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Global action can avert famine threat, UN relief chief tells Security Council

Listen / Stephen O'Brien, speaks to a woman at the Dayniile IDP camp in Mogadishu, Somalia, on March 6, 2017, about the various challenges facing the community as a result of a drought in the country. UN Photo/Tobin Jones

Without major international action, 20 million people in four countries are at risk of starving to death, the UN's top humanitarian official told the Security Council on Friday. Stephen O'Brien was briefing ambassadors on the situation in Yemen, South Sudan, Somalia and north-east Nigeria, which either are facing famine or on the brink of it. [...]

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Better data can help fight hunger, advance development: FAO

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Better data can help in the fight against hunger and bring about sustainable development, the Food and Agriculture Organization's (FAO) Chief Statistician, Pietro Gennari, said on the margins of a meeting organized by the UN Statistical Commission (UNSD). The UNSD sets international standards for statistics in order for countries to share data and compare experiences. [...]

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News in Brief 10 March 2017 (PM)

Listen / Newly displaced people from Mokha in Yemen's governorate of Taiz receive UNHCR assistance in Bayt al Faqih, in neighbouring Hudaydah governorate. Photo: UNHCR/Shabia Mantoo

  UNHCR assisting thousands of newly displaced in Yemen Renewed fighting across western and central Yemen has uprooted more than 62,000 people in recent weeks, the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) has reported. The majority of the people have fled Taizz governorate on Yemen's western coast. Most of them are in dire need of assistance and [...]

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Afghanistan remains difficult place to be a woman: UN special envoy

Listen / Women in Afghanistan. Photo: UNAMA/Sayed Mohammad Shah

Afghanistan remains one of the most difficult places in the world to be a woman, although the country has taken steps to advance women's rights. That's what the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for the country, Tadimichi Yamamoto, told members of the Security Council on Friday. The Government recently launched a plan that recognises [...]

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WHO Zika update reveals more "at-risk" countries

Listen / Mosquito prevention and control in Salto, Uruguay. Photo: PAHO

Dozens more countries have been added to the list of those at risk from Zika, the virus that's been linked to birth defects and neurological complications. The new World Health Organization (WHO) data includes countries where the Aedes aegypti mosquito is present, but where there is no sign of the virus. The insect is considered [...]

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UN Daily News Programme 10 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 people of Burundi are living in fear because of widespread repression, a UN Special Adviser warns the Security Council; and the Americas region adopts a "historic" regional action plan to reduce disaster risk [...]

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Violence still displacing Colombians despite peace deal: UNHCR

Listen / A passenger truck travels on the road between Riohacha and Uribia on La Guajira peninsula, Colombia, the territory home to the indigenous Wayuu people. UN Photo/Gill Fickling

Violence continues to displace thousands of people in Colombia despite the signing of a peace agreement last year, the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) reported on Friday. UNHCR said fighting by armed groups battling for territorial control has uprooted more than 3,000 people in the country's Pacific Coast region. Dianne Penn reports. The Colombian Government and [...]

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Commission for Darfur peace accord concludes latest meeting

Listen / A section of the Kalma camp for internally displaced people (IDP), near Nyala, in South Darfur. Photo: UNAMID/Albert González Farran

A commission that reviews implementation of a peace agreement for Darfur wrapped up its latest meeting in Sudan's capital, Khartoum, this week. Members of the Implementation Follow-up Commission (IFC) of the Doha Document for Peace in Darfur (DDPD) discussed progress and challenges experienced since they last met in May 2016. Darfur has been on the [...]

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News in Brief 10 March 2017 (AM) – Geneva

Listen / Residents of Silvan, a city in Diyarbakir Province, southeastern Turkey, walk past their bullet-riddled homes. Photo: IRIN/Jodi Hilton

  Mass destruction and killings linked to Turkey security operation Details have been released of widespread destruction and death in Turkey during Government security operations against Kurdish separatists. In its first report on violence in Turkey, the UN human rights office (OHCHR) said on Friday that heavy weaponry destroyed housing in the south-east between July [...]

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"Inseparable" man and dog rescue team are UN conference celebrities

Listen / Kit Huffer and Baillie. UN News/Matthew Wells

The "inseparable" rescue team of Kit Huffer and his canine companion Baillie, have become the conference celebrity couple everyone wants to meet in Montreal this week. The Canadian search-and-rescue duo have been attending the UNISDR-organized Fifth Regional Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction in the Americas, which ended on Thursday with agreement over a historic Regional [...]

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