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News in Brief 13 April 2017 (PM)

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Use of chemical weapons in Khan Shaykhun "credible allegation" The use of chemical weapons during an attack on Khan Shaykhun in Syria on 4 April is a "credible allegation," the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) said on Thursday. An Executive Council meeting of the chemical weapons watchdog, in the Netherlands, heard that [...]

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Iraq: Western Mosul suffered extensive damage, UN study finds

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Extensive damage has occurred in the western part of the Iraqi city of Mosul, where a military operation is underway to free neighbourhoods from the terrorist group, ISIL. That's according to the most recent assessment by the UN agency working on urban development issues, UN-Habitat. The study finds that more than 1,140 housing sites have [...]

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UN Daily News Programme 13 April 2017

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Listen to a bulletin of news and features from the United Nations, with Dianne Penn and Matthew Wells. In today's programme: Agencies fear looming famine in Somalia "may destroy years of progress" And from Iraq: A report on damage to the western part of the city of Mosul  

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Security Council adopts resolution establishing new UN Mission in Haiti

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The UN Security Council unanimously adopted a new resolution on Thursday which will draw down the existing peacekeeping force in Haiti, MINUSTAH, making way for a new, smaller mission. The UN Mission for Justice Support in Haiti, known as MINUJUSTH, will take over on October 15, with a mandate to assist the government in strengthening [...]

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News in Brief 13 April 2017 (AM)

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More investment needed to meet SDG water and sanitation targets Countries need to increase investment in water and sanitation if the world is to meet the ambitious Sustainable Development Goals, or SDGs, by 2030. Goal 6 calls for access for all to clean water and sanitation, and yet almost two billion people today still use [...]

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UN Global Perspective: focus on education, Iraq and sustainable energy

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Children need to know they can change the world: UN Messenger of Peace Malala The Pakistani teenager whose courageous defence of girls' education continues to inspire people worldwide has a message for young people everywhere: your voice matters. Malala Yousafzai, 19, was speaking on Monday after being appointed a UN Messenger of Peace; the youngest person [...]

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UN Gender Focus: Syrian women, reproductive health and sexual harassment

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Women's participation in peace talks empower Syrians "as a whole" In order to create a "lasting peace" in Syria, women need to have a seat at the policy-making table, a peace activist from the country has said. Mariam Jalabi is Director of the Syrian National Coalition's office at UN Headquarters in New York. She took [...]

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UN and Africa: focus on migrants and South Sudan

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Migrant slave market horrors revealed in Libya Migrants are being sold as a commodity in Libya by smugglers, the UN warned on Tuesday. The findings by the International Organization for Migration (IOM) follow testimonies from victims who have described being traded in garages and squares in a town in the war-torn country’s south-west. IOM Chief of Mission [...]

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Somalia famine fears "threaten years of progress"

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Concerns are growing for millions of people in Somalia, where drought has left them struggling to survive, the UN said on Thursday. UNDP, the UN agency helping with development in the East African nation, cautioned that if drought turns to famine, recent progress in making the country more resilient to such shocks may be "eroded". [...]

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Elections "pivotal" to stability in DRC: UN Great Lakes envoy

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Political leaders in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) are being urged to implement an agreement signed last December which paves the way for elections before the end of this year. The appeal has been made by the UN envoy for the Great Lakes Region, Said Djinnit, who says the holding of peaceful democratic [...]

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Podcast: A tale of happiness, biking from India to Sweden for love

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An Indian man who cycled across eight countries to be reunited with his sweetheart in Sweden has shared his story at the United Nations. Pradyumna Kumar Mahanandia, known as PK, made the incredible journey in the mid-1970s. He and his wife Charlotte Von Schedvin, known as Lotta, have been together ever since. Their story is [...]

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