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The industrial scale of organized wildlife crime is seriously impacting many of the world’s forests and wild animals, including iconic and less known species. The criminal networks involved are generating massive illicit profits at the expense of these fauna and flora and harming the people who depend on these.

Join us this #WorldWildlifeDay, 3 March, and together let’s encourage people across the globe to get #SeriousAboutWildlifeCrime. Visit http://www.wildlifeday.org to find out more about how you can show your support. ()
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The #UNRIC Library Newsletter for February 2015 is now available - New UN websites & publications.

http://www.unric.org/en/unric-library-newsletter/29653 http://ow.ly/JDqjq
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United Nations Special Rapporteur on contemporary forms of ‪#‎slavery‬, Urmila Bhoola, will carry out her first official visit to Belgium from 19 to 26 February 2015.

At the end of her eight-day visit to Brussels, Antwerp, Ghent and Namur, Ms. Bhoola will share her preliminary observations at a press conference on Thursday, 26 February 2015, at 12:00 noon, at the conference room of the United Nations Regional Information Centre- UNRIC.

Journalists can register here: http://www.unric.org/en/events/29648-contemporary-forms-of-slavery-un-human-rights-expert-to-visit-belgium
GENEVA / BRUSSELS (16 February 2015) – United Nations Special Rapporteur Urmila Bhoola will carry out her first official visit to Belgium from 19 to 26 February 2015. The human rights expert will gather information on the legislative, policy and institutional framework to tackle contemporary forms of slavery in the country, and ensuring protection of human rights of the victims.
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This #WorldWildlifeDay, 3 March, lend your social media voice to the fight against wildlife and forest crime. Help amplify the message that it’s time to get #SeriousAboutWildlifeCrime by joining the 2015 Thunderclap at http://thndr.it/1yQvCXP.

You can also check out http://www.wildlifeday.org to find out more about how you can get involved ahead of the day.
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Did you know that corruption can cost a country over 15% of its GDP? Learn more about corruption and its impact on sustainable development and get involved through our ‘It’s A Crime!’ campaign, which will focus on a different transnational organized crime every month. #Corruption

More information: http://www.un.org/en/events/crimecongress2015
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There is still a lot of work to be done in terms of understanding and combating sexual violence as a weapon of war. The stigmatisation surrounding sexual violence means that the victim, rather than the rapist continues to be socially penalised by the community.

#WilliamHague commented at the launch of the centre that sexual violence in conflict is “hardly talked about by foreign ministers or even considered a security issue.”

#LSE #AngelinaJolie

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11 February 2015 - A groundbreaking centre focused on women, peace and security officially opened this week at LSE by UN Special Envoy, Angelina Jolie. It will be a place where key thinkers, activists, policymakers and academics can gather together in order to better tackle intransigent global problems such as the prosecution of warzone rapists and women’s engagement in politics.
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Recognizing that most of the factors that influence child and adolescent health lie outside the health sector, #Finland is taking a successful Health in All Policies approach in its Health Care Act by directing cities, like Seinäjoki, to incorporate health into all of their decision-making areas.

#WHO

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Six years ago, almost 20 per cent of the five-year-olds in the city of Seinäjoki (Finland) was overweight or obese. Since then, the municipality’s health department has worked with the childcare, education, nutrition, recreation, and urban planning departments. As a result, the proportion of overweight or obese five-year-olds has been halved.
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Women in low or middle income countries are 21 per cent less likely than men to own a mobile phone. The need to bridge this gender gap is the key message of the 2015 edition of the Mobile Learning Week, a #UNESCO project in partnership with #UNWomen.

#MLW2015

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25 February 2015 – Of the seven billion people on Earth, over six now have access to a mobile device, yet research shows that women in low or middle income countries are 21 per cent less likely than men to own a mobile phone. As a resul
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"International ‪#‎MotherLanguage‬ Day is a moment for all of us to raise the flag for the importance of mother tongue to all educational efforts, to enhance the quality of learning and to reach the unreached."

#UNESCO

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February 21 2015 - Today we celebrate International Mother Language Day in recognition of the fundamental role that language plays in enabling learners to benefit from quality education, learn throughout life, and have access to information.
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On 23 February, Ms. Ertharin Cousin, Executive Director of the UN World Food Programme (WFP) will visit Brussels to meet with new EU Commissioners, Queen Mathilde of Belgium and address the European Parliament’s Committee on Development.

A meeting with #journos is planned from 11:30 to 13:00

More info and registration - http://www.unric.org/en/events/29647-meeting-with-the-press-ms-ertharin-cousin-wfp
Brussels - On 23 February, the Executive Director of the UN World Food Programme (WFP) will visit Brussels to meet with new EU Commissioners, Queen Mathilde of Belgium and address the European Parliament’s Committee on Development.
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What is the role of ‪#‎mediation‬ in resolving natural resource disputes?
http://peacemaker.un.org/resources/mediation-guidance

Mediation could be a vital tool in preventing and resolving disputes over natural resources, according to a new Guide by the Department of Political Affairs (DPA) and the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) due to be launched on 19 February, 21H CET. http://www.ipinst.org/ live, & ask questions with ‪#‎NRMediation‬
This section contains UN guidance material for setting up and managing mediation initiatives. The material provides practitioners with practical advice and options in addressing some of the key challenges in mediation to maximize the chances for success.
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"Only with peace can young people in #SouthSudan play an important role in rebuilding their lives and face the future without fear ."

- #UNESCO Special Envoy Forest #Whitaker.

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Following the release of 249 children two weeks ago, UNICEF and partners are now overseeing the release of another 300 children from the armed SSDA Cobra Faction in South Sudan. Meanwhile, UN Special Envoy for Peace and Reconciliation, Forest Whitaker expressed his concerns about the heavy toll of the protracted conflict.
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