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Urgent action needed to stem cassava virus threatening East Africa – UN agency

16 November 2011 – The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) is urging swift action to tackle a cassava virus that is affecting large parts of East Africa and threatening a staple food crop for much of the region.

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UN human development rankings place Norway at the top and DR Congo last

 2 November 2011 –  Norway, Australia and the Netherlands lead this year’s newly released Human Development Index (HDI) rankings, the annual United Nations measure of progress in human well-being, while the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Niger and Burundi are at the bottom.

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On UN Day, Ban underlines need for unity to confront global challenges

24 October 2011 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today stressed the need for unity as the world seeks solutions for the key challenges facing humanity, from the economic crisis and diminishing job opportunities to the consequences of climate change.

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New Permanent Representative of Burundi Presents Credentials

NY 20 October 2011_The new Permanent Representative of Burundi to the United Nations, Herménégilde Niyonzima, presented his credentials today to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.
Before his appointment, Mr. Niyonzima had served as Burundi’s Ambassador to Libya since October 2009.

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China, Burundi to boost military cooperation

BEIJING, Oct. 20 (Xinhua) -- China will enhance military cooperation with Burundi so to contribute to the overall development of bilateral ties and China-Africa cooperation.

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UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s message for the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty

NY 17 October 2011_For decades the United Nations has worked to free people from poverty.  We have made great progress — but today those gains are in doubt.

Too many people are living in fear:  fear of losing their jobs; fear of not being able to feed their families; fear of being trapped forever in poverty, deprived of the human right to live with health and dignity and hope for the future.

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Security sector reform in African countries emerging from conflict vital, UN says

12 October 2011 – The Security Council today debated the need to reform the security sector in African countries emerging from conflict, with the United Nations peacekeeping chief calling it crucial to ensuring stability, reducing poverty and promoting sustainable development.

 

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Cholera outbreaks in Central, West Africa "one of the worst ever": UN

UNITED NATIONS, Oct. 11 (Xinhua) -- The United Nations Children 's Fund (UNICEF) on Tuesday called for an urgent increase in the efforts to combat what the UN agency described as "one of the worst ever" cholera outbreaks affecting large numbers of people across central and West Africa.

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Perpetrators of recent killings must be brought to justice, UN tells Burundi

23 September 2011 – Burundi, one of the first States targeted by the United Nations Peacebuilding Commission that seeks to prevent post-conflict countries from relapsing back into violence, today said a massacre perpetrated there earlier this week transmits a false image of the nation’s true situation.

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Secretary-General's message on International Day of Peace

 Every year on the International Day of Peace, people around the world commit to non-violence and to harmony among all peoples and nations.

Peace is our mission; our day-to-day quest. 

This year's theme focuses on the timely issue of peace and democracy. 

Democracy is a core value of the United Nations.

 

It is crucial for human rights.

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