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News in Brief 04 April 2017 (PM)

Listen / A wide view of the Security Council in session. UN Photo/Manuel Elias

UN chief "deeply disturbed" by reports of chemical weapons use in Syria The UN Secretary-General António Guterres has said he is "deeply disturbed" by reports of the alleged use of chemical weapons in an airstrike in Idlib, Syria, on Tuesday. At least 58 people are reported to have died and dozens more were injured in [...]

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UN indigenous rights expert concludes visit to Australia

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Australia must take action to reduce what one UN human rights expert sees as the country's "astounding" imprisonment rate for indigenous people. Victoria Tauli-Corpuz said although Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders make up only three per cent of the population, they constitute nearly 30 per cent of those in jail. The UN Special Rapporteur on [...]

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US decision on UNFPA "could have devastating effects": UN chief

Listen / A UNFPA-supported health centre 400 kilometers southwest of Uganda's capital Kampala, includes a ward where women in their final stages of pregnancy can remain comfortably and avoid arduous travel once labour begins. Photo: UNFPA/Omar Gharzeddine

The decision by the government of the United States to end all funding for the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) "could have devastating effects" on vulnerable women and girls around the world. That's the view of the UN chief António Guterres on Tuesday, who said that the policy change was based on "an inaccurate perception" of [...]

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More action needed to provide 1.1 billion with clean energy

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The world will have to act quickly if it is to meet the goal of supplying clean energy to more than one billion people globally who lack access to electricity. The finding comes in the latest edition of an annual report by the World Bank and the International Energy Agency which monitors progress on providing [...]

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UN Daily News Programme 04 April 2017

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Listen to a bulletin of news and features from the United Nations, with Dianne Penn and Ana Carmo. In today's programme: a report on promoting mine awareness in Darfur; and, more action needed to provide 1.1 billion people with clean energy.

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Fighting abates in Darfur, banditry and criminality on rise: AU-UN envoy

Listen / UNAMID peacekeepers met with community leaders in Zam Zam camp for internally displaced persons near El Fasher, North Darfur. Photo: UNAMID/Mohamad Almahady

Fighting between Sudan's armed forces and three non-signatory armed movements has abated while banditry and criminality are now widespread. That's what the Joint Special Representative and Joint Chief Mediator for Darfur and Head of the United Nations-African Union Mission in Darfur (UNAMID), Jeremiah Mamabolo, told members of the Security Council on Tuesday. Darfur has been [...]

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Darfur mission marks International Day for Mine Awareness

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Unexploded ordnance and other remnants of war have killed more than 220 civilians in the Darfur region of Sudan since 2005. They also threaten the work of peacekeepers delivering humanitarian aid to scores of people displaced by conflict. The Ordnance Disposal Office at the African Union-United Nations Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) has been locating and [...]

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Monitoring body opens probe into suspected chemical attack in Idlib

Listen / An advance team of the UN and the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) arriving in Damascus, Syria, on 1 October 2013. UN Photo/Hend Abdel Ghany (file)

An investigation into a suspected chemical attack in southern Idlib in Syria has got underway, overseen by the UN-recognized chemical weapons watchdog or OPCW. The attack in the rebel-held Khan Shaykhun area, reportedly took place on Tuesday. The conflict in Syria just entered its seventh year and it remains the largest humanitarian challenge in the [...]

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News in Brief 4 April 2017 – Geneva (AM)

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El Nino concerns growing for Peru and Ecuador Peru and parts of Ecuador are in the grip of the El Nino weather phenomenon and there are growing indications that it could spread more widely. The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) made the announcement on Tuesday, saying that an increasing number of weather models indicate it is [...]

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Gender equality is “central to development”: UNFPA

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Access to services, removal of stigma and "education, education, education," are crucial aspects of promoting gender equality and empowering women to make decisions about their reproductive health. That's according to Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin, the Executive Director of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA). Dr Osotimehin was at UN Headquarters for a panel discussion on the [...]

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Peace without ridding world of mines, is "incomplete": UN chief

Listen / Mine clearance in Timbuktu, Mali. Photo: MINUSMA/Marco Dormino

Peace will always be "incomplete" without ridding conflict zones of life-threatening landmines and improvised explosive devices, or IEDs. That's the message from UN Secretary-General António Guterres, marking International Mine Awareness Day on 4 April. He urged Member States to keep the issue "at the top of the international agenda" when negotiating peace deals and humanitarian [...]

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