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Japan shows it’s gratitude to the world following last year’s disaster

Japan is hosting a series of free concerts to express its gratitude for the support it got following the March 11, 2011 earthquake and tsunami.

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Women coconut farmers want recognition and support

The coconut is one of the easiest crops to grow requiring minimal care to thrive, but many rural women farmers are shut out of this lucrative business.

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Japan rebuilds one year after earthquake and tsunami

The tragic memories from last year’s devastating earthquake and tsunami in Japan remain, but the rebuilding moves ahead according to the country’s Deputy Permanent Representative to the UN.

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In defense of those who defend human rights

Journalists, human rights defenders and students activists world-wide are in dire need of protection.

That’s the finding of the annual report by the UN Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights Defenders.

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Angelique Kidjo promotes education for girls in Africa

UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Angelique Kidjo gave a special concert at the United Nations dedicated to the global efforts to end Female Genital Mutilation.

Ms. Kidjo says she is passionate about getting African nations to sign a resolution to end the practice.

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FGM survivor hopes practice will be stamped out in her lifetime

Music superstar Angelique Kidjo recently performed at the United Nations in a concert calling for an end to Female Genital Mutilation (FGM).

And while Saran Dioubate is not a household name, her voice is equally loud and compelling on this issue.

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Myanmar: By-elections will serve as “critical test”

Myanmar is making progress in its transition from military rule to a democracy, according to the UN envoy in the region, Vijay Nambiar.

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Rapid urbanization in Asia lands more children in slums

Child migration is one of the biggest challenges that Asian countries face. That’s according to the newly released report by UNICEF on state of children living in urban areas worldwide.

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Changing harmful social norms that fuel violence against women

For ages masculinity has been equated with power, toughness and the suppression of one’s emotions, according to the UN Population Fund.

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Papua New Guinea rural women demand stronger role in economy

Tribal wars are forcing families in the highlands of Papua New Guinea out of their homes. Not only are these families being separated in the conflicts, but women and girls are being exposed to violence.

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