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“Gender equality saves lives when disaster hits”

When natural disasters strike, a lack of gender equality can mean the difference between life and death.

That’s according to Robert Glasser, head of disaster risk reduction office UNISDR since January this year.

He’s one of more than 100 heads of UN agencies and international organisations who’ve signed up to the International Geneva Gender Champions initiative.


“Obscene” civilian death toll in Iraq

At least 18,800 civilians were killed in Iraq between January 2014 and October 2015, according to a new report released by the United Nations.

The Middle Eastern country continues to suffer internal conflict, largely due to the ongoing occupation by the ISIL terrorist group.

The UN has described the death toll as “obscene.”

Daniel Dickinson reports.

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Impressive drop in maternal mortality rates

Maternal mortality rates worldwide have dropped by almost 44 per cent over the last 15 years. That’s according to a new report released Thursday by the United Nations.

The report indicates maternal deaths around the world dropped from about 532,000 in 1990, to an estimated 303,000 this year.

Maternal mortality is defined as a woman’s death caused by pregnancy, childbirth or within 6 weeks after giving birth.

Veronica Reeves has the story.

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A mother and her newborn baby at the Maternal and Child Health Training Institute for medically needy in Dhaka, Bangladesh.
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Child mortality rates down sharply but more progress needed – UN report

Although the pace of childhood death has declined sharply in recent decades – with an estimated 6.9 million children dying before their fifth birthday in 2011, compared to around 12 million in 1990 – greater gains must be made to meet international goals to save infants and young children, according to a United Nations report released today.