General News

Tabla master Zakir Hussain says jazz is about freedom

Rehearsals took place at the General Assembly Hall  on Sunday for the first International Jazz Day to be celebrated on 30 April 2012.

The hall was abuzz with jazz. Stevie Wonder, Sheila E, Jimmy Heath, Angelique Kidjo, were among the musicians doing sound checks and what not.

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Major music stars perform at first International Jazz Day concert


On 30 April the United Nations will celebrate the first International Jazz Day with a star studded musical concert.

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Angelina Jolie and Selena Gomez advocate for the UN

Two famous women use their celebrity to advance humanitarian causes.

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Secretary-General urges young Indians to become global citizens

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is calling on young people in India to take their place in the country and the world.

In an address at Jamia Millia Islamia University in New Delhi on Friday, Mr. Ban said great opportunity awaits as India emerges as a global power.

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The road to the UN Rio+20 Summit: where are we?

Preparations for the UN Rio+20 Summit are moving along at a fast pace with just over a month to go before the world comes together to map out a plan for sustainability.

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Ghana leads in drive to stop mother to child HIV transmission

Preventing mother to child transmission of HIV is the focus of a new campaign by UNAIDS.

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“Justice has been delivered” in Charles Taylor verdict: victim

Victims of Sierra Leone’s brutal civil war celebrated as the guilty verdict against Charles Taylor was announced on Thursday.

Many watched the proceedings live from the Netherlands on a monitor at the UN backed Special Court for Sierra Leone in Freetown.

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UN court finds ex-Liberian leader guilty of war crimes

In a historic verdict, a United Nations-backed court has found former Liberian leader Charles Taylor guilty for his role in supporting rebels who committed atrocities during the civil war in Sierra Leone.

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Children’s lives in danger in Sahel

The Sahel region of West Africa is facing a serious food crisis brought on by drought that is threatening the lives of millions of people.

The crisis in the region, which covers eight countries, has been compounded by rising food and fuel prices, as well as conflict in Mali.

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Botswana presses ahead with economic development

Botswana is one of the only three countries that have graduated from the list of least developed countries, known as LDCs, since it was established in 1971.

The Southern African country was removed from the list in 1994,  Cape Verde graduated in 2007  followed by the Maldives in 2011.

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