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UNESCO ‘eDNA’ initiative to ‘unlock' knowledge for biodiversity protection   (Mo, 18 Okt 2021)
To understand the richness of biodiversity across World Heritage marine sites, the UN scientific organization launched on Monday a project to protect and preserve biodiversity, based on the study of environmental DNA - cellular material released from living things into their surroundings. 
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UNHCR chief urges better support for 13 million 'exhausted' and displaced Syrians (Mon, 18 Oct 2021)
UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Filippo Grandi, has urged greater international support for the more than 13 million Syrians who’ve been displaced in the past 10 years. 
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Football star Didier Drogba signs with WHO, as new Goodwill Ambassador   (Mon, 18 Oct 2021)
Football legend Didier Drogba on Monday was named the World Health Organization’s (WHO) new Goodwill Ambassador for Sport and Health. 
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Taliban backs WHO polio vaccination campaign across Afghanistan next month (Mon, 18 Oct 2021)
The decision by the Taliban leadership to support the resumption of house-to-house polio vaccination across Afghanistan has been welcomed by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF). 
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Process to draft Syria constitution begins this week (Sun, 17 Oct 2021)
The process of drafting a new constitution for Syria will begin this week, the UN Special Envoy for the country, Geir Pedersen, said on Sunday at a press conference in Geneva.
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Food Heroes: Cameroon’s shrimp entrepreneur (Sun, 17 Oct 2021)
Anastasie Obama, a Cameroonian woman who set up her own smoked shrimp business, has been recognized by the UN’s Food and Agriculture Agency (FAO) as a Food Hero, for her contribution towards unlocking the potential of selling shellfish locally and abroad.
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Ceasefire in Central African Republic a ‘critical step’: UN chief (Sat, 16 Oct 2021)
UN Secretary-General António Guterres has welcomed the declaration of a unilateral ceasefire in the Central African Republic (CAR), his spokesperson said in a statement issued on Saturday.
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Food Heroes: Ethiopian avocado farmer’s ‘transformational’ crop (Sat, 16 Oct 2021)
An Ethiopian farmer has been talking about how avocados have transformed the lives of not just his family but also of people living in his community.
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From the Field: Eating our way to a healthier planet (Sat, 16 Oct 2021)
The UN Food Systems Summit demonstrated the huge imbalances in the way we grow, produce, and consume food. But, as the UN Development Programme (UNDP) shows, we can farm and eat in a sustainable way that is good for us, and the planet.
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UN condemns 'despicable' suicide attack at mosque in southern Afghanistan (Fri, 15 Oct 2021)
The United Nations has condemned the deadly suicide bombing during Friday prayers at the largest Shia mosque in the city of Kandahar, in southern Afghanistan, which killed at least 30 people and wounded dozens more. 
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Nobel laureate Dmitry Muratov won’t keep ‘a single cent’ of his prize money  (Fri, 15 Oct 2021)
Dmitry Muratov, editor-in-chief of Russia's Novaya Gazeta newspaper, has been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize this year. He shares the prestigious award with Maria Ressa, another campaigning journalist from the Philippines. 
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Displaced in northeast Nigeria ‘knocking on door of starvation’: WFP (Fri, 15 Oct 2021)
Displaced families in Nigeria’s northeast are “knocking on the door of starvation”, the UN World Food Programme (WFP) said on Friday.
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Rising poverty a ‘moral indictment of our times’: Guterres  (Fri, 15 Oct 2021)
For the first time in two decades, extreme poverty is on the rise, the UN chief said in his message released on Friday, marking the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, on 17 October.   
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Afghanistan: Reuniting families on the run should be priority, urges UNHCR (Fri, 15 Oct 2021)
The UN refugee agency, UNHCR, on Friday urged countries to step up reunification for Afghans whose families remain in the country or who are displaced across the region, as the humanitarian crisis in their homeland worsens. 
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International Day honours rural women’s critical role in feeding the world (Fri, 15 Oct 2021)
Although rural women and girls have an essential role in food systems, they still do not have equal power with men, therefore earn less, and experience higher levels of food insecurity, according to UN Women, the agency supporting countries to reach gender equality. 
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Portuguese beaches lead the way during UN, EU clean-up campaign  (Fri, 15 Oct 2021)
In recent months, some 260 different clean-up operations have been undertaken across, aimed at protecting life under the sea, with the UN and European Union’s #EUBeachCleanUp campaign, managing to remove some 50 tons of trash from some of the EU’s finest shorelines.
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Recent Kosovo-Serbia tensions could ‘unravel steady but fragile progress’  (Fri, 15 Oct 2021)
Tensions over vehicle licence plates and anti-smuggling operations, between authorities in Kosovo and Serbia, in recent weeks, may contribute to unravelling “steady but fragile progress made in rebuilding trust among communities” in Kosovo and Serbia.  
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The right to a clean and healthy environment: 6 things you need to know (Fri, 15 Oct 2021)
On 8 October, loud and unusual applause reverberated around the chamber of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva. A battle fought for decades by environmental activists and rights’ defenders, had finally borne fruit.
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Myanmar: In race against time, experts collect evidence of rights violations  (Fri, 15 Oct 2021)
For more than two years, a UN-appointed team of 59 people has been collecting and analyzing more than two million pieces of evidence about possible human rights violations in Myanmar.  
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Food Hero: Cameroon’s shrimp entrepreneur (Fri, 15 Oct 2021)
A Cameroonian woman who set up her own smoked shrimp business, has been recognized by the UN’s Food and Agriculture Agency (FAO) for her contribution towards unlocking the potential of selling shellfish locally and abroad.
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From the Field: Lao farmers serve up fish with rice (Fri, 15 Oct 2021)
Farmers in Laos are rediscovering ancient practices by cultivating rice and fish in the same field after more modern farming methods are failing to provide them with a liveable income.
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UN chief urges lifesaving transformation of food systems (Fri, 15 Oct 2021)
World Food Day is not only a reminder of the importance of what we eat to everyone on the planet, but also “a call to action to achieve food security around the world”, the UN chief said in his message marking the day on Friday.
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Colombians cling tenaciously to peace gains, Security Council hears  (Thu, 14 Oct 2021)
Five years after an historic Peace Agreement was reached in Colombia, the process continues to show the benefits of ending the conflict through negotiation and keeping victims at the heart of the discussion moving forward.  
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UN calls for end to violence in Lebanon following deadly Beirut clashes (Thu, 14 Oct 2021)
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Thursday called for an immediate end to violence in Lebanon following deadly sectarian violence in the capital, Beirut, surrounding the on-going investigation into the August 2020 blasts in the port area. 
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Yemen: Dialogue and compromise ‘only way forward’ (Thu, 14 Oct 2021)
A comprehensive negotiated political settlement is needed to end the violence in Yemen “once and for all”, UN Special Envoy Hans Grundberg told the Security Council on Thursday.    
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Sustainable transport key to green energy shift: UN Secretary-General (Thu, 14 Oct 2021)
With global transport at a crossroads, government leaders, industry experts, and civil society groups are meeting in Beijing, China, for a UN conference to chart the way forward to a more sustainable future for the sector, and greater climate action overall. 
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Step up, urges WHO as figures reveal 1 in 4 adults don’t exercise enough  (Thu, 14 Oct 2021)
Up to five million premature deaths a year could be prevented if the global population was more active, but many people live in areas with little or no access to spaces where they can safely walk, run, cycle or engage in other physical activities. 
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COVID-19 caused rise in TB deaths for first time in a decade, gains ‘reversed’  (Thu, 14 Oct 2021)
Deaths from tuberculosis – one of the top infectious killers in the world - have increased for the first time in a decade, as a direct result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Thursday. 
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Mali maestro’s message of peace to Sahel region’s youngsters drawn to extremism (Thu, 14 Oct 2021)
An ambitious project to raise awareness about rising insecurity and mass displacement in the Sahel has resulted in an original musical score from Mali songwriter Vieux Farka Touré. 
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WHO establishes new scientific group to study COVID origins, prevent future pandemics (Wed, 13 Oct 2021)
The World Health Organization (WHO) on Wednesday launched an expert group that will examine the origins of new pathogens, including SARS-CoV-2, the coronavirus that causes COVID-19. 
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