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UN Daily News 18 October 2013

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Week-long campaign aims to help eliminate lead paint

20 to 26 October is International Lead Poisoning Prevention Week of Action

A campaign is being launched during the week of 20 to 26 October to focus attention on the need to eliminate lead paint. The World Health Organization (WHO) says hundreds of thousands of children, particularly in developing countries, suffer brain damage as a result of lead poisoning. During International Lead Poisoning Prevention Week of Action, [...]

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Women to get a more prominent role in peace talks and transitional justice

Women peacekeepers

Stronger measures to enable women to participate in conflict resolution and recovery are to be put in place following the adoption of a new Security Council resolution on Friday. Resolution 2122 puts in place a roadmap for a more systematic approach to the implementation of commitments on women, peace and security. Jocelyne Sambira has more. [...]

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UN Women chief says women's leadership central to conflict resolution

Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka

A Security Council resolution adopted on Friday puts women's leadership at the centre of all efforts to resolve conflict and promote peace, according to the head of UN Women. Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, the agency's Executive Director, was speaking during a Council meeting on women, rule of law and transitional justice in conflict-affected situations. The resolution seeks [...]

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UN and NGO officials on mission to Central African Republic

A young mother prepares to breastfeed her daughter after fleeing into the bush when armed groups attacked the village of Boutouli in February 2006.  UNHCR/H. Caux

Senior officials from seven United Nations agencies and two non-governmental organizations are in the Central African Republic to take stock of the country's ongoing humanitarian crisis. The Emergency Directors from agencies which include the UN humanitarian affairs office (OCHA), the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF), the World Food Programme (WFP) and the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) [...]

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UN-Arab League envoy for Syria heads to the region for talks on Geneva II conference

Lakhdar Brahimi

The UN-Arab League envoy for Syria will be travelling to the Middle East over the coming week as part of the efforts to convene an international conference on Syria. Joint Special Representative Lakhdar Brahimi will be in Egypt on Saturday where he will meet with the country's Foreign Minister in connection with the conference known [...]

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EU Anti-trafficking Day seeks to end 'modern-day slavery'

forced labour

European countries are highlighting the scourge of forced labour this Friday, which they have declared EU Anti-trafficking Day. The International Labour Organization (ILO) says victims often work in hidden or remote places such as private homes, sweatshops, nightclubs or agriculture fields, in the formal and informal sectors. Patrick Moser reports from the ILO in Geneva. [...]

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Tragedy and resiliency in the Philippines

Quake survivors

At least 99 people died and more than 270 were injured this week following an earthquake which struck the island of Bohol in The Philippines. The tragedy came just days after a typhoon slammed into the north of the country. David Carden, head of the UN Humanitarian Affairs office in the Philippines, provides further details [...]

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UN health agency calls for end to production and use of lead paint

Campaign poster

Lead poisoning has devastating health consequences in particular for children who may suffer irreversible brain damage, according to the United Nations health agency. The World Health Organization (WHO) says 99 per cent of children affected by the high exposure to lead live in low and middle income countries where each year up to 600,000 of [...]

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Still a number of critical issues facing SIDS as the world moves beyond the MDGs

High-level Meeting on Disability and Development

As a small island developing state (SIDS), Barbados recognizes that as the world moves beyond the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), they still have a number of critical issues, some of them related to those goals. That's what Barbados' Foreign Minister Maxine McClean told me during a telephone interview from her office in Bridgetown. ” I [...]

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UNHCR urges countries to enable safe passage of Syrian refugees

Syrian refugees

The United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) says it is concerned about the difficulties Syrian refugees continue to endure in their attempts to seek safety and protection in Europe. The agency says hundreds of Syrians have drowned attempting to cross the Mediterranean Sea into Europe, while hundreds more, including women and children, have been arrested and [...]

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Financing critical to attainment of the MDGs: Ambassador Goddard

Joseph Goddard

The Monterrey Consensus and the Doha Declaration emphasize that the mobilization of both public and private financing is critical to the attainment of the common objectives of growth, poverty eradication and sustainable development, the Permanent Representative of Barbados Ambassador Joseph Goddard told a Roundtable discussion on 'Mobilization of Public and Private Financing, including Foreign Direct [...]

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The costs and burden of care unequally borne by women, girls

Magdalena Sepúlveda

In many countries around the world, it's a woman's job to cook, clean and care for family members. It's full time unpaid work that's not recognized by any state, therefore blocking opportunities for the advancement of women and girls and condemning them to poverty. That's according to Magdalena Sepúlveda, the Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty [...]

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Libya, Chad, Egypt and Sudan agree to fairly share their "water wealth"

Three dimensional model grid for the NSAS showing the effects of pumping.  IAEA

Growing populations and decreasing water availability is putting a strain on a huge groundwater resource that straddles four African countries. Chad, Egypt, Libya and Sudan share the Nubian Sandstone Aquifer System (NSAS), the world's largest known "fossil" water aquifer system. The water is ancient and non-renewable, covering two million square kilometres. The four African countries [...]

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