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Support young climate change innovators: UN Youth Envoy

Listen / Ahmad Alhendawi. (second from right, bottom row)

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)

Listen / 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

Listen / Sigrid Kaag. UN Photo/Pasqual Gorriz

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

Listen / Jacqueline McGlade. (Screen grab from UNEP Video)

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 [...]

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

Listen / General view of the Security Council meeting on the maintenance of international peace and security, and peace operations facing asymmetrical threats.UN Photo/Rick Bajornas

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

Listen / 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)

Listen / Children conduct a science experiment in a classroom in Harar, Ethiopia. (File) UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

    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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