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UN agency calls for concrete measures to end hunger in Africa by 2025

24 March 2014 – The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) warns today that despite notable recent economic progress, Africa remains the world’s most food insecure continent and calls on all African agriculture ministers to focus their investments and support efforts on smallholder farmers, including youth and women.


Senior UN official hails outcome of forum devoted to empowering women and girls

22 March 2014 – The head of the United Nations office focusing on the world's women has welcomed the outcome of a two-week meeting in New York that she says represents a “milestone” towards a transformative global development agenda that puts the empowerment of women and girls at its centre.


Top UN economic, social body convenes Berlin symposium on development cooperation

20 March 2014 – The United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) has gathered high-level development experts in Berlin, Germany, to weigh measures to could make international development cooperation more effective in improving people's lives worldwide.


Targeted action needed to address plight of world’s deprived minorities – UN expert

19 March 2014 – With greater international and national attention to their plight, disadvantaged minorities – often among the world’s most economically, politically and socially marginalized communities – can break free of their “left behind” status to participate in and benefit from the post-2015 development process, a United Nations human rights expert stressed today.


WOMEN: Experts call for engaging men and boys as allies in fight for gender equality

12 March 2014 – Gender equality is not just a concern for women and girls, a panel of experts gathered at the United Nations in New York stressed today, highlighting the need to engage men and boys as allies and agents of change in this global struggle.


UN commission on women opens annual session, to focus on development

10 March 2014 – Women’s human rights have come a long way but there is still much to do and little time to do it in, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today opening the 2014 session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW), which this year will focus on development, particularly education and reproductive rights.


Equality for women means progress for all, UN officials declare, marking International Day

08 March 2014 – To mark International Women's Day, the United Nations family is spotlighting a simple truth: achieving equality for women and girls is essential not merely because it is a matter of fairness and fundamental human rights, but because progress in so many other areas depends on it.


Ahead of International Women’s Day, UN asks men to ‘stand up and deliver’ on human rights for all

07 March 2014 – On the eve of International Women’s Day, the United Nations has launched the “He for She” campaign urging men to stand up for the rights of their mothers, sisters and daughters, while top UN officials stressed that human rights for girls and women are not a dream but a duty of all.


UN Assembly spotlights key role of women, youth, civil society in development agenda

06 March 2014 – Equality, inclusiveness and participation must guide the framing of the world agenda for sustainable development, the President of the General Assembly said today, urging Member States to ensure that women, young people and civil society participate fully.