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UN Habitat explores what the future will look like in Asian cities

UN Habitat just concluded a week-long meeting in Naples, Italy where world leaders gathered to talk about the future of the world’s cities.

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ILO Convention 189 seeks to extend rights to domestic workers

The Philippines was the second country to ratify ILO Convention No. 189 on Decent Work for Domestic Workers. Uruguay was the first country to do so in June of 2012.

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Tanzanian mothers’ support group tackles mother-to-child transmission of HIV

A group of HIV-infected mothers and their partners have formed a mothers’ support group attached to their local health clinic in Kitulo Ward, Makete District in Tanzania.

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Cambodia works to reduce child labour

World leaders have called for eliminating the worst forms of child labour by 2016.

While the global number of child labourers has fallen in recent years, experts fear that the global economic crisis could retard further growth.

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Governments can do more for universal health coverage: WHO

Universal access to health care services can be achieved if governments do more to ensure that there are health insurance schemes that cover everyone.

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Dengue fever symptoms mask as flu

Dengue fever is becoming a major international public health concern, according to the World Health Organization.

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Rwanda closes orphanages to help reunite children with loving families

Following the 1994 genocide in Rwanda hundreds of thousands of children were left orphaned or abandoned.

To house the children, the country went from having four orphanages in 1979 to 34 in 2011.

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UN agencies fear Syria could be among greatest humanitarian crises

The ongoing challenges brought on by the Syrian crisis could make it one of the biggest humanitarian emergencies in years.

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Civilians are tired of conflict in Syria, says UN human rights official

Syrian civilians are becoming increasingly weary of the lack of progress in resolving the conflict in their country, says Georgette Gagnon.

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UN says Gaza could face undrinkable water by 2016

As World Water Week comes to a close UN officials in Gaza released a report warning that, Gaza’s water supply could be undrinkable by 2016.

The annual UN conference held in Stockholm has focused on the management of global water resources since 1991.

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