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Mobile technology facilitates literacy in developing countries: UNESCO

Listen / © Worldreader, A woman helps a young girl read on a mobile phone, while other children look on in interest.UNESCO@PHOTO

Mobile technology is facilitating literacy in developing countries, according to a report by the United Nations cultural agency (UNESCO). The report, "Reading in the Mobile Era" was published on the occasion of World Book and Copyright Day, which is observed on 23 April each year. It found that people read books on small screen devices [...]

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UN Mission in South Sudan rejects responsibility for "disaster" in Bentiu

Listen / Displaced civilians sheltering at the UNMISS base in Bentiu, Unity State. Photo: UNMISS/Anna Adhikari

The United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) has said it was not responsible for the human rights abuses that took place in a town in the country last week. According to the South Sudanese government, four hundred people were killed in Bentiu after rebels loyal to former vice-president Riek Machar took control. The conflict [...]

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Warring parties in Syria urged to allow relief aid to people in need

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Government and opposition forces in Syria have been urged to stop fighting and to allow unconditional humanitarian access to all the people in need in the war-torn country. The appeal has been made by the heads of five major UN humanitarian agencies in a joint statement issued on Wednesday. They recalled that a similar appeal [...]

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UN mission in South Sudan rejects claim it failed to protect civilians

Listen / UNMISS evacuation support in Bentiu, Unity State. Photo: UNMISS

The UN mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) has rejected an accusation that it is partly responsible for human rights abuses that took place in the town of Bentiu. The town was taken over last week by rebels who are trying to bring down the government. A senior South Sudanese government official has claimed that civilians [...]

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Situation in northern Mali "remains very fragile", warns UN envoy

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The detonation of an explosive device (IED) which injured a United Nations peacekeeper in the Malian town of Kidal has been strongly condemned by the top UN envoy in the country. Mali is recovering from a crisis which started with a military coup d'état in early 2012. Fighting between Government forces and Tuareg rebels followed [...]

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Cell phones in developing countries encourage "reading without books"

Listen / © Worldreader, A Masai girl, wearing traditional beaded jewelery, reads on a low-end Android phone, Kenya. UNESCO@PHOTO

People in the developing world are using their mobile devices to read full length books and stories, according to a new report by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). The report, Reading in the Mobile Era, found that printed material is a scarce resource that is very difficult to distribute in remote [...]

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UN expert calls for broad consultation on reform of Côte d'Ivoire's electoral body

Listen / UN Independent Expert on Human Rights, Doudou Diène (centre), on a visit to Côte d'Ivoire in November 2011. UN Photo/Basile Zoma

The authorities in Côte d'Ivoire have been urged to undertake broad consultations on reforming the country's Independent Electoral Commission (IEC). The call was made by the UN Independent Expert on human rights in Côte d'Ivoire Doudou Diène as the West African country prepares for next year's presidential elections. It follows the recent adoption by the [...]

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Nuclear Science in Cancer Treatment

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Radiation Oncology is a medical method used for treating cancer. It uses ionizing radiation to kill cancer cells. The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) provides its Member States with the assistance needed to build the infrastructure and train personnel to implement the treatment. Steve Thatchet spoke to Eduardo Rosenblatt, the Section Head of IAEA's applied [...]

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Shipwrecks offer "huge potential" for small island states

Listen / Pollockshields Wreck, Bermudas. [UNESCO/E. Trainito]

Shipwrecks and other types of underwater cultural heritage offer "huge potential" for small island states according to a senior government archaeologist from the Caribbean. Experts from around the world have been gathering in New York to discuss how heritage sites could help in the development of small island economies. Archaeologist, Reg Murphy, is the Secretary [...]

23 Apr 2014 | Posted in Caribbean News, Today's Features | Read More »

Importance of population issues to development discussed in Stockholm

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Senior government officials, parliamentarians and development experts are meeting in the Swedish capital, Stockholm, on Wednesday to discuss the importance of population issues to development. The three-day meeting is reviewing successes and challenges in achieving the Programme of Action adopted at the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) held in Cairo in 1994. At [...]

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World Book and Copyright Day highlights preservation and sharing of knowledge

Listen / Young boy and girl reading books in a street in Qazvin, Iran. Photo: UNESCO/Dominique Roger

The role of books and copyright in the preservation and sharing of knowledge is being highlighted on World Book and Copyright Day. The Day, observed on 23 April each year, was proclaimed by the UN cultural agency (UNESCO) in 1995 to promote reading and increase people's understanding of copyright laws. The day marks the anniversary [...]

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