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Syria talks end with intention to hold fresh round

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The fourth round of the Intra-Syrian talks has ended in Geneva where "a clear agenda" and "common ground" have been found on the future of the war-torn country. That's the message from UN negotiator Staffan de Mistura, after nearly 10 days of meetings in the Swiss city. The Special Envoy also told journalists that he [...]

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News in Brief 3 March 2017 (PM)

Listen / Worsening drought conditions have left hundreds of thousands of Somalis facing severe food and water shortages. Photo: OCHA Somalia (file)

US$24 million appeal launched for Somalia by Migration Agency The International Organization for Migration (IOM) has launched a US$24.6 million appeal to help more than one million Somalis suffering the effects of drought. Humanitarian agencies are reporting worrying similarities between the current food crisis and the 2011 famine in Somalia, in which more than a [...]

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Development expert: SDGs cannot succeed without collaboration

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The UN sustainable development agenda cannot succeed without collaboration, a British development expert attending a global conference in Germany said on Friday. Ishbel Matheson, the Director of Communications for the Overseas Development Institute was speaking to Cristina Silveiro on day three of the Global Festival of Ideas for Sustainable Development, taking place in Bonn. Young [...]

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Tech experts, gamers use skills to achieve UN development targets

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Hands-free gardening for a greener future, using video games to achieve the UN global development goals – these are just some of the ideas that are being shared at a conference in the German city of Bonn. The first-ever Global Festival of Ideas on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) wrapped up on Friday, after three [...]

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UN Daily News Programme 03 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: Preventing hearing loss is easier than treating it, health experts advise; And… Tech experts, gamers are using their skills to achieve the UN development targets;  

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Indigenous often “overlooked” in conservation effort: FAO

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Indigenous peoples have a "key role" in wildlife conservation because of their "deep understanding" of the native ecology. That's according to Sheila Wertz, a senior officer with the Food and Agriculture Organisation's (FAO) Forestry Division. She spoke with Sandra Ferrari about FAO's latest quarterly forestry report which was released to coincide with World Wildlife Day, [...]

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"Speak out and stand up for the world's wildlife" urges UN deputy chief

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Young people throughout the world should "speak out and stand up for the world's wildlife" according to the UN Deputy Secretary-General, and everyone needs to heed their call. Amina Mohammed was speaking at a high-level event at UN Headquarters in New York, to mark World Wildlife Day, celebrated each 3 March. The discussion focussed on [...]

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News in Brief 3 March 2017 (AM) – Geneva

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Sri Lanka's slow progress on justice for past crimes "risks derailing peace" A lack of progress in bringing to justice those responsible for gross human rights crimes in Sri Lanka risks derailing a lasting peace there. The UN Human Rights Office, OHCHR, issued the warning on Friday, saying that police abuse and torture are still [...]

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Preventing hearing loss “infinitely easier” than treating it: WHO

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Over five per cent of the world's population is living with hearing loss, but preventing the condition is "infinitely easier" than treating it. That's according to Dr Shelly Chadha, an expert on hearing loss and deafness prevention from the World Health Organization (WHO). Dr Chadha added that over one billion adolescents and young people are [...]

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