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Somalia faces humanitarian crisis following drought then flooding

Hargeisa Livestock Market. FAO Photo

Somalia is on the verge of another humanitarian crisis as a poor rainy season followed by severe flooding threatens local harvests, the United Nations warned on Friday. The UN Food and Agriculture Organization…

31 Oct 2014 / Listen /

World Cities Day highlights critical role of urbanization

Participatory neighbourhood planning involving women in Nepal © UN-Habitat

There is a need to address what has been described as the "deep challenges" of urbanization. That's the message of the Executive Director of UN-Habitat, Joan Clos, on World Cities Day, celebrated for…

31 Oct 2014 / Listen /
$100 million pledged to bring more health workers to Ebola-stricken countries Campaign to end female genital mutilation launched in Kenya Adoption of new plan for sustainable transport in Africa General Assembly pays tribute to late President of Zambia Essential medicines lacking in many regions of world "Time to make commitments, not only declarations" for youth: UN Envoy "Unrelenting" levels of violence and death in Syria Farming in Central African Republic hit by insecurity Somalia "waking from long nightmare", says UN chief "Surge of executions" in Iran for non-capital offences "Children, not Soldiers" campaign launched in South Sudan Malala donates $50,000 in prize money to rebuild schools in Gaza
Today's Features

People-centred urbanization stressed on first World Cities Day

On the first-ever World Cities Day, the UN highlighted the need for sustainable urban planning to make cities more "liveable." Shown, street traffic in Kathmandu, Nepal. World Bank/Simone D. McCourtie

The importance of well-planned and well-managed cities is being stressed on the first ever celebration of World Cities Day…

31 Oct 2014 / Listen /

Telecoms boost aid effort in Iraq

Distribution of monthly food assistance in Shariya district, Iraq. © WFP/Mohammed Albahbahani

Telecommunications and logistics experts from WFP, the UN World Food Programme are working to ensure that humanitarian agencies can…

31 Oct 2014 / Listen /

Shanghai, China kicks off World Cities Day celebrations


As cities grow both in size and population, people are being urged to seize the opportunity to start shaping…

31 Oct 2014 / Listen /

Youth rights should be translated into action, activist urges

Hanan Bihi. UN Photo

Youth rights should be translated into action and not remain on paper. That's what the Vice Chairperson of the…

31 Oct 2014 / Listen /

Over 10 million people in Africa say "no" to female genital cutting

The practice of female genital mutilation (FGM) must come to a quick end and the global media can play a critical role in making that happen, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon affirmed today during his visit to the Kenyan capital of Nairobi.

Over 10 million people in Africa have said "no" to female genital mutilation or cutting (FGM/C) as a result…

30 Oct 2014 / Listen /
Documentary depicts "dangerous" work of cartoonists Insecurity creates "bleak" food situation in Central African Republic South Sudan moves to improve Internet connectivity Child poverty increases in the world's most wealthy nations: UN "Immense" challenges faced by Somalia Guinea’s "Ground Zero" for Ebola epidemic Japan needs central structure for youth issues Women can lobby for laws that fight discrimination, impunity Women in technology "quite alone" Fruit fly with four names wreaks havoc on agriculture Rise of global crises impact security of women, girls Youth policies part of future "development" efforts Clashes probed at UN displaced people site in South Sudan U.S. delegate to Youth Forum hopes to form ties with other global youth
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John F. Kennedy, 1963.

JFK at the United Nations

President of the United States John F. Kennedy addresses the UN General Assembly for the final time, during the “relative calm” of 1963. Language: English Genre: Speech 1963 Duration: 29’04″…

24 Sep 2014 / Listen /

Pope John Paul II Speaks Before the General Assembly

Pope John Paul II

For the United Nations’ 50th birthday, Pope John Paul II praises the quest for freedom as one of the distinguished marks of…

24 Sep 2014 / Listen /
Nelson Mandela Addresses General Assembly