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World of work is changing fast, but prevention remains best bet against sickness and injury: ILO 

The reality of working today is that people are “continuously asked to do more and more and have no time to rest”, often with grave consequences for their health and wellbeing, an expert from the UN labour agency, the ILO, said on Thursday. 

In an interview with Daniel Johnson from UN News, occupational safety and health specialist Manal Azzi, discusses the pros and cons of technological innovation at work, as well as sustainable solutions to combat climate change, highlighting that prevention really is the key. 

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UN Women forum highlights importance of safe urban spaces

Up to 90 per cent of women report that they’ve been harassed on their way to work, according to information cited by UN Women.

The agency is holding a four-day forum in Mexico City looking at ways to make public spaces safe and empowering for women and girls.

More than 200 urban experts and community leaders from across the world are sharing their approaches and best practices.

Pierre-Marc René has been speaking to Purna Sen, Director of the Policy Division at UN Women.

Duration: 4’04”


Libyan women face lack of midwives and gender-based violence

Libyan women are suffering from a rise in gender-based violence and a lack of trained midwives, making childbirth more hazardous.

That’s according to Georges Makram Georgi, from the UN’s Population Fund (UNFPA).

He said the problems stem from conflict and instability that’s plagued the country since the fall of Muammar Gaddafi, in 2011.

UNFPA has been working to provide advanced training to personnel to protect women in Libya and help them tackle the challenges they face.

Mr Georgi spoke to Priyanka Shankar.

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Aviation is “enabler” of sustainable development

Aviation is a “catalyst or enabler” of sustainable development, according to the head of the UN’s International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).

In September last year the international community agreed new development goals known as the SDGs.

The ICAO chief, Liu Fang, says aviation can play a key role in the realization of those goals.

Maoqi Li began by asking her what has been done to increase safety in the industry.

Safer cities for women: one project takes off in the Philippines

One suburb of the Filipino capital, Manila, is trying to confront the issue of violence against women using a novel form of community patrolling.

Women’s Safety Audits are a “participatory tool” being piloted as part of the UN Women Safe Cities initiative.

The idea is to discourage physical or sexual violence against women and girls by empowering concerned citizens to patrol their own neighbourhoods, and come up with solutions to make them safer.


More protection needed for defenders of human rights

Human rights workers need greater protection from governments around the world.

That’s according to the UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders, who this week launched a new global survey.

Michel Forst wants to identify the best ways of improving the effectiveness and safety of people working in the human rights field, and persuade governments that they can do more to help.

“No safety” for women of Iraq

There’s “no safety for women” in Iraq, according to the founder of a network which operates underground shelters there for female survivors of abuse.

Yanar Mohammed, addressed the UN Security Council at an open debate to mark the 15th anniversary of a resolution on women, peace and security.

She founded the Organization of Women’s Freedom in Iraq (OWFI), and highlighted not only the sexual enslavement and trafficking of women by the extremist group ISIL, but also what she said were failings on the part of the government in Baghdad to treat women equally.

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World seeing “explosion” of refugees

The world is seeing an “explosion” of refugees as a result of multiple crises in the Middle East and Africa; that’s according to António Guterres, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.

He was speaking in New York as his agency, UNHCR, announced that 700,000 people are expected to seek safety and international protection in Europe this year.