‘Acute concern’ for safety of Sudanese girl sentenced to hang: human rights office

UN human rights office (OHCHR) Spokesperson, Ravina Shamdasani, said on Friday there was growing concern for the safety of Noura Hussein Hammad Daoud, who is appealing against her death sentence by a Sudanese court for fatally stabbing the man she was forced to marry, after allegedly being raped by him and suffering other gender-based violence.

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Economic growth ‘exceeds expectations’ but trade tensions are rising: UN report

Global economic growth is exceeding expectations this year but heightened geopolitical tension and uncertainty over international trade could thwart progress, according to the World Economic Situation and Prospects (WESP), launched today at UN Headquarters in New York.

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‘There is no one-state solution’ to end conflict: former Israeli minister

Palestine and Israel cannot “wait for others” to finally seal an historic peace deal that delivers a two-state solution with both countries living side by side, a veteran Israeli negotiator and former minister said on Thursday.

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Leading Palestinian legislator calls for ‘new international engagement’ in two-state solution

Describing a viable two-state solution to peace in the Middle East as “very much in doubt”, a leading Palestinian legislator called on Wednesday for “new international engagement” to move the process forward.

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WHO announces $350 billion ‘reward’ for tackling chronic killers

Eight million lives or more could be saved between now and 2030 if the planet’s poorest countries spent a little over $1 dollar a day per person to combat chronic diseases, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Wednesday.

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Obese people more likely to smoke, says new gene research: WHO

New research indicates that people who are genetically prone to being overweight have a higher risk of being a smoker, and they are likely to smoke more than average, according to a World Health Organization agency whose study has identified for the first time around 70 genes that could explain this behaviour.

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Families and Inclusive Societies the theme of International Day of Families 2018

Across the world, “families are still the most important unit” we all belong to. 

That’s the message from Professor Bahira Sherif Trask, one of the keynote speakers at UN Headquarters on Tuesday, taking part in events to mark the International Day of Families.

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Gaza hospitals, already under pressure, struggle to absorb wounded demonstrators

UN agencies and their partners are supporting hospitals and health centres in Gaza as they struggle to treat scores of people injured on Monday during demonstrations at the border with Israel.

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UN Report: Green economic growth means a surge in jobs worldwide

If countries honour the Paris Agreement pledge on global warming of keeping temperature rises below 2 degrees Celsius, “we will see a net job creation of 18 million new jobs around the world.”

That’s according to Guillermo Montt, Senior Economist at the research department of the International Labour Organization (ILO).  He was at the launch of ILO’s World Employment and Social Outlook 2018 report, at UN Headquarters in Geneva this week, where he spoke to Alpha Diallo.

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Loss of habitats, climate change, threaten world’s migratory birds

More than 100 top bird scientists, conservationists and policy makers met in the United Arab Emirates in April to strengthen efforts to conserve migratory birds and their habitats.

For this year’s World Migratory Bird Day on 12 May, UN News is rebroadcasting an interview Matt Wells conducted with avian expert Borja Heredia.

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