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Security Council visits former Colombia conflict zone, to see peace first-hand

Listen / The United Nation's Security Council arrived at the Zone of Normalization, in the Department of Meta. Photo: UN Mission in Colombia

The UN Security Council paid a visit to a team monitoring and verifying the handover of arms as part of Colombia's on-going peace process on Friday. The 15 ambassadors went to a so-called Normalization Zone at the end of a three-day visit to the country, which concluded a peace deal with rebel FARC fighters last [...]

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Survey could provide insight into youth values: UNESCO official

Listen / Sue Vize (left) is interviewed by Jocelyne Sambira. Screen grab from UN Web TV.

A survey that has given voice to one million young people in Europe could also be carried out in other parts of the world, according to a senior officer with the UN cultural agency, UNESCO. Sue Vize, who’s with UNESCO's office in Bangkok, has high hopes for a regional version of Generation What?, which asked so-called [...]

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News in Brief 5 May 2017 (PM)

Listen / Nickolay Mladenov, UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process. (file) UN Photo/Loey Felipe

  "We are walking into another crisis" in Gaza, warns UN coordinator The UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process has warned that the world is "walking into another crisis" over the Gaza Strip "with our eyes wide open." Nickolay Mladenov told a meeting in Brussels on Friday that the residents of Gaza, [...]

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UN Daily News Programme 5 May 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: The World Health Organization presses for more action on preventable illnesses such as heart disease and diabetes And: We hear why cultural exchange lessons from the Silk Road are still applicable today

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Hunger driving migration in complex dynamic: WFP

Listen / An elderly woman sits outside her makeshift dwelling in Afghanistan. Photo: WFP/Eoin Casey

Food insecurity and hunger is a major factor driving people from their homes, said the World Food Programme (WFP) on Friday. In a new report entitled At the Root of Exodus: Food security, conflict and international migration, WFP found that every percentage point increase in food insecurity led to almost a two percent increase in [...]

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News in Brief 5 May 2017 (AM)

Listen / Veronique and some of her children who spent 6 months hiding in the bush in Bohong after violence broke out in Central African Republic. Photo: UNICEF/ Logan

  Humanitarian agencies decision to pull back in CAR is temporary The decision by four major humanitarian agencies to withdraw partially from the Central African Republic (CAR) amid attacks on their workers is "temporary", the UN said on Friday. Jens Laerke from the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said that the [...]

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World needs "soft power" of education, culture, sciences: UNESCO chief

Listen / Irina Bokova. Screen grab from UN Web TV.

'Hard power' can no longer stop conflicts nor the rise of violent extremism, and "ancient hatreds" such as antisemitism, racial discrimination and intolerance, the Director-General of the UN Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), said on Friday. Irina Bokova made the remarks during her speech at the 4th World Forum on Intercultural Dialogue in Baku, [...]

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Silk Road exchanges valuable today: UNESCO expert

Listen / Annick Thebia Melsan, a focal point for UNESCO's Silk Road Online Platform. Photo: UN News/J. Sambira

An ancient trading route could help people to rethink ideas about migration or even conflict, according to an expert with the UN cultural agency, UNESCO. Annick Thebia Melsan is a focal point for  UNESCO’s Silk Road Online Platform, dedicated to the sea and land networks which have connected east and west from prehistoric times to [...]

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World “sleepwalking” to preventable disease disaster: WHO

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The world is "sleepwalking towards disaster" because of preventable illnesses such as heart disease, cancer and diabetes, which kill 40 million people a year. That's the message from World Health Organization Director-General Dr Margaret Chan, who's stepping down after 10 years in the post. At WHO, the person leading the push against these so-called non-communicable [...]

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