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Women's equal rights means everyone wins: UN Women official

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The number of women who die in childbirth or pregnancy is still unacceptably high in Tanzania. That's what Anna Collins-Falk, UN Women Representative in Tanzania said in an interview for International Womens' Day. Meanwhile, early marriage and teenage pregnancy is very prevalent in the country, she adds. Her organization, UN Women, the global body in [...]

7 Mar 2014 | Posted in From the Field, Today's Features | Read More »

"Sex and the City" actress joins walk to End Violence against Women

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Over 600 people joined UN officials and local celebrities in a march to raise support for the End of Violence against Women. The "March in March" held on Friday was organized by the UN Women for Peace (UNWFP) and the UN Alliance of Civilizations (UNAoC). Kim Catttrall who played Samantha Jones, a successful PR agent [...]

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Crimea referendum "worrying and serious"

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The decision by the authorities in Crimea to hold a referendum on becoming part of the Russian Federation has been described by the UN Secretary-General as "worrying and serious". Lawmakers in the Ukrainian autonomous region of Crimea voted on Thursday to join Russia and to hold a referendum on 16 March to validate the decision. [...]

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Children need "pens and textbooks, not guns"

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Children should be armed with pens and textbooks, not guns according to the United Nations which has launched a global campaign called “Children, not soldiers”. The UN says that around the world, thousands of boys and girls are recruited into government forces and armed opposition groups to serve as combatants or in support roles. The [...]

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Treating women and girls as equal partners in development

Listen / Female construction student at suco development project in Liquica. Photo: UN Women Timor-Leste/Betsy Davis

In the last two decades, life has improved for many women and girls around the world. According to the UN Population Fund, more girls are going to school and fewer women are dying in pregnancy and children birth. As the world prepares to celebrate International Women's Day on 8 March, the UN held a debate [...]

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Former militia chief found guilty of war crimes in DRC

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A former militia chief in the Democratic Republic of the Congo has been found guilty by the International Criminal Court (ICC) of acting as an accessory to one crime against humanity and four war crimes. Germain Katanga was found guilty of the crimes relating to murder and attacking civilian populations committed on 24 February 2003. [...]

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Sustainable development "needs women's empowerment"

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Women should be empowered and gender equality needs to be assured if sustainable development is to succeed according to the former Finnish President Tarja Halonen. Ms Halonen made the remarks as she chaired a high-level thematic debate at the UN General Assembly on the role of women and children in the Post-2015 Agenda. The General [...]

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Refugee agency pushes for greater humanitarian access in South Sudan

Listen / An elderly woman holds her grandson while his mother prepares food at a secondary school in Malakal, capital of Upper Nile state. Access to the town has been affected by fighting.© UNHCR/K.Gebreegziabher

The health of refugees in South Sudan could become "severely compromised" unless food is delivered immediately, according to the UN refugee agency UNHCR. Refugees from Sudan in the Maban camps in Upper Nile State last received food in February and may only access partial food rations this month. Humanitarian access has been disrupted in South [...]

7 Mar 2014 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

WOMEN: International Women's Day: "Gender equality is progress for all"

Listen / Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka

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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Looming deaths in the CAR as aid funding dries out

Listen / A man and his child walk through a crowded site for internally displaced people in Bangui. © UNHCR/S.Phelps

The United Nations is warning that the humanitarian situation in the Central African Republic is deteriorating fast and many displaced civilians could die as aid agencies are running out of funds to support the growing humanitarian needs. The UN Emergency Relief Coordinator Valerie Amos says humanitarian access and living conditions in the camps for displaced [...]

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Human rights assessment team arrives in Ukraine

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A senior UN human rights official has arrived in Ukraine to conduct a "preliminary assessment" of the situation following developments in the country since November last year. During his eight-day visit UN Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights Ivan Šimonović plans to meet authorities as well as civil society organisations in Kiev, Lviv, Kharkiv and Simferopol. [...]

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UNCA: Demand for south-south cooperation in agriculture increasing

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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 [...]

7 Mar 2014 | Posted in UN Calling Asia | Read More »

New UN campaign to secure release of all child soldiers by 2016

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Children should be in school or on the playground but not on the battlefield. That's what Leila Zerrougi, the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict told UN Radio on Thursday. Ms. Zerrougi is behind a new UN campaign to end the recruitment and use of children in government forces by 2016. Thousands of boys and [...]

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