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Reflections on the relevance of the Manila Declaration

Thirty years ago the Manila Declaration on the peaceful settlement of international disputes was adopted by the UN. Still, with all the conflict in the world today, the Philippine Ambassador says it remains relevant.

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Tobacco kills over 5 million people each year

More than five million people die as a result of smoking tobacco each year, according to a report published by the World Health Organization (WHO).

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Helping gang rape victims in Somaliland

In Hargeisa, the capital city of Somaliland, women do not have an easy life.

Violence, sexual abuses and violations of rights are a daily routine in the lives of many of them.

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Actress & UN Goodwill Ambassador Ashley Judd discusses her life & work

Actress and Goodwill Ambassador Ashley Judd came to the UN to discuss her life and her book “All That Is Bitter and Sweet: A Memoir”. In it she opens up about emotional and sexual abuse she endured as a child and what led to her work as a humanitarian activist fighting human trafficking.

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Increasing role of UN Economic and Social Council

The UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) could play a significant role within the global governance structure according to Konstantin Huber, an Executive Director at the World Bank and a Member of its B

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Five million people in Yemen don’t have enough food

Five million people in Yemen are not able to produce or buy the food they need, according to preliminary results of a survey conducted in November and December last year.

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Water, water everywhere, but not a drop to drink

While more than half of the world is made of water, inequities exist that limit access for millions of people around the world.

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New guidelines will help post-conflict mediators address rape and sexual violence

Margot WallströmRape and other forms of sexual violence have been used as a weapon of war in conflicts such as the Balkan wars of the 1990s to the current unrest in North Kivu in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
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Rethinking the role women play in the economy

woman counting coinsThere must be more thought to the role women play in the economy, according to Celine Paramunda, one of the representatives from civil society speaking at a special high-level meeting of the UN Economic and Social Council (
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