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SUNS # 8430 Monday 27 March 2017

Rights : Mandates of experts on foreign debt, adequate housing extended (PRIV)
(Kanaga Raja, Geneva)
The United Nations Human Rights Council on Thursday adopted a raft of resolutions including extending, for a period of three years, the mandate of the Independent Expert on the effects of foreign debt as well as that of the Special Rapporteurs on human rights defenders, on minority issues and on adequate housing.

Health : New tuberculosis drugs may become ineffective, says study (PRIV)
(IPS, New York)
New antibiotics that could treat tuberculosis may rapidly become ineffective, according to new research published by the Lancet ahead of World Tuberculosis Day.

Development : 1 in 4 children facing extremely scarce water by 2040, says UN (PRIV)
(IPS, Rome)
Warning that as many as 600 million children - one in four worldwide - will be living in areas with extremely scarce water by 2040, the United Nations children's agency has called on governments to take immediate measures to curb the impact on the lives of children.

Environment : Don't understand clouds? But you should! (PRIV)
(IPS, Rome)
Obviously, there are so many issues and phenomena that have been brought up by the growing impact of climate change that one would likely not think about.

El Salvador : Fishing villages work for food security (PRIV)
(IPS, Isla De Mendez)
After an exhausting morning digging clams out of the mud of the mangroves, Rosa Herrera, her face tanned by the sun, arrives at this beach in southeastern El Salvador on board the motorboat Topacio, carrying her yield on her shoulders.

Zimbabwe : Investing in smallholder farmers (PRIV)
(IPS, Harare)
To take his mangoes to Shurugwi, 230 km south of Harare, requires Edward Madzokere to hire a cart and wake up at dawn. The fruit farmer sells his produce at the nearest "growth point" at Tongogara (the term for areas targeted for development) where the prices are not stable.

Afghanistan : New approach needed for peace (PRIV)
(IPS, New York)
When the United States went to war in Afghanistan in 2001, the Taliban's despicable treatment of women was cited by First Lady Laura Bush as one of the main reasons for going to war.

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