General News

Water and food security are focus of World Water Week

Over two thousand participants from more than 100 countries have gathered in Stockholm, Sweden for World Water Week.

The theme of this year’s meeting is Water and Food Security.

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Number of Syrian refugees fleeing to Jordan doubles: UNHCR

The number of Syrians fleeing to Jordan has doubled over the past week, according to the UN refugee agency (UNHCR).

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Flow of illicit weapons a global problem

Half a million people are killed each year by illegal weapons across the world.

That was a message highlighted at the opening of a UN conference revisiting concerns about the use of small arms and light weapons.

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Economist warns of danger of over confidence in economic system

Economic crisis are often the result of over confidence in the economic and financial system, according to economist Carmen Reinhardt of the Peterson Institute for International Economics.

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Mozambican city wins award for risk preparedness

Townships in Beira city in the eastern part of Mozambique are vulnerable to floods because they are up to 10 metres below sea level.

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UN refugee agency focuses on health and hygiene needs in South Sudan

Thousands of Sudanese refugees living in camps and settlements across South Sudan face alarming health conditions, according to United Nations agencies.

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ILO convention offers hope to Bote people of Nepal

Throughout the world, the traditional lifestyles of indigenous people are threatened by changing times, economic development and poverty.

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UN relief agency supports Haiti following deadly storm

Tropical storm Isaac hit Haiti over the weekend, killing at least six people including an eight-year-old girl.

The Caribbean nation is still on the mend following the deadly January 2010 earthquake.

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Strengthening Bangladesh through multilingual education

The Chittagong Hill Tracts is one of the most diverse regions of Bangladesh. Access to basic education has been a major challenge for young people in this rural area. The distance to education facilities has contributed to the low enrolment of young children.

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ILO says South Africa can do more to improve conditions for miners

The killings of more than 30 workers in the Marikana platinum mine in South Africa have focused the world’s attention on working conditions in the country’s mining industry.

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