General News

UN in South Sudan denies shutting out fleeing populations

Accusations that the UN Mission in South Sudan, UNMISS, refused protection to civilians fleeing fighting in the country have been refuted by the mission.    

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Call for restraint in Burundi where “sense of fear” rules

Attacks on a journalist and a well-known human rights defender in Burundi prompted the UN human rights office (OHCHR) on Tuesday to issue a call for restraint from all opposing groups.

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Breastfeeding at work a “smart investment”

Allowing women to breastfeed their infants at work helps women balance their professional and personal lives while increasing worker productivity, according to the International Labour Organization (ILO).

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Countries sign off on new global development agenda

A global agreement has been reached at the United Nations which plots the way forward for sustainable development across the world.

All 193 countries that make up the UN have signed off on an agenda which it’s hoped will end poverty by 2030.

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“Thirst for knowledge” among children of war-torn South Sudan

Despite the ongoing conflict in South Sudan, children there have issued a simple and clear message: we want to stay in school.

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Women-owned cooperatives closing gender gap in rural Morocco

Small loans to women-owned cooperatives from the UN’s agricultural development fund, IFAD, are helping to close the gender gap in Morocco.

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Getting West African food staples to market

With a population of more than 340 million—and growing—West Africa is home to a third of the African continent. But the region is struggling to feed its people.

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Ghanaian student finds value in intercultural exchange

A Ghanaian medical student in Russia says learning the language helped him to not only understand the people but to bear with predicaments ranging from the cold weather to racism.

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Reducing disputes related to private financing of public works in India

Public-private partnership in building infrastructure in India has been both a blessing and a bother, according to the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

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Jordanian student wants more youth involvement in UN

A winner of a UN-backed multilingual essay competition wants more young people to be involved in the global organization’s work.

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