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UN expert on sexual violence in conflict travels to Colombia

A senior UN official is travelling to Colombia on Wednesday in efforts to combat impunity for crimes of sexual violence committed during the country’s armed conflict.

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Global Compact brings business leaders together ahead of Rio +20

Just ahead of the Rio+20 conference in June, business leaders will be meeting to discuss how they can add to the forum on sustainable development.

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A “born artist” celebrates her Haitian heritage at UN concert honouring slave trade victims

 

Singer Rachelle Jeanty performs in a myriad of styles, from pop to jazz, and she has worked with artists such as Celine Dion and Johnny Halliday. But she says regardless of the type of music she sings, her Haitian heritage is always an influence.

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Sub-Saharan Africa can only grow if it solves hunger crisis – UNDP

Sub-Saharan Africa cannot sustain its present economic resurgence unless it eliminates the hunger that affects nearly a quarter of its people, according to a

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Africa sustains growth despite global uncertainty

Despite the weaker global economic environment, sub-Saharan Africa is expected to continue growing strongly in 2012, according to the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

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UN independent expert calls for human rights approach to address Mexico drug problem

Nearly 50,000 people in Mexico have been killed over the past six years, victims of the drug violence in the country.

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Concert and exhibition on slave trade at UN

A special concert will be held Tuesday night at the United Nations in support of a Permanent Memorial to the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade.

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Guatemala invites the world to welcome a new era in December 2012

The year 2012 will see the dawning of a new era for Guatemala and the world.

That is the message officials from the country brought to the United Nations on Monday.

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UN supports African Union effort to stop LRA

Over the past weeks, elements of the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) have been terrorizing people in the Central African Republic and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

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Experts say tax on financial transactions would help fight poverty and inequality

A group of UN independent experts is calling for a global financial transaction tax that would be used to fight poverty.

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