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UNICEF official laments "extremely dire" situation of Yemen's children

Listen / A child with severe diarrhoea or cholera receives treatment at the Sab'een Hospital in Sana'a, Yemen,on 12 May 2017. © UNICEF/UN065873/Alzekri

There perhaps is no worse place in the world today to be a child than Yemen, a senior official with UN children's agency, UNICEF, said on Thursday. Geert Cappelaere, UNICEF Regional Director for the Middle East and North Africa, was briefing journalists on his recent visit to the country, where ongoing fighting between government forces [...]

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News in Brief 8 June 2017 (PM)

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  UN chief welcomes arms turn-over in Colombia Recent progress in the implementation of the peace deal in Colombia is being welcomed by the UN Secretary-General. António Guterres said on Thursday he was encouraged by the completion of the delivery to the UN mission in the country of 30 per cent of the arms held [...]

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Lack of ocean science could threaten planet's wellbeing: UNESCO

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The lack of scientific data on the oceans is a key missed opportunity for development and a potential threat to the planet, the UN said on Thursday. Launched at The Ocean Conference at UN headquarters in New York, the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) called on Member States to cooperate on researching the [...]

8 Jun 2017 | Posted in High-Level UN Conference to Support the Implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 14, Today's Features | Read More »

Ocean Conference shows power of "global visions"

Listen / A school of Moorish Idols cruise over the coral reef, Ha'apai, Tonga. Photo: UNEP GRID Arendal/Glenn Edney

The historic UN Ocean Conference came together on Wednesday to celebrate World Oceans Day together with people from around the world. In his message to mark the day, UN Secretary-General António Guterres said "the conservation and sustainable use" of the ocean could only be achieved through collective action. A special ceremony involving ocean advocates, scientists, [...]

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UN Daily News Programme 08 June 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 … The UN is celebrating World Oceans Day on the margins of a historic conference seeking to save the "Earth's blue heart"; And … Participants at the UN Ocean Conference in New York are [...]

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News in Brief 8 June 2017 (AM)

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Iran parliament attack "barbaric and cowardly:" UN Security Council The deadly terrorist attack on Iran's parliament on Wednesday has been condemned in the strongest terms by the UN Security Council. At least 50 people were killed when suicide bombers and gunmen launched a twin assault on the building and the Ayatollah Khomeini mausoleum, both in [...]

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Spike in murder of Mosul civilians at hands of ISIL

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ISIL's slaughter of civilians trapped in the Iraqi city of Mosul has seen a "significant escalation" in recent days, the UN human rights office, OHCHR, warned on Thursday. Citing credible reports, the agency said that the extremists murdered "at least 204" victims last week alone, as the Iraqi military campaign to retake the northern city [...]

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UN and Africa: focus on Gabon, CAR and Ocean Conference

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Gabon to create vast network of protected marine areas in Africa Gabon has announced a bold new initiative to conserve the "incredible natural treasures" of its coastal waters, Lee White, the Director of Gabon's National Parks confirmed on Tuesday. Speaking on the margins of the United Nations Ocean Conference, he said the network would include [...]

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Switch to refillable bottles to save oceans from plastic, says advocate

Listen / Mirella von Lindenfels, INC Communications Director at the United Nations Oceans conference in New York on 7 June 2017 for #OneLess Campaign. Photo/UN News/ JSambira

A growing movement aimed at getting Londoners to stop using throw-away plastic bottles has joined forces with the United Nations to save the ocean. The UN-backed #OneLess campaign is distributing free water bottles to diplomats and participants of the UN Ocean conference in New York. Some 8 million tons of plastic pour into the oceans [...]

8 Jun 2017 | Posted in High-Level UN Conference to Support the Implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 14, Sustainable Development Goals, Today's Features | Read More »

"Chorus of Central African voices" demand end to impunity

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During a recent visit to the Central African Republic (CAR), a senior UN official heard "passionate demands" for an end to impunity in the country. The Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights, Andrew Gilmour, said people there were "desperate" for an end to their "tormented history". Progress has been made in securing the country, largely because [...]

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Recycle Africa enlists UN help to turn "trash to treasure"

Listen / UN Agencies collect ocean trash, including plastics and flip-flops at a beach clean-up in Malindi, Kenya. Photo: UNIC Nairobi

To mark the UN Ocean Conference, one African recycling company, has been raising awareness of marine , together with UN agencies on the Kenyan coast this week. Sam Ngaruiya, is Chief Executive of the recycling company, Regeneration Africa, and he's been down at the beach in the coastal town of Watamu, talking to Newton Kanhema [...]

8 Jun 2017 | Posted in High-Level UN Conference to Support the Implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 14, Sustainable Development Goals, Today's Features | Read More »

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