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UN chief stresses value of disaster preparation on first World Tsunami Day

Listen / An aerial view of the vast destruction of the Indonesian coast caused by the Indian Ocean tsunami in 2004. UN File Photo / E. Schneider

Although tsunamis are rare, failing to prepare for them could exact a heavy price. That's the message from the UN Secretary-General this Saturday, the first-ever World Tsunami Day. Tsunamis are series of waves that can reach as high as 100 feet (30.5 metres), and are extremely destructive. They have killed more than 250,000 people in [...]

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Mothers' "emotional bond" can help counter violent forms of extremism

Listen / Four suspected members of Al Shabaab, the Islamic insurgent group, walk on the grounds of Mogadishu Stadium. The militants were all in their mid-twenties.
Credit: UN Photo/Stuart Price

The "emotional bond" that mothers have with their children could help to counter violent forms of extremism and terrorist acts. That's according to Edit Schlaffer, the Founder of Women without Borders, who spoke at a conference hosted by the UN cultural agency, UNESCO focusing on the radicalisation of young people by extremist groups,. Young children [...]

5 Nov 2016 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

Cholera outbreak in Haiti "predictable" using new data technology

Listen / A Cholera outbreak originating in the Central Artibonite region of Haiti has killed around 250 people and effected over 2500 in the region.

The Cholera outbreak in Haiti could have been predicted using new technology that harnesses decades of satellite data, according to a scientific prize winner, speaking at UN Headquarters. Rita Colwell is an academic from the United States who has developed a model that can see outbreaks coming up to six months in advance. She was [...]

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