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African Presidents Discuss Potential “Demographic Dividend” in the Sahel

Presidents from three Sahelian nations met Monday at the United Nations to discuss what may prove to be the only upbeat topic of the week at the General Assembly.

Sexual & Reproductive Rights are Human Rights, Says UNFPA Head

Addressing a special session of the U.N. General Assembly on the 20th anniversary of the 1994 International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD), the Executive Director o f the U.N.Population Fund (UNFPA) Dr Babatunde Osotimehin said over the past 20 years,” we have seen the rise of hundreds of millions out of poverty, gender parity in primary education, fewer women dying giving life and more women in the workforce.”

Religious Leaders Call for U.N. Action on Sexual & Reproductive Health

On the eve of a major U.N. special session on population and development, a delegation of religious leaders released a statement calling for action on sexual and reproductive health and reproductive rights.

New U.N. Mission to Fight Spreading Ebola Virus

The current Ebola virus outbreak in West Africa is the largest the world has ever seen, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told the Security Council Thursday.

Child Mortality Rates Falling Faster Than Ever

Child mortality rates, particularly those under five, have dropped by 49 per cent between 1990 and 2013.

UNIDO celebrates International Day for the Preservation of Ozone Layer

The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), along with implementing agencies of the Montreal Protocol, commemorated International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer.

Paucity of Funds to Fight Ebola Virus

(GIN) – Between $100- and $180 million have been committed to the fight against the Ebola virus in West Africa – an amount considered way too little and reaching the needy way too slowly.

Migrant Boat Rammed & 500 Refugees Feared Dead

(GIN) – About 500 refugees are feared dead after their vessel was rammed by traffickers in icy Mediterranean waters, according to two Palestinians who survived the ordeal.

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Middle East Claims 40 percent of Journalists Killed in 2013

The strife-torn Middle East has accounted for around 40 percent of all journalists killed last year, according to the New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ).

Oil Buyers Flee Nigeria Leaving Toxic Spill

Angola’s crude oil is proving sweet to U.S. buyers who are snapping it up as fast as they are dropping purchases from Nigeria, according to data released by the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA).

Greenpeace Takes Aim at South Africa’s Power Utility

Environmental activists at Greenpeace Africa have launched a global campaign to block efforts by Eskom, South Africa’s public power utility, to release more polluting coal dust in the air. The dust has been linked to an uptick in premature deaths now estimated at 2,700 every year.

U.N. to Commemorate 15th Anniversary of Culture of Peace

The President of the General Assembly John Ashe will convene a one-day high-level forum (HLF) on Culture of Peace marking the 15th anniversary of the consensus adoption of the “Declaration and Programme of Action on Culture of Peace.”

Medical Centre to be Named for Physician Who Treated Ebola Victims

The family of Sheik Humarr Khan has set up a foundation in his name to help pay for the education of future medical workers and provide support to the families of doctors and nurses who lose their lives in the field, The Lancet, a medical magazine reported in a recent issue.

Islamists Gain Ground in Nigeria’s Embattled Northeast

Following fierce fighting with government forces, the insurgent Boko Haram captured new ground in Borno state – sending thousands of civilians into exile, along with soldiers, residents said.

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