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Americas region adopts "historic" Montreal Declaration on reducing disaster risk

Listen / Thousands of buildings including this one in Portoviejo, Ecuador, were destroyed in the April 2016 earthquake. Photo: UNDAC/Manabí

Around 50 countries and territories of the Americas agreed a Regional Action Plan on Thursday to better protect their citizens from the destruction caused by natural and man-made disasters. The plan, which is the centerpiece of the Montreal Declaration outcome document, marks the end of three days of deliberation and discussion by close to 1,000 [...]

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News in Brief 9 March 2017 (PM)

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Deadly attack on wedding party "ugly crime": UN Iraq mission chief A terrorist attack in Iraq which targeted a wedding party has been condemned by the senior UN official in the country as "an ugly crime against the innocent." Dozens of people were killed or injured when two suicide bombers used explosive belts to blow themselves [...]

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“We need more innovation”: disability advocate

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Technological innovation can help break down the barriers to success people with disabilities can face in the workplace, a disability activist says. Casar Jacobson is an entrepreneur and disability activist, and a former Miss Canada. She was at UN Headquarters for a panel discussion celebrating International Women's Day, marked on March 8. She spoke to [...]

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"Burundians live in fear," UN Special Adviser tells Security Council

Listen / At Ndutu refugee camp in Tanzania, Abdul Yamuremye in his tent with his wife Hadija Umugure and their family fled violence in Burundi after their house had been attacked killing Abdul's two brothers, a friend who stayed with them and her three children. Photo: UNHCR/Benjamin Loyseau

Many Burundians live in fear because of "widespread repression and increasing intimidation by the ruling party's youth militia, the Imbonerakure", the Special Adviser to the UN Secretary-General on Conflict Prevention told the Security Council on Thursday. Members of the opposition political parties as well as perceived opponents, such as human rights defenders, continue to be [...]

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Victims' rights top new strategy to combat sexual abuse by UN personnel

Listen / Nancee Bright, office of the Secretary-General's Special Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict.  UN Photo/Rick Bajornas

Victims are at the centre of a new UN strategy to combat sexual abuse committed by personnel serving with the global organization. It was announced in a report by UN Secretary-General António Guterres published on Thursday. Senior UN officials outlined some of the main points to journalists in New York. Dianne Penn reports. Last year, [...]

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UN Daily News Programme 09 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 UN Human Rights chief calls for a probe on allegations of human rights abuses in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC); And … a "sustainable entrepreneur" says un-politicized data can help people [...]

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Secretary-General outlines new strategy to address sexual abuse by UN personnel

Listen / Headquarters press briefing on new UN approach for protection from sexual exploitation and abuse (left to right) Nancee Bright, office of the Secretary-General's Special Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict; Lisa Buttenheim, Assistant Secretary-General for the Department of Field Support; Maria Luiza Viotti, Chef de Cabinet; and Christian

The United Nations has unveiled a new strategy to prevent and respond to sexual exploitation and abuse committed by those serving under its flag. The proposals come in a report issued by UN Secretary-General António Guterres on Thursday. The UN chief has also recorded a video message outlining the approach. Dianne Penn reports. The report [...]

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Syria crisis will only worsen unless drastic measures taken: UNHCR

Listen / A boy cycles past the rubble of a destroyed house in Qara, where fighting erupted in 2014, dragging the town into the brutal Syrian conflict. Photo: UNHCR/Qusai Alazroni

With the Syrian conflict entering its seventh year, the international community is being urged to redouble support to ease the suffering of millions in the country and across the region. The appeal was made by the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) which released a statement on Thursday reminding the world of what it called "another tragic [...]

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News in Brief 9 March 2017 (AM)

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Security Council condemns terrorist attack on Afghan military hospital A terrorist attack on a military hospital in Afghanistan on Wednesday has been condemned in the strongest terms by the UN Security Council. Affiliates of the extremist group ISIL claimed responsibility for the attack in which more than 120 people were killed or injured. The Security [...]

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"Don't politicize data," sustainable entrepreneur urges

Listen / Julie Moffitt. Photo: UN News/Lucy Dean

Eco-friendly innovators need to use clear and un-politicized data to "let people understand" the environmental impact of their actions. That's according to Julie Moffitt, cofounder of ForeLight Inc., a biomanufacturer of naturally derived replacements for colours and dyes used in the cosmetic, food and animal feed industries. Ms Moffitt was at UN Headquarters as a [...]

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Teachers shouldn't be responsible for disaster planning too: UNESCO

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Schoolteachers have enough on their plate in the classroom, without being expected to be disaster risk managers too. That's the view of Jair Torres, a disaster risk reduction specialist with the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). He said governments and NGOs need to offer them support in the form of expertise, as part [...]

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"Silent disasters" that destroy crops, too often ignored: FAO

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When it comes to preserving crops and agricultural livelihoods, "silent disasters" often go un-reported and can be more numerous and more destructive than hurricanes or floods. That's the view of Anna Ricoy, a South American-based officer specializing in disaster risk, with the Food and Agriculture Organization. She was speaking after a High Level side event [...]

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