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No shortcuts to ending poverty, says UN trade chief

Poor countries will have to grow faster than China during its boom years if they’re to achieve ambitious development targets such as ending extreme poverty within a generation, the UN said Monday.

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Achieving global goals within 15 years "possible"

The ambitious global plan to better fulfil the needs of humanity while protecting the planet can be achieved within 15 years, according to a top UN official.

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European proposal to relocate extra 120,000 refugees welcomed

A new proposal by the European Commission to relocate thousands of refugees crossing into Europe has been welcomed by the United Nations.

The EC’s plan is to relocate an additional 120,000 people seeking asylum in Greece, Italy and Hungary to other European nations.

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Iran deal stepping stone to universal ban on nuclear tests

A landmark deal to strictly curb Iran’s nuclear programme can be built upon to ensure universal ratification of a global treaty to ban all nuclear tests.

That’s according to Lassina Zerbo, Executive Secretary of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test Ban Treaty Organization, CTBTO.

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Suicide prevention must be top public health priority

Suicide is growing and must be recognized as a public health priority, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).

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Faith and culture key to achieving gender equality

A clear understanding of Islamic teachings about the role of women can be used to empower women and girls to effect positive change in their communities.

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Women-focused resolution faces old and new challenges

Women’s rights are in danger of “sliding backwards” despite a landmark United Nations resolution seeking to promote equality, a leading UN official said Wednesday.

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“War and Peace” panels reinstalled at UN

Two giant murals by the prominent Brazilian artist Candido Portinari have been restored and re-installed at the UN headquarters in New York.

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Global deforestation slowing down

The expanse of the world’s forest land is shrinking, but at a slower rate than ever before, according to a new report by the UN Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO).

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Reducing poverty through interfaith dialogue

The success of new global development targets requires people of all faiths to put aside their differences and work together.

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