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News in Brief 16 November 2016 (PM)

Listen / 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

Listen / Climate Change affects Tajikistan mountain communities: In July 2015, the abnormal rise of temperature caused glacier melting and intense mudflows and floods in Barsem village, resulting in the entire village being flooded. Photo: OCHA/M. Sadvakassova

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

Listen / UNAMID police officers and community policing volunteers patrol IDP camp.UN Photo/Albert Gonzalez Farran

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)

Listen / The International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague. Photo: ICC-CPI/Max Koot (file photo)

"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"

Listen / 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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