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Investment in renewable energy decreased in 20013-REN21

Listen / A mobile charging solar unit. UN Photo/Mark Garten

Production of renewable energy has increased but investment in the sector declined in 2013, according to a report launched on Tuesday. The annual publication by the Renewable Energy Policy Network for the 21st Century (REN21) gives a comprehensive overview on the status of the renewable energy industry, market policy and investment trends. The report, produced [...]

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#Timetoact to end gender violence in conflict: UK

Listen / Launch of the Campaign on Ending Sexual Violence through Gender Equality, organized by the Permanent mission of the United Kingdom. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

It's "time to act" to end gender violence in conflict through gender equality. That's the message delivered by the United Kingdom Permanent Mission to the UN at a special event in New York on Tuesday. The hashtag is being used as a social media campaign to encourage people get involved in the fight. Many are [...]

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Government of national consensus in Palestine welcomed by UN chief

Listen / UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.  UN Photo/Mark Garten

The announcement of a government of national consensus for Palestinians has been welcomed by United Nations Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon. Leaders of Fatah and Hamas announced on Monday that they had agreed on forming the government to pave the way for elections of a new Palestinian president and parliament. Fatah controls the West Bank while Hamas [...]

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Gender equality "a key component" to ending sexual violence

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Redefining masculinity and promoting gender equality are key components in the fight to end sexual violence. That's according to the Deputy Permanent Representative for the United Kingdom to the United Nations. Peter Wilson was speaking at a special event in New York entitled "Ending Sexual Violence in Conflict through Gender Equality". He said the aim [...]

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Relocation of South Sudanese in Sudan welcomed by UN

Listen / A resident collects mud in order to raise the ground level of his shelter.UN Photo/Isaac Billy

The decision by the Sudanese authorities to relocate over 30,000 South Sudanese refugees from an area at risk of flooding and disease has been welcomed by the United Nations. Thousands of people have fled to Sudan since fighting started in December last year between government and opposition forces in South Sudan. The UN humanitarian agency [...]

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Moroccan troops deploy to Bambari in Central African Republic

Listen / Muslim residents fleeing CAR. UN Photo/Emmanuelle Schneider

Moroccan soldiers have been deployed to the city of Bambari in the north of the Central African Republic as the conflict between Christian and Muslim militias continues. The troops are part of the UN mission in the country, known as MINUSCA whose main mission is to protect civilians Major Driss Bouris, is Spokesperson for the [...]

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140,000 now affected by continued flooding in Afghanistan

Listen / Jens Laerke. UN Photo/Jean-Marc Ferré

Further flash floods in northern Afghanistan over the weekend have affected thousands of homes, according to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs or OCHA, which has been organizing emergency relief since flood waters engulfed many villages in the north of the country in April. Initial reports from the latest flooding in [...]

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Countries urged to safeguard genetic diversity of forests

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The world's forest species are increasingly coming under pressure and face the threat of extinction, according to a report issued by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). The State of the World's Forest Genetic Resources report warns that up to 4000 forest species are being threatened with extinction globally. It blames human activities such [...]

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4000 forest species threatened says FAO

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Up to 4000 forest species are being threatened with extinction globally due to overexploitation and the conversion of forests to pasture and farm land. The findings published in The State of the World's Forest Genetic Resources report by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) reveal that climate change is also having a significant impact. FAO [...]

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More than 40,000 migrants arrive in Italy so far this year

Listen / Christiane Berthiaume. UN Photo/Jean-Marc Ferre

Almost as many migrants from North Africa have arrived in Italy so far this year compared with the total number in 2013, according to the International Organization for Migration (IOM). More than 3,000 people arrived by boat in Sicily over the weekend pushing the number of migrants who have reached Italian shores in 2014 to [...]

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Millions of lives of women and newborns could be saved with more investment in midwives

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Investing in midwifery services could save millions of lives around the world according to a report launched by the UN Population Fund (UNFPA). The State of the World's Midwifery 2014 report reveals that in the previous year almost 290,000 women and close to three million newborn babies died from complications and illnesses that could have [...]

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Investment in midwives could save millions of lives

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Millions of lives could be saved if more investment was made in midwives around the world according to a report launched by the UN Population Fund (UNFPA). The State of the World's Midwifery 2014 report reveals that despite a steady drop in maternal and newborn deaths since 1990, hundreds of thousands of women and newborns [...]

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Over 70 per cent of world's population lacks proper social protection – ILO

Listen / Rampant unemployment in Somaliland has prompted thousands of young people to leave the territory every month. Photo: IRIN/Mohamed Amin Jibril

More than 70 per cent of the world's population doesn't have proper social protection, according to a report issued by the International Labour Organization (ILO) on Tuesday. The ILO defines social protection as covering both social insurance schemes such as social security pension systems and monetary transfers to lower income households. The report says that [...]

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Majority of world's population not covered by social protection

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More than 70 per cent of the world's population is not adequately covered by social protection, a new report by the International Labour Organization (ILO) says. Social security and health care have been considered a universal right for children, the unemployed, the injured and older persons since the Universal declaration of human rights in 1948. [...]

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