WHO urges countries to stand strong against aggressive tobacco companiesListen /
Cigarette makers are now using the court system to undermine public health policies that protect people from the harmful effects of tobacco. That's the opinion of the World Health Organization (WHO) which says these companies are threatening governments with litigation or discrediting evidence proving the dangers of tobacco. For example, Australia now requires cigarettes to be sold in plain packets, a move which generated a law suit by the tobacco industry. WHO is calling on countries to stand strong in the face of such intimidation.
India's all-women police unit inspires confidence in Liberia
In 1993, women comprised only one per cent of the ranks of UN peacekeepers. Today, they make up four per cent of the military personnel and 10 per cent of police officers at UN missions. The United Nations remembers the contributions of the blue helmets on the International Day for UN Peacekeepers, observed every year on 29 May. Karuna Rai, commander of the all-women contingent from India serving there says there are obvious advantages to having women serve in post-conflict countries.
UN "blueprint" promotes development of the green economy in Asia-Pacific
Asia-Pacific countries are being urged to lead the global push towards a green economy that will help reduce poverty while promoting sustainable development. The charge comes from Dr. Noeleen Heyzer, head of the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), which this week launched what it called a "blueprint" for developing countries in the region. The ESCAP Low Carbon Green Growth Roadmap for Asia and the Pacific calls for a transformation of the current economic system.
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