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  1. Afghanistan: Security Council resolution calls for ‘equal and meaningful participation of women’

    - UN News

    The Security Council unanimously adopted a resolution renewing the mandate of the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) on Friday, specifying the importance of “equal and meaningful participation” of women in public life. 

  2. Paris climate deal could go up in smoke without action: Guterres

    - UN News

    Unless wealthy nations commit to tackling emissions now, the world is on a “catastrophic pathway” to 2.7-degrees of heating by the end of the century, UN Secretary General António Guterres warned on Friday.

  3. Counting on youth, for an ‘equitable and sustainable world for all’

    - UN News

    At a virtual event on Friday commemorating the International Day of Peace, the UN chief saluted the “voices, vision and commitment of young people in shaping a more peaceful world”.

  4. WHO asks for commitments on maternal and newborn health

    - UN News

    Every day, approximately 800 women and 6,700 babies lose their lives around the time of childbirth. In addition, nearly 5,400 babies are stillborn daily, with 40% of these deaths occurring in relation to labour and childbirth. 

  5. Right to Food: Can Millets Improve Nutrition Outcomes in Chattisgarh, India?

    - Inter Press Service

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    Sep 17 (IPS) - Chhattisgarh was one of the first few states in the country to universalise the public distribution system (PDS) and provide ‘Right to Food’ to its people. In order to ensure access to quality foodgrains for its vulnerable population, the state introduced the Food Security Act in 2012. The state has been providing support—35 kg of rice at INR 1 and INR 2 per kg; 1 kg of iodised salt and 1 kg refined oil at no cost; 2 kg of grams at INR 5 per kg—to each eligible family (as defined in the act).

  6. Lebanon crisis: More international assistance needed urgently - WHO chief

    - UN News

    Lebanon’s enduring economic crisis risks reversing decades of gains in people’s wellbeing, the head of the UN World Health Organization (WHO) said on Friday.    

  7. Refugees face dire consequences from COVID-19 underfunding, UNHCR warns

    - UN News

    Underfunding has left a “yawning gap” in the UN Refugee Agency’s ability to protect forcibly displaced people worldwide from the fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic, the UNHCR said on Friday. 

  8. Venezuela’s Glimmer of Hope

    - Inter Press Service

    MEXICO CITY, Sep 17 (IPS) - This is the third serious attempt to inject some momentum in the negotiations between the Venezuelan government and opposition. Negotiations have been taking place in Mexico since last Friday, with Norway acting as mediator.

  9. Barilla Foundation Report Highlights Need for Food Companies to Align with Sustainable Development Goals

    - Inter Press Service

    Sep 16 (IPS) - In the backdrop of rising hunger, half of the world’s population living on unhealthy diets, a third of agricultural produce lost to postharvest events, and waste, poverty in farming communities, a pandemic that laid bare the vulnerability of food systems to external shocks and unsustainable food production, the Barilla Foundation for Food and Nutrition has published a report which introduces guidelines for the private sector to fulfil its role in transforming global food systems.

  10. Bachelet calls for major re-think over impact of sanctions on human rights

    - UN News

    Unilateral and coercive sanctions imposed by governments can create severe and undue suffering for innocent people who bear no responsibility for alleged misconduct, the UN rights chief warned the Human Rights Council on Thursday.

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