School closures triple in Central and Western Africa as education comes under fire

Culture and Education
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A surge in “deliberate” attacks against students, teachers and schools in West and Central Africa has led to a tripling in school closures in the last year and left almost two million youngsters “robbed of an education”, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said on Friday. 

World must stamp out persecution of religious groups, Guterres declares on new UN Day

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Relentless sequence of disasters in Asia-Pacific ‘sign of things to come’, cautions UN regional body

Changing patterns and worsening impacts of natural disasters in Asia and the Pacific, coupled with environmental degradation and climate change, are not only making efforts to predict such catastrophes more difficult, but are also a “sign of things to come”, the United Nations development arm in the region has warned.

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A recap of Thursday’s top stories: International Day honours victims of religious-based violence, UN experts on Kashmir, environmental disasters in Asia-Pacific, animal protections, and UN chief on Burkina Faso

Thursday’s Daily Brief: New international day honouring victims of religious-based violence; Kashmir shutdown must be reversed; Relentless sequence of disasters in Asia-Pacific; Giraffes fare well for protection, elephants not so much; UN chief condemns Burkina Faso violence

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FROM THE FIELD: Argentina Preserving Pristine Forests

Thousands of species of animals and plants which are indigenous to a vast forest in Argentina could be saved thanks to a partnership between the United Nations and the South American country.
 

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Kashmir communications shutdown a ‘collective punishment’ that must be reversed, say UN experts

End the crackdown on freedom of expression, was the strong call to the Government by India from five United Nations independent rights expert on Thursday.

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Microplastic pollution is everywhere, but not necessarily a risk to human health

Tiny plastic particles known as microplastics are “everywhere – including in our drinking-water”, but they are not necessarily a risk to human health, UN experts said on Thursday.

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