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Study suggests eliminating trans-fats improves health

The World Health Organization

A study published in the April Bulletin of the World Health Organization says national and local bans on trans-fats in the preparation of foods are one of the most effective ways to prevent some of the world's biggest killer diseases. Policies in Brazil, Canada, Costa Rica, Denmark, the Netherlands, the Republic of Korea and the [...]

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General Assembly approves global arms trade treaty

Mr. Vuk Jeremic, President of the 67th General Assembly session

The United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday approved a global arms trade treaty, to regulate conventional arms. The categories of arms affected include, battle tanks, armoured combat vehicles, large-calibre artillery systems, combat aircraft, attack helicopters, warships, missiles and missile launchers, and small arms as well as light weapons. The resolution establishing the treaty was passed [...]

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Syrian refugee camps increasingly overcrowded: UNHCR

Syrian refugee children play beside tents in Domiz refugee camp. (Photo: UNHCR/B.Sokol)

With the number of people fleeing the crisis in Syria showing no signs of stopping, the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) says overcrowding at refugee camps in neighbouring countries is increasing. The agency is particularly concerned about conditions at camps in Iraq where more than 120,000 Syrians are registered as refugees. It says overcrowding also putting [...]

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UN Daily News 2 April 2013

News and features from United Nations Radio.

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World Autism Awareness Day, 2nd April


International attention to autism is essential, says UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in a message marking World Autism Awareness Day, observed annually on 2nd April. He says it important to address stigma, lack of awareness and inadequate support structures surrounding a disorder that the World Health Organization (WHO) estimates affects approximately one per cent of the [...]

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Autism affects millions worldwide

Photo: CARE/David Rochkind, Design: Kim Conger

  Autism, a lifelong developmental disability, was highlighted at the United Nations on World Autism Awareness Day, the 2nd of April. The World Health Organization describes autism is a condition that manifests itself in the early years of life. It results from a neurological disorder that affects the functioning of the brain. According to the [...]

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Mrs. Ban delivers World Autism Awareness Day message

Mrs. Ban Soon-taek - World Autism Awareness Day 2013

  World Autism Awareness Day has succeeded in calling greater international attention to autism and other developmental disorders that affect millions of people globally. At the United Nations, we are committed to raising awareness about autism worldwide. Let us continue to work hand in hand with affected individuals, which strengthens their lives and helps society [...]

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Nuclear threats are not a game: Secretary-General

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

"It has already gone too far. Nuclear threats are not a game," UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told a news conference on Tuesday during his visit to Andorra. Following an announcement by the Democratic People's Republic of Korea that it plans to restart its Yongbyon nuclear reactor, the Secretary-General warned that aggressive rhetoric and military posturing [...]

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More camp space needed to host Syrian refugees

Syrian refugees at a UNHCR registration centre in the village of Jeb Janeen in the Bekaa Valley.

Overcrowding in camps hosting Syrian refugees is becoming a major problem compromising the quality of assistance aid organizations can provide, according to the UN Refugee agency UNHCR. The agency is appealing to governments in the region to allocate more space for the construction of refugee camps. Adrian Edwards from UNHCR says sanitation services were falling [...]

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Thousands of illegal migrants from Africa stranded in Yemen

migrant recued off the coast of Yemen

The voluntary repatriation of thousands of undocumented migrants from Yemen is likely to stall in the next six months due to lack of adequate funding, according to the International Organization for Migration (IOM). About 3,000 migrants from Ethiopia, Eritrea and Somalia are stranded in the northern Yemen town of Haradh, where living conditions are said [...]

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