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UN Daily News 13 June 2013

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Labour conference discusses benefits of a "green economy"

Green jobs logo

Sustainable development, decent work and green jobs are among the items on the agenda at the 102nd International Labour Conference currently underway in Geneva, Switzerland. A report presented at the conference by the International Labour Organization (ILO) addresses the challenges of achieving environmental sustainability and turning the vision of decent work for all into a [...]

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UN Geneva Office uses technology and art to promote human rights

inflatable Luminarium sculpture

The United Nations Office in Geneva is the setting of a unique exhibition which seeks to link art and human rights. A 1,000 square meter inflatable Luminarium sculpture has been set up on the grounds of the Palais des Nations to provide a forum where the public, school children, UN officials and diplomats can discuss [...]

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General Assembly meeting seeks to incorporate culture with development

General Assembly High-Level Thematic Debate on Culture and Development,

At the Millennium Summit in 2000, Heads of State signed off on the eight Millennium Development Goals aimed at improving the lives of the world's poorest people by the year 2015. This week, the UN General Assembly this week looked at how culture can be incorporated into the post-2015 development agenda. Dianne Penn reports. Duration: [...]

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UN health agency issues guidance on use of bedaquiline to treat multi-drug-resistant TB

A patient being treated for tuberculosis (World Health Organization)

The World Health Organization (WHO) has issued "interim policy guidance" on the use of a new drug to treat the strain of tuberculosis that is resistant to medications. The agency estimates that up to half a million new cases of multi-drug resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB) occur worldwide each year. WHO says current treatment regimens for MDR-TB [...]

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Human space flight cannot develop without women’s participation: Tereshkova

Yuri Gagarin and Valentina Tereshkova, the first man and the first woman to conquer outer space, were guests of Secretary-General U Thant (UN Photo/YN 16/10/1963)

The first woman to go into space is encouraging more women to participate in space programmes. Valentina Tereshkova from the Russia Federation was launched aboard a space craft Vostok 6, orbiting the earth 48 times on 16 June 1963 at age 26. The 76-year old astronaut participated in an event organized by the United Nations [...]

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UN Human Rights Council calls for protection of people with albinism


The United Nations Human Rights Council has called on states to take all measures necessary to protect people with albinism – an inherited genetic condition that reduces the amount of melanin pigment formed in the skin, hair and/or eyes. In a resolution adopted without a vote in Geneva on Thursday, the Council strongly condemns attacks [...]

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93,000 people killed in Syria conflict


Close to 93,000 people have been killed in Syria since the start of conflict in March 2011, according to new data published by the United Nations Office for Human Rights (OHCHR). Over 80 per cent of those killed were men but the UN Human Rights Office has also documented the killing of over 8,200 children. [...]

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