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News in Brief 17 May 2017 (PM)

Listen / Baby sitting in a stroller is being fed by her mother at Disney World amusement park in the southern city of Orlando, Florida, in mid-1997. Obesity is a significant nutrition-related problem in the United States. Photo: UNICEF/Toutounji

  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)

Listen / Food security worsens as drought looms in Somalia. Photo: FAO

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

Listen / Secretary-General of the United Nations António Guterres speaks in the the European Parliament in Strasbourg. Behind him Antonio Tajani, President of the European Parliament. Photo: European Union 2017- Source : EP

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

Listen / Jean Christophe Bas, CEO of Global Compass, and moderator of a panel discussion on preventing the rise of populism and polarisation at the Baku Forum on Intercultural Dialogue in Azerbaijan co-organized by UNESCO, 4-6 May2017. Photo: UN News

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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