NIGER, AFRICA: Catholic Relief Services work to slow food shortages

NIGER, AFRICA: Catholic Relief Services work to slow food shortages

IRIN – UN Humanitarian news & analysis – WNN – WorldFOOD (WNN/IRIN) Maradi/Diffa, NIGER, WESTERN AFRICA: Farmers in drought-ridden parts of Niger are facing a dangerous combination of stresses – chronic drought, land degradation, pests and poor seeds – which threaten to throw them even deeper into hunger and poverty. James Litzinger, an agricultural specialist […]

Women farmers can make powerful earth resources guardians, says UN

Women farmers can make powerful earth resources guardians, says UN

WNN EarthWATCH (WNN/UN) United Nations New York, UNITED STATES, AMERICAS: Giving women access to and control of natural resources such as land, water, forests and minerals is essential to ensure war-torn countries can achieve long-term peace, according to a United Nations report recently released on November 6, 2013. “At a practical level, women form the […]

Is internal corruption slowing progress in developing countries?

Is internal corruption slowing progress in developing countries?

Philippa Garson for IRIN – WNN Improve It (WNN/IRIN) New York, New York, UNITED STATES, AMERICAS: With the realization that corruption is undermining development and the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), experts are lobbying the UN to adopt goals and targets on good governance and transparency in the post-2015 development agenda. A high-level […]

Global peace & stability is key to reaching all 8 UN Millennium Development Goals

Global peace & stability is key to reaching all 8 UN Millennium Development Goals

Helen Clark – WNN SOAPBOX (WNN) United Nations, New York, N.Y., UNITED STATES, AMERICAS: Every minute, someone dies from armed violence somewhere in the world (pdf), according to human rights groups and peace campaigners. Though the number of international conflicts has decreased in recent decades, achieving lasting global peace remains an elusive goal. Next week, […]

New UN rebuilding project in Port-au-Prince brings Haitians home

New UN rebuilding project in Port-au-Prince brings Haitians home

WNN Breaking (WNN/UNOPS) Port-au-Prince, HAITI, AMERICAS: A large-scale reconstruction project is benefiting more than 33,000 Haitian families whose neighborhoods were destroyed by the 2010 earthquake. The earthquake – one of the biggest disasters to hit an urban area – killed over 220,000 people and left over one million people homeless. In 2011, a project was […]

United Nations agency head calls for swift measures to stop diabetes and other diseases

United Nations agency head calls for swift measures to stop diabetes and other diseases

WNN Breaking (WNN) London, ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM: The UNDP – United Nations Development Programme Administrator Helen Clark called Monday for swift, firm measures to halt a global surge in diseases such as cancer and diabetes, saying they belong “permanently on the global development agenda.” “Failure to curb the growing epidemic of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) now […]

Taking a stand for teachers on UN World Teachers’ Day

Taking a stand for teachers on UN World Teachers’ Day

Elahe Amani – WNN SOAPBOX (WNN) Los Angeles, California, UNITED STATES: Recognizing teachers worldwide for October 5, 2012 on the United Nations (UN) World Teachers’ Day societies around the world celebrate the vital contribution that teachers make to human development and the role teachers play in providing quality education at all levels. It’s a time […]

CAIRO: Sexual safety still remains illusive for women journalists under harassment

CAIRO: Sexual safety still remains illusive for women journalists under harassment

Lys Anzia – WNN Breaking (WNN) Cairo, EGYPT: As new policy by Egypt’s Supreme Administrative Court of the State Council, headed by Judge Ali Fikri, overturned Justice Minister Mohamed al-Guindy’s recent decision to give Egypt’s military the power of  impunity to arrest civilians, activists are celebrating. But the newly elected President Mohamed Morsi has inherited another […]

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