General News

UNICEF supports life-saving medical upgrades for mothers and babies in India

Only a few years ago, the state of Madhya Pradesh in central India was plagued with high infant and maternal mortality rates.

Thanks to innovative health centres, neo-natal care units, call centres and ambulances, the statistics have turned around.

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UN Human Rights chief urges Bangladesh to review decision to execute 152 paramilitary officers

UN Human Rights High Commissioner Navi Pillay is alarmed at the death sentences imposed on 152 paramilitary officers in Bangladesh on Tuesday.

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ILO skills training programme gives Bangladesh garment workers a new lease on life

Workers who survived the deadly Rana Plaza garment factory collapse in Bangladesh in April are being trained so that they can find new jobs.

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African youth call for action on African Peer Review Mechanism

In 2003, African leaders established the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) to improve their performance by voluntarily allowing monitoring of how they are governing.

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African Diaspora can help improve good governance in Africa, says a U.S. scholar

The African Diaspora can provide resources to help Africa as it works to improve good governance, according to Dr. James Braxton Peterson, Director, Africana Studies at Lehigh University in the United States told UN Radio recently.

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IOM appeals for $20 million to transport South Sudan returnees

The International Organization for Migration (IOM) is working to return approximately 40,000 South Sudanese nationals who have been stranded in transit camps in Sudan’s capital, Khartoum, for nearly three years.

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Security sector reform critical for stability, UN is told

The importance of establishing effective security in countries recovering from conflict was discussed at a special event on “Security Sector Reform” held at the United Nations headquarters on Monday.

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Secretary-General and World Bank president head mission to Sahel

The World Bank and the European Union have pledged more than $6 billion to boost economic growth in Africa’s Sahel region.

The announcement comes at the start of a mission to the region led by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and World Bank president Jim Yong Kim.

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Black, female and poor in America: a triple challenge

Being black and poor in America presents a particular challenge, according to Julia Tripp, a research assistant at the Center for Social Policy (CSP) who also heads up its Constituent Advisory Group of people with a lived experience of poverty.

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Despite limited access, humanitarian community in Syria expands reach

A Syrian family receives food aid at a WFP distribution point.

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