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‘Think resilience’ to protect against climate and other catastrophes

More countries must “think resilience”, and urgently adopt and improve early warning systems to reduce risks from an increasing number of disasters across the world, a UN disaster forum concluded on Friday.

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Boats docked near a port in Mombasa, Kenya.
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5 things you should know about the UN Ocean Conference, a chance to save the planet’s largest ecosystem

Climate and EnvironmentThe Ocean is the planet’s largest ecosystem, regulating the climate, and providing livelihoods for billions. But its health is in danger. The second UN Ocean Conference, due to take place in June, will be an important opportunity to redress the damage that mankind continues to inflict on marine life and livelihoods.

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The Ukrainian Doctors Who Never Gave Up

What were you doing one month ago? Somewhere in a basement in Mariupol, Maksym, a general practitioner and cardiologist, was performing life-saving surgeries with a box cutter instead of a scalpel. “They fired directly at the windows: we saw pieces of human bodies flying out of the window.”

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Afghan authorities urged to address serious human rights challenges

Human Rights Afghanistan is at a crossroads and the de facto authorities, the Taliban, must pursue a path towards stability and freedom for all citizens, especially women, the UN independent expert on human rights there said in the capital, Kabul, on Thursday. 

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Resolve the conflict, don’t just manage it, top envoy tells Israelis, Palestinians

Peace and Security   Israelis and Palestinians must push beyond the paradigm of managing the conflict and move towards resolving it, the Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process told the Security Council on Thursday, as he expressed particular concern that dynamics in the occupied West Bank could spiral out of control “at any time”.