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"Massive structural transformation" needed in Somalia

Listen / Asha Gelle Dirie, Chairperson of the Committee of Goodwill Ambassadors in Somalia, after her address to the UN Security Council on 27 January 2017. UN News / V. Mishra

A "massive, structural transformation" is needed to advance women's political representation in Somalia, a female member of parliament or MP has urged. Asha Gelle Dirie was appointed Chairperson of the Committee of Goodwill Ambassadors in the Horn of Africa country to help women secure 30 per cent of seats in the Federal Parliament. Women faced [...]

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Sexual education in Uganda schools can protect youth from HIV

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Comprehensive sex education programmes are important to stop the spread of HIV among young people, a Programme Director for the Uganda Network of Young Positives has said. Nicholas Niwagaba, who is also a member of the UNAIDS network called Act2015, spoke on the margins of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) Youth Forum held at [...]

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News in Brief 31 January 2017 (PM)

Listen / The World Food Programme (WFP) delivering aid to the Bani Husheish area, in the northern Sana'a governorate, Yemen. Photo: WFP/Fares Khoailed

Thousands trapped in Yemeni coastal town in need of protection Up to 30,000 Yemeni civilians are trapped in one coastal town in need of aid supplies and protection, according to the UN Humanitarian Coordinator for the country. Jamie McGoldrick said on Tuesday he was extremely concerned for the "safety and well-being" of civilians in the [...]

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Syria ceasefire "broadly" holding but peace talks postponed to 20 February

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The ceasefire in Syria is "broadly" holding but UN-led peace talks in Geneva have been postponed until 20 February to improve chances of a deal. That's the message from the UN Special Envoy to Syria, Staffan de Mistura, speaking to reporters outside the Security Council in New York on Tuesday. Matthew Wells has more. After [...]

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Canada funds WFP cash transfers for refugees in Tanzania

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A US$385,000 contribution from Canada is being used by the World Food Programme (WFP) to provide cash transfers to thousands of Congolese refugees in western Tanzania. The pilot programme at the Nyarugusu Refugee Camp will give households the freedom to purchase items at a nearby market which will also inject money into the local economy. [...]

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Closing borders to refugees based on nationality is wrong: UN chief

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Countries which close their borders to refugees on the basis of religion, ethnicity or nationality are acting against shared "fundamental principles and values" according to the UN chief. In a statement issued on Tuesday, Secretary-General António Guterres said that countries had the right and obligation to manage their own borders, but not on the basis [...]

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UN Daily News Programme 31 January 2017

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Listen to a bulletin of news and features from the United Nations, with Dianne Penn and Matthew Wells. In today's programme: UNICEF seeks $3.3 billion in emergency assistance for 48 million children worldwide And we hear why putting youth in leadership positions always "pays off"  

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News in Brief 31 January 2017 (AM)

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Airdrops to besieged Syrian city of Deir-ez-Zour resume: WFP Life-saving aid deliveries have restarted to the besieged Syrian city of Deir ez Zour, the World Food Programme (WFP) said on Tuesday. Airdrops had to be halted more than two weeks ago amid renewed clashes between Government forces and ISIL extremists, who control the city. The [...]

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UNICEF seeks $3.3 billion in emergency aid

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Almost one in four children today lives in a country affected by conflict or disaster, the UN said Tuesday, in a call for US$ 3.3 billion to help them. UN Children's Fund UNICEF launched the appeal in Geneva, warning that youngsters are under direct attack in Syria, Yemen and Iraq, as well as in South [...]

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Women should be able to "leapfrog" into evolving world of work

Listen / Multi-stakeholder forum on ÒImplementing the 2030 Agenda to Accelerate Realization of Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women and GirlsÓ

The world of work is changing and women should be empowered to "leapfrog" into high-tech or green jobs in the future, the Deputy-Executive Director of UN Women has said. Lakshmi Puri shared this message with delegates at a multi-stakeholder forum on "Women's Economic Empowerment in the Changing World of Work". It is also the priority [...]

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News in Brief 30 January 2017 (PM)

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Emergency repairs have begun on the heavily-damaged main water supply for Syria's capital city, Damascus, according to the UN. UN Spokesperson Stéphane Dujarric told reporters on Monday that a local agreement had been reportedly reached to stop the fighting around Wadi Barada, close to the capital, where the main spring for Damascus is located. The [...]

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Putting youth in leadership positions always "pays off", says UN envoy

Listen / Ahmad Alhendawi. UN Photo/Rick Bajornas

Young people are still seen as a "problem and liability" in some parts of the world, and yet the UN has shown that putting them in leadership positions always "pays off". That's according to the outgoing UN Youth Envoy, Ahmad Alhendawi, who was also the youngest person in UN history to serve at such a [...]

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Youth "ready and able to do heavy lifting" to implement SDGs

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Young people are "ready and able to do the heavy lifting" to implement the Sustainable Development Goals, the UN Youth Envoy has urged. Ahmad Alhendawi shared his message shortly before the opening of the annual Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) Youth Forum on Monday. Youth delegates and ministers from over 70 countries are meeting in [...]

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UN Daily News Programme 30 January 2017

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Listen to a bulletin of news and features from the United Nations, with Jocelyne Sambira and Matthew Wells. In today's programme young people are "ready and able" to do the heavy lifting to implement the Sustainable Development Goals or SDGs and life returns after schools reopen in eastern Mosul.

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"I'm here as your partner and your friend" pledges UN chief to AU

Listen / Secretary-General António Guterres (3rd right, front row) poses for a group photo with African Union leaders at the opening of their Summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. UN Photo/Antonio Fiorente

In his first address to the African Union (AU) as UN chief, António Guterres told assembled leaders and heads of government on Monday that he was here "as your partner and your friend." Speaking in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa, the Secretary-General said he would work with African countries "in solidarity and respect to advance [...]

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News in Brief 30 January 2017 (AM)

Listen / In Diffa, Niger, a family uprooted from Malam Fatouri, Nigeria, by Boko Haram shelter at a site for displaced civilians on 18 August 2016. 
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US$100m released from Emergency Response Fund for "neglected crises" A total of US$100 million has been released from the UN Central Emergency Response Fund, or CERF, by the UN chief, to "sustain operations" in nine "neglected" emergencies around the world. The announcement came from Secretary-General António Guterres on Monday, who is attending the annual assembly [...]

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"Life is back" as schools reopen in eastern Mosul

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Teachers and pupils in the war-torn eastern part of Mosul are celebrating the reopening of schools this week, although the battle to liberate the entire city from ISIL terrorists is far from over. Around 750,000 remain trapped in the western part of Iraq's second city, but with the fighting over in the east, the UN [...]

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UN officials appeal for solidarity with drought-affected Ethiopia

Listen / Semi-pastoralists have been hard-hit by drought and cattle are dying as the El Niño weather phenomenon has forced families to be on the move from Haro Huba kabele in central Ethiopia in search of grazing land and water. Photo: UNICEF/Mulugeta Ayene

The UN Secretary-General has called for solidarity with the people and Government Ethiopia as they tackle drought conditions. António Guterres was speaking at a high-level event on the humanitarian situation in the country, held in the capital, Addis Ababa. More than 10 million people in the East African country were affected by drought last year brought [...]

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UN and African partners underscore commitment to peace in South Sudan

Listen / South Sudan President Salva Kiir met with UN Secretary-General António Guterres on the sidelines of the African Union Summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. UN Photo/Antonio Fiorente.

The international community has repeated its call for an immediate cessation of hostilities in South Sudan. The appeal was made in a statement issued on Sunday by the African Union (AU), regional bloc IGAD and the United Nations, following a joint meeting on the sidelines of the AU Summit currently underway in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. [...]

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"Billions" are needed from private sector for SDGs: World Bank

Listen / Axel van Trotsenburg. Photo: Matthew Wells

If the world is to reach the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) then "billions" of dollars need to be unlocked from the private sector, as well as public coffers. That's the message from the World Bank Group's Vice President on Development and Finance, Axel van Trotsenburg. He was speaking ahead of a meeting organized in [...]

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UN agencies express hope US will continue tradition of protecting refugees

Listen / Two Syrian refugees, a brother and sister, in Jordan. Photo: UNICEF/Lucy Lyon

Two UN agencies are expressing hope that the United States will continue its long tradition of protecting people fleeing conflict and persecution. The statement released on Saturday by the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR), follows US President Donald Trump’s signing of an Executive Order which suspends the country's refugee [...]

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New project empowers women refugees in Turkey

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A new project to empower women in the refugee camps of Turkey has been launched by the UN's Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO). Having fled conflict from countries like Syria and Iraq, they are being offered training in textile production with the aim of helping them find jobs and greater independence. Priyanka Shankar reports. Duration:3’46″

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Protecting the rainforests is critical for climate change

Listen / The rainforest showing destruction of the canopy in the state of Acre in Western Brazil. August 1989. UN Photo/Pernaca Sudhakaran (file photo)

The protection of the rainforests needs to be one of the top priorities for the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) in the year ahead, according to its executive director. Erik Solheim said trees were a critical part of the battle against climate change since around 20% of global carbon emissions are being generated through the destruction [...]

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News in Brief 27 January 2017 (PM)

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  Conference supports women's peace efforts in Libya Peace cannot be achieved in Libya without the active participation of women. That's one of the conclusions to emerge from a UN-sponsored conference this week which brought together 60 women from across the country to explore strategies to promote peace in their homeland. The four-day event, held [...]

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Gambia transition "clear evidence" of "preventive" diplomacy in action

Listen / Mohammed Ibn Chambas (centre) in the Security Council Chamber. UN Photo/Rick Bajornas (file photo)

The peaceful transition of power in the Gambia to President Adama Barrow this week is "clear evidence" of the power of "preventive diplomacy". That's according to Mohamed Ibn Chambas, Head of the UN’s Office for West Africa and the Sahel, who has been a key figure in resolving the political crisis there, alongside regional leaders [...]

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UN Daily News Programme 27 January 2017

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Listen to a bulletin of news and features from the United Nations, with Jocelyne Sambira and Dianne Penn. In today's programme the upcoming Somali presidential elections must be handled "correctly," a senior UN official has urged; and we'll hear the story of how a Japanese diplomat rescued 6,000 Jewish families during the Holocaust.  

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UN ceremony pays tribute to Holocaust victims

Listen / Wide view of the General Assembly on the occasion of the International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust. UN Photo/Manuel Elias

Holocaust survivors, veterans of the Second World War and their families were among the audience that packed the UN General Assembly Hall on Friday to pay tribute to the six million Jews, and others, murdered by the Nazis. In his address to the gathering, UN Secretary-General António Guterres spoke of how building a better future [...]

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Tributes for rights investigator with human touch

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The death has been announced of pioneering anti-torture human rights expert Sir Nigel Rodley; he was 75. Tributes have been paid to Sir Nigel from all around the world, not least for his major contribution to drafting international law on torture and ill-treatment in all its forms. UN Human Rights Office spokesperson Rupert Colville is [...]

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News in Brief 27 January 2017 (AM)

Listen / A nutrition screening for children in the Dalori camp for internally displaced people, in the north-eastern city of Maiduguri in Borno State, Nigeria. Photo: UNICEF/Andrew Esiebo

  Praise for humanitarian efforts in northeast Nigeria Aid workers are reaching increased numbers of conflict-affected people in northeast Nigeria, which the head of the World Food Programme (WFP) described on Friday as a significant achievement. WFP Executive Director Ertharin Cousin, who was in the country this week, has welcomed what she called the "tremendous [...]

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"Imperative" Somali elections handled "correctly"

Listen / Residents of a village in Somalia look on as a soldier of the Somali National Army (SNA) keeps guard. Photo: AU-UN/IST

It is "imperative" that the upcoming elections in Somalia are handled correctly given that the electoral process for parliament was marred by corruption and intimidation. That's the message that Michael Keating, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Somalia and Head of the UN Assistance Mission in the country, UNSOM, delivered to the UN Security [...]

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Story of "Japan's Schindler" shows how one can make a difference

Listen / Jewish people seeking visas in front of the Japanese consulate in Kaunas, Lithuania. Photo/ NPO Chiune Sugihara Visas For Life

A Japanese diplomat who rescued 6,000 Jewish families fleeing Nazi persecution in Lithuania showed how one person can make a difference, Cellin Gluck, the Director of a movie entitled “Persona Non Grata” has said. Recently screened at the UN, the film tells the story of how Chiune Sugihara disobeyed his Government during the Second World War [...]

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Nazis used "strong graphic images, swastika" to rise to prominence

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The Nazi party in Germany used "strong graphic images" like the swastika to brand themselves and make the "jump from obscurity to political prominence", Steven Luckert, Senior Programme Curator for the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum has said. Mr Luckert opened the Museum’s exhibition "State of Deception: The Power of Nazi Propaganda" at UN headquarters ahead [...]

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New head of UN Mission in South Sudan outlines key priorities

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Ensuring peace and stability and accelerating infrastructure projects are the main priorities of the new head of the UN's Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS). New Zealander David Shearer was appointed to lead UNMISS, with its 13,000 uniformed personnel, in December. Arriving in South Sudan this week, he said his main job was to help the [...]

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Honour Holocaust victims by building a future of dignity and equality for all: UN Secretary-General

Listen / Secretary-General António Guterres. UN Photo/Mark Garten (file).

The UN Secretary-General is urging people everywhere to build a future of dignity and equality for all as a means of  honouring those killed by the Nazis during the Second World War. The regime murdered six million Jews and millions of others, including Roma, disabled people and political dissidents. António Guterres made the call in [...]

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"Political courage and will" can end Yemen conflict: UN envoy

Listen / Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed, Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for Yemen. UN Photo/Jean-Marc Ferré.

With political courage and will, the war in Yemen can be stopped, the UN Special Envoy for the country told the Security Council on Thursday. Government forces and rebels have been battling for control of the Gulf state , where nearly 19 million citizens, or more than two-thirds of the population, require humanitarian assistance. Ismail [...]

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News in Brief 26 January 2017 (PM)

Listen / Mohamed Ibn Chambas. UN Photo/Rick Bajornas

  UN official in the Gambia to assess support for political transition A senior UN official is in the Gambia to assess how best to assist the country's political transition. Mohamed Ibn Chambas, Head of the UN's Office for West Africa and the Sahel, arrived in the capital, Banjul, on Thursday. That's when the Gambia's [...]

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UN project highlights cost of violence against women in Arab Region

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A new UN project is highlighting how estimating the cost of violence against women in the Arab region can be an effective way of addressing this fundamental human rights violation. According to the UN Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA), 37 per cent of women in the Arab region report at least one [...]

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UN Gender Focus: violence against women, rural people and refugees in Turkey

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UN project highlights cost of violence against women in Arab Region A new UN project is highlighting how estimating the cost of violence against women in Arab countries, can be an effective way of addressing this fundamental human rights violation. According to the UN Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA), 37 per cent [...]

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Holocaust survivor: it could happen again "even more violently"

Listen / From left to right: Elie Buzyn, Emilie Buzyn and Alpha Diallo. Photo: UNOG

The Holocaust could be repeated today and on an even worse scale, a survivor of the Nazi concentration camps said on Thursday. Dr Elie Buzyn made the warning ahead of an event at the UN in Geneva to mark the International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the victims of the Holocaust, which is held [...]

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UN Global Perspective: focus on Iraq, Syria and global peace

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Civilians in western Mosul at "much higher risk" during battle Civilians living in the western part of the Iraqi city of Mosul are at a "much higher risk" of being killed or injured as the offensive to fully liberate the city continues. That's according to Lise Grande, the UN Humanitarian Coordinator for Iraq, speaking 100 [...]

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UN and Africa: focus on Somalia, South Sudan and Nigeria

Listen / Violent extremists have carried out bombings in the Somali capital of Mogadishu on various occasions. Shown here is the aftermath of a car bomb attack on the city's Banadir Beach hotel on 25 August 2016. Photo: UN Somalia (file)

Somalia terror attack "desperate attempt" to disrupt electoral process The attack on the Dayax hotel in the Somali capital of Mogadishu on Wednesday has been described by the UN there as a "desperate attempt" by Al Shabaab extremists to disrupt the electoral process. Joseph Contreras, the Spokesperson for the UN Assistance Mission in Somalia, UNSOM, [...]

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"Devastation and suffering" in Syria "defies comprehension": O'Brien

Listen / Stephen O'Brien, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, briefs the Security Council on the humanitarian situation in Syria. UN Photo/Rick Bajornas

The levels of devastation and suffering witnessed in Syria in 2016, defy comprehension, according to the head of the UN's humanitarian aid coordination agency, OCHA. Sharing details of what he called a "senseless and brutal" conflict, Stephen O'Brien urged the Security Council to ensure the current ceasefire holds and to support efforts to find a [...]

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UN Daily News Programme 26 January 2017

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Listen to a bulletin of news and features from the United Nations, with Jocelyne Sambira and Dianne Penn. In today's programme “Devastation and suffering" in Syria "defies comprehension" says the UN humanitarian chief; and the UN mission in South Sudan protests the arrest of a radio journalist.  

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UN Mission in South Sudan protests arrest of radio journalist

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The UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) has protested the arrest of a journalist working for the UN's radio station in Juba. The Radio Miraya journalist and UN staff member was detained for five hours, by government soldiers while covering a story at the John Garang Mausoleum on Tuesday. UNMISS spokesperson Daniel Dickinson says the [...]

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News in Brief 26 January 2017 (AM)

Listen / Internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Bambari, Central African Republic. UN Photo/Catianne Tijerina

  Appeal for calm in CAR town A senior UN humanitarian official in the Central African Republic (CAR) has appealed for calm in the wake of renewed tensions in the town of Bambari, located in the middle of the country. Acting Humanitarian Coordinator in the CAR Dr Michel Yao said the situation has raised fears [...]

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US$265 billion needed annually to end hunger and poverty by 2030

Listen / Rural development and youth employment are strongly connected to migration. Photo: FAO/Riccardo Gangale

Urgent action is needed to mobilize the estimated US$265 billion needed annually  to stamp out hunger and poverty in our lifetime, according to the head of the UN agency that is dedicated to eradicating rural poverty. Kanayo F. Nwanze, President of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), addressed participants at a three-day conference in [...]

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Countries should not be afraid to implement the rights of indigenous peoples

Listen / Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples Victoria Tauli-Corpuz. UN Photo/JC McIlwaine

Countries should not be afraid to strengthen the rights of indigenous peoples as guaranteed by a UN Declaration adopted a decade ago, a UN Special Rapporteur has urged. The Declaration, adopted in 2007, is a compilation of "tears and complaints" brought by the indigenous peoples to the attention of world leaders, Victoria Tauli Corpuz said. [...]

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Refugees still portrayed as "potential terrorists" by some media

Listen / Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser. Photo: UNAOC

Refugees who have fled to Europe from countries like Syria and Afghanistan are still being portrayed as "potential terrorists", especially on social media, while so-called "hate speech" is on the rise. That's according to Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser , the High Representative of the UN Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC), a group of experts who explore the [...]

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Torture experts prepare for first Niger visit

Listen / Human Rights Council. UN Photo / Jean-Marc Ferré

Progress on human rights in Niger is set for international scrutiny as UN-appointed experts tasked with the prevention of torture in all its forms prepares to make their first visit before the end of the month. Daniel Johnson reports from Geneva. One of the specific aims of the visit by the United Nations Subcommittee on [...]

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Good mental health is key "foundation" to implement SDGs

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Improving mental health across the world is one of the "foundations" for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). That's the view of Dessima Williams, Special Adviser for Implementation of the SDGs in the office of the President of the General Assembly, who spoke at a meeting about tackling mental illness on Wednesday. The event at [...]

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Meeting highlights sustainable agriculture amid water scarcity

Listen / A farmer harvests her rice crop by hand in Timor-Leste. UN Photo/Martine Perret

Sustainable agriculture is central to the global effort to end extreme hunger, improve nutrition and ensure adequate water supplies for all. That's according to the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) which held a meeting at UN Headquarters on Wednesday looking at how countries can produce food when water supplies are scarce. Dianne Penn reports. FAO [...]

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"Dramatic" increase of human rights violations in DR Congo

Listen / Demonstrators at the Echangeur de Limete, Kinshasa, capital of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). Photo: Habibou Bangre/IRIN (file photo)

There has been a "dramatic" increase in human rights violations in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) in the past year, according to a new UN probe. The United Nations Joint Human Rights Office (UNJHRO) documented over 5,000 violations committed across the country. Close to 64 per cent of the abuses recorded are associated [...]

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New head of UN Peacebuilding Commission outlines main priorities

Listen / Ambassador Cho Tae-yul of the Republic of Korea (right). At his side is Farhan Haq, Deputy Spokesperson for the Secretary-General. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

Increasing dialogue with regional organizations will be one of the main priorities of the new chair of a UN advisory body which supports peace efforts in countries emerging from conflict. Ambassador Cho Tae-yul of the Republic of Korea shared his vision for the UN Peacebuilding Commission with journalists in New York on Wednesday. He succeeds [...]

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News in Brief 25 January 2017 (PM)

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  UN to "spare no effort" in supporting nation-building in the Gambia The Gambian President Adama Barrow has indicated that he will return to his homeland on Thursday, accompanied by a senior UN official. Mohamed Ibn Chambas, Head of the UN Office for West Africa and the Sahel (UNOWAS), is due to travel with the [...]

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UN Daily News Programme 25 January 2017

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Listen to a bulletin of news and features from United Nations, with Jocelyne Sambira and Dianne Penn. In today's programme the UN in Somalia condemns today's terror attack in Mogadishu, calling it a "desperate attempt" to disrupt the electoral process; And more private investment will provide a "better future" for rural people.

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Somalia terror attack "desperate attempt" to disrupt election

Listen / Violent extremists have carried out bombings in the Somali capital of Mogadishu on various occasions. Shown here is the aftermath of a car bomb attack on the city's Banadir Beach hotel on 25 August 2016. Photo: UN Somalia (file)

The attack on the Dayax hotel in the Somali capital of Mogadishu on Wednesday has been described by the UN there as a "desperate attempt" by Al Shabaab extremists to disrupt the electoral process. Joseph Contreras, the Spokesperson for the UN Assistance Mission in Somalia, UNSOM, said the terrorist group's "continual resort to violent tactics [...]

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News in Brief 25 January 2017 (AM)

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  Cambodia urged to release human rights defenders The Cambodian Government is being called on to immediately release five human rights defenders who have been detained since May 2016. The appeal has been made by two UN independent experts whose respective mandates cover the human rights situation in the country and the issue of arbitrary [...]

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Inclusive peace requires "bottom-to-top" approach

Listen / Joy Onyesoh, President of the International League for Peace and Freedom speaking the UN News English on the margins of the UN High-Level Debate on Sustaining Peace for all. UN News/J.Sambira

Inclusive peace requires a "bottom-to-top" approach, a Nigerian peace activist said on the margins of a UN high-level dialogue on sustaining peace for all. Joy Onyesoh, President of the International League for Peace and Freedom, helps train and build the capacity of women in local communities to prevent conflict and promote peace. She also works [...]

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Preventing HIV in the Philippines remains a "difficult" task

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HIV prevention in the Philippines is "difficult" and challenging because of church teaching against the use of condoms, the UN's Children Fund, UNICEF, has said. The Philippines' Department of Health plans to distribute condoms in schools in a bid to educate young people about the spread of HIV. However, some government officials have decided to [...]

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"Better future" likely for countryside with private cash boost

Listen / Women in Nepal learn how to grade apples for sale. Photo: IFAD/Shiva Adhikari

More private investment alongside public funding will provide a "better future" for rural people. That's one of the key ideas behind a two-day conference beginning in Rome on Wednesday dedicated to rural economic development, hosted by the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD). The international meeting entitled, Investing in Inclusive Rural Transformation: Innovative Approaches to [...]

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News in Brief 24 January 2017 (PM)

Listen / In east Aleppo City, Syria, children collect water for their family in Shakoor neighbourhood. Photo: UNICEF/Khuder Al-Issa

  Praise for mechanism to monitor Syria ceasefire UN Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura has commended the decision by Russia, Turkey and Iran to establish a trilateral mechanism to observe and ensure full compliance of a ceasefire in the war-torn country. Speaking on Tuesday in Kazakhstan's capital, Astana, Mr de Mistura stated that the [...]

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"Inclusive and sustainable" development for peace

Listen / Civilians have borne the brunt of fighting in Wau and across South Sudan. Photo: OCHA/Gemma Connell (file photo)

Investing in education, finding decent jobs for young people and promoting social cohesion are just some of things that can be done to make the world safer, more resilient and sustainable. That's what UN Secretary-General, António Guterres, told members of the General Assembly at a high-level dialogue on Tuesday, on how the 2030 Agenda for [...]

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UN chief: "I am committed to achieving a world free of nuclear weapons"

Listen / Conference on Disarmament 2017 session gets underway in Geneva. UN Photo

The UN Secretary-General has expressed his commitment to achieving a world free of nuclear weapons. António Guterres comments came in a video message for the opening of the Conference on Disarmament in Geneva on Tuesday. It was established in 1979 as the sole negotiating forum on this issue for the international community. Dianne Penn reports. [...]

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UN Daily News Programme 24 January 2017

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Listen to a bulletin of news and features from United Nations, with Jocelyne Sambira and Dianne Penn. In today's programme … Syrian people's plight is worse than ever, say UN aid chiefs; And, we'll hear how efforts are being made to minimize civilian casualties in the Iraqi city of Mosul;

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Civilians in western Mosul at "much higher risk" during battle

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Civilians living in the western part of the Iraqi city of Mosul are at a "much higher risk" of being killed or injured as the offensive to fully liberate the city continues. That's according to Lise Grande, the UN Humanitarian Coordinator for Iraq, speaking exactly 100 days since the military operation to retake Mosul began. [...]

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News in Brief 24 January (AM) – Geneva

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750,000 Iraqis feared at risk in Mosul Three quarters of a million people are feared to be at risk in the Iraqi city of Mosul 100 days into a government-led attempt to drive out ISIL fighters. The warning comes from the UN Human Rights Office, OHCHR, and follows reports that civilians have been targeted by [...]

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Syrian people's plight is worse than ever, say UN aid chiefs

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More than US$ 8 billion worth of aid is needed to help millions of desperately vulnerable Syrians in 2017, UN agency chiefs said on Tuesday. Introducing the Regional Refugee and Resilience Plan in Helsinki, Finland, UN Emergency Relief Coordinator Stephen O'Brien said that their suffering continues "unabated". UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi, meanwhile, [...]

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Adults must teach youth to "play by the rules" in anti-corruption drive

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Young people are affected by corruption in "unique ways" and adults have a responsibility to teach them how to "play by the rules." That's the view of Sergejus Muravjovas who runs Transparency International Lithuania and a panellist at the recent International Monetary Fund (IMF) and World Bank's annual meetings. He founded an anti-corruption school for [...]

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Depriving children of their liberty should be "last resort"

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Depriving children of their freedom should be a measure of "last resort", according to a UN independent expert, speaking on Monday. Manfred Nowak, who is leading a UN Global Study on children deprived of liberty, said that education and social care is better than locking children up in detention centres. According to the UN's Human [...]

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Aid official warns of "terrible tragedy" unfolding in Lake Chad region

Listen / Toby Lanzer, Regional Humanitarian Coordinator for the Sahel, briefs journalists on the latest developments in Nigeria and the Lake Chad Basin region. UN Photo/Rick Bajornas

Eleven million people in Nigeria and the Lake Chad region are in desperate need of aid relief, the UN Regional Humanitarian Coordinator for the Sahel has warned. Speaking to journalists at UN Headquarters on Monday, Toby Lanzer described the situation as "a terrible tragedy which is unfolding before our eyes," adding that a humanitarian conference [...]

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News in Brief 23 January 2017 (PM)

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  Mosul displaced tops 160,000 More than 161,000 people have been displaced as a result of ongoing fighting in the Iraqi city of Mosul, the UN announced on Monday. The Iraqi military and its allies are attempting to liberate the northern city which has been under the grip of the terrorist group ISIL since 2014. [...]

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Anti-genocide expert urges full support for peace efforts by religious leaders

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Religious and faith-based organizations should be supported in their efforts to sustain peace, the UN's expert on genocide prevention has said. Adama Dieng highlighted the importance of these "grassroots peacemakers" during a meeting held at UN Headquarters in New York on Monday. Dianne Penn reports. We all live in societies made up of people from [...]

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UN Daily News Programme 23 January 2017

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Listen to a bulletin of news and features from United Nations, with Matthew Wells and Dianne Penn. In today's programme… "Absolutely nothing justifies" the continuing use of siege tactics endangering thousands of children's lives across Syria says the UN… And, we'll hear how a scholarship programme for refugees is restoring the dream of a real [...]

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News in Brief 23 January 2017 (AM)

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  Vaccination campaign targets six million children in Iraq A five-day campaign has been launched to immunize over six million under-fives in Iraq. Those being targeted include more than 400,000 children in newly liberated areas of Mosul, where a military offensive is underway to free the northern city from the terrorist group ISIL, also known [...]

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"Absolutely nothing" justifies Syria sieges: UNICEF

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"Absolutely nothing" justifies the continuing use of siege tactics by the warring parties in Syria, the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) said on Monday. UNICEF's Regional Director Geert Cappelaere said that escalating violence in the besieged eastern city of Deir ez-Zor had put 93,000 civilians at risk, including more than 40,000 children. The extremist group ISIL, [...]

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Syria Envoy appeals for ceasefire mechanism at Astana talks

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Talks aimed at finding a peaceful solution to the Syrian conflict have begun in Khazakstan. Representing the UN at the meeting is top negotiator Staffan de Mistura. He welcomed the participation of the Syrian government and opposition forces, before warning that what is really needed is for all parties at the talks to agree on [...]

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Refugee scholarships restoring "educational hope" in South Sudan

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A scholarship programme administered by the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) is restoring hope among young people displaced by the conflict in South Sudan. The DAFI scholarship programme, which the German government has funded for the past 25 years, has allowed more than 2,000 refugees in 41 countries to continue their post-secondary education. DAFI is the [...]

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“Goodwill and statesmanship” of former Gambian President Jammeh commended

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Former Gambian President Yayah Jammeh has been commended for his “goodwill and statesmanship” and his will to preserve peace and stability in the country by agreeing to facilitate a peaceful and orderly transition of power. The West African regional bloc, ECOWAS, the African Union (AU) and the UN made the remarks in a statement released late [...]

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Gender equality will move societies forward: UNFPA chief

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Gender equality must be the "benchmark" for measuring progress in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals, the 17 global targets aimed at bringing about a more just world for people everywhere. That's the opinion of the head of the UN Population Fund (UNFPA), Dr Babatunde Osotimehin, speaking on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum taking [...]

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Persecution of Baha'i faith in Iran is a deep-seated issue

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The persecution of Baha'is in Iran is a "very deep-seated" issue according to Ahmed Shaheed, the UN's special rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief. Dr Shaheed expressed concern that the faith has so far not been recognized as a religion by Iran, adding that government policy undermined the rights of the Baha'i community. Priyanka [...]

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Muslim women should be more "visible" in the media

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  Muslim women are especially prone to hate crimes and should become more "visible" in the media to make their voices heard. That's the view of Zarqa Nawaz, a filmmaker and writer who spoke recently at a UN forum on combating anti-Muslim discrimination and hatred. The forum at UN Headquarters in New York, brought together [...]

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Data revolution benefiting humanitarian aid delivery

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Well-managed data can support efforts to deliver aid to millions of people affected by natural and man-made catastrophes, according to the head of the UN humanitarian affairs office, OCHA. Stephen O'Brien said because data can "make facts our friends," it supports the decision making process and also shields aid workers from being viewed as being [...]

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News in Brief 20 January 2017 (PM)

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  UN appeals for more funds to assist South Sudan displaced The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) in South Sudan has requested additional funds to cover the new needs of people displaced as a result of the violence in the country. The supplementary appeal for US$781.8 million was launched on Friday. The revised requirements are higher [...]

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UN envoy urged to facilitate talks for peaceful transition in The Gambia

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The UN envoy for West Africa, Ibn Chambas, is being urged by the Security Council to continue facilitating negotiations for a peaceful transfer of power in The Gambia. Ambassador Olof Skoog, who holds the rotating presidency of the Council for January, made the call on Friday, as he read a report on the activities of [...]

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UN Daily News Programme 20 January 2017

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Listen to a bulletin of news and features from United Nations, with Matthew Wells and Jocelyne Sambira. In today's programme…Syria's architectural treasure of Palmyra is desecrated again by extremists, and evidence also emerges of more mass executions there. We'll hear from the last UN team leader to visit the heritage site. And ….gender parity's still [...]

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War-torn Syrian sites of Palmyra, Aleppo "part of their identity"

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Newly-identified destruction of the World Heritage Site of Palmyra is an "immense loss" to both the Syrian people and humanity overall, according to the UN Cultural Organization, UNESCO. The ancient First and Second Century site is one of the world's architectural jewels, marrying Greco-Roman buildings with local and Persian influences. ISIL terrorist fighters gained control [...]

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People of South Sudan deserve "functioning, stable" state: new UN envoy

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The South Sudanese people deserve a "functioning and stable" state that looks after them and provides for their peace, the new UN envoy for the country has urged. The Special Representative of the Secretary-General (SRSG) for the country, David Shearer, arrived in the capital city of Juba on Friday. Ethnically-based killings continue in Africa's youngest [...]

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News in Brief 20 January 2017 (AM) – Geneva

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  45,000 people "have fled the Gambia" amid election uncertainty At least 45,000 people have fled the Gambia amid uncertainty about who is to lead the country after former President Yahya Jammeh's refusal to step down. Refugee agency UNHCR announced the figure on Friday in Geneva, saying that the displaced had sought shelter in Senegal, [...]

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Gender parity still "decades away" in public life: UN development chief

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Gender parity for leadership roles in public life across the world is still "decades away," according to the head of the UN Development Programme (UNDP). Speaking at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, Helen Clark said that the slow pace of progress towards a position where top jobs are held equally between men and [...]

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Tourism "perfect tool" to promote Sustainable Development Goals

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Tourism is a "perfect tool" to promote and achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as it contributes to job creation, poverty reduction and economic growth. That's according to Ambassador Carlos Garcia of the United Nations Associations of El Salvador, a non-profit that recently organized a High-Level Meeting on Sustainable Tourism at UN Headquarters in New [...]

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People need to be valued regardless of their identity

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All people need to be valued and included in development activities regardless of their gender identity, according to a representative from UN Women in Bangladesh. Raising awareness about gender equality, Christine Hunter stated that gender is still understood as physically determined, leading to the discrimination of the transgender community in Bangladesh who are also called the [...]

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UN Global Perspective: focus on global economic growth, Aleppo and bullying

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"Modest" recovery in the global economic growth The year 2017 will see a "modest" recovery in global economic growth, according to the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA). The World Economic Situation and Prospects Report, highlights some solutions to a "prolonged" economic slowdown, caused by weak investment and slower growth in global trade. [...]

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UN Gender Focus: gender parity , Muslim women and transgender community in Bangladesh

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Gender parity still "decades away" in public life: UN development chief Gender parity for leadership roles in public life across the world is still "decades away," according to the head of the UN Development Programme (UNDP). Speaking at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, Helen Clark said that the slow pace of progress towards [...]

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"The will of the Gambian people must be respected", Security Council urges

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The will of the people of Gambia must be respected as well as the outcome of the 1 December election which recognized Adama Barrow as President-elect. The Security Council made the call as it adopted a UN resolution expressing "full support" to the political efforts of ECOWAS, the West African regional bloc, in helping secure [...]

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News in Brief 19 January 2017 (PM)

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Aid reaches people in eastern Mosul following Iraqi army gains Humanitarian access to people in eastern Mosul city has improved following advances made by the Iraqi Security Forces on the eastern bank of the Tigris, the UN Deputy Spokesperson has said. More than 89,000 people in the area have received aid packages from the UN [...]

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UN and Africa: focus on Mali, vaccination campaign in Nigeria and refugees in South Sudan

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Suicide bombing in Mali "direct attack on the peace process" A suicide bombing on Wednesday which targeted government troops in Mali, killing dozens, should be seen as a "direct attack on the peace process" there. That's according to the UN Under-Secretary-General for peacekeeping, Hervé Ladsous, addressing the Security Council on Wednesday, warning that the country [...]

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UN Daily News Programme 19 January 2017

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Listen to a bulletin of news and features from United Nations, with Matthew Wells and Jocelyne Sambira. In today's programme…While aid stalls to besieged parts of Syria, the UN looks set to join international peace talks next week in Kazakhstan… And we'll hear how a "lost generation" of Syrian refugee children in Turkey are missing [...]

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Increasing inequality creating “huge frustration” worldwide: UN chief

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Inequality has increased around the world, creating “huge frustration” and discord between public opinion, political establishments and international organizations like the UN, the Secretary-General has warned. António Guterres made the remarks during his address at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, on Thursday. The annual meeting brings together the world's top leaders to engage [...]

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"Lost generation" of Syrian refugee children in Turkey missing out on school

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What could become a "lost generation" of Syrian refugee children in Turkey is missing out on school despite major increases in enrollment since last summer, according to the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF). Nearly half a million are attending schools in Turkey, which represents a 50 per cent increase since June, said UNICEF's Najwa Mekki. But [...]

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News in Brief 19 January 2017 (AM)

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  New strategy launched to respond to refugee and migrant crisis in Europe UN agencies and their partners have launched a new strategy and appeal to help respond to the situation of refugees and migrants in Europe in 2017. The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) made the announcement on [...]

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UN Syria Envoy set for international talks in Kazakhstan

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International efforts to halt the fighting in Syria stepped up a gear on Thursday with the news that top UN negotiator Staffan de Mistura has been invited to participate in upcoming talks sponsored by Russia, Iran and Turkey. It seems almost certain that Mr de Mistura will take part in discussions in Kazakhstan, next week [...]

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"Influx of violent extremists" an increasing challenge for authorities

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The "influx of violent extremists" increases the overall challenges facing prison administrations around the world, according to a representative from the UN's Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). Threats posed by radicalization have been on the rise and countries are increasing their counter-terrorism efforts. The UNODC's justice section, recently released a handbook on the management [...]

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Agricultural leaders urged to act now to avert global water crisis

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With agriculture currently accounting for 70 per cent of global water usage, decision makers in the industry are being urged to strengthen efforts to tackle a looming water crisis. The warning comes from the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) which says a rise in global population together with an increase in food demand means water [...]

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UN political chief urges continued support for Iran nuclear deal

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The UN and the broader international community must continue to support the implementation of Iran's nuclear deal, the UN political chief has urged. Jeffrey Feltman briefed members of the Security Council on Iran's compliance with the international accord which allows for cutbacks to its nuclear programme. He shared the findings and recommendations regarding Iran's ballistic [...]

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"Win-win development" a key global goal, says China's President Xi

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President Xi Jinping of China visited the UN in Geneva on Wednesday where he said that his country is committed to "win-win development" whose gains can be shared by all. In his speech, the Chinese premier also reaffirmed the superpower's commitment to peace, saying that "no conflict is too big to settle". Mr Xi also [...]

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News in Brief 18 January 2017 (PM)

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  UN supports regional efforts to end Gambia crisis Regional efforts aimed at ending the crisis in the Gambia have the support of the United Nations, the Deputy Spokesperson for the organization has said. Farhan Haq made the remarks during the daily press briefing at UN headquarters in New York. Wednesday marks the end of [...]

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Suicide bombing in Mali "direct attack on the peace process"

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A suicide bombing on Wednesday which targeted government troops in Mali, killing dozens, should be seen as a "direct attack on the peace process" there. That's according to the UN Under-Secretary-General for peacekeeping, Hervé Ladsous, addressing the Security Council on Wednesday, warning that the country stood at a "crossroads." A UN-brokered peace deal was signed [...]

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UN Daily News Programme 18 January 2017

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Listen to a bulletin of news and features from United Nations, with Matthew Wells and Jocelyne Sambira. In today's programme…The government and armed groups in Mali need to demonstrate greater will for a lasting peace, says the UN peacekeeping chief. And shattered east Aleppo is already rising from the rubble but many areas of Syria [...]

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Global plan launched for better data to improve lives

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A global plan for better data to improve people's lives has been launched at the UN World Data Forum in South Africa. The Cape Town Global Action Plan for Sustainable Development Data will be officially adopted by countries in March, at a meeting of the UN Statistical Commission. Over 1,400 data experts from more than [...]

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News in Brief 18 January 2016 (AM)

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  Nigeria bombing of IDP camp "catastrophic" The accidental bombing of a camp for internally displaced people, or IDPs, in northern Nigeria has been described as "catastrophic" by the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) chief, Filipo Grandi. More than 50 people were killed in the attack, including six aid workers, according to initial reports from the [...]

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War "won't prevent Aleppo from rising": UN aid coordinator

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Years of war and destruction "won't prevent Aleppo from rising" once again, according to the UN Humanitarian Coordinator for Syria, speaking from the rubble of the eastern part of the ancient city. Ali Al-Za'atari said that it "pains the heart" to witness the destruction first hand, but Aleppo's citizens have a resilience and "love for [...]

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News in Brief 17 January 2016 (PM)

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Push to restore Yemen truce and address country's humanitarian crisis Efforts are being made by the UN Special Envoy for Yemen to encourage parties to the conflict to restore April's cessation of hostilities and address the country's "dire" humanitarian situation. Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed is in Aden city to meet with senior Government leaders of [...]

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"Heightened emotions" after UN vote on Israeli settlements

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Emotions on the ground have been heightened following a UN vote calling on Israel to "cease all settlement activity" in the occupied Palestinian territories. UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, Nickolay Mladenov made the remarks in his first briefing to the Security Council in 2017. Adopted on 23 December, the Council resolution [...]

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UN Daily News Programme 17 January 2017

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Listen to a bulletin of news and features from United Nations, with Matthew Wells and Jocelyne Sambira. In today's programme…Global growth will only be modest this year and next, warns the UN department of economic and social affairs, endangering the Sustainable Development Goals… And…a quarter of all schoolchildren around the world are being bullied, according [...]

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Donor "consortium" needed to back up Haiti's long-term recovery

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A consortium of donors committed to improving Haiti's water and sanitation is needed to help eradicate cholera from the island, in support of the new government. That's the message being taken to the World Economic Forum in Davos by the UN Special Adviser on Haiti, and sustainable development, David Nabarro. He's in the Swiss resort [...]

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News in Brief 17 January 2016 (AM) – Geneva

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Appeal to Iran over death row prisoner The proposed execution of a prisoner sentenced to death in Iran when he was a minor must not be allowed to go ahead, the UN said on Tuesday. The appeal by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, OHCHR, comes amid reports that Sajad Sanjari is [...]

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"Modest" recovery in global economic growth

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The year 2017 will see a "modest" recovery in the global economic growth, according to the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA). The 2017 World Economic Situation and Prospects report highlights the solutions to "prolonged" economic slowdown caused by weak investment and slower growth in global trade. The report mentions that although some [...]

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Anti-Muslim hatred and other forms of bigotry on rise, warns UN chief

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Anti-Muslim hate crimes and other forms of bigotry are on the rise, the UN Secretary-General warned in a video message for the High-Level forum aimed at tackling this challenge. Hosted by the UN, the US, Canada, the Organization of Islamic Cooperation and the European Union, the day-long event brings together government, civil society and private [...]

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Bullying affects one in four schoolchildren: UNESCO

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Of the more than one billion children at school worldwide, around one quarter face bullying, the UN said on Tuesday. The worrying statistic comes from a new report from UN educational and cultural agency, UNESCO, which highlights that those who are most at risk are often poor or from ethnic, linguistic or cultural minorities. New [...]

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News in Brief 16 January 2017(PM)

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  Iran nuclear accord marks significant milestone: UN Iran's historic nuclear agreement has reached a significant milestone, the Director General of the UN's nuclear agency, IAEA, has announced. Known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), the deal, endorsed by the UN and six world powers, affirms that the country will not seek, develop [...]

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UN Daily News Programme 16 January 2017

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Listen to a bulletin of news and features from United Nations, with Matthew Wells and Jocelyne Sambira. In today's programme…Serious action is needed "right now" to prevent ethnic-based killings in South Sudan, that could lead to genocide, the UN Mission there warns. And…all countries need to improve data gathering if the world's to reach the [...]

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Development needn't be a taxing concept, says duty free campaign

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An innovative campaign to promote sustainable development has been launched at Zurich airport: part of a bid to spread the word to two billion people between now and 2030. Using the online hashtag #YouNeedToKnow, the initiative is one of the first things travellers see when they transit through the Swiss hub. The idea has also [...]

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News in Brief 16 January 2017(AM)

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  UN launches guide on how to address violent extremism in prisons A new handbook on managing violent extremist prisoners and preventing radicalization in prisons has been launched by the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). It's the UN's first technical guidance tool on how to address these challenges in prison settings. The approach [...]

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Action needed "right now" to stop ethnic killings in South Sudan

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Serious action is needed "right now" to stop ethnically-based killings in South Sudan, where the UN has warned of the possibility of genocide. That warning comes from the UN Mission in the east African country, UNMISS, which published a report on Monday documenting major human rights violations which took place over five days last July [...]

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Syria warring parties continue to use "aid as weapon of war": UN

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The world must not stand silent as parties to the Syria conflict continue to use the denial of food, water, medical supplies, and other forms of aid as weapons of war, UN humanitarian officials have warned. They have released a statement in the Swiss town of Davos on Monday, ahead of the annual World Economic [...]

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Powering sustainable development: first World Data Forum begins

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The first ever UN World Data Forum got underway in South Africa on Sunday with the ambitious aim of building a global consensus over harnessing data better, in order to achieve the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). It's been organized by the UN in alliance with the South African government, and has brought together more [...]

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Countries need to improve data collection

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All countries need to improve data collection if the world is to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), according to the head of the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs. Wu Hongbo said accurate data and statistics, such as birth registrations, play a key role in planning for a country's development. Mr Wu was [...]

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News in Brief 13 January 2017 (PM)

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Agreement reportedly reached on restoring Damascus water supply Agreement has been reached, according to  reports, on restoring running water to around 5.5 million people living in and around the Syrian capital, Damascus. The UN welcomed the news on Friday that technical teams had finally been able to enter the city's main water source in Wadi [...]

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Millions of children to receive measles vaccine in Nigeria

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A mass vaccination campaign to protect more than four million children against a measles outbreak in north-eastern Nigeria kicked off today, said the World Health's Organization (WHO). The two-week-long campaign will target children in Borno, Yobe and Adamawa States; areas that have long been affected by conflict, and where some areas remain inaccessible to health [...]

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UN Daily News Programme 13 January 2017

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Listen to a bulletin of news and features from United Nations, with Dianne Penn and Matthew Wells. In today's programme…West African states continue mediation efforts to resolve Gambia electoral crisis And… Millions of children in Nigeria will receive measles vaccine Duration: 10’00″

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West African states continue efforts to resolve Gambia electoral crisis

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Leaders from the West African regional bloc ECOWAS have returned to the Gambia in efforts to resolve the country's electoral crisis, the UN Security Council heard on Friday. Ambassadors were briefed by the UN Special Representative for the region, Mohamed Ibn Chambas, who also provided an election roundup from neighbouring countries and some good news [...]

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Stand up for human rights, Zeid urges global business leaders

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The "hard-won laws and principles" of universal human rights are under threat, and global business leaders need to stand up and defend them. That's the view of UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein, speaking ahead of the World Economic Forum's annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland, next week. Matthew Wells reports. The [...]

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News in Brief 13 January 2017(AM)

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Courage of Haiti earthquake survivors praised by UN The courage "determination and dedication" of those who survived the devastating earthquake which hit Haiti seven years ago, has been praised by the UN. In a ceremony to mark the anniversary of the earthquake which killed more than 200,000 people, the head of the UN Mission there, [...]

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UNHCR: refugees face police violence, push-backs in Balkans

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Concern is growing for asylum-seekers facing freezing conditions in the Balkans amid reports that they are still facing police violence and expulsion from European Union Member States. The UN Refugee Agency UNHCR said on Friday that more than 3,400 people have been pushed back from the Hungarian border to Serbia, while other foreign nationals have [...]

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Merging science, technology and innovation leads to development

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Merging science, technology and innovative ideas can help tackle the global challenges to development, a panellist at a UN conference on the topic has said. Vaughan Turekian, science and technology adviser to the US Secretary of State, explained how these tools can be harnessed to advance the sustainable development goals or SDGs. Speaking to Priyanka [...]

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News in Brief 12 January 2017(PM)

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"Clear need for continued action" over crisis in Lake Chad Basin There is a "clear need for continued action" to try and end the humanitarian crisis in Africa's Lake Chad Basin where around 10.7 million people are in need of emergency aid, up from nine million six months ago. That's the view of the UN [...]

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Global unemployment rate expected to rise by 3.4 million: ILO

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The global unemployment rate is expected to rise by 3.4 million this year, bringing the number of jobless people to just over 201 million. That's according to a report by the International Labour Organization on employment trends for 2017 and 2018. Global wage growth has fallen to its lowest levels in four years, the agency [...]

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UN Gender Focus: humanitarian crises, women in Bolivian prisons and gender inequality

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Women and girls "far more vulnerable" in humanitarian crises In a world beset by crises and disasters, women and girls are far more vulnerable than their male counterparts; that's according to UN Women's Humanitarian Coordinator and Deputy Director Programme, Daniel Seymour. Women and girls are 2.5 times more likely to be out of school and [...]

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UN Global Perspective: focus on conflict prevention, tobacco control and Yemen

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UN chief calls for more global action on conflict prevention New UN Secretary-General António Guterres has called for more global action on conflict prevention. In his first address to the UN Security Council, Mr Guterres stated that prevention is not merely a priority, but the priority for saving lives, reducing suffering and giving hope to [...]

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Civilians still facing insecurity in Darfur

Women and children displaced from Jebel Marra, in North Darfur, due to fighting, take shelter in the Tawilla new arrivals site. Photo: OCHA (file photo)

Despite a decrease in conflict in the Darfur region of Sudan, civilians there continue to face inter-communal violence and other forms of insecurity, the head of UN peacekeeping told the Security Council on Thursday. Hervé Ladsous has called for continued international action to find lasting solutions so that some 2.6 million displaced people can return [...]

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UN Daily News Programme 12 January 2017

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Listen to a bulletin of news and features from United Nations, with Dianne Penn and Matthew Wells. In today's programme…a reunification deal for Cyprus could be a symbol to the world, says the UN Secretary-General. And… the Security Council hears about progress in Darfur

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Cyprus deal "could be a symbol to the world", says Guterres

Secretary-General António Guterres with Nicos Anastasiades, President of the Republic of Cyprus (left) and Mustafa Akinci, Leader of the Turkish Cypriot Community (right) in Geneva. UN Photo/Jean-Marc Ferré

The reunification of Cyprus is something that the island's people deserve and a potential symbol of hope – but there's no "quick fix", António Guterres said on Thursday. Speaking to journalists in Geneva, the UN Secretary-General said that "enormous progress" had been made on all of the contentious subjects that divide Turkish and Greek Cypriots. [...]

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UN and Africa: focus on DRC agreement, tobacco and refugees

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Peacekeeping chief urges swift implementation of DRC agreement The UN Security Council has been urged to continue calling for the swift endorsement of a recent political agreement in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). The appeal was made by UN peacekeeping chief, Hervé Ladsous who has updated members on political and security developments in [...]

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Art project exposes the life of women in Bolivian prisons

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A new audio visual project to raise awareness about the situation of woman prisoners in Bolivia was launched recently, by the UN's office on drugs and crime (UNODC). Titled "Obrajes", which is the name of a women's detention centre in Bolivia, the project exposes the grim realities of 12 imprisoned women. Overcrowding, the severe cost [...]

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News in Brief 12 January 2017(AM)

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  Vaccination drive to protect 4 million Nigerian children gets underway A measles vaccination campaign to protect more than four million children living in conflict-affected areas of Nigeria is due to begin on Friday, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). The two-week campaign will target all children aged between 6 months, and 10-years-old in [...]

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Aid and water supply concerns, "threaten fragile Syria ceasefire"

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Concerns are growing that the recent pause in fighting in Syria may give way to renewed hostilities as ongoing water shortages continue to affect millions of people in Damascus. UN Special Envoy Staffan de Mistura issued the warning in Geneva where preparations are continuing for new intra-Syrian peace talks in February. He said that resolving [...]

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"Time bomb" of tobacco related diseases in Africa

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The increased use of tobacco in Africa could lead to a "time bomb" of health- related problems according to the World Health Organization. WHO has recently published The Economics of Tobacco and Tobacco Control report, which shows that while the global consumption of tobacco is declining, in Africa the reverse is happening. Daniel Dickinson has [...]

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Women and girls "far more vulnerable" in humanitarian crises

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In a world beset by crises and disasters, women and girls are far more vulnerable than their male counterparts; that's according to UN Women's Humanitarian Coordinator and Deputy Director of Programmes, Daniel Seymour. Women and girls are 2.5 times more likely to be out of school and far more likely to lose their jobs. The UN [...]

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"Not impossible" to fully disarm Colombian rebels "by June"

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It's "not impossible" that the disarmament process which is central to Colombia's historic peace deal could be complete "by June". That's the view of the Head of the UN Mission in Colombia, Jean Arnault, briefing the Security Council on Wednesday. Matthew Wells has the details. Mr Arnault acknowledged that it had proved impossible to reach [...]

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News in Brief 11 January 2017(PM)

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  "Military progress" in Mosul slowed by civilians-first policy of Iraqis "Military progress" in the battle to retake Mosul from ISIL terrorist forces in Iraq has been slowed down by an Iraqi military decision to protect civilians as much as possible. That's according to Lise Grande, the UN 's humanitarian coordinator for Iraq, who said [...]

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Hepatitis C virus infecting many in Syria

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A growing number of people in Syria are being infected with the virus Hepatitis C according to a survey conducted by the World Health Organisation (WHO). The study noted with concern that among 21,858 people surveyed across Syria, numerous cases of hepatitis C, which affects the liver, had been registered among vulnerable groups such as [...]

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UN Daily News Programme 11 January 2017

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Listen to a bulletin of news and features from United Nations, with Dianne Penn and Matthew Wells. In today's programme…Peacekeeping chief urges swift implementation of DRC agreement And… the harrowing situation of children traumatized by ongoing fighting in Iraq

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Peacekeeping chief urges swift implementation of DRC agreement

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The UN Security Council has been urged to continue calling for the swift endorsement of a recent political agreement in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). The appeal was made by UN peacekeeping chief, Hervé Ladsous who has updated members on political and security developments in the country. Government and opposition groups had signed [...]

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Cyprus talks: many issues "solved", says UN

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Talks to reunite Cyprus have made significant progress and could produce an "historic" outcome by the time they end late on Wednesday, the UN has said. The comments come from Espen Barth Eide, the UN Special Advisor on the divided Mediterranean island, who's been facilitating talks between Cypriot leaders. Taking a break from the discussions, [...]

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News in Brief 11 January 2017 (AM)

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Major concern expressed for migrants as winter freeze continues Freezing temperatures across much of Europe and the eastern Mediterranean have led to "dozens of deaths" of migrants due to exposure, according to the UN Migration Agency (IOM). IOM expressed particular concern for more than 15,500 migrants and asylum seekers housed in camps on Greek islands [...]

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United Nations condemns terror attacks in Afghanistan

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Terrorist attacks in Afghanistan which left dozens dead in the capital Kabul, and at the home of the Provincial Governor of Kandahar have been condemned by the United Nations. The Ambassador of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to Afghanistan, and the governor of Kandahar are reported to be among the injured. More details from Matthew [...]

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Displaced youth in Iraq face psychological problems

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Violence and insecurity in Iraq have caused children and teenagers serious psychological problems, such as post- traumatic stress disorder and extreme anxiety. That's according to Abdulwahed Abdullah, a psychologist at Terre des Hommes, a UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) partner organization that deals with child migration. More than 3 million people are currently displaced across Iraq, [...]

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Global economic growth levels to rise by 2.7% in 2017

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Global economic growth is expected to rise by 2.7 percent in 2017, according to a report released by The World Bank. Improvements in the commodity market with respect to the export and import of oil, gold and agricultural products, and growth in advanced economies have been cited as reasons for this moderate increase. However, the [...]

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News in Brief 10 January 2017 (PM)

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  UN concerned for Syrians affected by anti-ISIL operations in Aleppo The UN remains "very concerned" for the situation of civilians affected by an offensive to dislodge ISIL militants from Al Bab town in Syria's Aleppo governorate. UN Spokesperson Stéphane Dujarric made the remarks on Tuesday during his daily briefing to the press. Reports continue [...]

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First 1,000 days of child's life important for brain development: UN

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A campaign calling for greater investment and action in early childhood development has been launched by the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF). The agency aims to increase awareness about the importance of the first 1,000 days of a child's life and the impact of early experiences on the developing brain. According to the independent medical journal [...]

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UN Daily News Programme 10 January 2017

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Listen to a bulletin of news and features from United Nations, with Dianne Penn and Jocelyne Sambira. In today's programme…The UN chief calls for more global action on conflict prevention and sustaining peace And…The World Health Organization warns that tobacco deaths could reach 8 million a year unless checked  

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UN chief calls for more global action on conflict prevention

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UN Secretary-General António Guterres has called for more global action on conflict prevention. In his first address to the UN Security Council, Mr Guterres stated that prevention is not merely a priority, but the priority for saving lives, reducing suffering and giving hope to millions worldwide. Dianne Penn reports. Duration: 2’23″

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News in Brief 10 January 2017 (AM) – Geneva

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Cyprus talks enter second day Talks to decide the future of the Cyprus have entered a second day in Geneva. Leading the UN-facilitated discussions over the divided Mediterranean island are Greek Cypriot leader Nicos Anastasiades and his Turkish Cypriot counterpart Mustafa Akinci. There's been no details about which issues the two politicians have discussed so [...]

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UN must commit to "surge in diplomacy for peace" Guterres urges

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The UN must commit to a surge in diplomacy for peace, enhance its mediation capacity and take preventative action to avert mass atrocities or grave human rights abuses. UN Secretary-General António Guterres outlined his views on conflict prevention in his first major speech to the Security Council on Tuesday. He also called on Member States [...]

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Tobacco deaths could rise to 8 million annually, unless checked

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Deaths attributable to tobacco could rise to eight million annually unless efforts are made to curb its usage, the World Health Organization (WHO) has said. People in developing countries are expected to be most at risk according to The Economics of Tobacco and Tobacco Control report which looks at the economic, healthcare costs, and development [...]

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UN must find "greater coherence and consistency" to build peace

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The UN must bring "greater coherence and consistency" to the process of building and maintaining peace in a conflict-ridden world. That's the view of Secretary-General António Guterres, writing in Newsweek magazine on Monday, describing the "greatest shortcoming" of the international community as "its failure to prevent conflict and maintain global security." Matthew Wells has more. [...]

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News in Brief 09 January 2017 (PM)

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  Terror "will not bring a solution" to Israeli-Palestinian conflict "Violence and terror" will not bring a solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict the UN Secretary-General said on Monday, following an attack which left four Israelis dead in Jerusalem. António Guterres condemned the terror attack by a Palestinian assailant on Sunday, who drove a truck at [...]

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"Deepening" Afghan conflict prompts 13% increase in need for 2017

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The "deepening" and widening conflict across Afghanistan has prompted a 13 per cent increase in the number of people needing assistance this year. That's according to UN Humanitarian Affairs Office (OCHA) on Monday, releasing its overview for Afghanistan in 2017. Matthew Wells has more. What OCHA refers to as the "continued deepening and geographic spread" [...]

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Cyprus talks face "moment of truth"

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High-level discussions to decide the future of Cyprus recommenced in Geneva on Monday, with UN facilitators describing it as a "moment of truth". Greek Cypriot leader Nicos Anastasiades joined his Turkish Cypriot counterpart, Mustafa Akinci, at the UN to attempt to find agreement on issues which have divided the two sides for more than 40 [...]

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UN Daily News Programme 9 January 2017

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Listen to a bulletin of news and features from United Nations, with Daniel Dickinson and Matthew Wells. In today's programme…14 million Yemenis are going hungry and many could die And, emergency aid for Palestinian refugees caught up in the Syria conflict  

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Lack of funds compromising refugee response in Uganda

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Thousands of refugees, who are entering Uganda on a daily basis from three neighbouring countries, are not getting the support they need due to a lack of funding according to the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR). The East African country received more than half a million new refugees from South Sudan, The Democratic Republic of Congo [...]

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14 million people going hungry in Yemen

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In Yemen, some 14 million people, or more than half of the population, are not getting enough to eat and many could die; that's the bleak assessment of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). The Gulf state has endured more than 18-months of instability as government forces and rebels, continue to battle for control of [...]

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Emergency appeal for Palestine refugees caught in Syria conflict

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An emergency US$ 411 million appeal has been launched to help Palestine refugees caught up in the Syria conflict. The UN says those Palestinians are among the worst affected by nearly six years of fighting in the country. The warning comes from Pierre Krähenbühl, who heads the UN agency which supports Palestine refugees, UNRWA. He's [...]

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News in Brief 09 January 2017 (AM)

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Prisoners of conscience in Iran "at risk of dying" warns UN expert At least eight prisoners of conscience in Iran are "at risk of dying" while on hunger strike, the UN's expert on human rights for the country has warned. Asma Jahangir, UN Special Rapporteur, said on Monday that the prisoners had been protesting the [...]

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Keeping women out of the workplace costs US$17 trillion

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Keeping women out of the workplace costs the global economy around US$17 trillion, the head of a leading NGO in Canada has told the International Monetary Fund (IMF). Julie Delahanty is Executive Director of Oxfam Canada, and recently took part in a panel discussion at the IMF on Reducing the Gender Gap. She said that [...]

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UN official condemns killing of Israeli soldiers in truck attack

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The death of four Israeli soldiers in a truck attack in Jerusalem on Sunday has been condemned by a senior UN official in the region. The attack was carried out by a Palestinian driver who rammed his vehicle into a group of soldiers at a promenade overlooking the Old City. The perpetrator was later shot [...]

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"Living Level 3: Iraq"- A film exposing life through insurgency

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  Imagine what it would be like to live as an aid worker or civilian in a country like Iraq, controlled by the terrorist group ISIL. That's the premise of a new animated film, produced by the UN's World Food Programme (WFP). WFP's Jonathan Dumont came up with the idea for the film, entitled Living [...]

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Security Council condemns deadly attack on UN convoy in CAR

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The UN Security Council has condemned a deadly ambush this week on a UN convoy in the Central African Republic (CAR). A peacekeeper from Bangladesh was killed in the incident, which took place on Thursday in Bokayai, located in the northwest of the country. The “blue helmet” was serving with the UN mission in the [...]

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UN chief pays tribute to former Portuguese leader Mário Soares

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A former Portuguese leader who helped guide his country to democracy is being remembered by the UN Secretary-General as "a man of freedom." Mário Soares, 92, died on Saturday at a hospital in the capital, Lisbon. Mr Soares had served as Portugal's Prime Minister following the end of dictatorship in 1974, a post he again [...]

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Migrants are human beings with "inalienable rights", need protection

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Migrants, particularly women and children, need protection from the international community, as they are human beings with "inalienable rights". That's according to Götz Schmidt-Bremme, the Co-Chair of forum on issues facing migrants which is taking place in June this year. He said up to 80 per cent of African women are often forced into prostitution [...]

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Migrant and refugee deaths rise by a third: IOM

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The number of migrant and refugee deaths worldwide, rose by a third last year compared with 2015, according to preliminary data from the UN Migration Agency (IOM). Almost 7,500 people on the move died or went missing in 2016. The total for the last three years is just over 18,500 said IOM, which Director General [...]

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News in Brief 06 January 2017 (PM)

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  "Game-changing" strategy urged to counter sexual exploitation A "game-changing" strategy is needed to respond to sexual exploitation and abuse within the UN according to the Secretary-General, António Guterres. A number of allegations relating to abuse over the past two years have been made against UN peacekeepers serving in the Central African Republic and the [...]

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Somali refugees in "dire" conditions as food rations dwindle

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Somali refugees are "trapped" in camps in Yemen, Kenya, Djibouti and Ethiopia and are enduring "dire" conditions as food supplies dwindle, the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) has said. Many wish to return to Somalia despite the dangers which persist there due to the country's long-running conflict. The World Food Programme (WFP), says it is seriously [...]

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UN Daily News Programme 6 January 2017

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Listen to a bulletin of news and features from United Nations, with Matthew Wells and Daniel Dickinson. In today's programme…food-insecurity among Syrian refugees living in Lebanon is rising at an alarming rate, with nearly three-quarters living below the poverty line. And, we'll hear how Iraqi schoolchildren are finally returning to the classroom after years of [...]

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Food-insecurity rising for Syrian refugees in Lebanon: UNHCR

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Food-insecurity is rising for Syrian refugees living in Lebanon, many of whom are resorting to what have been described as "negative coping strategies" such as eating only one meal per day. That's according to the latest annual study carried out by UN agencies providing humanitarian relief in Lebanon, which is hosting more than a million [...]

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News in Brief 6 January 2017 (AM) – Geneva

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  DRC's Kabila "needs to endorse political accord" and avoid new violence The President of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Joseph Kabila, should publicly support an agreement which offers free and fair elections there, the UN said on Friday. The appeal by the UN Human Rights Office, OHCHR, follows the signing of a political [...]

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Iraqis return to the classroom after ISIL driven out

Students sit in front of new textbooks in one of 12 tented classrooms at Al Takiya Al Kasnazaniya camp for internally displaced persons in Karkh District, Baghdad Governorate, Iraq. Photo: UNICEF/Wathiq Khuzaie (file photo)

ISIL terrorists may have attempted "to destroy our way of life" according to one young Iraqi student in the liberated town of Qayyarah, but now they're back in the classroom. 16-year-old Nisreen, and her father Tareq, have been describing their ordeal living under ISIL occupation, telling the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF), that they refused to [...]

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Political support to disaster risk reduction needs "higher level of attention"

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Political support for preventing disasters needs a "higher level of attention" during 2017, according to the head of the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) in the Americas. A change in government often means countries stop prioritizing prevention policies, Ricardo Mena warned. The Americas region is highly susceptible to natural disasters. Earthquakes, hurricanes, volcanic [...]

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Cameroon "paying the price" for generosity taking in refugees

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Cameroon is "paying the price" for its generosity taking in hundreds of thousands of refugees, without having secured extra resources. That's the view of Najat Rochdi, Humanitarian Coordinator for the UN Development Group, in the West African country. The Cameroonian government together with the UN and partner organizations launched a US$310 million response plan on [...]

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News in Brief 5 January 2017 (PM)

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  Observers let go from UN Mission in Colombia Three observers have been let go from the UN Mission in Colombia following their participation in a celebration organized by the largest rebel group in the country, FARC. Their direct supervisor was also separated from service. The UN mission is monitoring and verifying a ceasefire signed [...]

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Appeal for Somali refugees in Horn of Africa and Yemen

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The international community is being encouraged to continue its efforts to stabilize Somalia as a means to help resolve the "protracted situation" of refugees from the country. The appeal has been made by the UN Refugee Agency's (UNHCR) Special Envoy for the Somali Refugee Situation, Ambassador Mohamed Abdi Affey, speaking in Geneva on Thursday. Around [...]

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UN Global Perspective: focus on UN General Assembly, trafficking report and child soldiers

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"Game-changers" in 2017 will allow for positive year says UN President "Positive" developments can be expected across the world in 2017 despite the ongoing conflicts and humanitarian crises that typified 2016; that's according to the President of the UN General Assembly, Peter Thomson. The PGA, as he is known, presides over the General Assembly which [...]

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UN Gender Focus: women in Colombia, students in Iraq and gender parity

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Women's representation in Colombia's judicial system remains low The number of women representing Colombia's judiciary remains low and this, in turn, exacerbates gender inequality problems in the country. That view is expressed by Belen Sanz, Country Representative of UN Women in Colombia. She says gender stereotypes make it "extremely difficult" for women to run for [...]

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Somali youths fight against "rampant" gender-based violence

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Somali youths must unite to help eradicate "rampant" sexual and gender-based violence in the country. That was the call from one young speaker at a recent symposium held in Mogadishu, organized by a key UN partner in the east African state, that's recovering from decades of war. The African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) conference, [...]

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UN and Africa: focus on peacekeepers, HIV/AIDS and volunteerism

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Killing of two peacekeepers in CAR condemned by UN The killing of two peacekeepers in the Central African Republic (CAR) has been condemned by the UN mission there. The blue helmets, who were part of a battalion from Morocco, were escorting fuel trucks, when they were ambushed by unknown assailants. Two other peacekeepers were injured, [...]

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UN Daily News Programme 5 January 2017

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Listen to a bulletin of news and features from United Nations, with Matthew Wells and Dianne Penn. In today's programme: "tremendous dramas" remain to be resolved across Syria's many battlefields, the UN special envoy warns. And, children's lives remain at risk in Haiti, three months on from Hurricane Matthew – we'll have the latest on [...]

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Syria “drama” is not over as UN is denied aid access

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A fragile ceasefire is largely holding in Syria but "tremendous dramas" are still being played out by the people of the war-torn country, the UN warned on Thursday. The war in Syria has lasted almost six years. United Nations Special Envoy Staffan de Mistura expressed the hope that proposed talks between the warring parties in [...]

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"Life-threatening" conditions persist for children in Haiti: UNICEF

Cornelia Walther speaks to a group of children in Haiti. Photo courtesy of Cornelia Walther

There are "still children whose lives are threatened" three months on from the devastating hurricane which hit Haiti, according to the UN Children's Fund, (UNICEF). Speaking from the capital Port-au-Prince, UNICEF communications chief, Cornelia Walther, said that they were grateful for the emergency funding provided by donors in the wake of Hurricane Matthew, but more [...]

5 Jan 2017 | Posted in Caribbean News, Today's Features | Read More »

News in Brief 5 January 2017 (AM)

A school of Moorish Idols cruise over the coral reef, Ha'apai, Tonga. Photo: UNEP GRID Arendal/Glenn Edney

Climate change threatening coral reefs One of the planet's most important ecosystems, coral reefs, is under threat from climate change. That information comes from the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), citing research published recently in a scientific journal. UNEP said coral reefs are home to at least one-quarter of all marine life and generate roughly US$375 [...]

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"Nexus” between terrorism and organized crime, key priority

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The number one priority for the UN's Office of Drugs and Crime (UNODC) in the year ahead is fighting the "nexus between terrorism and transnational organized crime." That's according to the man leading the crime-fighting agency, Yuri Fedotov. UNODC's Global Report on Trafficking in Persons, released a few days ago, showed there was a growing [...]

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Security Council welcomes DRC agreement

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The UN Security Council has welcomed the recent signing of an accord on the electoral process in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). Government and opposition leaders signed the comprehensive and inclusive political agreement in the capital, Kinshasa, on 31 December last year. Matthew Wells reports. The Security Council has expressed hope that the [...]

4 Jan 2017 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

News in Brief 4 January 2017 (PM)

Families carry supplies from a distribution point in eastern Mosul, Iraq. Photo: UNICEF/Wathiq Khuzaie

  Mosul operation displaces more than 130,000 Nearly 132,000 people have been displaced by the Iraqi military operation to liberate the city of Mosul from the ISIL terrorist group, the United Nations has reported. At least 114,000 of these civilians are now sheltered in camps and emergency sites. Humanitarians have reached more than 500,000 people [...]

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News in Brief 4 January 2017 (AM)

Central African Republic (CAR) refugee children at the transit camp in Gara Boulai, eastern Cameroon. Photo: OCHA/Ivo Brandau

  US$310 aid appeal for Cameroon An appeal for US$310 million has been launched to provide life-saving assistance to 1.2 million people in northern and eastern Cameroon, the UN humanitarian agency, OCHA, has reported. The regions are facing challenges such as malnutrition and high levels of food insecurity in addition to hosting hundreds of thousands [...]

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Sense of hope and optimism in eastern Aleppo: UN aid official

Children at a shelter in Jibreen, Aleppo, Syria, play with a cart. Photo: UNICEF/Rzehak

There is a sense of optimism in eastern Aleppo now that "the guns have fallen silent," a senior UN humanitarian official said on Wednesday. Acting Resident Coordinator and Humanitarian Coordinator in the Syrian city, Sajjad Malik was speaking by telephone to journalists at UN Headquarters in New York. Dianne Penn reports. Mr Malik and his [...]

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International community congratulates new President-elect in Haiti

Ballots being counted after the closing of Haiti's national elections for the first round of Presidential and second and third round for senators, in Port au Prince, Haiti, November 20, 2016. Photo: UN/MINUSTAH/Logan Abassi

All sides in Haiti are being urged to respect the final results of the country's long-running electoral cycle. The appeal has been made by the UN and its international partners in the Caribbean country, known as the "Core Group." Haiti's electoral process began more than a year ago and was repeatedly postponed due to challenges [...]

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UN Daily News Programme 4 January 2017

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Listen to a bulletin of news and features from United Nations, with Matthew Wells and Dianne Penn. In today's programme: two Moroccan peacekeepers have been ambushed and killed in the Central African Republic – we'll have the latest details from the UN mission there. And, former child soldiers should be seen as victims, not security [...]

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"Emergency response" to HIV launched in Libya

Life-prolonging anti-retroviral (ARV) drugs. Photo: Sean Kimmons/IRIN

An "emergency response" to a rise in HIV infections in Libya, has been launched by the World Health Organization (WHO). A lack of antiretroviral (ARV) drugs in the North African country, to treat the virus that leads to AIDS, resulted in the deaths of 10 adolescents last year. The UN health agency says there were [...]

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Killing of two peacekeepers in CAR condemned by UN

Moroccan peacekeepers serving with the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA) .  UN Photo/Catianne Tijerina (file photo)

The killing of two peacekeepers in the Central African Republic (CAR) on Tuesday has been condemned by the UN mission there. The blue helmets, who were part of a battalion from Morocco, were escorting fuel trucks, when they were ambushed by unknown assailants. Two other peacekeepers were injured, one seriously, according to Vladimir Monteiro, spokesperson [...]

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Volunteering is “contagious”

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"Volunteering" is contagious in a positive way according to a representative from a Kenya based organisation, who attended a UN-supported conference on volunteering, recently held in Mexico. According to the UN, more than one billion people globally offer their time and experience for free every year. Volunteerism is seen as a powerful means of tackling [...]

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Former child soldiers are victims not "security threats"

Child soldiers released in South Sudan. Photo: UNICEF/2015/South Sudan/Sebastian Rich

Former child soldiers should be treated as victims and not security threats in the year ahead, the UN special envoy for children and armed conflict has urged. Many of them experience trauma and stigma that can make it difficult to go back to their communities or the classroom, says Leila Zerrougi. In the past 20 [...]

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News in Brief 3 January 2017 (PM)

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Displacement rises as Mosul fighting intensifies More than 13,000 people have fled the Iraqi city of Mosul since Friday, the UN has reported, as military operations to retake the city from extremists have intensified. The offensive, launched in mid-October by the Iraqi army and its allies, has now entered a second phase. Stéphane Dujarric is [...]

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Over five million people in Damascus have lost access to water

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Some five and a half million people in Syria's capital Damascus, have been deprived of water for the past seventeen days, according to a representative of the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) in the war-torn country. Fighting in the Wadi Barada area where much of Damascus's water supply originates has resulted in an acute water shortage, [...]

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Secretary-General highlights central role of UN in first address to staff

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Only global solutions can address global problems, UN Secretary-General António Guterres told staff in New York on Tuesday. The New Year saw the former Portuguese Prime Minister and head of the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) taking the reins of the world body: the ninth Secretary-General in its 71-year history. Dianne Penn reports. Mr Guterres provided [...]

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UN Daily News Programme 3 January 2017

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Listen to a bulletin of news and features from United Nations, with Matthew Wells and Dianne Penn. In today's programme:  The new UN chief outlines a challenge to staff to change, reform and improve… And, despite the ongoing conflicts and crises that beset the world, positive developments lie ahead, the President of the UN General [...]

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News in Brief 03 January 2017 (AM)

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  Somalia mission chief welcomes moves towards peace in Gaalkacyo A renewed commitment by two regional leaders in Somalia to achieve peace in the city of Gaalkacyo has been welcomed by the senior UN official in the country. Michael Keating, head of the UN Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM), described it as "a critical step [...]

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UN chief outlines mission "to change and to reform and to improve"

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The UN faces "very challenging times" and needs to embark on a new mission "to change and to reform and to improve." That's the message delivered to staff by new UN chief, António Guterres, on his first day at UN Headquarters in New York. The former Portuguese Prime Minister and UN High Commissioner for Refugees [...]

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"Game-changers" in 2017 will allow for positive year says UN President

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"Positive" developments can be expected across the world in 2017 despite the ongoing conflicts and humanitarian crises that typified 2016; that's according to the President of the UN General Assembly, Peter Thomson. The PGA, as he is known, presides over the General Assembly which is made up of the UN's 193 Member States. He's been [...]

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UN envoy in Iraq condemns Baghdad bombings

An increasing number of people, including families with children and the elderly, have encountered deadly ambushes as they try to escape areas controlled by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). Photo: UNAMI

The UN envoy for Iraq has strongly condemned the terrorist attacks carried out in the nation’s capital Baghdad. According to media reports, multiple bombs were detonated across the city on Monday, killing and injuring many civilians. On Saturday, around 28 people were killed when suicide bombers struck another market in Al-Sinak district in the centre [...]

2 Jan 2017 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Call for perpetrators of Istanbul terror attack to face justice: UN chief

A busy street in in Istanbul, Turkey. Photo: World Bank/Simone D. McCourtie

The Secretary-General has condemned a terrorist attack at a nightclub in Istanbul, Turkey that happened during New Year’s celebrations. Dozens of people were killed and injured when an unknown gunman reportedly shot at revelers before running away. Members of the Security Council also released a statement earlier denouncing the “barbaric” attack. Jocelyne Sambira reports. UN Secretary-General [...]

2 Jan 2017 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

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