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Two rural districts in Malawi get help from FAO to improve nutrition


The food and agriculture sector is essential to human nutrition, but food and agriculture interventions do not always contribute to positive nutritional outcomes. Specific attention is required to make agriculture "nutrition-sensitive". But what does this mean in practice? Solange Heise is a Nutrition Education consultant working for the UN Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) project [...]

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Forest Whitaker talks to a young orphan girl about her dreams of becoming a peace-builder

Forest Whitaker talking to Akello Silvy Micky

Forest Whitaker, an American actor and UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador led workshops on peace-building and conflict resolution at Hope North, in northern Uganda in December 2012. Hope North is a rehabilitation campus in Masinde where refugees, orphans and former child soldiers rebuild their lives through education and vocational training. Thirty young people between the ages of [...]

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UN Daily News 06 February 2013

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UN official says "flying cameras" will improve peacekeeping in DRC

The use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) will greatly improve peacekeeping activities in the volatile eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo, according to the head of UN peacekeeping operations. Hervé Ladsous, who spoke to reporters in New York on Wednesday, said UAVs—which he described as "basically a flying camera"—will only be used for surveillance. He [...]

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UN regains access to Central Mali: Gressly

David Gressly

  "The situation today is that we now have access back into Central Mali", according to a top official of the UN Office or the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs – OCHA. David Gressly told reporters in Geneva that the UN is now able once again to send supplies northward towards Timbuktu and is reinforcing its [...]

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Human Rights Commissioner welcomes Indian movement to eradicate 'manual scavenging'

Manual scavenger in India

  Manual scavenging is a very old practice in India usually done by Dalit women, a group of people traditionally regarded as untouchables. This degrading practice is not a career that the Dalits embrace, according to a human rights spokesperson, but it is a job that they inherited from their parents and usually passed on [...]

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UN official calls for concrete action to tackle global unemployment

Temporary employment agency in Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire.

Delegates attending the Commission for Social Development, which opened in New York on Wednesday, have been urged to develop concrete measures to combat unemployment worldwide. The challenge comes from the head of the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs, Wu Hongbo, in his address to the opening session. He pointed out that 200 million [...]

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Human Rights chief condemns killing of Tunisian politician

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay.

UN Human Rights High Commissioner Navi Pillay is calling on the Tunisian authorities to investigate the assassination of a politician who was a staunch opponent of political violence. Opposition leader Chokri Belaid was shot as he was leaving his home in the capital, Tunis, on Wednesday morning. Cécile Pouilly, spokesperson with the UN Human Rights Office in [...]

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Stop female genital mutilation says UNFPA head

A former circumciser teaching community members on harms of FGM/C

  Female genital mutilation or cutting, also known as FGM/C, refers to several different harmful practices involving the cutting of the female genitals. The United Nations Children's Agency estimates that at least 120 million girls and women have experienced FGM in 29 countries. UN Member States on December 20, 2012 approved a draft resolution aimed [...]

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Commission on Social Development to focus on empowering poorest

Woman in her tea stall in Bangladesh

Giving the poorest and most vulnerable the voice and tools they need to lift themselves out of poverty is key to bolstering efforts towards meeting the global development goals, according to Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's latest report on promoting people's empowerment. And that's the theme of the 51st session of the Commission on Social Development which [...]

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Fewer girls subjected to life-threatening female genital mutilation

A women's group uses drama to discourage the practice of FGM/C

  Fewer girls are subjected to the life-threatening practice of Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting (FGM/C), according to new data from the United Nations, released Wednesday on the International Day of Zero Tolerance of Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting. The data shows that FGM/C is becoming less prevalent overall and the younger generation is less vulnerable to the practice. [...]

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