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Women disproportionately affected by climate change

Women are often more affected than men by climate change, especially if during a natural disaster. That’s according to the Deputy Executive Director of UN Women.

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Civil society leaders discuss post-2015 UN development agenda

Members of the global civil society are being presented an opportunity to help shape the post-2015 Development Agenda.

That’s what the head of the UN Department of Public Information said ahead of the 65th DPI and NGO Conference which opened on Wednesday.

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War crimes and crimes against humanity increase in Syria

Mass atrocities by Government forces and non-State armed groups continue in Syria, causing immeasurable suffering to civilians, according to a UN report released on Wednesday.

The report marks the third anniversary of the establishment of a UN Commission of Inquiry for Syria.

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UN Libya resolution expands arms embargo, calls for “immediate ceasefire”

A resolution calling for all parties in Libya to agree on an immediate ceasefire and an end to the fighting” has been adopted unanimously by the Security Council.

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WFP food convoy crosses Rafah crossing into Gaza

A convoy of 18 trucks carrying food to Gaza crossed the Rafah crossing from Egypt for the first time in seven years on Wednesday, says the World Food Programme (WFP).

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Diversified economy key to development of SIDS

A diversified economy is the key to future of small island developing states, according to Ambassador of Mauritius to the UN.

At the time of independence in 1968, the economy of Mauritius was almost wholly dependent on sugar.

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Health claims for E-cigarettes disputed by UN health body

Claims made by the manufacturers of electronic or e-cigarettes regarding the safety of the product are being disputed by the UN’s World Health Organization (WHO).

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Samoa prepares to welcome international community

The Pacific Ocean nation of Samoa is preparing to welcome the international community for a meeting focussing on the challenges faced by small island developing states.

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Displaced Iraqis share transit camp with Syrian refugees

A transit camp for Syrian refugees in Erbil, northern Iraq is making room for an influx of Iraqi citizens displaced by recent fighting, according to the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR).

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Urgent need for aid in Ukraine as shelling continues in Lugansk

The population of Lugansk in eastern Ukraine is in urgent need of aid because of the deteriorating humanitarian conditions in the city.

That’s according to the International Committee of the Red Cross or ICRC.

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