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General Assembly puts spotlight on water, sanitation and energy

The importance of Water, Sanitation and Sustainable Energy in the Post-2015 Development Agenda was the subject of an open debate of the General Assembly on Tuesday.

The United Nations estimates that 2.5 billion people do not have access to adequate sanitation.

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Youth to contribute to development through crowd-sourcing platform

UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy on Youth, Ahmad Alhendawi. [UN Photo/Evan Schneider][/caption]An initiative to help ensure that youth priorities are reflected in the UN’s development agenda of the post-2015 era is being launched in New York on Tuesday.

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FAO appeals for $77 million to help South Sudan affected population

An estimated 10 million livestock have been displaced by the conflict in South Sudan, making it hard for communities to access milk and milk products.

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UN: international community must act on “widespread crimes of humanity” in North Korea

The international community must act on evidence of widespread crimes against humanity in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), according to a UN Commission of Inquiry.

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New skills and farmer training cut toxic pesticide use in West Africa

Tens of thousands of cotton farmers in Mali have been able to drastically reduce their use of toxic pesticides by 90 per cent through training on alternative methods of pest control, according to a new FAO study.

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Afghan elections should be inclusive and fair to be credible: UN

“All eyes are on Afghanistan” as it prepares for elections on 5 April, the Under Secretary-General for UN’s political affairs said at the end of his two-day visit to the country.

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Second round of Syria talks ends in deadlock

A second round of peace talks in Geneva to end the ongoing crisis in Syria has ended in deadlock after the warring parties failed to agree on a way forward.

The three-year conflict in Syria has killed more than 100,000 people and forced millions of others to flee their homes.

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Sniffer dogs ensure safety of UN South Sudan base

It’s a rare occurrence to see a dog on a lead in South Sudan… even rarer, a dog with a job.

But that is set to change, at least at the United Nations mission in the country, UNMISS.

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Conflict threatens wildlife in South Sudan

South Sudan is endowed with a rich variety of wildlife and has a huge potential to become a source of income through tourism and other economic activities.

But instability is affecting this vital sector and authorities have raised concerns about increased poaching.

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Tuning into the role of rural radio in agriculture and development

Rural communities in Africa which may be largely cut off from access to information on agriculture and development are using radio to fill what’s been described as the “information gap.”

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