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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

Vahakn Kabakian.  UN Photo/Basma Baghall

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 [...]

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World becoming "more connected"

The view inside a bustling electronics market in Bangkok, Thailand.UN Photo/Kibae Park (file photo)

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 [...]

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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"

UN providing water to civilians in Juba. UN Photo

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


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

Ahmad Alhendawi. Photo: Office of the Secretary-General's Envoy on Youth (OSGEY)

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


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

COP 22 plenary meeting. Photo: UNFCCC

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


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

Mark Sirangelo. UN Photo/Runa A.

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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