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Yukiya Amano. Photo Credit: Dean Calma / IAEA

Iran must commit to nuclear deal "for many years": UN

Iran has to implement its nuclear-related commitments for "many years to come," the head of the UN's nuclear agency told its Board of Governors on Monday.

A Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) was signed last July between Iran and six world powers, including the European Union.

Here is Yukiya Amano, the Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency, IAEA.

"The Agency was requested by both the Board of Governors and the Security Council to undertake the verification and monitoring of Iran's nuclear-related commitments under the JCPOA and in parallel to the Security Council. Implementation of the JCPOA has just started. Iran has to implement its commitments under the JCPOA for many years to come and the Agency has to verify, monitor and report on its implementation."

As part of the transparency measures, the agency will have enhanced access to uranium mines, mills and it will undertake a continuous surveillance of Iran's centrifuge manufacturing and storage locations.

Mr Mano said that his agency has found no indication of the diversion of declared nuclear material from peaceful nuclear activities in Iran.

Terrorist attack in Iraq condemned by UN

A terrorist attack near the city of Hilla, in southern Iraq, in which at least 47 people were reportedly killed, has been condemned by the top UN official in the country.

The bombing which took place at a busy checkpoint at noon on Sunday was claimed by the terrorist group ISIL, also known as Daesh.

Ján Kubiš, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General (SRSG) for Iraq said terrorists had struck with "untold savagery, leaving a trail of death and destruction."

He urged the Iraqi people not to be cowed by the "terrorists' murderous campaign."

Women make up majority of world's hungry

Women account for 70 per cent of the world's hungry yet they are responsible for more than half of the global food production, a UN expert has said.

On Monday, Hilal Elver, Special Rapporteur on the right to food, presented her second report to members of the Human Rights Council in Geneva.

She said women are disadvantaged on several social levels, largely because of the influence of patriarchal systems.

"Women experience poverty and hunger at disproportionate levels. Institutionalized gender discrimination and violence continue to impose barriers that prevent women from enjoying their economic, social, cultural and specifically their right to adequate food and nutrition."

Last year, Ms Elver had urged States to take steps to guarantee the basic rights of women to access adequate and healthy food.

She suggested that developing gender-sensitive policies could help close the gender gap in agriculture.

Jocelyne Sambira, United Nations.

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