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Security worse, but humanitarian access improves in Afghanistan

The security situation in Afghanistan has worsened over the last year, although humanitarian access has improved in the country.

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The people of South Sudan “are suffering”

The people of South Sudan “are suffering”; that’s according to Ellen Løj, the head of the UN mission in South Sudan (UNMISS).

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Syrian refugees prepare for new life in US, despite opposition

Syrian refugees are continuing to arrive in the United States, despite public fears and political opposition.

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UN “hopeful” political process can still move ahead in Western Sahara

The UN remains “hopeful” the political process can still move ahead in Western Sahara, nearly 25 years after the peacekeeping mission was authorized there.

Western Sahara was administered by Spain until 1976, but then claimed by neighbouring countries; Morocco and Mauritania.

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Pacific countries focus on increasing women in parliaments

Countries in the Pacific are looking at how to get more women into legislative positions, a process that the UN is supporting.

Just five per cent of parliamentarians in the region are women.

They face a number of barriers in getting into politics.

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No “automatic link’ between work and human development

There is no “automatic link” between work and human development, according to a new UN report on the topic, released Monday.

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Most Syrians fleeing country because of fear of sexual violence

Most of the Syrians who are fleeing the war-torn country are doing so because they fear sexual violence; that’s according to a senior UN humanitarian coordinator in the region.

The civil war in Syria has driven more than four million people to seek refuge in other countries.

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Pedal-power takes charge at COP21

At the UN climate change conference, delegates don’t just stand around charging their phones while drinking juice and listening to the latest beats: they have to pedal hard for them.

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“Time for compromise” on climate deal, says negotiator

“It’s time for compromise”: the words of the minister heading Kenya’s delegation at the COP21 climate change talks, as negotiations continue into the weekend.

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UN “global plan of action” to prevent violent extremism more than “just talk”

A UN global plan of action to prevent violent extremism is being drawn up that will amount to much more than “just talk.”

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