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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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