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Without rural women and girls, rural communities and urban economies would not function. Yet women and girls are among the people most likely to be poor, to lack access to assets, education, health care and other essential services, and to be hit hardest by climate change. On almost every measure of development, rural women, because of gender inequalities and discrimination, fare worse than rural men or urban women.

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And in 1981 the UN held a second world conference on new and renewable sources of energy, including the sun.

“Yes, the UN is dealing with outer space: a treaty on outer space was concluded in 1967 and a world conference was held on this new frontier in 1968; outer space has been declared a common heritage of humankind, free of all weapons; objects launched into space are registered with the UN; astronauts are envoys of humanity; damages caused by objects failing from space are regulated by a UN convention; a treaty on the moon and other celestial bodies has been adopted; the International Telecommunication Union allocates frequency bands for satellite telecommunications; the World Meteorological Organization receives world-wide weather and climate data from satellites; the International Maritime Organization has an international satellite which serves all ships and navigators around the world; the Food and Agriculture Organization receives outer space information on weather, crop outlooks, floods and plant epidemics; UNESCO is testing educational systems by means of satellites, and the UN held another outer space conference in 1982.

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This was officially called the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED).

Here, Eleanor Roosevelt is pictured holding the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, a highly influential document that she helped create.

One of the most influential members of the United Nations' Commission on Human Rights was Eleanor Roosevelt. A modest and compassionate woman, she laid the foundation for the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which is still widely recognized today. The basic philosophy of the Declaration was that “'all human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act toward one another in a spirit of brotherhood.” In the following 29 articles, topics such as non-discrimination, civil rights (such as the right to life, liberty, and property), freedom of thought and religion, and cultural rights are discussed. In modern times, this “standard of achievement” has been published in different languages all over the world, measuring the performance of non-government organizations and United Nations bodies. More than twenty human rights treaties found their inspiration in this document, as well as constitution and legislation throughout the United States.