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UN-backed Afghan vaccination drive to reach 8 mn kids
Apr 30, 2013 During a United Nations-backed global campaign to vaccinate children this week, Afghan Government officials are aiming to administer anti-measles and anti-polio vaccines along with additional doses of Vitamin A to about eight million children below five across the country.
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UN calls for elimination of chemical weapons within 5 years
Apr 09, 2013 Warning that the fog of war must never again be composed of poison gas Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has appealed to the 188 States Parties to the United Nations-backed treaty outlawing chemical weapons to do all in their power to bring on board the eight nations that still have not signed on.
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Land degradation damaging agricultural production: UN
Apr 10, 2013 The international community is losing vast amounts of agricultural production due to the effects of continuing land degradation such as desertification, a new United Nations study has warned, adding that without sustainable land management, development initiatives the world over will be stymied.
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UN advisor urges Indian industries to adopt MDGs
Feb 18, 2010 Recently appointed senior advisor to the United Nations Office for Partnerships, Babu Lal Jain hopes to rope in corporates and utilise information technology to achieve the MDGs. A campaign will soon be launched in 543 parliamentary constituencies to assess the MDG targets and mobilise the corporate sector.
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Indian activists demand new law on disability
Feb 22, 2010 Disability rights activists have critiqued the proposed amendments to the Persons with Disabilities Act and asked for a new formulation with a human rights approach; one that addresses fundamental rights and freedom and is aligned with the UN Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities (UNRCPD).
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India hub of illicit drug trade via internet
Feb 25, 2010 A new United Nations report has revealed that narcotics smuggle via the internet is taking place in a big way in India. The agency has urged the authorities to increase its vigilance in detecting the misuse of courier and postal services and stop the rising drug abuse in its neighbourhood.
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Local artisans learn to build safer homes
Mar 03, 2010 About 115 carpenters and masons from eastern Bhutan are being trained to build quake resistant homes under the Bhutan recovery and reconstruction plan funded by UNDP. Bhutan lies on a seismically active zone and the recurring aftershocks of last two quakes have put people and authorities on alert.
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Afghan child migrants need urgent attention
Mar 04, 2010 The number of Afghan children seeking asylum in Europe has increased significantly last year, according to the UN refugee agency. Initial findings highlight the need for policies to protect these children.
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Nepal needs to regulate international adoptions
Mar 05, 2010 The case of Rajan Kumar Nepali highlights the fact that unscrupulous agents are effectively trafficking children to foreign couples for large profits. While Nepal introduced a new legislation in 2008, UNICEF has asked the government to ratify the Hague convention on international adoptions.
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UN demands Lankan leadership to be accountable
Mar 08, 2010 The president has rejected United Nation’s plan of appointment of a panel of experts to advise him on accountability issues and alleged rights abuses in the nation’s civil war. Tens of thousands of civilians were killed by the government and the rebel Tamil group during the war.
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Women's participation critical to Afghan peace-process
Mar 12, 2010 A panel discussion on Afghan women’s participation in peace building, organised by UN, identified continuing violence and insecurity as main reasons hampering women’s access to essential rights and services. It states that women should form an integral part of any solution for the ongoing conflict in Afghanistan.
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Myanmar: Unsafe abortions leading cause of maternal mortality
Mar 15, 2010 The latest survey by UNICEF shows that Maternal Mortality remains persistently high in Myanmar and complications arising from unsafe abortions are the third leading cause of maternal death. While there have been gains in last two decades, a lot remains to be done.
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New salt resistant paddy offers hope to farmers
Mar 16, 2010 A new salt resistant paddy is improving livelihoods of coastal farmers in southern Bangladesh, where increasing soil salinity in agricultural lands have become a major concern, due to rising sea levels. Bangladesh might lose the largest amount of cultivated land globally due to rising sea levels, warns UN.
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Myanmar: UN Investigator voices concern over rights violations
Mar 17, 2010 In a report submitted to the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, a special investigator has accused the Burmese government of gross violations of rights of political parties, prisoners of conscience and ethnic minorities. He stressed that an international commission of inquiry should look into these abuses.
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A multi-sectoral nutrition programme for Nepal
Mar 18, 2010 Nepal has planned a multi-sectoral nutrition programme involving various ministries to tackle widespread child malnutrition in the country. A recent report by the health department and UNICEF found the lack of adequate nutrition to be more pronounced in under developed food deficit areas of the far and mid-west regions.
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UNDP supports India's historical fight for gender equality
Mar 20, 2010 Visiting India during a historic week for women in the country, UNDP Administrator Helen Clark, participated in an exciting array of debates in the capital city on gender issues ranging from the intersection between political and economic empowerment, to the much deliberated and timely subject of reservation.
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Sanitary habits improved in Pakistan significantly
Mar 22, 2010 According to a new report by World Health Organisation, due to awareness raising and adaptation of toilets, the prevalence of open defecation has significantly reduced in Pakistan since 1990. Better sanitary habits would reduce water borne diseases which is prevalent in rural areas and would also save health care costs.
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Burma urged to carry free and fair polling
Mar 26, 2010 Following the meeting of group of 15 nations, which urged for inclusive, participatory and transparent elections, UN Secretary General has asked the Burmese government to create conditions for credible elections. The new election laws ban political prisoners such as Suu Kyi from taking part in the poll.
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Life far away from normal in northwestern Pakistan
Mar 26, 2010 Thousands of people who had fled northwestern Pakistan near the Afghan border, in August 2008 have returned to their broken homes and empty schools. However in Jalozai Camp, International Committee of the Red Cross and UNICEF are trying to provide schooling to children.
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UNHCR helps self-reliant Rohingyas' resettle
Mar 29, 2010 The 19-year old Khaleda Begum and her entire family have been approved for resettlement in Australia by UN Refugee Agency because of her family’s progressive attitude and behavior such as emphasis on education and late marriage. Rohingyas’ are aware that becoming more self-reliant will ultimately enhance their future prospects.
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New project to tackle food crisis in Nepal
Mar 31, 2010 The country director of UN’s World Food Programme, Nepal, in an interview has highlighted issues such as drought, dependence on rainfall and increase in population as main reasons for food crisis in the country. The “Food for Work” programme is based on the needs of the community, he said.
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Rebuilding houses priority for Lankan refugees
Apr 01, 2010 As conflict-displaced return to their homes in Sri Lanka, rebuilding houses takes centre stage. UN appeals for funds confirming that 160,000 houses need to be rebuilt or repaired for refugees to begin normal lives.
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Bhutan caught in a scrabble of climate change
Apr 14, 2010 The only country among 194 UN members that has declared itself ‘climate negative’, Bhutan soaks up more greenhouse gases than it emits. While other countries are still struggling to become carbon neutral but are far from the goal, Bhutan leads with its ambitious projects to reduce the use of fossil fuels.
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India's anti-torture law to align with UN Convention
Apr 14, 2010 The bill ratifying the United Nations convention against torture gets approved in the wake of Dantewada massacre of security forces. While the move earned praise for its political courage, uncertainty is raised on whether the shallow reforms can curb growing prevalence of torture in the country.
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UNFPA-Laadli media awards for Charkha gender features
Apr 20, 2010 Charkha Development Communication Network, an NGO which for the last 15 years has been connecting issues of the rural marginalised communities to the media has been selected for Special Award : Best Feature Service (Gender Issues) under the UNFPA-Laadli Media Awards for Gender Sensitivity 2009-10 (Northern & Eastern Region).
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Maldives competes for UNHRC membership
Apr 26, 2010 Maldives has secured the seat of UN Human Rights Council membership among the 13 seats allocated for Asian countries. Minister of Foreign Affairs noted that once the country secures its membership in July, voices of small nations, especially the climate impacts faced by small island nations will get due representation.
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Bangladesh to ratify UN treaty on migrant rights
Apr 28, 2010 Bangladesh's Foreign Ministry has announced to ratify the UN treaty on the protection of migrants enhancing the country's image, as not only a major migrant exporting nation but a caring nation as well. Although activists find the move critical, administrators feel this may help to assert migrants workers rights.
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Birthing centres improve women's lives in rural Nepal
May 28, 2010 The UNICEF supported maternal health programme, in Humla, has led to the establishment of birthing centres and training of several skilled birth attendants and community mobilisers. The initiative has helped to create awareness on critical maternal and newborn health issues and made life better for pregnant women and new mothers.
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Nepal, UN take 'historic step' to free Maoist child soldiers
Dec 17, 2009 A new action plan was signed yesterday at Kathmandu by the UN and the Nepal government to hasten the release and rehabilitation of thousands of child soldiers who had been part of the country’s civil war and now remain in camps. The move aims to strengthen Nepal’s peace process that is currently in impasse.
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UN comes to the rescue of children in Maldives
Dec 31, 2009 Child neglect and abuse have for long plagued the traditional society of the Maldives. But now the UN-backed social service programmes are dealing with the issue.
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