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Information technology skills will boost women’s participation in crucial sector – U

three girs28 April 2011 – Greater efforts to support girls and young women to acquire skills in information and communications technologies (ICTs) could help address projected shortages of manpower in those professions, the United Nations telecommunications agency said today, marking the first “Girls in ICT Day.”

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Non-communicable diseases leading cause of deaths worldwide, says UN report

Tobacco use is the single largest preventable cause of cancer in the world27 April 2011 – Health experts from around the world have convened in Moscow to tackle non-communicable diseases, which are the leading killer today and on the rise, according to a new report issued by the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO).

According to the first WHO Global Status Report on Non-communicable Diseases, 36.1 million people died in 2008 from conditions such as heart disease, strokes, chronic lung diseases, cancers and diabetes. Nearly 80 per cent of these deaths occurred in low- and middle-income countries.

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At Chernobyl disaster site, Ban stresses need for ‘new chapter’ for affected region

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (left) visits Chernobyl and pays tribute to those who lost their lives during the nuclear disaster20 April 2011 – Making the first visit by a United Nations Secretary-General to Chernobyl, the site of the April 1986 nuclear accident, Ban Ki-moon today paid tribute to the many victims of the disaster and called for a “new chapter” to begin in the areas still affected.

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“ILO decent work response to the situation in North Africa and the Horn of Africa”, briefing by Mr Jürgen Schwettmann, ILO Deputy Director for Africa, 19 April 2011, UNRIC-Brussels

BRUSSELS, 19 April 2011 - While images from protests in the Maghreb region go around the world, ILO-Brussels organized a briefing on “the ILO decent work response to the situation in North Africa and Arab States” on 19 April, to look at the reasons that brought these mostly young people on to the streets and to present ILO’s policy recommendations for the region. Mr Jürgen Schwettmann, ILO Deputy Regional Director for Africa, gave a presentation on Youth Employment and Social Dialogue in the Maghreb region. Additionally Mr Schwettmann presented the Regional Strategy for the Horn of Africa - developed by the African Union Commission, the ILO and the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD).

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Libya: UN food aid arriving via newly-opened humanitarian corridor

A convoy brings food supplies to areas of Libya that have not received aid since December19 April 2011 – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) said today it has started moving food aid through a new humanitarian corridor into western Libya to reach areas heavily affected by the fighting.

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