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News in Brief 31 August 2016 (PM)

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  Concern over possible child recruitment, mass graves in Iraq Reports that displaced children in Iraq are being recruited by armed groups are deeply worrying, a senior UN official in the country has said. The reports indicate that boys in one displacement camp are being transported to areas near the frontlines, possibly to join groups [...]

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Eight countries holding the world "hostage" over nuclear treaty

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Eight countries which have so far failed to ratify a Comprehensive Nuclear Test-Ban Treaty are holding the international community "hostage". That's according to Lassina Zerbo, Executive Secretary of the Preparatory Commission for the Comprehensive Nuclear Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO). He took part in an informal meeting organized by the General Assembly at UN Headquarters on [...]

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Resumed cessation of hostilities critical to Yemen peace talks

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The resumption of a cessation of hostilities agreement will be critical to renewed talks aimed at ending the conflict in Yemen, the UN Security Council heard on Wednesday. UN Envoy Ismail Ould Cheik Ahmed briefed Council members on developments following the suspension of negotiations in Kuwait earlier this month. Since then, he said an escalation [...]

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Women peace activists in Syria "glimmer of hope"

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Women activists from war-torn Syria have been a "glimmer of hope" in a peace process that has been very "challenging and depressing", the head of UN Women's Arab States Section has said. Hiba Qasas was speaking ahead of a meeting with members of the Syrian Women's Advisory Board to the UN Special Envoy for the [...]

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Evacuation of besieged Syrian town against international law

On 9 June 2016, WFP and partners delivered food for 2,400 women, children and men in besieged Darayya. Photo: WFP/Hussam AlSaleh

The top UN humanitarian official has expressed concern over the evacuation of civilians from the besieged Syrian town of Darayya. Representatives from the Syrian Government and the town evacuated the entire population over two days last week in a process to which the UN was not a party, UN Humanitarian Affairs Coordinator Stephen O'Brien has [...]

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“Children’s emergency” at core of South Sudan refugee crisis

A young South Sudanese refugee cooks food at a camp in northern Uganda Photo: UNHCR/Will Swanson

Around 1,000 South Sudanese are fleeing across the border into Uganda each day in what the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) is describing as a "children's emergency." Since fighting between rival factions loyal to the President and former first Vice President erupted in early July, around 100,000 civilians have sought safety in Uganda. The UNHCR chief [...]

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UN Daily News 31 August 2016

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Listen to a bulletin of news and features from United Nations Radio, with Matthew Wells and Dianne Penn. In today's programme: a "children's emergency" is sending 1,000 refugees a day over the border from South Sudan into Uganda, amid "horrific stories" of sexual violence and forced recruitment; and, the Syrian military has been carrying out [...]

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News in Brief 31 August 2016 (AM)

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Somalia truck bomb attack condemned A deadly truck bombing on a hotel in Somalia's capital, Mogadishu, on Tuesday has been condemned by the senior UN official in the country. Michael Keating said the incident marked the third time the SYL Hotel has been attacked since early 2015. The extremist group Al-Shabaab claimed responsibility for the attack [...]

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Myanmar on promising path towards democratization, UN chief tells landmark conference

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and Myanmar's State Counsellor and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi address the media at a joint press briefing. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

A "historic" peace conference in Myanmar has brought together the country's different ethnic groups, the UN Secretary-General said on Wednesday. Ban Ki-moon was speaking at the opening of the 21st Century Panglong Conference in the capital, Nay Pyi Taw. Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, was under military rule for five decades. It has been on [...]

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"Very significant shock" of lower oil prices in Africa

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Eight oil-producing countries in Africa are facing a "very significant" economic shock following the collapse in oil prices over the past two years. A barrel currently costs around US$50 on global markets, down from a high of US$125. The countries mostly badly hit are Angola, Cameroon, Chad, Republic of Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Nigeria and [...]

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Tributes paid to first woman Under Secretary-General of UN

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Tributes have been paid following the death of the first woman to serve as a United Nations Under-Secretary-General; the third highest rank in the global organization. Dame Margaret Anstee, who was from the United Kingdom, joined the UN in 1952 and was appointed as a so-called USG in 1987. She was also the first woman [...]

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News in Brief 30 August 2016 (PM)

Plastic bottles and garbage waste from a village in Timor-Leste wash on the shores of a river and then spill into the sea. UN Photo/Martine Perret

  Polluted water threatening millions in Africa, Asia and Latin America The rise in water pollution in Asia, Africa and Latin America is placing hundreds of millions of people at risk of life-threatening illnesses such as cholera and typhoid. The warning comes in a report released this week by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) which [...]

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Syrian air force and ISIL behind at least 3 chemical attacks: UN report

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The origin of three separate  chemical weapons attacks in Syria has been clearly established following an "independent, impartial, and objective" investigation mandated by the UN Security Council. The so-called Joint Investigative Mechanism (JIM), led by a three-person Leadership Panel, examined nine cases of documented chemical weapons use to establish who was responsible for using them. The Panel found sufficient [...]

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Myanmar Government urged to further consolidate peace and reconciliation

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon meets with H.E. Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, State Counsellor and Foreign Minister of Myanmar. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

An upcoming peace conference in Myanmar has been hailed by the UN Secretary-General as a "promising first step" towards consolidating national reconciliation in the South-East Asian country. Ban Ki-moon was speaking on Tuesday to the media in the capital, Nay Pyi Taw, alongside State Counsellor and Foreign Minister Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, the Nobel [...]

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UN Daily News 30 August 2016

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Listen to a bulletin of news and features from United Nations Radio, with Matthew Wells and Dianne Penn. In today’s programme: women and girls face a "double whammy" when it comes to the millions of hours wasted fetching and carrying water each day: the UN Children's Fund explains why; and state-sanctioned forced disappearances leave communities [...]

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Nigeria displaced are "on point of starvation"

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In Nigeria, the terror campaign carried out by Boko Haram extremists and the government's efforts to defeat them have left civilians malnourished to the point of starvation, a leading UN rights expert has said. The warning comes from Chaloka Beyani, who's the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs). Just back from north-east [...]

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Water collecting a "double whammy" for women and girls

Girls carry water through a field after rain at a site of displaced civilians in Diffa, Niger, on 18 August 2016. Photo: UNICEF/Sam Phelps

Time wasted collecting water is a "double whammy" for women and girls around the world. That's according to Sanjay Wijesekera, Chief of Water, Sanitation and Hygiene programmes at the UN Children's Fund, (UNICEF). He said that apart from losing time that could be spent in class, girls' health also suffers due to the hard physical [...]

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Countries urged to update STI treatment

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New guidelines to treat three common sexually transmitted infections (STIs) have been issued by the World Health Organization (WHO). The move comes in response to the growing threat posed by antibiotic resistance which has reduced treatment options for chlamydia, gonorrhoea and syphilis. These illnesses affect millions of people worldwide, with more than 130 million infected [...]

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News in Brief 30 August 2016 (AM) – Geneva

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"Nigeria displaced are close to starvation" In Nigeria, displaced people including children are on the verge of starvation and need help urgently after the liberation of areas previously held by terror group Boko Haram. The appeal comes from Chaloka Beyani, who's the United Nations expert on internally displaced persons (IDPs). He's just returned from north-east [...]

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Forced disappearances leave communities in "spiral of anguish"

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The 'horrendous' practice of enforced disappearances can affect entire communities by creating an atmosphere of fear and chaos. That's according to Santiago Corcuera, a member of the United Nations Committee on Enforced Disappearances (CED). A forced disappearance is an act committed by the state in the form of abduction, arrest, detainment or any other violation [...]

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News in Brief 29 August 2016 (PM)

Young women and girls carry water in Nigeria. Photo: World Bank

  Collecting water a "colossal waste of time" for women and girls The 200 million hours that women and girls spend each day fetching water is often a "colossal waste of time," according to the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF). The agency is using the occasion of World Water Week, which kicked off on Sunday, to [...]

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Fighting, insecurity continue to plague Yemen

Al-Ora's neighbourhood of Zinjibar, Yemen. Photo: UNHCR/A. Al-Sharif

A recent upsurge in fighting in Yemen continues to have a "devastating impact" on civilians, UN Humanitarian Coordinator in the country Jamie McGoldrick said on Monday. His statement follows the deaths of seven people in an attack on a market in Sa'ada Governorate, located in the northwest. The UN aid official also cited media reports [...]

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UN Daily News 29 August 2016

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Listen to a bulletin of news and features from United Nations Radio, with Matthew Wells and Dianne Penn. In today's programme: "cease and reverse" illegal settlement building on occupied Palestinian land Israel is told. We'll report from the Security Council; and, gender inequality's cost sub-Saharan Africa more than US$90 billion each year since 2010. One [...]

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"Cease and reverse" illegal Israeli settlements, UN urges

Nickolay Mladenov (shown on screen) briefs the Security Council via video teleconference. UN Photo/Rick Bajornas

Israeli authorities should "cease and reverse" illegal settlement-building on occupied Palestinian land as prospects "dwindle" for a two-state solution to the conflict. That’s according to Nickolay Mladenov, UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, who briefed the Security Council on Monday. Matthew Wells reports. Duration: 2’38″

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News in Brief 29 August 2016 (AM)

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  Praise for Gabon elections Gabon has been praised for its peaceful and orderly presidential elections held this past weekend. In congratulating the country, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon expressed hope that the same spirit of peace and transparency will prevail when the provisional results are officially announced. Citizens took to the polls on Saturday to [...]

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UN chief deeply concerned over “tense situation” in Western Sahara

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. UN File Photo/Mark Garten

The UN Secretary-General has expressed concern over tension in Western Sahara. Ban Ki-moon’s comments came in a statement issued on Sunday by his spokesperson. Western Sahara is located on the north-west coast of Africa and is bordered by Morocco, Mauritania and Algeria. The Territory was administered by Spain until 1976, and fighting later broke out [...]

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"End poisonous legacy" of nuclear testing

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The international community has been urged by the UN Secretary-General to end the "poisonous legacy" of nuclear testing. Ban Ki-moon made the call on the International Day Against Nuclear Tests, marked annually on 29 August. Deganit Perez has more. Mr Ban said in a statement to mark the international day that a prohibition on all nuclear [...]

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Accelerating gender equality in Africa

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Gender inequality in the labour market cost sub-Saharan African countries more than US$90 billion annually between 2010 and 2014. That finding comes in the latest Africa Human Development Report which looks at efforts to accelerate women's empowerment on the continent. Launched by the UN Development Programme (UNDP), it details the high cost when women are [...]

28 Aug 2016 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

UN “ready to move” on Aleppo

UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura said that much depends on recent discussions between the United States and Russia on the Syrian conflict. Photo: UN Photo/Violaine Martin

Time is of the essence in delivering humanitarian aid to the Syrian city of Aleppo, UN Envoy Staffan de Mistura said on Saturday. The UN has been appealing for a 48-hour humanitarian pause to allow supplies to be delivered to the city. The envoy has issued a statement calling on all sides to exert every [...]

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Security Council condemns DPRK ballistic missile launches

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Recent ballistic missile launches by the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) have been strongly condemned by the UN Security Council. The DPRK, also known as North Korea, has launched four ballistic missiles over the past two months, the latest of which was on Tuesday. In a statement issued late on Friday, the Council said [...]

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Anti-poverty policies fail due to "inadequate understanding" of poor

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Anti-poverty policies often fail because of an inadequate understanding of the decisions poor people make. That's the view of Abhijit Banerjee, Professor of Economics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and author of Poor Economics, A radical Rethinking of the Way to Fight Global Poverty. He recently visited the International Monetary Fund (IMF) in Washington DC [...]

27 Aug 2016 | Posted in Sustainable Development Goals, Today's Features | Read More »

Women “have right” to wear controversial burkini bathing suit

UN Women's Director of Policy, Purna Sen. Photo: UN Radio/Daniel Dickinson

Women should have the right to choose to wear a controversial bathing suit known as the burkini without coercion from the state or individuals; that's according to the UN agency focused on gender issues, UN Women. The burkini is a full-body swimsuit with a headscarf which is favoured by many Muslim women as well as [...]

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News in Brief 26 August 2016 (PM)

This photo shows Amal who is looking at her destroyed home in Sana'a after it was hit by an airstrike in April 2015. Photo: UNICEF/UN018341/Jahaf

"Immediate cessation of hostilities" in Yemen needed ahead of peace deal An "immediate cessation of hostilities" by the warring parties in Yemen is needed before any roadmap for peace can be finalized. That's according to the UN Special Envoy on Yemen, Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed, following meetings with senior ministers from the United States, the [...]

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Gabonese need to "exercise their civic duty" in presidential vote: UN chief

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The people of Gabon need to "exercise their civic duty" when they go to the polls on Saturday to elect a new president. That's the message from UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, in a statement issued on the eve of the vote. The UN chief said he was looking forward to the poll being conducted in [...]

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UN Daily News 26 August 2016

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Darayya evacuation should be safe and "voluntary": UN

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It's imperative that people of the besieged Syrian town of Darayya are protected in any evacuation that takes place and that this takes place voluntarily. That's according to a statement released by the UN Special Envoy for Syria regarding the removal of both civilians and fighters from the city on Friday. A deal to end [...]

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"Uninterrupted" flow of material needed to rebuild Gaza say UN agencies

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An "uninterrupted and predictable" flow of material is needed to address humanitarian needs and rebuild Gaza. That's according to the heads of sixteen UN agencies in Palestine, in a report released two years on from the ceasefire agreed between Israel and Palestinian authorities in Gaza. During the conflict in 2014, 1,400 Palestinians were killed, along [...]

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News in Brief 26 August 2016 (AM)

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Refugee children facing a "double crisis" in Greece says UNICEF Refugee children who are stranded in Greece are facing a "double crisis", according to the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF). The agency said on Friday that around 27,500 children were currently in Greece having fled countries such as Syria, Afghanistan and Iraq. Nearly 2,300 have arrived [...]

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Increased competition for water resources may lead to conflict

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An increase in competition for global water resources may lead to more conflict, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has warned. Agriculture accounts for around 70 per cent of overall water usage around the world and the UN food agency says it must be better managed to ensure more equitable access. Experts from around the [...]

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Countering young violent extremists: one ex-jihadist talks to The Lid Is On

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The "virulent spread" of violent extremism is posing a "direct assault" on the UN Charter and human rights around the world according to the UN, led by a new generation of young terrorists. In the latest edition of our podcast The Lid Is On, we've been talking in-depth to a former supporter of the Taliban [...]

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Climate change "major" cause of displacement in Mexico: UN expert

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Climate change is a major cause of displacement in Latin America, including in Mexico, a UN independent expert has said during a recent visit to Mexico City. People in the Central American country are leaving certain areas affected by extreme changes in the weather according to Chaloka Beyani, Special Rapporteur of the United Nations Human [...]

26 Aug 2016 | Posted in Focus on Climate Change, Today's Features | Read More »

Burundi: Expert alarmed by "unacceptable" comments about Rwanda genocide

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Recent comments by a prominent politician in Burundi stating that the 1994 Rwanda genocide was a "fabrication of the international community" have been branded by a UN human rights expert as "simply unacceptable." UN Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide Adama Dieng said the statement, published on the website of the ruling political party, [...]

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News in Brief 25 August 2016 (PM)

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Attack on university in Kabul condemned by UN Mission An attack on the American University in Afghanistan on Wednesday that killed at least 14 and injured more than 50, has been condemned by the UN Mission in the country, UNAMA. Armed militants attacked the compound of the prestigious university and were killed over the course [...]

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UN Global Perspective: focus on children from Central America, UN Peace Building Commission and climate change

On 1 July 2016, (left-right) Angel, 12 and his sister Valeria, 4, in El Progreso, Honduras. Together with his father, Pedro, and his siblings, they were kidnapped in Mexico and held hostage for 42 days. Photo: UNICEF/UN028168/Zehbrauskas

Children flee Central America to escape gang violence, poverty Every month, thousands of children from Central America flee to the United States to escape gang violence and poverty, a new report by the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) has found. Some are kidnapped, trafficked, raped or killed along the way. They are from countries like El [...]

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UN and Africa: focus on Timbuktu, food assistance and children in South Sudan

Mr Al Mahdi in the Courtroom of the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague, the Netherlands, at the opening of the trial in the case The Prosecutor v. Ahmad Al Faqi Al Mahdi on 22 August 2016. Photo: ICC-CPI

Islamist militant from Mali pleads guilty to Timbuktu war crimes An Islamist militant has plead guilty to war crimes for ordering the destruction of Timbuktu's religious and cultural monuments, a spokesperson for the International Criminal Court (ICC) has confirmed. Mali's intellectual and spiritual capital is inscribed on the UN World Heritage Site. Ahmad Al Faqi [...]

25 Aug 2016 | Posted in UN and Africa | Read More »

UN Gender Focus: survivors of atrocities in Iraq, sexual violence and Olympic Games

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"Heart-wrenching" testimony from survivors of atrocities in Iraq Testimony from the survivors of atrocities committed by the ISIL terrorist group in Iraq has been described as "heart-wrenching" by the United Nations. Over 300,000 people from the Yezidi community escaped from the city of Sinjar following an attack in 2014. Many have detailed systematic and widespread [...]

25 Aug 2016 | Posted in UN Gender Focus | Read More »

UN Daily News 25 August 2016

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Listen to a bulletin of news and features from United Nations Radio, with Jocelyne Sambira and Matthew Wells. In today's programme: Humanitarian convoys "ready to depart" for Aleppo in war-torn Syria; And, displaced Colombians are building a new future after the signing of a peace agreement ending half a century of war.

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Displaced Colombians building a new future

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The conclusion of peace negotiations in Colombia has been welcomed by the United Nations. The Government and the main rebel group, FARC, signed a peace agreement in Cuba on Wednesday. Colombians will vote on whether to accept or reject the deal in a referendum set for October. More than 200,000 people died and nearly seven [...]

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Humanitarian convoys "ready to depart" for Aleppo

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Humanitarian convoys are "ready to depart" for the city of Aleppo in war-torn Syria to deliver aid after Russia agreed to a 48-hour humanitarian pause, UN officials announced on Thursday. However, other parties on the ground have yet to give their security assurances. The city is divided with rebel forces controlling the east and government [...]

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Independent body needed to investigate Yemen violations

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An international independent body is needed to carry out "comprehensive investigations" into human rights violations committed by all sides in Yemen's civil war. That's the view of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein. He issued a statement coinciding with the publication of a report from the UN Human Rights Office [...]

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News in Brief 25 August 2016 (AM)

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Needs of children "outpacing the response" across Lake Chad region The humanitarian needs of millions of children across Africa's Lake Chad region are "outpacing the response" according to the UN Children's Fund, UNICEF. Manuel Fontaine, UNICEF Regional Director for West and Central Africa, said this was especially true now that new areas which were cut [...]

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Italy response post-earthquake "excellent"

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Italian authorities are doing "excellent" work carrying out search and rescue operations as well as responding to people's needs after strong earthquakes struck the country, a UN official has noted. A magnitude-6.2 earthquake and a series of aftershocks devastated the regions of Umbria, Lazio and Le Marche, killing around 250 people, media reports say. On [...]

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Sport corruption "not something new" but more visible

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The issue of corruption in sport is "not something new" but it has become more visible over the past years because of the increasingly large amounts of money which are often involved. That's according to Ronan O’Laoire, a crime prevention and criminal justice officer at the United Nations' Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). Ever-larger [...]

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Violence "daily reality" for children across South-East Europe

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More than 50% of children in South-East Europe have experienced some form of psychological or physical punishment by family members. That's according to Dr. Bertrand Desmoulins, a representative of the UN fund for children (UNICEF) in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia. Furthermore, the prejudices against disabled children in some of these countries are still [...]

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Violations against children "intensifying" warns UN special representative

On 5 August 2016 in Aleppo, Syria, a child with spinal muscular atrophy who needs special medical care, now lives on the streets, after fleeing with her family from attacks and intense fighting in the 1070 neighbourhood. Photo: UNICEF/Khuder Al-Issa

Violations against children caught up in conflict are "intensifying" and severely impacting their lives. That's the view of Leila Zerrougui, Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict, who submitted her annual report to the General Assembly on Wednesday. Matthew Wells reports. The annual report highlights the "devastating impact on children of [...]

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Effort to meet 2030 poverty goal jeopardized by youth unemployment: ILO

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The effort to meet the Sustainable Development Goal of ending poverty by 2030 is being jeopardized by "alarming" youth unemployment rates, among other factors. That's according the latest World Employment and Social Outlook report from the International Labour Organization (ILO). The research published on Wednesday for 2016, estimates that global youth joblessness is expected to [...]

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News in Brief 24 August 2016 (PM)

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  Dozens killed by earthquakes in Italy and Myanmar: UN offers support Earthquakes on Wednesday in Italy and Myanmar have left dozens dead and hundreds injured, according to news reports. In a statement, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon expressed his condolences and said he was "saddened by the reports of lives lost and damage caused". He [...]

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UN Daily News 24 August 2016

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Listen to a bulletin of news and features from United Nations Radio, with Jocelyne Sambira and Matthew Wells. In today's programme: Young people in the Darfur region of Sudan are being urged to strive for peace and development; And, moving towards a permanent ceasefire between Lebanon and Israel remain a challenge

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Darfur youth urged to strive for peace and development

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Young people in the Darfur region of Sudan are being encouraged to work for peace, no matter how impossible that might seem. That's the message from the Deputy Joint Special Representative of the African Union-United Nations Hybrid Operation in Darfur (UNAMID), Jeremiah Nyamane Kingsley Mamabolo. Mr Mamabolo recently travelled to Tawilla in North Darfur state [...]

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News in Brief 24 August 2016 (AM)

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  "Youth development" should no longer be a "footnote": UN envoy Governments need to develop strong and coordinated youth policies so that the development of young people is no longer a "footnote". That's the view of the UN Secretary-General's Envoy on Youth, Ahmad Alhendawi, who has been visiting Nigeria this week. He's been meeting local [...]

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Timely medical care crucial for South Sudan sexual violence victims

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Timely medical attention as well as the availability of services, is crucial for victims of sexual violence in South Sudan. That's according to Dr Abraham Thubo, from the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), which provides post-rape intervention services in the country. The UN documented more than 200 cases of sexual violence during clashes between government [...]

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News in Brief 23 August 2016 (PM)

Women carry empty bags as they line up to receive food at the Tawilla site for newly arrived IDPs from Jebel Marra, South Sudan. 22 February 2016. Photo: OCHA

Dutch general to lead South Sudan investigation An independent probe into violence in Juba, South Sudan, that took place in July will be led by a former Dutch soldier, Major General Patrick Cammaert, the UN has announced. The Special Investigation will review reports of attacks on civilians and cases of sexual violence that occurred within or [...]

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UN Daily News 23 August 2016

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Listen to a bulletin of news and features from United Nations Radio, with Jocelyne Sambira and Matthew Wells. In today's programme: Children from Central America are taking huge risks to reach the United States in order to escape gang violence and poverty back home; And, people in need of food in north-east Nigeria doubles to [...]

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Children flee Central America to escape gang violence, poverty

On 1 July 2016, (left-right) Angel, 12 and his sister Valeria, 4, in El Progreso, Honduras. Together with his father, Pedro, and his siblings, they were kidnapped in Mexico and held hostage for 42 days. Photo: UNICEF/UN028168/Zehbrauskas

Every month, thousands of children from Central America flee to the United States to escape gang violence and poverty, a new report by the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) has found. Some are kidnapped, trafficked, raped or killed along the way. They are from countries like El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras which have some of the [...]

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People in need of food in north-east Nigeria doubles to 4.5m

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The number of people in need of urgent food assistance in north-eastern Nigeria has doubled to 4.5 million according to the UN World Food Programme or WFP. The region has been badly affected by the ongoing insurgency by militants belonging to the Boko Haram group. And there are fears that a million more people will [...]

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Challenges to eradicating weapons of mass destruction "are growing"

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The challenges the world faces in eradicating weapons of mass destruction, or WMD, "are growing," according to the UN Secretary-General. Ban Ki-moon was addressing the UN Security Council on Tuesday during a debate on the non-proliferation of WMD. He told the Council it was "particularly disappointing" that disarmament talks had descended into what he called [...]

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South Sudan's children need to be students, not soldiers

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The world's youngest nation, South Sudan, needs teachers, doctors, lawyers and engineers, not soldiers. That's according to the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) which is working to remove children from the ranks of armed groups in the country. South Sudan gained independence five years ago but roughly half that period has been marred by conflict. UNICEF [...]

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News in Brief 23 August 2016 (AM)

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"All of humanity" is part of the slave trade story: UNESCO chief "All of humanity" is part of the story of the international slave trade and it would be a "mistake and a crime to cover it up and forget." That's the view of Irena Bokova, Director-General of the UN cultural organization, UNESCO, in a [...]

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"Heart-wrenching" testimony from survivors of atrocities in Iraq

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Testimony from the survivors of atrocities committed by the ISIL terrorist group in Iraq has been described as "heart-wrenching" by the United Nations. Over 300,000 people from the Yezidi community escaped from the city of Sinjar following an attack in 2014. Many have detailed systematic and widespread killings, sexual violence and sexual slavery. Alpha Diallo [...]

23 Aug 2016 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

Push to eliminate viral hepatitis in Africa by 2030

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Efforts are being made by African countries to eliminate viral hepatitis as a public health threat by 2030, the World Health Organization (WHO) has said. The first-ever WHO global health strategy aimed at preventing and treating the disease is being implemented on the continent. Hepatitis B, a viral infection that attacks the liver and is [...]

22 Aug 2016 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

Security Council urged to put aside differences on Syria

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A ceasefire or 48-hour pause in the fighting in Syria is not a negotiating tactic but what is needed to get aid to scores of desperate people. That's what UN Emergency Relief Coordinator Stephen O'Brien told the Security Council on Monday. Dianne Penn reports. The UN humanitarian chief urged countries with any influence in Syria [...]

22 Aug 2016 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

News in Brief 22 August 2016 (PM)

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Praise for Olympic Games and refugee athletes Brazil has been praised by the UN Secretary-General for its successful hosting of the first-ever Olympic Games to be held in South America. Ban Ki-moon applauded the hospitality displayed at the event, which wrapped up in Rio de Janeiro on Sunday. The Rio Games also marked another first: [...]

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Malaria no longer leading child killer in sub-Saharan Africa: WHO

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There is good news in the fight against malaria, the World Health Organization (WHO) has reported. The UN agency said the disease is no longer the leading cause of death among children in sub-Saharan Africa. Malaria is spread by infected mosquitoes and is preventable and curable. Insecticide-treated mosquito nets and indoor spraying help reduce transmission. [...]

22 Aug 2016 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Madagascar focuses on economic growth with support of IMF

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Madagascar is planning to triple investment spending in order to boost the economy of the Indian Ocean island. It follows a three-year US$ 310 million commitment by the International Monetary Fund (IMF). Madagascar is one of the poorest countries in Africa; its economy is built on subsistence farming but also increasingly nickel and cobalt mining. [...]

22 Aug 2016 | Posted in Financing for Development, Today's Features | Read More »

Islamist militant from Mali pleads guilty to Timbuktu war crimes

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An Islamist militant has plead guilty to war crimes for ordering the destruction of Timbuktu's religious and cultural monuments, a spokesperson for the International Criminal Court (ICC) has confirmed. Mali's intellectual and spiritual capital is inscribed on the UN World Heritage Site. Fourteen mausoleums of the site were destroyed by armed groups in 2012. Ahmad [...]

22 Aug 2016 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

UN Daily News 22 August 2016

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Listen to a bulletin of news and features from United Nations Radio, with Jocelyne Sambira and Dianne Penn. Islamist militant from Mali pleads guilty to ordering the destruction of religious and cultural monuments in Timbuktu; and, Madagascar is focusing on economic growth with the support of the International Monetary Fund or IMF.

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Experts push for an end to junk food ads during the Olympics With the Rio Olympics now over, two human rights experts are hoping that commercials for unhealthy processed food and sugary drinks will not be a part of future Games. The experts, UN Special Rapporteurs on the right to food and the right to [...]

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Terrorist attack on wedding party in Turkey condemned by UN chief

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An attack on a wedding party in Turkey that killed at least 50 people and wounded dozens of others has been condemned by the United Nations chief. Ban Ki-moon released a statement on Sunday calling for the perpetrators of this act to be identified and brought to justice. Jocelyne Sambira reports. A suicide bomber reportedly carried [...]

21 Aug 2016 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Young girls of Rio's favelas attend Olympic Games

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Young girls from the favelas of Rio de Janeiro are attending the Olympic Games as part of a programme launched by UN Women. The 'One Win Leads to Another' programme brought 350 girls to attend Olympic events. The initiative uses sports to empower young women and girls, thus enabling them to take control of their [...]

21 Aug 2016 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

Closing global tax "loopholes" a big benefit to women

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Making the global tax system fairer and closing loopholes would be a huge benefit to women. That's the view of Winnie Byanyima, Executive Director of Oxfam International, a confederation dedicated to fighting poverty worldwide. Speaking at the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and World Bank Spring Meetings, she said that it was vital to address the [...]

21 Aug 2016 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

Should East African countries worry about rising debt?

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Although debt levels in East African countries have risen over the past five years, they remain manageable, according to a recent UN report. However, governments are being reminded that they will have to rely more on their own funds and less on foreign aid if they want to achieve the new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). [...]

20 Aug 2016 | Posted in Sustainable Development Goals, Today's Features | Read More »

Renowned author calls for more "nuanced" discourse on refugees

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Negative views about refugees and migrants show disregard for the contributions these people have made to society, celebrated Nigerian author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie said on Friday. The woman behind novels such as 'Half of a Yellow Sun' and 'Americanah,' in addition to several popular TED Talks, was at the UN to deliver an address at [...]

19 Aug 2016 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

News in Brief 19 August 2016 (PM)

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Russia agrees to UN-backed 48-hour humanitarian pause in Aleppo Russia has agreed to support a UN proposal for a 48-hour humanitarian pause in the Syrian city of Aleppo, according to a statement released by its Ministry of Defense. Staffan de Mistura, the special envoy for Syria, welcomed the news and confirmed that a humanitarian team [...]

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UN chief vows to support Haiti in overcoming cholera epidemic

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The UN Secretary-General has expressed deep regret over the "terrible suffering" Haiti has endured because of cholera and promised to support the country in overcoming the epidemic. He issued a statement on Friday following a decision by the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit to uphold the immunity of the organization. A [...]

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News in Brief 19 August 2016 (AM)

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UN holds memorial on anniversary of Iraq hotel bombing A memorial service was held at UN headquarters on Friday in honour of its fallen staff on the 13th anniversary of the Canal Hotel bombing in Iraq's capital Bagdhad. On 19 August 2003, the top UN envoy in the country, Sergio Vieira de Mello died along [...]

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UN Daily News 19 August 2016

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Listen to a bulletin of news and features from United Nations Radio, with Dianne Penn and Jocelyne Sambira. Today's programme celebrates World Humanitarian Day. The UN humanitarian chief underlines the importance of allowing aid workers access to people affected by conflict and other crises; and a plea from a Syrian refugee mother: Put yourself in [...]

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Syrian mother asks world leaders to "put themselves in my place"

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A Syrian mother uprooted by war has a simple request for world leaders: Put yourselves in my place. Hala Kamil and her four children are at the United Nations this Friday, World Humanitarian Day. The day honours the aid workers who support the millions of people worldwide who require humanitarian assistance to survive. Dianne Penn [...]

19 Aug 2016 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

Abidjan residents still "in the dark" 10 years after toxic waste dumping

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Ten years after a cargo ship dumped 500 tonnes of toxic waste around the city of Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire, residents "remain in the dark" over its effects on their health, according to a group of independent human rights experts. The vessel, Probo Koala, belonged to an Anglo-Dutch oil trading company called Trafigura which had earlier [...]

19 Aug 2016 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

South Sudan: Over 650 children recruited into armed groups in 2016

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More than 650 children have been recruited into armed groups in South Sudan since the beginning of this year, the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) said on Friday. Last year, the agency saw the release of more than 1,700 child soldiers in what was one of the largest demobilizations of children ever. However, renewed conflict could [...]

19 Aug 2016 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

New UNICEF Ambassador to use power of music to promote peace

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A "piano prodigy" from Jordan will use his musical talents to advocate for some of the world's most marginalized children, particularly those caught in conflict, violence and poverty. Zade Dirani was this week appointed Regional Ambassador for the Middle East and North Africa by the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF). The pianist and composer said he [...]

19 Aug 2016 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

Record 130 million people depend on aid to survive

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A record 130 million people are dependent on humanitarian assistance to survive, the UN Secretary-General said on World Humanitarian Day (WHD). The figures are "staggering" yet they only tell part of the story, Ban Ki-moon noted. Hidden behind the statistics are individuals, families and communities whose lives have been devastated, he said. Jocelyne Sambira has [...]

19 Aug 2016 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Children remain positive despite “unspeakable violence” of war

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Many children living in countries affected by war or disasters remain positive although they suffer “unspeakable violence”, a senior UN envoy said ahead of World Humanitarian Day (‪#‎WHD‬) on 19 August. Leila Zerrougui, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict, was referring to a photo exhibit entitled “When I Grow Up”. The exhibit, [...]

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News in Brief 18 August 2016 (PM)

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UN and Haiti "heavily engaged" in eradicating cholera The UN and the Government of Haiti have been "heavily engaged" in cholera eradication since the 2010 outbreak, the international organization said on Thursday. Cholera deaths, which over the past six years totalled about 9,000, have dramatically decreased to 168 fatalities in 2016. The focus has been [...]

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UN "ready to deliver" aid to most vulnerable but needs access

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The UN and its partners are ready to relieve the emergency needs of the most vulnerable people in the world, but safe and unimpeded access is needed. That's the message Stephen O'Brien, the UN Emergency Relief Coordinator, shared in the run-up to World Humanitarian Day (WHD) observed on 19 August. WHD is an annual reminder [...]

18 Aug 2016 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

UN Gender Focus: female athletes, economic inequality and sexual violence

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Female Olympic athletes show "we are all created equal, we can all achieve" Seeing women compete and succeed in the 2016 Rio Olympics shows the world that "we are all created equal, and we can all achieve". That's according to UN Women's social media manager, Beatrice Frey, who has returned from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil [...]

18 Aug 2016 | Posted in UN Gender Focus | Read More »

UN Global Perspective Special: preventing young people from joining the terrorists

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The search for ways of preventing young people from joining terrorist networks around the world has intensified all year. From Baghdad to Orlando, from Nice to Nigeria, the fertile supply of new, young recruits to groups such as ISIL, Boko Haram and the Taliban is a particular concern at the UN. The Secretary General presented [...]

18 Aug 2016 | Posted in UN Global Perspective | Read More »

UN and Africa: focus on Ethiopia farmers, access to food and child soldiers

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Farmers need extra US$45 million to ward off El Niño in Ethiopia Farmers battling drought in Ethiopia have "a small window of opportunity" this September to plant a last set of crops for the year, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). The UN agency is appealing for US $45 million in additional funding [...]

18 Aug 2016 | Posted in UN and Africa | Read More »

UN Daily News 18 August 2016

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Listen to a bulletin of news and features from United Nations Radio, with Dianne Penn and Jocelyne Sambira. In today's programme: Twelve countries report an overall drop in child refugee detentions; and, how women Olympic athletes are breaking barriers and starting conversations.

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News in Brief 18 August 2016 (AM)

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More than 850 people killed in the Philippines in crackdown on crime The Philippines should stop the unlawful killing of people suspected of drug-related offences, two UN independent experts have urged. More than 850 people have reportedly been killed since May when Rodrigo Duterte was elected President vowing to crack down on crime. Over 650 [...]

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Sudan warring parties fail to reach ceasefire agreement: UN

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The UN chief has expressed disappointment that Sudan's warring parties failed to reach an agreement on a ceasefire in Darfur and two disputed states. The South Kordofan and Blue Nile states also known as the "two areas" have been plagued by insecurity since South Sudan gained independence from its northern neighbour. The last round of [...]

18 Aug 2016 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Twelve countries report decrease in child refugee detentions

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The number of refugee children in detention centres in 12 countries fell by 14 per cent over the past two years, according to a report launched by the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR). The study details achievements made by countries that have adopted a UNHCR strategy aimed at ending the detention of asylum seekers and refugees. [...]

18 Aug 2016 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

UN insists on 48-hour humanitarian pause to deliver aid to Aleppo

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The UN is calling for a 48-hour humanitarian pause in order to deliver much-needed aid to civilians trapped in the fighting in the Syrian city of Aleppo. The truce is a symbolic gesture in advance of the commemoration of World Humanitarian Day (WHD) on Friday, the UN Special Envoy for Syria said. Jocelyne Sambira reports. [...]

18 Aug 2016 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Female Olympic athletes show "we can all achieve"

Adrielle Alexandre, a young athlete from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, prepares for a ballet class. Photo: UNIC Brazil

Seeing women compete and succeed in the 2016 Rio Olympics shows the world that "we are all created equal, and we can all achieve". That's according to UN Women's social media manager, Beatrice Frey, who has returned from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil this week. Ms Frey has been working with the International Olympic Committee (IOC) [...]

18 Aug 2016 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

UN chief alarmed by escalation of airstrikes and ground fighting in Yemen

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The UN Secretary-General has expressed alarm over the escalation of airstrikes and ground fighting in Yemen and along the Saudi Arabia-Yemen border. Civilians, including children, are paying the heaviest price in the ongoing fighting, warns Ban Ki-moon. Jocelyne Sambira reports. All parties to the conflict in Yemen are being reminded of the necessity to protect [...]

17 Aug 2016 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

India and Pakistan urged to allow observers to access Kashmir

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Conflicting allegations over "serious" violations in Kashmir show the need for independent observers to be allowed to access the disputed region, according to the UN human rights office. India and Pakistan both administer territory in Kashmir, which has been experiencing violent clashes between security forces and protestors since the death of a separatist leader in [...]

17 Aug 2016 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

Children suffer "unspeakable violence" during war, UN envoy says

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Children have suffered "unspeakable violence" during war but most of them remain positive, a senior UN envoy said ahead of World Humanitarian Day (WHD) on 19 August. Leila Zerrougui, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict, was referring to a photo exhibit entitled "When I Grow Up". The exhibit put together [...]

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News in Brief 17 August 2016 (PM)

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Former US Mayor Bloomberg named UN Global Ambassador Former three-time Mayor of New York City Michael Bloomberg has been named Global Ambassador for Noncommunicable Diseases (NCDs) by the World Health Organization (WHO). Heart disease, stroke, cancer, diabetes and respiratory diseases are some of the main types of NCDs. Each year, 16 million people die from [...]

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DRC urged to take further military action to end threat of armed groups

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Authorities in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) are being urged to take further military action against armed groups operating in the country. A statement was issued by the UN Security Council on Wednesday, following the killing of at least 50 civilians in the area of Rwangoma village in North Kivu province. Members of [...]

17 Aug 2016 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

UN Daily News 17 August 2016

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Listen to a bulletin of news and features from United Nations Radio, with Dianne Penn and Jocelyne Sambira. In today's programme: a top UN official in South Sudan says there should be no impunity for attacks against aid workers; and we meet the new head of the UN climate change secretariat.

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News in Brief 17 August 2016 (AM)

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India and Pakistan urged to grant access to Kashmir India and Pakistan are being urged by the UN human rights chief to grant independent observers access to the disputed region of Jammu and Kashmir. Since an outbreak of violence in July, Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein has been engaging both countries to allow his office to [...]

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South Sudan: No impunity for those who attack humanitarians

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South Sudan's leaders "should not accept impunity" when it comes to violence against aid workers and humanitarian facilities, a senior UN official in the country has stated. UN Humanitarian Coordinator Eugune Owusu has condemned a recent brutal attack at a hotel in the capital, Juba, in which a local journalist was killed and several civilians [...]

17 Aug 2016 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

Probe launched over South Sudan violence against civilians, peacekeepers

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UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has expressed his outrage over the acts of violence committed against civilians and peacekeepers in South Sudan. These acts took place between 8 to 11 July by the South Sudanese army, SPLA, and opposition forces. An attack also took place in a hotel complex in the capital, Juba, called the Terrain [...]

17 Aug 2016 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Climate change is about “the wellbeing of people," says new climate secretariat chief

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Climate change is not a "vague concept" but reality, and it is having an impact on people everywhere. That's the opinion of Patricia Espinosa Cantellano who has been appointed Executive Director of the UN climate change secretariat, the UNFCCC. The veteran diplomat from Mexico was in Paris last December for the signing of the landmark [...]

17 Aug 2016 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

News in Brief 16 August 2016 (PM)

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  "Severely underfunded" aid operations to receive US $50 million US $50 million has been released by the UN Central Emergency Fund (CERF) for six "severely underfunded and neglected" aid operations. The CERF was introduced to provide fast and predictable funding for humanitarian crises around the world. The funds will provide life-saving assistance for two [...]

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Use of "surrender or starve" strategy to force capture of Aleppo

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A "surrender or starve" strategy is being used to force the capture of Aleppo city, the UN Commission of Inquiry on Syria (COI) has said. Violence in the Syrian city has reached new heights as government and rebel forces fight for control of the area as well as the remaining supply lines. Jocelyne Sambira has [...]

16 Aug 2016 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

DR Congo authorities urged to investigate Beni massacre

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Authorities in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) are being urged by the UN to investigate a massacre that occurred in Beni territory in Northern Kivu. At least 47 civilians, including two children, were reportedly killed on Saturday by the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) members. Jocelyne Sambira reports. The UN Secretary-General described the killing [...]

16 Aug 2016 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

UN Daily News 16 August 2016

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Listen to a bulletin of news and features from United Nations Radio, with Dianne Penn and Jocelyne Sambira. In today's programme: Preventing infant deaths by "Making Every Baby Count"; and UN peacekeepers train South Sudan health workers in responding to mass casualty situations.  

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"Making Every Baby Count" to prevent infant and maternal deaths

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Every year, 2.7 million babies die within the first month of life and roughly the same number are stillborn, according to data provided by the World Health Organization (WHO). As most of these deaths go unrecorded, countries cannot fully understand what action needs to be taken to prevent more infants from dying. Dianne Penn reports [...]

16 Aug 2016 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

South Sudan health workers trained to handle mass casualty situations

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Sixty health workers in Bentiu, South Sudan, have been trained in how to address the large numbers of injuries or deaths resulting from conflicts or natural disasters. The training was conducted by Ghanaian peacekeepers with the UN mission in the country, UNMISS. Jacob Ruai spoke to the Senior Medical Officer with the Ghanaian battalion, Dr [...]

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News in Brief 16 August 2016 (AM)

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  Emergency yellow fever vaccination campaign kicks off in DRC, Angola A mass vaccination campaign against yellow fever has kicked off in Angola and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), the World Health Organization (WHO) has confirmed. An outbreak of the disease in the two countries has killed more than 400 people and sickened [...]

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11 dead in coalition airstrike on rural hospital in Yemen

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A reported coalition airstrike on a rural hospital in northern Yemen has been condemned by the UN Secretary-General. It's the third facility supported by the international medical humanitarian organization, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) to get hit. Parties to the conflict in Yemen have damaged or destroyed over 70 health centres. Jocelyne Sambira reports. Eleven people [...]

16 Aug 2016 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

News in Brief 15 August 2016 (PM)

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  Humanitarian situation in Aleppo "dire" The humanitarian situation in Aleppo is "dire," including in the east of the city where close to 300,000 people remain trapped, according to the UN. Castello Road, the last remaining access route in and out of the area, was closed in July. The plight of up to two million [...]

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  China joins ranks of world's "most-innovative" economies  China has joined the ranks of the world's 25 "most innovative" economies, according to the Global Innovation Index (GII) 2016 launched on Monday. Meanwhile, Switzerland, Sweden, the UK, the USA, Finland and Singapore lead the 2016 rankings in the GII. The UN World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) [...]

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UN Daily News 15 August 2016

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Listen to a bulletin of news and features from United Nations Radio, with Dianne Penn and Jocelyne Sambira. In today's programme: A human rights expert visits China this week to learn how the country is combatting poverty; and an appeal to help Ethiopian farmers feed millions affected by drought.

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Farmers need extra US$45 million to ward off El Niño in Ethiopia

Semi-pastoralists have been hard-hit by drought and cattle are dying as the El Niño weather phenomenon has forced families to be on the move from Haro Huba kabele in central Ethiopia in search of grazing land and water. Photo: UNICEF/Mulugeta Ayene

Farmers battling drought in Ethiopia have "a small window of opportunity" this September to plant a last set of crops for the year, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). The UN agency is appealing for US $45 million in additional funding to support farmers so they can produce food for millions of their [...]

15 Aug 2016 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

European countries prepare for emerging cattle disease

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European countries are preparing to battle an emerging cattle disease with the help of the International Atomic Energy Agency, or IAEA. Over 30 experts will be trained at the UN agency's laboratories on how to use nuclear-derived techniques which can detect the virus within three hours and help trace its origin and spread. Jocelyne Sambira [...]

15 Aug 2016 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

10 children killed in Yemen school attack

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The killing of 10 children in an airstrike on a school in northern Yemen has been condemned by the UN Secretary-General. Many more were injured in the attack which took place in Sa'ada province over the weekend. Yemeni Government forces, supported by a Saudi-led coalition, have been battling rebels for control of the country. Jocelyne [...]

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"Brutal" killing of Kurdish journalist condemned

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The "brutal" killing of a journalist in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq has been strongly condemned by the UN deputy special envoy for the country. In a statement released on Monday, Gyorgy Busztin said he was "deeply disturbed" by the act and called on the authorities to put in place urgent measures to guarantee the [...]

15 Aug 2016 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Former child soldiers should be treated humanely "not as menaces"

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Former child soldiers need to be treated humanely and "not as menaces" to society, an advocate for children's rights has said. Kabba Williams was one of those forcefully recruited in Sierra Leone by the Revolutionary United Front (RUF) rebels, at the age of 7. Rescued and reintegrated into his community with the support of the [...]

15 Aug 2016 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

Combatting poverty focus of expert's mission to China

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Although China has made significant progress in slashing extreme poverty, the country still faces challenges in fighting this problem. Human rights expert Philip Alston is in the country this week to find out more about the global giant's efforts to address the issue. This is Mr Alston's first visit to China since being appointed UN [...]

15 Aug 2016 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

UNICEF denounces child deaths in Yemen airstrikes

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Warring parties in Yemen have been urged by the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) to limit harm to civilians as obligated under international law. The call follows the deaths of at least seven children in an airstrike in the north of the country on Saturday. Yemeni Government forces, supported by a Saudi-led coalition, have been battling [...]

14 Aug 2016 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Farming reform to stop climate change: a young Ugandan's Costa Rica mission

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One young Ugandan studying agriculture in Central America has big plans to return home and help African farming become more climate-friendly. Tom Okot, who was internally displaced from his war-torn home region of Northern Uganda, is a student at Earth University, in Costa Rica. He was one of the 60 winners of a multilingual essay contest  [...]

14 Aug 2016 | Posted in Focus on Climate Change, Today's Features | Read More »

Doing the right thing is "good business"

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Doing the right thing is "good business" and companies that don't see the connection won't survive in the long run. That's what the head of a non-profit that helps businesses build a more just and sustainable world said, on the margins of a UN debate on ending forced labour. People need to make the connection [...]

13 Aug 2016 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

Congolese refugees' participation in Olympics "huge victory" for their community

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The participation of Congolese refugees in the Olympics is a "huge victory", according to members of their community. Congolese Judokas Yolande Mabike and Popole Misenga competed on August 10th and were watched by members of the Congolese community who cried and celebrated as Yolande lost and Popole won his first round. For the first time [...]

13 Aug 2016 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

Canadian youth urged to be global citizens

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Raise your voice. Build trust in your community. Help the UN build peace in the world. That was the message UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon delivered to students and faculty at the University of Calgary in Canada on Friday. Mr Ban also announced that the UN will be naming 17 young leaders on sustainable development who [...]

12 Aug 2016 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

New UN appointments address youth unemployment, role in peace efforts

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The appointment of a Special Envoy on Youth Employment will bolster UN efforts to address persistently high levels of youth joblessness worldwide. That hope has been expressed by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon who made the announcement on Friday during an address at the University of Calgary in Canada. Dianne Penn reports. The new envoy is former [...]

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Regional Protection Force for South Sudan

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The UN Security Council has authorized a 4,000-strong Regional Protection Force in response to the persistent violence and instability in South Sudan. Eleven of the 15 ambassadors voted in favour of the resolution establishing the force, which also includes an arms embargo. Dianne Penn reports. The Regional Protection Force will be under the command of [...]

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News in Brief 12 August 2016 (PM)

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Condemnation for deadly blasts in Thailand A series of bomb attacks against popular resort areas in Thailand has been condemned by the United Nations. Four people were reportedly killed in the blasts which occurred on Friday. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon expressed hope that the perpetrators will be brought to justice. Mr Ban extended condolences to [...]

12 Aug 2016 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

UN Daily News 12 August 2016

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Listen to a bulletin of news and features from United Nations Radio with Dianne Penn. Happy International Youth Day! In today's programme: we hear about unlocking youth potential to end poverty And one young woman tells us why her peers need to know more about the SDGs.

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Neighbouring countries “straining” from influx of South Sudanese refugees

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As people continue to flee insecurity in South Sudan, neighbouring countries are "straining" from the weight of absorbing the displaced, the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) said on Friday. UNHCR says there are some 930,000 South Sudandese refugees in the region but that number is on track to reach one million "within a matter of weeks." [...]

12 Aug 2016 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Only way to SDGs is unlocking “power and potential” of youth

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The only way to end world poverty and achieve the United Nations' goals for sustainable development (SDGs) is to "unlock the potential and the power of young people". That's according to Ahmad Alhendawi, Youth Envoy for the UN Secretary General. Alhendawi pointed out that two-thirds of the population in developing countries are under 30, so [...]

12 Aug 2016 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

More funds needed to protect 'future generations from the scourge of war'

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A UN fund which supports countries emerging from conflict, needs an extra US$70 million just to keep up with current demand, according to a senior UN official. The UN Peace Building Commission was established in 2005 to serve post-conflict countries in need of aid, such as Colombia. In recent years there has been a shift [...]

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News in Brief 12 August 2016 (AM)

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Youth employment key to achieving global development goals Investment in youth employment is "indispensable" to the global effort to eradicate poverty and achieve a sustainable future for all. That's the message from the head of the International Labour Organization (ILO), for International Youth Day, observed this Friday, 12 August. Roughly 200 million people worldwide are [...]

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"We should know a lot more about them:" UN competition winner on SDGs

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When it comes to the world's 2030 Sustainable Development Goals, or SDGs, "we should know a lot more about them." That's the view of Sophia Smith Galer, one of the winners of a multilingual essay contest who came to UN Headquarters in July to attend a global youth forum. Speaking ahead of International Youth day [...]

12 Aug 2016 | Posted in Sustainable Development Goals, Today's Features | Read More »

First African polio cases in two years reported in Nigeria

Mothers bring their children to be vaccinated against polio at a market place vaccination point during a polio vaccination campaign in Tunkia, near Kenema in Sierra Leone. Photo: UNICEF/Kate Holt

The first cases of polio in Africa for two years have been reported in Nigeria, leaving two children paralyzed in the northern Borno State. The last confirmed case discovered on the continent was in July 2014, in Nigeria. The Nigerian government said it was collaborating with the World Health Organization and other partners to prevent [...]

11 Aug 2016 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

News in Brief 11 August 2016 (PM)

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Ukraine challenges Russia for proof of alleged "terrorist" attack inside Crimea The Ukrainian ambassador challenged Russia on Thursday to provide proof of Ukrainian involvement in an alleged "terrorist" incursion inside Crimea. Speaking after a UN Security Council meeting to discuss the issue, Ukrainian Ambassador Volodymyr Yelchenko, said his government had asked the UN Human Rights [...]

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"If I could do it, you can do it" UN chief tells child refugees

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A group of child refugees who've found a new home in California were given a special message by the UN chief on Wednesday: "If I could do it, you can do it." During a visit to the west coast of the United States, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told the children that he had once been displaced [...]

11 Aug 2016 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

UN Global Perspective: focus on Team Refugees, indigenous peoples and nuclear weapons

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#TeamRefugees symbol of hope for millions of displaced people When the top athletes from more than 200 countries strode into the Olympic stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, for the opening ceremony, one team in particular brought the world to its feet. For the first time ever, a Refugee Olympic Team is competing at the [...]

11 Aug 2016 | Posted in UN Global Perspective | Read More »

UN and Africa: focus on Refugee Olympians, Mali and African youth

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South Sudan Olympians say "being a refugee is only a status" Five runners who fled South Sudan have been given the chance to compete in the 2016 Rio Olympic Games as refugees. A total of 10 refugees from various countries have been competing in the ground-breaking team and the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) says they [...]

11 Aug 2016 | Posted in UN and Africa | Read More »

UN Gender Focus: violence against children, child brides and disarmament

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Bid to end violence "that affects one billion children per year" An ambitious strategy to end violence against children has been unveiled by UN health experts. It was launched by the World Health Organization (WHO) which says a new global approach is needed as around one billion children every year are affected. Despite the alarming [...]

11 Aug 2016 | Posted in UN Gender Focus | Read More »

UN Daily News 11 August 2016

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Listen to a bulletin of news and features from United Nations Radio, with Matthew Wells and Jocelyne Sambira. In today's programme, the UN calls for a two-day weekly humanitarian pause to deliver aid to people trapped by fighting in and around the Syrian city of Aleppo; And, we'll hear how refugees and migrants entering and [...]

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Three-hour daily ceasefire in Aleppo "not enough" to deliver aid

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Three-hour daily pauses in the fighting around Aleppo are "not enough" to get life-saving aid in the Syrian city because the logistics are "enormous". That's the reaction of two senior UN officials to the truce proposed by the Russian Federation on Thursday. Fighting is raging inside Syria's second city where two million people are living [...]

11 Aug 2016 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

Migrants in a "catch 22" when both entering and leaving are criminalized

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In Bulgaria, refugees and migrants fleeing conflict and persecution all too often find themselves treated as criminals. That's according to the UN High Commissioner of Human Rights, Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein, who said on Thursday that "xenophobia, Islamophobia and racism are among the most worrying threats" in Europe today. Zeid said that more effective national [...]

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News in Brief 11 August 2016 (AM)

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"Ensure safety and dignity of civilians" in Aleppo urges UNHCR All parties to the fighting in and around Aleppo in Syria have a duty to "ensure, first and foremost, the safety and dignity of civilians," according to a statement issued on Thursday by the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR). Heavy fighting in recent weeks between rebels [...]

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"Permanent ceasefire" between Lebanon-Israel "best outcome"

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Moving towards a "permanent ceasefire" between Lebanon and Israel remains the "real challenge" facing the UN's Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL). That's the view of Major-General Michael Beary, who has just taken over as Force Commander and Head of Mission. The former Irish Army officer has enjoyed a long military career and was deployed to [...]

11 Aug 2016 | Posted in From the Field, Today's Features | Read More »

News in Brief 10 August 2016 (PM)

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Creative partnerships, refugee support, focus of UN chief's LA visit Encouraging greater collaboration between the United Nations and the creative community was the focus of the UN Secretary-General's visit to Los Angeles this Wednesday. Ban Ki-moon arrived in the city, home to Hollywood, for two events which support that partnership. A statement from his office [...]

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Humanitarian chief appeals for end to South Sudan conflict

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Areas of South Sudan that were "beacons of hope" just a year ago are now mired in conflict or facing severe food insecurity, UN Humanitarian Coordinator Stephen O'Brien told journalists in New York on Wednesday. Mr O'Brien was briefing on his recent visit to the country, which took him to the north-western cities of Wau [...]

10 Aug 2016 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

UN Daily News 10 August 2016

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Listen to a bulletin of news and features from United Nations Radio, with Matthew Wells and Dianne Penn. In today's programme, Sudan need to do more to advance the economic, social and cultural rights of people living in Darfur, many internally-displaced…. And, we hear from the UN expert who's sounding the alarm on behalf of [...]

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Report explores link between gold extracting and organized crime in Colombia

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A new report is shedding light on the relationship between gold extracted from rivers and other waterways in Colombia and organized crime. It finds that about 60 per cent of alluvial gold exploitation is not taking place through normal channels and in many cases is financing and strengthening organized criminal groups. Ana Carmo reports. The [...]

10 Aug 2016 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

News in Brief 10 August 2016 (AM)

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  Signing of Roadmap Agreement "valuable step" towards peace in Sudan The recent signing of a peace framework by four opposition groups in Sudan has been welcomed by the UN Secretary-General. Ban Ki-moon described the development as a "valuable step" towards stopping war and resolving the crises in the country. The Roadmap Agreement for Ending [...]

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Sudanese government obliged to extend more rights to Darfuris

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The Government of Sudan has an obligation to extend greater "economic, social and cultural rights" to the citizens of the troubled Darfur region. That's according to Isha Dyfan, chief of the Human Rights Section of the joint UN-African Union Mission in the region,  UNAMID. Darfuri rebels have been fighting government troops and militia since 2003, [...]

10 Aug 2016 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

Learning a language is the "most humanizing thing you can do"

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Learning a new language is the "most humanizing thing you can do" for yourself. That's according to Rachel Anne Lott, one of the 60 young winners of a multilingual essay contest organized by the United Nations and ELS Educational Services Inc. In her case, learning Arabic has allowed her to see "through the stereotypes that [...]

10 Aug 2016 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

Concern over recent escalation in Yemen fighting

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The recent escalation in fighting in Yemen is worsening the country's "already dire" humanitarian situation, the UN Secretary-General said on Tuesday. Government forces, supported by a Saudi-led coalition, have been battling Shia rebels known as Houthi for control of the country. Dianne Penn reports. The uptick in violence comes after UN-backed peace talks reached what [...]

9 Aug 2016 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

News in Brief 09 August 2016 (PM)

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  Aleppo: Humanitarians "ready to roll" provided they have access Two million people "living in fear of besiegement" in Aleppo, Syria, are counting on the international community to end their suffering, the UN Humanitarian Coordinator said on Tuesday. Stephen O'Brien was speaking to journalists following a closed-door briefing to the Security Council on what he [...]

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Listen to a bulletin of news and features from United Nations Radio, with Matthew Wells and Dianne Penn. In today's programme: Big nation states need to work together with Indigenous Peoples to lift education standards for all, one leader from the Artic region tells us. And, after criticism that a new draft agreement on refugees is [...]

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Two million without water in Aleppo

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The dire situation in the Syrian city of Aleppo continues to be a leading concern for UN agencies. The UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) reports that the escalation in attacks and fighting have left two million people without access to running water as temperatures soar. The violence has also reduced the number of available health care [...]

9 Aug 2016 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

World should "embrace" new UN draft agreement on refugees

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The world should "embrace" a new draft agreement on refugees and migrants that will commit countries to take more action over the crisis. That's according to UN Special Adviser Karen AbuZayd, who was appointed to work with Member States and officials towards the Outcome Document, agreed this week. The text agreed by more than 190 [...]

9 Aug 2016 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

In crisis, Venezuela is "cracking down" on its media

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Venezuela is "cracking down" on media workers during a time of economic and political crisis and failing to meet its obligations under international human rights law. That's according to David Kaye, UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Freedom of Opinion and Expression. He said that attacks on journalists and independent media workers have increased [...]

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News in Brief 09 August 2016 (AM)

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Urgent appeal for agricultural support in north-eastern Nigeria Funding is urgently needed to provide farming support for 385,000 people in north-eastern Nigeria, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said on Tuesday. The UN agency reports that food insecurity is "rampant" in the region and it is appealing for US$10 million to help people displaced by [...]

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"Do things together" for education's sake: Indigenous leader

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When it comes to true educational equality for the world's indigenous peoples, nation states need to "work together" with local leaders and embrace their common heritage. That's the view of Karla Jessen Williamson, an Inuit from Greenland, who is the former Executive Director of the Arctic Institute of North America and currently an academic at [...]

9 Aug 2016 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

Disaster preparedness in Paraguay's biggest tip

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Efforts are underway in Paraguay to prepare impoverished people living on the margins of the country's biggest rubbish dump, for the likely eventuality of flooding. The Cateura dump is located next to the Paraguay River in the south of the capital Asuncion. The river floods regularly, driving some of the poorest people in this South [...]

9 Aug 2016 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

Humanitarians issue call for urgent access to Aleppo

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The United Nations is calling for urgent access to Aleppo to assist more than two million people trapped in the Syrian city. The appeal comes in statement issued on Monday by UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator for Syria, Yacoub El Hillo, and the Regional Humanitarian Coordinator for the Syria Crisis, Kevin Kennedy. Dianne Penn reports. [...]

8 Aug 2016 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

News in Brief 08 August 2016 (PM)

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  Concern over reprisals against four Burundi lawyers International human rights experts are expressing "grave concern" over reported reprisals against four lawyers from Burundi who provided information on abuses in the country. The lawyers had contributed to an "alternative report" by an NGO coalition which was presented during a UN Committee Against Torture review of [...]

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Argentina praised for accommodating 3,000 Syrian refugees

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Argentina has been commended by the UN Secretary-General for taking in 3,000 people who have fled the conflict in Syria. Ban Ki-moon was speaking to journalists in the capital, Buenos Aires, following a meeting with President Mauricio Macri on Wednesday. Dianne Penn reports. Mr Ban described Argentina as a country which has attracted immigrants from [...]

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UN chief condemns "appalling" terror attack on Pakistan hospital

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A "particularly appalling" terrorist bombing at a hospital in Pakistan has drawn condemnation from the UN Secretary-General. At least 70 people, most of them mourners, were killed in the incident, which took place on Monday in the city of Quetta, located in Balochistan province. The Taliban has reportedly claimed responsibility for the blast which injured [...]

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Listen to a bulletin of news and features from United Nations Radio, with Matthew Wells and Dianne Penn. In today's programme: a passionate plea to the Security Council from volunteer doctors who've been working in Aleppo, to help ease the suffering there…. And the Special Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict says she'll work tirelessly [...]

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Volunteer doctors plead with Security Council to help save Aleppo

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Volunteer doctors who have been working in the Syrian city of Aleppo came to the UN Security Council on Monday, with a plea for more action to save lives. In a special meeting focussing on the worsening humanitarian crisis facing Aleppo, members saw graphic photographs and videos of injured children and hospitals destroyed by aerial [...]

8 Aug 2016 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

Perpetrators of sexual violence in South Sudan "will be held accountable"

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Perpetrators of rape and sexual violence in South Sudan's on-going conflict "will be held accountable," said the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Sexual Violence in Conflict on Monday. Zainab Hawa Bangura vowed that she would do everything in her power to ensure that justice is done on behalf of the victims. UN officials have [...]

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News in Brief 08 August 2016 (AM)

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  Killing of peacekeeper in Mali condemned by UN chief The death of a peacekeeper in the Kidal region of northern Mali on Sunday has been condemned by the UN Secretary-General. The "blue helmet" was travelling in a convoy from the UN mission in the country, MINUSMA, when the vehicle he was in hit an [...]

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Decision to send regional protection force to South Sudan welcomed by UN chief

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The decision by a group of African leaders to authorize a regional protection force for South Sudan has been welcomed by the UN Secretary-General. Ban Ki-moon commended the "decisive action" taken by the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) Plus countries on Friday to deploy troops in an effort to prevent a slide back into full-scale [...]

7 Aug 2016 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Youth hold the "future of Africa" in their hands

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Young people are the ones who hold the "future of Africa" in their hands. That's according to Sammy Musungu, from Kenya, one of the winners of a multilingual essay contest who came to UN Headquarters in July to attend a global youth forum. Mr Musungu, who wrote his essay in Spanish, is currently living and [...]

7 Aug 2016 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

Kuwait negotiations over Yemen reach "final stop" but "peace talks continue"

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The UN-facilitated peace talks over Yemen that have been taking place in Kuwait since April have reached a "final stop", it was announced on Saturday. But UN Special Envoy for Yemen, Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed promised that peace talks will now enter a "new phase" where the focus would be on talking to the warring [...]

6 Aug 2016 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

"Devastating consequences" of nuclear weapons should never be forgotten

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Recent ballistic missile launches by the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) shows the need for more international dialogue on the nuclear issue. That's the opinion of the head of the UN organization working to make a global nuclear test-ban treaty reality. This Saturday, 6 August, marks 71 years since the world witnessed the destructive [...]

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News in Brief 05 August 2016 (PM)

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Olympics are an opportunity for "peace, reconciliation, harmony," says Ban The Rio 2016 Olympic Games represent a chance for the world to unite in "peace, reconciliation and harmony," according to the UN Secretary-General. He was speaking as he carried the Olympic torch, which will take pride of place on Friday night at the opening ceremony [...]

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#TeamRefugees symbol of hope for millions of displaced people

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon meets with members of the Refugee Olympic Athletes team in the Olympic Village in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. UN Photo/Mark Garten

When the top athletes from more than 200 countries stride into the Olympic stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, this Friday evening, there's no doubt that one team in particular will be applauded by people of all nationalities. For the first time ever, a Refugee Olympic Team will compete at the Games. Supported by the [...]

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UN Daily News 05 August 2016

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Listen to a bulletin of news and features from United Nations Radio, with Dianne Penn and Matthew Wells. Today, we're celebrating the Olympic spirit as the first-ever refugee team makes its debut in Rio; and, a young Brazilian explains why his country must make some tough choices after the Games end.  

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Iranian executions condemned by UN Human Rights chief

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The executions of 20 people in Iran over the past week have been condemned as a "grave injustice" by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights. Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein said on Friday that he "deplored" the executions, which were purportedly carried out for terrorism-related offences. Matthew Wells reports. Zeid said that reports suggested the [...]

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News in Brief 05 August 2016 (AM)

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Aid convoys reach areas of eastern Ukraine for first time in five months For the first time in five months, aid convoys have reached conflict-affected non-government controlled areas of the Luhansk region in eastern Ukraine, according to the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR). Two separate convoys of 25 trucks delivered vitally-needed construction materials for thousands of [...]

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US Dollar still tops the world's "currency pyramid"

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The US Dollar continues to offer advantages "no other currency" can, and sits on top of the world's "currency pyramid". That's the view of Benjamin Cohen, professor of International Political Economy at the University of California, and author of Currency Power: Understanding Monetary Rivalry. He said China had already overtaken the United States in terms [...]

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"Now you can show your strength:" UN chief to refugee team in Rio

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The 10 members of the Refugee Olympic Team have continued to break new ground ahead of Friday's opening ceremony, and on Thursday it was the turn of the UN chief to pay his respects in Rio. "Now you can show your strength" Ban Ki-moon told them, adding that when they appear at the opening ceremony [...]

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As people continue to flee violence in the northern triangle of Central America – Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador – UNHCR is supporting asylum-seekers find safety at a series of shelters, including the Tres Angeles Shelter, pictured here, in southern Mexico. Photo: UNHCR/Sebastian Rich

  Countries vow to "strengthen protection" for Central America refugees Nine countries from North and Central America released a statement on Thursday in support of strengthening protection for refugees and asylum-seekers in the region. The so-called San Jose Action Statement was welcomed by the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) as a "landmark step" ahead of UN [...]

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UN Global Perspective: focus on children in conflict, social protection and solar energy

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Call for wider protection for children caught in armed conflict Despite an ever-changing global security landscape, children continue to pay the highest price in wartime. That was the message delivered by the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon during a Security Council meeting this week on children caught in armed conflict. War subjects children to "a living [...]

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UN and Africa Special: South Sudan

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This week’s special programme focus on the political, humanitarian and health crisis facing South Sudan. In an exclusive interview with the UN Mission's radio station in South Sudan, Radio Miraya, UN relief chief, Stephen O'Brien – who spent three days in the country seeing conditions for himself – said that all parties, political and humanitarian, [...]

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Brazil must make tough choices following Olympic "games of exclusion"

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Brazil needs to encourage a national discussion about how to get out of its "political and economic" crisis following an Olympics that have become known as the "games of exclusion". That's the passionate view of Tom dos Santos, who was representing his country as one of the winners at the recent Many Languages, One World [...]

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UN Daily News 04 August 2016

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Listen to a bulletin of news and features from United Nations Radio, with Dianne Penn and Matthew Wells. In today's programme: Preliminary investigations indicate "widespread" human rights violations during the recent fighting in South Sudan And, encouraging girls to stick with sports so that they can go 'Faster, Higher

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Encouraging girls to go 'Faster, Higher, Stronger'

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When the modern Olympics were first held more than a century ago, 997 athletes competed, only 22 of them women. Fast forward to this year's Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, where nearly half of those vying for medals are women. The Olympic motto is 'Faster, Higher, Stronger,' and the UN entity working towards gender [...]

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UN "will do everything possible" to resume Intra-Syrian peace talks

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The UN said on Thursday that it would "do everything possible" to try and resume Intra-Syrian talks towards the end of August in order to establish a lasting ceasefire. Meanwhile, hundreds of thousands of civilians in the Syrian city of Aleppo remain cut off from humanitarian aid. Matthew Wells has more. Speaking at the end [...]

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Indications of "widespread" abuse in South Sudan crisis

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The UN Security Council is being urged to take stronger action on South Sudan in the wake of reports showing that "widespread violations" were committed during recent violence in the country. The appeal has been made by the UN Human Rights High Commissioner who says preliminary investigations reveal hundreds of killings and rapes, as well [...]

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UN Gender Focus: breastfeeding, human trafficking and peacekeeping

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50% of children born each year "not being put to the breast soon enough" Over half the children born each year are “not being put to the breast soon enough.” That’s according to Tamara Kummer, from the UN Children’s Fund, UNICEF, speaking at the beginning of World Breastfeeding Week 2016 observed from the 1st to the [...]

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News in Brief 04 August 2016 (AM)

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"Deep concern" expressed over health of Chinese human rights defender "Deep concern" was expressed on Thursday over the health of a prominent human rights defender who has been on hunger strike for three months, claiming ill-treatment at the hands of Chinese authorities. Yang Maodong, known by his pen-name Guo Feixiong, has suffered "degrading and humiliating [...]

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Mapping out a sustainable future for people and the planet

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The same technological advances that turn your mobile phone into a mapping device are being harnessed in global efforts to address poverty, climate change and natural disasters. The integration of maps, software and data to capture and analyse details from locations anywhere on the planet is known as geospatial information. A UN expert committee on [...]

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Many in Central African Republic "want to pursue peace and justice"

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Following years of inter-communal violence and fighting, there are many now across the Central African Republic (CAR) who "want to pursue peace and justice.” That's according to Professor Sarah Knuckey, Director of the Human Rights Clinic at New York's Columbia University. She recently visited CAR for two weeks, together with a team made up of [...]

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DPRK missile "major problem for the security and safety" of region

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  A ballistic missile launched by the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, DPRK, which landed in the Sea of Japan, has been condemned as "totally unacceptable" by Japan's ambassador to the UN. Koro Bessho told reporters after emergency Security Council consultations over the launch on Wednesday, that it represented a "major problem for the security [...]

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Updated vaccinations protect Olympic travellers and Brazil: WHO

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People travelling to the Rio Olympics are being advised by the World Health Organization (WHO) to make sure their routine vaccinations are up to date. WHO reports that Brazil has made strides in tackling diseases such as measles, but the influx of thousands of international athletes and sports fans could potentially put gains at risk. [...]

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News in Brief 03 August 2016 (PM)

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"Apparent endorsement" of extrajudicial killings in Philippines condemned The "apparent endorsement" by some government members in the Philippines of the extrajudicial killing of drugs-crime suspects, has been condemned by the UN. The head of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime, Yuri Fedotov, said he was "greatly concerned" at media reports that suspected drug dealers [...]

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"Immediately silence the guns" in South Sudan: UN Humanitarian chief

UN Emergency Relief Coordinator Stephen O'Brien meets women displaced by recent fighting in Wau, South Sudan. Photo: IOM/Mohammed

The warring parties which threaten to throw South Sudan back into brutal civil war need to "immediately silence the guns" and "allow civilians to live in peace". That's the passionate plea from UN Humanitarian Affairs chief, Stephen O'Brien, speaking on Wednesday at the end of three-day visit to the world's youngest country. Since early July, [...]

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UN Daily News 03 August 2016

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Listen to a bulletin of news and features from United Nations Radio, with Dianne Penn and Matthew Wells. In today's programme: Concern over the dramatic rise in casualties in eastern Ukraine; and, the UN's top official in Somalia outlines support for the elections slated for this year.

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Dramatic rise in casualties in eastern Ukraine

The situation in eastern Ukraine remains volatile and continues to have a severe impact on human rights. Photo/ UNHCR

The number of casualties in the conflict in eastern Ukraine has reached its highest level in a year, the UN human rights office has reported. It found that 12 people were killed and 57 injured in June: the highest figure since August 2015. The crisis in eastern Ukraine has entered its third year, pitting Government [...]

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News in Brief 03 August 2016 (AM)

Yazidi refugees, including several children, go about their lives in Nawrouz refugee camp, approximately 40 kilometres from the Syrian border with Iraq. Photo: UNICEF/Razan Rashidi

Crimes against Yazidi people "on-going" two years after ISIL assault Marking the second anniversary of the initial assault against the Yazidi minority of Iraq, an independent international inquiry said on Wednesday that the genocide against them was "on-going". In a statement, The Commission of Inquiry on the Syrian Arab Republic said that attention needed to [...]

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Ground-breaking UN Mission in Colombia won't "impose" peace accord

Jean Arnault of France, head of UN Mission in Colombia. UN Photo/Ryan Brown (file)

  A ground-breaking UN Political Mission of observers to Colombia will not seek to "impose" the new peace accord on the country.    That's according to Jean Arnault, Special Representative and head of the new UN mission that is currently being deployed in Colombia. In June, the Colombian government and FARC rebels signed an historic [...]

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Somalia elections to be more inclusive

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Elections this year in Somalia represent "a very unique moment" in the country's political history, according to the senior UN official there. Michael Keating said the vote, which should take place before the end of the month, will foster a greater sense of "local ownership" as well as more participation by women. Somalia last held [...]

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News in Brief 02 August 2016 (PM)

UNICEF Ambassador Ewan McGregor meets displaced children at the Debaga IDP camp in northern Iraq. Photo: UNICEF/Siegfried Modola

  Attacks on civilian targets deeply disturbing says UN chief Attacks on civilian targets across Syria have continued with damage reported to the de-facto besieged city of Aleppo's vital electricity and water supplies. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said he was "deeply disturbed by the ongoing destruction," particularly of medical facilities. Here’s UN Spokesperson, Stéphane Dujarric. [...]

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"Female dimension" helped ensure "fantastic two years" for Force Commander

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The first female Force Commander in UN history is stepping down after what she called a "fantastic two years". Major-General Kristin Lund headed the UN force in Cyprus (UNFICYP), the first woman ever to command a UN peacekeeping operation. Her last day in charge was 29 July. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon paid tribute to her service [...]

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"Partnership" with South Sudanese authorities vital to "foster peace"

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Creating partnerships with all levels of government in South Sudan is the best way to "foster peace" and deliver life-saving aid during the on-going crisis. That's the view of UN humanitarian chief, Stephen O'Brien, speaking in the middle of his mission this week to the world's youngest country. A political, humanitarian and health crisis has [...]

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UN Daily News 02 August 2016

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Listen to a bulletin of news and features from United Nations Radio, with Dianne Penn and Matthew Wells. In today’s programme: a call for greater protection for children caught in armed conflict and why breast milk makes all the difference during the first hour of life.

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Call for wider protection for children caught in armed conflict

Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict Leila Zerrougui (centre), meets displaced children and their families in northeastern Nigeria, in January 2015. Photo: UN

Despite an ever-changing global security landscape, children continue to pay the highest price in wartime. That was the message delivered by the UN Secretary-General to the Security Council on Tuesday. Ban Ki-moon also reiterated his support for a UN report on children caught up in armed conflict which had raised objections among some observers. Dianne [...]

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News in Brief 02 August 2016 (AM)

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  60,000 have fled violence in South Sudan Around 60,000 people have now fled violence in South Sudan to neighbouring countries, according to the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR), speaking at a briefing in Geneva on Tuesday. Violence erupted in the capital, Juba, in early July between forces loyal to the President and then First Vice [...]

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50% of children born each year "not being put to the breast soon enough"

In Uzbekistan, a woman holds her newborn baby to her chest. Photo: UNICEF/Giacomo Pirozzi

Over half the children born each year are "not being put to the breast soon enough." That's according to Tamara Kummer, from the UN Children's Fund, UNICEF, speaking at the beginning of World Breastfeeding Week 2016. UNICEF has released a report showing that it is crucial for newborns to be given access to their mother's [...]

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"Equity" and access to food is main "challenge"

During the lean season, families in Wurotorobe, Burkina Faso, struggle to have at least one meal per day, but often they only calm the worst hunger. The poor diet makes small children extremely vulnerable to epidemics and disease. Photo: OCHA/Ivo Brandau (file photo)

Making sure that everyone gets access to food is one of the main challenges facing the international community according to the World Food Programme (WFP). The UN agency says there is enough food to feed the more than seven billion people on the planet but a lack of equality means that many people, especially in [...]

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Reports continue of "widespread sexual violence" in South Sudan

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Continuing reports of "widespread sexual violence" against women and girls around the South Sudanese capital Juba, have been "unequivocally" condemned by the UN Mission, UNMISS. Reports of "deeply disturbing" sexual attacks began as soon as fighting between forces loyal to President Salva Kiir and then First Vice President Riek Machar, erupted on July 8. The [...]

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News in Brief 01 August 2016 (PM)

IDP's seek protection in UN base in Juba during government military clashes on 08 July 2016. UNMISS Photo

  Clashes between rival South Sudanese forces "violation of peace agreement" Renewed clashes between government and opposition forces in parts of South Sudan on Monday are a "violation of the peace agreement" signed last year. That's according to the UN Mission in the strife-torn country, UNMISS. The clashes are most intense in the states of [...]

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Voucher assistance feeds thousands in hard-to-reach area of Taiz, Yemen

WFP provides food vouchers to 55,000 people in hard-to-reach district of Taiz city, Al Qahira, Yemen. Photo: WFP

Expansion of a food voucher system in Yemen has allowed the World Food Programme (WFP) to reach 55,000 people in a hard-to-reach area of Taiz city during the past month. Through the project, WFP supplied families with vouchers which they used to get wheat grain, vegetable oil, salt, sugar and other food items from local [...]

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UN Daily News 01 August 2016

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Listen to a bulletin of news and features from United Nations Radio, with Dianne Penn and Matthew Wells. In today's programme: Severe fighting in western Aleppo displaces thousands; and, the UN's labour organization, the ILO, warns that austerity measures are putting “social protection” rights at risk.

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Increased support for breastfeeding is "public health imperative"

Sumi Madhi a volunteer on child feeding, nutrition and care interacts with mothers in Kudada, India. Photo: UNICEF/Prashanth Vishwanathan

Increased support worldwide for breastfeeding babies is a "public health imperative". That's the message from the World Health Organization, WHO, at the beginning of World Breastfeeding Week 2016. WHO has established a global target of having 50% of infants under six months of age being breastfed exclusively by 2030, and says that the healthy practice [...]

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Helping women to "cross over from victim to survivor"

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Victims of human trafficking can be manipulated to believe that they love and need the person trafficking them, according to one survivor. Sheila McClain, who is from the United States, ran away from home as a young girl after being abused. By the time she was 18, she was being prostituted and was subsequently trafficked [...]

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Military offensive in western Aleppo displaces thousands

Al-Riad shelter, Aleppo, Syria. Photo: OCHA/Josephine Guerrero

Intense fighting continued on Monday in the western part of the Syrian city of Aleppo, putting hundreds of thousands of civilians at risk, the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) has warned. Opposition groups launched the offensive on Sunday in efforts to break a de facto siege on the east, where the UN and its partners have [...]

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News in Brief 01 August 2016 (AM)

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  Fast-track executions in Iraq "will only accelerate injustice" Fast-tracking executions for Iraqis sentenced to death "will only accelerate injustice," according to the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR). Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein expressed serious concern on Monday over the creation of a government committee which is being asked to find ways of speeding [...]

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"Think critically" to counter violent extremism, youth advised

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Emotional vulnerability is making young people prime targets for recruitment by violent extremists. That's one of the messages to emerge from a panel on youth and countering violent extremism, at UN Headquarters in early July. Youth Civil Activism Network, or YouthCAN, led the discussion, which demonstrated ways in which included ways in which positive messaging [...]

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"Ultimate weapon" for Africa to fight illegal fishing operations

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A new treaty to combat illegal fishing has been described as the "ultimate weapon" to fight the issue in Africa. The Port State Measures Agreement which is aimed specifically at tackling illegal, unreported and unregulated or IUU fishing across the world is backed by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). The agreement will block improperly [...]

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