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News in Brief 9 May 2017 – (PM)

Listen / Gro Harlem Brundtland, former Prime Minister of Norway and Deputy Chair of the Elders, addressing journalists. She is flanked by fellow Elders Lakhdar Brahimi (left), former Joint Arab League-UN Special Representative for Syria; and Mary Robinson, former President of Ireland and former High UN Commissioner for Human Rights. UN Photo/Mark Garten

"The Elders" explain why multilateralism matters A group of independent global leaders working together for peace and security called the "The Elders" spoke on the importance of multilateralism at the UN on Tuesday. They also discussed the role of the UN in sustaining peace and tackling global challenges from climate change to mass migration. Kofi [...]

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UN Daily News Programme 9 May 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: peacekeepers come under fire in the Central African Republic: one is dead, eight wounded, and four missing in action. We'll have the latest details.   And we'll be hearing from the deputy head of [...]

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High seas robberies pose new threat to migrant sailing season

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More than 6,000 migrants have been rescued from the Mediterranean Sea after leaving the North African coastline at the weekend. The number is not a record, according to the International Organization for Migration (IOM), but it is an indication that the sailing season has begun in earnest. Reports have also emerged that armed gangs have [...]

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UN and the EU share doctrine of compromise "over confrontation"

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The European Union shares the UN doctrine of finding a "space where compromise can always prevail over confrontation." That's the firm view of EU Foreign Affairs chief, Federica Mogherini, briefing the Security Council on Tuesday. Jocelyne Sambira reports. Ms Mogherini said in the annual meeting on cooperation between the EU and the UN, that old-fashioned [...]

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"Cowardly" attack against UN peacekeepers in CAR condemned

Listen / Peacekeepers with the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA) on patrol in Bambari. Photo: MINUSCA

The "cowardly" attack against UN peacekeepers in the Central African Republic (CAR) has been strongly condemned by the Secretary-General's Special Representative in the country, Parfait Onyanga-Anyanga. Late on Tuesday it emerged that a total of 4 peacekeepers had been killed, after 3 bodies were discovered of troops who had been previously missing in action, according [...]

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News in Brief 9 May 2017 – Geneva (AM)

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Mediterranean Sea migrants attacked by armed gangs: IOM Armed gangs have begun attacking migrants on the high seas between Libya and Italy to steal their mobile phones and boat engines, the UN said on Tuesday. The International Organization for Migration (IOM) in Geneva said it had received reports of the practice. Spokesperson Joel Millman said [...]

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