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News in Brief 18 November 2016 (PM)

Listen / 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

Listen / 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

Listen / Salaheddine Mezouar.  Photo: UNFCCC

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

Listen / Nyaradzayi Gumbonzvanda. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

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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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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Vision, training and funding crucial to growing tech in Africa

Listen / Computer training in South Sudan. UN Photo/JC McIlwaine

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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