Thailand

Strawberries and child support; a Thai partnership

Mother of three, Mhee Saesong, a strawberry farmer from Chiang Mai in the north of Thailand, has always struggled alongside her husband to provide for her family. She describes how, in the past, when her two older children became sick, she was unable to afford to take them to hospital.

Partnerships at ‘core’ of sustainable development

Partnerships are at the “core” of efforts to reach the sustainable development goals, the poverty and environmental targets agreed by world leaders in 2015.

The partnerships Sustainable Development Goal seeks to bring the UN together with governments, civil society, the corporate world and individuals.

Daniel Dickinson spoke to Deidre Boyd, UN Resident Coordinator in Thailand, and asked her what partnerships mean to her.

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Saudi woman seeking asylum in Thailand ‘now in a secure place’ says UNHCR

The UN refugee agency, UNHCR, said on Monday that 18-year-old Saudi national Rahaf Mohammed Al-qunun, who had been stranded at Bangkok airport after fleeing her family in Kuwait, saying that she would be killed if forced to return, was “now in a secure place”.

Karen women of Thailand call the shots as traditional farming comes under strain

As more people are moving to cities, traditional practices are weakening among the Karen, a society of indigenous farmers in northern Thailand. In New York to speak at a commemoration for Indigenous Peoples Day, Prasert Trakansuphakon, a Sgaw Karen, described some of the traditional Karen practices to Liz Scaffidi.

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Thai citizenship means ‘dream of a brighter future’ for cave rescue boys, says UN Refugee Agency

The decision of the Thai Government to grant citizenship to three of the boys recently rescued after being trapped in a flooded cave, along with their football coach, has been welcomed by UN Refugee Agency, UNHCR.

News in Brief 13 June 2017 (AM) - Geneva

Ukraine’s warring parties repeatedly fail to respect ceasefire agreements

“Daily ceasefire violations” in Ukraine have led to a significant rise in the number of people killed in the four-year conflict, the UN said on Tuesday.

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UN rights office disappointed with Thai Government’s refusal to criminalize enforced disappearance

The United Nations human rights office today urged the Government of Thailand to criminalize enforced or involuntary disappearance and torture.

News in Brief 28 February 2017 (AM)

Conflict continues to hamper humanitarian response to South Sudan famine

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UN rights expert urges Thailand to loosen restrictions around monarchy defamation law

As a student activist awaits trial in detention for posting a news article about the new monarchy on social media, an independent United Nations expert today called on Thai authorities to stop using royal defamation laws to stifle free speech.

News in Brief 13 January 2017 (PM)

Agreement reportedly reached on restoring Damascus water supply

Agreement has been reached, according to  reports, on restoring running water to around 5.5 million people living in and around the Syrian capital, Damascus.

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