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Rural women can be “powerful economic agents”: FAO

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Rural women can be "powerful economic agents" but policy makers should recognise their needs in order for them to "unleash" their potential, an expert from the UN food agency has said. Hajnalka Petrics is a Gender and Development Officer at the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). Ms Petrics was at UN [...]

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South Sudan refugee crisis "world's fastest growing": UN Refugee Agency

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South Sudan is now the world's fastest growing refugee crisis and no neighbouring country is immune, the UN Refugee Agency, UNHCR, has warned. People are fleeing into Sudan, Ethiopia, Kenya, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and the Central African Republic (CAR), the agency says. Jocelyne Sambira has the details. An average of 2,800 [...]

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Children face greater risks a year after refugee route to Europe closed: UNICEF

Listen / Although she used to be in Grade 6, 12-year old Ayesh, who fled to Turkey from the Idlib Governorate of Syria does not attend school. Photo: UNICEF/Shehzad Noorani

Children seeking asylum in Europe are facing greater risks of deportation, detention, exploitation and deprivation a year after a main refugee route was closed and a deal over migration between the European Union (EU) and Turkey was passed, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has warned. The so-called “Balkan border” includes countries like Macedonia, Croatia, Slovenia [...]

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Implementing gender parity will be a "battle", the UN chief warns

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It's going to be a "battle" to have an equal number of men and women serving in governments, legislatures, public services and other areas of the economy and society, the UN Secretary-General warned on Friday. António Guterres met with women's civil society groups on the margins of the 61st session of the Commission on the Status [...]

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News in Brief 17 March 2017 (PM)

Listen / Somali refugees on the coast of Yemen after having undertaken a gruelling sea journey from the Horn of Africa. Photo: UNHCR/R. Nuri (file)

  UNHCR condemns attack on refugee boat off Yemen The UN Refugee Agency, UNHCR, has condemned a helicopter assault on a boat carrying refugees across the Red Sea from Yemen to Sudan. A number of Somali refugees were reportedly among those killed and injured, the agency said, although details of the incident remain unconfirmed. The [...]

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UN Global Perspective Special: Victim rights', dignity come first in fight against sex abuse

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The UN is putting the "rights and dignity of victims first" in its fight against sexual abuse and exploitation, the Secretary-General has promised. António Guterres unveiled a new approach to rid the organization of the scourge, including the appointment of an advocate for the victims. Last year, 145 allegations of sexual abuse and exploitation involving both [...]

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UN Daily News Programme 17 March 2017

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Listen to a bulletin of news and features from the United Nations, with Matthew Wells and Jocelyne Sambira. In today's programme: "tremendous progress" has been made stabilizing Central African Republic but security's still volatile. We'll hear from the top UN representative there. And support for people with disabilities facing disasters, needs to become more than [...]

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"Tremendous progress" in CAR, but situation "remains volatile"

Listen / Internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Bambari, Central African Republic. UN Photo/Catianne Tijerina

"Tremendous progress" has been made in stabilizing the Central African Republic (CAR) since the election of a new government early last year, but the situation "remains volatile." That's according to the head of the UN Peacekeeping Mission there (MINUSCA), Parfait Onanga-Anyanga, who's  been at UN Headquarters calling on Member States to honour a US$2.2 billion [...]

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News in Brief 17 March 2017 (AM)

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South Sudan refugee crisis "world's fastest growing": UN Refugee Agency South Sudan is now the world's fastest growing refugee crisis and no neighbouring country is immune, the UN Refugee Agency, UNHCR, has warned. People are fleeing into Sudan, Ethiopia, Kenya, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and the Central African Republic (CAR), the agency [...]

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Support for the disabled facing disasters "still in a symbolic stage"

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Support for people with disabilities around the world who are preparing for disasters is "still in a symbolic stage". That's the frank assessment of veteran activist and NGO chief executive, Carlos Kaiser from Chile, speaking at a recent UN-backed conference on Disaster Risk Reduction in the Americas. A global conference on the issue takes place [...]

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