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UN global agenda for 2015 “on track”, says Brazil Ambassador

The post-2015 global agenda for sustainable development is “on track”, according to the Permanent Representative of Brazil to the UN.

Ambassador Antonio de Aguiar Patriota says he hopes Member States will adopt a series of targets this year, in addition to those approved in 2014.

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Situation of women in Pakistan “quite alarming”

The situation of women in Pakistan is “quite alarming” according to the head of the United Nations development office in the country.

The UN is working to advocate for women’s rights and empowerment, saying ensuring greater equality of women will be critical for Pakistan’s development.

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Burundi elections must be “dedramatized”: UN special envoy

Elections in Burundi must in the words of the UN special envoy for the East African nation be “dedramatized” and should offer space for people to freely choose their leaders.

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Europe can no longer “ignore” dangerous sea crossing of migrants

Europe can no longer ignore the “worrying” situation regarding the crossing of the Mediterranean by migrants, a Spokesperson for the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) has warned.

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UN has become a “people centric” organization

The United Nations has become what has been described by a senior UN official as a “people centric” organization as it approaches its 70th anniversary.

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Ebola infections decrease, but new hot spots identified

The number of cases of the deadly Ebola disease is declining in affected countries in West Africa but new outbreaks are being reported in areas with little or no transmission.

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“Womenomics” linking gender equality and economic growth

The world would be a different place if its nations believed and practiced what’s been called “womenomics”, a theory linking the advancement of women to increased development rates.

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“New, universal, meaningful” climate deal expected in 2015

Countries are expected to adopt a “new, universal and meaningful” climate agreement next year, according to a senior UN official.

Selwin Hart, the Director of the UN Secretary-General’s Climate Support Team made the observation ahead of the Paris Climate Summit scheduled in 2015.

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UN backed global agenda represents views of “everyday people”

A new global agenda aiming to end poverty, transform lives and protect the planet by 2030 represents the views of “everyday people”.

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