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Focus on Africa: Pollsters set the stage for crucial Nigerian elections

14 February 2019 by 0 Comment Read for you 32 Views
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Undecided voters hold the key to Nigeria's Presidential elections, according to latest opinion surveys. Polling agencies are painting a rare picture of Nigerian politics as Africa’s largest democracy goes to the polls to elect a President, a Vice President and a National Assembly.

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Engaging women and girls in science ‘vital’ for Sustainable Development Goals

14 February 2019 by 0 Comment Read for you 25 Views
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Boosting the number of women and girls entering careers involving STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) is vital to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals, UN chief António Guterres said on Monday, in a message to mark the International Day of Women and Girls in Science.

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AU security chief warns 'terrorism expanding' in Sahel

13 February 2019 by 0 Comment Read for you 32 Views
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The African Union's peace and security chief Smail Chergui called Monday for member states to tackle the root causes of extremism, as he deplored the spread of "terrorism" in the Sahel. "Terrorism is expanding," Chergui told journalists on the sidelines of an AU summit in Addis Ababa, pointing in particular to countries on the Sahara's southern rim.

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French women scientists push to find their place at the top

13 February 2019 by 0 Comment Read for you 17 Views
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Women scientists the world over are celebrating the achievements of women as part of International Day of Women and Girls in Science. There is plenty to celebrate but in France only 20 percent of physicists and mathematicians are female. The Femmes et Sciences collective is multiplying its efforts to improve those numbers and fight stereotypes which don't encourage girls to study science in the first place.

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UN guidelines unveiled to prevent rising hearing loss among young smartphone listeners

13 February 2019 by 0 Comment Read for you 16 Views
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More than one billion 12 to 35-year-olds, risk irreversible hearing loss from exposure to loud sounds such as music played on their smartphone, UN health experts said on Tuesday, unveiling new guidelines to help address the problem.

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Civilians ‘continue to pay highest price’ in Ukraine conflict, with peace prospects losing ‘momentum’

13 February 2019 by 0 Comment Read for you 25 Views
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“Civilians continue to pay the highest price” arising from Ukraine’s on-going conflict with separatist rebels in the east, the UN Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator told the Security Council on Tuesday, a conflict which is still claiming lives.

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Central African Republic: UN chief hails signing of new peace agreement

07 February 2019 by 0 Comment Read for you 38 Views
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Following the signing of a peace agreement between the Government of the Central African Republic (CAR) and 14 non-state armed groups active in the country on Wednesday, the United Nations Secretary-General, António Guterres, congratulated all stakeholders and encouraged them to now “live up to their commitments”.

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Dramatic drop in South Sudan political violence since peace agreement signing

06 February 2019 by 0 Comment Read for you 35 Views
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Since the signing of a September 2018 deal between the South Sudanese President Salva Kiir and his political rival and former deputy Riek Machar to end conflict in the country, political violence has “dropped dramatically,” David Shearer, head of the UN Mission in South Sudan told reporters on Tuesday.

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Safer Internet Day: ‘Be kind online’, says UNICEF, urging action to prevent cyberbullying, harassment

06 February 2019 by 0 Comment Read for you 9 Views
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Online violence, cyberbullying and digital harassment affect over 70 per cent of young people globally, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said on Tuesday, calling for concerted action to tackle and prevent this form of violence.

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As inequality grows, the UN fights for a fairer world

05 February 2019 by 0 Comment Read for you 10 Views
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The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development – the UN’s blueprint for a better and more sustainable future for all – calls for a reduction in inequality between and within countries. Nevertheless, global inequality is increasing. So what can be done?

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