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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

Patrick Cammaert. UN Photo/Joao Castellano

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 [...]

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

Saba Ismael. Photo: UN Women

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 [...]

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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)


  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"


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 [...]

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Zimbabwe: probe ongoing for missing activist Itai Dzamara


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 [...]

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Greener airplanes can benefit nature and society


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 [...]

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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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