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Even rich countries struggle to hit 2030 goals: UNICEF

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One in five children in rich countries lives in poverty and one in eight is food-insecure, the UN said on Thursday. The findings appear in a UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) report, which shows that even the world's strongest economies are struggling to achieve commitments to youngsters contained in the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which [...]

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More resources needed to rid Haiti of cholera, UN deputy-chief urges

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Increased UN efforts to respond to the cholera epidemic in Haiti has helped reduce the transmission of the bacterial disease, but more needs to be done. That's the gist of the UN deputy chief's remarks to the General Assembly on Wednesday during an informal briefing on the matter. Over the last seven years, cholera has [...]

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Closing gender gaps could add trillions to the global economy: ILO

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Closing gender gaps by 25 per cent by 2025 could add US$ 5.8 trillion to the global economy and boost tax revenue, a new report by the International Labour Organisation (ILO) says. Northern Africa, the Arab States and Southern Asia would see the greatest benefits given that in these regions, the gaps in participation rates [...]

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News in Brief 14 June 2017 (PM)

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  Libya urged to "arrest and surrender" Saif Al-Islam Gadaffi to ICC The International Criminal Court (ICC) has called for the arrest and surrender of Saif Al-Islam Gaddafi, son of the deposed Libyan leader, Muammar Gaddafi. That's according to a statement issued by the Court's Prosecutor, Fatou Bensouda, on Wednesday. She also called for the [...]

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UN Daily News Programme 14 June 2017

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Listen to a bulletin of news and features from the United Nations, with Matthew Wells and Jocelyne Sambira. The Commission of Inquiry on Syria says civilians continue to bear the brunt of the "disasterous" civil war, in terms of lives lost; and only the UN and it's international partners stand between the people of Central [...]

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News in Brief 14 June 2017 (AM)

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Migrants "lifting millions out of poverty" by sending money home The amount of money migrants send to their families in developing countries has risen by 51 per cent over the past decade, according to a new report released by the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) on Wednesday. The study covers a 10-year period of migration and [...]

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UN chief pays visit to Afghanistan "in solidarity" with its people

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The war in Afghanistan has no military solution, the UN chief said on Wednesday as he urged the warring parties to seek a political solution to the conflict together. António Guterres paid his first visit to the country as Secretary-General where he met with government officials and people recently displaced by the conflict. Civilian casualties [...]

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"Overly broad" measures against Qatar impacting human rights: Zeid

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Some measures being taken by countries involved in an on-going dispute with Qatar are "overly broad" and may run counter to international human rights law. That warning comes from the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights on Wednesday, Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein, who said he was alarmed about the impact of the action already taking [...]

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Syria inquiry chief laments "disastrous" civilian death toll

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Conflict in Syria continues to rage with "disastrous consequences" for civilians who continue to bear the brunt of the six-year war, a leading rights investigator said on Wednesday. In an update to the Human Rights Council, Paulo Pinheiro, Chair of the Commission of Inquiry on Syria, appealed to the warring parties to stop fighting and [...]

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High Level Panel to study migration in Africa

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A High Level Panel on Migration in Africa is hoping to stem the tide of young people forced to flee their homelands because they cannot find jobs, a senior UN official has said. Thokozile Ruzvidzo heads the Social Development Policy Division at the UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), which established the body together with [...]

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