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In December of 2021, FAO published a report that introduced an innovative way of measuring poverty in rural areas, where the majority of the world's less well-off live, but for which reliable and harmonized data is difficult to come by. The idea is that a more precise identification of who the extreme poor are can help decision-makers shape more accurate policies to tackle rural poverty and hunger. This so-called Rural Multidimensional Poverty Index (R-MPI) was built on the widely accepted notion that household income alone does not fully capture a person's wellbeing.

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Almost the entire global population (99%) breathes air that exceeds WHO air quality limits, and threatens their health.  A record number of over 6000 cities in 117 countries are now monitoring air quality, but the people living in them are still breathing unhealthy levels of fine particulate matter and nitrogen dioxide, with people in low and middle-income countries suffering the highest exposures. The findings have prompted the World Health Organization to highlight the importance of curbing fossil fuel use and taking other tangible steps to reduce air pollution levels.

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Without immediate and deep emissions reductions across all sectors, limiting global warming to 1.5°C will be beyond reach. However, there is increasing evidence of climate action, say scientists in the latest Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report released on Monday. “Climate promises and plans must be turned into reality and action, now,” the UN Secretary-General said in his statement on the report. “It is time to stop burning our planet and start investing in the abundant renewable energy all around us.”

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ILO launched a new guide on the inclusion of persons with disabilities for employers in Asia and the Pacific. Using real-life examples, the guide cites how inclusive policies can boost profitability.

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WHO today launched its first ever global guidelines to support women and newborns in the postnatal period – the first six weeks after birth. This is a critical time for ensuring newborn and maternal survival and for supporting healthy development of the baby as well as the mother’s overall mental and physical recovery and wellbeing. Worldwide, more than 3 in 10 women and babies do not currently receive postnatal care in the first days after birth - the period when most maternal and infant deaths occur.

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Nearly half of all pregnancies, totalling 121 million each year throughout the world, are unintended. For the women and girls affected, the most life-altering reproductive choice—whether or not to become pregnant—is no choice at all, explains the State of World Population 2022 report, by UNFPA. A world where every pregnancy is wanted is a UNFPA core goal. Here are seven myths about unintended pregnancy that contribute to the shame, stigma and misunderstandings that must be overcome to end this crisis.

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WHO is releasing new guidelines on abortion care, in a bid to protect the health of women and girls and help prevent over 25 million unsafe abortions that currently occur each year.

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The World Bank World Development Report 2022: Finance for an Equitable Recovery, examines the central role of finance in the economic recovery from the pandemic.

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Safety and security are at the base of the ‘hierarchy of needs’ pyramid, second in importance only to life’s absolute necessities—air, water, food and shelter. In the years leading up to the COVID-19 pandemic, people were on average living healthier, more prosperous and better lives than ever. Yet still a growing sense of unease had taken root and is flourishing. A new UNDP report, New Threats to Human Security in the Anthropocene, says six out of seven people all over the world—including in the wealthiest countries— were experiencing high levels of insecurity even before the pandemic.

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UNDP’s new Strategic Plan recognizes the complexity of the development landscape and the challenges we face as a global community. It sets out our vision for a future-smart UNDP, working with partners to create a world where people and planet thrive together.

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The pandemic has proven the intrinsic value of the cultural and creative sector at generating social cohesion, education, or personal well-being in times of crisis. It has also undermined the sector’s potential to generate economic growth, something which is too often underestimated. This global crisis has also demonstrated the significant challenges that need to be met to ensure that a diversity of cultural expressions around the world is preserved. A new UNESCO report, Re|Shaping Policies for Creativity, calls on governments to ensure economic and social protection for artists and cultural professionals.

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WHO and ILO have called for measures to be put in place to protect workers’ health while teleworking. A new technical brief to healthy and safe teleworking, published by the two UN agencies, outlines the health benefits and risks of teleworking and the changes needed to accommodate the shift towards different forms of remote work arrangements brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic and the digital transformation of work. Teleworking can improve the physical and mental health and social wellbeing of workers, while leading to higher productivity and lower operational costs for many companies.

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Only three per cent of Latin America’s e-waste is reported as collected through formal channels and treated in an environmentally sound manner, according to the Regional E-Waste Monitor for Latin-America.

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Growth slows as economies grapple with supply disruptions, higher inflation, record debt and persistent uncertainty, according to the IMF’s latest World Economic Outlook.

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Global foreign direct investment (FDI) flows showed a strong rebound in 2021, up 77%, according to UNCTAD’s Investment Trends Monitor.