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COVID-19: Education replaced by shuttered schools, violence, teenage pregnancy

A culture of “safety, friends and food” at school has been replaced by “anxiety, violence, and teenage pregnancy”, with remote learning out of reach for millions, the UN Children’s Fund, UNICEF, said on Tuesday.

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A locomotive freight train traverses the Absirom Bridge on the Trans-Iranian Railway in Iran.
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A locomotive freight train traverses the Absirom Bridge on the Trans-Iranian Railway in Iran.

Outstanding sites added to UNESCO World Heritage List 

Culture and EducationAn ancient temple in India and a “cultural landscape” in Spain have become two of the latest sites to be registered on the UN’s prestigious World Heritage List. 

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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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Two and a half million people in the Central African Republic (CAR) are facing hunger.
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Together, we must tackle growing hunger, urges Guterres  

Climate and Environment Inefficient global food production is at the root of a huge rise in hunger as well as one-third of all emissions and 80 per cent of biodiversity loss, UN Secretary-General António Guterres has warned, in a call to all countries to transform food systems to speed up sustainable development. 

A record number of children and women have been killed or wounded in Afghanistan in the first half of 2021.
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Afghanistan: Record number of women and children killed or wounded

Peace and Security More women and children were killed and wounded in Afghanistan in the first half of 2021 than in the first six months of any year since records began in 2009, a United Nations report revealed on Monday.