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"Fragility" of societies, institutions, key to many conflicts: UN chief

Listen / Secretary-General António Guterres (second from right) addresses the Financing for Peace event at the World Bank's Spring Meeting. Also pictured from right to left are the President of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, and the President of the World Bank, Jim Yong Kim. Photo: World Bank/ Grant Ellis

Fragility is the key element of "practically all" of the protracted conflicts going on in the world today, said the UN Secretary-General at the opening of the Spring Meetings of the World Bank on Friday. António Guterres took part in an event entitled, Financing for Peace: Innovations to Tackle Fragility, and said that partnerships and [...]

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News in Brief 21 April 2017 (PM)

Listen / Risking their lives to reach Europe from North Africa, a boatload of people, some of them likely in need of international protection, are rescued in the Mediterranean Sea by the Italian Navy. Photo: UNHCR/A. D'Amato

  More than 150 child deaths already this year on Africa-Italy route More than 150 children have died crossing the Central Mediterranean from North Africa to Italy so far this year, according to the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) estimates. However, the agency believes that the true number of casualties is higher, given that many of [...]

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UN Daily News Programme 21 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: thousands of children have fled to Angola from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, often to avoid forced recruitment by militias; and the UN Children’s Fund in Yemen tells us the suffering of young [...]

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DRC children sent to Angola "to avoid militia recruitment"

Listen / Returned persons from Kasala village, Kasai Province, awaiting food distribution by the NGO COPROMOR and Christian Aid. Photo: Joseph Mankamba/OCHA-DRC

Thousands of children have fled a spike in violence in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) in recent weeks and sought refuge in neighbouring Angola to avoid recruitment by militia, the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) said on Friday. Many of the children are sick and in need of urgent assistance, UNHCR says, amid ongoing [...]

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Suffering of Yemen's children "invisible” to the world: UNICEF

Listen / Children sit in a UNICEF-supported centre for vulnerable children, in the conflict-affected Hajjah Governorate, Yemen. (file) Photo: UNICEF/Brent Stirton

The suffering of millions of children across Yemen has become "invisible to the rest of the world" according to UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) representative in the war-ravaged country. Merixtell Relaño said the impact of the fighting between coalition-backed government forces and so-called Houthi rebels, on children and families, has been "catastrophic". The conflict has fuelled [...]

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News in Brief 21 April 2017 (AM) – Geneva

Listen / A health worker displays a vaccine against Hib, diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis and hepatitis B at a storage facility in the south-western city of Khulna. Hib is a common cause of pneumonia and bacterial meningitis. Photo: UNICEF/Shehab Uddin

  325 million people suffer from hepatitis B and C More than 325 million people are infected with hepatitis B or C virus, which can seriously damage the liver, and most sufferers do not get the life-saving help they need, UN health experts said on Friday. Here's Dr Gottfried Hirnschall, Director of WHO’s Department of [...]

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Saudi women's access to workforce a "human rights issue"

Listen / Young women in the Arab region. (file) Photo: UNDP

Barriers to women's full workplace participation persist in Saudi Arabia, despite UN data showing that economic growth improves with a more diverse workforce. That's what Muna AbuSulayman, founder and co-host of Kalaem Nawaem, a popular social issues program on Arab television, told Bruce Edwards of the International Monetary Fund or IMF. In 2012, a decree [...]

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Security Council demands North Korea end nuclear tests

Listen / A wide view of the Security Council Chamber. UN Photo/Rick Bajornas.

The Security Council has ordered the Democratic Republic of North Korea (DPRK) to stop conducting nuclear tests in order to reduce tensions in the region and beyond. Strongly condemning the 15 April ballistic-missile launch, the Council also expressed concern over the country's "highly destabilizing behaviour." DPRK, also known as North Korea, was criticized for its [...]

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