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Launch of campaign to stop use of children as soldiers by 2016

Children, Not Soldiers campaign

All governments and organizations around the world have been urged to work with the United Nations to ensure that no children are used as soldiers by 2016. The call was made on Thursday by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in a message for the launch of the United Nations global campaign known as "Children, not soldiers". [...]

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The right to contraception is a human right, says WHO

Portrait of an Ethiopian woman in Nazareth, Ethiopia.  UN Photo/Louise Gubb

Girls, women and couples who want to avoid unwanted pregnancies should get the information and services they need, said the World Health Organization (WHO) as it launched a new guidance on contraceptives. A lack of contraception puts 6 out of 10 women in low-income countries at risk of unintended pregnancy, the agency says. Making contraception [...]

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Over 220 million women don't have access to contraceptives


More than 220 million women and girls around the world who don't want to get pregnant don't have access to contraception, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). WHO has launched a new guidance to help countries ensure that girls and women are provided with information and services they need to avoid unwanted pregnancies. It [...]

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Young people know what they need and want: GA President

Young people attend a meeting at the General Assembly Hall, UN Headquarters New York.  UN Photo/Paulo Filgueiras

Young people around the world know what they want and need, according to the President of the General Assembly. Ambassador John Ashe spoke at an event on "The Contributions of Women, the Young and Civil Society to the Post-2015 Development Agenda." 2015 is the deadline for meeting the Millennium Development Goals set by world leaders [...]

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UN Daily News 06 March 2014

News and features from United Nations Radio.

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Global food prices spike because of bad weather, increased demand

The Food Price Index was up but remained lower than one year ago.

Global food prices have increased by 2.6 per cent in February because of bad weather and increased demand, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization. The FAO Food Price Index, based on the prices of a basket of internationally-traded food commodities, registered its sharpest increase since mid-2012. While recent hikes in wheat and corn prices [...]

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Support to African-led mission in Central African Republic urged

Francoise is leaving Central African Republic and returning to the Democratic Republic of the Congo with her seven children.  UNHCR/H.Reichenberger

The international community has been urged to urgently provide financial and material support to peacekeepers in the Central African Republic which continues to be plagued by inter-communal violence. The appeal was made by the head of UN peacekeeping operations, Hervé Ladsous as the Security Council discussed the situation in the country on Thursday. Mr. Ladsous [...]

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More needs to be done to achieve gender equality: UN Women chief

8 March is International Women's Day

International Women's Day, observed on 8th March, this year comes on the eve of the 2015 deadline for meeting the Millennium Development Goals or MDGs. One of these eight goals, set by world leaders in 2000, is the promotion of gender equality and empowerment of women. The theme for this year's observance of International Women's [...]

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Global food prices up as bad weather hits supplies

Workers stacking large sacks from conveyor belt. Pakistan. Photo: Curt Carnemark / World Bank

Bad weather conditions in key food producing countries coupled with increased demand and security concerns pushed global food prices up sharply during the month of February according to the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO). FAO says its food price index rose by 2.6 per cent during the month of February, the sharpest increase since [...]

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Health experts want further cuts in the consumption of sugar


The World Health Organization is undertaking a global public consultation on new proposals to limit the consumption of sugars to reduce public health problems like obesity and tooth decay. Currently, WHO recommends that sugars should make up less than 10 per cent of total energy intake per day. In its new draft guidelines, WHO says [...]

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UN launches new phase of support in Sierra Leone

Sierra Leone

Sierra Leone has been hailed by the UN Secretary-General as a "success story" because of the great strides it has made towards peace, stability and long-term development The UN is ending its peace and political operations on 31 March to focus more on supporting the economic development of the West African nation. Daljit Dhaliwal takes [...]

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Demand for south-south cooperation in agriculture increasing

South-South Cooperation is the mutual sharing and exchange of development solutions - knowledge, experiences and good practices, policies, technology, know-how, and resources - between and among countries in the Global South.

Developing countries around the world are increasingly looking to other nations in the so-called Global South to help them build agricultural expertise. The UN's Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) says the demand for south-south cooperation is growing because it has proved successful. Many Asian nations provide technical expertise to developing countries. Laurent Thomas is Assistant [...]

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