Help build vulnerable island states’ resilience to extreme weather, urges senior UN official

14 November 2018 by 0 Comment Read for you 11 Views
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With Small Island Developing States (SIDS) bearing the brunt of economic losses from climate change, making them more resilient to extreme weather events must be a priority, said Inga Rhonda King, President of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), speaking at UN Headquarters in New York on Tuesday.
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Building climate resilience and peace, go hand in hand for Africa’s Sahel – UN forum

14 November 2018 by 0 Comment Read for you 12 Views
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To build a sustainable peace in Africa’s Sahel region, “urgent attention” is needed to mitigate the effects of climate change, and ensure that communities have access to sufficient opportunities, a joint meeting between the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) and the UN Peacebuilding Commission highlighted on Tuesday.
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Pakistan's schools crisis has 'devastating impact on millions of girls'

13 November 2018 by 0 Comment Read for you 15 Views
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Pakistan’s school system is in crisis, with a lack of government facilities creating “education deserts” for poor children, especially girls, according to a new report by Human Rights Watch.
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Somalia: UN Security Council condemns terrorist attack in which dozens were killed or injured

12 November 2018 by 0 Comment Read for you 2 Views
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The members of the United Nations Security Council, on Saturday, condemned “in the strongest possible terms” Friday’s car bomb attack in Somalia, in which dozens of innocent women, children and men were killed or injured, and reiterated that any acts of terrorism are "criminal and unjustifiable, regardless of their motivation, wherever, whenever and by whomsoever committed".
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When nations work together, hope prevails and collective solutions can be found - UN chief tells Peace Forum, marking World War centenary in Paris

12 November 2018 by 0 Comment Read for you 6 Views
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From conflict and economic downturn to disease and climate change, global problems require “more than ever” a strengthening of international cooperation, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres told world leaders at the Paris Peace Forum on Sunday, commemorating 100 years since the end of the First World War.
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'I did it for every single girl': the first Afghan woman to scale Mount Noshaq

09 November 2018 by 0 Comment Read for you 13 Views
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In a quiet corner of Kabul, a dozen young women welcome their friend back from the summit of Afghanistan’s highest mountain. Like many Afghan women, Hanifa Yousoufi had always been made to believe, growing up, that she shouldn’t go to school or play sport. Yet the 24-year-old has become the first Afghan woman to climb Mount Noshaq.
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UN gender agency hails record-breaking number of women in new US Congress as ‘historic victory’

09 November 2018 by 0 Comment Read for you 16 Views
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The record number of women who stood as candidates in the United States Congressional elections this week marks an “unprecedented” advance “critical for the achievement of gender equality and sustainable development,” the UN gender equality agency, UN Women, said in a statement on Thursday.
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Despite funding crisis, Palestine refugee classrooms set to stay open, says UNRWA

09 November 2018 by 0 Comment Read for you 4 Views
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The Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) looks set to keep its classrooms open for the rest of the school year, despite earlier fears that they would have to close within the next few weeks, due to steep funding cuts, the agency told UN News in the Gaza Strip on Thursday.
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Mexico urged to continue progress on enforced disappearances, women’s rights and press freedom

08 November 2018 by 0 Comment Read for you 16 Views
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Mexico faces “considerable challenges” in guaranteeing people’s human rights, its ambassador in Geneva told UN Member States on Wednesday, before being urged to continue tackling corruption and impunity relating to a range of violations including enforced disappearances and torture.
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African press review 8 November 2018

08 November 2018 by 0 Comment Read for you 10 Views
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A government committee has approved the new minimum wage in Nigeria but that doesn't mean the battle for more money is over. Two journalists are missing in Tanzania. The prosecutor in the Rwandan trial of opposition figure Diane Rwigara calls for her to serve 22 years in prison.
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