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Cities to provide crucial feedback on world urbanization trends

A "global sample" of cities will be used by the UN to report back on world urbanization trends, conditions and developments, ahead of a major conference later this year.

UN Habitat's Global Urban Observatory has created the sample group, which will provide key data from 200 cities around the world for the upcoming urban development conference Habitat III, which takes place in Ecuador in October.

Executive Director of UN Habitat, Joan Clos, presented details on the sample group at a press conference in New York on Thursday.

"It's an unstratified sample of the universe of 4231 cities of over 100,000 population in the world, and this is a sample that provides well-founded information in the process of urbanization worldwide."

The UN Sample of Cities, as it's formally known, will allow for global and regional monitoring of the Sustainable Development Goals, as well as the New Urban Agenda to be adopted at Habitat III.

New global guide to schools meals issued by UN

A new guide to help nations implement nutritious and sustainable school meals has been released today.

The Global School Feeding Sourcebook was produced by the World Food Program (WFP) in partnership with Imperial College London's Partnership for Child Development (PCD) and the World Bank.

The Sourcebook draws information from comprehensive case studies in fourteen different countries, comparing their respective advantages and drawbacks.

The WFP also warned that school meal programmes were the weakest in areas that needed them the most.

About one in five children eat a meal provided by their school every day.

In the book's foreword, World Bank President Jim Yong Kim and WFP head Ertharin Cousin, said that the research showed how school meals programmes help to get children into the classroom and keep them there, "contributing to their learning by avoiding hunger and enhancing cognitive abilities."

Most recent outbreak of Ebola virus in Liberia declared over

The latest outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus in Liberia is over, according to the World Health Organization, WHO.

The announcement comes 42 days after the last confirmed Ebola patient tested negative for the disease in the West African country, for a second time.

Liberia now enters a 90-day period of heightened surveillance to ensure against any new cases spreading, said WHO.

It's the fourth time since the start of the epidemic in the region two years ago, that Liberia has been declared Ebola-free.

Sierra Leone declared the end of Ebola transmission in March, and Guinea, on 1 June, following the previous flare-ups.

WHO warned the three countries to be vigilant in the face of possible new cases.

Janie Cangelosi, United Nations.

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