French women scientists push to find their place at the top

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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 101 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 87 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 116 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 111 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

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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 79 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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World must do more to tackle ‘shadowy’ mercenary activities undermining stability in Africa, says UN chief

05 February 2019 by 0 Comment Read for you 84 Views
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With mercenaries undermining global peace and security and weakening States’ capacities to protect their people, the UN Security Council on Monday shone its spotlight on their activities as a source of destabilization in Africa.

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UN calls for support to implement Central Africa’s newly minted peace agreement

04 February 2019 by 0 Comment Read for you 122 Views
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After 10 days of negotiations, the Central African government and 14 armed groups reached a peace agreement on Saturday, according to a tweet from the United Nations Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA).

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‘World’s deadliest sea crossing’ claimed six lives a day in 2018: UN refugee agency

01 February 2019 by 0 Comment Read for you 133 Views
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Six people died every day last year trying to cross the Mediterranean Sea to Europe – “the world’s deadliest sea crossing” - the UN refugee agency, UNHCR, said on Wednesday, citing ongoing political deadlock over sea rescue and disembarkation.

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