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“We need to do everything now” to avert Yemen famine: UN relief chief

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Continuing conflict in Yemen has left millions without adequate access to food and water, and the international community needs to do everything it can “now” to fund a major relief effort. Stephen O'Brien, the UN emergency Relief Coordinator, said public services were under huge stress and in some cases, civil servants had gone six months [...]

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News in Brief 1 March 2017 (PM)

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  "Major milestone" as arms handover verification begins in Colombia In what's been described as a "major milestone", the UN Mission in Colombia began the official verification process of the laying down of arms by FARC rebels on Wednesday. It's another major step on the road to conclusively ending more than 50 years of armed [...]

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"Pattern of excessive use of force" against dissenting voices in DRC

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There has been a pattern of excessive use of force in the repression of dissenting voices across the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), a senior UN official in the country has warned. Jose Maria Aranaz, the Director of the UN Joint Human Rights Office of MONUSCO, the UN Mission in the DRC, made the remarks [...]

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Trend against death penalty "increasingly strong" but concerns remain

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The global trend against the use of the death penalty "has become increasingly strong" but there's still much cause for concern. That's the view of UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein, speaking during the current session of the Human Rights Council in Geneva. Matthew Wells reports. The Human Rights chief made [...]

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UN Daily News Programme 01 March 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: UNAIDS says "make some noise" for #zerodiscrimination And…The world’s first “playable” policy conference kicks off in Bonn

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Global Festival of Ideas for Sustainable Development kicks off in Bonn

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The first-ever conference that combines game playing and policy making got underway in the German city of Bonn this Wednesday. The Global Festival of Ideas for Sustainable Development aims to promote new thinking for a better world. A live simulation game lies at the heart of the event, with participants collaborating on ways to achieve [...]

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Aerial attacks on Aleppo "were war crimes": UN probe

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The battle to control the city of Aleppo in Syria last year caused "unparalleled suffering" amounting to war crimes, UN rights investigators said on Wednesday. Based on nearly 300 testimonies, satellite imagery and other records, the UN Commission of Inquiry report details how Syrian and Russian war planes reduced eastern Aleppo to rubble. Armed opposition [...]

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News in Brief 1 March 2017 (AM)

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Schools and clinics "severely devastated" by cyclone in Mozambique An emergency appeal has been launched to help around 550,000 people affected by the aftermath of Cyclone Dineo, which has caused "severe devastation" to areas of Mozambique, the UN team there said on Wednesday. The cyclone made landfall on 15 February, killing seven and injuring 101 [...]

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Somali human rights must not take back seat to security concerns

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Human rights must not end up being a "secondary consideration" as the new Somali government focusses on securing and stabilizing the country. That's what Kirsten Young, the Chief of Human Rights for the United Nations Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM) told members of the Security Council in her brief on the situation in the country. [...]

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UNAIDS says "make some noise" for #zerodiscrimination

Listen / This year, on 1 March, Zero Discrimination Day, UNAIDS is urging people to make some noise around zero discrimination, to speak up and prevent discrimination from standing in the way of achieving ambitions, goals and dreams. Image: Poster  #ZERODISCRIMINATION/UNAIDS

Discrimination in health care settings is forcing people with HIV and AIDS to "go underground," causing them to miss out on the essential medical services they need. That's according to the Joint United Nations programme on HIV and AIDS, UNAIDS which says data from 50 countries shows that one in eight people with HIV reports [...]

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