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UN nuclear agency to send team of experts to Japan to help in reactor crisis

Nuclear power plant in Fukushima, Japan, experienced system failure after the massive quake and tsunami15 March 2011 – The United Nations agency that coordinates global nuclear safety is sending an environmental monitoring team to Japan after the partial meltdown at reactors there, as its chief said today the situation differed from the world’s worst nuclear accident at Chernobyl 25 years ago.

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Countries must aim for more coordinated action to reduce disaster risk – UN report

The earthquake in Haiti on 12 January 2010 topped the list of disasters for last year10 March 2011 – The United Nations office assisting countries with disaster risk reduction is calling for more coordinated and coherent action across different sectors of government to reduce setbacks caused by hazards such as droughts, earthquakes and hurricanes.

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Slavery in the 21st Century - Hollywood Actress, UN Launch Fund for Human Trafficking Victims

UNODC Goodwill Ambassador Mira Sorvino at the launch of the Small Grants Facility for victims of human trafficking LONDON/VIENNA, 8 March (UN Information Service) - A global industry worth approximately US$ 32 billion. Millions of goods moved all the time. Is this one of today's great corporate success stories? Hardly - this is the illicit world of human trafficking, a major network which sees around 2.4 million women, children and men trapped in slave-like conditions. Through sexual exploitation, forced labour, domestic servitude, and child begging, people the world over are held against their will.

On 8 March - International Women's Day - the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) announced a new Small Grants Facility for victims of human trafficking - a symbolic move given that two-thirds of trafficking victims are women and children.

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On 100th International Women’s Day, UN warns that discrimination still endures

UN Women Executive Director Michelle Bachelet8 March 2011 – One hundred years after more than a million women poured out onto the streets around the world on the first International Women’s Day, the United Nations used the anniversary today to warn that despite the gains made much remains to be done to eliminate gender discrimination.

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General Assembly suspends Libya from rights body; Ban says regional change must come ‘from within’

UN Headquarters1 March 2011 – The General Assembly today suspended Libya from the United Nations Human Rights Council for “gross and systematic” human rights violations because of President Muammar Al-Qadhafi’s violent repression of peaceful protesters demanding his ouster.

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