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Literacy, an “accelerator” for development

Literacy can help to “accelerate” the sustainable development goals or SDGs, the new development targets the UN is due to adopt later this month.

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Faith leaders to launch sustainable development blueprint

Eight of the world’s major religions are set to launch ambitious plans to help lift millions of people out of poverty in line with the United Nations’ own

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Refugees: Warm welcome marks crisis “turning point”

Austrians and Germans have offered trainloads of refugees an “incredible outpouring of welcome”, marking a possible turning point in the migration crisis, the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR)

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Forests vital resource for life and food security

Forests are essential to life on our planet, food security and tackling climate change.

That’s according to Jeffrey Campbell, manager of the forest and farm facility of the Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO).

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Charity is not only about the rich giving to the poor

Charity is not only about the rich giving to the poor, but also about “everyday” people helping each other out.

That’s according to Eva Schafer, a human rights and social development officer at the Hungarian Mission to the UN.

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“Project Everyone” campaign to make SDGs world famous in 7 days

A grassroots blitz to educate everyone on the planet about the Sustainable Development Goals (

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Global cooperation urged at concert marking 70th anniversary at UN

The importance of global cooperation for peace to prevail was highlighted at a concert by the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra marking the UN’s 70th anniversary.

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Men’s involvement key to achieving gender equality

Women must partner with men to eliminate the cultural barriers to achieving gender equality, according to Fiji’s first woman Speaker of Parliament.

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Good governance and democracy “non-negotiable:” IPU chief

Good governance and democracy are “non-negotiable” and must be implemented across all regions of the world with the help of parliamentarians.

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Tech challenge launched to find “invisible” women entrepreneurs

Finding millions of so-called “invisible” women entrepreneurs using a simple mobile app could transform their empowerment, according to UN agency the International Trade Centre (ITC).

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