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Women in Libya; UN Photo: UNSMIL

Conference supports women's peace efforts in Libya

Peace cannot be achieved in Libya without the active participation of women.

That's one of the conclusions to emerge from a UN-sponsored conference this week which brought together 60 women from across the country to explore strategies to promote peace in their homeland.

The four-day event, held in neighbouring Tunisia, was facilitated by the UN mission in Libya, UNSMIL, and the UN Development Programme (UNDP).

Participants shared their experiences and the challenges they have faced since developing an action plan known as the Women's Peace Agenda in Montreux, Switzerland, in November 2015.

They stated that "the responsibility of peace rests on all Libyans," adding that it "cannot be achieved without the active participation of women in the peace process" as "advocates and partners in peacemaking".

They also emphasized the need to work together to empower women to, in their words, "be an active partner in peace building and an influential element in decision-making."

Viral disease kills hundreds of rare Mongolian antelopes

A livestock disease has killed almost 10 per cent of the population of a rare antelope in Mongolia, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has reported.

Some 900 Saiga antelopes were found dead in a western province in the country and samples taken from their carcasses indicate they died from a highly fatal viral disease known by the French name Peste des Petits Ruminants (PPR).

The disease mostly affects sheep and goats.

FAO and the World Organization for Animal Health are leading a multinational effort to eradicate the disease by 2030.

Youth forum to address poverty eradication

Young people's participation in the global push to eradicate poverty will be the focus of a two-day meeting which opens on Monday at UN Headquarters in New York.

The ECOSOC Youth Forum will provide a platform for young leaders from around the world to dialogue with policy makers.

ECOSOC is the Economic and Social Council, one of the main organs of the UN.

It is described as the "central platform" for fostering debate, forging consensus and coordinating efforts to achieve internationally agreed goals.

Stéphane Dujarric is the UN Spokesperson:

"The annual event is a critical global platform where youth ministers and other government leaders, youth delegates, representatives from civil society and youth-focused organizations can contribute to discussions on issues affecting young people, including youth employment and empowerment, gender equality and climate change.

Dianne Penn, United Nations

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