Economic development

Paris conference shows world “stands together” against terrorism

The up-coming climate change conference in Paris shows that the international community “stands together” against terrorism.

That’s according to Wu Hongbo, the UN Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs.

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Syria refugees in Lebanon caught in debt cycle

Nearly 90 per cent of the over one million Syrian refugees in Lebanon are caught in a vicious debt cycle, according to the UN.

The almost five-year-long civil war in Syria has driven millions of people to find refuge in neighbouring countries like Lebanon.

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“Climate irresponsibility” could wreck economic growth

“Climate irresponsibility” could undermine economic growth, but there’s still time to act.

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Zanzibar women farmers fight for their rights by going back to school

Women farmers on Zanzibar are going back to school to fight for their rights and boost family income.

Most of the farmers on the tropical island off the coast of mainland Tanzania are women, but traditionally they have had very little control over their lives, or finances.

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Dramatic change of situation facing Palestine refugees

Five million Palestine refugees have faced a “dramatic change” in their situation over the past year according to the UN agency that supports them, UNWRA.

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Women leading recovery in Mali

Women are playing a key role in Mali’s recovery from violent conflict, according to the UN’s head of humanitarian operations.

The government and rebels had been fighting for control of the West African country but a peace deal was signed in June this year.

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Nneka and MzVee use music to call for women’s rights

Nigerian singer Nneka, and MzVee from Ghana are shining a light on women’s rights through their music.

They stopped by the World Bank Headquarters in Washington to participate in the series #Music4Dev.

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UN Gender Focus: refugees, entrepreneurship in Pakistan and women's rights

Concern at “never-ending flow” of vulnerable EU arrivals

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Combating corruption essential to implement SDGs

Corruption is an obstacle to progress and prosperity and holds back development, according to the UN.

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“Surge” in wildlife crime reported

A surge in wildlife crime, especially affecting elephants and rhinos, is being fueled by corruption according to the Secretary-General of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species, also known as CITES.

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