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Cities fight to clean "dirty air" as levels of pollution rise: WHO

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Several cities around the world are making a conscious effort to clean up their "dirty" air as the UN health agency warns about rising levels of pollution. WHO's 2014 urban air quality database launched on Wednesday covers 1,600 cities across 91 countries. Air pollution dramatically affects the health of city dwellers, the agency says, increasing [...]

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Kenya's displaced people require urgent solutions

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Solutions for Kenya's displaced people require urgent action, according to a United Nations expert. Chaloka Beyani, the UN Special Rapporteur on the human rights of internally displaced persons, was in Kenya for nine days to discuss durable solutions for the country's displaced. He met with representatives of the government as well as with internally displaced [...]

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"Spare no effort" to find abducted girls in Nigeria

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The Nigerian government has been asked to spare no effort to ensure the safe return of more than 230 girls abducted in the country, according to the Secretary-General's Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict, Leila Zerrougui. The girls were abducted from their school by Boko Haram in Borno State, Nigeria on the night of [...]

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Half a billion smallholder farmers globally need support: UN chief

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Governments around the world have been urged to support smallholder farmers as they struggle to produce food in increasingly fragile ecosystems. The call came from United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon at a meeting of the Committee on World Food Security (CFS) in Rome on Wednesday. The CFS was created in 1974 to serve as a [...]

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Global interest in preventing use of weapons of mass destruction

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The world shares a common interest in preventing the use of weapons of mass destruction, according to the United Nations Deputy Secretary-General. Jan Eliasson made the comments at the 10th anniversary of a Security Council resolution that aims to prevent the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction. Mr Eliasson recognized that in its first ten [...]

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Majority of Syrian refugees in Jordan not assisted by the UN

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Only one fifth of Syrian refugees in Jordan are living in camps, according to the United Nations Humanitarian Coordinator in the country. Edward Kallon described the situation as "very unique". He explained that close to 600,000 Syrian refugees are registered by the UN refugee agency (UNHCR), but only twenty per cent of them are in [...]

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Ending hunger can be achieved, says Ban Ki-moon

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Ending hunger can be achieved, according to the United Nations Secretary-General. Ban Ki-moon was speaking in Rome on Wednesday to food experts from around the world. He said that during his visit to South Sudan on Tuesday, he saw a country on the brink of a food security calamity. Without immediate action, Mr Ban said [...]

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Kiribati to stay "resilient and prepared" for climate change

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The island of Kiribati says it must remain resilient and prepared for the challenges presented by climate change. The low-lying Pacific Ocean archipelago is facing extensive flooding in the future if sea levels rise due to new climatic conditions. The Kiribati Minister of Communications, Rimeta Beniamina, recently attended the World Telecommunication Development conference in Dubai, [...]

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Nigeria abductions could deter parents from sending girls to school

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The recent abductions of girls in northern Nigeria by Boko Haram militants group could deter other parents from sending their daughters to school, a senior official for the UN's Children Fund told UN Radio. Dr. Nicholas Alipui said the group's threat to sell or forcibly marry the girls is a "credible" threat that should not [...]

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New air quality and health database will cover 1600 cities

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A new database of air pollution levels and trends is covering 1600 cities in 91 countries, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). The 2014 Air Quality global database is being launched in Geneva on Wednesday. Covering 500 more cities than in 2011, it highlights the ones where air pollution and the related health risks [...]

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