Piracy threatens Gulf of Guinea states

A rising tide of piracy in the Gulf of Guinea is threatening peace and development in West Africa.

According to one study, up to $2 billion a year is lost due to attacks on oil tankers operating in the region.

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Actress and UNICEF Ambassador, Mia Farrow, highlights polio

Actress and activist, Mia Farrow, has been in Chad in Africa to encourage more people to have polio vaccinations.

The number of people catching polio in the central African country is on the increase and is second only to Pakistan in terms of new cases.

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As UN Radio turns 66, veteran producer recalls experience


For the past 66 years, UN Radio has stayed true to its mission of informing the world’s populations.

It has come a long way from the days when it started in 1945, in a makeshift studio in Lake Success, a village outside New York City.

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Argentina lodges complaint about UK “militarisation” of South Atlantic

An official complaint has been made at the United Nations by Argentina over what it says is the militarisation of the South Atlantic and more precisely the Falkland Islands or Malvinas.

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UN honours “Forest Heroes”

Eight people, including an oyster fisherman from Japan, two American school girls, and a married activist couple murdered in Brazil, have been recognized by the United Nations for their efforts to protect the world’s forests.

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UN Economic and Social Council works to generate opportunities for all


Promoting full employment, identifying solutions to global economic, social and health problems, and encouraging respect for human rights.

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Political and economic empowerment top UN Women plans for 2012

Training women conflict mediators in countries in Africa and Asia, helping ethnic Moroccan women to inherit property, and creating “safe spaces” for schoolgirls in Zambia.

These are just some of the successes of UN Women, which celebrates its first anniversary this month.

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UNDP’s “Energy Plus” approach brings power and progress to rural areas

It’s 2012 and still roughly 800 million people in Asia and the Pacific lack access to electricity.

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