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Midwives "face cultural isolation, unsafe accommodation, low salaries"

Midwives around the world face cultural isolation, unsafe accommodation, and low salaries, according to the first global survey of midwifery personnel carried out by the World Health Organization (WHO).

The UN health agency called for an end to the "discrimination and lack of respect" that hinder midwives' ability to provide quality care to women and newborns.

The findings come from an online survey in which 2400 midwives in 93 countries chose to participate.

"Certified" Forest area coverage increases according to a new market review

The coverage of "certified" or sustainable forests extended across 11 per cent of global forests in 2015, according to a report released by the UN's Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE).

Forest certification provides consumers with assurance that the products they purchase come from forests that are managed sustainably.

The review also showed that the UNECE region which comprises 40 per cent of the global forests, accounts for 87 per cent of the world's certified forest area.

Sustainable forest management and the reduction of emissions from deforestation have been recognized in the Paris Climate Agreement adopted in December 2015, as efficient ways to address climate change.

South Sudan authorities urged to investigate murder of journalist

The authorities in South Sudan have been urged by the UN to investigate the murder of a journalist.

Isaac Vuni, a veteran freelance reporter, was found dead at a farm in Kerepi in the south of the African country on 26 September.

The Director-General of the UN cultural agency, UNESCO, Irina Bokova, condemned the murder and called on the authorities to bring to trial those who "resort to violence to muzzle the media and deprive people of information."

Daniel Dickinson, United Nations

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Source: United Nations Radio.

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