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Worldwide food wastage estimated at 1.3 billion tonnes

Listen / Almost one-third of food produced for human consumption – approximately 1.3 billion tonnes per year – is either lost or wasted globally. Photo: FAO/Giulio Napolitano

One point three billion tonnes of food are wasted worldwide each year according to a report being launched at the UN Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO). The Food Losses and waste in the context of sustainable food systems, report reveals that globally around one-third of food produced is lost or wasted along the food chain, [...]

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Killing of Palestinian child condemned by UN chief

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

The abduction and killing of a Palestinian child in East Jerusalem has been condemned by the United Nations Secretary-General. The murder comes just days after the bodies of three abducted Israeli teenagers, were found. Media reports quoted Palestinian sources as saying it was a revenge attack for the murder of the three Israelis. Ban Ki-moon [...]

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Record number of women serve on UN Security Council

Listen / Sylvie Lucas. UN Photo/Paulo Filgueiras

Record number of women serve on the UN Security Council. A total of five female ambassadors are serving throughout the year, four as rotating members of the Council and one, the US ambassador, as a permanent member. Sylvie Lucas is the Ambassador of Luxembourg. Elizabeth Philip asked her about her first one-month stint as President [...]

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Ebola families urged to avoid traditional mourning practices

Listen / A nurse comforts a patient who has been diagnosed to have the Ebola virus. Photo: WHO/Chris Black

The families of victims of the Ebola virus in West Africa are being urged by the World Health Organization (WHO) to avoid traditional mourning practices. More than 450 people have died from the disease since March this year in three West African countries, Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone. Ebola which kills 90 per cent of [...]

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Sri Lanka urged to stop faith-based violence

Listen / Heiner Bielefeldt. UN Photo/Jean-Marc Ferré

Sri Lanka has been urged by three United Nations human rights experts to stop the promotion of racial and faith-based hatred and violence against Muslim and Christian communities. More than 350 violent attacks against Muslims and over 150 attacks against Christians have been reported in Sri Lanka in the last two years. The UN Human [...]

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Funding boost for UN relief operations in Iraq

Listen / Valerie Amos, UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator.  UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

United Nations humanitarian operations in Iraq have received a boost following a donation of US $500 million from the government of Saudi Arabia. Valerie Amos, United Nations Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator said the funds will enable a rapid scale up of efforts to prevent the spread of diseases and support displaced families with [...]

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Refugees in Ethiopia could go without food aid

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Food distribution programmes for over 570,000 refugees in Ethiopia may grind to a halt in the next three months due to lack of sufficient donor support, according to the UN World Food Programme (WFP). The organisation says it urgently needs to raise US $50 million to fund its food aid programme in Ethiopia to the [...]

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"Strong response" to Ebola outbreak in West Africa

Listen / WHO delivers disposable personal protection equipment to isolation ward at the China-Guinea Friendship Hospital in Conakry, Guinea. Photo: WHO/T. Jasarevic

Health experts are meeting in Ghana to devise what is being described as a "strong response" to a continuing outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus in West Africa. New cases and deaths attributable to the disease have been reported in three West African countries, Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone. In the last week of June, [...]

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Losing ground in Thailand

Listen / Noeri, an indigenous woman from Thailand.  (UN in Action video capture)

Indigenous people in Thailand are fighting for access to ancestral lands in an attempt to preserve their culture and ensure a future for their children. There are over one million indigenous people who live in the hills of northern and western Thailand. Much of the land in those regions is now off-limits following a decision [...]

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