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End “quick-fix thinking” on catastrophes, says disaster chief

Failing to protect against catastrophes is putting an unnecessary brake on development, the head of UN disaster risk reduction agency (UNISDR) said Monday.

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US$267bn needed to eradicate world hunger

An estimated US$267 billion dollars a year is needed to eradicate world hunger by 2030 according to a report released by the UN’s Rome-based food agencies.

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US$100bn cost of beating malaria

Malaria can be beaten in the next 15 years but it’s going to take US$100 billion to do it, UN health partners said Friday.

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Cost of food hits lowest point since 2009

The price of a range of food commodities on world markets is the lowest it’s been since September 2009, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).

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Face 21st century realities on disarmament, says UN’s Kim

Efforts to kick-start talks on ridding the world of weapons of mass destruction have begun in Geneva, with a call for an end to the “stalemate” that’s bogged down disarmament discussions for decades.

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Water management software aims to increase crop productivity

Researchers from Africa and the Asia-Pacific region have been learning how to calculate the expected yields from crops in areas where water is scarce.

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Targeted investment in women needed to break gender inequality

Investments which target the development of women and girls around the world are needed to break gender inequality and discrimination, according to the UN agency with deals with gender issues.

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“Reality” of modern slavery needs to be understood

People around the world need to be made aware that 21 million globally are victims of modern day slavery; that’s the wish of the Brazilian actor, Wagner Moura, who is supporting a UN campaign to end the practice.

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Millions of lives saved thanks to poverty goals

The lives of millions of people around the world have been saved thanks to poverty goals agreed by the international community 15 years ago; that’s according to the UN Secretary-General.

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Global plan approved to drive down road noise

Noise from road traffic can be annoying - and deafening - UN health experts say.

But while accelerating cars and rumbling lorries are a modern-day bugbear for many of us, new UN-led regulations should see quieter streets in future.

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