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Sink or swim: Can island states survive the climate crisis?

Small island nations across the world are bearing the brunt of the climate crisis, and their problems have been accentuated by the COVID-19 pandemic, which has severely affected their economies, and their capacity to protect themselves from possible extinction. We take a look at some of the many challenges they face, and how they could be overcome.

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Elisabeth, now 16 years old, has been reunited with her family in Burundi.
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Elisabeth, now 16 years old, has been reunited with her family in Burundi.

First Person: ‘I’m not old enough to be a woman’ says trafficked teen

WomenA teenage girl who was sold for sex for the price of a few beers as a twelve-year-old, has told the United Nations how she was trafficked between Burundi and Tanzania in East Africa.

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Female Slovakian peacekeepers being awarded for their contributions during a medal parade ceremony to the UN Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP).
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Slovakia continues tradition of service and sacrifice with UN peace operation in Cyprus

Slovakia continues to play a role in UN Peacekeeping since the early 1990s, with personnel serving in more than a dozen UN operations. In 2021, Slovakia will mark 20 years of deploying peacekeepers to the UN peacekeeping force in Cyprus, known as UNFICYP

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An eight-year-old girl hides her face at a UNICEF-supported centre in Haiti that provides temporary care and support for trafficked children while authorities search for their parents. (file)
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Human trafficking: UN chief calls for action as COVID leaves ‘many millions’ more vulnerable

Law and Crime Prevention UN Secretary General António Guterres on Thursday urged States to take action against human trafficking, where a third of all victims are children.

Formula E cars at the 2021 New York race in Red Hook, Brookyln.
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From electric dreams to supercharged reality: the road race to a clean energy future

Climate and Environment The global Formula E electric race series, a partner with the UN Environment Programme (UNEP),  has grown in popularity since it launched some seven years ago, attracting the attention of major car manufacturers, changing people’s perceptions of electric vehicles, and bringing the world one step closer to a sustainable transport future.