News in Brief 22 March 2017 (AM)

“Everyone can do their bit” to re-use more wastewater

Everyone around the world “can do their bit” to reduce and re-use wastewater.

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Wastewater, a sustainable development tool

One thousand children die every day from illnesses linked to poor sanitation but a new approach to wastewater could help do something about it.

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FEATURE: Humanity at the core as UN readies for first-ever Ocean Conference

Over a year ago, on 20 February 2016, Tropical Cyclone Winston made a category 5 landfall along the north coast of Fiji's largest, most populous island, Viti Levu, killing at least 44 people, and grounding flights to and from the Pacific Island nation.

FAO calls for “greener” charcoal production

Making charcoal manufacturing more efficient can help address climate change and improve rural livelihoods.

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FAO expert calls for empowering African women agricultural workers

The women who feed the African continent are “thirsty for change” and “aspiring for a better future,” according to a senior gender officer with the UN Food and Agriculture Programme (FAO).

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News in Brief 20 March 2017 (AM)

“Fundamentally not appropriate” that disabilities committee has lone woman

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Rural women can be "powerful economic agents": FAO

Rural women can be “powerful economic agents” but policy makers should recognise their needs in order for them to “unleash” their potential, an expert from the UN food agency has said.

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News in Brief 16 March 2017 (PM)

Abrupt funding cuts undermine impact of longer-term reform efforts: UN

Abrupt funding cuts can force the adoption of ad hoc measures that will undermine the impact of longer-term reform efforts, a Spokesperson for the UN Secretary-General has said.

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Drought a bigger problem than hurricanes for Caribbean farmers

Drought is a bigger, more “insidious” problem for vulnerable farmers in Jamaica and the Caribbean than the more headline-grabbing disasters such as hurricanes.

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Private sector “key role” in reducing disaster risk “collectively”

The private sector has a key role in reducing disaster risk as part of a “collective” process involving all parts of society.

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