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News in Brief 20 April 2017 (PM)

Listen / A view of a UN helicopter in Tindouf, Algeria. UN Photo/Evan Schneider

UN takes steps to reduce costs and use of aircraft: Guterres An initiative has been launched to reduce the cost and use of United Nations' aircraft provided by Member States, the Secretary-General announced through his Spokesman on Thursday. The Organization currently deploys 58 airplanes and 157 helicopters in 12 peacekeeping missions and 6 special political [...]

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UN chief urges Venezuela to restore dialogue with opposition

Listen / Shoppers wait in line for five hours to buy a ration of bread from a small bakery in Cumaná, Venezuela. Photo: Meridith Kohut/IRIN

The Government of Venezuela and the opposition are being urged by the UN Secretary-General to make a sincere effort to "reactivate dialogue" with each other. In a statement issued by his Spokesman on Thursday, António Guterres, also called on all sides to lower tensions and avoid further clashes. Jocelyne Sambira reports. The UN on Thursday [...]

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UN Daily News Programme 20 April 2017

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Listen to a bulletin of news and features from the United Nations, with Matthew Wells and Jocelyne Sambira. In today's programme: men with guns on the ground continue to prevent life-saving aid reaching desperate besieged civilians in Syria; and we'll hear about the bold new finance initiative to help 800 million children go to school, [...]

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"Perfect storm" engulfs Middle East, threatens global peace: UN official

Listen / A family displaced by fighting between ISIS and Iraqi security forces carry their belongings as they walk through the destroyed western neighbourhood of Al Mamum, near Mosul, Iraq. Photo: UNICEF/Alessio Romenzi

A "perfect storm" has engulfed the Middle East and continues to threaten international peace and security, the UN special coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process has said. Nickolay Mladenov made the remarks on Thursday during the Security Council's quarterly open debate on the situation in the region. In many countries, societies have fractured along [...]

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UN and Africa: focus on DRC, Burundi and Somalia

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New mass graves find in DRC – OHCHR's Liz Throssell Seventeen new mass graves have been found in an area of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) that's seen months of clashes between government soldiers and local militia, the UN said this week. In a call for an independent investigation, the UN Human Rights [...]

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UN Gender Focus: Burundi terror campaign; Webby nomination and Saudi Arabia women

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Rape chants lay bare Burundi terror campaign: UN human rights chief The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights has expressed deep alarm at a widespread pattern of rallies in Burundi where members of the ruling party's youth wing chant about impregnating and killing their opponents. Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein said the organized nature of these [...]

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UN Global Perspective: focus on migration, tropical diseases and refugee assistance

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World must agree a more responsible, humane way to manage migration It's time for the international community to come together to "more responsibly and humanely manage the movement of people". That's the view of the Director-General of the International Organization for Migration (IOM), William Lacy Swing. The agency has documented over 65,000 deaths of refugees [...]

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News in Brief 20 April 2017 (AM)

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States struggling to keep pace with growing demand for higher education Governments are struggling to keep pace with the growing demand for higher education, a new report by the UN Cultural Agency, UNESCO, has found. The number of university level students doubled to 207 million between 2000 and 2014, the agency says. Also, there are [...]

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New water monitoring tool lets farmers "produce more with less": FAO

Listen / Watering crops in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Photo: FAO/Olivier Asselin

A new high-tech water monitoring tool developed by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) will allow farmers to "produce more with less". That's the view of Jippe Hoogeveen, a Senior Land and Water Officer with FAO, describing how the new open-access database, which went live on Thursday, will work in practice. He said that the [...]

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Syria’s “men with guns” continue to block aid access

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Nearly a third less aid has reached people in Syria's besieged towns this year compared with 2016 as "men with guns"…and local power-brokers continue to obstruct deliveries, the UN said on Thursday. The information from Jan Egeland, Special Advisor to the UN, followed a scheduled meeting of the Syria humanitarian task force, in Geneva. The [...]

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Must "act now" to tackle education crisis with new financing: Gordon Brown

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A ground-breaking International Finance Facility for education is vital to ensure that half of the world's children don't miss out on the basic schooling needed to meet the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). That's the view of the UN Special Envoy for Global Education, Gordon Brown, who said on Wednesday that "education has been neglected [...]

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"Immediate and flexible resources" needed for Yemen: WFP

Listen / A farmer collects food ration for his family. An estimated 12 million Yemenis are food insecure. (file) Photo: WFP

"Immediate and flexible resources" are need to help nearly 19 million people in Yemen, according to the World Food Programme (WFP). WFP Country Director, Stephen Anderson, was speaking ahead of High-Level pledging conference on 25 April, which hopes to provide emergency resources to alleviate Yemen's humanitarian crisis. The event is being organized by the UN [...]

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