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Many still barred from access to social, political and economic opportunities

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  Despite social progress worldwide, many people still continue to face limited access to social, economic and political opportunities, a new United Nations report reveals.  Leaving No One Behind—The Imperative of Inclusive Development was launched on Wednesday by the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs. Dianne Penn reports. The 2016 Report of the World [...]

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"Speaking out protects life": UN chief marks World Aids Day

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With a call that "tolerance and awareness helps stop AIDS" the UN chief marked his final World Aids Day as Secretary-General, saying that "speaking out protects life". Ban Ki-moon was speaking at a special event in UN Headquarters to mark the day, which takes place every December 1. The event entitled Moving Forward Together: Leaving [...]

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News in Brief 30 November 2016 (PM)

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  Haitian people affected by cholera "at the heart" of new UN approach The Haitian people and the communities in which they live, will be "at the heart" of a new UN approach to tackle continuing cholera outbreaks there. That's the promise from UN Spokesperson Stéphane Dujarric, speaking on the eve of the launch of [...]

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Thousands of people remain in opposition areas in Syria's Aleppo

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Tens of thousands of people remain in rebel-held areas in Aleppo in Syria, as a government offensive to retake the eastern part of the city intensifies; that's according to the UN Special Envoy for Syria. Staffan de Mistura was addressing an emergency meeting of the Security Council as heavy fighting was expected to continue in [...]

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UN Daily News Programme 30 November 2016

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Listen to a bulletin of news and features from United Nations Radio, with Daniel Dickinson and Dianne Penn. Today: people living in the embattled Syrian city of Aleppo are “waiting for death”, …we hear from the UN human rights chief And "Serious violations" are continuing in South Sudan

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"Serious human rights violations" continuing in South Sudan

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"Serious human rights violations" are continuing in South Sudan and are more serious than previously thought according to a visiting UN Human Rights Commission. Civil conflict erupted in the African country three years ago leading to the deaths of thousands of people and forcing almost three million more to flee their homes. During their 10-day [...]

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Latest DPRK nuclear test prompts toughest UN Security Council sanctions

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon addresses the Council. UN Photo/Manuel Elias

The "toughest and most comprehensive sanctions ever" have been imposed by the UN Security Council in response to the latest nuclear test by the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK). That's according to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon who on Wednesday welcomed a unanimous resolution by the Council which condemned the 9 September test "in the [...]

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News in Brief 30 November 2016 (AM)

An Iraqi woman from Mosul holds her daughter in one hand and empty water containers in the other. Two other children follow her in search of water near the Garmava temporary camp in central Iraq. Credit: UNHCR/S. Baldwin (file photo)

  Iraq: Half of Mosul children cut off from clean drinking water Nearly half the children in the Iraqi city of Mosul and their families reportedly have no access to clean water following the destruction of a major pipeline as a result of the ongoing battle to liberate the city from the extremist group ISIL. [...]

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Syria's Aleppo residents "waiting for death":UN rights chief

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Concerns for the people of the Syrian city of Aleppo are greater than ever, where embattled residents say they are "waiting for death", the UN Human Rights Chief has warned. In his end-of-year review to the Human Rights Council in Geneva, Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein made a fresh appeal to the government of President Bashar [...]

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Space technology "not just rockets and astronauts"

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Space technology is more than sending rockets and astronauts into orbit. It is also about issues that are important here on Earth, such as access to health care, education and even non-stick frying pans. That's the opinion of a lecturer and researcher at the University of Khartoum in Sudan. Rayan Iman from the university's Department [...]

30 Nov 2016 | Posted in High Level Forum: Space as a Driver for Socio-Economic Sustainable Development, Today's Features | Read More »

"Small fraction" of South Sudanese protected in UN civilian sites

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Only a "small fraction" of South Sudanese who have been displaced by three years of civil conflict are sheltering in sites built by the UN, the organization's peacekeeping operation in South Sudan UNMISS has said. The seven Protection of Civilian or PoC sites are now hosting more than 204,000 civilians. The UN estimates that almost [...]

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New strategy to boost "environmental performance" of peacekeeping

Internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Bambari, Central African Republic. UN Photo/Catianne Tijerina (file photo)

A new strategy to boost the "environmental performance" of UN peacekeeping missions has been unveiled, which aims to reduce waste and limit their "environmental footprint." Under-Secretary-General for Field Support, Atul Khare, set out the new approach to make missions more responsible, in line with the overall 2030 Sustainable Development Goals. Matthew Wells has more. In [...]

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News in Brief 29 November 2016 (PM)

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  New government "does not serve interests" of Yemeni people The announcement by Houthi rebels in Yemen that they are forming a new government "does not serve the interests of the people" of the Gulf state according to the UN Special Envoy to the conflict-ridden country. Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed said that the unilateral declaration [...]

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UN Daily News Programme 29 November 2016

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Listen to a bulletin of news and features from United Nations Radio, with Daniel Dickinson and Matthew Wells. Today: getting people to self-test for HIV could be a global game-changer And on the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People, we look at the contribution the art of embroidery is making in asserting a [...]

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"Restore basic humanity" in Aleppo

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The warring parties in Syria have been urged by the UN humanitarian chief to "restore basic humanity" in the besieged city of Aleppo. The advance by Syrian government forces into the east of the city is continuing with reports suggesting that a third of the rebel-held territory has been retaken. Andita Listyarini reports. Some 16,000 [...]

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HIV self-test is key to fighting AIDS, says WHO

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Encouraging people to test themselves for HIV could be a game-changer in the fight to rid the world of AIDS, UN health experts have said. Ahead of World AIDS day on Thursday 1 December, the World Health Organization (WHO) says that while more than 18 million people with HIV are getting life-saving treatment, a similar [...]

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News in Brief 29 November 2016 (AM) – Geneva

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Refugee centre protest "requires action from Bulgarian government" In Bulgaria, concerns are growing about poor conditions in reception facilities for migrants which the UN Refugee Agency UNHCR has described as "deplorable". At the country's largest migrant centre in Harmanli last week, residents threw rocks and burned tyres to protest at overcrowding and restrictions on when [...]

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Palestine and Israel face "one-state reality" without revival of talks

A Palestinian child seen selling toys at the streets of Yarmouk Refugees Camp. The conflict in Syria forced at least 140,000 Palestine refugees to flee the refugee camp. UNRWA /Rami Al-Sayyed (file photo)

Israeli and Palestinian leaders "risk entrenching a one-state reality" unless "urgent steps" are taken to revive the peace process. That's the warning from UN chief Ban Ki-moon, in his message to mark the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People on Tuesday. Matthew Wells reports. The UN Secretary-General said that anger and frustration with [...]

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Embroidery provides "badge of identity for Palestine"

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Embroidery is a "badge of identity" for Palestinians, and highlights their unique culture according to the president of the Palestinian Heritage Foundation. Hannan Karaman Munayyer, was speaking ahead of the opening of a new exhibition at UN Headquarters in New York, which showcases intricately embroidered clothing and artwork by Palestinian people. The exhibition coincides with [...]

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Agencies ramp up health care services in eastern Mosul

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Life-saving health care services are being scaled up to meet the needs of more than 60,000 people near the frontlines in the eastern part of the city of Mosul in Iraq, the United Nations has reported. The Iraqi military is battling to liberate the northern city which has been in the grip of the terrorist [...]

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News in Brief 28 November 2016 (PM)

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Progress and challenges in northern DPRK following flood Nearly 12,000 families in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) have been resettled in new homes three months after deadly floods hit the north of the country, the UN humanitarian affairs office (OCHA) has reported. International humanitarian agencies have conducted a joint mission with the Government [...]

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UN Daily News Programme 28 November 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; An "economy of war" and a dire humanitarian situation are hampering the Central African Republic's fragile recovery. And a basic skills gap is fuelling a youth unemployment crisis across the Middle East and North Africa. [...]

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News in Brief 28 November (AM)

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Violence against women affects more than survivors: ESCAP chief Up to 70 per cent of women in some Asia-Pacific countries have suffered physical or sexual violence at the hands of an intimate partner. That data has been provided by the UN office for the region, ESCAP, which on Monday commemorated the International Day for the [...]

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"Economy of war" threatens CAR's fragile recovery

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The Central African Republic's "economy of war" and chronic suffering are among the biggest threats to the country's fragile recovery, the UN warned Monday. With nearly half the population in need of humanitarian assistance, nearly US$ 400 million needs to be found to aid recovery efforts. Here's Daniel Johnson's report from Geneva. Duration: 2’46″

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South Sudan leaders urged to put well-being of people first

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The leaders of South Sudan have been urged by the UN's most senior official in the country to put the well-being of their people first. The African nation has been enduring civil conflict for almost three years, a conflict which has led to the deaths of thousands of people and the displacement of millions more. [...]

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Skills and needs "mismatch" fuels youth unemployment

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The "mismatch" between required skills and qualifications in the labour market is the biggest contributor to youth unemployment in the Middle East and North Africa. That's according to Jasmine Nahhas di Florio, Senior Vice President of Education for Employment (EFE), a non-profit organization providing skill training to unemployed youth in both regions. She says that [...]

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500,000 children living in besieged areas in Syria

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Some 500,000 children are living in a total of 16 besieged areas in Syria according to the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF). Violence continues to escalate across Syria, which has suffered from more than five years of civil war. Daniel Dickinson reports The number of children living in besieged areas has doubled in less than one [...]

27 Nov 2016 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Poorest countries face "obstacles" to realize sustainable transport

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The world's poorest countries face "particular obstacles" in realizing sustainable transport according to a senior UN official. Gyan Chandra Acharya was speaking at the first-ever United Nations Global Sustainable Transport Conference in Ashgabat, the capital of Turkmenistan. Daniel Dickinson has more details. The conference has been looking at how the transport sector can advance sustainable [...]

27 Nov 2016 | Posted in Financing for Development, Focus on Climate Change, Small Island Developing States, Today's News | Read More »

World has "resolve" to transform transport systems

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The world has the "resolve commitment, imagination and creativity" to transform "transport systems in a sustainable manner that will improve human wellbeing, enhance social progress and protect our planet." That's the message, the UN Secretary-General has taken to the first-ever Global Sustainable Transport Conference, which opened  in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan on Saturday. Daniel Dickinson reports In [...]

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Condolences at UN following death of Fidel Castro

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The UN Secretary-General has expressed his condolences to the people of Cuba following the death of their former President Fidel Castro. Ban Ki-moon said he would be remembered for advances in Cuba in the fields of education, literacy and health. Mr Castro passed away overnight at the age of 90. Daniel Dickinson has more details. [...]

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"Large-scale costs" of violence against women and girls evident: UN chief

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Violence against women and girls imposes "large-scale costs" on both communities and national economies, according to UN chief Ban Ki-moon. In his message marking the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, on 25 November, the Secretary-General said there was "growing global recognition" that it constituted a grave human rights violation. Matthew Wells [...]

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UN Daily News Programme 25 November 2016

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Listen to a bulletin of news and features from United Nations Radio, with Matthew Wells  and Daniel Johnson. In today's programme…Harrowing details emerge of babies as young as two months, sustaining bullet wounds during the battle for Mosul. And, the political representation of people with albinism is a "game changer". We have a special report.

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Violence against women, the worldwide scourge

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As many as one in three women continue to be the target of violence all over the world and it's about time governments took action to stop it. That's the message from the World Health Organization (WHO), as 16 days of activism against gender-based violence get under way, ahead of Human Rights Day on 10 [...]

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Mosul casualties mount as offensive continues

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Details are emerging of the human toll caused by the fight for the Iraqi city of Mosul, with reports that babies just two months old have sustained bullet and blast wounds. The World Health Organization (WHO) says that since Iraqi armed forces began their assault on the ISIL terrorist stronghold five weeks ago, medical staff [...]

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News in Brief 25 November 2016 (AM) – Geneva

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Thousands of displaced Nigerians found in Cameroon after fleeing Boko Haram violence The alarm has been raised for thousands of Nigerians displaced by insurgent attacks who've been found in makeshift shelters in neighbouring Cameroon. UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, says that for the first time earlier this month, it gained access to the Far North [...]

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Conference to set "new direction" for global transport

Wu Hongbo, Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs, addresses the Economic and Social Council's (ECOSOC) High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development. UN Photo/Loey Felipe

The first ever global conference on sustainable transport will set a "new direction" that will protect the environment and foster prosperity. That's according to the senior UN official leading the conference which takes place this weekend in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan. Wu Hongbo, who heads the Department of Economic and Social Affairs, DESA, said that the ground-breaking [...]

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Representation of those with albinism, "game changer"

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Representation of people with albinism in political positions across governments is a "game changer" in protecting their rights. That's according to Ikponwosa Ero, the UN's first independent expert on albinism. Ms Ero has joined with African leaders to come up with a regional action plan to tackle discrimination against people with albinism, who often face [...]

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“New chapter” for Colombia with revised peace agreement

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A revised peace deal between the Colombian government and rebels of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, known as FARC, has been welcomed by the United Nations as a "new chapter" for the South American country. A previous deal to end the 50-year long conflict which took four years to negotiate was rejected by the [...]

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UN Daily News Programme 24 November 2016

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Listen to a bulletin of news and features from United Nations Radio, with Daniel Johnson and Daniel Dickinson. In today's programme; Syrians “desperate” as aid access is hampered. And how space-based technologies can help achieve development goals on Earth.

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News in Brief 24 November 2016

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  War-related trauma care established outside Iraqi city Two fully equipped medical facilities to treat people with war-related traumas are being set up by the World Health Organization (WHO) outside the city of Mosul in Iraq. The military operation to retake the city from extremists began a month ago. WHO anticipates that around 40,000 civilians [...]

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Dubai Declaration points way forward for space for development

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Representatives from the global space community have underscored the need for stronger international cooperation in outer space activities. The Dubai Declaration is the outcome of a five-day meeting in that city which looked at how space science and technology can support global development efforts such as addressing climate change. The High Level Forum was co-organized [...]

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Syrians “desperate” as obstacles hamper aid access

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In war-torn Syria, just one convoy of humanitarian aid has reached desperate civilians so far this month, while numerous others have had to be aborted because of access difficulties, the UN said Thursday. Updating journalists in Geneva, UN Special Adviser Jan Egeland said that "endless problems" had hampered planned deliveries, including lifesaving aid "for those [...]

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Murder, rape and kidnapping of kids in Darfur happens regularly

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Murder, abduction, rape and other forms of sexual violence against children in Sudan's Darfur state happen on a regular basis, a protection officer with the UN-African Union Mission there or UNAMID has confirmed. The UN estimates that between 200,000 and 300,000 people have died in Darfur since the start of the current conflict in 2004. [...]

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UN Global Perspective: focus on water, Australia’s human rights record and young people

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Armed groups increasingly use water as "weapon of war" From Syria to Iraq and Gaza, water services are being deliberately attacked or used as leverage in negotiations, members of the UN Security Council have heard. The Council examined the role of water as a driver of conflict and the need to protect this essential resource [...]

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UN Gender Focus: STEM education, equality in workplace and tech culture

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Change STEM education to benefit women: NASA official Changing the way science and mathematics are taught could help increase the number of women employed in the aerospace industry, according to a senior adviser with the United States space agency, NASA. NASA Deputy Chief Scientist Gale Allen said studies show that traditional methods of teaching the [...]

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Safety nets urged for elderly, disabled and poorest in Ukraine

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Safety nets need to be provided for the elderly, the disabled and the poorest in Ukraine, the head of the UN refugee agency chief, Filippo Grandi has urged. Two and a half years of conflict between Government forces and separatist rebels has displaced two million people and forced others to flee to neighbouring Russia. The [...]

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UN library strives to create balance between books and digital world

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How can the United Nations ensure its historic library meets the demands of the digital age while still maintain its collection of books? That's the question Mereani Vakasisikakala, Acting Chief of the Dag Hammarskjöld Library at UN Headquarters in New York, has been battling with. The library has been providing research and information services to [...]

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Space a tool for achieving the SDGs

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Space-based technologies such as satellite imagery and data can be useful tools for achieving global development objectives. That's according to the head of the UN Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA), Simonetta Di Pippo. More than 100 representatives from the global space community, including heads of national space agencies, have been meeting in Dubai to [...]

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UN and Africa: focus on African Union, post offices and digital classroom in a box

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AU-led peace operations need "predictable and sustainable" financing "Predictable and sustainable" financing is needed to sustain African Union-led peace operations over the long term, the UN Security Council has heard. That was the clear message conveyed to the council by Ambassador Tete Antonio, Permanent Observer of the African Union or AU. The UN and AU [...]

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News in Brief 23 November 2016 (PM)

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Don't let "historic opportunity slip" to resolve Cyprus division  The UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon has said that he is disappointed that talks on the future of Cyprus did not yield the "desired results," and has said the "historic opportunity" to resolve the longstanding issue should not be missed. Talks between the Turkish Cypriot leader, Mustafa [...]

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UN Daily News Programme 23 November 2016

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Listen to a bulletin of news and features from United Nations Radio, with Jocelyne Sambira and Daniel Dickinson. Today: Sudan guerrilla group signs dealt to end use of child soldiers And… space technology is contributing to the reconstruction of an iconic heritage site in Mali named Timbuktu.

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Sudan guerrilla group agrees to end use of child soldiers

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A bid to halt grave rights violations against children in Sudan moved a step closer on Wednesday with a pledge by one of the country's main guerrilla groups prohibiting the use of child soldiers. Signing the deal at the UN in Geneva, the chairman of the Sudan People's Liberation Movement-North (SPLM-N), Malik Agar, pledged his [...]

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News in Brief 23 November 2016 (AM)

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Two-state solution for Israel and Palestine "under threat like never before" The two-state solution whereby Israel and Palestine exist as separate states alongside each other is "under threat like never before," according to the UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, Nikolay Mladenov. Tensions continue between the Israelis and Palestinians with outbreaks of [...]

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China breaks patent record with one million in a year

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China's position as an economic powerhouse has been given a boost with the announcement on Wednesday that in 2015 it became the first country to break the one million patent applications barrier. The record is important because patents, trademarks and other parts of the so-called knowledge economy are seen as key indicators of global growth. [...]

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Encourage girls in science to change "macho" tech culture

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Exposing young girls to science and maths might help end the "macho" culture in the tech industry, according to a senior executive with one of the world's biggest computer companies. Astrid Tuminez is a Regional Director for Microsoft in South-East Asia. She believes it would be a shame if one half of humanity were excluded [...]

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Satellite imagery provides clearer picture of Timbuktu reconstruction

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Space technology is contributing to the reconstruction of one of the world's most iconic heritage sites: Timbuktu in northern Mali. That's according to an Information Management specialist with the UN Development Programme (UNDP), Bertrand Frot. He said UNDP is helping to rebuild the centuries-old city, which was destroyed by conflict over the past few years; [...]

23 Nov 2016 | Posted in High Level Forum: Space as a Driver for Socio-Economic Sustainable Development, Today's Features | Read More »

"Digital classroom in a box" could boost rural education in Africa

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What's been described as a "digital classroom in a box" could provide a much-needed boost to rural education across Africa. That's the hope of Alex Masika, Head of Business Development for a Kenyan technology company called BRCK, which unveiled its new product called the Kio Kit, at the recent ITU Telecom World conference, in Thailand. [...]

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News in Brief 22 November 2016 (PM)

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  LGBTI people face "vortex of violence and discrimination" People from lesbian, gay, bi-sexual , transgender and intersex or LGBTI communities around the world are facing a "vortex of violence and discrimination;" that's according to a new UN Independent Expert focusing on the human rights of those communities. In his maiden speech, Vitit Muntarbhorn, said [...]

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World has "moral responsibility" to climate-vulnerable countries

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The world has a "moral responsibility" to assist climate-vulnerable countries, the head of the Lebanese delegation at the recent UN climate conference in Marrakech has urged. These 47 "frontline" nations that are disproportionately affected by the warming of the planet formed an international partnership in 2009 named the Climate Vulnerable Forum (CVM). The UN's nuclear [...]

22 Nov 2016 | Posted in 22nd Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Convention on Climate Change, Today's Features | Read More »

World becoming "more connected"

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The world is becoming "more connected" in terms of information and communications technologies or ICTs, according to an annual flagship report by the UN's telecoms agency, ITU. Developed countries lead the field in connectivity with South Korea topping the rankings for the second year in a row. Daniel Dickinson has more details. Nearly all of [...]

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

UN Daily News Programme 22 November 2016

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Listen to a bulletin of news and features from United Nations Radio, with Jocelyne Sambira and Daniel Dickinson. Today: You'll hear how armed groups are using water as a "weapon of war" And … the UN launches a "Not Too Young to Run" global campaign

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Armed groups increasingly use water as "weapon of war"

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From Syria to Iraq and Gaza, water services are being deliberately attacked or used as leverage in negotiations, members of the UN Security Council heard on Tuesday. The Council examined the role of water as a driver of conflict and the need to protect this essential resource in the context of war. Depriving people of [...]

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DRC could "harm neighbours" if destabilized

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The Democratic Republic of the Congo has the potential to "harm itself and its neighbours" if it becomes destabilized; that's according to the UN Humanitarian Coordinator in the country. The DRC, as it's known, has one of the world's most protracted humanitarian crises. Almost 8 million people have been impacted one way or another. Andita [...]

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Call for rule change so young people can get involved in politics

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Young people are interested in democracy but don't get involved enough because of rules preventing their participation, and that needs to change, the UN Special Envoy for Youth said on Tuesday. Launching the Not Too Young To Run Campaign, UN Envoy for Youth Ahmad Alhendawi said that in Nigeria, the voting age is 18, but [...]

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News in Brief 22 November 2016 (AM) – Geneva

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Burundi Commission of Inquiry members appointed The appointment has been announced of a special UN panel of rights experts tasked with investigating abuses in Burundi and ensuring justice for victims. The three members of the Commission of Inquiry are Fatsah Ouguergouz, from Algeria, Reina Alapini Gansu from Benin and Francoise Hampson from the United Kingdom. [...]

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Political will "absolutely" exists to implement climate agreement

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The political will to implement an international climate agreement "absolutely" exists, according to the European Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy. A two-week long meeting in Marrakech, Morocco, on climate change issues has been assessing progress towards realizing the Paris Agreement which aims to keep global temperature rises to below two degrees Celsius. Basma Baghall [...]

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Promoting gender equality must consider human rights standards and local contexts

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Promoting gender equality must consider local culture, religion and realities in a particular country, even though at times the local realities may not comply to international human rights standards. That’s according to Monjurul Kabir, UN Women's Senior Programme Advisor and Global Lead on South-South and Triangular Cooperation, a broad framework of collaboration between countries in the [...]

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Mission will take developing countries into space

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Countries that do not have their own space programmes could soon be reaching for the stars through a partnership between the United Nations and an American space and aviation company. The UN Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) and the Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) plan to launch the first dedicated UN space mission within the [...]

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News in Brief 21 November 2016 (PM)

Two girls walk home from school in eastern Aleppo in the Syrian Arab Republic. Photo: UNICEF/Rami Zayat

  "Horror now usual" in Syria "Horror is now usual" in Syria; that's the stark message the United Nations humanitarian chief brought to the UN Security Council on Monday. The war in Syria has been going on for over five years. Some 400,000 people have been killed and almost five million more have been forced [...]

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UN calls for "robust" funding to end violence against women, girls

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"Robust" funding is critical to ending violence against women and girls, the UN agency for gender equality & women’s empowerment, UN Women, has urged. On Monday, the agency launched a global campaign led by civil society organizations under the name "Orange the World". For the next 16 days until 10 December, a host of public [...]

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UN Daily News Programme 21 November 2016

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Listen to a bulletin of news and features from United Nations Radio, with Jocelyne Sambira and Daniel Dickinson. Today: The UN calls for "robust" funding to end violence against women, girls. And … Change STEM education to benefit women: NASA official.  

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Change STEM education to benefit women: NASA official

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Changing the way science and mathematics are taught could help increase the number of women employed in the aerospace industry, according to a senior adviser with the United States space agency, NASA. NASA Deputy Chief Scientist Gale Allen said studies show that traditional methods of teaching the STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) do [...]

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News in Brief 21 November 2016 (AM)

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  Killing of 32 civilians in Afghanistan condemned by UN The killing of 32 civilians at a mosque in the Afghan capital, Kabul, has been condemned by the UN mission in the country, UNAMA. A suicide attacker detonated an explosive vest at the Baqer-ul Ulom mosque on Monday where Shia Muslims had gathered to observe [...]

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Former astronaut Scott Kelly appointed UN Champion for Space

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A former American astronaut whose year-long journey in space captivated people worldwide will now help the United Nations to promote space as a tool for achieving sustainable development. Scott Kelly, who has retired from the US space agency, NASA, was on Sunday appointed United Nations Champion for Space by the UN Office for Outer Space [...]

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"World is failing young women at risk from HIV"

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The fact that there's much more help available for HIV sufferers is a global health success story, but it shouldn’t hide the fact that young women are being left behind in the fight against the disease. That message from UNAIDS comes as the agency releases new data showing how girls' transition to womanhood is a [...]

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Last eastern Aleppo hospitals close after aerial attacks

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The last hospitals in eastern Aleppo have closed after fresh attacks, the World Health Organization (WHO) has announced. The situation in the city's east has deteriorated since July this year, when humanitarian workers last had access to the war-ravaged population, estimated at more than 250,000 people. UN Special Envoy for Syria, Staffan de Mistura, meanwhile, [...]

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New mobile network addresses "challenges of human race"

A young South Sudanese refugee tries to get a signal on his mobile phone in Nyumanzi refugee settlement, Adjumani, northern Uganda, in this 2014 file photo. Photo: UNHCR/Frederic Noy

A new generation of mobile network technology can be employed to help deal with many of the challenges facing the human race. That's the view of a senior executive at the mobile technology company, Nokia, speaking recently at ITU Telecom World, an annual UN telecommunications conference, held this year in Bangkok, Thailand. The technology under [...]

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"Change at all levels" to advance gender equality in workplace

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Change is needed "at all levels" of society to advance gender equality in the workplace according to a senior United Nations official. Experts from around the world are gathering in Panama on Monday at the UN-backed Third Business Forum on Gender Equality and will focus on how the private sector can advance parity and build [...]

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UN chief calls for “immediate end” to airstrikes in Syria

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The “intense air assault” that has killed and maimed scores of Syrian civilians over the last several days has been condemned by the UN chief. Ban Ki-moon denounced the indiscriminate shelling that has been reported in Aleppo, including strikes on schools said to have killed a number of children. The airstrikes have also left eastern [...]

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Former astronaut Scott Kelly appointed UN Champion for Space

New UN Champion for Space Scott Kelly with Director of the UN Office for Outer Space Affairs, Simonetta Di Pippo. UN Photo/Runa A.

Former astronaut Scott Kelly appointed UN Champion for Space A former American astronaut whose year-long journey in space captivated people worldwide will now help the United Nations to promote space as a tool for achieving sustainable development. Scott Kelly, who retired from the US space agency, NASA, in April, was on Sunday appointed United Nations [...]

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Forum explores link between space technology and development

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Astronauts, heads of space agencies and representatives of the international space community are meeting in Dubai this week to explore ways to support global development. The first United Nations/United Arab Emirates High Level Forum on Space as a Driver for Socio-Economic Development has been organized by the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) [...]

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Young people are more prone to fall victim to road accidents

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Young people are more prone to fall victim to road accidents than adults according to the World Health Organization (WHO). UN figures show that nearly 1.3 million people are killed on the world's roads each year, a number which the WHO aims to reduce by promoting improved road safety. On the World Day of Remembrance [...]

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Mali urged to defuse tensions before holding local polls

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Authorities in Mali are being urged by the UN to defuse tensions that may arise before and after the holding of local elections on 20 November. The polls have been rescheduled three times. A UN-brokered peace deal was signed in June 2015 between the government and Tuareg-led rebels to end years of fighting in the [...]

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"Cling to signs of hope" in South Sudan

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It's necessary to "cling to every little sign of hope" in South Sudan as the country continues to suffer civil unrest and insecurity; that's the view of the head of UNMISS, the UN peacekeeping mission there. The country, which gained its independence in 2011 has suffered from conflict for almost three years. Thousands of people [...]

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Yemen parties agree to 48-hour ceasefire

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Parties in Yemen have agreed to resume a cessation of hostilities for an initial period of 48 hours, the UN special envoy in the country has confirmed. Since 2014, clashes between government forces and Houthi rebels have led to the death of around 10,000 people. The truce is expected to re-enter into force on Saturday [...]

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Poor sanitation, hygiene at work kills 400,000 workers globally

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Worldwide about 400,000 work-related deaths take place due to poor sanitation and hygiene, according to a representative from the International Labour Organisation (ILO). People who work in agriculture, mining, transport or the maritime sector often struggle because of the absence of toilets. Carlos Crespo-Carrion of the ILO also explains how many catch infectious diseases from [...]

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African post offices in remittance reinvention

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African migrants sent home more than US$65 billion last year; a figure that is projected to hit US$80 billion by 2020, according to the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD). The UN agency believes the continent's 26,000-plus post offices can serve as an important channel for that money to reach loved ones, particularly those living [...]

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News in Brief 18 November 2016 (PM)

On 12 August 2016 internally displaced children waiting for ready-to-use therapeutic food (RUTF) distribution in Banki IDP camp, Borno state, northeast Nigeria. Photo: UNICEF/Andrew Esiebo

  "Urgent support" needed to alleviate hunger in north-east Nigeria "Without urgent support" from the international community, food insecurity faced by nearly 5 million people across north-east Nigeria "will only deepen." That's according to the World Food Programme (WFP) and the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF), who have rolled out what they're calling a rapid response [...]

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AU-led peace operations need "predictable and sustainable" financing

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"Predictable and sustainable" financing is needed to sustain African Union-led peace operations over the long term, the UN Security Council has heard. That's the message delivered by Ambassador Tete Antonio, Permanent Observer of the African Union or AU. The UN and AU often team up to deploy "boots on the ground" in hot spots like [...]

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UN Daily News 18 November 2016

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Listen to a bulletin of news and features from United Nations Radio, with Jocelyne Sambira and Matthew Wells. Today: African Union-led peace operations call for "sustainable" financing And … displaced people from the Iraqi city of Mosul have faced "numbing degradation" at hands of ISIL    

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Australia's human rights record "blemished" by migrant issue

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Australia's human rights record has been "blemished" in recent years by the harsh treatment of migrants and asylum seekers, according to a UN independent expert. Francois Crépeau, the UN's Special Rapporteur for the human rights of migrants warned that the rights of migrants have been eroded in contravention of international human rights and humanitarian norms. [...]

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Mosul displaced faced "numbing degradation" at hands of ISIL

In Gogjali, on the eastern fringes of Mosul, a young girl stands by her family's belongings after fleeing the city earlier that morning. They are waiting for the Iraqi military to take them to a camp for internally displaced persons. Photo: UNHCR/Ivor Prickett

Harrowing stories are emerging from Mosul in Iraq of life under the ISIL terrorist group, four weeks into the campaign to retake the northern city. Some 60,000 people have been displaced so far, according to the International Organization for Migration (IOM). The agency's Joel Millman has travelled close to Mosul. Daniel Johnson asked him what [...]

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States proclaim "new era of implementation and action" on climate

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Governments and delegations assembled at the COP22 climate conference have proclaimed a "new era of implementation and action" over climate change. The Marrakech Action Proclamation, issued on the final day of the summit in Morocco, said that the international community had an "urgent duty to respond" to a warming planet, in order to keep temperature [...]

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News in Brief 18 November 2016 (AM) – Geneva

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Mediterranean deaths spike "six times higher than 12 months ago" An estimated 365 people are missing, presumed dead, after at least six Mediterranean sea crossings ended in disaster just this week, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) has said. The agency's Leonard Doyle said the development means that the death toll for migrants so far [...]

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Making economic policies more inclusive to women

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Although women's economic participation benefits society, they continue to face barriers in the labour market such as gender wage gaps and legal restrictions. That's according to the International Monetary Fund (IMF) which recently hosted a panel discussion exploring ways to advance women's economic empowerment and equality. Nyaradzayi Gumbonzvanda is chair of the International Board at [...]

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Vision, training and funding crucial to growing tech in Africa

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Investing in training is critical to expand the tech sector in Africa, according to Rwanda's Minister of Youth and ICT (information and communications technologies). Jean Philbert Nsengimana said his government has supported tech entrepreneurs and small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) by providing a "hub" where their ideas can be turned into businesses. Mr Nsengimana has [...]

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News in Brief 17 November 2016 (PM)

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  Equivalent of 100 explosive devices found in northern Mali Explosives, enough to have made around 100 improvised explosive devices, or IEDs, have been discovered hidden in northern Mali, the UN Mission in the country. MINUSMA, confirmed on Thursday. The cache had been hidden in the desert, west of Kidal, a region where government troops [...]

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UN Global Perspective: focus on South Sudan, cyberspace and climate change

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"Cling to signs of hope" in South Sudan It's necessary to "cling to every little sign of hope" in South Sudan as the country continues to suffer civil unrest and insecurity; that's the view of the head of UNMISS, the UN peacekeeping mission there. The country, which gained its independence in 2011 has suffered from [...]

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UN and Africa: focus on Somalia, peacekeeping and tech sector in Africa

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"Huge positive developments in Somalia" as elections continue There have been "huge positive developments in Somalia" over the past four years despite the ongoing terrorist threat posed by militants of the Al-Shabaab group, according to the head of UN Police in the country. Somalia’s first democratic elections in 47 years are underway as the country [...]

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UN Daily News 17 November 2016

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Listen to a bulletin of news and features from United Nations Radio, with Jocelyne Sambira and Matthew Wells. Today: We'll hear how Muslim countries are debunking extremist narratives in cyberspace and social media; And … people around the world are being urged to "unplug" and put some time aside for "deep thinking or philosophy";

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Debunking extremist narratives online

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The fight to win back the youth from the clutches of radical Islamists is being waged in cyberspace and on social media, the head of a regional organization promoting Muslim solidarity has said. Hameed Opeleyeru of the Organization for Islamic Cooperation or OIC spoke at a UN Security Council debate on "combating extremist ideology". The [...]

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UN Gender Focus: midwives in Libya, women's economic empowerment and internet connectivity

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Libyan women hampered by lack of midwives and gender-based violence Libyan women are suffering from a rise in gender-based violence and a lack of trained midwives, making childbirth more hazardous. That's according to Georges Makram Georgi, from the UN's Population Fund (UNFPA). He said the problems stem from conflict and instability that's plagued the country [...]

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"We need everyone" to help accelerate climate action: UN chief

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"We need everyone" to speed up the pace of climate action in order to curb the harmful effects of climate change and achieve the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals. The words of UN chief Ban Ki-moon, speaking at the High Level event on Accelerating Climate Action, in Marrakesh, Morocco, on Thursday, where delegates have been meeting [...]

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News in Brief 17 November 2016 (AM)

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"Promising signs" of peace means CAR deserves donor support "Promising signs" of a real commitment to peace and development by the new government of the Central African Republic (CAR) should encourage international donors to help the peacebuilding process there. That's according to UN Deputy Secretary-General, Jan Eliasson, speaking on Thursday at a conference in Brussels [...]

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Fight climate change to fight poverty: World Bank official

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If the world is to fight poverty then it must also fight climate change, a top official with the World Bank has said. The Bank's Vice President for the Middle East and North Africa, Hafez Ghanem, made the declaration at the latest UN climate change conference in Morocco, known as COP22. He said two years [...]

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How Ebola could protect Africa from flu virus

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The Ebola epidemic in west Africa and the lack of a vaccine to treat the deadly disease could have an unexpected potential health benefit in the continent's fight against another killer: influenza, or flu. Speaking at the UN in Geneva on Thursday, World Health Organization (WHO) partner Professor William Ampofo said that African heads of [...]

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"Huge positive developments in Somalia" as elections continue

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There have been "huge positive developments in Somalia" over the past four years despite the ongoing terrorist threat posed by militants of the Al-Shabaab group, according to the head of UN Police in the country. Somalia’s first democratic elections in 47 years are underway as the country continues to recover from civil conflict and the [...]

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"Time and space" needed for philosophy to flourish

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In a world experiencing an overload of information, people need to practice deep thinking or philosophy, according to a representative from the UN's educational, scientific and cultural organisation- UNESCO. To commemorate World Philosophy Day which takes place annually on the 17th of November, the agency will host a twelve hour nocturnal event called "A Night [...]

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News in Brief 16 November 2016 (PM)

A girl, who fell and struck her head in her home, awaits medical examination, at Dar El Shifa Hospital in Aleppo, Syria. Photo: UNICEF/Alessio Romenzi (file photo)

  Five more hospitals attacked in Syria, causing "major disruption" At least two people are dead following five attacks on hospitals that took place in Syria over three days this week. The World Health Organization (WHO) condemned the assaults, which included three hospitals in Western Rural Aleppo, and two in Idlib province. WHO said at [...]

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Finance and investment "the key" to climate change targets

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Finance and investment "hold the key" to achieving low-emissions economies and "resilient societies" according to the UN chief Ban Ki-moon. The Secretary-General's speech at the COP22 conference on climate change, in Marrakesh, Morocco, opened a High Level Ministerial Dialogue on the importance of scaling-up finance to meet the challenges of keeping temperatures from rising above [...]

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Deterioration across "every element" of life in South Sudan

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Every aspect of life in South Sudan is getting worse according to a senior UN humanitarian official. The country has endured almost three years of civil war during which thousands have died and almost three million displaced. Daniel Dickinson has more details. An estimated 1.73 million people have fled their homes and remain in South [...]

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Tax increase on cigarettes "effective measure" to prevent chronic bronchitis

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Increasing taxes on tobacco is an "effective and important measure" for governments to prevent chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), also known as chronic bronchitis. That view is expressed by Nils Billo from the World Health Organization (WHO). According to the latest WHO estimates, currently 64 million people have COPD and that the disease could become [...]

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Non-state groups responsible for 60,000 deaths in Sub-Saharan Africa

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In the past decade, armed groups have been responsible for 60,000 deaths in Sub-Saharan Africa alone, according to the head of UN peacekeeping operations. Herve Ladsous made the remarks at an event to mark the tenth anniversary of community violence reduction (CVR) programmes in peacekeeping. These community-driven programmes aim to combat insecurity and include mediation [...]

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Agriculture "fundamental" to fighting climate change

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Agriculture is a fundamental part of global efforts to combat the impacts of climate change, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). The UN agency is calling for a transformation of the sector that will see more sustainable management of water and other natural resources Boosting agriculture can also help to reduce poverty and [...]

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UN Daily News 16 November 2016

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Listen to a bulletin of news and features from United Nations Radio, with Jocelyne Sambira and Matthew Wells. Today: 60,000 people have been killed by criminal and armed groups in Sub-Saharan Africa in the past decade; And agriculture is the main focus of day 3 of the UN's climate conference in Marrakesh, Morocco.

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News in Brief 16 November 2016 (AM)

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"Collective shoulder" needs to be put behind international court The "collective shoulder" of the international community needs to be put behind the International Criminal Court (ICC) on behalf of victims of "core crimes" the world over. That's the view of the UN Human Rights chief, Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein, speaking on Wednesday, following the decision [...]

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Reconciliation plan “is key to CAR peace”

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A peaceful future for the Central African Republic is only possible if the international community supports justice and reconciliation there. That appeal, from UN-appointed rights expert Marie-Thérèse Keita-Bocoum, comes ahead of a major donors' conference in Belgium on Thursday. Daniel Johnson has more. In recent months, the Central African Republic (CAR) has ratified several human [...]

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Mobile operators working to connect billions to "better future"

Research projects by WFP and UN Global Pulse focused on analysing how the use of mobile phone data can help identify hunger needs and improve humanitarian response. Photo: WFP/Gregory Barrow (file photo)

Mobile operators worldwide are looking to bring more than four billion people into the internet era. Through an industry association known as the GSMA, they are working with governments and other partners to reduce barriers to access, such as network coverage and cost. Leaders in the field of information and communications technology (ICT) are in [...]

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News in Brief 15 November 2016 (PM)

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    UN chief hails "true political leadership" by Equatorial Guinea and Gabon "True political leadership" on the part of neighbouring presidents, has led to the signing of a special agreement on the border dispute between the Republic of Equatorial Guinea and the Gabonese Republic, according to the UN chief. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon made his [...]

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UN Daily News 15 November 2016

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Listen to a bulletin of news and features from United Nations Radio, with Dianne Penn and Matthew Wells. Today, food production in Syria at record low as nine million go hungry… And small islands push for implementation of climate pledges

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Small islands push for implementation of climate pledges

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Small island states are pushing for the implementation of a UN-backed international climate agreement aimed at keeping global temperature rises to below 2 degrees Celsius; that's according to the Minister of Environment and Energy in the Maldives archipelago. The international community is currently meeting at the COP22 summit in Morocco to discuss how to put [...]

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Food production in Syria at record low as 9 million go hungry

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Food production in war-torn Syria has hit a record low and has left nine million people wondering where their next meal will come from, the United Nations has said. More than five years of civil conflict and unfavourable weather conditions in parts of the country have made it increasingly difficult for farmers to get access [...]

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"No right to gamble with fate of future generations" on climate: Ban

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"We have no right to gamble with the fate of future generations" when it comes to mitigating the harmful effects of climate change. That's according to UN chief Ban Ki-moon, speaking at the COP22 climate change conference in Marrakech, Morocco, a year on from the historic agreement to keep temperature rises due to carbon emissions, [...]

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News in Brief 15 November 2016 (AM) – Geneva

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Central African Republic "still one of most dangerous places on earth" The Central African Republic's recovery is continuing slowly, but the country remains one of the most dangerous places on earth for children, UNICEF has announced. Latest data from the UN agency indicates that ongoing insecurity – including renewed violence in October – has left 850,000 people [...]

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"Pop-up public space" provides 3D lab for urban design

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"Pop-up public spaces" combined with what have been described as "democratic three-dimensional tools" are proving an effective way to engage poor communities in urban design. That's the view of Pontus Westerberg, of UN-Habitat, the UN programme for sustainable cities. He is the manager of the Block by Block initiative, a collaboration between UN- Habitat and [...]

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News in Brief 14 November 2016 (PM)

WFP strives to reach all those affected by the Mosul crisis in Iraq. Photo: WFP/Marco Frattini

  Space in UN camps "keeping pace" with Mosul displaced With hundreds of internally-displaced civilians fleeing the Iraqi city of Mosul every day, space in UN camps is keeping up with rising demand, for the time being. That's according to the World Food Programme (WFP) on Monday, which reported that more than 54,000 have had [...]

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Diabetes is a "problem of society" -WHO

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  Diabetes is not just a health issue, but a disease which concerns the whole of society, according to a spokesperson from the World Health Organisation (WHO). Changes in life-style in countries across the world are resulting in more cases of the sometimes fatal condition. Around 422 million people now suffer from diabetes, a figure [...]

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UN Daily News 14 November 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 look at some of the topics on the agenda at the UN climate conference taking place in Morocco…including the value of partnerships between developing countries and how new political will is emerging around protecting the [...]

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News in Brief 14 November 2016 (AM)

Fifty four year-old Adeniran has type 2 diabetes and receives regular care at a medical centre in Lekki, Lagos, Nigeria. He had his right foot amputated and wears a prosthesis. Type 2 diabetes results from the body's ineffective use of insulin. Photo: WHO/A. Esiebo

422 million have diabetes, nearly double rate 35 years ago Around 422 million people now suffer from diabetes, a figure which has almost doubled in the past 35 years. That's the clear message from the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, marking World Diabetes Day, on 14 November, who said the rise in cases was led by [...]

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Countries benefiting from south-south cooperation

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Collaboration between developing countries, or south-south cooperation as it's known, has been hailed as "a powerful way" to support vulnerable nations. That viewpoint has been expressed by the senior UN official who is galvanizing global action to bring about a more sustainable future for all. Dr David Nabarro is the Special Adviser to the UN [...]

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Temping is a short-term fix for economy, says ILO

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The growing shift towards temporary job contracts has resulted in lower pay and greater insecurity for workers, along with much lower productivity too, the UN said on Monday. According to the International Labour Organization (ILO), the problem has increased in both richer and poorer countries, and it has become widespread across different industries and occupations. [...]

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2016 "very likely" to be world's hottest year on record

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This year is "very likely" to be the world's hottest year on record according to the  World  Meteorological Organization (WMO). Preliminary data released by the UN agency shows that 2016's global temperatures are approximately 1.2 Celsius above pre-industrial levels. Petteri Taalas is the Secretary-General of the WMO. Daniel Dickinson asked him how concerned he was [...]

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UN Mission team in Darfur, finalists for UN Chief's awards for courage

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A team from the UN's mission in Darfur (UNAMID) has been selected as finalists for the annual Secretary General Awards, after carrying out an emergency life-saving operation. The mission's Protection of Civilians and Humanitarian Liaison section carried out the operation in February 2013, in response to inter-communal violence in the troubled North Darfur region. The [...]

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Intersex children subject to "unnecessary" medical treatment

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Children, whose gender cannot be defined as male or female are often forced by their parents to undergo surgery in an attempt to "normalize" their bodies, according to a UN official. Charles Radcliffe, head of the UN Free & Equal Campaign, said that this medical procedure could leave "terrible scars", such as incontinence, loss of [...]

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UN Security Council calls for end to "acts of terorism" in Beni

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Members of the UN Security Council visiting the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) have called for an end to "acts of terrorism" taking place in Beni. The delegation, led by Angola and France, travelled to the North Kivu town on Sunday to assess the security situation there. The people are suffering from years of [...]

13 Nov 2016 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

New Colombia accord reaffirms "collective desire for peace”

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A new peace agreement between Colombia and the FARC rebels reaffirms the country's desire for peace, according to the UN Secretary-General. In a statement issued Sunday by his Spokesperson, Ban Ki-moon praised Colombians for listening to one another throughout this exercise. A plebiscite in early October defeated the first agreement, a culmination of a historic four [...]

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UN chief condemns terrorist attack against Sufi shrine in Pakistan

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A terrorist attack against worshippers in a Sufi shrine in southwestern Pakistan has been condemned by the UN Secretary-General. According to media reports, the powerful bomb blast has killed 52 people and wounded at least a 100 others. Sufism is a form of Islam but is considered heretical by some Muslims. Jocelyne Sambira reports. The [...]

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Inequality behind food access discrepancy in Paraguay: Human rights expert

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Despite a decade of impressive economic growth in Paraguay, 10 per cent of citizens there are facing hunger and malnutrition. The warning comes from UN Special Rapporteur on the right to food, Hilal Elver, who added that the nation of seven million also produces enough food for almost nine times its population. Ms Elver has [...]

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Indigenous people’s “contributions” to mitigate climate change

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Indigenous people across the world have made "contributions" to help mitigate climate change by conserving forests and high biodiversity areas. However, according to the UN Special Rapporteur for the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, governments often do not "recognize" their efforts. She added that their rights to maintain their property and practice their beliefs [...]

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UN Security Council envoys hold "fruitful" exchange on DRC elections

Members of the United Nations Security Council speaks to the press after meeting with President Joseph Kabila in Kinshasa, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, on 12 November 2016. Photo/Ph. Joh Bompengo of Radio Okapi

An exchange between President Joseph Kabila of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and a delegation of the UN Security Council in the capital city of Kinshasa has been described as "fruitful and reassuring". That's what the Angolan Ambassador to the UN, Ismael Abrao Gaspar, told the press on Saturday. A presidential vote, originally scheduled [...]

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UN chief welcomes President-elect Trump's calls for unity

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The UN Secretary-General has welcomed President-elect Donald Trump's calls for unity following a "hard-fought" election. On Friday, Ban Ki-moon called to congratulate Mr Trump on his election as the next President of the United States. Jocelyne Sambira reports. During the telephone conversation, the UN chief expressed confidence that the United States and the United Nations [...]

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New political will to include oceans in climate change initiatives

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A new political will by countries across the world to include oceans in initiatives to fight climate change has emerged in the last year; that's according to the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). The UN agency says oceans are fundamental to sustaining life on earth as they act as a major carbon sink, absorbing heat, [...]

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Protecting civilians "imperative" in Mosul's military operation

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The protection of civilians is "imperative" in every military action to liberate the Iraqi city of Mosul from the ISIL terrorist group, also known as Daesh, the UN Special Envoy for Iraq, Ján Kubiš, has urged.     Tens of thousands of people living in and around Mosul are reportedly being used as human shields by [...]

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Estimated 1.7 per cent of new-born babies are intersex

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An estimated 1.7 per cent of new-born babies across the world can be classified as intersex, which means their gender cannot simply be defined as male or female. That's according to the UN Free & Equal Campaign, initiated by the UN Office for Human Rights. The campaign is working with intersex people to raise awareness [...]

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Lives completely ruined in Yei, South Sudan

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Humanitarians were barred from delivering much-needed medicines to the town of Yei in South Sudan on Friday, a senior official with the UN humanitarian affairs office, OCHA, has reported. OCHA Operations Director John Ging said even though political leaders had granted permission to the convoy, it was barred from entering the town. Yei had previously [...]

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News in Brief 11 November 2016 (PM)

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  Mazar car bomb blast in Afghanistan condemned The death of four civilians and the injury of hundreds of others in a car bomb attack in the northern Afghan city of Mazar-e-Sharif has been condemned by the UN. Shortly before midnight on Thursday, a vehicle loaded with heavy explosives blew up near the German Consulate [...]

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UN police tasks need to be "realistic" and well resourced, says Ban

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UN policing operations need to be "realistic" and adequately resourced in order to ensure a "modern, agile and people-centred" force, the Secretary-General has said. Ban Ki-moon made the remarks at the closing of meeting with Heads of UN Police Components. Around 13,500 men and women are engaged in peace operations in post-conflict and other crisis [...]

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“Strong risk of escalating ethnic” violence in South Sudan

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There is a strong risk of violence escalating along ethnic lines in South Sudan, with the potential for genocide, a UN senior official has said. Adama Dieng, the UN Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide, said he did not make the remarks "lightly" and that his concerns were based on what he "saw and [...]

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"Sons of the caliphate" deployed to defend Mosul

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Fresh fears of terrible crimes by ISIL militants surfaced on Friday in which children, so-called "sons of the caliphate", have been deployed as suicide bombers to defend Mosul against Iraqi forces. Other reports from the besieged Iraqi city released by the UN indicate that teenagers have been forced to carry out executions and that women [...]

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UN Daily News 11 November 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: Chilling reports from Mosul, where the terrorist group ISIL has been using children as suicide bombers and executioners And why Sustainable Energy for All could be a reality by 2030  

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World could see Sustainable Energy for All by 2030

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The goal to provide more than a billion of the world's poorest people with clean energy could be achieved in our lifetime. That's the belief expressed by the head of the UN Secretary-General's Sustainable Energy for All initiative, Rachel Kyte. Ensuring that all people have access to affordable, reliable and sustainable modern energy is one [...]

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Countries urged to end child deaths from pneumonia and diarrhoea

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Countries are being urged by the UN to end child deaths from pneumonia and diarrhoea which together kill more than 1.4 million children every year. The UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) released a report on the issue on the margins of the ongoing climate change talks, dubbed COP22, in Morocco. Nearly half of all childhood pneumonia [...]

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News in Brief 11 November 2016 (AM) – Geneva

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Mosul civilians "fleeing to Syria over fears of Iraqi army retribution" Evidence is growing that more families are fleeing the ISIL stronghold of Mosul and crossing into Syria, fearing reprisals from Iraqi soldiers and their allies. The UN Human Rights Office OHCHR said that several hundred Iraqi civilians now faced a dire humanitarian situation in [...]

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Indigenous in Canada "marginalized" in cities "for decades"

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Indigenous people in Canada have been marginalized when it comes to city life "for many decades" with women and girls suffering a "disproportionate level of violence." That's according to Christine O'Fallon, a member of Canada's Women Transforming Cities group, speaking at the UN's recent Habitat III conference on the future of urbanization, in Ecuador. She [...]

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Vaccination campaign challenges in Haiti “can be overcome”

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Challenges facing the Haitian government and UN teams, working to vaccinate 800,000 people from cholera, can be overcome to reach the most vulnerable. That's according to Jean-Luc Poncelet, who heads the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) and World Health Organization (WHO) teams in the Caribbean country. There has been an uptick in cholera cases since [...]

11 Nov 2016 | Posted in Caribbean News, Today's Features | Read More »

Support young climate change innovators: UN Youth Envoy

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Young people should be supported in their efforts to contribute to a more sustainable future. That opinion has been expressed by UN Youth Envoy Ahmad Alhendawi, who is in Marrakech, Morocco for the latest UN climate change conference, known as COP22. Jocelyne Sambira reports. Young people were in the spotlight in Marrakech this Thursday, or [...]

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News in Brief 10 November 2016 (PM)

IOM distributes non-food items in Saydawah near Mosul, Iraq, to displaced families. Photo: IOM/Jenny Sparks

  45,000 people displaced by Mosul military operations Up to 45,000 have been displaced by the ongoing military operations to retake the Iraqi city of Mosul, the UN spokesperson has confirmed. Camp capacity is still keeping pace with the steady flow of displacement, Stéphane Dujarric said, but more camp space and emergency shelter options might [...]

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"Optimism" in face of protracted crisis in Lebanon

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A mood of optimism has taken hold in Lebanon since the recent election of a new president despite the challenges posed by a protracted crisis there, the UN Special Coordinator for the country has said. Sigrid Kaag said that the risk of young people being radicalized, as well as the "toxic narrative" around the hosting [...]

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UN Police in South Sudan improving its response to "potential” future crises

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The UN Police in South Sudan has taken several steps to improve its ability to respond "robustly" if fighting erupts in the country once again. That's what Bruce Munyambo, the Police Commissioner of the UN Mission in the country (UNMISS) told members of the Security Council on Thursday. Since 2013, there have been fears that [...]

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UN Global Perspective: focus on Mosul, global temperatures and energy efficient cities

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Fight to retake Mosul from ISIL "progressing well" The battle to liberate the Iraqi city of Mosul is "progressing well," the UN Security Council has heard. The head of the UN mission in the country updated members on the operation launched by the Iraqi army and its allies to retake the northern city from the [...]

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Buildings can play "transformative" role in fighting climate change

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Buildings can play a "transformative" role in fighting climate change in cities, according to the UN Environment Programme (UNEP). Experts from around the world are currently meeting in Marrakech, Morocco, at the COP22 conference, which is looking at how to turn the goal of keeping global temperature rises to below 2 degrees Celsius into a [...]

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UN Gender Focus: intersex awareness and Indigenous people

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Estimated 1.7 percent of new-born babies are intersex: UN campaign An estimated 1.7 percent of new-born babies across the world can be classified as intersex, which means their gender cannot simply be defined as male, or female. According to Charles Radcliffe, head of the UN Free & Equal Campaign, intersex children are often forced by [...]

10 Nov 2016 | Posted in UN Gender Focus | Read More »

UN and Africa: focus on UN peacekeeping, post-conflict Liberia and African refugees

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Terrorism, violent extremism require more nimble peacekeeping response A deadly ambush of UN peacekeepers in Mali just a few days ago has highlighted the dangerous landscape in which many blue helmets have to operate. The UN Security Council has been looking at ways to strengthen support to field missions so that they can better respond [...]

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Political will needed to protect all children from measles

A child receives the measles vaccine in the Kibati II camp, eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo. Photo: WHO/Christopher Black

Although mass measles vaccination campaigns have saved more than 20 million child lives over the past 15 years, the illness still kills nearly 400 children each day. For this reason, the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) and its partners have launched a report calling for stronger political commitment towards reaching every child. Measles is a highly [...]

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UN Daily News 10 November 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: Humanitarians say a UN-backed plan to get aid into Aleppo in Syria needs to be approved soon to avert catastrophe And UNICEF and partners call for political will to protect all children from measles [...]

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News in Brief 10 November 2016 (AM)

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    Science museums and centres "living laboratories of creativity" People around the world are being urged by the UN to "support, nurture and harness" the power of science museums and centres to shape an inclusive and sustainable future for all. The call came from the UN's cultural and scientific agency, UNESCO on World Science [...]

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Aleppo aid plan “must be approved soon to avoid catastrophe"

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With the onset of winter, a UN-backed plan to get aid into Eastern Aleppo needs to be approved by warring parties very soon since the alternative could be "catastrophic", a senior aid official said Thursday. Speaking in Geneva after hosting a meeting of the Syria Humanitarian Task Force, Jan Egeland said that "the last food [...]

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Illegal trade in tobacco products a global concern

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The Illicit trade in tobacco products is a "global concern" due to a lack of effective tracing and distribution, according to one expert in the field from the United States. Stella Bialous is serving as a consultant for the secretariat of the World Health Organisation Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO FCTC), which is holding [...]

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Sustainable forest management can mitigate climate change

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Sustainable forest management will play an important part in global efforts to combat climate change, according to a senior official with the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). The head of the agency's Forestry Department, Eva Muller, has been making the case for the world's forests as countries meet in Marrakech, Morocco, for the latest [...]

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Libyan women face lack of midwives and gender-based violence

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Libyan women are suffering from a rise in gender-based violence and a lack of trained midwives, making childbirth more hazardous. That's according to Georges Makram Georgi, from the UN's Population Fund (UNFPA). He said the problems stem from conflict and instability that's plagued the country since the fall of Muammar Gaddafi, in 2011. UNFPA has [...]

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News in Brief 9 November 2016 (PM)

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  "Massive reduction" in Somalia piracy result of global community support The international community's "robust commitment" to address piracy and armed robbery off the coast of Somalia has resulted in a "massive reduction" of the crime in recent years, the acting Somali representative to the UN has said. On Wednesday, the Security Council adopted a [...]

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UN Daily News 09 November 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: Fight to retake Mosul from ISIL "progressing well" the UN's top official in Iraq tells the Security Council And we hear why corruption is the "biggest challenge" for post-conflict Liberia

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News in Brief 9 November 2016 (AM)

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Water critical for successful climate change mitigation: COP22 Water is critical for successful climate change mitigation, participants at a UN Climate Change Conference in Morocco also known as "COP22" have found. The Action Day for Water was organized for the first time in the history of the Conference, to call for more attention to water [...]

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Fight to retake Mosul from ISIL "progressing well"

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The battle to liberate the Iraqi city of Mosul is "progressing well," the UN Security Council heard on Wednesday. The head of the UN mission in the country Ján Kubiš updated members on the operation launched by the Iraqi army and its allies to retake the northern city from the terrorist group ISIL, also known [...]

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Time to work on climate change agreement: Moroccan Minister

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Countries have given life to the UN-brokered Paris Agreement on climate change and it is now time to work on meeting its goal of limiting global temperature rises, Morocco's Environment Minister has said. Dr Hakime El Haite's was speaking as experts gather in Marrakech for the latest UN climate conference, known as COP22. The Minister [...]

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"Unity in diversity" is one of United States' greatest strengths, says UN chief

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Unity in diversity is one of the United States' greatest strength and Americans should stay true to that spirit, UN Secretary-General urged on Wednesday. Ban Ki-moon made the remarks during a briefing to the press in New York where he congratulated Mr Donald Trump on his election as 45th President of the United States of [...]

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

WHO: Haiti cholera vaccine will prevent majority of severe cases

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A huge cholera vaccination campaign has begun in Haiti where there's been a spike in suspected cases of the disease since Hurricane Matthew struck the island on 4 October. Focusing on the worst affected areas and with the help of the World Health Organization (WHO) and other partners, medical workers want to reduce infection and [...]

9 Nov 2016 | Posted in Caribbean News, Today's News | Read More »

Weather presenters trained to become climate presenters

Jill Peeters (centre) with fellow weather broadcasters at COP22 in Marrakech, Morocco. Photo courtesy of Jill Peeters.

Weather presenters worldwide are learning how to make climate change cool. The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) has been training these experts to better educate the public about extreme weather and its impact on the planet. Belgian TV weather broadcaster Jill Peeters has been leading the sessions. This week she is at the latest UN climate [...]

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Corruption "biggest challenge" for post-conflict Liberia

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Corruption remains the "biggest challenge" for Liberia as it continues its recovery from a brutal civil war; that's according to the Police Commissioner of the UN peacekeeping mission there. UNMIL has been supporting the West African country since 2003 following the end of the conflict, but as long-term peace and stability returns, the mission has [...]

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SDGs are "masterplan for humanity": General Assembly President

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The President of the UN General Assembly made an impassioned call on Tuesday to "strengthen momentum" towards making the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) a reality, calling them a "masterplan for humanity". Peter Thomson was briefing Member States on his SDG implementation strategy, and he called on "all actors" to "view our world through the [...]

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

Film festival in Lebanon seeks to unmask the lives of Syrian refugees

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A film festival has been held for the first time in Beirut, Lebanon, in an attempt to expose the plight of Syrian refugees settling in the country. Mirielle Girard, the UN's Refugee Agency's (UNHCR) representative in Lebanon, said that the festival is aimed at showing people what is "behind the statistics". She added that xenophobia [...]

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News in Brief 08 November 2016 (PM)

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Explosives experts sent to Goma following attack on peacekeepers Explosives experts have been despatched to the scene of an attack on Tuesday which left one girl dead and 32 UN peacekeepers injured in the town of Goma, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). According to news reports, the peacekeepers, all from India, were [...]

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Asia-Pacific advocates for smarter children, healthier economies

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Social spending in the Asia-Pacific region remains low compared to the rest of the world, leading to slow economic growth in some countries and lack of protection for children. That's according to Christopher de Bono, UN Children's Fund's (UNICEF) Chief of Communication for the East Asia and Pacific region. Governments from across the region have [...]

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UN Daily News 08 November 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: Experts say this year is shaping up to be the hottest on record. And Governments in Asia-Pacific push to achieve healthier economies to invest more in children.

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Developing countries to get extra support for tobacco controls

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Developing countries are to receive dedicated support to help limit tobacco use through a project unveiled on Tuesday by the World Health Organization (WHO). WHO's Framework Convention on Tobacco Control will take the lead in helping low and middle-income countries, or LMICs, to implement policies designed to reduce smoking. Matthew Wells has more. If current [...]

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News in Brief 08 November 2016 (AM) – Geneva

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  Haiti cholera mass vaccinations get under way A mass cholera vaccination campaign has begun in Haiti targeting more than 800,000 people, one month after Hurricane Matthew flattened large areas of the Caribbean island. The World Health Organization (WHO) says that the vaccines will be given in the 16 communes that have had suspected cholera [...]

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Ecuador eyes new generation of sustainable bamboo homes

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A new generation of sustainable bamboo houses that take just 20 days to build could be part of the answer to making cities more sustainable and resilient. That's the view of Oliver Frith, a director of the International Network for Bamboo and Rattan, which showcased one of its new houses at the recent Habitat III [...]

8 Nov 2016 | Posted in Habitat III Conference, Today's Features | Read More »

Signing and entry into force of first climate deal "cause for celebration"

Left to right: Chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Hoesung Lee; UNFCC Executive Secretary Patricia Espinosa, COP 22 President Salaheddine Mezouar and COP 21 President Ségolène Royal at the opening of COP22 in Marrakesh, Morocco. Photo: UNFCCC

The signing of the first global climate deal is a "clear cause for celebration" but it's also a timely reminder of the high expectations placed on every country. Patricia Espinosa, the Executive Secretary of the UN climate body, UNFCCC made the remarks on Monday in the Moroccan city of Marrakech. The landmark Paris Agreement entered [...]

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News in Brief 7 November 2016 (PM)

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"Abhorrent" acts of sex abuse have shaken UN peacekeeping "to its core" Abhorrent acts of sexual abuse, exploitation and violence have shaken peacekeeping and the UN "to its core", Under-Secretary-General Herve Ladsous said at the launch of UN Police Week in New York. In 2015, the organization uncovered 99 allegations of sexual abuse and exploitation [...]

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"Serious increase" in civilians fleeing Mosul as new camps open

Families displaced by fighting in the village of Shora, 25 kilometres south of Mosul, gather at an army checkpoint on the outskirts of Qayyarah. Photo: UNHCR/Ivor Prickett

There has been a "serious increase" in the numbers of civilians fleeing the Mosul area in Iraq according to the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR), as government forces continue their advance. UNHCR is opening new camps to cope with the influx of internally displaced people, as the coalition battles ISIL terrorists, who have occupied Iraq's second [...]

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Terrorism threat requires UN peacekeeping to be more nimble

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A deadly ambush this weekend on UN peacekeepers in Mali has highlighted the dangerous landscape in which many blue helmets operate. The UN Security Council has been looking at ways to strengthen support to field missions so that they can better respond to threats such as terrorism, violent extremism and organized crime. Dianne Penn reports [...]

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UN Daily News 07 November 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: The Security Council discusses how UN peacekeeping can address threats such as terrorism and violent extremism And a report on the "serious increase" in civilians fleeing Mosul in Iraq as a new camp opens [...]

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Biological weapons experts assess new threat

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A key examination of the risks posed by biological weapons has begun at the UN in Geneva. Last held in 2011, the Review Conference of The Biological Weapons Convention (BWC) highlights how scientific discoveries or regional political instability may require action from signatories of the international accord. The convention came into force in 1975 and [...]

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News in Brief 7 November 2016 (AM)

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  Attacks against UN Mission in Mali "will not weaken its determination" Attacks against the UN Mission in Mali, MINUSMA, will not weaken its determination to bring peace to the West African country, according to a statement released by the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General. Two civilians and one UN peacekeeper were killed on Sunday when [...]

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"Shared commitment" for Cyprus peace, says UN's Ban

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (centre) meets with Mustafa Akinci, Leader of the Turkish Cypriot Community (left), and Nicos Anastasiades, President of the Republic of Cyprus (right). UN Photo/Jean-Marc Ferré

The leaders of Cyprus have begun a week of talks in Switzerland to resolve the future of the divided island, and they have a "shared commitment" to do so by the end of the year, UN chief Ban Ki-moon said Monday. Opening the negotiations, Mr Ban highlighted how Greek Cypriot leader Nicos Anastasiades and Turkish [...]

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Stop attacks on schools in Syria: UNICEF

A mother watches as three of her children head off to school in Syria. Photo: UNHCR/F. Al-Khateeb

Attacks on schools, hospitals and other civilian infrastructure in Syria must stop, the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) has said. The agency repeated its appeal to warring parties in the country  following the deaths of at least four children when their kindergarten was  hit on Sunday. The agency said many other children were injured in the attack, [...]

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

"I have always lived in fear", young Sri Lanka activist says

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The trauma of war still lingers with Sri Lankans whether they have been affected directly or not, an activist from the country told a meeting at the UN. The Indian Ocean island nation is recovering from a 25 year old conflict that pitted government forces against the so-called Tamil Tigers ended in 2009 The society [...]

6 Nov 2016 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

UN chief stresses value of disaster preparation on first World Tsunami Day

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Although tsunamis are rare, failing to prepare for them could exact a heavy price. That's the message from the UN Secretary-General this Saturday, the first-ever World Tsunami Day. Tsunamis are series of waves that can reach as high as 100 feet (30.5 metres), and are extremely destructive. They have killed more than 250,000 people in [...]

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Mothers' "emotional bond" can help counter violent forms of extremism

Four suspected members of Al Shabaab, the Islamic insurgent group, walk on the grounds of Mogadishu Stadium. The militants were all in their mid-twenties.
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The "emotional bond" that mothers have with their children could help to counter violent forms of extremism and terrorist acts. That's according to Edit Schlaffer, the Founder of Women without Borders, who spoke at a conference hosted by the UN cultural agency, UNESCO focusing on the radicalisation of young people by extremist groups,. Young children [...]

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Cholera outbreak in Haiti "predictable" using new data technology

A Cholera outbreak originating in the Central Artibonite region of Haiti has killed around 250 people and effected over 2500 in the region.

The Cholera outbreak in Haiti could have been predicted using new technology that harnesses decades of satellite data, according to a scientific prize winner, speaking at UN Headquarters. Rita Colwell is an academic from the United States who has developed a model that can see outbreaks coming up to six months in advance. She was [...]

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News in Brief 4 November 2016 (PM)

South Sudanese refugees are crossing by foot the Kibali Bridge in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). UNHCR partially rehabilitated the bridge which was in a state of disrepair in order to make possible the relocation. Photo: UNHCR/Gloria Ramazani

  Thousands fleeing South Sudan each day: UNHCR Ongoing conflict in South Sudan forced an average of 3,500 people a day to flee to neighbouring countries last month, according to data from the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR). UNHCR and its partners in Uganda, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ethiopia and Sudan, have been racing [...]

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News in Brief 4 November 2016 (AM)

Migrants arriving on Italy's Lampedusa Island after crossing the Mediterranean on a dilapidated boat. Photo: UNHCR/F. Noy

  Mediterranean deaths spike as people smugglers change tactics A recent spike in the number of people dying while trying to cross the Mediterranean Sea to Europe has been blamed on a ruthless new tactic by smugglers. An estimated 240 migrants went missing and are presumed dead after two shipwrecks on Wednesday in stretch of [...]

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UN Daily News 04 November 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: The Paris Agreement on climate change comes into force…One civil society leader tells us it's an historic milestone… And the children of Haiti face desperate hardship after Hurricane Matthew for the "foreseeable future" the [...]

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"Extraordinary milestone" as Paris Agreement comes into force

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The official entry into force of the Paris Agreement on climate change which commits 193 countries to limit global temperature rises to below 2 degrees, is an "extraordinary milestone.” That's according to Paul Hanle, president of Climate Central, one of the civil society groups taking part in a meeting with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on [...]

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“Desperate situation” for children in post-hurricane Haiti will persist

two boys eat in a church in Croix des Bouquets, Haiti, a neighbourhood to the east of the capital Port-au-Prince, where they took shelter from Hurricane Matthew. Photo: UNICEF/Bahare Khodabande

Children who have been affected by the hurricane which struck Haiti one month ago face a desperate situation which is likely to persist for the "foreseeable future", according to the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF). Hurricane Matthew struck the Caribbean island on October 4th, killing some 400 people according to government estimates and leaving more than [...]

4 Nov 2016 | Posted in Caribbean News, Today's Features | Read More »

Climate change treaty enters into force

A view of the Middelgruden offshore wind farm. The wind farm was developed off the Danish coast in 2000 and consists of 20 turbines. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

Civil society groups worldwide have been encouraged by the UN Secretary-General to press governments to deliver on their promises to protect the planet. Ban Ki-moon met with leaders from these organizations at UN Headquarters on Friday to celebrate the entry into force of the Paris Agreement on climate change. The treaty aims to mitigate global [...]

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Garment workers must have "freedom of association" to boost competitiveness

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Workers in the global garment industry are often deprived of "freedom of association", which is key to boosting competitiveness in the industry. That's according to Dan Rees, head of the Better Work Programme, an initiative set up by the International Labour Organization (ILO) and the World Bank. The Better Work Programme, founded in 2009, is [...]

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"Business as usual not an option" for farmers

A farmer in Tanzania uses hay to help mulch and prevent soil erosion. Photo: FAO/Marco Longari

"Business as usual is not an option" for farmers across the world, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). Changes to the climate are directly affecting the productivity and livelihoods of farmers, especially in developing countries and the UN food agency is warning that up to 120 million could fall into poverty if they [...]

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Incorporating traditional culture "key" to disaster management

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Engaging local communities and incorporating traditional cultures is key to managing disasters in Indonesia. That's according to Dian Triansyah Djani, the country’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations, speaking ahead of the UN's first World Tsunami Awareness Day. UN figures show that Indonesia was the worst-hit country during the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami. More than [...]

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Task force to implement South Sudan investigation recommendations

Hervé Ladsous. UN Photo/Manuel Elias

A task force has been established to implement recommendations stemming from an independent investigation into three days of deadly fighting in South Sudan's capital last July, the head of UN Peacekeeping said on Thursday. Hervé Ladsous was speaking to reporters in New York following a closed door meeting of the UN Security Council where he had [...]

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News in Brief 3 November 2016 (PM)

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  Climate change treaty enters into force on Friday Nearly 100 countries have ratified the Paris Agreement on climate change which comes into force this Friday, the United Nations has reported. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will meet with representatives of civil society groups at UN Headquarters in New York to commemorate what the global body [...]

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UN Global Perspective: focus on air pollution, journalists and UN Headquarters

Children prepare a fire for cooking in Syria. Photo: UNICEF/ Al-Issa (file photo)

300 million children living in areas with worst air pollution Approximately 300 million children, or one in seven youngsters globally, are living in areas of the world with the most toxic levels of outdoor air pollution, according to a report by the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF). Air pollution is linked to pneumonia and other respiratory [...]

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Additional action needed on climate change to avoid "disaster": UNEP

World must urgently increase action and ambition to cut another 25 per cent off 2030 emissions. Photo: UNEP

Additional action to slowdown global warming is needed at all levels of society, to avoid climate "disaster". That's according to Shereen Zorba, Global Head of Science-Policy networks at the UN Environment Programme, UNEP. She was speaking at the launch of UNEP's annual Emissions Gap report, which shows that unless more action is taken to bolster [...]

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Nearly 10,000 children displaced by Mosul operation: UNICEF

Iraqi women and children displaced from the Mosul corridor line up to recieve food in Debaga Displacement Camp in Erbil Governorate. Photo: UNICEF/Anmar (file photo)

More than 20,000 people, nearly half of them children, have been displaced in Iraq since the start of an operation to retake the northern city of Mosul from the terrorist group ISIL. That's according to the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) which has been reaching out to families to check on the condition of their children [...]

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UN and Africa: focus on South Sudan, Zimbabwe and Central African Republic

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Probe into South Sudan July attacks points to "lack of leadership" During July's outbreak of violence in South Sudan, there was a "lack of leadership" and clarity over the UN's mandate, the head of an independent special investigation team has concluded. Acts of violence were committed against civilians and peacekeepers in the capital Juba between [...]

3 Nov 2016 | Posted in UN and Africa | Read More »

UN Gender Focus: Pakistani activist, Ugandan entrepreneur and midwives in South Sudan

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Being a woman, human rights defender in Pakistan is "risky" Being a woman and a human rights defender in Pakistan is "risky" a young activist who founded a non-profit called "Aware Girls" with her sister when she was just fifteen. Saba Ismail grew up in the conservative Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province on the border between Pakistan [...]

3 Nov 2016 | Posted in UN Gender Focus | Read More »

UN Daily News 03 November 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: the human rights’ spotlight falls on Zimbabwe's record, and the whereabouts of a journalist who vanished 18 months ago…. And in Bangui, the Deputy Secretary-General, tells the people of the Central Africa Republic the [...]

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News in Brief 3 November 2016 (AM)

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  Human rights considerations for climate change treaty The entry into force of the Paris Agreement on climate change should motivate countries to do more to tackle global warming, the UN Human Rights High Commissioner said on Thursday. Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein's comments came in a statement released on the eve of the treaty coming [...]

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New surgical advice bids to cut hospital "superbugs"

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Preventing hospital patients from catching so-called superbugs is a growing problem, but now the UN health agency has come up with a blueprint to cut infection rates. Launched on Thursday, the World Health Organization's (WHO) Global Guidelines for the Prevention of Surgical Site Infection features recommendations from leading experts. And as Daniel Johnson reports, their [...]

3 Nov 2016 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Zimbabwe: probe ongoing for missing activist Itai Dzamara

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Zimbabwe's human rights record has been in the spotlight at the UN. In a scheduled review of the country this week, the government responded to concerns about serious restrictions on freedom of expression and the excessive use of force by security services. Harare was also pushed for news of journalist Itai Dzamara, who went missing [...]

3 Nov 2016 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

Greener airplanes can benefit nature and society

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Greener or more environmentally-friendly airplanes can bring benefits to nature and society and help reduce poverty; that's according to Nancy Young, an aviation expert appointed by the UN Secretary-General to provide recommendations on sustainable transport. The UN's International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), is hoping to achieve carbon neutrality within the industry by 2020 by "moving [...]

3 Nov 2016 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

African refugees in Egypt "forgotten"

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A "forgotten population" of refugees from across Africa is living in limbo in Egypt according to the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR). People who have fled turmoil and conflict in countries like Eritrea, Somalia and Sudan, and who are hoping to reach Europe are getting stranded in Egypt, whilst waiting to be certified as asylum seekers. [...]

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UN awaiting notice on Kenyan troop withdrawal from South Sudan mission

Stéphane Dujarric. UN Photo/Evan Schneider

The United Nations is awaiting official word from Kenya that it is withdrawing its troops from the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS), a spokesperson for the global body told reporters in New York on Wednesday. The decision by the Kenyan authorities came a day after the UN Secretary-General ordered the "immediate replacement" of the [...]

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News in Brief 2 November 2016 (PM)

Displaced people shelter on the grounds of a church in Bossangoa. Until recently, religious institutions were considered safe havens for people fleeing conflict in the Central African Republic. Photo: UNHCR/B. Heger (file photo)

  CAR leaders urged to put country's interests first Leaders in the Central African Republic (CAR) have been urged by the UN Deputy Secretary-General to put the best interests of the country above all else. Jan Eliasson is on a two-day visit to the nation, where he met with the President on Wednesday before addressing [...]

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Protecting Afghan civilians means protecting journalists too

Pernille Dahler Kardel (left) speaking to Mohammad Hamed Haleem . Photo: UNAMA

Protecting Afghan civilians means protecting journalists too and monitoring their safety, according to the deputy head of the UN Mission in the country (UNAMA). Pernille Dahler Kardel, was speaking on the International Day to End Impunity for Crimes Against Journalists, marked each 2 November, and said it was time for the government to follow through [...]

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"Moment of hope" for reconciliation and development in CAR

Jan Eliasson. UN Photo/Jean-Marc Ferré

A "moment now of hope" has arrived in the Central African Republic (CAR) which could represent a new era of reconciliation and development. That's the view of UN Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson, speaking in the capital of CAR, Bangui, shortly after meeting the country's new president, Faustin-Archange Touadéra. Three years of fighting between Christian and [...]

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Armed groups in eastern DRC still a "growing threat": UN envoy

Said Djinnit. UN Photo/Loey Felipe

Armed groups in the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) continue to be a "growing threat" to the peace and stability of the entire region. That's according to the UN Special Envoy for Africa's Great Lakes countries, Said Djinnit, in a report to the Security Council on Wednesday. Matthew Wells reports. Duration: 2’28″

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UN Daily News 02 November 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: rebel groups holding sway in eastern parts of the Democratic Republic of the Congo are still "a growing threat" the region's envoy tells the Security Council… And, we hear why so many journalists continue [...]

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News in Brief 2 November 2016 (AM)

This child was among thousands of Iraqis who fled to the high-altitude region of northern Kurdistan during the winter of 2014 with nothing but the clothes on their backs, and found themselves entirely dependent on humanitarian agencies. Photo: OCHA/Iason Athanasiadis (file photo)

  Funding shortfall for winter assistance programme in Iraq A US$120 million programme to provide essential winter items to displaced people in Iraq and Syrian refugees in the country is only half-funded, the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) has reported. UNHCR said the assistance will be critical for people displaced from Mosul, where a military campaign [...]

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France, UK "fell short" over children in "Jungle" camp closure

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France and the UK "fell seriously short" in their handling of unaccompanied children who were forced to leave the so-called “Jungle” camp for migrants in Calais. That's the assertion made on Wednesday by the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child, which examines how Member States live up to their obligations to children under [...]

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Afghan media "self-censor" due to lack of safety

Najib Sharifi (right) speaking to Mohammad Hamed Haleem . Photo: UNAMA

Media workers in Afghanistan "self-censor" their work due to a lack of safety according to a senior Afghan journalist speaking on the UN's International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists. Deadly threats are commonplace in the South Asian country, making it one of the most dangerous places in the world to be a [...]

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Methods used to measure corruption in Africa "unreliable"

A view of Africa Hall, Headquarters of the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. UN Photo/Yutaka Nagata (file photo)

The way in which corruption is measured in Africa is unreliable and it doesn't give the whole picture, a new report by the UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) has found. The assessment is based mostly on an individual's perception of the extent of the crime and often ignores the international dimension of corrupt acts [...]

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“Systematic” increase in violence against journalists in past decade

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Organised crime, ethnic and armed conflicts and a rise in demand for information from the public about corruption has resulted in more acts of violence against journalists. That's according to Frank La Rue, from the UN cultural agency UNESCO. More than 800 journalists have been killed in the course of their work over the past [...]

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Children and parents together "too sick to move" in Yemeni hospital

Muhannad Hadi. Photo: UN

Malnourishment is becoming so severe in war-torn Yemen that children and parents are laying side-by-side in hospital beds, "too sick to move". That's according to Muhannad Hadi, the World Food Programme's Regional Director for the Middle East, speaking at UN Headquarters about his latest visit to Yemen. He described the scenes he had witnessed of [...]

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News in Brief 1 November 2016 (PM)

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UN mission to verify Colombia ceasefire The "green light" has been given to the UN political mission in Colombia to verify a ceasefire in the country, a senior UN official there has reported. UN Special Representative Jean Arnault has welcomed what he called the "unanimous support" shown by the Security Council, which has written to [...]

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UN Daily News 01 November 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: the UN chief says he's “deeply  distressed” by the findings of an official investigation into how the UN responded to major fighting across South Sudan's capital last July. We’ll hear from the man who [...]

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Probe into South Sudan July attacks points to "lack of leadership"

Patrick Cammaert. UN Photo/Joao Castellano

An outbreak of violence in South Sudan in July in which some 300 people died and many women were raped was characterised by a "lack of leadership" and clarity over the UN's mandate, the head of an independent special investigation team has said. Acts of violence were committed against civilians and peacekeepers in the capital [...]

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News in Brief 1 November 2016 (AM) – Geneva

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Aleppo violence claims new victims in rebel and government areas In Syria's Aleppo, deadly fighting between armed rebel groups and pro-government forces has escalated in recent days and may constitute war crimes by both sides, the UN said Tuesday. According to the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), more than 30 civilians [...]

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UN chief "deeply distressed" by South Sudan violence findings

IDP's that took refuge and protection with UNMISS, pack up their belongings following five straight days of heavy clashes in Juba in early July. Photo: UNMISS/Eric Kanalstein (file photo)

The UN Secretary-General has said he is "deeply distressed" by the findings of a report by a special investigation team on the violence in South Sudan's capital, Juba, in July, and the actions of the UN mission in the country, UNMISS. More than 70 people were killed in the three days of fighting, including more [...]

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ISIL human shield bid foiled outside Mosul

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ISIL militants in Iraq are continuing to forcibly move tens of thousands of civilians closer to the city of Mosul to act as human shields, the UN said Tuesday. According to the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), some 25,000 people were loaded into trucks and minibuses south of Mosul in the [...]

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Volunteering should be "open to all"

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Volunteerism is a basic form of "social expression" and should be open to anyone who wants to contribute to the social good. That's according to Geoffrey Prewitt, the Chief of Development Programming at UN Volunteers (UNV). Globally, there are around 7000 UNVs, as they are known, working in approximately 130 countries. Pierre Marc Rene spoke to [...]

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Rise in midwives an "exciting story" from South Sudan

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Four years ago, there were only 10 qualified midwives in South Sudan, which has a population of more than 12 million. Today, more than 300 of these skilled workers are deployed across the country, according to the UN Population Fund (UNFPA). UNFPA Deputy Country Representative Dr Wilfred Ochan described the rise in midwives as one of [...]

1 Nov 2016 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

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