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Africa urged to boost manufacturing to create wealth and jobs

November 20 is Africa Industrialization Day

African countries were on Friday urged to do more to boost their manufacturing sectors to create wealth and jobs. The call came from Paul Maseli, of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) at the start of an event to mark Africa Industrialization Day. He said the Day provides an opportunity for Africans "to take [...]

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Governments in Warsaw make breakthrough in agreements to cut greenhouse gas emissions from deforestation

Amazon rainforest

Governments at the UN Climate Change Conference in Warsaw, Poland,  on Friday agreed on a set of decisions on ways to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from deforestation and the degradation of forests. The agreement on the so-called REDD+ initiative is backed by pledges of 280 million dollars in financing from the US, Norway and the [...]

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St. Vincent and the Grenadines joins in voting to condemn the US embargo against Cuba

Inga Rhonda King

The United States embargo against Cuba has been and continues to be a violation of international law, the Permanent representative of St. Vincent and the Grenadines Ambassador Rhonda King told the General Assembly following an overwhelming vote calling for an end to the embargo. For the 22nd straight year, the United Nations General Assembly voted [...]

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UN agencies caution against complacency as polio outbreak eases off in Horn of Africa

Polio vaccination campaign

Two United Nations agencies have cautioned against complacency as a polio outbreak in the Horn of Africa tapers off. In a joint statement issued on Friday, the World Health Organization (WHO) and the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) say it has been six months since the outbreak hit the region, affecting some 200 children and adults. [...]

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UN humanitarian chief concerned about health risks in typhoon-hit Philippines

Typhoon Haiyan survivors in the Philippines.  UNICEF

The UN Emergency Relief Coordinator has expressed concern about health risks after Typhoon Haiyan struck the Philippines. Valerie Amos has just returned from the Asian country which she visited twice in the last two weeks to witness the response by the government and relief agencies to the disaster. According to the government, 5,200 people have [...]

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Sanitation in rural Cambodia is a booming business


A low-cost, pour-flush latrine called "Easy Latrine" has become a hot item in rural Cambodia where UNICEF says less than 1 in 3 people have access to proper sanitation, one of the lowest rates in Southeast Asia. Nearly 70 per cent of Cambodia's rural population, that's roughly 6.4 million people, still practice open defecation as [...]

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World Toilet Day: Access to sanitation also protects women and girls

UN Photo/Patricia Esteve

World Toilet Day, observed on 19 November, aims to improve sanitation access for the more than 500 million women and girls who are forced to use the bathroom outdoors. Experts in public health and child welfare say lack of access to these facilities can be humiliating and even dangerous for women. TV film seeks to [...]

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South India fishermen use power of collective action against debt bondage


For most of their lives, 12 fishermen in the Aruacottuthurai village, on the Tamil Nadu coast in South India, have lived like 'slaves'. Every one of them was in debt to money-lenders. They in turn had inherited the debt from their fathers, according to Joanne Levitan of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD). In [...]

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Partnership launched to ensure sustainability of python trade

Python arboricole vert australien.  Photo: © Frank Mammo - CITES

A partnership to ensure that trade in python skin is more sustainable was announced in Geneva on Friday. It involves the International Trade Centre (ITC), French luxury and retail firm Kering and the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). Alex Kasterine, the head of the ITC's Trade and Environment Unit says the Python Conservation [...]

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Governments must take steps to address loss and damage from adverse effects of climate change: Belize

Lisel Alamilla

Governments need to provide clarity on scaling up the mobilisation of 100 billion USD per year by 2020 to assist developing countries in both adaptation and mitigation, Belize's Minister of Forestry and Sustainable Development Senator Lisel Alamilla told the UN climate change conference in Warsaw. She noted that since 2012, developing countries have had no [...]

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UN Daily News 22 November 2013

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St. Lucia urges Warsaw Climate Conference to work together to construct a robust agreement to save our planet

James Fletcher

While no single weather event, no matter how severe, can be ascribed solely to climate change, it is clear that global warming resulting from human actions is serving as a trigger for the intensification of such events, St. Lucia's Minister of Sustainable Development, Energy, Science and technology James Fletcher told the 19th global climate conference [...]

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UN Trust Fund to end violence against women announces over $US8 million in grants

End violence against women.  UN Women

The United Nations Trust Fund to End Violence against Women (UN Trust Fund) on Friday announced USD 8 million in grants to 17 initiatives in 18 countries and territories. First-time grant recipients include organizations from Antigua and Barbuda, Mauritania, Myanmar and Kosovo. These new grants are expected to reach 2.3 million beneficiaries between 2014 and [...]

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Tiny Nauru: A "litmus test" for the post-2015 development agenda

Central and Southwestern end of the island of Nauru -

A remote Pacific island nation could be the "litmus test" for global efforts to devise a sustainable development agenda. Although Nauru (population 10,000) is so small it does not have an official capital, some of the world's biggest problems can be found within its 21 square kilometres. Climate change, youth unemployment, obesity and diabetes, are [...]

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Prison overcrowding is a major concern for anti-torture committee

torture poster

Overcrowding in prisons is a major problem in all but one of the nine countries that the UN Committee against Torture has been discussing in Geneva, according to its Chairperson. The Committee is charged with monitoring implementation of the UN Convention against Torture adopted by the UN General Assembly in 1984. It has been reviewing [...]

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Communities affected by typhoon in Philippines look to rebuilding

Workers distribute plastic sheets in a district of Tacloban City. © UNHCR/R.Rocamora

The needs of the people displaced by Typhoon Haiyan that hit the Philippines two weeks ago are shifting to rebuilding, according to the United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR). The agency says people are now asking for shelter material to start rebuilding their lives. UNHCR Spokesperson Barbar Baloch says the agency's workers who visited some remote [...]

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UNICEF: 6,000 child soldiers fighting in Central Africa Republic

Thousands of people have been forced from their homes by fresh fighting in the capital, adding to the previous CAR total or some 206,000 IDPs (© UNHCR/D.Mbaiorem)

Armed groups in the Central African Republic (CAR) have recruited nearly 6,000 children into their ranks, according to the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF). Nearly half of the children have been recruited this year following the ouster of the government in March by rebel groups. UNICEF says the security situation in CAR remains volatile and [...]

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JFK at the United Nations

John F. Kennedy, 1963

President of the United States John F. Kennedy addresses the UN General Assembly for the final time, during the “relative calm” of 1963. Language: English Genre: Speech 1963 Duration 29’05″

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