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“Inclusive and sustainable” development for peace

Investing in education, finding decent jobs for young people and promoting social cohesion are just some of things that can be done to make the world safer, more resilient and sustainable.

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Civilians in western Mosul at “much higher risk” during battle

Civilians living in the western part of the Iraqi city of Mosul are at a “much higher risk” of being killed or injured as the offensive to fully liberate the city continues.

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Syrian people’s plight is worse than ever, say UN aid chiefs

More than US$ 8 billion worth of aid is needed to help millions of desperately vulnerable Syrians in 2017, UN agency chiefs said on Tuesday.

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Adults must teach youth to “play by the rules” in anti-corruption drive

Young people are affected by corruption in “unique ways” and adults have a responsibility to teach them how to “play by the rules.”

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Depriving children of their liberty should be “last resort”

Depriving children of their freedom should be a measure of “last resort”, according to a UN independent expert, speaking on Monday.

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“Absolutely nothing” justifies Syria sieges: UNICEF

“Absolutely nothing” justifies the continuing use of siege tactics by the warring parties in Syria, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said on Monday.

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Refugee scholarships restoring “educational hope” in South Sudan

A scholarship programme administered by the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) is restoring hope among young people displaced by the conflict in South Sudan.

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Gender equality will move societies forward: UNFPA chief

Gender equality must be the “benchmark” for measuring progress in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals, the 17 global targets aimed at bringing about a more just world for people everywhere.

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Persecution of Baha’i faith in Iran is a deep-seated issue

The persecution of Baha’is in Iran is a “very deep-seated” issue according to Ahmed Shaheed, the UN’s special rap

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Muslim women should be more “visible” in the media

Muslim women are especially prone to hate crimes and should become more “visible” in the media to make their voices heard.

That’s the view of Zarqa Nawaz, a filmmaker and writer who spoke recently at a UN forum on combating anti-Muslim discrimination and hatred.

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