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UN agencies launch plan to eliminate pneumonia and diarrhoea deaths

19 Oct 2011 - Children at the WFP, UNICEF-supported Provincial Baby Home in Hamhung City, DPRK.Photo: OCHA/David Ohana

Two United Nations agencies have launched a new action plan to eliminate child deaths due to diarrhoea and pneumonia over the next 10 years. The Integrated Global Action Plan for the Prevention and Control of Pneumonia and Diarrhoea of the World Health Organization (WHO) and the UN children's agency (UNICEF) calls for closer integration of [...]

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"There's no way to end sexual violence unless you end impunity:" Zainab Bangura

William Hague, UK Foreign Secretary; Angelina Jolie, UNHCR Special Envoy; Zainab Bangura, SRSG on Sexual Violence in Conflict

The UN Secretary-General's Special Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict has welcomed the decision by the Group of 8 to pledge $36 million to tackle sexual violence. Mr. Bangura spoke at the Lancaster House on Thursday where the forum of the world's eight wealthiest countries launched the G8 Declaration on Sexual Violence in Conflict. She [...]

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There can be no hiding place for perpetrators of sexual violence in conflict: UN official

Special Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict Zainab Bangura addressiing the G8 Foreign Ministers meeting in London. Photo: UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office

There can be no hiding place for people who commit acts of sexual violence in conflict and the perpetrators will be pursued by all means available. That's the message delivered on Thursday by Zainab Bangura, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Sexual Violence in Conflict. Ms. Bangura spoke at the Lancaster House in London [...]

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UN Daily News 11 April 2013

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UN pays tribute to fallen peacekeepers

Indian peacekeepers loading the casket of the late Lt. Col. Mahipal Singh, one of five UNMISS Indian Battalion soldiers who were killed in an ambush on 9 April (Photo: UNMISS / Isaac Billy)

On the morning of April 9, heavily armed assailants attacked a convoy of the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) travelling on the road between the Jonglei state capital of Bor and Gumuruk town in South Sudan. Twelve people died in that ambush — five Indian peacekeepers, two national staff of UNMISS and five civilian [...]

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Dairy nudges FAO Food Price Index by one per cent

Dairy products

Global food prices rose by one per cent in March, according to the Food Price Index of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). FAO says the surge was driven mainly by an 11 per cent increase in dairy. Dairy products such as milk and cheese carry a 17 per cent weight among the various [...]

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Military capability of Al-Shabaab insurgents degraded in Somalia: UN envoy

Augustine Mahiga

The military capability of the Al-Shabaab insurgents in Somalia has been tremendously degraded although they continue to carry out terrorist attacks. That's what the top United Nations envoy in the country, Augustine Mahiga, told reporters in the Tanzanian city of Dar Es Salaam on Thursday. Mr. Mahiga said the Al-Shabaab fighters have been pushed out [...]

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First woman private space explorer advocates for more girls in Maths and Science

Anousheh Ansari (© Anousheh Ansari
Anousheh Ansari suited up)

Fifty years ago this June, Russian cosmonaut Valentina Tereshkova became the first woman to travel to space. Anousheh Ansari, an Iranian-American engineer and serial tech entrepreneur, believes more women and girls should follow the space pioneer. Mrs. Ansari got her chance in 2006 when she became the first woman private space explorer. She says the [...]

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Expanding higher education opportunities for refugees and displaced persons

The United Nations refugee agency UNHCR is to expand opportunities for refugees and other displaced persons to pursue higher education studies through on-line and on-site courses. In partnership with the Jesuit Refugee service, more refugees in Jordan, Kenya and Malawi will be able to take university and other higher education courses. The programme is also [...]

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Singer Katy Perry supports UNICEF projects in Madagascar

Katy Perry visits a pre-school in the village of Sahavola in Analanjirofo Region, Madagascar. Photo: UNICEF/NYHQ2013-0166/Holt

Pop star Katy Perry is famous for her crazy concert outfits and catchy songs which have earned her millions of fans worldwide. No doubt the American singer gained more new fans when she travelled to Madagascar earlier this month on behalf of the UN children's fund (UNICEF). Her visit aimed to draw attention to child [...]

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Forests and forestry contribute to green growth: FAO official

Edouardo Rojas-Briales

There is a need to better record the social and economic contributions of forests to human development, the UN Forum on Forests underway in Istanbul, Turkey heard on Thursday. UN Radio's Donn Bobb is there and filed this report. The UN Forum on Forests comes at an opportune moment, given the outcomes of the Rio+20 [...]

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Men and boys get involved in promoting gender equality in Mozambique

Violence against women is a serious problem in Mozambique and one man from the Southern African country is working to get men and boys involved in fighting this scourge. Júlio Langa is the National Coordinator of the Men for Change Network, based in the Mozambican capital, Maputo. UN Radio's Derrick Mbatha caught up with Mr. [...]

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