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Make prevention a priority, UN chief tells Security Council

Listen / Secretary-General António Guterres addresses the Security Council meeting on the maintenance of international peace and security: human rights and prevention of armed conflict. UN Photo/Evan Schneider

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" [...]

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UN Women timeline earns nomination for top internet awards

Listen / Jaya Jiwatram. Photo: UN News/ Liz Scaffidi

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

Listen / William Lacy Swing. UN Photo/Violaine Martin

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

Listen / John Ging. UN Photo/Manuel Elias

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

Listen / High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein. UN Photo/Pierre Albouy

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

Listen / Pictured, internally displaced peoples in Baidoa, Somalia.Photo: OCHA/ Cecilia Attefors (file)

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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