Spotlight put on role of women as global leaders

Innovative approaches to getting more women into leadership positions around the world are being discussed at a conference being held at the United Nations on Wednesday.

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International Year of Small Island Developing States launched at UN

The International Year of Small Island Developing States has been launched by the United Nations to put a spotlight on the special needs of island nations.

The UN says the countries, known as SIDS, need international support in their efforts to build resilient economies.

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Water scarcity, “most urgent food security” issue facing Near East and North Africa

The scarcity of water in the Near East and North Africa is one of the most urgent food security issues in the region, according to the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).

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Small-scale fishermen hoping to benefit from boom in global fish trade

Small-scale fishermen and fish farmers are being helped to take advantage of a growing worldwide market which has set new records last year.

Global fishery production is expected to reach 160 million tonnes in 2013, up from 157 million tonnes the previous year.

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Women losing ground in global employment

Women worldwide are losing ground in the employment sector….that’s according to a new World Bank report.

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General Assembly puts spotlight on water, sanitation and energy

The importance of Water, Sanitation and Sustainable Energy in the Post-2015 Development Agenda was the subject of an open debate of the General Assembly on Tuesday.

The United Nations estimates that 2.5 billion people do not have access to adequate sanitation.

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Youth to contribute to development through crowd-sourcing platform

UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy on Youth, Ahmad Alhendawi. [UN Photo/Evan Schneider][/caption]An initiative to help ensure that youth priorities are reflected in the UN’s development agenda of the post-2015 era is being launched in New York on Tuesday.

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Gender equality promoted on UN’s World Radio Day

Radio broadcasting is being promoted as a key way to furthergender equality and women’s empowerment around the world.

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States urged to change negative stereotypes of women

Countries around the world are being urged to change the negative stereotypes of women which persist in male-dominated cultures.

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Protection of civilians “unheeded”

The need to protect civilians in time of conflict is often going “unheeded” according to a senior United Nations official.

As violence continues in Syria, South Sudan and the Central African Republic, the UN is turning its attention on how best to protect civilians.

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