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U.N. holds first high-level meeting on the disabled

Source : AP / 27 Sep 2013 

World leaders are holding their first-ever U.N. meeting Monday to explore how the more than 1 billion disabled people in countries rich and poor can contribute to the global economy instead of being a drain on society.


World migrants rise above 230m mark: UN

Source : AFP / 12 Sep 2013

The number of migrants around the world rose above 230 million in 2013 with the United States, Western Europe and the Gulf oil states the biggest draws, the UN said Wednesday.

The number who have left their own country has risen from 154 million in 1990 to 232 million and the proportion of migrants in rich countries is growing, said a new UN report.


As millions go hungry, Asia battles food waste

By Alisa Tang / 31 Aug 2013

More than half a billion people in the Asia Pacific region suffer from hunger, yet an estimated 42 percent of fruit and vegetables and a fifth of the grains produced here are lost or wasted, U.N. food experts said as they kicked off a campaign to cut the region’s massive food waste and feed its growing population.

“The Save Food Asia-Pacific Campaign seeks to raise awareness about the high levels of food losses - particularly post-harvest losses - and the growing problem of food waste in the region,” Hiroyuki Konuma, the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) assistant director-general, said in an FAO statement.


Syrian crop risks threaten to worsen food shortages - UN

By Catherine Hornby / 6 July 2013

Four million Syrians, a fifth of the population, are unable to produce or buy enough food, and farmers are short of the seed and fertilisers they need to plant their next crop, the United Nations said on Friday.

The U.N. Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) and the World Food Programme (WFP) said Syria's domestic wheat production over the next 12 months is likely to be severely compromised and that it will need to import 1.5 million tonnes of wheat for the 2013/14 season.


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