UN Gender Focus: humanitarian crises, women in Bolivian prisons and gender inequality

Women and girls “far more vulnerable” in humanitarian crises

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Global economic growth levels to rise by 2.7% in 2017

Global economic growth is expected to rise by 2.7 percent in 2017, according to a report released by The World Bank.

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UN chief calls for more global action on conflict prevention

UN Secretary-General António Guterres has called for more global action on conflict prevention.

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Tobacco deaths could rise to 8 million annually, unless checked

Deaths attributable to tobacco could rise to eight million annually unless efforts are made to curb its usage, the World Health Organization (WHO) has said.

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Lack of funds compromising refugee response in Uganda

Thousands of refugees, who are entering Uganda on a daily basis from three neighbouring countries, are not getting the support they need due to a lack of funding according to the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR).

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Keeping women out of the workplace costs US$17 trillion

Keeping women out of the workplace costs the global economy around US$17 trillion, the head of a leading NGO in Canada has told the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

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Migrants are human beings with “inalienable rights”, need protection

Migrants, particularly women and children, need protection from the international community, as they are human beings with “inalienable rights”.

That’s according to Götz Schmidt-Bremme, the Co-Chair of forum on issues facing migrants which is taking place in June this year.

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Migrant and refugee deaths rise by a third: IOM

The number of migrant and refugee deaths worldwide, rose by a third last year compared with 2015, according to preliminary data from the UN Migration Agency (IOM).

Almost 7,500 people on the move died or went missing in 2016.

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Political support to disaster risk reduction needs “higher level of attention”

Political support for preventing disasters needs a “higher level of attention” during 2017, according to the head of the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) in the Americas.

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Syria "drama" is not over as UN is denied aid access

A fragile ceasefire is largely holding in Syria but “tremendous dramas” are still being played out by the people of the war-torn country, the UN warned on Thursday.

The war in Syria has lasted almost six years.

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