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The killings of more than 30 workers in the Marikana platinum mine have put the spotlight on working conditions in South Africa’s mining industry.

The most senior representative of the United Nations Commission and the President of El Salvador, Mauricio Funes, opened the thirty-fourth session of ECLAC in the Salvadoran capital.
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The United Nations official carried out an official visit to Peru, where she met with senior Government figures and took part in the UNASUR meeting.

Youth employment: IDB is supporting several programs designed to prepare young people to find and secure better jobs in Latin America.

Valparaíso upgrades roads, public spaces, and public and private real estate with the help of the IDB.

KUALA LUMPUR – More than 10,000 people are expected to take part in this year’s “Be The Movement” World Hunger Relief Charity Walk in Putrajaya tomorrow, organized by QSR Brands Bhd, owners of KFC , Pizza Hut and Pizza Hut Delivery  in Malaysia, which will benefit the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) and other hunger-fighting organizations in Malaysia. The Guest of Honour will be Duli Yang Maha Mulia Raja Zarith Sofiah binti Almarhum Sultan Idris Shah, Consort of the Sultan of Johor.

In deep appreciation of their hard work to spread awareness of the struggles of the hungry poor, WFP's annual award ceremony recognized David Novak and Christina Aguilera for helping to give a voice to the world's most vulnerable populations.

In some countries across the Sahel the end of the lean season heralded a period of steady rainfall.  Not so in Mauritania, where households are still struggling to cope with the effects of the drought, which has reduced farmers’ crop yield and increased the price of food on local markets.    

An update to HEWSweb, an online natural hazards platform, brings some major improvements to users who rely on the service for real-time information on emergencies like earthquakes and floods. Pages compiling historical data and key statistics for individual countries and each kind of disaster are a few of the platform’s new features.

In Sierra Leone, roads are the crux of many farmers' livelihoods. Recent floods have left many roads impassable. WFP and partners are providing assistance to repair damaged roads, allowing farmers to sell their produce on local markets. 

Last month Mastercard Worldwide and the World Food Program (WFP) announced a global partnership in “digital food”. The public-private partnership aims to harness Mastercard’s expertise in electronic payments to develop WFP’s electronic voucher programs. Can it work? There are good reasons to think that “going cashless” could make WFP’s operations more efficient and improve people’s lives. But the benefits are far from certain, and WFP and Mastercard would do well to ensure rigorous evaluation of what amounts to a giant experiment (about which, more below).