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11.03.2016 - This week's #PhotoFriday highlights some of the most important UN news stories from around the world.

A Sahrawi refugee at the Smara Refugee Camp

A Sahrawi refugee at the Smara Refugee Camp outside of Tindouf, Algeria. Photo: UN Photo/Evan Schneider

During his visit to Algeria on 06 March 2016, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon visited the Smara Refugee Camp in an effort to raise awareness of the dire humanitarian situation Sahrawi refugees are facing and to encourage parties to the Western Sahara conflict to find a lasting and mutually acceptable resolution to the now forty-year-long discord.

Women Working in senegal

Women work at a fish processing project supported by UN Women in Joal Fadiouth, Senegal. Photo: UN Women/Bruno Demeocq

On 07 March 2016 the United Nations International Labour Organization (ILO) launched a new report "Women at Work: Trends 2016".  The report examined data for up to 178 countries and concludes that inequality between women and men persists across a wide spectrum of the global labour market. What’s more, the report shows that over the last two decades, significant progress made by women in education has not translated into comparable improvements in their position at work.

Ban Ki moon receives German Media award

The Secretary-General speaking during the award ceremony in Baden-Baden, Germany. Photo: UN Photo

07 March 2016, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon received the German Media Award in Baden-Baden, Germany.  The award is intended to highlight the work of the United Nations on its full range of global issues.  Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said “It is an honour to receive the German Media Prize.  On behalf of the United Nations and its staff, I thank you for this recognition.”

International Womens Day in South Sudan

International Women's Day celebration at the Nyakuron Cultural Centre in Juba, South Sudan. Photo: UN Photo

8 March 2016 International Women’s Day was marked under the theme “Planet 50-50 by 2030: Step It Up for Gender Equality”.  UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka asserts that “the participation of women at all levels and the strengthening of the women’s movement has never been so critical, working together with boys and men, to empower nations, build stronger economies and healthier societies. It is the key to making Agenda 2030 transformational and inclusive.”

Fukushima city from train window

View of Fukushima City from a train window.  Photo: J Pellgen 

11 March 2016 marks the fifth anniversary of the Fukushima nuclear accident.  On 11 March 2011, a 15-metre tsunami disabled the power supply and cooling system of the Fukushima Daiichi reactors, causing a nuclear accident. Almost 19,000 people were killed, and a further 160,000 were evacuated after the plant’s core leaked radiation into the sea and surrounding area.  In May 2013, experts from the United Nations International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) headed to Japan to launch an emergency preparedness and response centre in Fukushima.

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