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News in Brief 12 January 2017(PM)

Listen / Bada, Kako, 3 years old, and other IDP children in the village of Tagal, Lake Chad region, Chad. Photo: UNICEF/UN028762/Tremeau (file photo)

"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

Listen / Human resources development and employment centre. This woman is using the centre's database to find employment. Tianjin. China. Photo: ILO/Crozet M.

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

Listen / The humanitarian crisis particularly affects the most vulnerable which includes children, the elderly, women and the disabled, many of whom rely entirely on humanitarian assistance. Photo: OCHA

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

Listen / 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

Listen / 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

Listen / A wide view of the Security Council meeting on the situation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). UN Photo/Manuel Elias

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"

Listen / On 4 January 2017, UNICEF started trucking water to 50 schools in the capital Damascus and surrounding areas. Fighting in and around Wadi Barada, on the outskirts of Damascus, has resulted in damages to the water network. Photo: UNICEF/Muhannad Al- Asadi

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

Listen / Somali man smokes a cigarette. UN Photo/Tobin Jones

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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