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Women in South Sudan turning “challenges into opportunities”

Women in South Sudan are turning the challenges they face on a daily basis into “opportunities.”

That’s according to UN Women which has been supporting peace efforts through women groups in the African country.

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Landmines do not recognise peace, says UN agency at launch of $296 million appeal

Mine clearance takes time and money and the UN agency that’s leading global efforts against the deadly ordnance says it needs nearly $300 million to carry on with its work.

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De-escalation of conflict in Ukraine reported

A package of measures recently agreed upon to end the conflict in Ukraine needs to be fully implemented, the UN Security Council was told on Friday.

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Baku comes late to urban planning

A plan to improve the quality of life in Baku, the capital of Azerbaijan, is being supported by the World Bank.

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1.1 billion face deafness threat from audio devices

At least 1.1 billion young people are at risk of irreversible hearing loss from the unsafe use of personal audio devices and an increasing noisy environment, the UN said Friday.

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Fish-drying technology boosts livelihoods in Ivorian towns

A new fish-drying technology pioneered in West African fishing villages by the Food and Agriculture Agency, (FAO) is helping to improve health and boost livelihoods.

Smoked fish is a vital source of food and income for many African coastal communities.

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Most Palestinians in Gaza have “no hope for the future”

Most of the 1.8 million residents of Gaza have no hope for the future according to the UN Children’s Fund, UNICEF.

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Global community “must not fail in Gaza”, say 30 aid agencies

Palestinians have suffered inordinately and the global community has failed Gaza, according to the UN agency for Palestinian refugees, UNRWA.

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Land governance programme to protect vulnerable communities

Vulnerable communities across Africa are to be supported by a new programme on land governance aimed at promoting sustainable development and protecting legitimate tenure rights.

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UN Forum on Forests at “crossroads” says its director

The importance of forests in supporting life is being highlighted in 2015 which the UN has designated as the year for global action for sustainable development.

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