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Disaster-related deaths in Asia-Pacific rise three-fold in past decade

Typhoon Haiyan left an estimated 1.1 million cubic metres of debris in Tacloban City alone. Credit: OCHA/Jose Reyna

Disaster-induced deaths in the Asia-Pacific region rose more than three-fold in the past decade, largely due to extreme disasters, according to an annual statistics publication. Released by the UN Economic and Social Commission…

18 Dec 2014 / Listen /

Migrant deaths increase globally in 2014

Syrian refugees are rescued in the Mediterranean Sea. Photo: UNHCR/A. D'Amato

The number of migrants who have died while trying to reach other countries has reached record numbers in 2014 according to the UN partner organization, the International Organization for Migration (IOM). Around 5,000…

18 Dec 2014 / Listen /
Funding urged to counter “biggest threat” to Syrian children "Significant progress" made in Afghanistan Grassroots movement "to stop the bloodshed" in Libya Normalization of US-Cuba relations "heartily" welcomed by UN Chief World Bank urged to recognize human rights in its policies Donors asked by UN chief to "dig deep" for emergency funds More “global action” needed in 2015, says UN Chief US$450 million target set for humanitarian operations in 2015 UN chief to visit Guinea and Liberia Resolution adopted to renew humanitarian access into Syria Attack on children in Pakistan "act of horror", says UN chief Legal identity of women supported by new Clinton-Bloomberg UN partnership UN-AU partnership to adapt in "evolving peace and security landscape" China's patent boom continues as Asian giant outstrips rest of world
Today's Features

Azerbaijan promises broadband internet access to all its citizens

Prof. Dr. Ali Abbasov, Minister, Communications & High Technologies, Azerbaijan

People across Azerbaijan, even those living in remote rural areas, are to have access to high-speed by 2017, according…

19 Dec 2014 / Listen /

No better way forward for Afghanistan than unity government

Nicholas Haysom, Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA), addresses the Security Council meeting on the situation in that country and its implications for international peace and security.
Credit: UN Photo/Mark Garten

There is no better way forward for Afghanistan than a national unity government, according to the head of the…

18 Dec 2014 / Listen /

Young working migrants resented in industrialized countries

Young migrants. Photo: IOM

Migrants provide the much needed labour and skills for the economies of industrialized countries, yet they are resented by…

18 Dec 2014 / Listen /

Action needed to save migrants from exploitative smugglers

A boat carrying asylum seekers and migrants in the Mediterranean Sea. Photo: UNHCR/L.Boldrini

A record 5,000 migrants lost their lives in 2014 as they attempted to reach other countries according to the…

18 Dec 2014 / Listen /
Accord hailed as "ground-breaking first step" in US-Cuba relations Pledges are made to UN emergency relief fund One million people could face food insecurity due to Ebola Women held for spouses' crimes in South Sudan Afghanistan needs "unity of purpose and common vision" Pakistan receives UN support following "most barbaric attack" Guinea faces "daunting" challenges in fighting Ebola Investment in agriculture needed to feed 9 billion people by 2050 Broadband is "highway" to inclusivity South Africa’s “economic challenges” after 20 years of democracy New diagnostic tests for Ebola expected in coming months South Sudanese mark one year anniversary of conflict Rap music tunes knowledge of economic theory "Difficult talks" in Lima to reach climate change agreement New life for Syrian refugees in Germany Volcano in Cape Verde having "huge" effect on economy Need for attention to issues in Sahel "greater than ever" TEDx talk at UN highlights education project in Uganda Ebola summit relives dramatic impact of outbreak Reports of UN creating protectorate in South Sudan "baseless"
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International Migrants Day


  1. Migrant deaths increase globally in 2014
  2. Normalization of US-Cuba relations "heartily" welcomed by UN Chief
  3. Disaster-related deaths in Asia-Pacific rise three-fold in past decade
  4. Young working migrants resented in industrialized countries
  5. UN chief to visit Guinea and Liberia
  1. Daily News 18 December 2014
  2. "Different approach" needed to support Syrians
  3. Disaster-related deaths in Asia-Pacific rise three-fold in past decade
  4. Afghan women and children casualties rise in 2013
  5. This is a pivotal moment for Afghanistan, says UN Chief
  6. Return to "normal development agenda" in Afghanistan
  7. Afghan election "opportunity" to engage internationally
  8. Suicide bomb attack in Afghanistan condemned by UN
  9. UN envoy highlights international support to Afghanistan
  10. Senior UN officials condemn attack on journalists in Afghanistan
  11. Afghans urged to show patience and respect for electoral institutions and processes during polls: Ban
  12. UN human rights chief calls for action to end violence against women in Afghanistan
  13. "Significant progress" made in Afghanistan
  14. Envoy affirms UN support for women's participation in Afghanistan elections
  15. Attention needed on sustainable livelihoods in Afghanistan: UN envoy
  16. Afghanistan elections "true historic moment", says UN top envoy
  17. "Abhorrent" Afghanistan suicide bomb attack condemned by UN
  18. Security Council condemns deadly attack in Afghanistan
  19. UN envoy urges Afghans to vote in run-off poll
  20. Afghanistan reports progress and challenges in stamping out violence against women
  21. UN pays respect to four UN staff members killed in Afghanistan
  22. The 2014 elections are at the forefront of political life in Afghanistan: UN envoy
  23. Over 6,000 people flee from Pakistan to Afghanistan

Programmes from UN Headquarters

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1996 Declaration of World Thanksgiving

The United Nations celebrates the 1996 Declaration of World Thanksgiving, marking the first time every country in the General Assembly unanimously voted in support of a spiritual idea. Language: English…

4 Nov 2014 / Listen /

The War on Flu

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The story of influenza and the fight against the virus led by the World Health Organization. Language: English Genre: Drama 1954 Duration:…

4 Nov 2014 / Listen /
JFK at the United Nations