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700 migrants drown after boat sunk by human traffickers

Refugees and migrants risk their lives travelling from Africa to Europe in over-crowded and unseaworthy vessels to escape persecution and violence, or simply to find a better life. UNHCR/A.Di Loreto

As many as 700 migrants are feared to have drowned in the past week, after their vessels ran aground and sunk in the Mediterranean sea, according to the International Organisation for Migration (IOM).…

16 Sep 2014 / Listen /

One Billion dollars needed to contain Ebola outbreak

Health-care providers, still wearing their protective clothing, must thoroughly disinfect every place a person suspected to have Ebola passes through on the way to the health unit. WHO/Christina Banluta

The United Nations says it will require nearly a billion dollars to bring the Ebola disease outbreak in West Africa under control. The outbreak continues to accelerate with nearly 5,000 people infected and…

16 Sep 2014 / Listen /
World hunger falls but 805 million still chronically undernourished Child mortality rates falling faster than ever: UNICEF Head of UNAMID calls for restraint in Darfur Renewed fighting in Libya causes suffering to civilians: UN envoy Treaty on Rights of Persons with Disability is ratified by 150 countries UN chief calls for cooperation to stop financing foreign fighters in Iraq and Syria UN takes over African-led mission in Central African Republic Member states have tools to craft post-2015 development agenda: GA President 43,000 cases of missing persons remain unsolved
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Most neonatal deaths can be prevented: UNICEF

Children in the Asia-Pacific region now have a much better chance of surviving the first year of life. UN Photo/Kibae Park

Despite dramatic progress on child survival, one million babies die the day they are born from mostly preventable causes,…

16 Sep 2014 / Listen /

Over 800 million people still undernourished despite reduction in world hunger: FAO

Somali refugee children. Photo: WFP/Jiro Ose

The number of hungry people around the world declined by more than 100 million over the last decade and…

16 Sep 2014 / Listen /

Largest ever international support operation fight Ebola

Valerie Amos ( centre ) with Bruce Aylward ( left ) and David Nabarro ( right ) . Photo / Jean-Marc Ferré

A new coalition to fight the Ebola crisis in West Africa has been launched by the United Nations and…

16 Sep 2014 / Listen /

"Bold initiatives" ahead of UN climate change summit

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A number of, what have been described as, "bold initiatives" have been made ahead of a major summit on…

16 Sep 2014 / Listen /
Photo blogger helps UN promote understanding of common humanity UN Humanitarian Chief "struck" by brutality in Iraq Conflict in Darfur reduces but more people flee homes Benefits expected as UN takes over African-led mission in Central African Republic Respect and understanding needed to be Speaker in India South Sudan’s women welcome ratification of CEDAW Women parliamentary leaders address gender issues Cuba offers 165 health professionals for Ebola response in West Africa UNHCR: Syrian refugee numbers top three million UN food agency starts distribution in Ukraine The Rise of Shadow Banking in China Food prices dropped by 3.6 per cent in August: FAO A new camp provides shelter for displaced people in northern Iraq Children pay a heavy price across South Asia: UNICEF Billions of dollars are lost in avoided taxes, says a UN agency
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The Yeti

Toni Hagen the Swiss geologist, Aila the sherpa and Fritz the dachshund traverse the Himalayas over and over enough to have climbed Mount Everest fifty times, as part of the…

15 Sep 2014 / Listen /

Three Buildings by a River

A UN Trusteeship Council mission visits New Guinea, 1956. UN PHOTO.

American writer, broadcaster and traveler Lowell Thomas narrates this drama on UN’s Headquarters, “both a workshop and a symbol”. Language: English Genre:…

15 Sep 2014 / Listen /
Rock Hudson: The Open Door