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"We can do better" to move away from the death penalty

Ivan Šimonović, Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights. UN Photo/Jean-Marc Ferré

The death penalty is an inhuman and outdated punishment according to a top UN Human Rights official. Assistant Secretary-General Ivan Simonovic was on Wednesday at the UN Human Rights Council which held its…

4 Mar 2015 / Listen /
"It's time to get serious about wildlife crime" for a sustainable future Three quarters of world has limited or no access to pain medications Hardest phase of Ebola response is now, says UN chief Clashes force 16,000 Nigerian refugees into Cameroon, says UNHCR Early efforts to protect human rights can avert catastrophes
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Reliable data needed to monitor socio economic development

2015 is a landmark year for achieving the Millennium Development Goals. Above, people carry drinking water in Bangladesh. Photo: Mohammad Rakibul Hasan/UNDP(file)

Securing reliable data to monitor development requires "effective, strong, sound" national statistical systems. That's the view of Lenni Montiel,…

5 Mar 2015 / Listen /

Asia and Pacific countries still face challenges in fighting poverty

Access to safe drinking water is still a problem in Asia Pacific. UNDP is working to overcome these challenges. Photo: UNICEF (file)

Countries in the Asia and Pacific region are still facing a lot of challenges in eliminating poverty and promoting…

5 Mar 2015 / Listen /

UN-led Libya peace talks to resume in Morocco

Bernardino Léon, Special Representative of the Secretary-General and head of the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL).  UN Photo (file) /Amanda Voisard

A new round of UN-led peace talks aimed at ending Libya's political crisis is set to begin later this…

4 Mar 2015 / Listen /

Women's empowerment is unfinished business, says ITC chief

Arancha Gonzalez. UN Photo/Paulo Filgueiras

Lack of progress on women's economic rights is the major challenge for the 21st century, according to International Trade…

4 Mar 2015 / Listen /
East African countries work towards a single currency Militia in South Sudan urged to release abducted children Security Council to impose targeted sanctions for peace in South Sudan "Balanced approach" urged in dealing with illicit drug problem Korean peninsula a nuclear powder keg, warns DRPK envoy
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Peace on Earth

Actor Charles Boyer discusses the cruelties of war, highlighting the urgency for peace in troubled areas such as Korea, India, Iraq, Germany and Syria, and giving a voice to soldiers…

24 Dec 2014 / Listen /

1996 Declaration of World Thanksgiving

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The United Nations celebrates the 1996 Declaration of World Thanksgiving, marking the first time every country in the General Assembly unanimously voted…

4 Nov 2014 / Listen /
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