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First-ever Wangari Maathai Award goes to Nepalese activist

A new international forestry award that honours the memory of a Kenyan environmentalist was given to a dedicated activist from Nepal on Thursday.

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Global health movement yields gains for women and children’s health

In just two years, a global movement launched by the UN Secretary General has helped garner a lot of attention and investment for women and children’s health.

‘Every Woman, Every Child’ has raked in half of the US $20 billion pledged to save 16 million lives before 2015.

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Academy Award winner focuses on youth in developing countries

Academy Award winner Forest Whitaker is concerned that some 60 percent of people in conflict areas of the world are under the age of 25.

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Secretary-General shares expectations ahead of General Assembly debate

Heads of state will once again converge on New York for the annual general debate of the United Nations General Assembly which begins on Tuesday.

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Reaffirming hope for a just world on International Day of Peace

The United Nations is calling for an end to conflict, if only for one day.

The International Day of Peace, observed on 21 September, is an opportunity to strengthen the ideals of non-violence, both within and among all nations and peoples.

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Management of chemicals a serious challenge for Africa

Chemicals are posing a serious risk to people’s lives, particularly children in Africa.

To tackle this problem, more than 500 participants from 124 countries gathered in Nairobi, Kenya this week for a five-day meeting on global chemicals management.

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Social Good Summit unites people and technology to change the world

New media and technology are changing the way people communicate, but they can also help change the world for the better.

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Crimes against the child a major focus of Security Council in September

Germany assumed the rotating presidency of the UN Security Council in September with a view to focus on three particular issues – children and armed conflict, the Arab world and Afghanistan.

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Security Council stands up for children caught in armed conflict

The plight of the youngest victims of war—whether as fighters or witnesses to the fighting—was the focus of a Security Council open debate on Wednesday.

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Nansen Refugee Award winner brings knowledge and hope to displaced Somalis

A former Somali refugee has won the prestigious annual award of the UN refugee agency (UNHCR).

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