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UN peacekeeping chief urges donors to honour CAR pledges

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Countries that pledged to assist the Central African Republic (CAR) with its recovery efforts during a conference in Brussels last year are being urged to honour their commitments. The appeal was made by the UN peacekeeping chief, Hervé Ladsous, during a briefing to members of the Security Council regarding the overall situation in the country. [...]

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Women “much more vulnerable” to workplace abuse: ILO

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Women whose jobs are insecure or "precarious" face a higher rate of sexual abuse in the workplace, the International Labour Organization (ILO) has said. Manuela Tomei is the Director of the ILO's Conditions of Work and Equality Department. She was at UN Headquarters for the 61st Commission on the Status of Women and took part [...]

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Drugs-resistant microbes "formidable threat" to sustainable development

Listen / Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed (left) briefs journalists on antimicrobial resistance. She was joined at the briefing by Margaret Chan, Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO). UN Photo/Mark Garten

Drugs-resistant microbes pose a "formidable threat" that could prevent the world from reaching the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals, said the UN deputy chief on Thursday. Amina Mohammed was announcing the formation of an interagency coordination group on antimicrobial resistance (AMR), which she will co-chair, along with the Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO), Margaret [...]

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"Rush" to host people fleeing western Mosul in Iraq: UN official

Listen / A nine year-old girl clutches her worn-out doll, one of the few belongings she managed to take with her when she fled with her family from Tal al-Ruman area of west Mosul, Iraq. Photo: UNHCR/Saif Al-Tatooz

Around 45,000 people are fleeing fighting in western Mosul in Iraq every week, triggering an "absolute rush" to get the displaced sites "up and running". That's what Lise Grande, the UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator for the country, told reporters via video-conference on Thursday. An estimated 800,000 people were living in the city before the [...]

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News in Brief 16 March 2017 (PM)

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Abrupt funding cuts undermine impact of longer-term reform efforts: UN Abrupt funding cuts can force the adoption of ad hoc measures that will undermine the impact of longer-term reform efforts, a Spokesperson for the UN Secretary-General has said. Stephane Dujarric made the remarks following the release of a blueprint of the 2018 US budget by [...]

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UN Gender Focus: CSW61; gender pay gap and Afghanistan

Listen / Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka. UN Photo/Rick Bajornas

#CSW61 focuses on women in the changing world of work Gender inequality in the workplace could cost the world an estimated US$12 trillion in global growth over the next decade, according to a 2015 study. UN Secretary-General António Guterres quoted the staggering figure in his first address to the Commission on the Status of Women [...]

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UN and Africa: focus on Somalia; South Sudan and Mali

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Hospital treats children affected by drought in Somalia Hunger-related illnesses have killed 47 children over the past two months at just one government-run hospital in Mogadishu, the capital of Somalia. The UN has been warning the world of the dire consequences of drought in the Horn of Africa country, where nearly three million are at [...]

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UN Daily News Programme 16 March 2017

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Listen to a bulletin of news and features from the United Nations, with Dianne Penn and Jocelyne Sambira. In today's programme: Torture, rape and unlawful killings "have become the norm" in South Sudan, a UN human rights body reports And … How health care has also become a casualty of the Syrian conflict

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Half the population in CAR in "dire need of humanitarian aid": UN

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Half the population of the Central African Republic (CAR) is in dire need of humanitarian assistance, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) has said. A recent upsurge in violence and the spread of hot spots between September last year and the first quarter of 2017 has brought the number of displaced [...]

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Women's economic empowerment a faster route to ending poverty: ITC

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At a time when women's rights are coming under fire in some parts of the world, it is important that the UN sends the message that women's economic empowerment matters. That's the opinion of the head of the International Trade Centre (ITC), which helps small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in developing countries to access global [...]

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News in Brief 16 March 2017 (AM)

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Families fleeing West Mosul in Iraq get frontline emergency aid from UN In an effort to assist Iraqi families fleeing western Mosul, the UN is providing frontline emergency interventions in the camps for internally displaced persons. Iraqi forces and their allies are fighting to liberate the area from the extremist group ISIL, also known as [...]

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Torture, rape "have become the norm" in South Sudan

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Torture, rape, unlawful killings, arrests and detentions "have become the norm" in South Sudan, as the human rights situation continues to deteriorate. That's the stark conclusion of a report by the UN Commission on Human Rights in South Sudan, presented to the Human Rights Council in Geneva on Tuesday. The world's youngest country has been [...]

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Health care a casualty of the Syrian conflict: WHO

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Accessing health care is a challenge for most people in Syria, where six years of conflict have left more than half of all public hospitals and primary health centres closed or only partially functioning. That information comes from the World Health Organization (WHO) which adds that nearly two-thirds of health workers have fled the country. [...]

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