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Population Award, institutional category, goes to Malaysian family planning organization

Each year, the UN Population Award is given to an individual(s) and/or institution(s) in recognition of outstanding contributions to increasing the awareness of population questions and to their solution.

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Iraq: One woman's quest for justice

Noor is a young woman from Iraq with virtually no legal rights in a country still struggling with the legacy of Saddam Hussein's 24-year dictatorship.

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Special Envoy proposes establishing contact group for Syria

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has said there is a danger that the crisis in Syria can quickly go from a tipping point to a breaking point.

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Diarrhoea and pneumonia kill over 2 million children each year

Scaling up prevention measures against pneumonia and diarrhoea could save the lives of more than two million children a year, according to a new report from the UN children’s fund (UNICEF).

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World Oceans Day highlights importance of oceans


Oceans make up 70 per cent of the earth’s surface and are a major source of food and medicine.

They are also rich in mineral resources, including oil, and exploration is continuing.

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Ambassadors get on their bikes to promote sustainable transportation

With the Rio+20 conference just weeks away, diplomats in New York are doing their part to promote sustainable urban transport.

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Ugandan LRA rebels commit atrocities against children

Ugandan rebels of the so-called Lord’s Resistance Army or LRA continue to perpetrate violations against children says a report of the United Nations Secretary-General to the Security Council.

It says that the LRA has abducted and recruited at least 591 children, including 268 girls.

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Euro debt crisis is biggest threat to global economy

The global economy continues to grow at a slow pace, according to a new report released on Thursday.

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Kofi Annan tells General Assembly his plan is not being implemented


The continued violence in Syria was the focus of a General Assembly meeting on Thursday.

It came a day after the killing of at least 78 villagers near the city of Hama.

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Rio+20 conference chief tells delegates “come ready to commit”

The countdown has begun for the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development known as Rio+20.

More than 50,000 people, including 135 heads of state, are expected to attend the forum in Brazil this month.

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