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Lack of jobs stirs fears of more social unrest

ILO: Young job seeker

The continued lack of jobs worldwide could spark more social unrest in many countries. That's according to a new study released on Monday by the UN's labour agency, ILO. The global economy is on the verge of a new and deeper jobs recession that will further delay the global economic recovery. This grim analysis comes [...]

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Three UN workers killed in Kandahar, Afghanistan

A police officer inspects damage to the UNHCR office in Kandahar

The death of three Afghans working for the United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) in Afghanistan, shows the risks that aid workers face in the country. That's what United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said on Monday following a suicide attack at the UN premises in the southern city of Kandahar. Mr. Ban said that a car [...]

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Seven billionth baby born into world of "contradictions"

Balogun market in the Central Business District of Lagos, Nigeria

The seven billionth baby has been born in, what has been described as, a world of "terrible contradictions". Speaking in New York on Monday, the United Nations Secretary-General stressed, Ban Ki-moon stressed that the Day of Seven Billion is not about one child but about the entire human family. He said the world is facing a [...]

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Japanese A-bomb survivors, poets share stories through poetry

"Ambassadors" for a nuclear free world

Hibakusha is a Japanese word which literally means "explosion affected people". It's also the name given to survivors of the atomic bombings in 1945. During Disarmament Week, Japanese "Ambassadors" for a nuclear free world commemorated the event at the UN. Together with a group of poets, and a young female violinist, Setsuko Thurlow, a survivor [...]

30 Oct 2011 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

UNICEF says child marriage is prevalent in the developing world

Child marriage in Afghanistan

A third of women between the ages of 20 and 24 in developing countries are married before they turn 18, says UNICEF, the UN Children's Fund. Anthony Lake, UNICEF Executive Director, told the UN General Assembly that worldwide, some 15 million girls become mothers before they are ready. In this report by Gerry Adams, Mr. [...]

29 Oct 2011 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

A Black woman from the Netherlands tells her story

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At a meeting commemorating the International Year of People of African Descent 2011, the High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay, told a gathering of women from the African diaspora that the situation of people of African descent remains dire, particularly for women and girls. Ms. Pillay's words were confirmed by Dr. Hellen Felter of [...]

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Indian widows struggle to matter

Indian widows

Two hundred forty-five million women worldwide are widows, according to UN Women. Almost half of them live in extreme poverty, are discriminated against and live lives of isolation. In India, women shudder at the prospect of being widowed. It's a fate many consider to be a death sentence. UN's Daljit Dhaliwal tells the story of [...]

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UN Daily News 28 October 2011

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A Black woman from the Netherlands tells her story

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At a meeting commemorating the International Year of People of African Descent 2011, the High Commissioner for Human rights, Navi Pillay, told a gathering of women from the African diaspora that the situation of people of African descent remains dire, particularly for women and girls. Ms. Pillay's words were confirmed by Dr. Hellen Felter of [...]

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Pakistan can help peace process in Afghanistan, says author

Afghanistan and Pakistan: Conflict, Extremism, and Resistance to Modernity

Pakistan can help the process of reconciliation to end the violence in Afghanistan, according to the author of a new book on the region. Afghanistan has been fighting extremism since the Taliban were removed from power by a US-led coalition a decade ago. But despite ongoing peace efforts with the Taliban and other insurgent groups, [...]

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The designation of middle-income country a double-edged sword: Jamaica

Ambassador Raymond Wolfe, Jamaica's representative

NARRATOR: The designation of "middle-income country" could be regarded as a double-edged sword. The warning comes from Jamaica's Representative Ambassador RAYMOND WOLFE. He told the General Assembly's Economic and Financial committee that while the classification recognized progress a country had made in drawing closer to achieving some of the internationally agreed development goals, it also [...]

28 Oct 2011 | Posted in Caribbean News | Read More »

CARICOM States yet to return to pre-financial crisis levels of development: St. Vincent and the Grenadines

Camillo Gonsalves

NARRATOR: While there was no longer any doubt that globalization was impacting every country on the planet, the costs and benefits of this new era of interconnectedness should be more equally shared, delegates told the General Assembly's Economic and Financial Committee during its discussion on globalization and interdependence. Providing a vivid example of how globalization [...]

28 Oct 2011 | Posted in Caribbean News | Read More »

Poverty remains the most significant challenge facing mankind: CARICOM

Henry Mac Donald

NARRATOR:  With nearly 1.5 billion people still living in absolute poverty, eradication efforts had not succeeded and it remained the most significant challenge facing humankind, delegates told the General Assembly's committee that deals with economic and financial matters. Speaking on behalf of the Caribbean Community-CARICOM, the representative of Suriname Ambassador Henry Mac Donald said the [...]

28 Oct 2011 | Posted in Caribbean News | Read More »

Cuban embargo a sad echo of failed cold war politics

Camillo Gonsalves

NARRATOR: Drawing parallels to recent political uprisings in defence of freedom and self-determination, General Assembly delegates on Wednesday again denounced the decades-old economic, commercial and financial blockade imposed by the United States on Cuba, voting overwhelmingly to adopt the world body's twentieth consecutive resolution calling for an end to the measures. The resolution – adopted [...]

28 Oct 2011 | Posted in Caribbean News | Read More »

The UN displays its treasure of historic archives of images and sound

  Preserving the world's audiovisual heritage and making sure it is not destroyed and saved for future generations is extremely important. A message issued by the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, UNESCO marking World Day for Audiovisual Heritage. The UN has saved 80,000 hours of audio recording on 70,000 tapes and discs as well [...]

27 Oct 2011 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Five out of seven people worldwide lack social security

Young people

Governments worldwide are being asked by the UN to guarantee basic income and social services for all, as a means to ensure peace and boost economic growth. The International Labour Organization or ILO says that 5 billion people lack adequate social security or social protection worldwide. Meanwhile just 15 percent of the world's unemployed are receiving [...]

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UN Daily News 27 October 2011

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UN Daily News 18 July 2011

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States agree to enforce ban on toxic waste exports

UNEP: Harmful Substance

An agreement prohibiting the export of hazardous waste from developed countries to developing countries, also known as the Ban Amendment, will finally be enforced. The deal, brokered in Cartagena, Columbia, has ended a 15-year long deadlock, according to the UN's Environment Programme, UNEP. The ban ensures that poor nations do not become a dumping ground [...]

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UN Daily News 25 October 2011

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Debt crisis threatens developing economies, UN officials warn

Developing countries risk being seriously affected by the debt crisis in affluent societies, two top United Nations economic bodies have warned. The General Assembly's Second Committee, which deals with economic and financial issues, held a joint session with the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). Delegates discussed growing fears of a double dip recession, and [...]

25 Oct 2011 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Countries agree to fight desertification worldwide

desertification in Africa

A two-week long UN conference to reverse global land degradation and food insecurity has ended in Changwon, South Korea. Delegates at the conference rallied behind the Changwon Initiative, agreeing to a series of action plans that include reforestation in Asia and Africa. More than 12 million hectares of productive land are lost every year due [...]

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UN Daily News 24 October 2011

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Nigerian woman heads the Security Council for October

A woman is now in charge of the most powerful decision-making body in international diplomacy. Nigerian Ambassador to the UN, Joy Ogwu is President of the Security Council for the month of October. She is one of only three women on the 15 member council. The United States and Brazil also have female Ambassadors. Ogwu [...]

24 Oct 2011 | Posted in Behind the Scenes | Read More »

Tanzania prepares for a national census

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Tanzania’s population growth rate is 2.9%, an average increase of 1.3 million people each year. In 2012, Tanzania plans to undertake a national census which is estimated to cost $76 million. As part of the preparations, a week long pilot census is currently taking place in select regions and districts around the country. The United [...]

23 Oct 2011 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

Myanmar's political prisoners need to be released ahead of elections

Tomás Ojea Quintana

Myanmar has been told that it has a real chance at a successful transition to democracy if it releases its prisoners of conscience, and improves its human rights record. UN Special Rapporteur on human rights in Myanmar Tomás Ojea Quintana made that point to the country's authorities during a recent visit. Two hundred prisoners of [...]

22 Oct 2011 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

Hope, cynicism as Tunisians go to polls on Sunday

Tunisia map

Just nine months after the ousting of President Ben Ali, Tunisia is preparing for its first comprehensive general elections. On Sunday, four million Tunisians will get the opportunity to elect members of the country's Constituent Assembly that will draft a new constitution. Parliamentary and presidential elections are expected to take place in the months ahead. [...]

22 Oct 2011 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

Ghana works to avoid the "resource curse" of oil

oil off the coast of Ghana

The discovery of oil off the coast of Ghana in 2007 was greeted with mixed feelings of joy and concern about corruption that has plagued other countries with oil resources. A civil society organization, known as Publish What You Pay Ghana is working to ensure that the country's oil production process and the revenue it [...]

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Security Council 'strongly condemns' violence in Yemen

Security Council

The UN Security Council on Friday strongly condemned the violent crackdown of pro-democracy protestors by Yemeni authorities. The 15-member Security Council passed a Resolution which supports a Gulf Cooperation Council's plan that calls for President Saleh to transfer power to his deputy in exchange for immunity from prosecution. Several people have been killed this week [...]

21 Oct 2011 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Cholera cases in Haiti could reach 500,000 by year's end

Cholera medicine being sorted for distribution to flood victims in Haiti

Cholera cases in the impoverished Caribbean nation of Haiti could reach half a million by the end of this year if current trends continue. That's the prediction of the World Health Organization (WHO) as the country expects heavy rainfall this season. The agency has called on the international community and its donors to remain vigilant [...]

21 Oct 2011 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

More Somalis flee to volatile Yemen

A group of exhausted people shortly after reaching Yemen after a gruelling trip across the Gulf of Aden.

As drought and famine continue to force thousands of Somalis from their home country, many are choosing to embark on the risky sea journey across the Gulf of Aden to Yemen. The majority of refugees from Somalia have sought safety and help in neighbouring Kenya and Ethiopia but since January 20,000 new refugees have reached [...]

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Protect Palestinian children, UN expert tells Israel

Richard Falk

A UN expert has urged Israel to protect Palestinian children that are arrested by the country's security forces. Richard Falk is the UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the occupied Palestinian territories. He has warned that prolonged occupation deforms the development of children. And that Palestinian children in the West Bank [...]

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North Korea needs support to tackle malnutrition

A mother and child in the WFP, WHO, UNICEF-supported Provincial Pediatric Hospital in Hamhung City, DPRK.

North Korea is being described as "a country of chronic poverty and underdevelopment" that needs increased humanitarian support by the international community. The appeal comes from Valerie Amos, the head of United Nations humanitarian operations who is ending a five-day visit to the country. Ms Amos says malnutrition is increasing in North Korea where six [...]

21 Oct 2011 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Tunisians head to the polls on Sunday

Map of Tunisia

Almost four million Tunisians will head to the polls on Sunday to elect a Constituent Assembly that will eventually draft the country's constitution. This comes nine months after President Ben Ali was ousted and Tunisia opened the floodgates of pro-democracy protests across the Arab world. Over 11,000 candidates are vying for 217 seats. After the [...]

21 Oct 2011 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

UN: Investigate how Qadhafi died

Rupert Colville

The United Nations Human Rights Office has called for an investigation into how Colonel Muammar Qadhafi was killed. The UN wants to probe if the ousted Libyan dictator was executed after he was captured alive. Spokesman for the UN Human Rights Office, Rupert Colville, says it is vitally important that justice is done in Libya. [...]

21 Oct 2011 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

Kenya troops advance towards Al-Shabaab stronghold

Augustine Mahiga

The UN's top envoy to Somalia, Augustine Mahiga, is optimistic that the Al-Shabaab rebel movement will be defeated in Somalia. His comments follow Kenya's military incursion on Somali soil, triggered by a round of kidnappings and killings blamed on the Islamist rebel group, Drought and famine in Somalia has killed tens of thousands of people [...]

21 Oct 2011 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

Somali refugees at risk as they flee to Yemen

A Somali refugee cooks a meal for her family in Yemen.

Scores of Somalis are embarking on a risky sea journey across the Gulf of Aden to Yemen, according to the United Nations refugee agency, UNHCR. There are currently thought to be 196,000 Somali refugees in Yemen, but the worsening security situation is putting them at risk of human trafficking and abduction. Andrej Mahecic, spokesman for [...]

21 Oct 2011 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

South East Asia not well prepared for floods: UN

floods in South East Asia

The floods that are devastating South East Asia have shown how the region is not well prepared to reduce risks caused by disasters. That's the conclusion of the United Nations risk reduction agency, (UNISDR) as the region faces devastating floods that have killed more than 200 children in Cambodia, Vietnam and Thailand. UNISDR spokesman in [...]

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UN Radio News 21 October 2011

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UN human rights office “disappointed” Qadhafi didn't face his day in court

Rupert Colville

The United Nations human rights office says it's disappointed that Muammar Qadhafi won't face judicial proceedings over serious human rights violations committed in Libya during his 42-year rule. The human rights office says it is not clear whether the late Libyan leader was killed in some form of fighting or was executed after his capture. [...]

21 Oct 2011 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Kenyan police officers deployed at Somali refugee camps

Dadaab complex

More Kenyan police officers are being deployed to enhance security at the Dadaab complex hosting over 460,000 Somali refugees, according to the United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR). On Thursday last week, gunmen abducted two Spanish aid workers and their Kenyan colleagues. UNHCR spokesman, Andrej Mahecic says his agency and its partners have continued to provide [...]

21 Oct 2011 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Need to reverse land degradation underlined at a global meeting

Gibson Desert, W.A., Australia

Over the next 25 years, land degradation could reduce global food production by as much as 12 percent while the population continues to grow. This warning comes from the UN Conference on combating desertification known as COP 10 which concluded in Changwon, South Korea on Friday. UN Radio's Jérôme Longué, reports that the outcomes of [...]

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Preparing for a post-Qadhafi era

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

Libyans on all sides of the conflict are being asked by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to lay down their arms and rebuild the nation following reports of Muammar Qadhafi's death. A civil war broke out in February when protests asking for the Libyan leader to step down were met with violent repression by the army. [...]

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UN Radio News 20 October 2011

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Libyans asked to unite following Qadhafi's death

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

Libyans have been urged to unite as they face the future following the death of former Libyan leader Muammar Qadhafi on Thursday. The call has come from UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon amid reports that Mr. Qadhafi was killed as forces of the National Transitional Council tried to arrest him in his hometown of Sirte. Mr. [...]

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Malawi asked to explain failure to arrest Sudan's al-Bashir

Authorities in Malawi have been asked by the International Criminal Court (ICC) to explain why they did not arrest Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir during his visit last week. The ICC has an arrest warrant against Mr. Bashir on charges of genocide and war crimes committed during the conflict in Sudan's Darfur region. The Sudanese president [...]

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AIDS leads to increase in child-headed households in Mozambique

Sisters have been living by themselves since both their parents died

The spread of HIV/AIDS has led to an increase in child-headed households in Africa, particularly in Mozambique. An estimated 24 thousand homes in the country are made up entirely of children, according to UNICEF, the UN Children's Fund. Mayke Huijbregths tells Gerry Adams how UNICEF is working with the Government to address the needs of [...]

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ICC asks Malawi why it failed to arrest Sudan's al-Bashir

The International Criminal Court buildings

  The African country of Malawi has been asked by the International Criminal Court or the ICC to explain why it did not arrest Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir during his visit last week. The Sudanese president was in Malawi to attend a regional trade bloc summit along with other African leaders. Malawi is a signatory [...]

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Over 1,000 African migrants from Libya arrive in Chad

More than 1,200 Sub-Saharan African migrants have arrived in Chad from the southern Libyan city of Sebha, according to the International Organization for Migration (IOM). The migrants had been trapped in recent fighting in Sebha between forces of the new Libyan authorities and loyalists to Muammar Qadhafi, who was reportedly killed on Thursday. The migrants, [...]

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Countries need to invest more in drylands, urges new report

Iran Nomads

Delegates at a conference on combating desertification have agreed on a blueprint to step up efforts to protect and revitalize drylands. An estimated two billion people worldwide depend on drylands and their degradation is threatening their livelihoods. Drylands cover 40% of the world's land surface. Jerome Longué is in Changwon, South Korea, where the UN [...]

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Situation of people of African descent "remains dire"

Navi Pillay

People of African descent, particularly women and girls, continue to face discrimination and live in poverty around the world. That's what the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay told a gathering on women of African descent in New York on Wednesday. She said 2011 is being observed as the International Year for [...]

19 Oct 2011 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Africa could see strong growth in 2012, says IMF

Antoinette Sayeh

At a time when Europe and America are seeing job cuts and shrinking economies, the International Monetary Fund is predicting strong growth for sub-Saharan Africa, almost six per cent, actually, for next year. However, some of Africa's wealthier countries could get left behind. Derrick Mbatha has more. (Duration: 3’09″)

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"The Man Who Stopped the Desert''

An individual in Burkina Faso has given a real meaning to the expression 'one person can make a difference.' He's not a politician or a rich businessman but  an illiterate peasant. Meet Yacouba Sawadogo, a man who has transformed the lives of thousands of people across the Sahel region by stopping the expansion of the [...]

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Floods kill 800 people in South East Asia

floods in Thailand

The situation across South East Asia remains serious, as rains continue to pound countries such as Thailand and the fear of waterborne diseases caused by flooding looms. The UN's relief agency OCHA says more than 800 people have been killed in Thailand, Viet Nam, Cambodia and the Philippines since July this year and the heavy [...]

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Youth job crisis is getting worse, says new UN report

young people

If you're young and seeking to find a job in the present economic conditions, be prepared for the worst. That's the message the International Labour Organization or ILO gave in its latest report on Monday. ILO warned of a "scarred" generation of young workers facing a dangerous mix of high unemployment, increased inactivity and high [...]

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Civil society calls for end to land grabbing

desertification in Africa

Non-governmental organizations attending the UN conference on combating desertification in Changwon, South Korea have called for an end to land grabbing. It is estimated that 227 million hectares of land belonging to local communities and indigenous people, mainly in Africa, have been sold or licensed to international investors, through secret deals since 2001. Non-governmental organizations [...]

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800 people killed by floods Southeast Asia

Prokeab village in Kampong Thom province shows the overwhelming impact of flood waters on people's lives and livelihoods.

Eight hundred people have been killed by floods in Southeast Asia as rains continue to pound the region, according to the UN humanitarian agency (OCHA). OCHA says the situation remains serious and there is fear of waterborne diseases caused by flooding. It estimates that 8 million people have been affected by the floods in Thailand, [...]

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Sub-Saharan Africa's economy to grow by 6 per cent

Crane loads cocoa shipment in Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire: strong commodity prices are helping to support growth in sub-Saharan Africa

The economies of Sub-Saharan African countries are expected to grow by nearly 6 per cent in 2012, according to the International Monetary Fund (IMF). The agency says that economic growth has remained strong in the region where low income countries weathered the global economic slowdown well. Charles Appel reports. In its latest forecast, the International [...]

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Piracy threatens West Africa's economy

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon addresses a meeting of the Security Council on the growing threat posed by piracy in the Gulf of Guinea on the West African coast.

  A mission of United Nations experts is going to West Africa in the coming days to examine the scope of the threat posed by piracy in the region. United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told delegates during Wednesday's Security Council meeting on piracy in the Gulf of Guinea. Mr. Ban said that piracy continues to [...]

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Youth in developed countries hardest hit by unemployment

Young people

Young people in the developed countries have been hardest hit by unemployment as a result of the global economic crisis according to the International Labour Organization (ILO). In a new report, the agency warns of what it calls a 'scarred' generation of young people who don't have jobs. It says that globally the number of [...]

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US non-profit helps African asylum seekers

Joseph Chuman

A non-profit organization in the US State of New Jersey is helping asylum seekers from Africa gain legal status in the country. Asylum claims to industrialized nations like the US and Europe have increased by 17% in the first half of 2011. The majority of people who come to the Bergen County Sanctuary Committee for [...]

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UN honours Maya Angelou

A close-up of acclaimed poet, writer and activist Maya Angelou who is being honoured by the UN

  American poet and author Maya Angelou is being honoured at the United Nations as one of the elders of the community of literary greats and a strong voice for human and civil rights. 2011 has been proclaimed the International Year for People of African Descent in recognition of their rich contributions to the global [...]

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Hamas celebrates release of prisoners

A Palestinian released in the exchange of prisoners by Israel and Hamas in 2011

Major celebrations took place in Ramallah and Gaza on Tuesday as Palestinian prisoners were released by Israel. Indirect negotiations between Hamas and Israel led to the freeing of over 1,000 Palestinian prisoners in exchange for one Israel soldier, Gilad Shalit. The much publicized swap reportedly took five years to negotiate. Hamid Seyam, a Professor at [...]

18 Oct 2011 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

Shalit deal sets a dangerous precedent, says Middle East expert

Dov Waxman

The "son of Israel" might be free, but at what cost, is the question some in Israel are asking. Gilad Shalit, an Israeli soldier was released on Tuesday in exchange for 1,027 Palestinian prisoners. Dov Waxman, a professor from Baruch College in New York, believes it sets a dangerous precedent. He says although the deal [...]

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Prolonged solitary confinement is torture, says expert

Juan Mendez

Long term solitary confinement in excess of 15 days could amount to torture and should be banned, says Juan Mendez, the UN Special Rapporteur on Torture. Quoting scientific studies, Mendez says indefinite and prolonged solitary confinement or isolation causes mental damage. Juveniles, persons with mental disabilities or in pre-trial detention should not be isolated because [...]

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Malaria-affected countries on course to eliminate disease

Eric Mouzin

  The fight against Malaria is yielding results around the world. A global report by the World Health Organization reveals that more and more states are taking the threat of malaria seriously. Three countries, including Morocco, have completely eradicated the disease in the last four years. WHO also says that nearly a third of all [...]

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Gilad Shalit release draws mixed feelings in Israel

Yigal Polmer

There are mixed feelings in Israel over the release of Gilad Shalit, a soldier who has been held captive by Hamas for five years, according to Yigal Palmor, a spokesperson for the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs. There has been intense pressure by the public for his release, but fears of renewed attacks against Israel [...]

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Israeli-Palestinian prisoner exchange welcomed by UN chief

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (centre) gives a statement on the Israeli-Palestinian prisoner exchange taking place today.

The prisoner exchange between Israelis and Palestinians on Tuesday has been welcomed by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit has been released by the Palestinian movement Hamas and 477 Palestinians by Israeli authorities. Under a deal between Israel and Hamas another group of 550 Palestinians are to be released next month. The Secretary-General [...]

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Information on climate helps poor farmers

desertification in Africa

  Providing scientific information about climate and weather patterns particularly in developing countries helps farmers to engage in agriculture and fight desertification. That's according to the head of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), Michel Jarraud who is attending a conference on combating desertification in Changwon, South Korea. WMO is working on a new Global Framework [...]

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A third of malaria-affected countries on path to eradicating disease

Woman protected by an insecticide net

Nearly a third of the 108 countries affected by malaria are on course to eliminating the disease in the next decade, according to a new global report on malaria. The Roll Back Malaria Partnership together with the World Health Organization authored the report. It reveals how three countries, including Morocco and Turkmenistan, have been declared [...]

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Asylum applications set to be the highest in eight years

Afghan refugee children

  The number of people seeking asylum in industrialized countries has increased by 17% during the first half of 2011, according to the UN refugee agency, UNHCR. The number of applications could be the highest in eight years. Charles Appel reports. UNHCR predicts that there could be as many as 420,000 asylum applications by the [...]

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Yemen: rights office speaks out against killing of protestors

Yemen map

The UN human rights office has condemned the killing of unarmed protestors by Yemen's security forces on Saturday. It also reports that hundreds more were wounded in the capital Sana'a and southern city of Taiz. The people are demanding an end to President Ali Abdullah Saleh's 33 year rule. Rupert Colville is the spokesperson for [...]

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Deportations of Eritreans by Sudan condemned

Eritrean refugees on their way home from Sudan

The deportation of Eritrean asylum-seekers by Sudanese authorities on Monday has been condemned by the United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR). The Eritreans who had been detained for several weeks in Dongola, in Sudan's Northern State bordering Egypt, were convicted on charges of illegal entry and movement within Sudan. Adrian Edwards, Spokesperson for UNHCR, says that [...]

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UN Radio News 17 October 2011

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Plight of poor people highlighted on anti-poverty day

A young boy collects spilled grains from the air drop of food supplies by WFP

More than one billion people around the world are poor and living on less than $1.25 a day an issue being highlighted on International Day for the Eradication of Poverty. The theme for the day marked on Monday is "From Poverty to Sustainability: People at the Centre of Inclusive Development”. Since 1957, a non-governmental organisation [...]

17 Oct 2011 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

Palestinian women become bread makers and bread winners

Palestine: Bread-Winner, Bread-Maker

School meals being prepared by local Palestinian women are serving a two-fold purpose – they are helping to improve nutrition among children and providing the women a much needed income. It's all part of a programme that began in 2010. Supported by the Palestinian Authority, UN Women and the Government of Norway, the programme encourages [...]

16 Oct 2011 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

More than half of Cambodia’s HIV-affected households go hungry

UNAIDS logo

Cambodia has made some remarkable progress in halting the country's HIV epidemic. However, that's where the good news ends, according to a recent UN report. The report has found that more than half of Cambodians living with HIV were hungry and lacked adequate food supplies last year, compared to just over one third of those [...]

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Progress for women continues, social transformation lags behind

Rashida Manjoo

Laws fighting discrimination against women have been established, but putting them into practice has been a problem, a rights expert told the UN General Assembly. Special Rapporteur Rashida Manjoo was presenting a key thematic report on violence against women, its causes and consequences. Her mandate is to analyze violence against women in four spheres – [...]

15 Oct 2011 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

Clean hands save lives-celebrating Global Handwashing Day 2011

hand washing with soap

Lather up – it's the best way to prevent life threatening diseases. Clean hands save lives is the message for Global Hand Washing Day, being celebrated by millions of children in thousands of schools around the world on October 15th. The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) estimates diarrhoea alone kills over one million children each [...]

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UN holds debate on sex trafficking and abuse

The Whistleblower

A Hollywood movie which shows the alleged sexual trafficking of women in Bosnia in the 1990s by UN peacekeepers has been shown at UN headquarters in New York. The Whistleblower is a fictional account of events that are said to have taken place in Bosnia. A debate on how to counter sexual abuse and trafficking [...]

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Zero tolerance for sexual abuse, exploitation at the UN

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  Sexual exploitation will not be tolerated in any form. The UN Secretary-General, Ban-Ki moon reiterated this message at a discussion on sexual abuse and trafficking in war-torn countries, following the screening of The Whistleblower at the United Nations on Friday. The Whistleblower is a fictional account of events that are said to have taken [...]

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A Geometry of Hunger

A malnourished boy at a supplementary feeding centre in Ajiep/Sudan

This programme describes the challenges arising from the population growth in the 20th century for alimentation and nutrition. Duration: 14’00″

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Sex trafficking movie discussion at UN

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A Hollywood movie about the alleged involvement of United Nations peacekeepers in sex trafficking in Eastern Europe in the 1990s was recently shown at UN headquarters on Friday as part of a discussion on sexual abuse and trafficking in war-torn countries. The Whistleblower is a fictional account of events that are said to have taken [...]

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'A lot of room for abuse' in Libyan prisons, says UN rights official

Mona Rishmawi

A senior United Nations human rights official believes thousands of detainees are being tortured in Libya, many of whom are being held in makeshift prisons across the country. Mona Rishmawi from the UN Human Rights Office, recently visited Libya to assess the human rights situation and to discuss transitional justice. Ms Rishmawi says she's concerned [...]

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Aid agencies appeal for more funds for Pakistan flood efforts

Pakistan:  flood victims

Donors are being urged to provide funds to feed 2.5 million Pakistanis affected by floods in the southern province of Sindh. The World Food Programme (WFP) says it has already fed over a million people in eight districts of Sindh. WFP says the 27 million dollars received so far will allow them to feed those [...]

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Haitians clear half of all rubble

Residents remove rubble from their collapsed house in Haiti

More than 40 percent of the 10 million cubic metres of rubble caused by last year's Haiti earthquake has been removed in one of the largest-scale clearance operations of its kind by the United Nations and partners, coordinated by the UN Development Programme (UNDP). Homeowners and private enterprises have cleared an additional 10 percent of [...]

14 Oct 2011 | Posted in Caribbean News | Read More »

Making gender equality a reality is a central priority for CARICOM States: Guyana

George Talbot

Following a remarkable year in the promotion of gender equality and women's empowerment that was marked by the establishment of UN-Women and the launch of the Secretary-General's Global Strategy for Women's and Children's Health, it was now time to turn the momentum generated in 2010 into clear, tangible gains for women and girls everywhere. That's [...]

14 Oct 2011 | Posted in Caribbean News | Read More »

CARICOM grappling with challenges posed by misguided youth: St. Kitts and Nevis

Sam Condor

In today's global community, the international community must rely heavily on collective actions and solid partnerships, if States are to overcome the many common challenges they face. So says St.Kitts-Nevis' Foreign Minister Sam Condor. He told the General Assembly's 66th session that among these challenges are the misguided or ill-considered choices that are made by [...]

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FAO unveils first online TV channel to end hunger

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A multilingual online TV channel is being launched ahead of World Food Day 2011 by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). The move is part of a global anti-hunger campaign organized by the agency to educate people on the issue and get them involved in ending the scourge. FAO is also asking people to give [...]

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INDONESIAN #23: FOKUS FOKUS KITA

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Thailand floods head towards capital

floods in Thailand

One third of Thailand has been affected by heavy flooding, killing close to 300 people, according to the Thai government estimates. Now with water heading towards the country's capital, Bangkok and residents are busy stocking up on food, water and candles in case they are confined to their homes. Meanwhile, local officials are busy setting [...]

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Father of captured Israeli soldier talks ahead of son’s release

Gilad Shalit

A young Israeli soldier captured by Hamas more than five years ago, is due to be released in the coming days in exchange for the release of over 1,000 Palestinian prisoners. Gilad Shalit, will be freed as part of a deal that has been reached by Israel and Hamas which controls Gaza. Noam Shalit, the [...]

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High food prices here to stay, says FAO

Rice field in the Kenyan community of Ahero

Millions of people around the world will remain vulnerable, as high food prices are here to stay, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).  The Agency says continued under-funding of agriculture is the biggest cause of the problem but growing populations and climate change are also contributing to price hikes. FAO's Abdessalam Ould Ahmed [...]

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Millions lather up for Global Handwashing Day

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  Washing hands with soap is being promoted as an effective, simple and affordable way to prevent disease. Millions of people around the world are expected to take part in events on Global Handwashing Day on Saturday , to highlight the importance of washing, particularly after using the toilet or before handling food. The United [...]

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"Protective action" urged as Syrian killings continue

pro-democracy protests in Syria

A top UN human rights official has urged the international community to take immediate measures to protect Syrians, as security forces continue their attacks on the population. Expressing dismay at the worsening human rights situation in the country, Navi Pillay, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, said the Government had manifestly failed to protect [...]

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African economies continue to grow

Rice farming in Madagascar

Economies in Sub-Saharan Africa continue to grow despite the current global economic slowdown. The continent has been growing at an average of five per cent over the past years and that trend is expected to continue. The New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD) is playing an important role in this as the blueprint for the continent's [...]

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Sex trafficking movie discussion at UN

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A Hollywood movie about the alleged involvement of United Nations peacekeepers in sex trafficking in eastern Europe in the 1990s is being shown at UN headquarters on Friday as part of a discussion on sexual abuse and trafficking in war-torn countries. The Whistleblower is a fictional account of events that are said to have taken [...]

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Aid workers kidnapped from Kenyan refugee camp

A senior United Nations official today expressed shock and anger at the abduction of two female NGO workers and the shooting of their driver at Kenya's Dadaab refugee camp. António Guterres, UN High Commissioner for Refugees, called the kidnapping "wholly unacceptable." Mr Guterres also appealed for their immediate return. The two Médecins Sans Frontières staff [...]

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Thailand floods head towards capital

floods in Thailand

One third of Thailand has been affected by heavy flooding, killing close to 300 people, according to Government estimates. With the waters heading towards the country's capital, Bangkok, residents are busy stocking up on food, water and candles in case they are confined to their homes. Meanwhile, local officials are busy setting up prevention measures [...]

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FAO helping Kenyan farmers to harvest rainwater

Kenyan farmers

Farmers in Kenya's east are bracing themselves for the rainy season. More than 5,000 farming households are getting help from the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) in conserving rain water and in preventing soils from being washed away. In return for their work, farmers receive vouchers that can be redeemed for food and building materials. [...]

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More than 500,000 Iraqi children to receive meals at school

Iraqi children in school

Half a million Iraqi children in primary schools around the country will benefit from a school feeding programme at the start of the new academic year, according to the World Food Programme (WFP). The children will come from the country's most vulnerable districts and will receive a mid-day snack under this new programme. The meals [...]

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Youth should be involved in disaster reduction, says UN

flooding in Léogâne, Haiti in 2010

As Bangkok prepares itself for possible flooding this weekend, the world is observing the International Day for Disaster Reduction. The theme in 2011 recognizes the role children and young people can play in responding to disasters. This comes as a power message, especially in a year that has already seen a famine in the Horn [...]

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Bangkok braces for heavy flooding this weekend

floods in Thailand

Bangkok is now preparing for the worst, as flood waters threaten to breach the city's barriers in the next days. With additional rains forecast and waters from the Northern provinces headed for the capital, the Government is taking all necessary precautions. Water heading for Bangkok is being diverted, sandbags have been laid around the Chao Phraya [...]

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Citizens should learn to adapt to climate change

Sarista Foundation

As densely populated countries like India become more vulnerable to natural disasters, as well as climate change, governments and people need to be better prepared. One such way is for citizens to better adapt to climactic challenges. In India, the Sarista Foundation teaches the most vulnerable communities to reduce risks from disasters and impacts of [...]

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Africa's economic growth to continue

Ibrahim Assane Mayaki

The perception of Africa as a place where poverty, hunger, disease and civil war are the norm is fast changing. That's what Deputy Secretary-General, Asha Rose Migiro told participants at the World Knowledge Forum in Seoul, Korea on Wednesday. The continent has had a robust growth of more than 5 per cent, on average, over [...]

12 Oct 2011 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Africa lags behind in cutting TB deaths

stop tuberculosis

For the first time in over a decade, there has been a fall in the number of tuberculosis or TB infections and deaths, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). WHO says the world is on track to achieve the goal of cutting the number of people who die from tuberculosis or TB by 50 [...]

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Post-conflict African countries urged to reform security sector

Security Council Chamber

The need to reform the army, police, prisons and other security agencies in countries emerging from conflict in Africa has been high on the Security Council's agenda. Reforming these sectors has been critical to ensuring peace and promoting development during reconstruction. The Council met on Wednesday to discuss this issue which is known as security [...]

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Reform of army, police 'crucial' to prevent conflict

Hervé Ladsous, head of UN peacekeeping operations

Reforming the army and other security agencies is crucial for preventing conflicts from breaking out again. That's what the head of the United Nations peacekeeping operations, Hervé Ladsous, told the Security Council as it met to discuss security sector reforms in Africa. He cited Liberia as an example, where security sector issues were not addressed [...]

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Yemen facing severe food crisis

rising food prices

  Yemen is in the middle of a severe food crisis as it grapples with political instability and rising prices of food. Millions of people in Yemen, including children, are starving, according to the World Food Programme (WFP) on Wednesday. The agency will soon be launching programmes to feed over three and a half million Yemeni. [...]

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Tallying of ballots begins in Liberia

Liberians shelter themselves from a heavy downpour at a polling center in Monrovia during the national elections on 11 October.

Despite the rain, voters in Liberia lined up in the capital Monrovia and other areas of the country on Tuesday to vote for a new president and members of parliament. It is the first time that Liberians have organized and managed the elections themselves since the end of a 14 year civil war in 2003. [...]

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Still possible to eliminate AIDS-related deaths, says UN expert

UNAIDS Goodwill Ambassadors shine spotlight on HIV in BRICS countries and beyond

It's still possible to achieve the goal of zero new HIV infections and to eliminate AIDS-related deaths world-wide. That's the message given by the Executive Director of UNAIDS, at a Millennium Development Goal Conference on achieving the goal of combating HIV/AIDS, Malaria and other major diseases. Delegates at the international forum highlighted the contribution by [...]

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Millions in Yemen starving as political deadlock continues

Yemeni family receiving WFP food assistance WFP/Atheer Najim

Political instability and rising food prices are causing millions of people in Yemen to go hungry. That's the warning being given by the World Food Programme (WFP) on Wednesday. The situation is being described as “dire” with malnutrition rates among children exceeding 50 per cent. And the price of basic commodities like bread has doubled [...]

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Liberia counting votes following elections

Liberian woman displays proof of her voting in the national elections on October 11

The process of tallying ballot papers has begun in Liberia following general elections on Tuesday. Voters cast their ballots without any major security incident throughout the country, according to the UN Mission in Liberia (UNMIL). It is the first time that the National Electoral Commission has been fully charged with organizing and running the elections since [...]

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HINDI #40: Antar Rashtriya Patrika

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PART I:  Nobel Peace Prize honours women and non-violent struggle. 5'50'' PART II: Never Again, the charter to end extreme hunger. 4'00'' PART III: UN radio archive: a treasure trove of priceless recordings. 3'26'' Narrated and Produced by Ambalika Misra Duration:15’00″

11 Oct 2011 | Posted in Asian Voices | Read More »

Newly installed field hospital in Somalia helps displaced

field hospital in Dolow, Somalia

Scores of internally displaced Somalis are moving to bigger cities like the capital Mogadishu in search of health care. To stop the huge influx and decentralize health care in emergency settings, the World Health Organization (WHO)  has set up a field hospital in Dolow, Somalia. Jocelyne Sambira has more. Duration: 2’49″

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INDONESIAN #22: FOKUS FOKUS KITA

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Duration: 7’46″

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INDONESIAN #21: FOKUS FOKUS KITA

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Duration: 10’40″

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URDU #39: Bain Ul Aqwami Manzarnama

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1.Nobel Peace Prize to 3 women welcomed by Ban Ki-moon 2.Criminals, terrorists behind wave of violent protests, says Syria's Deputy Foreign Minister 3.Outbreak of measles reported in Europe, Africa and the Americas by WHO 4.Afghanistan facing severe drought:World Food Program 5.UN peacekeeping operations head says Abyei “potential source of tension” 6.Murder rate rising in the [...]

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URDU #38: Bain Ul Aqwami Manzarnama

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1.Syria urged to allow human rights experts to visit the country 2.Bahrain criticized for jailing medical staff 3.UN Envoy de Mistura : No alternative to political solution in Afghanistan 4.Terrorism still a “potent threat”:UN chief 5.UN membership for Palestine on Security Council agenda 6.UN official says Palestinian authority ready to run state 7.Displaced persons living [...]

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URDU #37: Bain Ul Aqwami Manzarnama

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1.Bob Geldorf calls for political leadership to help Horn of Africa 2.OCHA head Valerie Amos stresses need for saving lives in Horn of Africa 3.Prime Minister of Lesotho calls for consistence in dealing with conflicts 4.Palestinian authority applies for full UN membership 5.South Sudan wants help in getting out of the 'abyss of poverty' 6.Cofidence [...]

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Situation in Yemen is becoming 'catastrophic': UN envoy

displaced Yemeni boy

The crisis in Yemen is rapidly escalating as fighting continues between forces loyal to President Ali Abdullah Saleh and those opposed to his rule. Scores of people have been killed by security forces trying to quell the mass protests by people demanding the resignation of the president. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said the situation in [...]

11 Oct 2011 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

Human Rights Council members come under Syrian attack

Faysal Mekdad, Syria's Deputy Foreign Minister

A report reviewing the human rights situation in Syria has been adopted by the United Nations Human Rights Council – but not without Syria accusing some council members of politicizing the review. The Universal Periodic Review of Syria is part of a continual examination of the human rights performance of all UN member countries. The [...]

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Political standoff in Yemen deepens crisis

The situation in Yemen is becoming catastrophic, according to Jamal Benomer, the United Nations Secretary-General's Special Adviser for Yemen. A political deadlock in Yemen has led to a worsening of the economic and humanitarian situation, exacerbating the nine month old crisis. Meanwhile, fighting continues between forces loyal to the president and those opposed to his [...]

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Saudi Arabia: UN distressed by public executions

Migrant workers from Bangladesh

The United Nations says it's deeply distressed by the spate of public executions that took place in Saudi Arabia last Friday. Ten men were executed last Friday….eight of whom were migrant workers from Bangladesh. They were reportedly convicted for killing an Egyptian security guard in 2007. The Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights [...]

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Three peacekeepers killed in North Darfur

Egyptian peacekeepers at work in North Darfur, Sudan

Three peacekeepers of the joint African Union – United Nations mission in Darfur (UNAMID) have been killed in an attack by unidentified assailants in North Darfur. According to UNAMID, this brings the number of its peacekeepers killed in hostile action to 33 since the beginning of the mission in January 2008. UNAMID spokesman Kemal Saiki [...]

11 Oct 2011 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Opium production in Afghanistan increases by 61 per cent

A member of the newly trained Afghan National Police (ANP) patrols through a poppy field in Mian Poshteh

Opium production has risen by over 60 per cent in Afghanistan this year. That's according to a report released Tuesday by the UN and Afghan Government. The UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) says poppy cultivation in the country also increased by 7 per cent in 2011, due to insecurity, economic hardship and high prices. [...]

11 Oct 2011 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Thousands affected by cholera epidemics in West and Central Africa

A man digs a latrine for his family in Cote d'Ivoire © UNICEF Cote d'Ivoire

The United Nations Children's Agency (UNICEF) says that it's dealing with one of the worst ever outbreaks of cholera in the West and Central African region, with children being particularly vulnerable to the disease. So far this year, more than 85,000 cases have been reported amongst all age groups and 2,466 people have died. Cholera [...]

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Concern over rise in attacks against Palestinian civilians

Palestinian children play at a beach refugee camp in Gaza City

The United Nations human rights office is calling on the Israeli government to protect Palestinian civilians and property in the occupied Palestinian territory. The call follows an increase in violence by Israeli settlers against Palestinians in the West Bank since the beginning of September. The human rights office says it's particularly concerned about the situation [...]

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West and Central Africa face biggest ever cholera epidemic

Children spread cholera prevention messages by performing a skit in Cameroon, as part of Plan International's cholera fight

So far this year, more than 85,000 cases of cholera have been reported in West and Central Africa – of those 2,466 people have died. The United Nations Children's Agency (UNICEF) says that it's dealing with one of the worst ever cholera outbreaks in the region. Nicki Chadwick reports. Duration: 2’23″

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Violence against women remains widespread: UN expert

Rashida Manjoo

Violence against women is pervasive and widespread, a new UN report has found. The report on violence against women was presented to the UN General Assembly on Monday by Special Rapporteur, Rashida Manjoo. Ms Manjoo said any violence against women is unacceptable and called on States to uphold human rights obligations by preventing acts of [...]

10 Oct 2011 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

"Challenging agenda" for General Assembly President

Nassir Abdulaziz Nasser Al-Nasser

Solving world political issues through diplomacy and mediation is set to be at the centre of the work of the United Nations General Assembly over the next year. The 66th session of the main deliberative body of the UN has recently begun and a new President chosen to manage business for the year. Nassir Abdulaziz [...]

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Ban appeals for calm in Egypt after deadly protests

Raising the cross, Christian women protest against the killing of Christian demonstrators in a Sunday evening clash with military police in Cairo/IRIN

  United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has voiced deep sadness at Sunday night's clashes in Cairo that left dozens dead and almost 300 people injured. Media reports indicate the killings occurred when a group of Coptic Christians clashed with military forces over a recent attack against a church. Tensions between Muslims and the minority Coptic [...]

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Food shortages in South Sudan cause for concern

Produce for sale at the market in Yei, Central Equatoria State, South Sudan

Unpredictable rains, conflict and the return of over 300,000 refugees are some of the factors behind food shortages in South Sudan. The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) warns of a looming food crisis where 1.3 million people are at risk. A recent crop assessment predicts that the country will at best produce only half of the [...]

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DRC's natural resources can drive growth in Africa

The Democractic Republic of Congo has half of Africa's forests and water resources

The Democratic Republic of the Congo can drive Africa's economic development if its vast forests and mineral reserves are used wisely. That's the outcome of an assessment undertaken by the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP). The country's tropical rainforests extend over 1.5 million square kilometres and account for more than half of Africa's forest resources. [...]

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Universal energy access by 2030, says UN Secretary-General

windmills

The lack of access to modern energy is a threat to realizing the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). That's the message United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon gave at a conference in Oslo on Monday. He said energy poverty is detrimental to economic growth and job creation and that the answer lies in providing access to affordable [...]

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High food prices likely to continue worldwide

The State of Food Insecurity in the World 2011

Families might be forced to cut back on nutritious food because of food price hikes, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). In its State of Food Insecurity in the World (SOFI 2011) report, FAO says price volatility is dangerous for food security and is likely to continue to increase over the next decade. FAO [...]

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Afghan intelligence and police guilty of torture

An inmate at Dai Kundi Central Prison in Nili, Afghanistan

Prisoners suspected of being Taliban fighters or implicated in crimes associated with the armed conflict in Afghanistan are being 'systematically tortured' while in the hands of Afghan police or intelligence agents. That's according to a new report by the United Nations Assistance Mission to Afghanistan (UNAMA). Half of the 400 detainees interviewed in Afghan prisons [...]

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Liberians to elect their leaders on Tuesday

A Liberian checks voter lists before casting his ballot

Liberians are going to the polls on Tuesday to vote for their president and members of parliament. It is the first time that the elections will be organized and run by the Liberia National Electoral Commission. The country, which is recovering from a 14-year civil war, has enjoyed peace for eight years. Derrick Mbatha spoke [...]

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UN mission to deploy as Liberians vote

elections in Liberia

As Liberians go to the polls to elect a new President on Tuesday, the UN mission in the country, (UNMIL) is going to ensure that the voting is peaceful. The assurance was given by the head of UNMIL, Ellen Margrethe Løj, who spoke to Liberians through UNMIL Radio. She says UNMIL has been standing side [...]

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Global food prices to remain high and volatile

rising food prices

Food prices are likely to become even more volatile in the coming years, putting to risk poor families and small farmers. That's the stern warning given in a joint United Nations report released on Monday. Small import dependent countries, particularly in Africa are especially most vulnerable. The report also says that crises, including the famine [...]

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Afghan conflict-related detainees suffer 'systematic' torture

Detainees at Bamyan Central Prison, Afghanistan

  Afghan detainees across the country have been subjected to some form of torture by Afghan authorities, according to a new UN report.  The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) concluded this after interviewing detainees related to the conflict, who were being held by the police or the country's intelligence agency.  The Mission says [...]

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Angelina Jolie expands her UN role; Serena Williams takes on a new one

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A Hollywood star expands her role working with the UN's Refugee agency (UNHCR) and a tennis star takes the UN's Children's Fund (UNICEF) on as a new partner off the court. Award winning actress Angelina Jolie will now be a UNHCR Special Envoy in some of the world's most difficult refugee situations. Champion tennis player [...]

8 Oct 2011 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

Antigua and Barbuda urges reparations for damage done by slavery

Baldwin Spencer, Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda

NARRATOR: Antigua and Barbuda has long argued that the legacy of slavery, segregation and racial violence against people of African descent have severely impaired their advancement as nations, communities and individuals across the economic, social and political spectra. Prime Minister Baldwin Spencer told the 66th UN General Assembly that in seeking redress for the injustices [...]

7 Oct 2011 | Posted in Caribbean News | Read More »

CARICOM States recording regression in social development goals: St. Lucia

Ambassador Donatus St. Aimee, St. Lucia's representative

NARRATOR:  CARICOM Member States, like much of the rest of the world, are all recording regression in social development goals. That's what St. Lucia's representative Ambassador Donatus St. Aimee told the General Assembly's committee that deals with social, humanitarian and cultural affairs during its discussion on social development. Speaking on behalf of the Caribbean Community [...]

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Developing countries bear the brunt of upheaval in global economy: Belize

Janine Elizabeth Coye-Felson, representative of Belize

NARRATOR: The international community has had to grapple with the negative effects of successive interlocking crises – from the food crisis and the fuel crisis to one of the most devastating financial crises of recent times. That's what the representative of Belize JANINE ELIZABETH COYE-FELSON told the General Assembly's Economic and Financial Committee as it [...]

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Homicide rates in Central America and the Caribbean "near crisis

Ambassador Raymond Wolfe, Jamaica's representative

NARRATOR: The UN office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) has released its first Global Study on Homicide, which shows that young men, particularly in Central and South America, the Caribbean and Central and Southern Africa, are at greatest risk of falling victim to intentional homicide but that women are at greatest risk of murder owing [...]

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UN Daily News 07 October 2011

News and features from United Nations Radio.

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Angelina Jolie expands her UN role; Serena Williams takes on a new one

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A Hollywood star expands her role working with the UN's Refugee agency and a tennis star takes the UN's Children's Fund on as a new partner off the court. Award winning actress Angelina Jolie will now be a UNHCR Special Envoy in some of the world's most difficult refugee situations. Champion tennis player Serena Williams [...]

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Syria denies using excessive force on protesters

  Syria says criminals and terrorists are behind the wave of violent protests that have going on in the country since March. Addressing the UN Human Right Council, Syria’s deputy foreign minister Faisal Mekdad said his country is under attack from criminals who have killed 1,200 citizens with arms supplied by neighboring countries. He accused [...]

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Alarm over measles outbreaks

A large outbreak of measles has been reported in Europe, Africa and the Americas according to the World Health Organization. Close to 160,000 measles cases have been reported worldwide since January this year. WHO says Africa bears the burden of the outbreak with over 130,000 cases. The highest case load is in the DR Congo [...]

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Meeting anti-poverty goals possible in Africa

children in school

It's possible in Africa to meet the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) set by world leaders in 2000 to eradicate extreme poverty by 2015. That's the conclusion of a United Nations report, launched on Thursday, on progress that Africa has made in achieving the goals. But some African countries lag behind, says the report. The report [...]

6 Oct 2011 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

UN launches $142 million appeal as Afghanistan drought worsens

If the fighting and insecurity isn't enough, Afghanistan is now facing a severe drought that has affected almost half the country. The World Food Programme today is warning that people are left with less than two months of food.  In order to help an estimated 3 million people in 14 provinces, the United Nations has [...]

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UN Daily News 06 October 2011

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UN Daily News 05 October 2011

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UN Daily News 04 October 2011

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Guinea-worm disease eradication hit by lack of funds

Safe clean drinking water

The Guinea-worm disease is on the verge of eradication, but progress is being slowed down by lack of funding, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). Fewer than 1,800 cases of the disease were reported last year compared to an estimated 3.5 million cases in the mid 1980s. WHO says the disease is still endemic in four African [...]

4 Oct 2011 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Desmond Tutu addresses UN Special Committee

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  Nobel Peace Prize Archbishop Desmond Tutu denounces the Apartheid regime in South Africa in this speech before the Special Political Committee. Duration: 33′

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UN Daily News 03 October 2011

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Refugees, displaced and stateless people facing hard times

The ever growing complexity of conflicts and the intensity of natural disasters is making it harder to find solutions for the worlds 43 million refugees, internally displaced and stateless people according to the UN refugee agency, UNHCR. Head of UNHCR António Guterres says greater concerted efforts is needed by the international community to prevent conflict, [...]

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African migrants evacuated from southern Libya

More than 1,200 African migrants who have been stranded in the southern Libyan city of Sebha are being evacuated to Chad by the International Organization for Migration. The Migrants left Sebha on a convoy of 15 trucks on Sunday 2nd October. The journey to Chad is expected to last seven days. The group was part [...]

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Liberia's upcoming elections "test" for the country

Joseph Boakai

 Liberia's commitment to democratic governance and peaceful coexistence will be tested this month with the election on October 11. Vice President Joseph Boakai says every action is being taken to ensure it is free, fair, transparent and credible. It has been nearly a decade since the United Nations intervened in Liberia, ending a disastrous 14-year [...]

3 Oct 2011 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

Never again: the Charter to End Extreme Hunger

Ministerial Mini-Summit on the Humanitarian Response to the Horn of Africa

The warning signs of drought and famine will never be missed again if a new charter is implemented….well, that's according to the people behind the charter. Drought and famine in the Horn of Africa have killed tens of thousands of people in the past several months. Many say this disaster, in which millions more are [...]

2 Oct 2011 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

Women can be more effective when it comes to mediating disputes

  Women should be used more often to mediate disputes, because they can sometimes be more effective. That may not be something you often hear, but that's what Uganda's Vice-President Edward Kiwanuka Ssekandi believes. He hopes, given time that the African Union can play a greater role in helping mediate disputes in the region. Julie [...]

1 Oct 2011 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

Respect for human rights of older persons urged

International Day of Older Persons

Governments around the world are been urged to adopt measures to ensure that older people enjoy their rights, including their right to healthcare. The call has come from, Anand Grover, the United Nations independent expert on the right to health on the International Day of Older Persons on Saturday. Charles Appel reports. The independent expert [...]

1 Oct 2011 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Peace and stability in South-East Asia enhance region’s economic growth

Thongloun Sisoulith

Keeping peace and stability in the South-East Asia will help advance economic growth in the region. That's one of the messages Laos' Deputy Prime Minister delivered to the UN General Assembly. Thongloun Sisoulith said the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) had made progress based on its three pillars – political-security community, economic community and [...]

1 Oct 2011 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

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