General News

Efforts made to reduce pesticide risk to children

Efforts are underway to minimize risks to children exposed to pesticides used during agricultural production.

According to figures released by the United Nations, around four million children globally are working in the agriculture sector.

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Social and Economic situation in South Sudan worsening

Almost two years since the outbreak of the conflict in South Sudan, the situation there is worsening according to the Head of UNMISS, the UN mission in South Sudan.

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Armed youths lead killings in South Sudan, says UNICEF

Children have been raped, abducted and killed amid escalating conflict in South Sudan as warring groups try to make ground ahead of the rainy season, UNICEF said Tuesday.

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Landslides hampering relief deliveries in Nepal

Landslides following in the wake of two large earthquakes in Nepal are hampering the delivery of relief supplies to affected people according to the UN humanitarian office, OCHA.

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Employment changes most profound in modern economic history

Changes in the way people are employed are the most profound ever seen in  modern economic history according to a new report by the International Labour Organization (ILO).

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US$100 million fund needed for future health alerts

Additional powers and a US$100 million fund are needed to tackle future global health alerts, the World Health Organization’s chief said on Monday.

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Seven Burundians die in diarrhoea outbreak in Tanzania camp

Seven Burundians who fled civil unrest in their country have died in a suspected cholera outbreak in a refugee camp in Tanzania, the UN has confirmed.

Over 20,000 refugees are now accommodated at the Nyarugusu camp.

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Chad secures US$1.1 billion in debt relief

Unrest in Central Africa is stretching the already scarce resources of Chad, even further than normal according to the International Monetary Fund or IMF.

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Political action and investment needed to end “energy poverty”

Political action and financial investment is needed to end what’s been described by a senior UN official as “energy poverty.”

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Women’s empowerment through menstrual health

In many developing countries, millions of girls and women are left to manage their menstrual cycles with whatever they can find, such as cloth, paper or clay; that’s according to the UN.

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