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Kicking off ‘Africa Week’ at UN, Guterres says women and youth can unleash continent’s potential

16 October 2017 – Africa must focus on young people, empower women and girls, and be innovative in leveraging resources and financing for development, Secretary-General António Guterres said Monday as the United Nations kicked off Africa Week.


At UN event in Rome, Pope Francis urges action on climate change, conflicts to end global hunger

16 October 2017 – Food security for all requires tackling climate change and ending conflicts, His Holiness, Pope Francis, stressed Monday at an official ceremony for World Food Day held at the Rome headquarters of the United Nations agriculture agency.


Youth obesity increases 10-fold in four decades, UN-backed study reveals

11 October 2017 – The number of obese children and adolescents aged five to 19 years worldwide has risen tenfold in the past four decades, and if current trends continue, there will be more obese children and adolescents than those moderately or severely underweight by 2022, a United Nations-backed study shows.


Rural areas have potential to feed and employ 'younger, more crowded planet' – UN report

09 October 2017 – Long seen as poverty traps, rural areas are in fact key to economic growth in developing countries when pegged to food production, according to a new United Nations agriculture agency report released Monday.


INTERVIEW: In fighting for girls’ education, UN advocate Malala Yousafzai finds her purpose

05 October 2017 – In September, the Malala Fund started the Gulmakai Network to support the work of education champions in developing countries and speed up progress towards girls’ secondary education around the world. The 20-year-old, who will be attending Oxford University, spoke to UN News about the need to increase investment in education, the importance of allowing girls to be who they want to be, and when it was that she discovered the power of her own voice and the purpose for her life.


FEATURE: In Western Afghanistan, an ancient love of poetry thrives again

05 October 2017 – As she begins to read her poem, Fatema’s voice is faint and unsure of itself. She has been writing poetry only for the last six months because, as she explains, she wants to get in touch with her inner feelings. What emerges in her recitation has echoes of Afghanistan’s ancient past, and signs of a new and modern passion. What is heard, translated from Dari, is a short narrative about the horrors of war – “The color of blood and cold corpses … fresh bodies thrown into battle” – and Fatema’s own story, one that ends with the hope that, “somewhere between the lines, set in the sweetness, is a space without war.”


In Tokyo, UN deputy chief cites benefits of local-level social dialogue on sustainable development

02 October 2017 – United Nations Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed, at an event in Tokyo today, stressed the need for social dialogue on sustainable development, expressing her expectations regarding the role of media in bringing different constituents together to reflect on difficult questions such as on sustainable life style.


Affordable housing key for development and social equality, UN says on World Habitat Day

02 October 2017 – With 1.6 billion people living in inadequate housing, one billion of whom reside in slums and informal settlements, the United Nations is spotlighting the need for affordable homes on today's World Habitat Day, which also marks the official start of 'Urban October' – a month of worldwide celebrations and citizens' engagement in urban life.


North Africa set to adopt five-year plan to boost youth employment – UN labour agency

27 September 2017 – With a youth unemployment rate at 28.8 per cent – twice the global average – countries in North Africa need to adopt a broader, more concerted response to tackle the crisis, the United Nations labour agency warned today.


Cluster of extreme weather events leave no doubt climate change is real, Caribbean nations tell UN

23 September 2017 – The Minister for Foreign Affairs of Trinidad and Tobago, echoing other senior government officials today and throughout the General Assembly’s annual general debate, questioned how, after the spate of recent catastrophic events in the Caribbean, South Asia and elsewhere, one could deny that “climate change is real, and it is upon us.”