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South Sudanese women pray for peace

More than 30 women’s groups in South Sudan are planning to come together for a prayer for Peace day in the lead up to the next round of talks in Addis Ababa.

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Time for new UN leadership in South Sudan, says Hilde Johnson

The Special Representative for the Secretary-General in South Sudan is ending her term in office after three years of service.

Hilde Johnson made the announcement on Friday after meeting with the South Sudanese President Salva Kiir.

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Human Rights Office welcomes US Supreme Court ruling on death penalty

The United Nations Human Rights Office has welcomed a ruling by the Supreme Court in the United States concerning the use of the death penalty for people with mental and intellectual disabilities.

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Eight million could die from smoking by 2030, says WHO

Smoking could kill more than eight million people every year by 2030, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).

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Good nutrition is essential for good health

An integrated approach linking the health and food sectors such as agriculture is needed to tackle the problem of malnutrition among children.

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UN remembers fallen peacekeepers

While peacekeeping carries a high cost in terms of lives lost, it also brings an enormous return in lives saved, according to the United Nations Secretary-General.

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Tribute paid to UN peacekeepers around the world

The dedication and courage of people who serve in UN peacekeeping operations around the world is being recognized on Thursday, on the International Day of UN Peacekeepers.

The annual commemoration also honours the memory of peacekeepers who have lost their lives in the cause of peace.

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Australian female peacekeeper inspired by father

A female peacekeeper from Australia and now based in South Sudan has said she was inspired to become a soldier by her father who was in the Australian army.

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Sri Lankan women migrants need protection against abuse: UN expert

Sri Lankan women who migrate abroad for work should be better protected against abuse and exploitation, according to a UN expert.

Around 1.8 million Sri Lankans are migrant workers in foreign countries.

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Peacekeeping adapts to new challenges

Peacekeeping operations of the United Nations are needing to adapt to confront the new political and security challenges across the world.

That’s the view of the UN Assistant-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, Edmond Mulet.

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