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Displaced Pakistani families in Afghanistan in "urgent" need of food

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Many Pakistani families displaced in Afghanistan's Khost and Paktika provinces are urgently in need of food according to the UN Refugee Agency or UNHCR. Military operations in Pakistan's North Waziristan region had forced an estimated 95,000 people to flee Afghanistan. Many of them had arrived across the border with few possessions and host communities in [...]

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"Global scorecard" on poverty targets published by UN

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The United Nations has released what it has described as "the most up-to-date global scorecard" on poverty eradication. The 2014 Report on Millennium Development Goals (or MDGs) charts progress on the eight poverty reduction targets which were agreed by world leaders ahead of the year 2000. The deadline for the attainment of the MDGs is [...]

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Attack on Somali Federal Parliament condemned by UN

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A suicide attack on the Somali parliament building in Mogadishu has been condemned by the top UN envoy to the country. The suicide-bombing on Saturday which reportedly killed four people has been blamed on the terrorist group Al-Shabaab. The Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Somalia, Nicholas Kay, said the group had bombed, assassinated [...]

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Social exclusion and discrimination "greatest obstacles to progress"

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Social exclusion and discrimination are among the "greatest obstacles to progress" in reducing poverty according to the Secretary-General of the United Nations. Ban Ki-moon made the comments as he launched the 2014 Millennium Development Goals or MDG Report. The MDGs are a set of internationally agreed poverty reduction targets, the deadline for which is next [...]

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Australia deports Sri Lankans intercepted at sea

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The UN refugee agency UNHCR has expressed concern over the deportation of 41 Sri Lankan asylum seekers from Australia. A further 153 asylum seekers also from Sri Lanka have had their deportation blocked by the Australian High Court. UNHCR says it had been informed by authorities in Australia that enhanced screening procedures had been applied [...]

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Educating girls key to sustainable economic development – Part II

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A pledging conference to support global education has recently raised a record $ 28.5 billion from both donor and developing countries. The Global Partnership for Education (GPE) held its second Replenishment Pledging Conference in Brussels, the capital of Belgium on 25 and 26 June. The additional funds will help increase education resources for tens of [...]

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Right to education still not a reality for many women and girls

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Despite international consensus on the need for the elimination of discrimination against women in the field of education, an estimated 35 million girls are still unable to attain the education they require, according to the UN Human Rights chief. Ms Navi Pillay says entrenched patriarchal systems and harmful gender stereotypes coupled with the lack of [...]

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Nuclear terrorism comes under spotlight

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The vulnerability of countries to the threat of nuclear terrorism is under the spotlight this week at the UN's International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). Experts from around the world are discussing how nuclear forensic techniques can be used in the fight against illicit trafficking of nuclear and other radioactive material. There are fears that this [...]

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