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Forests: A ‘safety net’ for poor rural people, says UN agriculture official

One-in-five people around the world count on forest products for food, income and nutritional diversity – generating more than $88 billion in income, according FAO’s State of the World’s Forests 2018, launched on Friday.

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Millions denied citizenship due to ideas of national, ethnic or racial ‘purity’: UN rights expert

Ideologies which define nationality as being determined by ethnicity or bloodline are denying millions of people of their right to citizenship, a UN expert has charged.

Mine action is at ‘the nexus’ of peace, security and development: UN official

Despite international efforts, the number of people killed or injured by landmines and other explosive hazards has risen following years of decline, the Security Council heard on Friday.

News In Brief 28 June 2018

  • UN labour agency raises the alarm on ‘global care crisis’
  • ‘Agile and multifaceted’ response needed to counter terrorism – UN chief
  • Malnutrition reaching record levels in South Africa
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Increase in cases of violations against children in 2017

More than 10,000 children were killed or maimed due to conflict last year, according to an UN report, including shocking examples of girls being used as “human bombs” by Boko Haram terrorists, and attacks on schools and hospitals.  Virginia Gamba, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict, presented the report’s findings.

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Rise in number of children killed, maimed and recruited in conflict: UN report

More than 10,000 children were killed or maimed in conflict last year while more than 8,000 youngsters were recruited or used as combatants, the United Nations reported on Wednesday.

Challenges remain in DPRK despite 'slight' improvements in health, wellbeing: UNICEF

The health and wellbeing of women and children in North Korea has improved slightly in recent years but “urgent” challenges remain in rural areas, the UN Children’s Fund, UNICEF, said on Wednesday.

UN Report: Green economic growth means a surge in jobs worldwide

If countries honour the Paris Agreement pledge on global warming of keeping temperature rises below 2 degrees Celsius, “we will see a net job creation of 18 million new jobs around the world.”

That’s according to Guillermo Montt, Senior Economist at the research department of the International Labour Organization (ILO).  He was at the launch of ILO’s World Employment and Social Outlook 2018 report, at UN Headquarters in Geneva this week, where he spoke to Alpha Diallo.

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Acute hunger “intensifies” across the globe, say UN agencies

Around 124 million people in 51 countries were affected by acute food insecurity during the course of last year, according to the latest edition of the Global Report on Food Crises

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'Conflicting trends' see journalists under fire as global struggle for media freedom continues

Just because more laws are being passed protecting media freedom across the world, it doesn’t mean that governments will respect them, or allow citizens to use them.

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