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GLOBAL: Refugees in the spotlight
21 June 2009 (IRIN ), At the end of 2008, more than 42 million people around the world had been forced to flee their homes, the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) said on 20 June to mark World Refugee Day.
GLOBAL: Chronic diseases reach “epidemic” proportions - WHO
19 June 2009 (IRIN ), Chronic diseases—especially cancer, diabetes, and chronic respiratory and heart diseases – kill twice as many people worldwide every year than do infectious diseases HIV, malaria and tuberculosis, combined. But despite their stealth ascent to epidemic proportions – mostly in poor countries, according to World Health Organization (WHO) – chronic diseases receive scant donor and government attention.
GLOBAL: New threats to children in conflict need new responses, UN says
18 June 2009 (IRIN ), The changing nature of conflict, including the use of children in terrorist activity, poses new threats to children and international actors must do more to respond, says a 16 June report by the Office of the UN Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict, Radhika Coomaraswamy.
GLOBAL: Promising new drug to treat TB
17 June 2009 (IRIN ), For the first time in nearly half a century, the world may be on the verge of adding a new drug to its arsenal against tuberculosis (TB) – one that would not only drastically improve the treatment of TB and its multidrug-resistant strains, but also shorten it.
GLOBAL: Economic crisis no excuse to cut funds - UN
17 June 2009 (IRIN ), International donors must continue meeting their commitments to HIV/AIDS, even in the face of the economic downturn, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has urged.
GLOBAL: Access to food a growing problem
17 June 2009 (IRIN ), There will be plenty of food available, but getting hold of it will become a long-term problem as the unfolding economic downturn hammers the incomes of the poorest, says one of the authors of a 10-year global agricultural forecast.
AFRICA: What will we eat in the future?
17 June 2009 (IRIN ), It will take at least ten years to develop a variety of staple grain that will survive in the climates caused by global warming in most parts of Africa, and the continent has less than two decades in which to do it, warn the authors of a new study.
AFRICA: 28 days to save a life
16 June 2009 (IRIN ), More than 1,500 babies born on any given day in sub-Saharan Africa will die within 24 hours, according to a recent report by UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the non-profit Save the Children, which measured African government’s progress on improving child health.
AFRICA: Children speak up for right to survive
16 June 2009 (IRIN ), Thousands of children are participating in activities across Africa advocating for governments to boost child survival in commemoration of the Day of the African Child. Celebrated on 16 June, this is the same day hundreds of black school children were killed in Soweto, South Africa in 1976 protests for better education.
GLOBAL: Investment key to disaster preparedness
16 June 2009 (IRIN ), Natural disasters may be unavoidable, but human vulnerability to those disasters is not. "What kills, and what destroys, is the vulnerability of the population," said Margareta Wahlström, UN Assistant Secretary-General and Special Representative for Disaster Risk Reduction.

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