Envoy assures Afghan women of UN support during 2014 elections

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Afghan woman casting her vote.

As elections approach in Afghanistan, attacks on high profile women are on the rise, according to the United Nations. In recent weeks and months, there have been several cases of intimidation, abduction and targeted killings of women government officials and public figures.  As international forces leave Afghanistan, women are fearful the violence against them might escalate.  The United Nations has pledged to support efforts to ensure women's participation in next year's elections in Afghanistan.

Ban Ki-moon (right) receives a gift from Asoke Kumar Mukerji of India

"Do no harm" on UN Non-Violence Day

A special event was held at the UN General Assembly on 2 October to mark the International Day of Non-Violence, which coincides with Mahatma Ghandi's birthday.  The late Ghandi is a revered figure worldwide. He's not only India's independence leader, but his philosophy of non-violence has inspired people worldwide.

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UN fund supports efforts to revitalise millet production in India

India's parliament recently passed a food security bill which will guarantee subsidized food to the country's poorest people. With approximately 800 million beneficiaries, it's one of the largest welfare schemes in the world.  The UN's International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) has been supporting efforts to get farmers in southern India to cultivate—and consume—millet, one of the foods that the government will purchase under the programme.

Presenter: Jocelyne Sambira
Production Assistant: Beng Poblete-Enriquez
Duration: 10'00"

 

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