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Call for governments to better protect the rights of older people

A UN treaty to protect the rights of older people is being championed by a group that builds awareness on global ageing issues.

HelpAge International hopes that a UN panel on ageing, which is meeting in New York this week, will lead to the adoption of the treaty.

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Humanitarian drones promoted by UNICEF

Drones or unmanned aerial vehicles could become a common sight in humanitarian crises across Africa, if a United States-based scientist has her way.

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Global discrepancies in levels of well-being persist

Discrepancies in the levels of well-being for people across the world persist 20 years after a landmark conference on population issues, according to a senior United Nations population expert.

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Criminalisation of at-risk groups undermines AIDS response

The criminalisation of at-risk populations can slow down efforts to eradicate the epidemic of HIV and AIDS.

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“International sisterhood” for five women on Security Council

The Security Council has been described as an “international sisterhood” by one of the five women ambassadors currently serving on the United Nations body.

For the first time in the history of the Council, women occupy five of the 15 seats.

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Sustained progress relies on good policies and social institutions

Most people in countries have been doing steadily better in human development but the progress has been uneven, a new UN report has found.

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UN Emergency fund gives $75 million in relief aid to Sahel and Horn of Africa

The UN Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) has allocated $75 million to scale up aid in the neglected regions of the West African Sahel and the Horn of Africa.

That’s according to Lisa Doughten, Chief of CERF.

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"Time to take action" on youth unemployment

The time for talking is over, action must now be taken to combat the increasing levels of youth unemployment around the globe.

That is the resounding message from some young people who recently attended a major conference at the United Nations on youth issues.

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Prevention can help solve the world’s drug problem – INCB

The world’s drug problem can be solved by reducing the demand for drugs, or focusing on drug abuse prevention, according to Dr. Lochan Naidoo, of the International Narcotics Control Board (INCB).

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Women pay the highest price in times of conflict, CEDAW member says

Women are the ones who pay the highest price in times of conflict, Nahla Haidar, a member of the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW), said.

However, they should not only be seen as victims but as “agents for peace”, she added.

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