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Rural areas in Sierra Leone excluded from economy

The African Economic Outlook (AEO) 2015 and Sierra Leone Country Note launched in Sierra Leone last Friday shows that Sierra Leone’s rural areas are seriously excluded from the national economy with a particularly high prevalence of poverty in mineral rich…

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World Bank Report: World population shifts

As migrants and refugees from Africa and the Middle East continue to arrive in Europe in unprecedented numbers, a new World Bank/IMF report says that large-scale migration from poor countries to richer regions of the world will be a permanent…

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World Day against the death penalty

Today, 10 October, the world commemorates the World Day against the Death Penalty. This day was introduced in 2003 by the Worldwide Coalition against the death penalty, a group of nations and organizations including Canada, France, Italy, Mexico, Belgium, the…

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World Health Organisation statement on Ebola

The 7th meeting of the Emergency Committee convened by the WHO Director-General under the International Health Regulations (IHR) (2005) regarding the Ebola virus disease (EVD) outbreak in West Africa took place by teleconference on Thursday, 1 October 2015, and by…

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A health worker checks the temperature of a woman entering Mali from Guinea at the border in Kouremale, October 2, 2014. (Joe Penney / Courtesy Reuters)

UN Health Agency: no new cases of ebola

There were no new cases of Ebola reported in West Africa in the week ending last Sunday, making it the first week since March 2014 with zero cases recorded in the three countries most affected by the outbreak, according to…

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UN report on global youth unemployment

Global youth unemployment rates have stabilized somewhat but remain well above pre-financial crisis levels, according to a new report released by the International Labour Organization (ILO) today. The rate has stabilized at 13 per cent following a period of rapid…

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UK welcomes draft law for abolition of death penalty in Uganda

On 7 October, British High Commissioner, Alison Blackburne, delivered opening remarks at a parliamentary roundtable on the Abolition of the Death Penalty. The event was organised by Parliamentarians for Global Action, with support from the FCO’s Human Rights and Democracy…

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UN welcomes efforts to combat torture in Ghana

United Nations Special Rapporteur Juan E. Méndezon 7th October urged the Government of Ghana to step up its effort to implement the recommendations issued after his first mission* to the country in November 2013. Mr. Méndez is the independent expert tasked…

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UN hails Somalia’s ratification of the Convention on the Rights of the Child

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon led a chorus of United Nations officials in hailing Somalia’s ratification of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, and in renewing the call for the last remaining country that has yet to join the treaty…

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Libya peace plan : UN urges parties to act

Stressing that 18 months of violence has only led Libya down a path of death, displacement and destruction, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged all parties to put aside their differences and act on the draft peace plan they have…

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