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Mauritania aims to boost food production through new UN agency agreement

A new partnership between the United Nations rural poverty agency and officials in Mauritania could boost finances and nutrition for nearly 300,000 farmers in the southern part of the country. “It will reduce the country’s dependence on food imports, create jobs and increase the incomes of rural households, especially women and youth,” said Philippe Rémy, […]

World’s jobless to rise amid economic uncertainty, growing inequality – UN labour report

The United Nations International Labour Organization (ILO) released its 2017 World Employment and Social Outlook report today, which finds economic growth trends lagging behind employment needs and predicts both rising unemployment and worsening social inequality throughout 2017. “We are facing the twin challenge of repairing the damage caused by the global economic and social crisis […]

As millions suffer water shortages in Syria, UN looks to keep potable supply safe

The United Nations has expressed concern about fighting in the Wadi Barada area of west Damascus, which in addition to displacing thousands of people, has also restricted water supplies to some 5.5 million people in and around the Syrian capital. Addressing reporters in New York, UN Spokesperson Stéphane Dujarric said the Organization and its partners […]

Effective tobacco policies could save eight million lives and $1 trillion annually, UN reports

Smoking and tobacco use cost world economies more than $1 trillion each year in healthcare and lost productivity, the United Nations health agency reports, refuting claims that controls on tobacco products adversely impact economies. The report, published by the World Health Organization (WHO), “shows how lives can be saved and economies can prosper when governments […]

UNICEF #EarlyMomentsMatter campaign promotes investments in early childhood development

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has launched a campaign, #EarlyMomentsMatter, aimed at raising awareness about the critical impact that early experiences have on children’s brain development during their first 1,000 days of life. Before the age of three, human brain cells make up to 1,000 new connections every second, a speed that slows later in […]

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