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Progress is made in assessing risk of living modified organisms

Biological Diversity

Progress has been made in assessing the risk of living modified organisms, also known as LMOs, according to an information officer for the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity. David Ainsworth spoke to UN Radio as more than 1,000 delegates gathered in Hyderabad, India to review the Protocol on Biosafety adopted in Montreal, Canada [...]

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Special measures needed to empower women: UN official

Michelle Bachelet

  Special temporary measures, such as quotas, can help boost the number of women in parliament and decision-making positions. That's what Michelle Bachelet, the Executive Director of the UN Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women), said in India on Wednesday. Gerry Adams reports. Michelle Bachelet addressed the Inter-Parliamentary Union Conference [...]

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Four peacekeepers killed in Darfur

A peacekeeper convalesces in a hospital in El Geneina, West Darfur, after an ambush on his convoy the night before.

Four peacekeepers of the joint African Union /United Nations Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) in Sudan have been killed. On the evening of 2 October, members of the Nigerian contingent were on a military patrol near the regional headquarters of UNAMID when they were attacked by unknown assailants. Several more peacekeepers were wounded in the attack [...]

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Security situation in Haiti is stable but vulnerable, UN envoy

Mariano Fernandez

The security situation in Haiti is stable but vulnerable as the country continues to face the problem of extreme poverty. That's what the head of the United Nations Mission in the Caribbean country, Mariano Fernandez told the Security Council on Wednesday. Mr. Fernandez said that after eight years of work by the UN Stabilization Mission [...]

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Youth jobs situation remains critical in major economies

Man holds job application while looking at sign, New York City, USA

The jobs situation for young people in the major economies, known as the G20, remains critical, according to the International Labour Organization (ILO). The G20 is a group of 19 countries plus the European Union which represent two thirds of the world's population and more than 80 per cent of the world's gross domestic product, [...]

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Tanzania reports on successes in promoting maternal health

Maternal health program in Tanzania

Each year, nearly 300,000 women across the globe die during what is normally a happy occasion: giving birth. That's more than the population of several of the small island states in the Pacific and the Caribbean. In Tanzania, it is estimated that 23 families a day are robbed of their mothers who die due to [...]

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Four peacekeepers are killed in ambush in West Darfur

A UN vehicle is shown badly damaged the day after an ambush in West Darfur, Sudan.

The killing of four peacekeepers in West Darfur has been strongly condemned by the joint United Nations-African Union Mission in Darfur  (UNAMID). The Mission says the peacekeepers were ambushed by unidentified assailants on Tuesday evening near El Geneina. UNAMID spokesperson Chris Cycmanick says that Nigerian peacekeepers were returning from their patrol duties when they were [...]

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Teaching profession "under siege" warns ILO chief

Temporary elementary school in Haiti

The teaching profession, which provides education — one of the pillars of sustainable development– is under siege. That warning has come from the head of the International Labour Organization (ILO), Guy Ryder. In a statement issued ahead of World Teachers Day, Mr. Ryder says teachers are facing a number of difficulties, including low salaries, long [...]

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More work needed on Millennium Development Goals: UN deputy chief

toilet facility in India

  With only three years and three months to go before the deadline for meeting the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) much more still needs to be done. That's the assessment of United Nations Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson, who spoke to reporters in New York on Tuesday. In 2000 world leaders agreed on a set of [...]

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