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News in Brief 2 March 2017 (PM)

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Seven million Yemenis "don't know where they will find their next meal" Around seven million Yeminis "do not know where they will find their next meal," according to the UN relief chief Stephen O'Brien, speaking on Thursday at the end of a fact-finding mission to the country. The UN Humanitarian Coordinator said that with nearly [...]

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UN and Africa Special: Human rights issues in South Sudan, DRC and Somalia

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"Pattern of excessive use of force" against dissenting voices in DRC 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 [...]

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UN Gender Focus: UN deputy chief, UN Women forum and Indigenous women

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We must reinvent ourselves" to serve world better: UN deputy chief The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development requires the UN system to "reinvent" itself in order to better serve Member States. That's according to Amina Mohammed, making her first speech at UN Headquarters shortly after being officially sworn in as deputy chief of the organization. [...]

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UN Daily News Programme 02 March 2017

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Listen to a bulletin of news and features from the United Nations, with Jocelyne Sambira and Matthew Wells.

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Climate change affects children most, rights experts warn

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Climate change poses "an existential threat" to children, the UN Human Rights Council has heard. At a discussion in Geneva, Member States and rights experts warned that climate change jeopardized youngster's access to food and water, as well as to health and education. Solutions should involve low-emission projects to promote sustainable development, the Council heard. [...]

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UN Global Perspective: focus on trafficking, HIV/AIDS and SDGs

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Children bound for Europe "sell their bodies – their only currency" Disturbing new details have emerged of the abuse suffered by children travelling from North Africa to Europe, on people trafficking routes through Libya. The findings by UN Children's Fund UNICEF show that three-quarters of youngsters said they had experienced violence, while one in two [...]

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Young people "best allies" in promoting sustainable agenda: UN official

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The United Nations' best allies in promoting the sustainable agenda are young people, a senior UN official attending a global conference in Bonn, Germany has said. Christina Gallach, the head of UN Communications and Public Information, made the remarks on day two of the Global Festival of Ideas for Sustainable Development. The meeting aims to [...]

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"Unprecedented" threat from famine in four countries: FAO

Listen / Young boys head home after fishing for a day in the swamps of Nyal, South Sudan. Photo: FAO/Lieke Visser

The threat of famine facing four countries simultaneously is "unprecedented," according to a senior official with the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). FAO Assistant Director-General Kostas Stamoulis said that the formal declaration of famine in parts of South Sudan, and threat facing northern Nigeria, Somalia and Yemen, "demands swift action". Ana Carmo has more. Mr [...]

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News in Brief 2 March 2017 (AM)

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Taliban attacks which killed 15 in Kabul condemned by Security Council Terrorist attacks which killed at least 15 people in the Afghan capital, Kabul, on Wednesday, have been strongly condemned by the UN Security Council. In a statement, the Council described the two separate attacks claimed by Taliban extremists  as "heinous and cowardly." Dozens were [...]

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Boost policies to address drug abuse among women: UN body

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Governments are being urged to provide more funding to prevent and treat drug abuse among women. The appeal has been made by the International Narcotics Board (INCB) which is also calling for more gender-sensitive drug policies and programmes, as well as better access to health care for drug-dependent women. INCB has released its latest annual [...]

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Kids who "stick out" get bullied but it's worse for LGBTI: UN expert

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Any kid who "sticks out" and is different gets bullied, but it's worse for those who are Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex (LGBTI), a UN human rights expert has warned. Charles Radcliffe, Chief of Equality and Non Discrimination at the United Nations Human Rights Office in New York, says that children are not born [...]

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Housing "has lost its currency as a human right"

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Urbanization and financial speculation have created an unsustainable global housing crisis. That's the message from leading UN Special Rapporteur on the right to adequate housing Leilani Farha, who blames the world's money markets for pricing people out of cities. Daniel Johnson has more. Everyone has a right to shelter and housing – it's written into [...]

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UN expert on violence against women visits Australia

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Multiple forms of discrimination and exclusion are behind the "alarmingly high prevalence" of violence experienced by indigenous women in Australia, according to a UN human rights expert. Dubravka Šimonović said many of these women face sexism and racism, but they are also subjected to class-based discrimination due to their low socioeconomic status. The UN Special [...]

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