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Miss Universe 2011 to promote UN work in combating desertification

Last September, a young woman from Angola was crowned Miss Universe, beating out more than 80 other beauties from around the world.

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A World Atlas of Gender Equality in Education

The first World Atlas of Gender Equality in Education, a comprehensive overview of the progress, as well as remaining gaps in gender equality at all educational levels, was launched this week in New York.

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On World Tuberculosis Day, focus is on youngest victims

 

Treatment for tuberculosis (“TB”) is cheap and readily available. But the disease remains “a hidden epidemic” in many countries, and it is children who are the most affected.

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Human Rights Council condemns Syria abuses

The UN Human Rights Council has condemned what it calls the sharply escalating gross violations of human rights by the Syrian authorities.

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Coup d’état in Mali condemned by Security Council

The overthrow of the Mali government by mutinous members of the army on Wednesday has been strongly condemned by the United Nations.

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called for the immediate restoration of constitutional rule in Mali.

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“Hunger Games” movie cast asks fans to help end world hunger

The “Hunger Games” movie has teamed up with the World Food Programme to raise awareness about the plight of millions around the globe who don’t have enough to eat.

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Seeds for change help women farmers in Côte d’Ivoire

 

After 10 years of civil war, women farmers in Côte d’Ivoire are fighting poverty and preserving peace, by growing high-quality rice seeds.

This pest-resistant breed of rice not only doubles their yields and profits, but it also gives them greater independence.

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Rwandan women make progress in gender equality

Eighteen years after Rwanda suffered from a genocide that killed hundreds of thousands of people, the country is making steady progress in its efforts to achieve equality between men and women.

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Water’s role in food security focus of World Water Day 2012

If the world is to produce enough food to feed its seven billion (and counting) citizens, then better water management in agriculture is in order.

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“Exotic” strain of foot and mouth disease kills animals in Egypt

 

An outbreak of a new strain of foot and mouth disease in Egypt is threatening food security in North Africa and the Middle East.

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