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"Colonial era" convention on forced labour to be renegotiated

Listen / Opening session of the 103rd Session of the International Labour. Photo: ILO/Department of Communications

A convention on forced labour which is being described as coming from the colonial era is being renegotiated at the United Nations. The International Labour Organization estimates that around 21 million people are engaged in forced labour around the world. It's thought annual profits from the uncontrolled sector are in the region around $150 billion. [...]

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"Climate smart" agriculture could spark rural renewal

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More needs to be done to help poor farmers to adopt what is called "climate smart" agriculture, according to the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). In a report released on Friday FAO argues that a shift towards this new approach may help to fight climate change while combating hunger and poverty in rural areas. [...]

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"United Nations Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela Prize" created by General Assembly

Listen / Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. UN Photo/Devra Berkowitz

The struggle against racism, inequality, hatred, divisions and war continues, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said on Friday as the UN created a prize named after Nelson Mandela. The 193-member UN General Assembly  adopted a resolution establishing the "United Nations Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela Prize". Secretary-General Ban offered his "warmest" congratulations to the Assembly for adopting the [...]

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At least 62 dead in Red Sea boat tragedy

Listen / Exhausted new arrivals recover on a beach after crossing the ocean to southern Yemen. Photo: SHS/A.S. Hussein/UNHCR

At least 60 African migrants have died attempting to cross the Red Sea to Yemen, according to the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR). The agency said that it had just learned of the tragedy which happened last Saturday. Two Yemeni crew members also died. It is the largest single loss of life this year of [...]

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Farmers’ battle to cope with climate change could spark rural renewal

Listen / UN Photo/Marco Dormino

The battle farmers across the world face to cope with climate change could spark what's being described as a "rural renewal." In a report released on Friday, the Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) says famers should shift to what's being called a “climate-smart” approach to agriculture. The new approach will not only help prevent future [...]

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Social media can empower youth to change future

Listen / Opening session of the 2014 Economic and Social Council Youth Forum. UN Photo/Devra Berkowitz

Technology and social media should be embraced as a method of self-empowerment. So says Olivia Rowley, a student from Tufts University in the US, who recently attended a conference on youth at the UN. Her message, that social media can affect real political change, was echoed throughout the conference. Sophie Outhwaite spoke to Olivia Rowley [...]

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​Thousands of displaced people in need of relief aid in Yemen

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

As many as 20,000 people have been displaced by heavy fighting between government and rebel forces in Yemen, according to the UN humanitarian agency (OCHA). OCHA is concerned about the displaced people who cannot be reached with humanitarian assistance following the fighting which broke out in the northern Amran governorate during the last week of [...]

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More people flee as fighting continues in Iraq's Anbar province

Listen / Adrian Edwards, Spokesperson of UNHCR.  UN Photo/Jean-Marc Ferré

Escalating violence in the Anbar province in Iraq has led to more civilians being forced to flee their homes and has made it increasingly more difficult for aid agencies to reach those most in need. The Iraqi government puts the number of people who have fled their homes since fighting escalated between  government forces and [...]

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Human rights concerns over escalating violence in Libya

Listen / Rupert Colville, Spokesperson for the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR).   UN Photo/Jean-Marc Ferré

The office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights says that it is deeply concerned by the violence in Libya that has led to a number of people being killed and injured in the east of the country, particularly in Benghazi – including people not directly involved in armed clashes. The office is [...]

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"Political will" needed to prioritize midwifery services

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Countries in Asia need to demonstrate political will to improve midwifery services and save millions of lives. That's according to the chief of the UN Population Fund (UNFPA). The State of the World's Midwifery 2014 report released this week reveals that almost 290,000 women and close to three million newborn babies died in 2013 from [...]

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Clean energy "made in China" has helped lift millions out of poverty

Listen / Susan McDade. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

China has done more than any other country to lift millions of people out of poverty, according to the Country Action Team leader in the UN's Sustainable Energy for All (SE4All) Initiative. Rural households in developing countries are using solar and wind energy made in China and using that energy as a motor for development. [...]

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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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