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Researcher says people with autism lack “basic human rights”

In terms of civil liberties for people with autism, the international community overall is living in “the Dark Ages,” an autism expert said at the UN on Friday.

Professor Simon Baron-Cohen is the director of the Autism Research Centre at the University of Cambridge.

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“Dramatic increase” in food insecurity: FAO report

There has been a “dramatic increase” in food insecurity around the world the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said on Friday.

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Dag Hammarskjöld led life of ‘duty and humanism’ says biographer

“If there is a conflict, leave it to Dag” became a popular phrase in the 1950s when the late Dag Hammarskjöld was Secretary-General of the UN.

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Change happens when women "stand up" and demand rights

The only way for women to receive equal rights is for them to “stand up” and “demand” them, a women’s rights activist told a meeting at UN Headquarters this week.

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UN Gender Focus: Sexual violence, women farmers and women entrepreneurs

Scars of rape last “longer than the war”: UN Special Representative

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Atrocity crimes “on the rise” along with “Responsibility to Protect”

With atrocity crimes on the rise around the world, countries have an increasing responsibility to protect their citizens, according to the UN Special Adviser on the issue.

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Red Palm Weevil “serious concern” for date production

A small red beetle that destroys palm trees is spreading rapidly, created “serious concern” for the global production of dates and coconuts, said the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) on Wednesday.

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Scars of rape last “longer than the war”: UN Special Representative

Addressing sexual violence in conflict is the “great moral challenge of our time,” the outgoing Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Sexual Violence in Conflict has said.

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Women farmers can boost “under-performing” food production : FAO

Women need better opportunities and resources to help improve “under-performing” smallholder food production, especially in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia.

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Fast-response “vanguard brigade” of Peacekeepers now a reality

A “vanguard brigade” of UN Peacekeepers which can be deployed within 60 days to new trouble-spots, would have been “impossible” to envisage just two years ago.

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