 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

UN remembers victims of 1986 Chernobyl nuclear explosion

Listen / A helicopter approaches the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant to check the damage to the nuclear reactor. April 1986. UN Photo/IAEA

The United Nations commemorated the International Chernobyl Disaster Remembrance Day on Wednesday, recalling the devastating Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant explosion in 1986. Radioactive material was spewed into an area stretching 155,000 square kilometres across Belarus, Russia and Ukraine. An estimated 8.4 million people across four countries were exposed to radiation, including the 600,000 so-called "liquidators" [...]

26 Apr 2017 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

News in brief 26 April (PM)

Listen / WIPO Director General Francis Gurry called China's patent application record "extraordinary". Photo: WIPO/Emmanuel Berrod

  Innovation turns problems into progress, UN says on World IP Day Innovation is making our lives healthier, safer, and more comfortable, turning problems into progress, the UN said on World Intellectual Property Day. The Day is observed annually to learn about the role intellectual property rights or IP rights, such as patents, trademarks, industrial [...]

26 Apr 2017 | Posted in 16th Session of the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues - UNPFII | Read More »

UN-backed anti-chemical weapons treaty turns 20

Listen / Minute of silence being observed at the annual Day of Remembrance for all Victims of Chemical Warfare held at the Headquarters of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) in The Hague. 2015. Photo: OPCW

Progress made in eliminating the world's chemical weapons stockpiles is "under threat" the UN Secretary-General warned on Wednesday. António Guterres released a video-message celebrating the 20th anniversary of the entry into force of the Chemical Weapons Convention as well as the founding of the OPCW, the UN-recognized chemical weapons watchdog. In the past two decades, 95 [...]

26 Apr 2017 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

UN Daily News Programme 26 April 2017

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Listen to a bulletin of news and features from the United Nations, with Dianne Penn and Jocelyne Sambira. In today's programme: Humanitarians welcome the outcome of a donor conference for Yemen And: a Cree chief reflects on progress made since the signing of UN treaty on indigenous people's rights

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News in brief 26 April (AM)

Listen / A health worker prepares to administer a vaccine to a child at a mobile vaccination unit, in Svay Pak village, an urban poor community in Rossey Keo district, Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Photo: UNICEF/Llaurado

  UNICEF reaches almost half of world's children with life-saving vaccines The UN Children's Fund, UNICEF, has managed to immunize almost half of the world's children under-five, reaching 2.5 billion in nearly 100 countries. The figures, released during World Immunization Week, make UNICEF the largest buyer of vaccines for children in the world. The agency [...]

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Indigenous peoples have "come a long way" in past decade: Cree chief

Listen / Willie Littlechild. Photo: UN News/Jocelyne Sambira

Indigenous peoples have "come a long way" since signing the UN Declaration on their rights a decade ago and need to celebrate their achievements, a chief of the Cree nation in Canada has said. The Cree are one the largest groups of First Nations in North America. Willie Littlechild helped draft the Declaration, a statement [...]

26 Apr 2017 | Posted in 16th Session of the Permanent Forum (UNPFII), 16th Session of the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues - UNPFII, Today's Features | Read More »

Yemen conference "about hard cash and resources": UN Coordinator

Listen / Jamie McGoldrick, UN Resident Coordinator and Humanitarian Coordinator for Yemen, holds press briefing in Sana'a. (file) Photo: UN OCHA Yemen

The donor conference on Tuesday which raised US$1.1 billion to bring Yemen back from the brink of famine was about "hard cash and resources" not "pledges and promises". That's according to the UN Resident Coordinator for the war-torn country, Jamie McGoldrick, who said humanitarians needed the money "to start flowing" as soon as possible to [...]

25 Apr 2017 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

The internet is the electricity of the 21st Century: Jack Ma

Listen / Jack Ma speaking at the UN in Geneva. Photo: Daniel Johnson

The internet is as important as electricity and everyone should have access to it, the head of one of the world's biggest online companies said on Tuesday. Jack Ma, who made those comments, is the founder of digital commerce group Alibaba. He's also Special Advisor to UN trade agency UNCTAD, which is currently hosting e-Commerce [...]

25 Apr 2017 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

News in brief 25 April (PM)

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"Undernutrition", obesity costing Latin America billions: WFP The combined impact of not eating enough healthy food and obesity, also known as the "double burden of malnutrition" is costing Latin American economies billions in lost revenue, a new UN report has found. The World Food Programme (WFP) released a ground-breaking study on Tuesday, revealing that malnutrition [...]

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First pledging conference for Yemen "remarkable success": UN chief

Listen / A young boy runs with his tyre past buildings damaged by airstrikes in Sa'ada Old Town, Yemen. Up until August 2015, this area was the home of Sa'ada's oldest market with thousands of people selling vegetables, spices and fabrics in stores and street stalls. Photo: Giles Clarke/OCHA

The first ever pledging conference to try and prevent Yemen's humanitarian crisis from sliding into famine, was hailed a "remarkable success" by the UN chief on Tuesday. António Guterres said that the generosity and solidarity of contributors meant that US$1.1 billion had been promised, to help nearly 19 million in need throughout the country. Matthew [...]

25 Apr 2017 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

UN Daily News Programme 25 April 2017

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Listen to a bulletin of news and features from the United Nations, with Matthew Wells and Jocelyne Sambira. In today's programme: Yemen's conflict is "starving and crippling an entire generation" says the UN chief as an emergency pledging conference gets underway. And…ending the fighting in South Sudan should be a global priority, the head of [...]

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Progress against Afghan corruption but challenges remain: UNAMA

Listen / Special Representative for Afghanistan Tadamichi Yamamoto (left) and Abdul Basir Anwar, Afghanistan's Minister of Justice, launch new report on the country's progress in addressing corruption. Photo: UNAMA/Fardin Waezi

Corruption remains a "substantial obstacle" to Afghanistan's long-term security but progress has been made by the government. That's a key conclusion reached in the UN Mission UNAMA's report published on Tuesday entitled "Afghanistan's Fight Against Corruption: The Other Battlefield". Matthew Wells has more details. Afghan authorities have made headway in the fight against corruption, but [...]

25 Apr 2017 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Guterres launches personal appeal for Yemen

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Two-thirds of the Yemeni population are in need of emergency support and now is the time to help them, said UN Secretary-General António Guterres on Tuesday, addressing a pledging conference in Geneva. Mr Guterres said that the conflict between forces loyal to President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi and Houthi rebels had created the world's biggest hunger [...]

25 Apr 2017 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

10th anniversary of UN Indigenous Declaration marks "milestone"

Listen / Åsa Larsson-Blind. Photo: UN News/Jocelyne Sambira

The tenth anniversary of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples has reached a "milestone", the President of the Saami Council said on Monday. The Saami people belong to the indigenous peoples of Europe who live in northern Finland, Norway, Sweden and Russia's Kola Peninsula. They practice reindeer herding as a way of [...]

25 Apr 2017 | Posted in 16th Session of the Permanent Forum (UNPFII), 16th Session of the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues - UNPFII, Today's Features | Read More »

Ceasefire urgently needed in South Sudan, says UN special envoy

Listen / David Shearer. Photo: UNMISS

Ending the hostilities in South Sudan should be the global community's "number one priority", David Shearer, the UN Special Envoy to the country shared ahead of his briefing to the Security Council on Tuesday. South Sudan's neighbours should also be "in lockstep" when it comes to pressuring the various parties to the conflict to resume [...]

25 Apr 2017 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

News in brief 25 April – Geneva (AM)

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Targeted killings based on ethnicity condemned in South Sudan Concerns are growing over the ethnic nature of recent attacks on civilians in several South Sudanese towns amid reports of targeted killings and sexual violence. The world's youngest country has been split by years of civil war between SPLA forces loyal to President Salva Kiir and [...]

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Virtual tool to deliver trade boost for poorer countries

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The potential for growth in developing countries is enormous and the internet could make this a reality, UN trade agency UNCTAD, said on Tuesday. It's all thanks to a new virtual tool, the eTrade for All Online Platform, which has just launched in Geneva during eCommerce Week. Torbjorn Fredriksson explains how it works to Daniel [...]

25 Apr 2017 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

Women and girls paying "heaviest price" in Yemen as famine looms

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

Women and girls are "paying the heaviest" price as Yemen's humanitarian crisis deepens, increasing their vulnerability to violation and abuse. That's the view of Anjali Sen, the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) Representative in the country, who's in Geneva ahead of a High Level pledging conference on Tuesday, to try and pull Yemen back from the [...]

25 Apr 2017 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

News in Brief 24 April 2017 (PM)

Listen / Displaced children and adults in Syria are seen in a vehicle after fleeing from ISIL-controlled areas in rural Raqqa to Ain Issa, the main staging point for displaced families, some 50 kilometres north of Raqqa city. (file) Photo: UNICEF/Delil Soulaiman

Concerns mount for "safety and protection" of 400,000 in Raqqa, Syria Concerns are mounting for the "safety and protection" of more than 400,000 civilians living inside the city of Raqqa, in Syria, which has been the de facto capital of the ISIL terrorist group since 2014. The UN said on Monday that in past weeks, [...]

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"Far more needs to be done" to promote rights and access for indigenous

Listen / Durga Prasad Bhattarai. UN Photo/Evan Schneider

"Far more needs to be done" to make the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples a reality, and involve them in decision-making, said the President of the UN General Assembly on Monday. That call marked the beginning of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Peoples, at UN Headquarters, which runs through until 5 [...]

24 Apr 2017 | Posted in 16th Session of the Permanent Forum (UNPFII), Today's News | Read More »

Putting a smile on the face of war-torn South Sudan

Listen / Comedy for Peace event in Juba. Photo: UNMISS

South Sudan has not had much to laugh about over the last three-and-a-half years of brutal conflict but the UN mission, UNMISS, has been making an effort to put some smiles back onto the faces of people in the war-torn country. The Comedy for Peace event in the capital, Juba, brought together hundreds of people [...]

24 Apr 2017 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

UN Daily News Programme 24 April 2017

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  Listen to a bulletin of news and features from the United Nations, with Matthew Wells and Jocelyne Sambira. In today's programme: with 25 million children out of school in conflict zones, we hear from the young woman dubbed the "Malala of Syria"… And Putting a smile on the face of war-torn Sudan

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Malaria jab "could save tens of thousands of lives"

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Children in Ghana, Kenya and Malawi are set to receive the world's first malaria vaccine, UN health experts have announced. According to the World Health Organization (WHO) around 430,000 people died of the illness in 2015, the majority of them African youngsters. The new jab will be given to children from mid-2018, as WHO Senior [...]

24 Apr 2017 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

"Malala of Syria" highlights impact of conflict on education in Chad

Listen / Muzoon Almellehan (right) meets Nigeria refugee girls at a sewing workshop in Daresalam refugee camp, Lake Region, Chad. Photo: UNICEF

A 19-year-old refugee and activist, dubbed the "Malala of Syria", has been hearing for herself how Boko Haram terrorists in Chad have disrupted education for a whole generation of young students. Muzoon Almellehan, whose escape from horrific violence in her homeland has led many to compare her with the UN Messenger of Peace, Malala Yousafzai, [...]

24 Apr 2017 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

News in Brief 24 April 2017 (AM)

Listen / A child suffering from acute malnutrition being screened by a doctor, in Bani Al-Harith, Sana'a, Yemen. Photo: UNICEF.

    20 million people could starve to death in the next six months: FAO Urgent action is needed to save the lives of people facing famine in northeastern Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan and Yemen, the Directory-General of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) warned on Monday. José Graziano da Silva made the remarks at [...]

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25 million children missing out on school in conflict zones: UN

Listen / Students leave Yakoua school following classes in Bol, Lake Region, Chad, Thursday 20 April 2017. There are 500 displaced children attending the school of 800 students and only eight teachers, causing strain on an already weak education system in Chad. © UNICEF/Sokhin

More than 25 million children between 6 and 15 years old are missing out on school in conflict zones across 22 countries, a new report by the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) has found. The agency works in conflict-affected countries to get children back into a learning environment. It provides so-called "catch-up education" and informal learning [...]

24 Apr 2017 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Malaria jab trial "could save tens of thousands of lives"

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The world's first malaria vaccine is to be trialled on children in three African countries: Ghana, Kenya and Malawi. Announced by the World Health Organization (WHO) on Monday, the jab provides protection from the most deadly form of the disease. Around 430,000 people died of malaria in 2015, the majority of them youngsters in Africa. [...]

24 Apr 2017 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

UN, World Bank agree to build resilience, sustain peace in conflict areas

Listen / A young boy suffering from malnutrition is held by his mother at a UNICEF-supported Outpatient Therapeutic Program (OTP) in Baidoa, Somalia. Photo: UNICEF/Mackenzie Knowles-Coursin

The United Nations and World Bank have agreed to build resilience and sustain peace in conflict areas, the two institutions announced on Saturday. UN Secretary-General António Guterres and World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim released a joint statement confirming the news. The UN chief has been attending the World Bank and IMF or International [...]

23 Apr 2017 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Our well-being as humans depends on Earth's well-being: UN official

Listen / A woman with an umbrella walks in the rain in a field. To the left is a rainbow. Photo: WMO

Human beings are too self-interested in their relationship with nature, because of their failure to understand they are part of the natural world, Wu Hongbo, the Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs has said. He made the remarks during an interactive dialogue to commemorate International Mother Earth Day, entitled "Harmony with Nature". The theme of [...]

22 Apr 2017 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Women "more vulnerable" to disaster impact, with exceptions

Listen / Jacinda Fairholm (left) and Virginia Clerveaux. UN Photo/Matt Wells

Women continue to be "more vulnerable" to the impacts of disaster, but in some countries its men who are more of a concern. That was one of the surprising perspectives to emerge from a discussion on the empowerment of women and girls, which took place at the recent Fifth Regional Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction [...]

22 Apr 2017 | Posted in Caribbean News, Today's Features | Read More »

"Fragility" of societies, institutions, key to many conflicts: UN chief

Listen / Secretary-General António Guterres (second from right) addresses the Financing for Peace event at the World Bank's Spring Meeting. Also pictured from right to left are the President of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, and the President of the World Bank, Jim Yong Kim. Photo: World Bank/ Grant Ellis

Fragility is the key element of "practically all" of the protracted conflicts going on in the world today, said the UN Secretary-General at the opening of the Spring Meetings of the World Bank on Friday. António Guterres took part in an event entitled, Financing for Peace: Innovations to Tackle Fragility, and said that partnerships and [...]

21 Apr 2017 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

News in Brief 21 April 2017 (PM)

Listen / Risking their lives to reach Europe from North Africa, a boatload of people, some of them likely in need of international protection, are rescued in the Mediterranean Sea by the Italian Navy. Photo: UNHCR/A. D'Amato

  More than 150 child deaths already this year on Africa-Italy route More than 150 children have died crossing the Central Mediterranean from North Africa to Italy so far this year, according to the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) estimates. However, the agency believes that the true number of casualties is higher, given that many of [...]

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UN Daily News Programme 21 April 2017

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Listen to a bulletin of news and features from the United Nations, with Matthew Wells and Jocelyne Sambira. In today’s programme: thousands of children have fled to Angola from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, often to avoid forced recruitment by militias; and the UN Children’s Fund in Yemen tells us the suffering of young [...]

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DRC children sent to Angola "to avoid militia recruitment"

Listen / Returned persons from Kasala village, Kasai Province, awaiting food distribution by the NGO COPROMOR and Christian Aid. Photo: Joseph Mankamba/OCHA-DRC

Thousands of children have fled a spike in violence in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) in recent weeks and sought refuge in neighbouring Angola to avoid recruitment by militia, the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) said on Friday. Many of the children are sick and in need of urgent assistance, UNHCR says, amid ongoing [...]

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Suffering of Yemen's children "invisible” to the world: UNICEF

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The suffering of millions of children across Yemen has become "invisible to the rest of the world" according to UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) representative in the war-ravaged country. Merixtell Relaño said the impact of the fighting between coalition-backed government forces and so-called Houthi rebels, on children and families, has been "catastrophic". The conflict has fuelled [...]

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News in Brief 21 April 2017 (AM) – Geneva

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  325 million people suffer from hepatitis B and C More than 325 million people are infected with hepatitis B or C virus, which can seriously damage the liver, and most sufferers do not get the life-saving help they need, UN health experts said on Friday. Here's Dr Gottfried Hirnschall, Director of WHO’s Department of [...]

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Saudi women's access to workforce a "human rights issue"

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Barriers to women's full workplace participation persist in Saudi Arabia, despite UN data showing that economic growth improves with a more diverse workforce. That's what Muna AbuSulayman, founder and co-host of Kalaem Nawaem, a popular social issues program on Arab television, told Bruce Edwards of the International Monetary Fund or IMF. In 2012, a decree [...]

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Security Council demands North Korea end nuclear tests

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The Security Council has ordered the Democratic Republic of North Korea (DPRK) to stop conducting nuclear tests in order to reduce tensions in the region and beyond. Strongly condemning the 15 April ballistic-missile launch, the Council also expressed concern over the country's "highly destabilizing behaviour." DPRK, also known as North Korea, was criticized for its [...]

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News in Brief 20 April 2017 (PM)

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UN takes steps to reduce costs and use of aircraft: Guterres An initiative has been launched to reduce the cost and use of United Nations' aircraft provided by Member States, the Secretary-General announced through his Spokesman on Thursday. The Organization currently deploys 58 airplanes and 157 helicopters in 12 peacekeeping missions and 6 special political [...]

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UN chief urges Venezuela to restore dialogue with opposition

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The Government of Venezuela and the opposition are being urged by the UN Secretary-General to make a sincere effort to "reactivate dialogue" with each other. In a statement issued by his Spokesman on Thursday, António Guterres, also called on all sides to lower tensions and avoid further clashes. Jocelyne Sambira reports. The UN on Thursday [...]

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UN Daily News Programme 20 April 2017

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Listen to a bulletin of news and features from the United Nations, with Matthew Wells and Jocelyne Sambira. In today's programme: men with guns on the ground continue to prevent life-saving aid reaching desperate besieged civilians in Syria; and we'll hear about the bold new finance initiative to help 800 million children go to school, [...]

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"Perfect storm" engulfs Middle East, threatens global peace: UN official

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A "perfect storm" has engulfed the Middle East and continues to threaten international peace and security, the UN special coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process has said. Nickolay Mladenov made the remarks on Thursday during the Security Council's quarterly open debate on the situation in the region. In many countries, societies have fractured along [...]

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UN and Africa: focus on DRC, Burundi and Somalia

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New mass graves find in DRC – OHCHR's Liz Throssell Seventeen new mass graves have been found in an area of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) that's seen months of clashes between government soldiers and local militia, the UN said this week. In a call for an independent investigation, the UN Human Rights [...]

20 Apr 2017 | Posted in UN and Africa | Read More »

UN Gender Focus: Burundi terror campaign; Webby nomination and Saudi Arabia women

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Rape chants lay bare Burundi terror campaign: UN human rights chief The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights has expressed deep alarm at a widespread pattern of rallies in Burundi where members of the ruling party's youth wing chant about impregnating and killing their opponents. Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein said the organized nature of these [...]

20 Apr 2017 | Posted in UN Gender Focus | Read More »

UN Global Perspective: focus on migration, tropical diseases and refugee assistance

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World must agree a more responsible, humane way to manage migration It's time for the international community to come together to "more responsibly and humanely manage the movement of people". That's the view of the Director-General of the International Organization for Migration (IOM), William Lacy Swing. The agency has documented over 65,000 deaths of refugees [...]

20 Apr 2017 | Posted in UN Global Perspective | Read More »

News in Brief 20 April 2017 (AM)

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States struggling to keep pace with growing demand for higher education Governments are struggling to keep pace with the growing demand for higher education, a new report by the UN Cultural Agency, UNESCO, has found. The number of university level students doubled to 207 million between 2000 and 2014, the agency says. Also, there are [...]

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New water monitoring tool lets farmers "produce more with less": FAO

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A new high-tech water monitoring tool developed by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) will allow farmers to "produce more with less". That's the view of Jippe Hoogeveen, a Senior Land and Water Officer with FAO, describing how the new open-access database, which went live on Thursday, will work in practice. He said that the [...]

20 Apr 2017 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

Syria’s “men with guns” continue to block aid access

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Nearly a third less aid has reached people in Syria's besieged towns this year compared with 2016 as "men with guns"…and local power-brokers continue to obstruct deliveries, the UN said on Thursday. The information from Jan Egeland, Special Advisor to the UN, followed a scheduled meeting of the Syria humanitarian task force, in Geneva. The [...]

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Must "act now" to tackle education crisis with new financing: Gordon Brown

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A ground-breaking International Finance Facility for education is vital to ensure that half of the world's children don't miss out on the basic schooling needed to meet the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). That's the view of the UN Special Envoy for Global Education, Gordon Brown, who said on Wednesday that "education has been neglected [...]

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"Immediate and flexible resources" needed for Yemen: WFP

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"Immediate and flexible resources" are need to help nearly 19 million people in Yemen, according to the World Food Programme (WFP). WFP Country Director, Stephen Anderson, was speaking ahead of High-Level pledging conference on 25 April, which hopes to provide emergency resources to alleviate Yemen's humanitarian crisis. The event is being organized by the UN [...]

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Sarin or sarin-like substance used in Syria chemical attack

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Victims of a chemical attack in Syria earlier this month were exposed to the highly toxic nerve gas sarin or a sarin-like substance, the organization investigating the incident has concluded. More than 80 people died and 300 more were injured in the 4 April attack in Khan Shaykhoun in Idlib, located in the northwest of [...]

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News in Brief 19 April 2017 (PM)

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Millions pledged to combat Neglected Tropical Diseases More than US$800 million has been pledged to combat Neglected Tropical Diseases such as river blindness, sleeping sickness and elephantiasis. The announcement was made during a meeting in Geneva on Wednesday organized by the World Health Organization (WHO). The commitments include a four-year pledge totalling US$335 million made [...]

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UN and African Union strengthen cooperation in peace and security

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A framework signed on Wednesday will enhance cooperation between the United Nations and the African Union in the areas of peace and security. It follows a meeting in New York between UN Secretary-General António Guterres and Moussa Faki Mahamat, chairperson of the African Union (AU) Commission. Dianne Penn reports. The two leaders met at UN [...]

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UN Daily News Programme 19 April 2017

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Listen to a bulletin of news and features from the United Nations, with Matthew Wells and Dianne Penn. In today's programme:  17 mass graves are unearthed in the volatile Kasai region of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. We'll hear from the UN Human Rights Office; and it's time for a more responsible, humane approach to [...]

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News in Brief 19 April 2017 (AM)

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  Resolve Gaza energy crisis, UN Middle East official urges A senior UN official is calling for resolution of the electricity crisis in Gaza, where the sole power plant has run out of fuel. UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process Nickolay Mladenov said the social, economic and political consequences of what he [...]

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New mass graves find in DRC prompts probe call

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Seventeen new mass graves have been found in an area of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) that's seen months of clashes between government soldiers and local militia, the UN said on Wednesday. In a call for an independent investigation, the UN Human Rights Office, OHCHR, said that DRC troops were reportedly responsible, after [...]

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Neglected Tropical Disease gains mask new threat

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Huge advances have been made against many tropical diseases but growing urbanisation has created what UN health experts are calling a huge breeding ground for sickness. In its update on so-called Neglected Tropical Diseases, the World Health Organization (WHO) announced on Wednesday that one billion people were treated for at least one NTD in 2015. [...]

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Make prevention a priority, UN chief tells Security Council

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Prevention must be "a top priority" if the international community is to tackle conflict and other crises, the UN Secretary-General said on Tuesday. António Guterres was speaking during a Security Council discussion focussing on human rights and the prevention of armed conflict. Dianne Penn reports. The Secretary-General told ambassadors that human rights concerns are "intrinsic" [...]

18 Apr 2017 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

UN Women timeline earns nomination for top internet awards

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An interactive timeline chronicling the accomplishments of women over the centuries has been nominated for a Webby, the leading international award honouring excellence on the Internet. Produced by UN Women, it showcases contributions dating back hundreds of years that trailblazing women made in a wide range of fields: from art to science and literature to [...]

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World must agree a more responsible, humane way to manage migration

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It's time for the international community to come together to "more responsibly and humanely manage the movement of people". That's the view of the Director-General of the International Organization for Migration (IOM), William Lacy Swing. The agency has documented over 65,000 deaths of refugees and migrants attempting to cross the Mediterranean Sea or the Sahara [...]

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Appeal for greater support for aid workers in South Sudan

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Ongoing insecurity is making South Sudan one of the most dangerous places to be an aid worker, a senior UN official said on Tuesday. John Ging, Director of Operations for the UN humanitarian affairs office, OCHA, was speaking to journalists in New York alongside counterparts from sister UN agencies. They have recently returned from an [...]

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News in Brief 18 April 2017 (PM)

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UN human rights office welcomes "emblematic" Nepal murder conviction The conviction of three army officers in Nepal for the murder of a teenage girl during the country's decade-long conflict has been welcomed by the UN human rights office, OHCHR. A district court on Sunday sentenced the soldiers to 20 years' imprisonment for the February 2004 [...]

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UN Daily News Programme 18 April 2017

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Listen to a bulletin of news and features from the United Nations, with Matthew Wells and Dianne Penn. In today’s programme: "Grotesque rape chants" occurring at political rallies in Burundi, expose a "campaign of terror" the UN human rights chief warns; and we've a special report on the thousands forced to flee drought, in the [...]

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Sustainability is "long-term business logic": General Assembly President

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A drive towards more sustainable economic models is being "increasingly recognized" as "sound, long-term business logic." That's the confident view of UN General Assembly President Peter Thomson, speaking at a high level event on financing the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The 17 SDGs were agreed by more than 190 countries at UN Headquarters in [...]

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Rape chants lay bare Burundi terror campaign: UN human rights chief

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The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights has expressed deep alarm at a widespread pattern of rallies in Burundi where members of the ruling party's youth wing chant about impregnating and killing their opponents. Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein said the organized nature of these marches, coupled with reports of serious human rights violations, lay bare [...]

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News in Brief 18 April 2017 (AM) – Geneva

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Burundi rape chants "tip of iceberg across country" Burundi youths who attend political rallies and call for the rape and killing of women could be just the "tip of the iceberg", the UN Human Rights Office, OHCHR, has warned. Speaking in Geneva on Tuesday, OHCHR spokesperson Rupert Colville expressed alarm at what he called the [...]

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Disease, hunger forcing families to flee drought in Somalia

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Disease, hunger and drought are forcing families in southern Somalia's Bay region to leave their homes in search of help, the UN humanitarian agency, OCHA, has said. Since March 2017, more than 100,000 drought-displaced people have arrived in the region's capital, Baidoa, from neighbouring areas. Some 6.2 million people – half of the country's population [...]

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News in Brief 17 April 2017 (PM)

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  UN supporting implementation of DRC political agreement The top official at the UN mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has been meeting with political leaders to find ways to implement an agreement that paves the way for elections in the country. UN Special Representative Maman Sambo Sidikou on Sunday received a [...]

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Love and hope are what refugees need most: relief expert

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In times of stress, people cling to their faith more than a child to their blanket, so faith-based organizations have a unique role to play in assisting refugees, a religious aid expert has said. Anwar Khan is the CEO of Islamic Relief USA. He participated in a discussion at UN Headquarters on the role of [...]

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UN Daily News Programme 17 April 2017

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Listen to a bulletin of news and features from the United Nations, with Jocelyne Sambira and Dianne Penn. In today's programme: Warring parties in South Sudan are being urged to show restraint in the face of an upsurge in violence; and a new campaign in Mexico City aims to stop sexual harassment on public transportation.

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South Sudan warring parties urged to show restraint, protect civilians

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Warring parties in South Sudan are being urged by the most senior UN official in the country to show restraint in the face of an escalation in violence and to remember their responsibility towards protecting civilians from conflict. Fresh fighting has broken out between Government and opposition forces in a number of locations including Raga [...]

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News in Brief 17 April 2017 (AM)

Listen / In Mosul, Iraq, aging family members are pushed for hours through frontline fighting between the army and the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL/Da'esh), to reach safety. Photo: IRIN/Tom Westcott

Iraq: Mosul displaced approaching 500,000 Nearly half a million people have been displaced since the start of an operation six months ago to liberate the Iraqi city of Mosul from the terrorist group ISIL. UN humanitarian coordinator for the country Lise Grande issued a statement on Monday describing the volume of people fleeing the northern [...]

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Public transport campaign tackles sexual harassment

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A new campaign in Mexico City aims to combat a touchy subject: sexual harassment on public transportation. A recent national survey found that nearly 90 per cent of women feel unsafe on buses and subways. Faced with these alarming figures, UN Women, in partnership with the city government launched the campaign #NoEsDeHombres which translates as [...]

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Attack on evacuees travelling from besieged Syrian towns condemned

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An attack on evacuees leaving the Syrian towns of Foah and Kefraya on Saturday which killed dozens, has been condemned by the Spokesman for the UN Secretary-General. More details from Matthew Wells. Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesman for the Secretary General, said that the bus evacuations of people from Foah and Kefraya were being carried out in [...]

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UN Daily News Programme 14 April 2017

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Today we bring you a special programme on the designation of Malala Yousafzai this week, as the youngest -ever UN Messenger of Peace. Presenter: Lucy Dean.

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Three South Sudanese porters for WFP killed on their way to work

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Three South Sudanese porters with the World Food Programme (WFP) were killed on Monday, as they tried to make their way to work at a warehouse in the town of Wau. In a statement released on Friday, WFP said that two of the men had died of machete wounds, and the third had been shot. [...]

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News in Brief 13 April 2017 (PM)

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Use of chemical weapons in Khan Shaykhun "credible allegation" The use of chemical weapons during an attack on Khan Shaykhun in Syria on 4 April is a "credible allegation," the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) said on Thursday. An Executive Council meeting of the chemical weapons watchdog, in the Netherlands, heard that [...]

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Iraq: Western Mosul suffered extensive damage, UN study finds

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Extensive damage has occurred in the western part of the Iraqi city of Mosul, where a military operation is underway to free neighbourhoods from the terrorist group, ISIL. That's according to the most recent assessment by the UN agency working on urban development issues, UN-Habitat. The study finds that more than 1,140 housing sites have [...]

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UN Daily News Programme 13 April 2017

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Listen to a bulletin of news and features from the United Nations, with Dianne Penn and Matthew Wells. In today's programme: Agencies fear looming famine in Somalia "may destroy years of progress" And from Iraq: A report on damage to the western part of the city of Mosul  

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Security Council adopts resolution establishing new UN Mission in Haiti

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The UN Security Council unanimously adopted a new resolution on Thursday which will draw down the existing peacekeeping force in Haiti, MINUSTAH, making way for a new, smaller mission. The UN Mission for Justice Support in Haiti, known as MINUJUSTH, will take over on October 15, with a mandate to assist the government in strengthening [...]

13 Apr 2017 | Posted in Caribbean News, Today's News | Read More »

News in Brief 13 April 2017 (AM)

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More investment needed to meet SDG water and sanitation targets Countries need to increase investment in water and sanitation if the world is to meet the ambitious Sustainable Development Goals, or SDGs, by 2030. Goal 6 calls for access for all to clean water and sanitation, and yet almost two billion people today still use [...]

13 Apr 2017 | Posted in Sustainable Development Goals | Read More »

UN Global Perspective: focus on education, Iraq and sustainable energy

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Children need to know they can change the world: UN Messenger of Peace Malala The Pakistani teenager whose courageous defence of girls' education continues to inspire people worldwide has a message for young people everywhere: your voice matters. Malala Yousafzai, 19, was speaking on Monday after being appointed a UN Messenger of Peace; the youngest person [...]

13 Apr 2017 | Posted in UN Global Perspective | Read More »

UN Gender Focus: Syrian women, reproductive health and sexual harassment

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Women's participation in peace talks empower Syrians "as a whole" In order to create a "lasting peace" in Syria, women need to have a seat at the policy-making table, a peace activist from the country has said. Mariam Jalabi is Director of the Syrian National Coalition's office at UN Headquarters in New York. She took [...]

13 Apr 2017 | Posted in UN Gender Focus | Read More »

UN and Africa: focus on migrants and South Sudan

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Migrant slave market horrors revealed in Libya Migrants are being sold as a commodity in Libya by smugglers, the UN warned on Tuesday. The findings by the International Organization for Migration (IOM) follow testimonies from victims who have described being traded in garages and squares in a town in the war-torn country’s south-west. IOM Chief of Mission [...]

13 Apr 2017 | Posted in UN and Africa | Read More »

Somalia famine fears "threaten years of progress"

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Concerns are growing for millions of people in Somalia, where drought has left them struggling to survive, the UN said on Thursday. UNDP, the UN agency helping with development in the East African nation, cautioned that if drought turns to famine, recent progress in making the country more resilient to such shocks may be "eroded". [...]

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Elections "pivotal" to stability in DRC: UN Great Lakes envoy

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Political leaders in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) are being urged to implement an agreement signed last December which paves the way for elections before the end of this year. The appeal has been made by the UN envoy for the Great Lakes Region, Said Djinnit, who says the holding of peaceful democratic [...]

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Podcast: A tale of happiness, biking from India to Sweden for love

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An Indian man who cycled across eight countries to be reunited with his sweetheart in Sweden has shared his story at the United Nations. Pradyumna Kumar Mahanandia, known as PK, made the incredible journey in the mid-1970s. He and his wife Charlotte Von Schedvin, known as Lotta, have been together ever since. Their story is [...]

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Resolution condemning Syria chemical attack vetoed by Russia

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A Security Council resolution condemning the reported use of chemical weapons in the Syrian town of Khan Shaykhun, was vetoed by Russia on Wednesday. Russia was joined by Bolivia in voting against the resolution drafted by the United Kingdom, United States, and France. China, Ethiopia and Kazakhstan abstained. More details from Matthew Wells. Duration: 3’35″ [...]

12 Apr 2017 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

News in Brief 12 April 2017 (PM)

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International Day of Human Space Flight celebrates international cooperation The International Day of Human Space Flight, marked each 12 April, is an opportunity to celebrate how much humanity has achieved through cooperation. That's the view of the official UN champion for Space, former astronaut Scott Kelly, in a video message on Wednesday. The date marks [...]

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Sanitary facilities and adequate nutrition key factors in keeping girls in school

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Girls who do not have access to separate sanitary facilities or enough to eat are more likely to drop out of school, and in displaced communities, the problem is exacerbated. That's according to Leila Pakkala, Regional Director for Eastern and Southern Africa at the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF). She was speaking at a joint press [...]

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UN Daily News Programme 12 April 2017

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Listen to a bulletin of news and features from the United Nations, with Dianne Penn and Matthew Wells. In today's programme: A rise in the use of child suicide bombers masks extent of the crisis in Africa's Lake Chad region, UNICEF warns And…a new emergency operation in Yemen seeks to feed millions on brink of [...]

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UN envoy calls for consensus on Syria

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The stakes are high in Syria and now is the time to support the UN-led process aimed at ending six years of conflict, the organization's envoy for the war-torn country told the Security Council on Wednesday. Staffan de Mistura said "fragile progress" made during recent negotiations between the Government and opposition is now in grave [...]

12 Apr 2017 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

UN counter-terrorism strategy must adapt to "growing threat": Feltman

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The UN needs to strengthen the "coordination and coherence" of its counter-terrorism approach in order to deal with a changing and "growing threat" on the ground. That's according to the UN Political Affairs chief, Jeffrey Feltman, briefing the General Assembly on the main elements of the Secretary-General's report on strengthening the world body's response to [...]

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Boko Haram child bombers mask extent of Lake Chad crisis

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A surge in the number of child suicide bombers in the Lake Chad region may signify a change in tactics by guerrilla insurgents Boko Haram, the UN said on Wednesday. UN Children's Fund, (UNICEF) announced the development after publishing new data showing that 27 youngsters died in suicide attacks in the first three months of [...]

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News in Brief 12 April 2017 (AM)

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World trade expected to rebound this year, according to WTO forecast World trade is expected to rebound and grow during this year and next, but only if the global economy recovers as expected. That's the latest forecast from the World Trade Organization (WTO), which said on Wednesday that 2016's "tepid performance" in the volume of [...]

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New WFP operation in Yemen seeks to feed millions on brink of famine

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Emergency food operations are being scaled up in Yemen to assist up to nine million people in what the World Food Programme (WFP) describes as one of the world's worst hunger crises. Yemen is on the brink of famine and the UN agency says among those set to benefit from its new plan are more [...]

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Faced with rise in violence in South Sudan, aid alone “isn't enough”

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While humanitarian support has saved "countless" lives, ongoing fighting in South Sudan continues to make difficult the rollout of aid programmes, according to the Regional Director for Eastern and Central Africa at the World Food Programme (WFP). Valerie Guarnieri made the remarks on Tuesday during a joint press briefing with the United Nations Children's Fund [...]

12 Apr 2017 | Posted in Food Crisis, Today's Features | Read More »

Long-term UN study shows childhood cancer rates on the rise

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A new long-term study indicates that rates of childhood cancer have increased by 13 per cent over the course of two decades. The study, published on Wednesday, was coordinated by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) which is part of the World Health Organization (WHO). Matthew Wells has the details. The IARC research, [...]

11 Apr 2017 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

News in Brief 11 April 2017 (PM)

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"At least a dozen attacks" by Somali extremists in 10 days, condemned by UN "At least a dozen attacks" perpetrated by the extremist group Al-Shaabab in Somalia over the past 10 days have been condemned by the head of the UN Mission in the country (UNSOM). Michael Keating said that the attacks had caused "carnage," [...]

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World Ocean Festival will kick off major UN conference in June

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To "kick-off" a whole week of action devoted to the high seas in June at UN Headquarters, the organization will be joining forces with New York City in hosting the World Ocean Festival. Tuesday's announcement was made at a press briefing, with the President of the UN General Assembly, Peter Thomson, saying that the upcoming [...]

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Migrant slave market horrors revealed in Libya

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Migrants are being sold as a commodity in Libya by smugglers, the UN warned on Tuesday. The findings by the International Organization for Migration (IOM) follow testimonies from victims who have described being traded in garages and squares in a town in the war-torn country's south-west. IOM Chief of Mission in Libya, Othman Belbeisi, tells [...]

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Demonstrators attack UN convoy in Bambari town in CAR

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An official working with the UN peacekeeping mission in the Central African Republic (CAR), also known as MINUSCA, was injured on Tuesday while riding in a UN convoy headed to the village of Bornou. Demonstrators threw rocks at the vehicles, breaking several windows and wounding the UN staff member in the head. Investigations are under [...]

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UN Daily News Programme 11 April 2017

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Listen to a bulletin of news and features from the United Nations, with Jocelyne Sambira and Matthew Wells. In today's programme: The UN Mission in Haiti also known as MINUSTAH is expected to close in mid-October this year, the UN special envoy to the country has said; And … thousands of people have fled into [...]

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News in Brief 11 April 2017 – Geneva (AM)

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Starvation "an inevitability" in vast swathe of Africa and Yemen, says UNHCR Mass deaths from starvation in east Africa and Yemen are "fast becoming an inevitability" without more help from the international community, the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) said on Tuesday. The UNHCR warning covers millions of people in the Horn of Africa, north-east Nigeria [...]

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Security Council debates future of UN peacekeeping mission in Haiti

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The UN Secretary-General is recommending that the UN Mission in Haiti also known as MINUSTAH close in mid-October this year, the UN special envoy to the country said on Tuesday. Sandra Honoré made the announcement to members of the Security Council members, adding that António Guterres also called for a smaller peacekeeping operation to develop the [...]

11 Apr 2017 | Posted in Caribbean News, Today's Features | Read More »

Thousands of people flee attack in South Sudan into Uganda

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Some 6,000 people, mostly women and children, have fled into Uganda after a recent attack on Pajok town in South Sudan, the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) has confirmed. The UN received reports of fighting between Government troops and opposition fighters there last week and is trying to follow-up on reports of civilians killed in the [...]

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UN Messenger of Peace Malala says girls can change the world

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The Pakistani teenager whose courageous defense of girls' education continues to inspire people worldwide has a message for girls everywhere: your voice matters. Malala Yousafzai, 19, was speaking on Monday after being appointed a UN Messenger of Peace; the youngest person to receive the distinction. The Nobel Peace Laureate first came to the world's attention [...]

10 Apr 2017 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

Malala Yousafzai named UN Messenger of Peace

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Malala Yousafzai is a "hero and a symbol of education" UN Secretary-General said during Monday's designation ceremony to appoint her UN Messenger of Peace. António Guterres said he tapped her for the position because of her "unwavering commitment to the rights of women, girls and all people – even in the face of grave danger." [...]

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News in Brief 10 April 2017 (PM)

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Security Council condemns "barbaric and cowardly" terrorist attack in Sweden The Security Council has underlined the need to bring to justice those responsible for this weekend's terrorist attack in Stockholm. Council members released a statement on Monday condemning what they called "the barbaric and cowardly terrorist attack" which killed four people and injured more than [...]

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Darfur "very different place from 2003," says head of UN-AU Mission

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The Darfur region of Sudan is a very different place from what it was like in 2003 when the armed conflict began, the head of the United Nations-African Union Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) has said. As a result of a three-year military campaign, the Government has been able to take control of areas previously held [...]

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UN Daily News Programme 10 April 2017

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Listen to a bulletin of news and features from the United Nations, with Jocelyne Sambira and Dianne Penn. In today's programme: More than half of Iraqis are at risk of going hungry; And… a UN energy expert warns that the world has "a lot of work to do" to create a sustainable energy future.  

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UNHCR urges temporary suspension of asylum-seeker transfers to Hungary

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The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) is urging European states to temporarily suspend all transfers of asylum seekers to Hungary. European Union (EU) member states determine which country is responsible for examining asylum applications through a provision known as the Dublin regulation. The appeal made on Monday came in the wake of a new law in [...]

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News in Brief 10 April 2017 (AM)

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UN agencies support Yemen polio campaign Nearly five million children in war-torn Yemen have been protected against polio as a result of a nation-wide vaccination campaign supported by the World Bank, the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) and the World Health Organization (WHO). The campaign was launched in February and targeted children under five in all [...]

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More than half of Iraqis at risk of food insecurity

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Further conflict in Iraq or a rise in food prices risks pushing more than half of the country's families into food insecurity, the UN said on Monday. In its joint report with the Iraqi authorities, the World Food Programme (WFP) warns that well over two in three children under 15 are working to earn money [...]

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Racial profiling an ineffective attempt at justice: rights expert

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Although more than 170 countries have ratified a UN treaty against racial discrimination, the problem still persists and has taken on some "very insidious contemporary forms." That's according to the chair of the committee that monitors implementation of the UN Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination, adopted in 1965. Anastacia Crickley was [...]

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UN condemns "heinous and cowardly" terrorist attacks in Egypt

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The "heinous and cowardly terrorist attacks" that took place in Egypt on Sunday have been strongly condemned by the UN. Bombs exploded in two Orthodox churches in Tanta and Alexandria during Palm Sunday services, killing 41 people and injuring over 100 others. Islamist militants, also known as ISIL or Da'esh, claimed responsibility for the incident, [...]

9 Apr 2017 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Sustainable energy “underpins” global development agenda: UNECE

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Both the developing and the developed world have "a lot of work to do," to create a sustainable energy future, a UN energy expert has said. Scott Foster is the director of the Sustainable Energy Division at the Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE). He was at UN Headquarters for a panel discussion on the role [...]

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News in Brief 7 April 2017 (PM)

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  'Violent attack' in Stockholm condemned by the UN chief The UN has strongly condemned the "violent attack" that took place in the Swedish capital of Stockholm on Friday. According to media reports, a truck drove into a crowd in a busy shopping centre, killing several pedestrians, before crashing into a department store. A statement [...]

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UN Daily News Programme 07 April 2017

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Listen to a bulletin of news and features from the United Nations, with Dianne Penn and Jocelyne Sambira. In today’s programme: a young Rwandan poet's message of hope to world leaders; and UN staff bust a move to beat depression and build community.

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Security Council urged to send "strong message" to deter chemical attacks

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The Security Council is being urged to send a "strong collective" message that any use of chemical weapons shall not be tolerated and will have consequences. That's what the Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs, Jeffrey Feltman said in his briefing to the Council on Syria following an attack conducted by the United States against a military [...]

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UN chief appeals for "restraint" following US strikes against Syrian airbase

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UN Secretary-General António Guterres is calling for restraint from all sides following reports of air strikes carried out by the United States against a Syrian airbase. According to media reports, missiles were fired at the Shayrat Airbase in Homs province in response to Tuesday's alleged chemical weapons attack on a rebel-held town in southern Idlib. [...]

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Only way to honour genocide victims is to never let it happen again: UN chief

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The only way to truly honour the memory of those killed in the genocide in Rwanda is to ensure such events never happen again, the UN Secretary-General said in remembrance of the tragic events of 1994. In a video message, António Guterres praised the "resilience and capacity for reconciliation" of the survivors. A candle-lighting ceremony [...]

7 Apr 2017 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

World Health Day brings Zumba to the United Nations

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It's not every day the United Nations plays host to a crowd of sweaty, smiling people wearing sweat pants, but not every day is World Health Day. Move to Empower, an NGO that aims to empower disadvantaged communities through sport, brought Zumba – a high intensity cardio and dance workout set to Latin music – [...]

7 Apr 2017 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

The power of bearing witness: how rape became an act of genocide

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During the genocide in Rwanda in 1994, "rape was as much a tool of genocide as the machete," the UN special envoy on sexual violence in conflict, Zainab Bangura has said. Women from the ethnic minority Tutsi group in the African country were "systematically targeted and raped" during that period, investigations by the UN International [...]

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News in Brief 7 April 2017 – Geneva (AM)

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Suspected Syria chemical attack "may be a war crime" The deadly suspected chemical weapons attack in Syria could amount to a war crime, but it is only one of many incidents where civilians have been killed in recent weeks. That's the opinion of UN Human Rights Office, OHCHR, which on Friday called the tragedy in [...]

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Young Rwandan’s message of hope on genocide reflection day

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A young Rwandan poet is bringing her message of hope "straight from the artist, to the leaders," at the UN on Friday. At the same time, Malaika Uwamahoro says that it's "up to the people" themselves in countries where a genocide could occur, to step away from the abyss. The performance artist, currently studying in [...]

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The man who defined genocide: ‘The Lid is On’ podcast classic

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Raphael Lemkin is hardly a household name these days, but back in the 1940s he became the driving force behind what would become The Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide. An American of Polish-Jewish descent, Lemkin coined the term genocide after dedicating his life to pursuing the international legal means [...]

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Reproductive health a “human right” says young Ghana activist

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A youth activist from Ghana is urging African governments to prioritize the sexual and reproductive rights of the continent's young people. Asenam Amuzu represents a non-profit called Dance4Life which empowers young people to protect their health and promote safe sexual choices. Ms Amuzu is taking part in the latest session of the UN Commission on [...]

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Children in eastern Ukraine need help to overcome trauma of conflict

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Children living in two of the most conflict-affected regions in eastern Ukraine need urgent support to address the trauma of living through more than three years of violence, the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) has said. More than 200,000 of them require "urgent and sustained" psychosocial support, the agency urged. They all live within 15 kilometres [...]

7 Apr 2017 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Peacekeeping budget one half of 1% of global military spending: Guterres

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Today's peacekeeping budget is less than one half of one percent of global military spending, the UN Secretary-General said on Thursday. António Guterres made the remarks during a Security Council review of UN peacekeeping operations or DPKO. Fifty-four peace missions have completed their mandates and closed; the missions in Cote d'Ivoire and Haiti will do [...]

6 Apr 2017 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

News in Brief 06 April 2017 (PM)

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People continue to flee fighting in west Mosul: UN Humanitarian workers continue to respond to rising casualties and displacement in west Mosul because of ongoing fighting between government forces and ISIL terrorists in the area, the UN Spokesperson has confirmed. Quoting colleagues on the ground, Stéphane Dujarric provided an update on the situation of families [...]

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UN and Africa: focus on Mali, Somalia piracy and Mine Awareness

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UN peacekeeping chief urges support for Mali peace process Parties to the conflict in Mali must be encouraged to accelerate implementation of a 2015 peace agreement, the new UN peacekeeping chief Jean Pierre Lacroix told the Security Council on Thursday. The deal signed by the Government and armed groups sought to end three years of [...]

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UN peacekeeping chief urges support for Mali peace process

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Parties to the conflict in Mali must be encouraged to accelerate implementation of a 2015 peace agreement, the new UN peacekeeping chief Jean-Pierre Lacroix told the Security Council on Thursday. The deal signed by the Government and armed groups sought to end three years of instability, including a failed military coup and the seizure of [...]

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UN Daily News Programme 06 April 2017

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Listen to a bulletin of news and features from the United Nations, with Dianne Penn and Jocelyne Sambira. In today's programme: the new UN peacekeeping chief urges support for the peace process in Mali; and the UN Refugee agency explains why refugees are often the first victims of terrorism.

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Zika virus could cost Americas region total of $18 million: UN report

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The socio-economic cost of the recent spread of the Zika virus in Latin America and the Caribbean will total an estimated US$7 to 18 billion between 2015 and 2017. That's according to a report launched by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), in partnership with the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies [...]

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News in Brief 06 April 2017 (AM)

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Sport a force for physical well-being and social empowerment: Bokova Sport, a passion shared by women and men across the world, is a force for physical well-being and social empowerment, the head of UNESCO, the Director-General of the UN scientific and cultural agency has said. Irina Bokova issued this message to mark the International Day [...]

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UN Global Perspective: focus on Syria and clean energy

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Alleged chemical attack overwhelms Syria medical staff Medical staff and facilities in Syria's Idlib governorate are "overwhelmed" and short of lifesaving medicines after a deadly suspected chemical attack this week, the World Health Organization (WHO) has said. More than 70 people reportedly died in the attack on Khan Shaykun and hundreds more have been affected, [...]

6 Apr 2017 | Posted in UN Global Perspective | Read More »

UN Gender Focus: reproductive health, indigenous people and women in peacekeeping

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Gender equality is "central to development": UNFPA Access to services, removal of stigma and "education, education, education," are crucial aspects of promoting gender equality and empowering women to make decisions about their reproductive health. That's according to Dr. Babatunde Osotim-ehin, the Executive Director of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA). Dr Osotim-ehin was at UN [...]

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Stop “fuelling fire” in Syria, says aid negotiator

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The renewed interest of the United States in resolving the Syria conflict is to be welcomed but more countries with influence must stop "fuelling (the) fire", a top UN humanitarian adviser said on Thursday. Those comments, by UN Special Advisor Jan Egeland, followed a meeting of the Humanitarian Access Task Force in Geneva. It convened [...]

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UN humanitarian chief welcomes US$ 6 billion pledges for Syria crisis

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The UN humanitarian chief, Stephen O'Brien has welcomed donor pledges of about US $6 billion to help Syria and the region in 2017. As the world's largest humanitarian and refugee crisis grinds on into a seventh year, the future remains uncertain, he warned. The UN and partners aim to reach 12.8 million people this year [...]

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Refugees "often the first victims" of terrorism: UNHCR

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When considering how terrorists sometimes abuse the asylum system, it must be remembered that refugees are "often" their first victims. That was the warning from Volker Turk, Assistant High Commissioner for Protection, at the UN Refugee Agency, UNHCR. He was one of the panellists speaking at a briefing of the Security Council Counter-Terrorism Committee on [...]

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News in Brief 05 April 2017 (PM)

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"War crimes are going on in Syria" UN chief warns War crimes are going on in Syria, and international humanitarian law continues to be violated frequently, the UN Secretary-General has warned. António Guterres made the remarks to participants at the Brussels Conference on support to Syrians and the region. As conflict lines shift, he said, [...]

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Sustainable development only possible "if we join forces": ECOSOC

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Sustainable development is only going to be possible "if we join forces" and "recognize the catalytic role of partnerships". That's the strong message relayed to the 2017 ECOSOC Partnership Forum on Wednesday, by the president of the UN Economic and Social Council, Frederick Musiiwa Makamure Shava. He said that the collective effort of stakeholders was [...]

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Security Council debates suspected chemical attack in Syria

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Investigations continue into a suspected chemical attack in Syria which killed scores of civilians, the Security Council heard on Wednesday. UN High Representative for Disarmament Affairs Kim Won-Soo informed ambassadors of steps being taken by the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW). Dianne Penn reports. Duration: 3’56″  

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Somalia piracy still a concern, UN crime-fighting body warns

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Recent attacks on commercial vessels off Somalia indicate that the issue of piracy has never gone away despite a five-year lull in activity. The warning comes from the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) after three ships were hijacked or ambushed over the past month. Alan Cole heads UNODC's Maritime Crime Programme which is [...]

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UN Daily News Programme 05 April 2017

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Listen to a bulletin of news and features from the United Nations, with Dianne Penn and Jocelyne Sambira. In today’s programme alleged chemical attack overwhelms Syria medical staff; and Piracy off Somalia is still a concern, the UN crime-fighting body warns.

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Alleged chemical attack overwhelms Syria medical staff

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Medical staff and facilities in Syria's Idlib governorate are "overwhelmed" and short of lifesaving medicines after a deadly suspected chemical attack, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Wednesday. More than 70 people reportedly died in the attack on Khan Shaykun and hundreds more have been affected, many of them women and children. WHO spokesperson [...]

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News in Brief 05 April 2017 (AM)

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  UN Mission in Iraq condemns suicide bombings in Tikrit The UN Special Envoy for Iraq, Ján Kubiš, has strongly condemned the multiple suicide attacks that took place in Tikrit, a city north of the capital Baghdad. According to media reports, 30 people were killed in Tuesday's explosions. The incident comes as Iraqi Security forces [...]

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Guterres: no impunity for Syria chemical attack

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Those responsible for the suspected chemical attack in Syria on Tuesday must be held accountable for their crimes, António Guterres said on Wednesday. The UN chief, who's in Brussels at a conference to raise funds for humanitarian relief for those affected by the six-year conflict, said that he was confident the UN Security Council "will [...]

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Saudi Arabia urged to halt neighbourhood demolition

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Three UN rights experts have joined forces to urge Saudi Arabia to halt the demolition of an historic neighbourhood that's home to at least 2,000 people. In their appeal, the Special Rapporteurs say that the centuries-old walled area in the village of Awamia has unique heritage. They add that residents have been put under pressure [...]

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Climate deal has world on pathway to a clean energy future

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Countries worldwide are on an "unceasing march" towards a clean energy future, according to a senior official with the UN Foundation. Peter Ogden is Vice President for Energy, Climate and the Environment at the Foundation, which works to broaden support for the UN. He was also the Director of International Climate Policy under former US [...]

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"Amphibious" houses support resilience of "existing communities"

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So-called amphibious homes, which can rise up along with floodwater, provide a cost-effective way of protecting the "resilience of existing communities." That's according to the head of the Buoyant Foundation Project, Elizabeth English, who is based in the architecture school at the University of Waterloo in Canada. She presented her latest field projects as part [...]

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News in Brief 04 April 2017 (PM)

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UN chief "deeply disturbed" by reports of chemical weapons use in Syria The UN Secretary-General António Guterres has said he is "deeply disturbed" by reports of the alleged use of chemical weapons in an airstrike in Idlib, Syria, on Tuesday. At least 58 people are reported to have died and dozens more were injured in [...]

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UN indigenous rights expert concludes visit to Australia

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Australia must take action to reduce what one UN human rights expert sees as the country's "astounding" imprisonment rate for indigenous people. Victoria Tauli-Corpuz said although Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders make up only three per cent of the population, they constitute nearly 30 per cent of those in jail. The UN Special Rapporteur on [...]

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US decision on UNFPA "could have devastating effects": UN chief

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The decision by the government of the United States to end all funding for the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) "could have devastating effects" on vulnerable women and girls around the world. That's the view of the UN chief António Guterres on Tuesday, who said that the policy change was based on "an inaccurate perception" of [...]

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More action needed to provide 1.1 billion with clean energy

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The world will have to act quickly if it is to meet the goal of supplying clean energy to more than one billion people globally who lack access to electricity. The finding comes in the latest edition of an annual report by the World Bank and the International Energy Agency which monitors progress on providing [...]

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UN Daily News Programme 04 April 2017

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Listen to a bulletin of news and features from the United Nations, with Dianne Penn and Ana Carmo. In today's programme: a report on promoting mine awareness in Darfur; and, more action needed to provide 1.1 billion people with clean energy.

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Fighting abates in Darfur, banditry and criminality on rise: AU-UN envoy

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Fighting between Sudan's armed forces and three non-signatory armed movements has abated while banditry and criminality are now widespread. That's what the Joint Special Representative and Joint Chief Mediator for Darfur and Head of the United Nations-African Union Mission in Darfur (UNAMID), Jeremiah Mamabolo, told members of the Security Council on Tuesday. Darfur has been [...]

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Darfur mission marks International Day for Mine Awareness

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Unexploded ordnance and other remnants of war have killed more than 220 civilians in the Darfur region of Sudan since 2005. They also threaten the work of peacekeepers delivering humanitarian aid to scores of people displaced by conflict. The Ordnance Disposal Office at the African Union-United Nations Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) has been locating and [...]

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Monitoring body opens probe into suspected chemical attack in Idlib

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An investigation into a suspected chemical attack in southern Idlib in Syria has got underway, overseen by the UN-recognized chemical weapons watchdog or OPCW. The attack in the rebel-held Khan Shaykhun area, reportedly took place on Tuesday. The conflict in Syria just entered its seventh year and it remains the largest humanitarian challenge in the [...]

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News in Brief 4 April 2017 – Geneva (AM)

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El Nino concerns growing for Peru and Ecuador Peru and parts of Ecuador are in the grip of the El Nino weather phenomenon and there are growing indications that it could spread more widely. The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) made the announcement on Tuesday, saying that an increasing number of weather models indicate it is [...]

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Gender equality is “central to development”: UNFPA

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Access to services, removal of stigma and "education, education, education," are crucial aspects of promoting gender equality and empowering women to make decisions about their reproductive health. That's according to Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin, the Executive Director of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA). Dr Osotimehin was at UN Headquarters for a panel discussion on the [...]

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Peace without ridding world of mines, is "incomplete": UN chief

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Peace will always be "incomplete" without ridding conflict zones of life-threatening landmines and improvised explosive devices, or IEDs. That's the message from UN Secretary-General António Guterres, marking International Mine Awareness Day on 4 April. He urged Member States to keep the issue "at the top of the international agenda" when negotiating peace deals and humanitarian [...]

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US seeks Security Council focus on peacekeeping reform, human rights

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The United States will push for peacekeeping reform and the promotion of human rights as it takes over the presidency of the Security Council on Monday. During her briefing to the press, US Ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley, spoke out on a wide range of issues including the Intra-Syrian talks, the Middle East peace [...]

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Encouraging migration can help address population ageing: UN

Listen / A grandmother feeds her two year old granddaughter in Naubise, Dhading. Nepal Photo: Aisha Faquir/World Bank

Migration can help countries address the challenge of an ageing population, the UN Secretary-General Chef de Cabinet said on Monday. Maria Luiza Ribeiro Viotti  was speaking on behalf of the UN Chief  at the opening of the latest session of the Commission on Population and Development at UN Headquarters in New York. This year's theme [...]

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News in Brief 03 April 2017 (PM)

Listen / Scene from St. Petersburg, Russian Federation. UN Photo/Rick Bajornas

Bombing in St. Petersburg metro condemned by UN chief The Secretary-General has condemned Monday's bombing in the St. Petersburg metro and called for those responsible for the "appalling act" to be held accountable. António Guterres also extended his deepest sympathy and condolences to the families of the victims and to the Government and the people [...]

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'Turn Syria crisis into opportunity', UN official urges global community

Listen / Philippe Lazzarini. UN Photo/Rick Bajornas

It's time to "walk the talk" and turn the Syria crisis in to an opportunity, a senior UN official has urged global leaders and the humanitarian community as the conflict in the country enters its seventh year. Philippe Lazzarini, the UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator for Lebanon, made the remarks in an opinion article entitled, [...]

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UN Daily News Programme 03 April 2017

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Listen to a bulletin of news and features from the United Nations, with Dianne Penn and Jocelyne Sambira. In today’s programme: UN food agency FAO calls for investment in agriculture in Syria; and we hear how animals are "even more affected" by disasters than people.

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Animals "even more affected" by disasters than people

Listen / Eugenia Morales. Photo: UN News/Matthew Wells

When it comes to dealing with disasters, such as the deadly flooding in Colombia and Peru in recent days, animals are "even more affected" than people. That's the informed view of Eugenia Morales, who is the disasters project manager for the international animal welfare organization, World Animal Protection. Ms Morales took part in last month's [...]

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News in Brief 03 April 2017 (AM)

Listen / New arrivals at Khazer camp, a safe haven for over 6,000 Iraqis who have fled the fighting in Mosul, just 45 kilometres away. Photo: WFP/Alexandra Murdoch (file)

  More than 300,000 people displaced from West Mosul: UNHCR More than 300,000 Iraqis have fled fighting in West Mosul and surrounding areas and the number continues to grow, according to the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR). The Iraqi army and its allies launched the offensive to retake the city from ISIL extremists last October and [...]

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FAO report calls for investment in agriculture in Syria

Listen / Syrian farmers in the country's western coastal governorate of Tartous revive tomato harvest with support from WFP and FAO. Photo: FAO

Six years of fighting in Syria has caused more than US$16 billion in losses and damage to agriculture, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said on Monday. The UN agency has released the first comprehensive assessment of the war's impact on agriculture which calls for the sector to be "kick-started" to help reduce the need [...]

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UN supports Colombia following deadly landslide

Listen / Stephen O'Brien. UN Photo/Rick Bajornas

The UN System in Colombia has underlined its support for the country in the wake of a deadly landslide. The incident occurred on Friday night in Mocoa, a city in Putamayo province in the south, killing upwards of 200 people, according to reports. The UN humanitarian affairs office, OCHA, cited figures of 203 injured and [...]

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World Autism Awareness Day: UN chief urges people to help change attitudes

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When persons with autism enjoy self-determination and autonomy, they will be empowered to make a positive impact on our common future. That's the message from UN Secretary-General António Guterres for World Autism Awareness Day, observed this Sunday, 2 April. Autism is a lifelong neurological condition that manifests during early childhood. It consists of a range [...]

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Talking about depression is the key to recovery, says WHO

Listen / A poster depicting a conversation about depression, at a refugee camp in the Middle East. Credit: WHO

Depression affects more than 300 million people worldwide and particularly those in poorer countries, UN health experts say. In an attempt to help sufferers lead normal lives, the World Health Organization is encouraging them to tell others that they need help, ahead of World Health Day on 7 April. Capucine de Fouchier, is a clinical [...]

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