General News

LGBT in the Middle East under the spotlight at the UN

The situation of people in the Middle East who are lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) was recently discussed for the first time by the UN Security Council during what is known as an

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Water at the core of a sustainable future for all

While there is enough water on the planet to meet global needs, there must be better management of this irreplaceable natural resource, according to the UN World Water Assessment Programme.

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Thousands of stranded South Sudanese receiving assistance

Tens of thousands of people in South Sudan who had been stranded for months due to insecurity have finally been reached by the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the World Food Programme (WFP).

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Eiffel Tower to become huge generator of human energy

The Eiffel Tower is set to become a huge generator of human energy in December thanks to an original project created by a French artist.

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“Utter disrespect for human life” in South Sudan

Deep shock has been expressed by top UN officials regarding what has been described as “utter disrespect for human life” and “unspeakable violence” by all parties to the conflict in South Sudan.

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UN agencies respond to refugee influx in Western Balkans

As thousands of refugees and migrants from conflict areas continue to stream into the Western Balkans from Greece, UN agencies are stressing the importance of treating these people humanely.

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Coordination among partners leads to “timely” Ebola response in Guinea

The response to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa has been a concerted effort between the UN and civil society, ensuring that help is “reaching the right people, in the right areas, in a timely f

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Painting a thorough picture of what it means to be poor

Although the World Bank defines extreme poverty as subsisting on less than US$1.25 a day, “poverty” as a concept is viewed differently across cultures, as researchers at Oxford University in the United Kingdom have found.

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Call centre provides lifeline to displaced people in Iraq

A call centre has been established in Iraq to provide a humanitarian lifeline for millions of people escaping ongoing fighting in the country.

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How satellite imagery can help farmers grow “more crop per drop”

Water scarcity in North Africa and the Near East could have severe consequences for food production— something the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) says will intensify with climate change.

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