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ILO spotlights gender imbalance in science and technology

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Careers in science and technology are increasing, but the International Labour Organization (ILO) says women and girls are in danger of being shut out of these opportunities. The ILO finds women tend to be overrepresented in areas such as the humanities and the social sciences, and the agency has launched a new manual to address [...]

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UN chief disappointed by Syrian President's speech

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The speech by Syrian President Bashar al Assad on Sunday in which he, Assad rejected the idea of the formation of a transitional government, has disappointed United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. In a statement issued on Monday, Mr. Ban says that he and the joint envoy of the UN and the Arab League, Lakhdar Brahimi, [...]

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New film looks at French cabinet during 2003 Security Council debate on Iraq

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This year marks a decade since the international intervention in Iraq, and French director Bertrand Tavernier  is working on a film about that time. Tavernier was recently at the UN to shoot scenes for 'Quai d'Orsay' which is based on a graphic novel of the same name that became a bestseller in France a few [...]

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UN Daily News 07 January 2013

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UNESCO chief saddened by passing of Madanjeet Singh

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The passing of Madanjeet Singh, an Indian diplomat dedicated to promoting mutual understanding and peace in South Asia, is a loss to all people across the world. That's what the head of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), Irina Bokova, says in a statement issued on Monday. The 88-year-old veteran diplomat who passed [...]

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Return of Somali refugees "a positive indicator": UN envoy

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The return of Somali refugees to their country is a positive indicator that there is security in the Horn of Africa country, says the top the United Nations envoy in Somalia Augustine Mahiga. There are reports that every day five planes carrying over 100 passengers each are landing in Mogadishu from Kenya. The return comes [...]

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Girls and women lag behind in science and technology fields: ILO

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Science and technology are advancing at a rapid pace, offering new opportunities in the workplace.  However, women are in danger of being left behind. That's according to a new report by the International Labor Organization (ILO). Claude Akpokavie of the ILO's Bureau for Workers' Activities (ACTRAV), has written a manual evaluating progress made in achieving [...]

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Security Council calls for an end to "Seleka" military offensive in Central African Republic

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Members of the UN Security Council have expressed their concern regarding the "Seleka" coalition's advance toward Bangui, capital of the Central African Republic. And, they've reiterated their urgent call for an end to "Seleka's military offensive, stressing that the current situation in CAR cannot be resolved militarily.  The members of the Council called again on [...]

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Women benefit from reclaimed land in Gambia

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More than 80,000 people in The Gambia are benefiting from a government project that reclaims and develops degraded land to use for agriculture. The project, which is funded by the UN Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), uses very simple technologies. A number of dykes and spillways that have been built in the area where the [...]

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Former Timorese President to head UN Office in Guinea-Bissau

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Nobel Peace laureate and former President of Timor-Leste José Ramos-Horta has been appointed head of the UN office in the West African nation of Guinea-Bissau. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon made the announcement earlier this week, pointing out that as President, Mr. Ramos-Horta had contributed to healing wounds and stabilizing the situation in his homeland. The [...]

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Career opportunities at the UN

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The world looks to the United Nations for solutions to complex problems everywhere; from ending conflict and alleviating poverty, to combating climate change and defending human rights. The issues on our agenda are manifold and diverse as are the careers we offer. Among our ranks you will find staff members who monitor elections, disarm child [...]

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