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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Legendary trumpeter Hugh Masekela on impact of jazz worldwide

South African trumpeter Hugh Masekela and other musicians rehearsed on Sunday in preparation for the first International Jazz Day which is being celebrated on Monday, 30 April.

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Herbie Hancock marks the first International Jazz Day

UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador Herbie Hancock says jazz is a universal language that does not need translation.

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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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Saving millions from malaria with Nothing But Nets

More than a million lives have been saved over the past decade due to increased investment in malaria prevention and control, according to the World Health Organization (

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Securing borders against illicit materials and goods

Across the globe, insecure borders enable the trafficking of drugs, weapons, contraband, terrorist funding, materials related to weapons of mass destruction, conflict minerals, wildlife and people.

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Irregular migrants fear state violence

Migrants who go to work in other countries may not only face violence from criminals, but also from government authorities in those countries according to a UN independent human rights expert.

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Bringing the world into better focus

A two-day United Nations-backed conference focused on developing a better global future through the power of storytelling and documentary film.

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Least developed countries need continued support

The United Nations recognizes that the least developed countries, known as the LDCs, need special international support to get out of poverty.

More than 880 million people in the world live in these countries, the majority of which are in Africa.

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