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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

Listen / Since June 2013, attacks in north-eastern Nigeria have resulted in school closures affecting thousands of students, many of whom have had no access to education in months. (file) Photo: UNICEF/NYHQ2007-0515/Nesbitt

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

Listen / A young Afghan boy draws at the Faros / Blue Dot center near Victoria Square, in Athens, Greece. © UNICEF/UN057927/Gilbertson VII Photo

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

Listen / Yon Fernandez de Larrinoa. Photo: UN News/Matthew Wells

"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

Listen / Nadia Al-Nashif. Photo: UN News/Jocelyne Sambira

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

Listen / Momentum is building for a UN-backed accord, which, once operative, will bolster inspections and crack down on lawbreaking ships responsible for up to 15 per cent of global seafood output. (file) Photo: FAO/J. Sutton

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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