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Globally, youth are the largest poverty-stricken group, says new UN report

20. September 2018 - 22:02
Half of all people living in poverty are younger than 18 years old, according to estimates from a new report released on Thursday by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and partners.
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6 things to know about the General Assembly as UN heads into high level week

20. September 2018 - 17:56
Every year, in September, global leaders and change-makers gather at United Nations Headquarters in New York for two weeks, to discuss the burning issues of our time and set the global agenda for the year ahead. The 73rd session of the UN General Assembly opened this week and the body’s annual high-level segment – formally known as the ‘general debate’ – begins on Tuesday, 25 September, where every country’s leader gets to address the world.
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‘Time for important decisions,’ head of UN in Afghanistan tells Security Council

17. September 2018 - 23:31
With parliamentary elections one month away and a major ministerial conference planned for November in Geneva, the United Nation’s Special Representative for Afghanistan briefed the Security Council on Monday, noting that “preparations are on track” but that many challenges lie ahead, including increased security concerns.  
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Sustainable farming, ‘key’ to world free of hunger, malnutrition, says UN agriculture chief

17. September 2018 - 22:09
There will be “no sustainable future without eradicating poverty and hunger,” the United Nations agriculture agency chief spelled out on Monday, launching the Food and Agriculture Organization’s (FAO) latest flagship publication, on the world’s Agricultural Commodity Markets.
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Senior UN official calls on Israel to stop demolition of Palestinian village in the West Bank

17. September 2018 - 16:56
The United Nations Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, Nickolay Mladenov, expressed concern on Monday “at the intention of the Israeli authorities to demolish the Bedouin village of Khan Al-Ahmar/Abu Al-Helu” in the West Bank,  where 181 Palestinians currently live, more than half of whom are children.
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FROM THE FIELD: Rwanda’s Green Villages benefit poorest

13. September 2018 - 19:48
An innovative approach to supporting the poorest and most vulnerable in Rwanda, is helping to address environmental problems and achieve ambitious development goals there, according to the UN Development Programme, UNDP.
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South-South Cooperation Day focuses in on sustainable development, a ‘new phase of cooperation’

12. September 2018 - 23:15
As part of the 40th anniversary of the International Day for South-South Cooperation, the United Nations drew together on Wednesday, more than 100 best-practices developed in the countries of the Global South, which embody the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
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Artificial Intelligence: a danger to mankind, or the key to a better world?

12. September 2018 - 22:28
Siri, Alexa and Cortana are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to Artificial Intelligence (or A.I.), which is playing an increasingly pervasive role in our lives.
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Economy and living standards of Gaza ‘eviscerated’ by crippling blockade – UN trade and development report

12. September 2018 - 22:26
The Occupied Palestinian Territory now suffers the highest unemployment rate in the world, with incomes and agricultural production going down, the United Nations trade and development agency said on Wednesday, noting that women and young people were worst affected, as the Israeli occupation continues.
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Hunger reached ‘alarming’ ten-year high in 2017, according to latest UN report

11. September 2018 - 20:43
With food deprivation on the rise due to conflict and climate change, more people went hungry in 2017 than at any time in the previous decade, according to the latest edition of the UN’s annual multi-agency flagship report on the State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World.
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With AI, jobs are changing but no mass unemployment expected – UN labour experts

4. September 2018 - 18:04
The rise of frontier technologies like Artificial Intelligence has caused fears of robots taking over blue-collar jobs, but a United Nations expert says humans still have the upper hand given their creativity and ability to form relationships.   
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Development gains unsustainable without cyber-diplomacy, UN official says

31. August 2018 - 23:59
Hacking, child sexual exploitation and other cybercrimes could keep countries from reaching their development goals, warns a United Nations official who is urging Governments and private sectors to rethink how they work together.
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International tourism arrivals hit record high in 2017, UN agency reports

27. August 2018 - 23:29
The number of people travelling abroad has hit its highest level since 2010, according to data from the Tourism Organization (UNWTO), a specialized agency of the United Nations.
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Central America: drought, resulting crop losses threaten food security of two million people, UN warns

24. August 2018 - 16:55
Recent drought has led to the loss of some 280,000 hectares of beans and maize in Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras, potentially affecting the food and nutrition situation of more than two million people, two United Nations agencies warned on Friday.
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Economy on a steady rise in Latin America and Caribbean region ‘despite international turbulence’ – UN report

23. August 2018 - 23:11
Amid external uncertainty and volatility, the economies of Latin America and the Caribbean will grow by an average of 1.5 per cent this year, thanks to a rebound in private consumption and a slight increase in investment, according to a United Nations flagship report issued on Thursday.
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‘Think beyond farm jobs’ to reach sustainable development, UN agriculture chief advises African youth

20. August 2018 - 19:20
For the African continent to achieve sustainable development, more jobs must be created for its young people, including in the digitalized agriculture sectors, the United Nations agriculture chief told an international conference on Monday.
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Caspian Sea deal an invaluable step towards easing regional tensions, says UN Chief

14. August 2018 - 23:08
António Guterres, the UN Secretary-General, has welcomed the historic signing of the Convention on the Legal Status of the Caspian Sea, which took place on Sunday, marked by a ceremony which brought together the leaders of the five countries bordering its coastline.
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Fears for food security and the future of farming families, as Fall Armyworm spreads to Asia

14. August 2018 - 18:17
An “invasive pest” that devours more than 80 different plant species, including many staple crops, could threaten the food security and livelihoods of millions of small-scale farmers in Asia, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) warned on Tuesday.
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FROM THE FIELD: Sailing a traditional and sustainable path in Fiji’s tropical waters

11. August 2018 - 5:01
Young people in Fiji are helping to revive indigenous cultural practices of the Pacific Ocean island while learning about sustainable transport thanks to an initiative supported by the UN Development Programme (UNDP).
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FROM THE FIELD: A mountain of indigenous knowledge in Peru

9. August 2018 - 15:46
Indigenous people in a remote mountain town in the Andes in Peru are being helped to boost their incomes by preserving a valuable but threatened breed of alpaca.
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