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Refugees "often the first victims" of terrorism: UNHCR

Listen / A Syrian refugee has his fingerprints scanned during registration by authorities in Turkey, February 2015.  © UNHCR/Ivor Prickett

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)

Listen / Secretary-General António Guterres at the Brussels Conference on Supporting the Future of Syria and the Region together with Federica Mogherini High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy. UN Photo/ Christophe Verhellen

"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

Listen / A technician releases water from the UNICEF supported source station that provides water to several villages in the region in Cyamabuye village in Myapihu district in northern Rwanda. Photo: UNICEF/ Noorani

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

Listen / Meeting of the Security Council to discuss the alleged use of chemical weapons in the Khan Shaykhun area of southern Idlib, Syria. UN Photo/Rick Bajornas

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

Listen / Boarding a pirate vessel off the coast of Somalia. Photo: EU (File photo)

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

Listen / Tarik Jasarević. UN Photo/Violaine Martin

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)

Listen / Ján Kubiš. UN Photo/Amanda Voisard

  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

Listen / Peter Ogden. Photo: UN News/Liz Scaffidi

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"

Listen / Elizabeth English. Photo: UN News/Matthew Wells

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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