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Journalists in Afghanistan’s south work to build support for peace

Afghanistan's southern provinces have suffered some of the deadliest fighting in the country for the past 10 years, leaving behind damaged infrastructure and displacing thousands of families, according to the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan, UNAMA.

The Mission has been working with local media outlets to build support for Afghan-led peace and reconciliation efforts.

A family in Cap Haïtien, Haiti, loads supplies onto a boat during the flooding in 2014.
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Marking 'Day of Families,' Ban urges support during 'heavy toll' of crisis situations

The rise of violent extremism, the effects of forced displacement, extreme weather events and other challenges are taking a heavy toll on the health and integrity of families in crisis situations, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today, marking the International Day of Families with a call for Governments to support the crucial role of families in all their diverse forms.
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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.


Malaria targets achieved but funding must triple to beat it

The ambitious global goal of tackling one of the oldest killers known to humans – malaria – has been achieved, the UN has said.

Announcing the development, the World Health Organization and UNICEF said that more than six million lives have been saved from malaria in the last 15 years, with the vast majority, children under five years old.

Despite the achievement, WHO warned that malaria continues to affect poor families the most.

Veronica Reeves has more.