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UN Daily News Programme 14 March 2017

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Listen to a bulletin of news and features from the United Nations, with Matthew Wells and Daniel Johnson. In today's programme: an award-winning entrepreneur urges women to make use of tech to benefit their own communities; and we”ll hear why the private sector has a key role to play in reducing disaster risks worldwide.  

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UN launches "Equal Pay Platform of Champions" to accelerate efforts

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Award-winning American actress Patricia Arquette and soccer superstar Amy Wambach have joined the UN and a diverse group of gender equality advocates to launch an "Equal Pay Platform of Champions.” The announcement was made at an event organized by UN Women and the International Labour Organization (ILO), on the margins of the 61st Session of [...]

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News in Brief 14 March 2017

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  Conflict in Libya's east linked to executions, hostage-taking Serious rights violations in Libya have been reported since the recent outbreak of fighting in the oil-rich east. The country has been dogged by violence since the overthrow of former President Muammar Gadaffi in 2011. In the latest escalation, conflict erupted on 3 March when the [...]

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Zeid: Syria has become a torture chamber

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The seven-year war in Syria has turned the country into a torture chamber. That's the grim message from UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein. He was speaking at the Human Rights Council in Geneva, where he said that there are "very probably" tens of thousands of people still being held inside [...]

14 Mar 2017 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Reality “catching up” with short-term thinking on development: UNDP

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When it comes to the whole "action agenda" on sustainable development, "reality is catching up" with governments which fail to think long-term. That's according to a senior UN Development Programme (UNDP) official for Latin America and the Caribbean, Matilde Mordt. The UNDP Sustainable Development team leader was speaking at the recent Platform for Disaster Risk [...]

14 Mar 2017 | Posted in Sustainable Development Goals, Today's Features | Read More »

Private sector "key role" in reducing disaster risk "collectively"

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The private sector has a key role in reducing disaster risk as part of a "collective" process involving all parts of society. That's the view of Craig Stewart, Vice President with the Insurance Bureau of Canada, speaking at the recent Fifth Regional Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction in the Americas. His organization represents 90 per [...]

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