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Around the world this week

27.11.2015 - This week's #PhotoFriday highlights some of the important UN news around the world:

Kenya: Pope Francis Calls for Strong Climate Agreement during Visit to UN Environment Programme Headquarters

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His Holiness Pope Francis today called on world leaders to seal a strong agreement at the Paris climate change meeting next month, adding that transforming current development models was a “political and economic obligation”, as he visited the global headquarters of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) in Nairobi. Pope Francis placed particular emphasis on the need to adopt low-carbon energy systems and end the “throw-away culture” that contributes to greenhouse gas emissions. Read more.

 Switzerland: UNESCO launches photography competition

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The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has launched a photography competition to showcase the power of sport and its values: fairness, equity, respect and inclusion. The organization that has recently adopted the revised International Charter for Physical Education, Physical Activity and Sport, calls for professional and amateur photographers to share their images illustrating the impact of sport's values on the lives of young people in their communities. Read more.

 Zambia: Child brides in Africa could more than double to 310 million by 2050

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Nearly half of the world's child brides in 2050 will be African, if current trends persist, due to the continent's rapid population growth and lagging social reforms, the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) has warned, calling for sharper focus on reaching the poorest and most marginalized girls with quality education and a host of other protective services. Read more.

 FAO: Surge in climate change-related disasters poses growing threat to food security


Droughts, floods, storms and other disasters triggered by climate change have risen in frequency and severity over the last three decades, increasing the damage caused to the agricultural sectors of many developing countries and putting them at risk of growing food insecurity, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) warned today in a new report. Read more.

 Ukraine: UN humanitarian agencies step up aid deliveries as bitter winter takes hold


United Nations agencies are stepping up aid deliveries to non-Government-controlled areas of eastern Ukraine where more than 100,000 people, cut off from assistance for months, are now facing added hardship with the approach of the bitter east European winter. Read more.

 Yemen: Taiz under virtual siege, 200,000 need water, food

The situation in the central Yemeni city of Taiz has worsened amid intensified fighting since September, with 200,000 civilians living under virtual siege, in dire need drinking water, food, medical treatment, and other life-saving aid, the top United Nations relief official said today. Read more.


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Stefano Corso

DFID - UK Department for International Development

Elena Penkova

Rod Waddington

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