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UN designates 2015 International Year of Light

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Light based technologies have the potential to transform the 21st Century as electronics did in the 20th Century according to the UN cultural agency (UNESCO). 2015 has been designated by the United Nations…

24 Dec 2014 / Listen /

Posts expect to deliver over 7 million letters to Santa

Santa's postbox in Ireland. UPU@PHOTO

Posts around the world are expecting to receive more than 7 million letters to Santa this year, according to the United Nations postal agency, UPU. Canada, where Santa's postal helpers replied to more…

24 Dec 2014 / Listen /
South Sudan needs "massive" literacy campaign Another UN staff in Liberia tests positive for Ebola Call made for humane treatment of captured Jordanian pilot in Syria Massive human rights abuses reported in Libya Destruction to Syria’s cultural riches revealed Governments urged to ratify UN Arms Trade Treaty Muslims trapped in a town in Central African Republic need help Global response urged to prevent spread of banana disease Presidential elections in Tunisia "critical" in country's transition Security Council urged to act on alleged international crimes in North Korea Maldives urged to re-consider removal of two Supreme Court judges Combating "contagion of fear" in response to Ebola, urged by UN chief Pakistan and Jordan urged not to resume executions
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Banda Acheh undergoes "remarkable transformation" 10 years after tsunami

A bird's eye view of Banda Aceh as taken from the minaret of the city's Grand Mosque. 10 years after the devastating tsunami, the city has risen from the ruins. Photo: Dru Maasepp.

Indonesia's largest city and province has undergone a "remarkable transformation" ten years after it was hit by a tsunami,…

26 Dec 2014 / Listen /

Young people in Kosovo learn their human rights

UNMIK/Sophie Guesné

Young people in Kosovo are learning about their human rights and what they can do if those rights are…

26 Dec 2014 / Listen /

Art and crafts exhibition opens at UN in Lebanon for Christmas

Austrian Peacekeeper checking sweets made by Mosan Center during a Christmas celebration organized in UNIFIL Headquarters in Naqoura South Lebanon. UNIFIL@PHOTO

People are doing their Christmas shopping at an art exhibit hosted by UN peacekeepers in Lebanon. The arts, crafts…

24 Dec 2014 / Listen /

Women stereotyped and under-represented in global film industry

Nanette Braun.  UN Photo/Devra Berkowitz

The global film industry perpetuates discrimination against women, a UN-backed study on female characters in popular movies has found.…

24 Dec 2014 / Listen /
Good policies can help bridge income gap Nuclear science can help contain soil erosion, land degradation Possible war crimes being committed in Libya North Korea placed "on notice" for human rights atrocities A fruitful partnership in Armenia UN actively "hunting the Ebola virus" in affected areas South Sudanese leaders need to put nation first Vanuatu: connecting the "unconnected" key to future Number of Ebola cases in West Africa still "too high", says UN chief Humanitarian priorities for 2015 to be set by aid workers battling crises Battered women in Spain need better protection Azerbaijan promises broadband internet access to all citizens No better way forward for Afghanistan than unity government Young working migrants resented in industrialized countries Action needed to save migrants from exploitative smugglers 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
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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 /
The War on Flu