Tongan women break cultural norms to take decision-making role

Women on a remote Pacific island are breaking cultural barriers by taking on roles which will decide the future of their communities.

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On International Day, UN highlights biodiversity's role in underpinning development

Biodiversity and the ecosystem services it supports are the foundations for life on Earth and the livelihoods and well-being of people everywhere, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today on the International Day for Biological Diversity, as he urged the international community to preserve and sustainably manage the variety of life on the planet.

Zika strain reported on African island for first time

A strain of a virus which can lead to brain defects in newborns has been discovered for the first time in Africa, the UN has confirmed.

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Earth’s health declining ‘faster than thought’ but action by governments can reverse trend – UN

The environment is deteriorating faster than previously thought, making it imperative that governments act now to reverse the worst trends, says the most authoritative study the United Nations has ever published on the state of the planet’s health.

Countries encouraged to see link between diet and sustainability

Although more people than ever before now understand that healthy eating is beneficial, few governments have made the connection between good nutrition and environmental sustainability.

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Mayors negotiate a New Urban Agenda

Mayors from different parts of the world will help set a new global strategy around urbanization for the next two decades, the UN says.

Half of the global population currently lives in urban areas, but the numbers are expected to peak at 70 per cent by 2050.

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New treaty tackles illegal and unregulated fishing

Selling fish that was caught illegally will become more difficult when a new international treaty comes into effect in June, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said on Monday.

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Mountain areas crucial for “survival of the planet”

Mountain areas of the world are crucial for the “survival of the planet” and also home to some of the poorest and hungriest communities on earth.

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World must “wake up from the fog of success” over climate change

The world needs to “wake up from the fog of success” over the Paris Agreement on climate change, according to the President of the World Bank.

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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.

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