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Global education facing "learning crisis" warns World Bank

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Millions of students in low- and middle-income countries face a "learning crisis" that is widening inequality, destroying opportunity and strangling economic growth. That's the stark conclusion of the World Development Report 2018, published on Tuesday by the World Bank, which is calling for greater action through "concrete policy steps" worldwide. World Bank President Jim Yong [...]

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News in Brief 26 September 2017 (PM)

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UN needs to add more "substance" to South Sudan peace effort: Mission chief The UN needs to add more "substance" to help end South Sudan's brutal civil war and fulfil the promise of peace for the world's youngest country. That's according to David Shearer, who leads the UN peacekeeping mission there, UNMISS, as he briefed [...]

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UN reaffirms goal of achieving a nuclear-free world

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In July, countries adopted a treaty prohibiting nuclear weapons following decades of diplomatic efforts. This Tuesday in New York, they reaffirmed the ideal of achieving global nuclear disarmament—one of the oldest goals of the United Nations. Dianne Penn reports on a ceremony held at UN Headquarters to commemorate the International Day for the Total Elimination [...]

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UN Daily News Programme 26 September 2017

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Listen to our daily bulletin of news and features from the United Nations, presented by Dianne Penn and Matt Wells. In today's programme: Countries reaffirm the goal of achieving a nuclear-free world; and the UN environment chief calls for more action to combat pollution and climate change.  

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Listen / Bangladesh. Desperation and heavy rains blight Rohingya refugees

"Control room" in Bangladesh will monitor Rohingya health needs: WHO A new "control room" is being set up in the Bangladesh town of Cox's Bazar to monitor the health needs of hundreds of thousands of Rohingya refugees who've fled across the Myanmar border. The World Health Organization (WHO) is supporting the move, which will provide [...]

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More action needed to combat climate change: environment chief

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Recent hurricanes in the Caribbean, monsoon flooding in Asia and other weather-related disasters around the globe are an indication that the world needs to do more to address the impact of climate change. That's according to Erik Solheim, Executive Director of the UN Environment Programme, which is based in Nairobi. Mr Solheim was in New [...]

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"Toxic narrative" needs to change says top migration official

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Changing the "toxic narrative" about migration is crucial as the international community negotiates the first ever global agreement on human mobility. That's according to the Director General of the International Organization for Migration (IOM), William Lacy Swing, who on Tuesday addressed dozens of migration experts and representatives of Arab governments. They are currently gathered at [...]

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Make the Caribbean an "engine for change" on childhood obesity

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The Caribbean can become "an engine for change" in reducing childhood obesity. That's according to Trevor Hassel, president of the Healthy Caribbean Coalition, speaking about the issue at UN Headquarters in New York, during the General Assembly's High Level week. The Caribbean has one of the highest rates of childhood obesity in the world, and [...]

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Diversifying economies reduces dependence: Tanzania bank chief

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Youth and rural populations in Tanzania are looking to increase their access to financial services, according to Bank of Tanzania Governor Benno Ndulu. Mr Ndulu said "financial inclusion" was a high priority for the East African country, and diversifying the economy at all levels of society will reduce dependence overall. In his capacity as chair [...]

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