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Vegetable oils lift food prices in September; cereal prices down on bumper crop prospects

05 October 2017 – Global food prices rose slightly in September, as firmer prices of vegetable oils and dairy products offset declining prices for staple cereal grains, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said today.


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.”


Asylum and refugee protection represent ‘humanity at its best,’ says senior UN official

05 October 2017 – Warning of threats to the global asylum environment, the United Nations refugee agency’s protection chief today stressed the importance of sustained engagement by the international community to keep refugees high on the political agenda.


Empower teachers; give them the freedom to teach, UN urges on World Day

05 October 2017 – Underscoring the critical important role teachers play in ensuring the future for every society, the United Nations today called for empowering educators with the freedom and support they need to undertake their vital mission.


A year after Hurricane Matthew, Haiti's children still incredibly vulnerable to disasters – UNICEF

05 October 2017 – One year has passed since Hurricane Matthew made landfall in southwest Haiti – leaving terrible destruction in its wake – but children and adolescents on the island still remain highly vulnerable to the effects of natural disasters and extreme weather events, the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) has warned.


Expert meeting at UN aspires to create ‘space’ for women in science and technology

04 October 2017 – A three-day event on how to, among other things, improve women’s involvement in the aerospace sector as well as in the fields of science, technology and mathematics, kicked off today under the leadership of two United Nations offices.


Switzerland needs to do more to keep ‘dirty money’ at bay, urges UN expert

04 October 2017 – Highlighting the problems posed by illicit financial flows globally, including undermining rule of law and human rights, a United Nations human rights expert has called on Switzerland to ensure that so called dirty money – which stems from tax evasion and corruption – does not enter its financial market.


Rohingya refugees living in ‘dire’ conditions, senior UN officials warn, appealing for assistance

04 October 2017 – The human tragedy unfolding in southern Bangladesh is staggering in its scale, warned two senior United Nations officials today as they wrapped up a mission to Cox’s Bazar with calls for a “significant increase in assistance” for the thousands of Rohingyas have settled in the area after fleeing violence in neighbouring Myanmar.


Counselling and dieting among new UN health agency guidelines on child obesity

04 October 2017 – An estimated 41 million children under five years old are obese or overweight, United Nations health experts warned today, launching new guidelines to tackle what they call a global epidemic.