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Lack of access to contraception linked to slow population change in sub-Saharan Africa: UNFPA

Some 300,000 girls and women die from problems related to childbirth and 90 per cent of these are in developing nations, the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) said on Wednesday.  According to the agency’s State of World Population 2018 report, there are 43 countries where women have more than four or more children, and 38 of these are in Africa.  UNFPA Director in Geneva, Monica Ferro spoke with  UN News’s Daniel Johnson.

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News in Brief 17 October 2018

  • World deserves to know truth of Kashoggi disappearance: UN human rights chief
  • UN Chief says ending poverty ‘a question of justice’ on International Day
  • World population set to grow another 2.2 billion by 2050: UN Survey
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UN Gender Focus: Girl power and combating global crises

For this latest edition of our UN Gender Focus podcast, we’ll be hearing from some of the young women who came through the doors of UN Headquarters earlier this month, to celebrate the International Day of the Girl Child. UN News’s Natalie Hutchison, looks at how much “girl power” is likely to be fueling the global workforce of the future.

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News in Brief 16 October 2018

  • Forced to fork out more for food in conflict zones: World Food Day
  • Children dying ‘every day’ in Yemen: UN agencies
  • Top UN rights official adds voice to call for transparent probe in Saudi journalist’s disappearance
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Fresh Darfur clashes highlight ongoing problem of millions displaced from their homes

The UN - African Union joint peacekeeping mission in Darfur (UNAMID) is preparing to leave Sudan in less than two years, and there is concern that the issue of IDPs will remain unresolved.  UNAMID radio producer, Setyo Budi, spoke to Rommel dela Rosa, the mission’s Governance and Community Stabilization Officer, and Head of the temporary operating base in Golo, Central Darfur.

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News in Brief 15 October 2018

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Overseas investment down globally, warns UN trade and development agency UNCTAD

According to a new report by UNCTAD, Foreign direct investment (FDI) has fallen more than 40 per cent in the first half of 2018, compared with the same period last year, with developing economies escaping the worst of the downturn.  Overall, the global financial picture is “gloomy”, James Zhan, UNCTAD Director of Investment and Enterprise, told Daniel Johnson in Geneva.

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Canada’s legalization of cannabis ‘contravenes’ international convention: UN drugs control board

The legalization of cannabis in Canada for recreational-use, contravenes the key International Drug Control Convention, and is “not a healthy” lifestyle choice.  That’s according to Viroj Sumyai, head of the independent, UN-backed International Narcotics Control Board (INCB), in an interview with UN News. Mr. Sumyai, spoke to Paulina Greer, ahead of the law change in Canada.

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Migration ‘central to economic, social, and human development:’ Lead food and agriculture economist

The international debate over refugees and migration can make the positive contributions of migrants in rural development and agricultural sectors seem insignifcant, but lead economist at the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) , Andrea Cattaneo, says there are enormous benefits. Monday's State of Food and Agriculture report  traces the link between migration and boosts in food security, nutrition, and schooling. Mr. Cattaneo spoke to Charlotta Lomas.

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PODCAST: Feeding the world with 1.3bn tons of wasted food

Many of the world’s 821 million hungry people could be fed if less food was thrown away, according to the United Nations.  For this edition of our flagship podcast, The Lid Is On, marking World Food Day, Daniel Dickinson reports from New York on how small actions, could make a big difference when it comes to tackling global hunger.

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