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Monthly Archives: October 2017

WTO Agriculture Negotiations First Phase Concluded in 2001

New Delhi (ABC Live): WTO Agriculture Negotiations :WTO Agriculture Negotiations : WTO agriculture negotiators wrapped up the first phase of the negotiations on 27 March 2001, and swiftly agreed on a work programme for the second phase. An unprecedented number of governments participated actively in the first phase. Altogether 125 WTO members (counting the EU as 16) out of a …

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ADB Doubles Its Climate Financing by 2020

New Delhi  (ABC Live); Climate Financing : The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has announced that it will more than double the level of climate financing it will mobilize for its Pacific developing member countries to over $500 million between 2017 and 2020. The announcement was made during a ministerial meeting in Fiji to prepare the United Nations Climate Change Conference …

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World Food Day 2017 Reminds Aim for Zero Hunger 2030

New York (ABC Live);  World Food Day 2017  : Yesterday is World Food Day – an opportunity to celebrate the progress made towards achieving Zero Hunger by 2030 (one of the UN’s key Sustainable Development Goals), to galvanize action for those who suffer from food insecurity and hunger, and to reflect on the new challenges arising from climate change. The …

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UNGA Elects 15 Members for Human Rights Council

New York (ABC Live); Human Rights Council : The General Assembly today elected, by secret ballot, 15 States to serve on the Human Rights Council, the highest intergovernmental body in the United Nations system for matters relating to protection and promotion of human rights worldwide. Newly elected to the Geneva-based Human Rights Council are Afghanistan, Angola, Australia, Chile, the Democratic Republic …

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UN Supports Pledging Conference Rohingya Refugees

New York (ABC Live): Pledging Conference Rohingya Refugees :Senior United Nations officials are urging the international community to come together in support of a 23 October pledging conference to “send a strong message to Rohingya refugees and their generous hosts in Bangladesh that the world is there for them in their greatest time of need.” Since late August, hundreds of …

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Mike Moore on Agricultural Outlook Forum 2001

Washington (ABC Live):Agricultural Outlook Forum 2001 ;  Madam Secretary, Ladies and Gentlemen First of all let me thank Secretary Veneman, and her predecessor, Dan Glickman, for inviting me to be here with you today for this important discussion. It is all the more important in view of the high priority the new Administration has placed on agriculture in its trade policy …

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Sophia Father Hanson Discuss Artificial Intelligence Future

New York  (ABC Live): Sophia Father Hanson : At 18 months-old, Sophia cannot walk, but she can understand speech and, at United Nations Headquarters in New York, participate in panel discussion and respond to questions using her artificial intelligence (AI). Sophia is a robot. A ‘social’ robot, according to her creator, the CEO of Hanson Robotics, David Hanson,Sophia Father Hanson …

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WHO Admits Zoonotic TB Patients Left Behind

Mexico (ABC Live): Zoonotic TB : Stressing the damaging impact on poor rural communities in Africa and South-East Asia of animal tuberculosis’ (bovine TB) transmission to humans, United Nations health experts launched the first-ever roadmap to combat the so-called zoonotic TB. “We have made progress towards ending tuberculosis, yet to a large extent people with zoonotic TB are left behind,” …

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IAEA Study Confirms Brachytherapy Effective for Cervical Cancer

Vienna (ABC Live): Brachytherapy :  A five-year long clinical trial conducted in seven low and middle-income countries has confirmed the safety and effectiveness of combining high doses of internal radiation therapy (Brachytherapy) with pelvic external beam radiation therapy in treating cervical cancer. The IAEA’s study’s findings were presented at the plenary session of the 59th Annual Meeting of the American …

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Youth Obesity Emerges as Global Health Crisis

New Delhi (ABC Live):Youth Obesity :The number of obese children and adolescents aged five to 19 years worldwide has risen tenfold in the past four decades, and if current trends continue, there will be more obese children and adolescents than those moderately or severely underweight by 2022, a United Nations-backed study shows. “These data highlight, remind and reinforce that overweight …

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