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UN chief visits camp for people displaced by severe drought in Somalia

Listen / Women displaced by drought waiting to meet Secretary-General António Guterres during his visit to Baidoa, Somalia, where the focus was on famine and cholera. Photo: UN News/Laura Gelbert

A severe drought is currently placing Somalia on the brink of famine but "there is a chance to avoid the worse" the UN Secretary-General has warned. Antonio Guterres visited the African country on Tuesday in an effort to shed light on the crisis in the country and to ask the global community to support the [...]

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News in Brief 7 March 2017 (PM)

Listen / This three-year-old boy arrived just two days ago at one of UNHCR's camps for displaced families fleeing conflict in West Mosul. Photo: UNHCR/Caroline Gluck

  UNHCR building more camps to accommodate Mosul displaced More than 195,000 people who have fled the Iraqi city of Mosul are sheltering in 21 camps built by the United Nations and the Government. That information comes from the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) which this week opened its latest camp to manage the spike in [...]

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The world can avoid a tragedy in Somalia, UN chief urges

Listen / Pictuted, internally displaced peoples in Baidoa, Somalia.Photo: OCHA/ Cecilia Attefors (file)

The world can avoid a tragedy in Somalia like the one that happened in 2011, the UN Secretary-General urged on Tuesday, in reference to a famine that was concentrated in the south-central part of the country at the time. Briefing the press in Baidoa, in south-central Somalia, António Guterres appealed for US $ 825 million [...]

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UN Daily News Programme 07 March 2017

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Listen to a bulletin of news and features from the United Nations, with Jocelyne Sambira and Dianne Penn. In today's programme: the world can avoid a tragedy in Somalia, the UN chief urges; and girls in Afghanistan are making their voices heard by becoming journalists.

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Hungary's decision to detain all asylum-seekers violates international law: UNHCR

Listen / Pakistani migrants in Kos, Greece, showing a map he received with information about the closure of Hungary border and suggesting to go through Croatia instead. Photo credit:  IOM

A new law in Hungary that allows all asylum-seekers to be detained at the border will have a terrible impact on people who have already suffered immensely, the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) has warned. The Hungarian Parliament passed the law on Tuesday and it is due to come into effect next week. Dianne Penn reports. [...]

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Disasters in Americas show challenge of meeting Sendai risk reduction targets

Listen / A man walks through rubble of collapsed buildings in downtown Port au Prince, Haiti, which was rocked by a massive earthquake, on Tuesday 12 January 2010, devastating the city and leaving thousands dead. Photo: MINUSTAH/Marco Dormino (file)

Disasters in the Americas over the past year such as Hurricane Matthew, show the challenge the world faces meeting the risk reduction targets established by the UN's Sendai Framework. That's according to Robert Glasser, head of the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR), addressing the opening of the Fifth Regional Platform for Disaster Risk [...]

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News in Brief 7 March 2017 (AM) – Geneva

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Somalia: action needed urgently to avoid famine, says OCHA Action is needed urgently to prevent a humanitarian catastrophe in Somalia, where drought has left more than six million people in need of help. The appeal comes from UN Secretary-General António Guterres, who's been visiting the country. OCHA, the UN's agency that coordinates humanitarian aid, says [...]

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Women will be the “recipients” of climate crisis implications: WHO

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Unless public health systems improve, women will continue to suffer disproportionately from changes in the climate. That's because women often undertake caring roles within their communities with little external support, Dr Nata Menabde, Executive Director of the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) New York office, told Lucy Dean. In times of climate related crises, the physical [...]

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Kenyan firm wins ITC business investment challenge

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A digital entrepreneur from Kenya is urging young women in the tech industry to find creative solutions to problems in their own communities. Hellen Odegi is with Nairobi-based Skylon Global Company, winner of a business investment challenge launched by the International Trade Centre (ITC). The joint agency of the UN and the World Trade Organization [...]

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UN chief appeals for international support to address Somalia drought

Listen / Secretary-General António Guterres arrives in Mogadishu, Somalia. UN Photo/ Laura Gelbert

The UN Secretary-General is urging the international community to support Somalia which is in the grip of a severe drought. António Guterres arrived in the country on Tuesday, where nearly half of the population requires humanitarian assistance. Dianne Penn reports. The UN chief said there is a chance to avoid the worst in Somalia. And [...]

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“Many girls” want to “raise their voice”: Afghan radio journalist

Listen / Meena Mostayed, head of Radio Sana. Photo: UNAMA/Torpekai Amarkhel

Working as a female journalist in Afghanistan "is not easy" because it's not safe, but many girls still decide to do it. That's what Sadaf Ahamdi, a member of the Afghan Women Journalists Union told Shamsuddin Hamedi of the UN Mission in Afghanistan, UNAMA. Ms Ahamdi was speaking with Mr Hamedi to mark International Women's [...]

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