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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)

Listen / Secretary-General António Guterres. UN Photo/Manuel Elias (file)

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

Listen / View of the Polar ice rim in 2009. UN Photo/Mark Garten (file)

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

Listen / Two Syrian refugees, a brother and sister, in Jordan. (file) Photo: UNICEF/Lucy Lyon

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"

Listen / A woman stands in a shelter for girls and women who have endured sexual and gender-based violence, in Mogadishu, the capital of Somalia. Photo: UNICEF/Kate Holt

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"

Listen / Waving their forms, recently arrived South Sudanese refugees demand to be registered at Imvepi reception centre in Arua district in Northern Uganda. Photo: UNHCR/Jiro Ose

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)

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

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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