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Forests expand in Europe and North America, but still vulnerable to climate change – UN

forest21 March 2011 – Forested areas in Europe, North America, the Caucasus and Central Asia have been increasing steadily, growing by 25 million hectares over the past two decades, the United Nations said today, citing diseases, insects and storms aggravated by climatic factors as the major threats to the ongoing health of woodlands.

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Message of the UN Secretary-General on World Water Day, 22 March

World Water Day 2011 posterAs the world charts a more sustainable future, the crucial interplay among water, food and energy is one of the most formidable challenges we face.  Without water there is no dignity and no escape from poverty.  Yet the Millennium Development Goal target for water and sanitation is among those on which many countries lag the most.

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Ban confers with Spanish leaders on North Africa and other global issues

Ban and Zapatero18 March 2011 – The latest developments in the Middle East and North Africa topped the agenda during meetings between Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and Spanish leaders when the United Nations chief visited the European country today.

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Security Council authorizes ‘all necessary measures’ to protect civilians in Libya

A group of people heading towards the Libyan border with Tunisia17 March 2011 – The Security Council today effectively authorized the use of force in Libya to protect civilians from attack, specifically in the eastern city of Benghazi, which Colonel Muammar Al-Qadhafi has reportedly said he will storm tonight to end a revolt against his regime.

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Japanese nuclear reactor crisis ‘very serious,’ says UN atomic chief on eve of visit

The Fukushima nuclear power plant ablaze after the massive quake and tsunami hit Japan on 11 March 201116 March 2011 – Repeatedly calling the nuclear reactor crisis in Japan “very serious,” the head of the United Nations agency that coordinates global nuclear safety announced today that he will make a flying visit to the country to see what further help he can offer.

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