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Young Palestinian entrepreneurs to receive loans through UN-backed initiative

Thousands of young Palestinians will receive access to financial loans to support their new businesses through a United Nations-backed initiative announced today, which seeks to stimulate the creation of new jobs in the Middle East.

In Angola, UN chief launches annual polio eradication drive

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today launched a national polio vaccination campaign in Angola, where the crippling disease has returned despite being eradicated in 2001, and praised the Government for its leadership on the issue.

UN spearheads new drug standards to save African herds from deadly disease

Improved drug standards aimed at protecting the quality of veterinary medicines used to treat a deadly infectious disease will help save the herds of millions of African smallholder farmers from decimation, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) announced today.

UN tribunal transfers another genocide case to Rwandan authorities

The United Nations tribunal trying key suspects implicated in the 1994 genocide in Rwanda has transferred to Rwandan authorities the case of Fulgence Kayishema, an indicted former police inspector who remains at large.

Iraq: UN envoy hails electoral commission for promoting democracy

The United Nations top envoy in Iraq today underlined the central role played by the country’s electoral commission in enhancing the democratic process and praised members of the current body for laying the foundation that ensures that voters can exercise their franchise fairly.

Tense conditions prevail in Libyan town after deadly ethnic clashes – UN

The situation remains tense in the south-eastern Libyan town of Kufra, where the death toll from recent inter-ethnic clashes is at least 100 and half the population has fled, the United Nations reported today.

UN-backed polio campaign launches in Central African Republic

A United Nations-backed immunization campaign to eradicate polio among Central African children has been launched as part of urgent efforts to deal with the resurgence of the disease in the impoverished country.

Migiro calls for systematic strategies to empower women in rural areas

Deputy Secretary-General Asha-Rose Migiro today called for systematic and comprehensive strategies to empower women in rural areas to maximize their potential to combat extreme poverty and hunger, and help them facilitate sustainable development in their communities.

Gulf of Guinea needs regional anti-piracy strategy, UN official stresses

A comprehensive regional strategy is critical if countries are to successfully combat piracy in the Gulf of Guinea, a top United Nations official stressed today, highlighting the threat posed to the security and economic development of States in the region by the scourge.

Sudan: UN agency funds farming improvement projects

A new initiative aimed at improving food security in Sudan will provide the country’s smallholder farmers with improved seeds and soil to fight the threat of drought, the United Nations fund tasked with promoting rural development announced today.