Nepal benefits from end to open toilet use

Sunaina lives in Majhi, a village of 104 people in Nepal’s impoverished Terai region. Huts fashioned of mud, thatch and straw stand in a row along the shoulder of a dirt road that carves through rice fields, where Sunaina, and the majority of her neighbours earn their living.

UN senior aid adviser renews call for Syria aid access

The lack of aid deliveries to Syria’s most desperate communities and a continuing veto on the evacuation of hundreds of extremely sick civilians feel like a personal “failure”, a senior humanitarian adviser to the UN said on Thursday.

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Pop group using their star appeal for children’s rights

Teenage pop sensation Kids United may be young, but age is no barrier to raising awareness about children’s rights, the group said on Monday.

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Modern slavery: the “dark underbelly” of globalization

No country is “immune” from the scourge of modern slavery and the path that many of its victims take “can often by very similar”.

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Robots can and will “walk among us,” robotics chief tells UN

Designing robots which feel real emotions could benefit humanity in the years ahead.

That’s the view of Dr David Hanson, a robotics designer and creator of Sophia, an incredibly expressive and human-like robot.

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Catwalk to Freedom helps South Sudanese girls model full potential

If girls are given the opportunity to explore their “full potential”, there would be many fewer child marriages across South Sudan.

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Diversifying economies reduces dependence: Tanzania bank chief

Youth and rural populations in Tanzania are looking to increase their access to financial services, according to Bank of Tanzania Governor Benno Ndulu.

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New alliance to advance women, girls in innovation and tech

The innovation and technology sector holds “huge opportunities for women,” said to become more tangible with a new alliance aimed at advancing women and girls in the field.

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Paris summit explores solutions to migrant crisis

The challenge for political leaders attending a summit on migration hosted by France on Monday will be to give people options other than having to trust smugglers, the UN has said.

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Disaster protection needn’t cost billions: UN expert

Natural disasters are a major brake on development but low-cost initiatives can counter the threat they pose.

That’s according to senior UN official Robert Glasser, head of the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR).

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