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News in Brief 8 March 2017 (PM)

Listen / A wide view of the Human Rights Council. UN Photo/Elma Okic

UN expert urges respect for right to privacy in the Internet age Governments are being urged to respect people's privacy as "a truly universal right" in the digital age. The call has been made by the UN Special Rapporteur on the right to privacy, Joseph Cannataci, who presented his latest report to the Human Rights [...]

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UN and Africa Special: Somalia

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

UN humanitarian chief meets Somalis displaced by drought A severe drought is affecting Somalia where more than six million people, or roughly half the population, are in need of humanitarian assistance. UN Humanitarian Coordinator chief Stephen O'Brien arrived in the country on Monday to assess the impact. Laura Gelbert accompanied the relief chief on his [...]

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“Young” democracies doing better at women's representation: IPU

Listen / Female politicians at a meeting of women lawmakers from Arab States and members of the European Parliament in November 2014 in Brussels, Belgium. Photo: UN Women/Emad Karim (file)

Young democracies are doing better at enhancing women's representation in parliament than the established democracies of Europe, Martin Chungong, the Secretary General of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU), has said. IPU released its flagship report, "Women in Parliament in 2016: The year in review," ahead of International Women's Day on 8 March, calling for renewed momentum [...]

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UN Daily News Programme 08 March 2017

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Listen to a bulletin of news and features from the United Nations, with Jocelyne Sambira and Dianne Penn. Happy International Women's Day to all! In today's programme: UN Women is putting the spotlight on workplace equality; and you'll hear from a digital entrepreneur who is pushing for equality online.  

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UN Global Perspective: focus on Disaster Risk Reduction, pollution and Women’s Day

Listen / On 24 October 2016 in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State, Nigeria, children pass in front of a flame fed by waste and rubber materials in order to make Kanda, a type of smoked meat, at an abattoir. Photo: UNICEF/Tanya Bindra (file)

Progress on reducing disaster risk "but not nearly enough": UNISDR chief There's been "enormous progress" in reducing the risks associated with disasters throughout the world "but not nearly enough". That's the passionate view of Robert Glasser, UN Special Representative for Disaster Risk Reduction, and head of the UN agency dedicated to the issue, UNISDR. He [...]

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Empowering rural women is crucial in fight against hunger: FAO

Listen / Thoeun harvests corn from her farm in Kampong Cham, Cambodia. Photo: Chhor Sokunthea/World Bank (file)

Women in rural areas can play an important role in fighting hunger and malnutrition and poverty, a senior official with the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has said. Brave Disale, Director of FAO's Social Policies and Rural Institutions Division, has been speaking to Muriel Sarr ahead of International Women's Day. In developing countries, women make [...]

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UN mission in Afghanistan condemns "morally reprehensible" attack on hospital

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A deadly attack on a military hospital in Afghanistan on Wednesday has been condemned by the UN mission in the country, UNAMA. The attack on the Sardar Mohammad Daud Khan Hospital in the capital, Kabul, was carried out by assailants, some of whom reportedly were disguised as medical doctors. They detonated a vehicle at the [...]

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Greater women's participation in society bolsters development: UN chief

Listen / Secretary-General António Guterres meeting with youth leaders and women political aspirants in the Mathare slum of Nairobi, Kenya. Photo: UN Habitat/Julius Mwelu

The UN Secretary-General has appealed for greater women's participation in all aspects of society. António Guterres was speaking in Kenya's capital, Nairobi, on Wednesday, International Women's Day, alongside the country's President, Uhuru Kenyatta. Dianne Penn reports. Mr Guterres, a former UN High Commissioner for Refugees, reflected on his time in that post. He said he [...]

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UN Gender Focus Special: International Women’s Day

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This week we're bringing you a special programme to celebrate International Women's Day, marked annually on the 8th of March. This year, the UN's gender entity, UN Women, is putting the focus on work issues, including unpaid care and domestic work, and their impact on achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. The 17 SDGs aim to transform [...]

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UN human rights chief calls for probe on DRC abuses

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Allegations of grave human rights abuses in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) should face a high-level international probe, the UN Human Rights chief said on Wednesday. Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein's announcement at the Human Rights Council in Geneva follows the discovery of new mass graves there. Elsewhere in Africa, Zeid condemned horrific violence [...]

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News in Brief 8 March 2017 (AM)

Listen / The Security Council unanimously adopted a resolution, condemning in the strongest terms the nuclear test conducted by the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) on 9 September 2016, and strengthening the sanctions regime imposed on that country. UN Photo/Rick Bajornas

  Security Council condemns latest DPRK missile launch The UN Security Council has strongly condemned the latest ballistic missile launches by the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK). The country reportedly fired four ballistic missiles on Monday, a violation of successive Council resolutions. The 15 ambassadors have issued a statement saying such activities increase tension [...]

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Indigenous "specialized knowledge" aids disaster response: Arctic mayor

Listen / Madeleine Redfern. Photo: UN News/Matthew Wells

The "specialized traditional ecological knowledge" of indigenous communities is important to effective disaster response, according to one mayor from the eastern Arctic, speaking at a UN regional conference on the issue. Madeleine Redfern is the mayor of Iqaluit, a city of 8,000 residents in the newest and most northern territory of Canada, Nunavut. She's one [...]

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Digital entrepreneur pushes for equality online

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The internet could provide an "easy, accessible and cheap" way for millions of women to make a living and promote equality, one influential digital entrepreneur believes. Xenia Tchoumi promotes fashion online to more than seven million people; she says that if more women had access online, the impact could be "massive". For International Women's Day, [...]

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UN Women: Workplace equality focus of International Women's Day

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Although technological advances and globalization are providing unprecedented opportunities in the workplace, women on average still earn around a quarter less than men, for the same job. That's according to the UN's gender entity, UN Women, which is collaborating with companies across the globe to tackle workplace inequality. On International Women's Day, observed annually on [...]

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Progress on reducing disaster risk "but not nearly enough"

Listen / Robert Glasser (right) speaking to Matthew Wells. Photo: UNISDR

There's been "enormous progress" in reducing the risks associated with disasters throughout the world "but not nearly enough". That's the passionate view of Robert Glasser, UN Special Representative for Disaster Risk Reduction, and head of the UN agency dedicated to the issue, UNISDR. He was speaking on the opening day of the Fifth Regional Platform [...]

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