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Pakistani delegation arrives for IPU-UN hearing on world drug problem -
UNITED NATIONS, Feb 8 (APP): A two-member Pakistan parliamentary  delegation has arrived in New York to participate in a hearing at United Nations Headquarters organized jointly by the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) and the U.N. on the world drug problem.The delegation is composed of National Assembly members -- Nawab Yousuf Talpur (leader) and Ms. Asiya Nasir.


U.N. Security Council slams North Korea's missile launch -
UNITED NATIONS, Feb. 7 (APP): The U.N. Security Council Sunday strongly condemned North Korea's missile launch and vowed to "expeditiously" adopt a new resolution with "significant" new sanctions against Pyongyang. In a statement issued statement after an emergency meeting on Sunday, the 15-member Council underscored that launches using ballistic missile technology, "even if characterized as a satellite launch or space launch vehicle" contribute to North Korea's development of systems to deliver nuclear weapons.



Highly radioactive leak found at NY nuclear plant -
NEW YORK, Feb 7 (APP): New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo has called for an investigation after an apparent overflow at a nuclear power plant spilled highly radioactive water into an underground monitoring well, but nuclear regulators said the public was not at risk. Officials at the Indian Point Energy Center in Buchanan, New York,  reported that water contaminated by tritium leaked into the groundwater under the facility.



Highly radioactive leak found at N.Y. nuclear plant -
NEW YORK, Feb. 7 (APP): New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo has called for an investigation after an apparent overflow at a nuclear power plant spilled highly radioactive water into an underground monitoring well, but nuclear regulators said the public is not at risk. Officials at the Indian Point Energy Center in Buchanan, New York, reported that water contaminated by tritium leaked into the groundwater under the facility.


UNSC to hold emergency meeting on North Korea missile launch -
UNITED NATIONS, Feb 7 (APP): The United Nations Security Council has scheduled an emergency meeting on Sunday to discuss the North Korean missile launch, as UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called on Pyongyang to  halt its "provocative actions and return to compliance with its international obligations. Following a request by United States, Japan and South Korea, the 15-nation Council  will hold closed-door consultations on Sunday, the U.N. press office said.



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PCB seeks more time in announcing T20 squads
ISLAMABAD, Feb 8 (APP): Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) on Monday sought a couple of days time from the International Cricket Council (ICC) in announcing squads for the Twenty-20 World Cup and Asia Cup. The T20 World Cup will be held in India from March 8 to April 3 while the Asia Cup will be staged in Bangladesh from February 24 to March 6. Feb. 8 was supposed to be the deadline for World Cup-bound squad.

 
WI stun Pak to storms in ICC World U19 CWC despite Umairs' ton
KARACHI, Feb 8 (APP): Umair Masood smashed a fighting century but his grand effort went in van as West Indies stunned Pakistan by five wickets to storm into the semi-final of ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup in Fataullah (Bangladesh) on Monday. Batting first, Pakistan posted 226 for the loss of six wickets in their 50 overs.West Indies in reply romped home for the loss of five wickets with 10 overs to spare.

 
Indo-Pak Friendship Cup Snooker series would be revived: Alamgir
KARACHI, Feb 8 (APP): The popular Indo-Pak Peace Cup Snooker series would be revived, President Pakistan Billiards and Snooker Association (PBSA) Alamgir Shaikh said here on Monday. "We are working on plan to resume the series after lapse of six years," he told reporters during the launch of 41st National Snooker Championship at Karachi Gymkhana.

 
Lianna grabs another medal
ISLAMABAD, Feb 7 (APP): Lianna Swan won another medal for Pakistan in swimming in the South Asian Games at India. Lianna won a silver medal in 100m Breaststroke, says a press release issued here.

 
Naveed bags bronze in swimming
ISLAMABAD, Feb 7 (APP): Naveed Hussain won a bronze medal for Pakistan in swimming during the South Asian Games in India. Naveed won the bronze medal in 200 m Backstroke with time of 2.19:57, says a press release issued here.

 
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Top UN official calls for strategies to empower women in rural areas PDF Print E-mail
UNITED NATIONS, Feb. 28 (APP): UN Deputy Secretary-General Asha Rose Migiro has called for systematic and comprehensive strategies to empower women in rural areas to maximize their potential to combat extreme poverty and hunger, and help them facilitate sustainable development in their communities. If rural women had equal access to productive resources,  agricultural yields would rise and hunger would decline, Migiro told delegates at the opening of the 56th two-week session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW), which got under way at UN Headquarters on Monday.

“Yet the reality is that rural women and girls have restricted access to land, agricultural inputs, finance, extension services and technology.Rural women also face more difficulty in gaining access to public services, social protection, employment and markets”, she said.
The commission’s latest session focuses on the role of rural women and their contributions to fighting poverty and hunger, and how they can be empowered to become effective catalysts of sustainable development. 
Pakistan’s 5-member delegation is led by Fiza Batool Gilani, the country’s goodwill ambassador on women empowerment. Other members of the delegation are: Begum Shahnaz Wazir Ali, special assistant to the prime minister, Bushra Zulqarnain, member of the National Commission on Status of Women, Khawar Mumtaz, member of the National Commission on the Status of Women and representative of civil society,  and Saeed Ahmed Alvi, secretary of the Ministry of Human Rights.
In her opening speech, Migiro said that rural women must first be recognized as key agents of change. Support for their organizations can help ensure that rural women’s priorities are reflected in macroeconomic policies and rural development and agricultural programmes, she said.
She called for a re-examination of financing for rural development, agriculture and climate change mitigation and adaptation to ensure that it prioritizes rural women and girls. “We need to give greater attention to infrastructure projects, water schemes, renewable energy sources and biodiversity protection,” said Migiro, noting that only five per cent of agricultural extension services go to women farmers.
Noting that ad-hoc interventions are insufficient, the Deputy Secretary-General called for a broader policy environment that is responsive to the rights and needs of rural women and girls. States must abolish discriminatory laws and policies, such as those that limit women’s rights to land, property and inheritance, or that restrict their legal capacity.
“This session of the Commission on the Status of Women is an opportunity to solidify consensus among governments and civil society on those actions needed to make a real difference in the lives of rural women,” she added.
The President of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), Milo Koterec, also stressed in his statement to the CSW session that the empowerment of rural women demands comprehensive strategies that address obstacles that they face.  
Policy-makers must therefore adopt a systematic approach for the empowerment of rural women and ensure that the broader policy environment is responsive to the rights and needs of rural women and girls, he said.
Michelle Bachelet, the Executive Director of the UN Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women), said empowering women requires a transformation in the way governments devise budgets and make and enforce laws and policies, including trade and agricultural policies, and how businesses invest and operate.
“If we are serious about this mission, this responsibility, if we are serious about empowering rural women and unleashing their potential, then we have to remove the barriers that stand in their way”, she said.
“We have to remove the structural, cultural, social and economic barriers that prevent rural women from participating fully in the
economic and political life of their countries. And we continue to fail rural women when they die during childbirth, are shut out of decision-making, and cannot lead healthy and productive lives free of violence and discrimination.
Let us be clear. This is not just hurting the women. It is hurting all of us”, said Bachelet.
According to UN Women, rural women make up one fourth of the world’s population. Some 86 per cent of the global rural population of the both genders derives its livelihood from agriculture, with an estimated 1.3 billion people engaged in small scale farming or working as landless labourers.
 
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