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Only ‘real equality’ can end vicious cycle of poverty

Although poverty and privilege “continue to reproduce themselves in vicious cycles”, it is possible to break the chain and shift the paradigm, an independent UN human rights expert told the General Assembly on Wednesday. 

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At least 50,000 people have been affected by floods in the Gatumba region of Burundi in the past year.
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At least 50,000 people have been affected by floods in the Gatumba region of Burundi in the past year.

The right to a clean and healthy environment: 6 things you need to know

Climate and EnvironmentOn 8 October, loud and unusual applause reverberated around the chamber of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva. A battle fought for decades by environmental activists and rights’ defenders, had finally borne fruit.

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UN Secretary-General António Guterres (at podium) addresses the opening of the general debate of the 76th session of the General Assembly.
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PHOTO STORY: UN’s 'busiest' week, draws to a close

It wasn’t quite back to normal, but what is typically the busiest week of the year at the United Nations in New York, did attract around 100 Heads of State and Government from around the world.  

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There are more than 833 million hectares of salt-affected soils around the globe
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1.5 billion people, living with soil too salty to be fertile 

Climate and Environment Between 20 to 50 per cent of irrigated soils in all continents have grown too salty to be fully fertile, creating significant challenges for more than 1.5 billion people trying to grow their own food.  

The MTV Shuga “Down South" series was broadcast on TV in South Africa in 2017 and 2019.
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UN-backed show highlights lifesaving benefits of 'edutainment' in South Africa

Health Young people in South Africa changed their attitudes significantly and adopted safer sexual behaviour, after watching a TV show called Down South – which the UN initiative behind it describes as a tribute to the power of “edutainment”.