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

Listen / Najat Rochdi, UN Humanitarian Coordinator for the Central African Republic, in the radio studio at UN Headquarters: photo, Pascal Sim.

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

Listen / Migrants arriving on Italy's Lampedusa Island after crossing the Mediterranean on a dilapidated boat. Photo: UNHCR/F. Noy (file)

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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