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More consensus needed over digital technology for ‘people and the planet’

While digital technologies have offered “boundless opportunities” for sustainable development, education and inclusion, the UN political chief warned on Monday that there is also a clear downside.

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Ilarion Celestin tends his beehives in Bonbon, Haiti.

First Person: Sweet taste of modern beekeeping

Economic DevelopmentBeekeepers in the southern Haitian commune of Bonbon are creating a buzz around honey in an area which is recovering from an earthquake in 2021.

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A sweet solution to a mammoth problem

It’s true; elephants are surprisingly afraid of bees. It’s hard to believe that these goliaths are afraid of a small insect, but this fear may help save their lives. This vulnerability is now being used in the elephant’s favour, by enterprising and innovative groups like South Africa’s Elephants Alive.

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Nepal responsible for torture, rape and killing of teenage girl: UN rights committee

Human Rights Authorities in Nepal must thoroughly investigate the February 2004 torture, rape and execution of a 16-year-old girl by security forces during the country’s civil war, the UN Human Rights Committee said in a ruling on Monday. 

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Monkeypox: UNAIDS ‘concerned’ about stigmatizing language against LGTBI people

Health As a significant portion of the recently reported Monkeypox cases has been identified among gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men, the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) expressed concern on Sunday that some media reporting and commentary was reinforcing homophobic and racist stereotypes.