World Video | Defence | Foreign Affairs | Natural Events | Trade | NZ in World News | NZ National News Video | NZ Regional News | Search


UN Radio: Annan Condemns Attack on Red Cross HQ

UN Radio: Annan Condemns Attack on Red Cross HQ

  • Click here to listen to this UN Radio report (real player)
  • Click here to listen to this UN Radio report (mp3)
  • Annan Condemns Attack on Red Cross Headquarters in Baghdad

    Secretary-General Kofi Annan says today's attack on the Baghdad headquarters of the International Committee of the Red Cross is a crime against humanity. A UN spokesperson says the Secretary-General is also deeply dismayed at the latest series of terrorist attacks which took place in Baghdad resulting in numerous deaths and casualties.
    UN spokesperson Marie Okabe says the Secretary-General unequivocally condemns these attacks in the strongest possible terms:

    "The Secretary-General deplores the targeting of the headquarters of the International Committee of the Red Cross in Baghdad. The ICRC is a universally respected humanitarian organization. Its neutrality and impartiality are the mainstays of its operation."

    The Secretary-General reiterated that all terrorist attacks from whatever quarter are morally repugnant and indefensible.

    Peoples of the World Want UN to be a Forum for Collective Responses: Annan

    The peoples of the world want the United Nations to be the forum for collective responses to common problems: Secretary-General Kofi Annan told the annual meeting of the Inter-Parliamentary Union that the people also wonder whether the United Nations is equal to the task. He said those who feel uniquely threatened by terrorism and weapons of mass destruction look to the United Nations and ask whether the UN is up to the job of protecting them and ensuring their security:

    "Yet those, perhaps the majority of the world's people, whose lives and livelihoods are endangered on a daily basis by disease and poverty, or by environmental degradation, or by civil or inter-state conflict, look to the United Nations and ask: why aren't you doing more to protect me and ensure my security? " The Secretary-General warned that a world in which billions are suffering from poverty, hunger, illiteracy and disease, and not advancing down the road of development, would not be a world of peace.

    Change is an Integral Part of the Way the UN Does Business: Frechette

    The Deputy-Secretary-General of the United Nations says UN reform is not a single, specific destination. Rather, she adds, it's a wide-ranging, all encompassing journey. Deputy-Secretary-General Louise Frechette told the General Assembly all of the reforms that have been achieved so far show not only that the United Nations can change, but that change is an integral part of the way it does business:

    "Ultimately, it's a state of mind - an openness to new ideas and partners, a continuous search for better ways of doing our work, a commitment to excellence, a talent for focusing on what matters, an appetite for service."

    The General Assembly is discussing United Nations reform aimed at revitalizing the Organization in the economic, social and related fields.

    UN Suspends Operations in Four Afghan Provinces

    The United Nations has suspended operations in four southern Afghan provinces due to increasing violence and terrorist activities. The UN's top peacekeeping official, Jean-Marie Guehenno, told the UN Security Council that many of the fundamental, structural causes of insecurity in Afghanistan remain unresolved. He warned that aid workers could be seen by local militants as targets:

    "Attacks against humanitarian workers are seriously jeopardizing the safety of our personnel and also limit the ability to conduct reconstruction and to support political activities. The trend toward targeting civilians supportive of or participationg in the central government and peace process supports the view that the United Nations must also be seen as a target."

    Under-Secretary-General Guehenno said that the security precautions greatly restrict reconstruction and activities in support of political processes.

    UNICEF to Spend More Than $100 Million on Polio Eradication

    The UN children's agency (UNICEF), has warned that a fresh outbreak of polio in Nigeria poses a potential threat to the neighbouring West African countries, among them Benin, Burkina Faso, Ghana, Niger and Togo. UNICEF said it plans to spend $130 million dollars in the area as part of its campaign to stamp out polio in the West African sub-region. The agency said thousands of volunteers in the neighbouring countries are working to ensure that all the children in the threatened countries are immunized within three days.

    © Scoop Media

    World Headlines


    At The UN: Paris Climate Agreement Moves Closer To Entry Into Force

    The Paris Agreement on climate change moved closer toward entering into force in 2016 as 31 more countries joined the agreement today at a special event hosted by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. More>>



    Gordon Campbell: On The End Game In Spain (And Other World News)

    The coverage of international news seems almost entirely dependent on a random selection of whatever some overseas news agency happens to be carrying overnight... Here are a few interesting international stories that have largely flown beneath the radar this past week. More>>

    Amnesty/Human Rights Watch: Appalling Abuse, Neglect Of Refugees On Nauru

    Refugees and asylum seekers on Nauru, most of whom have been held there for three years, routinely face neglect by health workers and other service providers who have been hired by the Australian government, as well as frequent unpunished assaults by local Nauruans. More>>


    Other Australian Detention

    Gordon Campbell: On The Censorship Havoc In South Africa’s State Broadcaster

    Demands have included an order to staff that there should be no further negative news about the country’s President Jacob Zuma, and SABC camera operators responsible for choosing camera angles that have allegedly made the President ‘look shorter’ were to be retrained... More>>


    Gordon Campbell: On A Bad Week For Malcolm Turnbull, And The Queen

    Malcolm Turnbull’s immediate goal – mere survival – is still within his grasp... In every other respect though, this election has been a total disaster for the Liberals. More>>


    Gordon Campbell: On Bidding Bye Bye To Boris

    Boris Johnson’s exit from the contest for Conservative Party leadership supports the conspiracy theory that he never really expected the “Leave” option to win the referendum – and he has no intention now of picking up the poisoned chalice that managing the outcome will entail... More>>


    Get More From Scoop

    Search Scoop  
    Powered by Vodafone
    NZ independent news