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News in Brief 23 April 2020

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Developing nations need assistance to build “green” economies

Developing nations need assistance to build “green” economies or they will continue to have to rely on fossil fuels and non-renewable resources.

That’s the warning from Amina Mohammed, Nigeria’s Environment Minister and a former Special Advisor to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon.

Ms Mohammed helped author the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and attended this month’s signing of the Paris Agreement on climate action at UN Headquarters in New York.

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Migration can “empower” women

The migration of women who take up work in other countries can be empowering, according to a senior UN expert on population issues.

A report released by the UN shows that the number of migrants worldwide was 244 million in 2015, an increase of around 22 million over five years.

Half of those people are women or girls.

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No end to hunger without "ambitious" climate action

World hunger won’t end unless “ambitious action” is taken to address the causes and effects of climate change.

That’s according to a senior expert at the World Food Programme (WFP).

The United Nations says there are 795 million hungry people in the world, 98 per cent of whom are in developing countries.