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News in Brief 31 May 2017 (PM)

Listen / A Palestinian girl inside her family's partially destroyed home, looks at the destruction outside, in the Shejaiya neighbourhood of Gaza City. Photo: UNICEF

  Occupation policies remain key cause of Palestinian humanitarian needs The on-going practices and policies of Israeli occupation are the main reason why Palestinians continue to be in need of major humanitarian assistance. That's according to the UN Humanitarian Affairs Office OCHA's 2016 Annual Report for the occupied Palestinian Territory (oPt), published on Wednesday. The [...]

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UN Daily News Programme 31 May 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: The UN Chief says it is "essential" to implement Paris Agreement on climate change And … a fishing village in the Caribbean turns the tide on turtle slaughter, with help from the UN

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UN should make a "real difference" to lives of "ordinary people"

Listen / General Assembly elects by acclamation Foreign Minister Miroslav Lajcák of Slovakia as President of its upcoming 72nd session. UN Photo/Kim Haughton

The UN should be making more of a difference when it comes to the lives of ordinary people across the world. That's one of the priorities of the newly-elected President of the UN General Assembly, Miroslav Lajčák, who will take up his post when the 72nd session begins in September. Matthew Wells reports. Mr Lajčák [...]

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We need more women peacekeepers, says UN commander

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It is vital that more women play a bigger role in UN peacekeeping operations, a veteran forces commander said on Wednesday. Major General Kristin Lund was speaking in Geneva, where she was attending a ceremony to honour more than 3,500 UN peacekeepers who've lost their lives since the first mission in 1948. Investing in human [...]

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News in Brief 31 May 2017 (AM)

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The UN Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) has condemned Wednesday's "indiscriminate suicide attack" in the capital, Kabul, which has left dozens dead and more than 300 injured. The blast took place during rush hour in an area crowded with civilians, in the diplomatic area of the city. In addition to the hundreds killed and injured by [...]

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Ocean Conference: Trinidad village protects leatherback turtles

Listen / Suzan Lakhan Baptist (right) of Nature Seekers helps measure a leatherback turtle on Matura Beach, Trinidad and Tobago. Photo: UN News/Lulu Gao

An environmental group based in Trinidad and Tobago that has received UN support has become a model for marine conservation in the Caribbean. Since 1990, Nature Seekers has helped turn the tide on the slaughter of leatherback turtles, the biggest turtles on Earth. Marine issues top the global agenda next week when the UN hosts [...]

31 May 2017 | Posted in Caribbean News, High-Level UN Conference to Support the Implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 14, Sustainable Development Goals, Today's Features | Read More »

Why we should honour UN heroes like Captain Diagne

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The courageous story of fallen peacekeepers like Captain Mbaye Diagne should serve as a reminder that the UN's duty to protect "should prevail over all other considerations", his foundation has said. Captain Diagne, from Senegal, was killed during the Rwanda genocide in 1994 while working as a military observer for the UN. He is credited [...]

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UN promotes women's entrepreneurship in Afghanistan

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Across Afghanistan, women's employment opportunities are limited. In remote areas of the country, women rarely work outside the home because of cultural constraints and the ongoing conflict. Those Afghan women who do work in rural areas typically find work in the public sector as teachers and healthcare professionals. Thanks in part to international support and [...]

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"Essential" to implement Paris climate change deal: UN chief

Listen / Secretary-General António Guterres addresses audience at New York University Stern School of Business. UN Photo/Mark Garten

The "unprecedented and growing" threat to the planet posed by climate change means that it's "absolutely essential" to implement the Paris Agreement, said the UN chief on Tuesday. Secretary-General António Guterres unveiled a five-point plan to move forward on the historic Paris Agreement on climate change, signed by more than 190 countries in 2015. It [...]

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Violence drops in Syria but conflict still "tearing families apart": O'Brien

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There have been reports of a significant drop in violence in some areas of war-torn Syria, a top UN humanitarian official readily acknowledged to members of the Security Council on Tuesday. But Stephen O'Brien warned in the same breath that such advances "continue to be counter-weighed by the reality of a conflict that continues to [...]

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News in Brief 30 May 2017 (PM)

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  UN will continue to stand by Iraq in fight against terror, pledges Guterres The UN will continue to stand by all Iraqis in their fight against terror, following bombings on Tuesday that killed more than 30 civilians, according to news reports. That was the message conveyed to reporters at UN Headquarters in New York, [...]

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UN Daily News Programme 30 May 2017

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Listen to a bulletin of news and features from the United Nations, with Jocelyne Sambira and Matthew Wells. In today's programme:  88,000 people flee an upsurge in violence in the Central African Republic; and the UN health agency explains how tobacco hurts the world's poorest people and the planet, too.

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Upsurge in violence forces 88,000 people in CAR to flee: UNHCR

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An upsurge in violence in the Central African Republic (CAR) has forced more than 88,000 people to flee their homes, a spokesperson for the UN refugee agency, UNHCR, has said. Twenty thousand of them have sought refuge in neighbouring DRC, or the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Babar Baloch confirmed. The agency is appealing for [...]

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700,000 people in north-east Nigeria need aid desperately, says UN

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An estimated 700,000 people remain beyond the reach of aid workers and are living in desperate conditions in north-eastern Nigeria, the UN said on Tuesday. The Boko Haram insurgency which is now in its eighth year has killed over 20,000 people and caused 1.8 million to flee their homes. According to OCHA, the UN Humanitarian [...]

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"Engage immediately" with UN to end Yemen conflict urges envoy

Listen / Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed, the Secretary General's Special Envoy for Yemen, briefs the Security Council. UN Photo/Manuel Elias

Yemen's warring parties need to "engage immediately" with the UN to end the "man-made" humanitarian crisis there. That's according to the UN Special Envoy for the country, Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed, addressing the Security Council on Tuesday. He said that despite his efforts to broker a peace deal, there was no end in sight to [...]

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News in Brief 30 May 2017 (AM) – Geneva

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CAR rights violations chart 13 years of "violence and impunity" as 88,000 flee violence Details of horrific rights violations amounting to war crimes in Central African Republic are to be handed over to a special court there tasked with fighting impunity. The UN human rights office, OHCHR, said that it had details of more than [...]

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Tobacco hurts poorest people and the planet too: WHO

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Smoking "threatens us all" and, increasingly, the planet's poorest communities, UN health experts said on Tuesday ahead of World No Tobacco Day 2017 on 31 May. In an appeal to more Member States to put in place firmer tobacco controls, the World Health Organization (WHO) said that such action could reduce massive environmental damage, too. [...]

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Countries meet to tackle US$23 billion illegal fishing trade: FAO

Listen / Fishermen unload their catch of mackerel at a fish market. UN Photo/M Guthrie

Illicit fishing costs the world up to US$23 billion a year, according to the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). Countries are meeting this week in Norway's capital, Oslo, to define responsibilities under a June 2016 treaty that crackdowns on the practice. This marks the first meeting of the 46 parties to the Agreement on [...]

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UN Daily News Programme 29 May 2017

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Today, we bring you a special broadcast in honour of the International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers, observed this Monday, 29 May. First up is the story of a former blue helmet from Holland who suffered a horrible accident in Lebanon. And we hear how a special team of police experts share their knowledge at [...]

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UN Standing Police Capacity: 10 years on the job

Listen / Maria Appelblom. UN Photo/Evan Schneider

From preparing for the Pope's visit to the Central African Republic to assisting Sierra Leone in conducting elections, the UN's Standing Police Capacity wears many hats. SPC, as it is known, is tasked with rapidly deploying police experts to UN peacekeeping operations and post-conflict or crisis situations. Since 2007, it has established police components in [...]

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Despite tragic accident, Lebanon in the heart of former peacekeeper

Listen / Hans Van Putten (centre) and fellow former Dutch peacekeepers greet UNIFIL Force Commander Major-General Michael Beary. Photo: UNIFIL/Pascual Gorriz Marcos.

A Dutch army veteran who lost both hands while serving as a UN peacekeeper in Lebanon nearly 40 years ago, says the country is part of his story. Hans Van Putten had only been in Lebanon for about four months when a grenade exploded in his hands. He said the accident changed his life, but [...]

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Peacekeepers deliver on global aspiration for safer world: UN Secretary-General

Listen / Secretary-General António Guterres (right) lays a wreath in honour of all peacekeepers who lost their lives while serving under the UN flag. UN Photo/Mark Garten

United Nations peacekeepers are one of the ways the global body delivers on the universal aspiration to make the world a safer place. That's the message from UN Secretary-General António Guterres in an editorial published in US newspaper ‘The Boston Globe’ on Monday, the International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers. More than 3,500 blue helmets [...]

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UN chief urges G7 countries to invest in Africa

Listen / Secretary-General António Guterres. UN Photo/Mark Garten (file)

Leaders of the world's major industrialized nations have been urged by the UN Secretary-General to help foster inclusive, innovation-driven growth and development in Africa. António Guterres was speaking at the summit of the Group of 7 countries taking place in Italy, during a session on Saturday focusing on partnership with Africa. The G7, as it is known, consists [...]

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News in Brief 26 May 2017 – (PM)

Listen / Nickolay Mladenov (shown on screen) briefs the Security Council via video teleconference from Jerusalem. UN Photo/Manuel Elias

  Dynamics in Middle East creating explosive environment: Mladenov The complex dynamics on the ground in the Middle East region are creating an explosive environment. That's what Nickolay Mladenov, the UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, told the Security Council on Friday. Speaking via video-teleconference from Jerusalem, he warned that the global [...]

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UN Daily News Programme 26 May 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: The Food and Agriculture Organization warns of a lethal virus affecting a popular fish species And … A Syrian refugee's powerful story of survival inspires a new book by Melissa Fleming of the UN [...]

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FAO warns "lethal" virus affecting farmed and wild tilapia

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The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) is warning of a highly contagious disease that is spreading among farmed and wild tilapia. The Tilapia Lake Virus has now been confirmed in Colombia, Ecuador, Egypt, Israel and Thailand, and FAO is urging countries to intensify diagnostic testing, among other measures. So far, it can only be found [...]

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"Heinous and cowardly" terror attack in Egypt strongly condemned

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The Security Council has issued a statement condemning the "heinous and cowardly" terrorist attack that took place in Egypt on Friday. At least 28 people were killed and dozens injured when a bus traveling to a monastery in Minya province was attacked. Children were also on the bus, the statement confirmed. Ana Carmo reports. Expressing [...]

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News in Brief 26 May 2017 – (AM)

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  UN rights office condemns Gaza executions by "field military court" The UN human rights office has condemned the execution of three men by Gaza authorities, accused of being involved in the 24 March murder of Hamas leader Mazen Al Faqhaa. According to the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein, the [...]

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Syrian civilians increasingly paying price as ISIL airstrikes escalate: Zeid

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Civilians in Syria are increasingly paying the price as airstrikes against ISIL extremists escalate, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights said on Friday. Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein urged Syrian air forces operating in the country to take much greater care in distinguishing military targets and civilians. Warring parties must also uphold their obligation to [...]

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UN Gender Focus Special: Syrian refugee’s story of survival

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A young Syrian refugee woman's remarkable story of surviving "one of the worst shipwrecks in the Mediterranean" has been told in a book written by the chief spokesperson for the UN Refugee Agency, UNHCR. Melissa Fleming recently presented 'A Hope More Powerful Than the Sea' at UN Headquarters in New York. Although she has heard [...]

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UN and Africa: focus on DRC, South Sudan and Ebola

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Malnutrition alert for 400,000 DRC Kasai children Conflict in central Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has put an additional 400,000 children at risk of severe acute malnutrition, the UN warned on Wednesday. According to UNICEF, the UN Children’s Fund, more than a third of health centres in Central Kasai province have closed amid an [...]

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UNHCR's Melissa Fleming tells Syrian refugee's powerful story of survival

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A young Syrian refugee woman's remarkable story of surviving "one of the worst shipwrecks in the Mediterranean" has been told in a book written by the chief spokesperson for the UN refugee agency. Melissa Fleming recently presented 'A Hope More Powerful Than the Sea' at UN Headquarters in New York. Although she has heard many stories [...]

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News in Brief 25 May 2017 – (PM)

Listen / Women at the FAO-supported farm centre in Maiduguri, northeastern Nigeria. Photo: FAO/Pius Utomi Ekpei

African nations among world's largest host of refugees, says UN chief African nations are among the world's largest and most generous hosts of refugees, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said in his message to commemorate this year's "Africa Day." According to estimates by the UN refugee agency, UNHCR, the continent hosts 26 per cent of the [...]

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UN Daily News Programme 25 May 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: Participating in UN peacekeeping a "positive thing" for China says a top official with the army And … Handmade dolls share dreams of Syrian women, children with the world

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Disasters cost global economy $520 billion: UN deputy chief

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Fewer people are dying from natural disasters and hazards but the economic losses are escalating, Amina Mohammed, the deputy UN chief said. Some 6,000 participants are attending the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction, a bi-annual gathering on reducing disaster risk and building the resilience of communities and nations, taking place in Cancún, Mexico. Its [...]

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Suffering of civilians fleeing conflict "incalculable" says UN chief

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Despite global efforts, civilians continue to bear the brunt of conflict around the world, the UN Secretary-General said to the Security Council on Thursday. In his statement delivered during an open debate on the protection of civilians, António Guterres recalled the "countless horrific stories" he heard during his tenure as the UN High Commissioner for [...]

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News in Brief 25 May 2017 – (AM)

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Children from North Africa "literally dying" to get to Europe: UNICEF More children are braving the Central Mediterranean route to reach Italy which means that more children are literally dying to get there, the Deputy Executive Director for the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) said on Thursday. Around 26,000 unaccompanied and separated children arrived to Italy [...]

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Participating in UN peacekeeping a "positive thing" for China

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Contributing to UN peacekeeping efforts has been a "positive thing" for military and police officers from China, according to a senior official with the country's army. Major General Yang Chaoying is the Acting Force Commander at the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) where more than 1,000 Chinese blue helmets are serving. China has been [...]

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Handmade dolls share dreams of Syrian women, children with the world

Listen / Syrian refugee Amina, 56, embroiders dolls that embody the dreams of those affected by war, in Shatila Camp, Beirut.© UNHCR/Houssam Hariri

Dolls made by Syrian women living in a UN-run refugee camp, in Beirut, Lebanon, are being used to tell the stories and dreams of mothers and children left behind. They are part of a project named 'The Ana Collection', created by Marianne and Melina Moussali, daughters to a Lebanese father and a Syrian mother. The [...]

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News in Brief 24 May 2017 – (PM)

Listen / UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al-Hussein. Photo: UNIFEED

Health of Palestinian prisoners in Israel deteriorating from hunger strike As a mass hunger strike by Palestinians in Israeli prisons enters its 38th day, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights is raising the alarm over the "significant deterioration" of the health of participants. In a statement issued on Wednesday, Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein said [...]

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Unified position on South Sudan needed to advance political process: UN official

Listen / A wide view of the Security Council chamber as David Shearer briefs the Council via video conference. UN Photo/Manuel Elias

The Security Council needs to unite on a common strategy to advance the political process in South Sudan, the head of the UN peacekeeping mission in the country, UNMISS, has urged. David Shearer briefed Council members on the security situation in Africa's youngest nation via video-link on Wednesday. Ana Carmo has more. The UN Special [...]

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Civilian protection "ultimate goal" of UN peacekeeping: Lacroix

Listen / UN peacekeeping chief Jean-Pierre LaCroix at UN HQ in New York on Facebook Live, with UN News' Jocelyne Sambira. Photo Credit: UN/Nancy Groves

  Protecting civilians is the ultimate goal of UN peacekeeping. That's according to the new chief of the Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO), Jean-Pierre Lacroix. He was speaking ahead of the International Day of UN Peacekeepers observed annually on 29 May. The French diplomat took up his position in April this year and currently oversees [...]

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UN Daily News Programme 24 May 2017

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Listen to a bulletin of news and features from the United Nations, with Ana Carmo and Jocelyne Sambira. In today's programme: Civilian protection is the "ultimate goal" of UN peacekeeping And … Malnutrition alert for 400,000 children in the Kasai region in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

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Peacekeepers help transform "battlefields into peaceful states": Guterres

Listen / Secretary-General António Guterres (right) lays a wreath in honour of all peacekeepers who lost their lives while serving under the UN flag. UN Photo/Mark Garten

The UN Secretary-General paid tribute to the "courage, generosity and dedication" of blue helmets on Thursday and thanked them for their sacrifice. António Guterres delivered his message during the annual wreath-laying ceremony at UN headquarters in New York in honour of fallen peacekeepers, more than 3,500 of whom have died in the line of duty [...]

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How food chain changes could help world's undernourished

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What we eat and how we produce it has a major negative impact on health and the environment and it's high time the problem was addressed, UN-partner the EAT Foundation said on Wednesday. In advance of the first EAT Asia Pacific Food Forum in Jakarta, Indonesia, the organization's Dr Gunhild Stordalen said that changes need [...]

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News in Brief 24 May 2017 – (AM)

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UN determined to bring peace to Mali despite attacks: UN chief Attacks against peacekeepers in Mali will not weaken the UN's resolve to support the country in its quest for peace, the UN chief warned on Wednesday. In a statement issued by his spokesperson, António Guterres strongly condemned Wednesday's attack in Kidal that killed two [...]

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Malnutrition alert for 400,000 DRC Kasai children

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Conflict in central Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has put an additional 400,000 children at risk of severe acute malnutrition, the UN warned on Wednesday. According to UNICEF, the UN Children's Fund, more than a third of health centres in Central Kasai province have closed amid an escalation in violence between government troops and [...]

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Health for all is a rights issue, says new WHO chief

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Outside Ethiopia, the name Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus might not be that familiar, but it is one we'll be hearing a lot more of, now that he's been elected head of the World Health Organization (WHO). Dr Tedros takes over from Dr Margaret Chan; she ran the UN health agency for 10 years. He outlined [...]

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Toxic agents found during Syria chemical probe: UN official

Listen / Izumi Nakamitsu, UN High Representative for Disarmament Affairs, addresses the Security Council meeting on the Syrian chemical weapons programme. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

  A fact-finding mission (FFM) in Syria has found evidence of sulfur mustard and a sarin-like substance in samples taken from two separate alleged chemical attacks. That's what the UN disarmament chief, Izumi Nakamitsu, told members of the Security Council on Tuesday. UN-recognized chemical weapons watchdog OPCW oversees the deployment of the FFM. Jocelyne Sambira [...]

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Ethiopia's candidate to head UN health agency, WHO

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Ethiopia's former Foreign Minister has been elected Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO) for next five years. Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus will succeed Dr Margaret Chan from China, who’s stepping down after two terms. He was running against David Nabarro from the United Kingdom and Sania Nishtar from Pakistan. Jocelyne Sambira reports. During his [...]

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New approach to aid delivery can help people survive: UN relief chief

Listen / Stephen O'Brien (centre) speaks to a woman at a camp for Internally Displaced Persons in Baidoa, Somalia.UN Photo/Tobin Jones

UN humanitarian chief Stephen O'Brien says a new approach for aid delivery can help people not only survive, but thrive. He made the remarks on the first anniversary of the World Humanitarian Summit (WHS) which rallied global actors to protect the most vulnerable. Representatives from 180 countries, including more than 50 Heads of State and [...]

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News in Brief 23 May 2017 – (PM)

Listen / Senegalese UNPOL Officers patrol the streets of Gao, Mali. Photo: MINUSMA/Marco Dormino (file photo)

Attacks against civilians, UN in Mali aim to undermine peace efforts The current wave of indiscriminate attacks against civilians, government and international forces in Mali aims to undermine efforts to bring peace and stability to the West African country. That's what the head of the UN Mission there, Mahamat Saleh Annadif, said following the death [...]

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Myanmar rural development gaps highlighted by preventable child death toll

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In Myanmar, up to 150 children under five are dying every day from preventable illnesses, UNICEF warned on Tuesday. The findings come in a report by the UN Children's Fund into development inequalities in the south-east Asian nation – particularly among rural communities – amid violence between government forces and ethnic armed groups that dates [...]

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"Flexible funding" key under new UN health agency chief, says expert

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The new head of the UN health agency should carry on the reforms begun by outgoing chief Dr Margaret Chan and encourage Member States to prioritise funding to handle outbreaks and emergencies. That's the view of Dr Matshidiso Moeti, Director of World Health Organization's (WHO) African Region, ahead of the vote for the new WHO [...]

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UN Daily News Programme 23 May 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: One billion children suffer some form of violence every year, a UN expert warns; And … public health systems need to improve or women will continue to suffer disproportionately from climate change, says the [...]

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News in Brief 23 May 2017 – (AM) Geneva

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Candidates for WHO top job make final presentations to Member States The final moments in the campaign to become the next head of the World Health Organization (WHO) are being played out in Geneva. Three candidates for the UN health agency top job made their last pre-election speeches to 194 Member States at the World [...]

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More than two million women, girls still live with fistula: UN

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More than two million women and girls still live with a preventable injury that happens during childbirth known as fistula and up to 100,000 new cases develop each year. That's the warning issued by the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) on the International Day to End Obstetric Fistula, observed every year on 23 May. The condition [...]

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UN chief condemns "horrific terrorist" attack in Manchester

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The UN Secretary-General António Guterres has strongly condemned the "horrific terrorist attack" in Manchester in the United Kingdom, according to a statement released by his spokesperson. Media reports say that the ISIL terrorist group claimed responsibility for the suicide bombing that killed 22 attending a pop concert on Monday. Ana Carmo reports. UN chief António [...]

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Despite progress, life for Myanmar’s children remains struggle: UNICEF

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Despite progress made by Myanmar to further children's rights in the country, more than half of them still live below the poverty line, the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) reported on Tuesday. Social and economic measures undertaken by the State since 2010 were beginning to strengthen the systems that boost children's health, education and protection, the [...]

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1bn children suffer some form of violence every year: UN envoy

Listen / SRSG Santos Pais (R) and former UN Special Rapporteur on Torture Juan Méndez (L) during UN launch of the new publication "Protecting Children against Torture in Detention: Global Solutions for a Global Problem" on 22 May 2017. Photo/Office of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General of the UN on Violence against Children.

At least one billion children in the world suffer some form of violence every year, the UN Special Representative on Violence against Children has said. Marta Santos Pais was speaking at the launch of a new publication on protecting children against torture in detention hosted by the UN in New York. Violence, stigmatisation and sexual and [...]

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Promises made to finance sustainable development must be kept: UN

Listen / President of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) Frederick Musiiwa Makamure Shava. UN Photo/Rick Bajornas

Promises made for financing the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) must be kept, the President of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) said on Monday. Frederick Musiiwa Makamure Shava opened the 2017 Forum on financing for development. Also present at the event were heads of international trade and financial institutions such as [...]

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News in Brief 22 May 2017 – (PM)

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  Tourism must not cause harm to the environment: UN official Tourism must not undermine the nature that attracts travellers in the first place, the head of the UN-backed treaty on biological diversity said in her message to mark the International Day for Biological Diversity. Cristiana Pasca Palmer, Executive Secretary of the Convention on Biological [...]

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Astana talks "promising step" says UN special envoy for Syria

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Talks in Khazakstan aimed at finding a peaceful solution to the Syrian conflict have been described as "promising" by the UN special envoy for Syria. Staffan de Mistura made the remarks on Monday during a briefing to the Security Council in New York via video-teleconference from Geneva in Switzerland. Since March 2011, Syria has been [...]

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UN Daily News Programme 22 May 2017

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Listen to a bulletin of news and features from the United Nations, with Ana Carmo and Jocelyne Sambira. In today's programme: Astana talks are a "promising step" says UN special envoy for Syria. And … a "steady stream" of refugees from the Democratic Republic of the Congo continue to cross into Angola  

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News in Brief 22 May 2017 – (AM)

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Libya needs urgent humanitarian aid as crisis deepens: UN The UN High Commissioner for Refugees says his agency, UNHCR, needs to increase its presence in Libya to respond to the growing humanitarian crisis in the country. Filippo Grandi made the remarks on Sunday during a visit to the capital, Tripoli, where he met with government [...]

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"Steady stream" of DRC refugees continue to cross into Angola

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Refugees from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) continue to cross into Dundo in Lunda Norte Province in Angola, the UN Refugee Agency, UNHCR, has said. Some 20,563 have arrived in the southern African nation, fleeing insecurity and violence in the Kasai region, since early April. Ana Carmo reports. Duration: 3’01″

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World's health challenges take centre stage in Geneva

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How to deal with the biggest risks to human health is an issue that's taken centre stage at the UN during the 70th World Health Assembly, which began in Geneva on Monday. Representatives from nearly 200 countries are also at the event in the Swiss city to vote in the new head of the World [...]

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Energy situation in Gaza could deepen crisis, UN official warns

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All parties in the Palestinian territory are being urged by the UN to come together to avoid another major humanitarian crisis in Gaza. Robert Piper, the UN Humanitarian Coordinator for the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt) made the appeal on Friday. It's been five weeks since the shutdown of the Gaza Power Plant. Jocelyne Sambira reports. [...]

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News in Brief 19 May 2017 – (PM)

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Syria talks end on schedule in Geneva, to resume in June Talks to help resolve the Syrian conflict have ended on schedule in Geneva, where UN negotiator Staffan de Mistura said he was satisfied that some progress had been made, and that there had been "less rhetoric". Speaking to journalists after his meetings with delegations [...]

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UN Daily News Programme 19 May 2017

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Listen to a bulletin of news and features from the United Nations, with Jocelyne Sambira and Daniel Johnson. In today’s programme: a resurgent cholera outbreak in Yemen is spreading with "unprecedented" speed, the World Health Organization warns; and human rights abuses against civilians in Yei town in South Sudan "may amount to war crimes" an [...]

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"Human rights violations in Yei may amount to war crimes": UN

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Violations and abuses against civilians specifically in Yei, may amount to war crimes or crimes against humanity, a new report released by the human rights division of the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) says. The report documents the profound human suffering caused by the ongoing conflict and the exploitation of local and ethnic divisions [...]

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“Unprecedented” Yemen cholera outbreak must be halted, says WHO

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A resurgent cholera outbreak in war-torn Yemen has spread with "unprecedented" speed and taken medical professionals by surprise, the UN said on Friday. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), more than 240 people have died from cholera in just the last three weeks, out of a total of 23,400 infections. WHO estimates that 7.6 [...]

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European Union and UN in talks to launch "Gender Initiative"

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The United Nations and the European Union (EU) are in talks to jointly develop a new initiative that will further gender equality and women's empowerment in the world. The announcement was made by the UN Spokesperson on Friday. The Gender Initiative will focus on eliminating all forms of violence against women and girls. Jocelyne Sambira [...]

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Algeria hailed by UN for holding "peaceful" parliamentary elections

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Algeria has been hailed by the UN Secretary-General for conducting "peaceful" parliamentary elections on 4 May. António Guterres's spokesperson said that the UN chief "welcomed any further steps the Government and stakeholders can take to continue to strengthen the democratic process". According to media reports, the ruling coalition won the vote. Jocelyne Sambira has more. [...]

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News in Brief 19 May 2017 – (AM) Geneva

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  Thousands more migrants rescued on Mediterranean Sea crossing Nearly 3,000 migrants have been saved in a single day after trying to cross the Mediterranean Sea from North Africa to Europe. The International Organization for Migration (IOM) said that several ships were involved in more than a dozen rescue operations on Thursday. The majority of [...]

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News in Brief 18 May 2017 (PM)

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UN "alarmed" as dozens reported dead in heavy fighting around Syrian village The UN said on Thursday it was alarmed at reports of dozens of deaths during heavy fighting in Syria, in and around the village of Aqareb. News reports suggest that the fighting occurred between ISIL extremists and the Syrian army together with allied [...]

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UN Daily News Programme 18 May 2017

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Listen to a bulletin of news and features from the United Nations, with Jocelyne Sambira and Matthew Wells. In today's programme: experts race against clock to quell an Ebola outbreak in a remote DRC province and a former refugee is helping displaced women "amplify" their voices.

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Experts race to quell Ebola outbreak in remote DRC province

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A race against the clock has begun to contain an outbreak of Ebola in a remote northern area of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) on the border with the Central African Republic, the World Health Organization has announced. Twenty cases of Ebola have been reported, two have been confirmed by laboratory tests and [...]

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News in Brief 18 May 2017 (AM)

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"Imperative" to find a resolution to Palestinian hunger strike The UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process has said it is "imperative" to find a resolution to end the on-going hunger strike by Palestinian detainees in Israeli jails. UNSCO chief Nickolay Mladenov issued a statement on Thursday saying he had been following the [...]

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Spike in refugee and migrant children travelling alone

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A five-fold increase in vulnerable children travelling on their own around the world has left more of them prey to "predatory" traffickers, the UN has said. UNICEF, the UN Children's Fund, issued the warning along with data showing "at least 300,000 unaccompanied and separated youngsters" on the move in 2015 and 2016. Five years earlier, [...]

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UN and Africa: focus on Somali drought ,Côte d'Ivoire, South Sudan and education in north Africa

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Somali drought “tragedy continues to unfold” Somalia’s severe drought which is affecting more than six million people is a tragedy that “continues to unfold” according to a senior UN official in the country, briefing the Security Council on Wednesday. Deputy Special Representative Raisedon Zenenga, said that the humanitarian crisis has deteriorated more rapidly than originally projected. He [...]

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UN Gender Focus: LGBTI UN workers, rape survivors and released Chibok girls

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LGBTI workers get a boost from UN's Michael Møller Violence and abuse of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex people (LGBTI) has to stop, including in the workplace, a group of UN workers in Geneva said on Wednesday. UN-GLOBE, the group representing the organization's LGBTI staff, made the appeal on the International Day Against Homophobia [...]

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Number of Mosul displaced is "overwhelming": UN

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The number of people displaced by conflict in the Iraqi city of Mosul is "overwhelming" the UN's Humanitarian Coordinator for the country said on Thursday. According to Lise Grande, nearly 700,000 people have fled their homes since military operations began last October to retake Mosul from ISIL fighters. This includes half-a-million people from the west [...]

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Former refugee helps displaced women amplify their voices

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When a community breaks down, women face a heightened risk of exploitation, abuse and violence, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) has found. They also form the majority of displaced populations and often see their vulnerabilities increased, the agency says. But far from being helpless victims, women and girls have much to contribute in responding [...]

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News in Brief 17 May 2017 (PM)

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  One in three young Europeans now obese: WHO One in every three young Europeans is overweight or obese, with the highest rates found in southern and Mediterranean countries. That's the key finding of the World Health Organization's latest study on childhood obesity across the continent, using data from between 2002 and 2014. It finds [...]

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UN Daily News Programme 17 May 2017

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Listen to a bulletin of news and features from the United Nations, with Jocelyne Sambira and Matthew Wells. In today's programme: Google Ex and other major corporations are at the UN brainstorming on how technology can help advance the sustainable development goals; and a group of UN workers are calling for violence and abuse against [...]

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Innovators, UN discuss using tech to tackle world's challenges

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From drones dropping food and medicines, to handheld devices that can diagnose Ebola with a drop of blood – the latest technological advances are converging to make the "unthinkable happen." To discuss this and more, the UN invited leading innovators, thought leaders and heads of tech companies to discuss how to successfully achieve the sustainable [...]

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News in Brief 17 May 2017 (AM)

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Somali drought "tragedy continues to unfold" Somalia's severe drought which is affecting more than six million people is a tragedy that "continues to unfold" according to a senior UN official in the country, briefing the Security Council on Wednesday. Deputy Special Representative Raisedon Zenenga, said that the humanitarian crisis has deteriorated more rapidly than originally [...]

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Global health improving but challenges remain: WHO

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A comprehensive review of the state of the world's health shows progress for many people in recent years, but plenty of challenges too, if Member States are to meet the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals. That's according to a new World Health Organization (WHO) report, published on Wednesday. Among its findings, it shows that although many [...]

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"Massive investment" needed in international cooperation: UN chief

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A "massive investment" is needed in international cooperation to ensure that diverse modern societies are a success, the UN chief said on Wednesday. Secretary-General António Guterres was addressing the European Parliament in Strasbourg, France, where he told representatives from the continent's 27 nations that a strong and united Europe was a "fundamental pillar" of a [...]

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LGBTI workers get a boost from UN's Møller

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Violence and abuse against lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex people (LGBTI) has to stop, including in the workplace, UN staff said on Wednesday. UN-GLOBE, the group representing the organization's LGBTI workers, made the appeal on the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHOT). The day is held on 17 May to commemorate the World [...]

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Rise of populism in the West, linked to loss of "influence": expert

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The emergence of a new nationalism in some Western countries, can be linked to the general feeling that they're losing "influence and hegemony" in the world, according to the CEO of a think tank called Global Compass. Jean Christophe Bas made the remarks after moderating a panel discussion on the global rise of populism and [...]

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News in Brief 16 May 2017 (PM)

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Peacekeepers under fire again in Mali UN Peacekeepers with the MINUMSA stabilization mission have come under fire again in their camp in Timbuktu, according to reports on Tuesday. Four blue helmets and three members of the Malian armed forces were injured when eight shells were reportedly fired in the direction of the airport, close to [...]

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Microsoft deal can help leverage our work, says UN human rights office

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What's being described as a landmark five-year partnership has been agreed between the UN human rights office (OHCHR) and the US computing giant, Microsoft. OHCHR said on Tuesday that the US $ 5 million partnership would not prevent the agency from carrying out its mandate. As OHCHR spokesperson Laurent Sauveur explained to Daniel Johnson, the [...]

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Global growth strengthens but falling short of SDG targets: DESA

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Global economic growth is strengthening in line with expectations, but in many regions it's below the rate needed to achieve the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). That's according to the UN World Economic Situation and Prospects as of mid-2017, launched at UN Headquarters on Tuesday by the Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA). Matthew [...]

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UN Daily News Programme 16 May 2017

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Listen to a bulletin of news and features from the United Nations, with Jocelyne Sambira and Matthew Wells. In today’s programme: teenage deaths are "shocking and preventable" a new report by the UN health agency says; and the 82 schoolgirls recently released from Boko Haram captivity in Nigeria have "an uphill road to climb back [...]

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Cholera in Yemen "another public health crisis in the making": UNICEF

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With 250 confirmed cases of cholera, Yemen is staring at "another public health crisis in the making", according to the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF). Briefing reporters on Tuesday in Geneva, UNICEF's Christophe Boulierac said that 130 had died so far following 11,000 suspected cases of diarrhea, some of which were confirmed to have been cholera. [...]

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Kosovo and Serbia relations still "not at ease": UN special envoy

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Relations between Kosovo and Serbia are still "not at ease" with both sides trading inflammatory statements, the UN Security Council heard on Tuesday. Zahir Tanin, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General briefed on the latest developments, expanding on the widening rift between the Serbian government in Belgrade, and the Kosovan capital, Pristina. Kosovo declared independence [...]

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Released "Chibok girls" have “uphill road to climb” to reintegrate

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The 82 girls from Chibok, Nigeria, recently released by the Boko Haram terrorist group, have an "uphill road to climb" reintegrating into society, a UN expert has warned. Urmila Bhoola, the Special Rapporteur on contemporary forms of slavery expressed deep concern about the plight of the 115 girls who remain in captivity. In 2014, close [...]

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News in Brief 16 May 2017 – (AM) Geneva

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  “Alarm bells” should be ringing over CAR civilian and UN peacekeeper attacks – Zeid "Alarm bells" should be ringing that armed groups in Central African Republic (CAR) are targeting and killing civilians in rural areas that have until recently escaped a wave of deadly violence. The warning, from UN High Commissioner for Human Rights [...]

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Teenage deaths are "shocking and preventable", says WHO

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More than 3,000 teenagers die every day but nearly all of those deaths could be avoided, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Tuesday. Road traffic accidents, lower respiratory infections and suicide are the leading causes of adolescent mortality, the UN health agency highlighted in a new report. As WHO's Dr Anthony Costello explained to [...]

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Journalists in Afghanistan's south work to build support for peace

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Afghanistan’s southern provinces have suffered some of the deadliest fighting in the country for the past 10 years, leaving behind damaged infrastructure and displacing thousands of families, according to the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan, UNAMA. The Mission has been working with local media outlets to build support for Afghan-led peace and reconciliation efforts. Last [...]

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"Nearly all" 3,000 adolescent deaths each day "preventable": WHO

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"Nearly all" of the estimated 3,000 adolescent deaths each day around the world are "preventable" according to a new report from the World Health Organization (WHO). More than two-thirds of the deaths occur in low- and middle-income countries in Africa and South-East Asia, with traffic collisions, respiratory infections and suicide the biggest causes overall. Matthew [...]

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Asia-Pacific Commission "critical to enhancing multilateralism": UN chief

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The UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) is "critical to enhancing multilateralism", said the UN chief on Monday. António Guterres made the remark in a video message to the Commission, which is meeting for its annual session on economic integration and cooperation, in the Thai capital, Bangkok, this week. Matthew [...]

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News in Brief 15 May 2017 (PM)

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UN chief condemns DPRK ballistic missile launch UN chief António Guterres has condemned North Korea's latest ballistic missile test on Sunday, which travelled around 700 kilometres, landing in the sea off the west coast of Japan. The Democratic People's Republic of Korea, as it's formally known, claims that they test-fired a new type of rocket, [...]

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Advances in polar predictions reduce climate risks: WMO

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A two-year international effort to improve predictions of weather, climate and ice conditions in the Earth's Polar Regions has been launched by the UN weather agency, WMO. The "Year of Polar Prediction" will take place between mid-2017 and end mid-2019, in both the Arctic and Antarctica. The effects of worldwide greenhouse gas emissions, a lead [...]

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Education "key" to breaking out of poverty cycle: UNICEF

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Investment in basic education is the key to breaking a cycle of poverty that is preventing one in four children in the Middle East and North Africa from reaching their full potential. That's according to UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) which published a study on Monday showing that 25% continue to be trapped in poverty, fuelled [...]

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UN Daily News Programme 15 May 2017

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Listen to a bulletin of news and features from the United Nations, with Jocelyne Sambira and Matthew Wells. In today’s programme: the UN is calling for "urgent funds" to save South Sudan from "the brink"; and … members of the Security Council hear why rape survivors should never again face the "prison of stigma".

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Rape survivors should never face "prison of stigma"

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Survivors of rape or sexual slavery should never again face "the prison of stigma" described by some of them as a "living death", the acting UN special envoy on sexual violence in conflict, has said. Adama Dieng, who is also the Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide, made the appeal to members of the [...]

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Funding needed to save South Sudan from "the brink"

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The humanitarian crisis faced by South Sudan's people "is one of the greatest tragedies of our time". That's according to Filippo Grandi, UN High Commissioner for Refugees, speaking in Geneva on Monday. Along with World Food Programme chief David Beasley, Mr Grandi called for donors to step up support for refugees fleeing South Sudan, as [...]

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News in Brief 15 May 2017 (AM)

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Poverty impacting 25% of children in Middle East and North Africa Poverty is continuing to impact at least 29 million children across the Middle East and North Africa, or one in four children in the region. That's according to a study published on Monday by the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF). The agency made the assessment [...]

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Syria Envoy signals "more business-like" talks

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A new round of Intra-Syrian talks is set to be more "business-like" than before as part of a renewed push to halt the more than six-year conflict, UN negotiator Staffan de Mistura said on Monday in Geneva. Speaking to journalists, Mr de Mistura said that beginning on Tuesday, his discussions with the government of Syria [...]

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UN chief highlights "immense potential" of China's One Belt, One Road plan

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Praising the "immense potential" of China's ambitious "One Belt, One Road" economic plan, the UN Secretary-General said it can also promote access to markets for countries yearning to integrate the global economy. António Guteress made these observations in a speech delivered on Sunday at the "Belt and Road Forum" in the capital Beijing. According to [...]

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Secretary-General "outraged" by attack against civilians, UN in CAR

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The Secretary-General has expressed "outrage" over an attack by armed groups against the UN and civilians in the town of Bangassou, in the Central African Republic (CAR). António Guterres made the remarks in a statement issued by his Spokesperson on Sunday. The weekend attack led to significant population displacement, an undetermined number of civilian casualties [...]

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Sustainable development focus of upcoming UN Asia-Pacific meeting

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Regional cooperation on the issue of sustainable development will top the agenda when representatives from more than 50 countries in Asia and the Pacific meet in Bangkok next week. They are coming together for the 73rd session of the UN Economic and Social Commission for the region, known as ESCAP. Member States span from Turkey [...]

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News in Brief 12 May 2017 (PM)

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  Ebola case confirmed in DRC, nine others suspected A case of the often-deadly Ebola virus has been confirmed by a laboratory test in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), and nine other cases are suspected, said the government in statement on Friday. DRC's public health minister said he had informed the World Health [...]

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UN will support Haitian government in new "development focus"

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The international community and the UN need to support and collaborate with the Haitian government in its move towards a new "development focus". That's the view of Marc-André Blanchard, Chair of the UN Economic and Social Council, Ad Hoc advisory Group on Haiti, and also Canada's Ambassador to the UN. Matthew Wells has more. Mr [...]

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Angola refugee reception centres "struggling" to accommodate daily arrivals

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Refugee reception centres in Angola are over-crowded and struggling to accommodate daily arrivals from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) has said. Some 20,563 refugees have now arrived in the southern African nation, according to government estimates, fleeing insecurity and violence in the DRC's Kasai region since early April. [...]

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UN Daily News Programme 12 May 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: intense fighting to finally liberate western Mosul puts civilians in more danger than ever – we'll have the latest from the UN Refugee Agency… And…with 217,000 under UN protection, millions displaced and famine declared, [...]

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Security Council concerned over Guinea Bissau's political "gridlock"

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The members of the Security Council have issued a statement expressing their "deep concern over the current gridlock in Guinea Bissau". A protracted political and institutional crisis has gripped the country because of the inability of political stakeholders to reach a lasting and consensual solution. A deal reached by the parties last year in neighbouring [...]

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Mosul families flee ongoing "heavy bombing and fighting": UN

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Ongoing heavy fighting for full control of the Iraqi city of Mosul is putting increasing numbers of people in "grave danger", the UN said on Friday. UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, said that some families have been living on little more than flour and water, and that others have fled the ISIL-held western zone, risking [...]

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News in Brief 12 May 2017 (AM) – Geneva

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Mosul families flee ongoing "heavy bombing and fighting": UN Conditions in Mosul are "desperate and worsening" according to those fleeing the besieged Iraqi city. UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, said on Friday that families have reported heavy bombing and fighting in the west of the city, where ISIL fighters are resisting national troops. Some civilians [...]

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UN warns about increase in fighting in parts of South Sudan

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The top UN official in South Sudan has expressed concern about the deteriorating security situation throughout the country. In his briefing to the press on Thursday, David Shearer also shared an update on the actions of the UN Mission in the country, UNMISS, to protect civilians, as well as its support to humanitarian workers. David [...]

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News in Brief 12 may 2017 – (PM)

Listen / Severe food insecurity affects eight per cent of the population of Ouham-Pendé, Central African Republic, while another 48 per cent are just moderately food secure. Photo: OCHA Central African Republic

Missing peacekeeper in the Central African Republic found dead The Moroccan peacekeeper reported as missing in the Central African Republic (CAR) following an attack on a convoy has now been found dead, the UN Spokesperson has confirmed. His death brings the number of soldiers killed during the attack to five, with eight wounded. The soldiers [...]

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UN Gender Focus: Chibok girls, refugees and Afghan women journalists

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Release of 82 more kidnapped Chibok girls welcomed by UN The release of a further 82 of the so-called Chibok girls abducted by the Boko Haram terrorist group in Nigeria has been welcomed by the United Nations. The girls were freed this past weekend and a representative of the UN Children's Fund, UNICEF, in the [...]

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UN Daily News Programme 11 May 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: International community pledges support to Somalia as it faces a devastating drought; And…How refugee chefs are teaching hungry New Yorkers to Eat Offbeat

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News in Brief 11 May 2017 – (AM)

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  Gradual progress on human rights in Uzbekistan: UN High Comissioner Uzbekistan's human rights record has progressed gradually over the past four years, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights said to reporters on Thursday, as he wrapped up a visit to the country. Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein is the first UN official in his [...]

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London conference on Somalia tackles drought, security reform

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Heads of state from East Africa and international partners have rallied to support Somalia as it faces a devastating drought. UN Secretary-General António Guterres was among those addressing a conference in London on Thursday hosted by the United Kingdom government. Dianne Penn reports. Duration: 2’40″

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UN and Africa: focus on South Sudan, migrants and CAR

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"Tragic milestone": 1 in 5 South Sudanese children now a refugee, UNICEF South Sudan's intensifying humanitarian crisis now means that a "tragic milestone" has been reached, with more than a million children forced to flee the country. UNICEF's Chief of Communication in Sout h Sudan, Tim Irwin, said it represented a "generation on the brink of [...]

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Drought "most pressing priority" in Somalia: UN chief

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UN Secretary-General António Guterres appealed for additional assistance to address the drought in Somalia, describing it as "the most pressing priority." He made the appeal at an international conference for the Horn of Africa country on Thursday, in London, the capital of the United Kingdom. Somali President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed Farmajo and other Heads of State [...]

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Alternative to Syria truce is "another 10 Aleppos": Envoy

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Top UN negotiator for Syria, Staffan de Mistura, has expressed cautious optimism that a new ceasefire deal could help a fresh round of talks in Geneva. Failure to take advantage of it for the benefit of war-weary Syrians could result in "another 10…Aleppos", the Special Envoy said – a reference to the suffering caused by [...]

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News in Brief 10 May 2017 – (PM)

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Billions at stake in more sustainable oceans: UNCTAD Billions of dollars are at stake in helping to create a more sustainable fishing industry in the world's seas and oceans. That's the assessment of the UN Trade and Development organization or UNCTAD's Lucas Assunçao, speaking at a briefing in Geneva, on the upcoming UN Ocean Conference [...]

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"Strong commitment" needed "to reform multilateral organizations": UN chief

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A "strong commitment" is needed to reform multilateral organizations like the United Nations, Secretary-General António Guterres said in a major speech in London on Wednesday. The UN chief was addressing the UN Association in the United Kingdom, close to the Houses of Parliament. Matthew Wells reports. Mr Guterres told a crowd of close to 2,000 [...]

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Refugee chefs teach New Yorkers to Eat Offbeat

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New York City, where UN Headquarters is located, is often described as a "melting pot" due to its amazing mix of cultures. People from all over the globe have found a home here, bringing with them their customs…and cuisines. Ana Carmo reports on a meal delivery service which supports some of the "Big Apple's" latest [...]

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UN Daily News Programme 10 May 2017

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Listen to a bulletin of news and features from the United Nations, with Matthew Wells and Dianne Penn. In today's programme: on World Migratory Bird Day one UN specialist tells us the population's in danger of collapsing due to environmental damage… And…desperate migrants and refugees face a new danger during their dangerous journey across the [...]

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Populations of migratory birds are "collapsing": UN avian expert

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The population of migratory birds worldwide is in danger of collapsing unless their habitats are taken better care of and climate change is addressed. That's the view of Borja Heredia, head of the avian unit at the UN Convention on Migratory Species. Speaking on World Migratory Bird Day, marked each May 10, he said that [...]

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News in Brief 10 May 2017 – (AM)

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UN chief urges investigation into deadly peacekeeper ambush in CAR The UN Secretary-General has called for an investigation into Monday's deadly attack on peacekeepers in the Central African Republic (CAR). Four blue helmets were killed when armed men ambushed their convoy near the village of Yogofongo, located near the border with the Democratic Republic of [...]

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News in Brief 9 May 2017 – (PM)

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"The Elders" explain why multilateralism matters A group of independent global leaders working together for peace and security called the "The Elders" spoke on the importance of multilateralism at the UN on Tuesday. They also discussed the role of the UN in sustaining peace and tackling global challenges from climate change to mass migration. Kofi [...]

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UN Daily News Programme 9 May 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: peacekeepers come under fire in the Central African Republic: one is dead, eight wounded, and four missing in action. We'll have the latest details.   And we'll be hearing from the deputy head of [...]

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High seas robberies pose new threat to migrant sailing season

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More than 6,000 migrants have been rescued from the Mediterranean Sea after leaving the North African coastline at the weekend. The number is not a record, according to the International Organization for Migration (IOM), but it is an indication that the sailing season has begun in earnest. Reports have also emerged that armed gangs have [...]

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UN and the EU share doctrine of compromise "over confrontation"

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The European Union shares the UN doctrine of finding a "space where compromise can always prevail over confrontation." That's the firm view of EU Foreign Affairs chief, Federica Mogherini, briefing the Security Council on Tuesday. Jocelyne Sambira reports. Ms Mogherini said in the annual meeting on cooperation between the EU and the UN, that old-fashioned [...]

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"Cowardly" attack against UN peacekeepers in CAR condemned

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The "cowardly" attack against UN peacekeepers in the Central African Republic (CAR) has been strongly condemned by the Secretary-General's Special Representative in the country, Parfait Onyanga-Anyanga. Late on Tuesday it emerged that a total of 4 peacekeepers had been killed, after 3 bodies were discovered of troops who had been previously missing in action, according [...]

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News in Brief 9 May 2017 – Geneva (AM)

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Mediterranean Sea migrants attacked by armed gangs: IOM Armed gangs have begun attacking migrants on the high seas between Libya and Italy to steal their mobile phones and boat engines, the UN said on Tuesday. The International Organization for Migration (IOM) in Geneva said it had received reports of the practice. Spokesperson Joel Millman said [...]

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Mother tells UN Coordinator in CAR: "we don't want to cry anymore"

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One mother in the Central African Republic (CAR) has told the newly-appointed UN Humanitarian Coordinator there of her one simple hope that "we don't want to cry anymore." Najat Rochdi, who is also deputy head of the UN Stabilization Mission in CAR (MINUSCA), says that half the population now needs assistance and the country is [...]

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"Serious crimes" unfolding in Libya because of ongoing insecurity: ICC

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Ongoing political insecurity and the lack of a secure environment in Libya, have led to a "widespread" and serious breakdown in law and order, the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) said on Monday. Fatou Bensouda presented her Office's latest report on the situation in the North African country to members of the UN [...]

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News in Brief 8 May 2017 (PM)

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  UN chief calls for "strong engagement" of the US in global issues The UN Secretary-General has called for "strong leadership and engagement" of the United States in an effective multilateral system. António Guterres made the appeal during a commencement address delivered at the University of South Carolina, where he also received an honorary degree. [...]

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Ridding world of poverty means "leaving no one behind": UN deputy chief

Listen / Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed addresses the 2017 Integration Segment of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). UN Photo/Evan Schneider

Eradicating poverty means prioritising marginalised people and communities that leave no one behind, the Deputy-Secretary-General, Amina Mohammed, said during a high-level political forum organised by the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). For the next three days, delegates at the UN General Assembly are being asked to find out what it will take to make [...]

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Migration policies need to be “re-examined,” says UN's Arbour

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The lack of protection for migrants around the world and the failure to challenge popular misconceptions about them need to be addressed for everyone's benefit, a leading UN official said on Monday. Louise Arbour, lead UN advocate on international migration, was speaking to Member States in Geneva, at the start of a meeting to promote [...]

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UN Daily News Programme 8 May 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:more than a million South Sudanese children have now fled their own country, a "tragic milestone" the UN Refugee Agency tells us… And: too many countries believe road deaths due to speeding is just a [...]

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"Tragic milestone": 1 in 5 South Sudanese children now refugees

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South Sudan's intensifying humanitarian crisis now means that a "tragic milestone" has been reached, with more than a million children forced to flee the country. UNICEF's Chief of Communication in South Sudan, Tim Irwin, said it represented a "generation on the brink of catastrophe". Monday's joint statement from the UN Children's Fund, and the Refugee [...]

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News in Brief 8 May 2017 (AM)

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Rescue at sea more crucial than ever, urges UN Refugee Agency An estimated 43,000 refugees and migrants from North Africa have arrived in Europe by sea this year, the UN Refugee Agency, UNCHR, has found. On Friday alone, the agency saw over 6,000 people crossing the Mediterranean to reach Italy. The Central Mediterranean route, by [...]

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Saving the “blue heart” of the planet: the Ocean podcast

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Sylvia Earle, perhaps the world's best known woman marine scientist, literally fell head over heels in love with the ocean as a little girl. "I got knocked over by a wave on the New Jersey Shore when I was three-years-old and the ocean got my attention," says the veteran oceanographer, who has also earned the [...]

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DRC faces massive protection crisis amid ethnic conflict

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Nearly 1.9 million children under five in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) are severely malnourished amid a spike in ethnically motivated violence, the UN said on Monday. Rein Paulsen, who heads operations in the country for the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), explained to journalists that there has also [...]

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States think road deaths are “price to pay” for growth: WHO

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Driving too fast contributes to one in three road traffic deaths globally, a fact that many countries believe is "the price to pay for development", UN health experts said on Monday. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), which is promoting UN Global Road Safety Week from 8-14 May, only 47 countries have taken adequate [...]

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A million children have fled violence in South Sudan: UN agencies

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More than one million children have fled the world's youngest country, South Sudan, amid escalating violence and humanitarian crisis. That's according to a joint statement released on Monday from the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) and UNHCR, the Refugee Agency. More details from Matthew Wells. South Sudan has been convulsed by conflict since 2013, when forces [...]

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Release of 82 more kidnapped Chibok girls welcomed by UNICEF

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The release on Saturday of a further 82 of the so-called Chibok girls abducted by the Boko Haram terrorist group in Nigeria has been welcomed by the UN Children's Fund, UNICEF. UNICEF's Representative in the country said agency staff were already supporting efforts to identify the released girls and give them medical check-ups. Matthew Wells [...]

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UN peacekeepers "urgently deployed" to support South Sudan aid effort

Listen / Access to safe water is vital for thousands of civilians sheltering in and around Aburoc, South Sudan. Photo: OCHA/Gemma Connell

UN peacekeepers were urgently deployed on Sunday to aid around 50,000 South Sudanese sheltering in the town of Aburoc, in the Upper Nile region. The civilians fled to the town on the west bank of the Nile, to escape a series of clashes between government and opposition forces. Matthew Wells reports. The head of the [...]

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"Massive arrivals" over "deadly" route this weekend: UNHCR chief

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 6,000 people have crossed the Mediterranean from North Africa to Italy since Friday – a "particularly deadly" journey that "cannot continue" according to the UN High Commissioner for Refugees. UNHCR chief Filippo Grandi said on Sunday that the weekend crossings meant that a total of 43,000 migrants and refugees had made the crossing [...]

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Time to find “magic formula” for peaceful coexistence: UNESCO chief

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It's time to fight extremism and find that "magic formula" that will help people live peacefully together, the head of the UN's cultural and scientific organization (UNESCO) urged on Saturday at the end of a three-day conference on intercultural dialogue. In her closing remarks, Irina Bokova expressed hope and optimism that the world was "on [...]

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Security Council visits former Colombia conflict zone, to see peace first-hand

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The UN Security Council paid a visit to a team monitoring and verifying the handover of arms as part of Colombia's on-going peace process on Friday. The 15 ambassadors went to a so-called Normalization Zone at the end of a three-day visit to the country, which concluded a peace deal with rebel FARC fighters last [...]

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Survey could provide insight into youth values: UNESCO official

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A survey that has given voice to one million young people in Europe could also be carried out in other parts of the world, according to a senior officer with the UN cultural agency, UNESCO. Sue Vize, who’s with UNESCO's office in Bangkok, has high hopes for a regional version of Generation What?, which asked so-called [...]

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News in Brief 5 May 2017 (PM)

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  "We are walking into another crisis" in Gaza, warns UN coordinator The UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process has warned that the world is "walking into another crisis" over the Gaza Strip "with our eyes wide open." Nickolay Mladenov told a meeting in Brussels on Friday that the residents of Gaza, [...]

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UN Daily News Programme 5 May 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: The World Health Organization presses for more action on preventable illnesses such as heart disease and diabetes And: We hear why cultural exchange lessons from the Silk Road are still applicable today

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Hunger driving migration in complex dynamic: WFP

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Food insecurity and hunger is a major factor driving people from their homes, said the World Food Programme (WFP) on Friday. In a new report entitled At the Root of Exodus: Food security, conflict and international migration, WFP found that every percentage point increase in food insecurity led to almost a two percent increase in [...]

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News in Brief 5 May 2017 (AM)

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  Humanitarian agencies decision to pull back in CAR is temporary The decision by four major humanitarian agencies to withdraw partially from the Central African Republic (CAR) amid attacks on their workers is "temporary", the UN said on Friday. Jens Laerke from the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said that the [...]

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World needs "soft power" of education, culture, sciences: UNESCO chief

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'Hard power' can no longer stop conflicts nor the rise of violent extremism, and "ancient hatreds" such as antisemitism, racial discrimination and intolerance, the Director-General of the UN Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), said on Friday. Irina Bokova made the remarks during her speech at the 4th World Forum on Intercultural Dialogue in Baku, [...]

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Silk Road exchanges valuable today: UNESCO expert

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An ancient trading route could help people to rethink ideas about migration or even conflict, according to an expert with the UN cultural agency, UNESCO. Annick Thebia Melsan is a focal point for  UNESCO’s Silk Road Online Platform, dedicated to the sea and land networks which have connected east and west from prehistoric times to [...]

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World “sleepwalking” to preventable disease disaster: WHO

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The world is "sleepwalking towards disaster" because of preventable illnesses such as heart disease, cancer and diabetes, which kill 40 million people a year. That's the message from World Health Organization Director-General Dr Margaret Chan, who's stepping down after 10 years in the post. At WHO, the person leading the push against these so-called non-communicable [...]

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News in Brief 4 May 2017 (PM)

Listen / President Juan Manuel Santos Calderón of Colombia (right), greets Ambassador Elbio Roselli, UN Security Council president for the month of May, in the Colombian capital, Bogotá. Photo: UN Mission/Juan Manuel Barrero Bueno

  "No going back" on peace for Colombia, as Security Council meets President Members of the UN Security Council met Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos on Thursday to demonstrate their commitment to the on-going peace process there. The three-day special mission includes meetings with bodies monitoring and verifying the handover of arms by former FARC [...]

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"Continuous grave violations" against children in Nigeria: UN chief

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Grave violations against children by the terrorist group Boko Haram are continuing, with large numbers brutalized, killed and maimed. That's according to the UN Secretary-General's report on children and armed conflict in the West African country, released on Thursday. Matthew Wells reports. The Boko Haram insurgency, which began in 2009, has led to conflict and [...]

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UN and Africa: focus on Somalia and press freedom day

Listen / A two year-old child cries for his mother at the Kismayo general hospital in Somalia. Born with a deformity, the child is also suffering from extreme malnourishment. Photo: IOM/Muse Mohammed

Somalia children facing "triple threat" of drought, disease and displacement: UNICEF The "triple threat" of drought, disease and displacement is taking a terrible toll on children in Somalia, according to the UN children's agency, UNICEF. It's projecting that the number of malnourished children there has risen by 50 per cent since the beginning of the year, [...]

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UNICEF fears for stranded refugee children in Europe

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Some 25,000 refugee and migrant children stranded at transit points across Europe are at risk of emotional distress due to uncertainty about their future, the UN children's fund, UNICEF, has reported. These children are living in limbo in countries such as Greece, Bulgaria and Hungary because they do not know if they will be able [...]

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UN Daily News Programme 4 May 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: Stranded refugee and migrant children facing psychological distress: we hear from UNICEF And: A forum being held in Azerbaijan seeks to build bridges through intercultural dialogue

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UN Gender Focus: Indigenous women and girls, fighting gender-based violence and Syrian refugees in Portugal

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"Triple discrimination" holds back Indigenous women and girls: FAO Indigenous women and girls suffer from "triple discrimination" when it comes to their rights and well-being, according to an Advocacy Officer from the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). Yon Fernandez de Larrinoa was at UN Headquarters in New York, taking part in an event on empowering [...]

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UN Global Perspective: focus on human rights, deforestation and UNHCR’s youngest ever goodwill ambassador

Listen / High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein. UN Photo/Jean-Marc Ferré

UN human rights chief outlines concerns and bright spots globally When responding to violence committed by terrorist groups, governments must ensure that they're not violating international human rights standards. That was one of the key messages from UN Human Rights High Commissioner Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein, speaking to reporters in Geneva on Monday. Dianne Penn [...]

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Azerbaijan forum seeks to build bridges through dialogue

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Promoting a world where thoughtful debate serves as a bridge to unite people is the goal of a three-day conference taking place  in Azerbaijan. Participants at the 4th World Forum on Intercultural Dialogue, taking place in the capital, Baku, will discuss topics ranging from faith and religion, to sustainable development, art, preventing violent extremism and [...]

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News in Brief 4 May 2017 (AM)

Listen / Access to safe water is vital for thousands of civilians sheltering in and around Aburoc, South Sudan. Photo: OCHA/Gemma Connell

South Sudan urged to halt offensive threatening 35,000 displaced in Aburoc The South Sudanese government has been urged to halt any further offensives towards the town of Aburoc, where more than 35,000 people have sought refuge in recent weeks due to fighting. The call came from UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al [...]

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Combating illegal fishing, hunger key FAO goals

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An upcoming UN conference on oceans should see countries committing to fight illegal and unregulated fishing, according to a top official with the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). Maria Helena Semedo, the agency's Assistant Director-General, said it is important to remember that millions of people depend on the oceans for their livelihood, which means marine [...]

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UNICEF: 24,600 children stranded in Europe "suffering psychologically"

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Around 75,000 refugees and migrants, including an estimated 24,600 children, who are stranded in transit points across Europe are at risk of suffering major psychological stress. That's according to the UN Children's Fund, UNICEF, which said the situation was particularly bad for single mothers and children. Matthew Wells has more. The refugee and migrant children [...]

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News in Brief 3 May 2017 (PM)

Listen / A woman from the Kassab camp for Internal Displaced Persons (IDP), in Kutum, North Darfur, shows her sorrow for the increase of rapes in the area. Photo: UNAMID/Albert González Farran

  Conflict-related sexual violence victims need national recognition: UN report Victims of conflict and terrorism-related sexual violence need greater national recognition in order to help relieve the stigma that they suffer. That's one of the overarching policy recommendations from the latest Report of the UN Secretary-General on conflict-related sexual violence. Survivors of such crimes should [...]

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New WFP chief hears stories of loss in Syria, Lebanon

Listen / Executive Director of the World Food Programme (WFP), David Beasley (centre) and Regional Director Muhannad Hadi (left) speaking to Nagwan, a 73-year-old woman displaced from her home in Syria. She depends on WFP food assistance. Photo: WFP/Abeer Etefa

The new Executive Director of the World Food Programme (WFP) has been hearing for himself "heart-breaking stories" of loss and need in conflict-affected Syria. David Beasley, a former governor of the US state of South Carolina, has just finished a three-day visit to the war-torn country, as well as Lebanon, which is hosting more than [...]

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UN Daily News Programme 3 May 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: an Eritrean journalist is the winner of a UN-backed award honouring press freedom; and: South Sudan women fight gender-based violence.  

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Jailed Eritrean journalist awarded UN-backed press freedom prize

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An imprisoned Eritrean-born journalist whose current whereabouts are not known has won a UN-backed award that celebrates freedom of the press. Dawit Isaak is the recipient of the 2017 UNESCO/Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize, presented on Wednesday in Jakarta. Mr Isaak, who is also a citizen of Sweden, was known for his critical and [...]

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IOM photographer puts human face on inhumane Somalia drought

Listen / Built from aluminium and fabric on the outskirts of Hargesia, Somaliland, family lives in their 30 year-old  makeshift home. Photo credit: Muse Mohammed,

In November 2016, rains failed for the third year in a row in some parts of Somalia, resulting in a drought that has put millions at risk of famine. Muse Mohammed, a Multimedia Officer with the International Organization for Migration (IOM), has returned from a month-long assignment there to document the impact on people and [...]

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News in Brief 3 May 2017 (AM)

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Security Council demonstrates "commitment" to UN Mission in Colombia The UN Security Council has embarked on an official visit to Colombia to "demonstrate its commitment" to the special UN Mission established there in support of the peace process. Council members will hold meetings with the government, the UN Mission, monitoring and verification bodies, leaders of [...]

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Eritrea must free prize-winning writer: UN expert

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The more than decade-and-a-half long detention of journalist Dawit Isaac in Eritrea must end, a UN investigator said on Wednesday. In her call to the authorities on World Press Freedom Day, Sheila Keetharuth also called for all other journalists held unlawfully there to be freed immediately. Isaac, who has been awarded the UNESCO/Guillermo Cano World [...]

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Media critical to development and peace in Afghanistan: UN official

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Without freedom of the press, an "informed and engaged" public would not be possible, the head of the UN mission in Afghanistan, UNAMA, said on Wednesday. Tadamichi Yamamoto was speaking at an event in the capital, Kabul, marking World Press Freedom Day, observed annually on 3 May. He also underlined the critical role of journalists [...]

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South Sudan women fight back against gender-based violence

Listen / The UNMISS Japanese engineering contingent has been praised for teaching self-defense skills to South Sudanese women. Photo: UNMISS

Women in South Sudan are striking back at sexual and gender-based violence. They have been learning self-defense techniques, giving them the skills to protect themselves against potential attacks. The training was organized by the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS), with participation from Japanese peacekeepers serving in the country. Dianne Penn reports. Duration: 2’57″  

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Journalism more difficult than ever, says UN expert

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Too many political leaders treat journalists as "the enemy", rather than as a valuable expression of democracy, a leading UN human rights expert has said. David Kaye, the UN Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression, made the comments for World Press Freedom Day, which is [...]

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"Alarmingly high" deforestation rate in Africa and Asia: FAO

Listen / Eva Muller. Photo: UN News/Matthew Wells

The rate of deforestation in Africa and Asia is "alarmingly high" although many developed countries are increasing their forest cover. That's according to Eva Muller, forestry director at the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) ,who is at UN Headquarters in New York to attend the UN Forum on Forests. She said that agricultural demand accounts [...]

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Crackdowns against journalists must end: UN chief

Listen / Journalists wait for the arrival of official delegations at the Geneva II Conference on Syria, in Montreux, Switzerland. UN Photo/Violaine Martin

Crackdowns against journalists must end, said the UN Secretary-General, in a message to mark World Press Freedom Day on Wednesday. António Guterres said that the "free media" needed leaders to help it "counter prevailing misinformation" in countries around the world. Matthew Wells has more. The international day marked each 3 May, celebrates the fundamental principles [...]

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News in Brief 2 May 2017 (PM)

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  Nuclear science and technology playing "significant role" in development Expanding membership of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) shows a "growing appreciation of the immense value" of nuclear science and technology. That's according to IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano, speaking at the first preparatory committee meeting ahead of the 2020 Review Conference of the [...]

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UN Daily News Programme 2 May 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: Somali children face "triple threat" of drought, disease and displacement; and: Syrian refugees cook up a new future in Portugal.

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Syrian refugees cook up new future in Portugal

Listen / Fatima and her family are making new friends and reviving old passions in Portugal. Photo: Screengrab from UNHCR video.

Cooking is helping a Syrian refugee family to find a place in their new homeland, Portugal. Through a local association that supports refugees, they will launch the first Syrian restaurant in the capital, Lisbon. Seven years of conflict has displaced more than five million from Syria, with most finding refuge in the region, according to [...]

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First ever World Tuna Day highlights importance of sustainability

Listen / Fishermen offloading tunas at the industrial fish port of Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire. Photo: FAO/Sia Kambou

The first ever World Tuna Day is being marked by the UN on Tuesday, 2 May, in an effort to highlight the importance of sustainable fishing, as part of the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals, or SDGs. Many countries depend heavily on tuna for food security, nutrition, economic development, culture and recreation. Matthew Wells reports. World [...]

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Somalia children facing drought, disease and displacement: UNICEF

Listen / A two year-old child cries for his mother at the Kismayo general hospital in Somalia. Born with a deformity, the child is also suffering from extreme malnourishment. Photo: IOM/Muse Mohammed

The "triple threat" of drought, disease and displacement is taking a terrible toll on children in Somalia, according to the UN children's agency, UNICEF. It's projecting that the number of malnourished children there has risen by 50 per cent since the beginning of the year, to 1.4 million. Dianne Penn has been speaking to Susannah [...]

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News in Brief 2 May 2016 (AM) – Geneva

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  Malnourished Somali children numbers up 50 per cent: UNICEF More than 1.4 million Somali children are at risk of being malnourished, a 50 per cent spike since the beginning of the year, UN Children's Fund UNICEF has warned. Amid a deadly cocktail of drought, disease and displacement, the agency says that the country's people [...]

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UN-backed forum in Jordan to focus on science for peace

Listen / HRH Princess Sumaya bint El Hassan. UN Photo/Evan Schneider

Women and youth will feature prominently in a UN-backed meeting in Jordan that will bring together some of the world's most eminent scientists, political leaders and research and development investors. That's according to HRH Princess Sumaya bint El Hassan, President of the Royal Scientific Society of Jordan and chairperson of the World Science Forum 2017. [...]

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Governments falling short on "providing justice" for indigenous peoples

Listen / Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples Victoria Tauli-Corpuz. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

Governments around the world are not doing enough to protect the rights of indigenous peoples or protect them from arrest, torture and even being killed. That's the view of Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, speaking on Monday. Matthew Wells has more. With the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues [...]

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News in brief 1 May (PM)

Listen / Thousands of civilians have arrived into Aburoc, South Sudan, following the resumption of the government offensive and clashes along the West Bank of the Nile River. Photo: OCHA/Gemma Connell

South Sudanese government urged to protect thousands from attack Thousands of South Sudanese civilians sheltering in and around the town of Aburoc, in Upper Nile State, need government protection from attack. That's according to the UN Humanitarian Coordinator for the country on Monday. Serge Tissot, also called on opposition forces to ensure that highly-populated areas [...]

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UN human rights chief outlines concerns and bright spots globally

Listen / High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein. UN Photo/Jean-Marc Ferré

When responding to violence committed by terrorist groups, governments must ensure that they are not failing to respect international human rights standards. That's the message from UN Human Rights High Commissioner Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein, speaking to reporters in Geneva on Monday. Dianne Penn reports on his wide-ranging press conference on concerns in various parts [...]

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UN Daily News Programme 1 May 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: UN human rights chief outlines concerns and bright spots globally And: Hollywood star Matt Damon on helping 5.5 million access water: World Bank

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World's forests "destroyed, degraded and depleted:" General Assembly president

Listen / The Selm Muir Forest of West Lothian, Scotland. UN Photo/Robert Clamp

"Decades of unsustainable use" have "destroyed, degraded and depleted" much of the world's forest, said the President of the UN General Assembly on Monday. Peter Thomson was speaking on the opening day of the new session of the UN Forum on Forests, which promotes the management, conservation and sustainable development of the world's trees. Jocelyne [...]

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News in brief 1 May (AM)

Listen / Workers at a construction site in Binh Thuan province, Viet Nam. Photo: ILO/Nguyen Viet Thanh

"Moderate" Asia-Pacific economic growth faces risks from "global uncertainty" "Moderate" projected growth this year in the Asia-Pacific region faces risks from "rising protectionism and global uncertainty." That's according to the annual flagship report released on Monday by the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP). The Economic and Social Survey projects [...]

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