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Drought Threatens Maize Production, Food Security In Southern Africa, WFP Warns

Reuters: Drought-hit Southern Africa at risk of food shortage — WFP “Southern Africa faces possible food shortages over the next few months due to a severe drought in the ‘maize belt’ of South Africa, where a lack of rain had caused crop failure rates of over 50 percent, the World…

WHO’s ‘World Health Statistics’ Reports On Health-Related MDG Progress

WHO: World Health Statistics reports on global health goals for 194 countries “2015 is the final year for the United Nations Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) — goals set by governments in 2000 to guide global efforts to end poverty. This year’s ‘World Health Statistics’ — published [Wednesday] by WHO –…

U.N. Labor Agency Calls For More ‘Social Protection’ For Women Worldwide

U.N. News Centre: Mothers and children need more — not less — social protection, says U.N. labor agency “Calling for greater ‘social protection’ for women as the United Nations draws up a new development agenda, the International Labour Organization (ILO) has cited alarming statics, including that some 800 women die…

U.N. Rights Group Deplores Paraguayan Authorities’ Decision To Deny Abortion To 10-Year-Old Rape Victim

Associated Press: U.N. rights experts knock Paraguay over pregnant 10-year-old “Paraguay’s government has failed to protect a 10-year-old rape victim who is being denied an abortion, United Nations human rights experts said on Monday…” (Servin, 5/11). U.N. News Centre: Paraguay: U.N. experts deplore government’s failure to protect 10-yr-old rape survivor…

Yemen Humanitarian Pause Allows WFP Aid Operations To Resume, U.N. Relief Coordinator Says

U.N. News Centre: Yemen humanitarian pause ‘a lifeline’ for civilians trapped by fighting — top U.N. relief official “The top United Nations relief official [Monday] welcomed the announcement of a humanitarian pause in Yemen, set to start [Tuesday], as aid operations resume in the embattled country following the arrival of…

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