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Women have "powerful voice" in global scientific community

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Women have a "powerful voice" in the global scientific community, the head of a UN partner organization that works to end nuclear testing has said. Lassina Zerbo, Executive Secretary of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization or CTBTO, was speaking on the last day of an international conference on science and technology that took place in [...]

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Science truly invested in human dignity: Jordanian princess

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Science is truly invested in human dignity and can be used to improve the quality of people's lives, the president of the Royal Scientific Society of Jordan has said. Princess Sumaya bint El Hassan of Jordan made the remarks following her keynote address at the Science and Technology Conference 2017 held this week in Vienna, [...]

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Head of UN Mission in Colombia says focus now on reintegration

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The completion of the laying down of individual weapons by the Colombian rebel group FARC has created new opportunities in the country, the UN Security Council heard on Friday. The head of the UN Mission in Colombia briefed ambassadors on latest developments in the country's peace process and next steps. The government and FARC signed [...]

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News in Brief 30 June 2017 (PM)

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  Security concerns still to be overcome at Cyprus talks Efforts to reunite Cyprus have "overcome significant challenges" but "a lot of work" still needs to be done before a deal can be reached, UN Secretary-General António Guterres said on Friday. Mr Guterres was speaking during talks underway in Switzerland involving the Greek-Cypriot and Turkish-Cypriot [...]

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UN Daily News Programme 30 June 2017

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Listen to a bulletin of news and features from the United Nations, with Jocelyne Sambira and Dianne Penn. In today's programme: the UN nuclear test ban treaty needs to be enforced, says Uruguay's vice minister of foreign affairs; and women are being urged to form a sisterhood as the battle over their rights intensifies.  

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News in Brief 30 June 2017 (AM) – Geneva

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Families unite in appeal to find Kosovo’s missing persons Relatives of those who went missing in the Kosovo conflict have called on their governments and the international community to take "full responsibility" to find their loved ones. The joint message was delivered on Friday by Bajram Qerkinaj, on behalf of ethnic Albanian and ethnic Serb [...]

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UNHCR worried about resurgence of violence in areas of CAR

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The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) is "extremely worried" over renewed violence in parts of the Central African Republic (CAR). This follows reports of clashes between self-defence groups and other armed groups in three towns in the south and the north. Dianne Penn has the story. The violence is occurring in the towns of Zemio, Bria [...]

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"Sisterhood" needed as battle over women’s rights intensifies: expert

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Women are being urged by a UN independent expert to "open their eyes" and form a "real sisterhood" to counter the "alarming backlash" against women's rights underway in many parts of the world. Alda Facio, Chairperson of the Working Group on the Issue of Discrimination against Women in Law and in Practice made the remarks [...]

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UN nuclear test ban needs to be enforced, says Uruguay's vice minister

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A ban on all nuclear testing would send a "clear message" that the international community is determined to achieve a nuclear-free world. That's what José Luis Cancela, Uruguay's vice minister of foreign affairs, said during the Science and Technology Conference 2017 in Vienna, Austria. The Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty, which prohibits all nuclear explosions, was adopted [...]

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UN relief chief reiterates call to protect civilians in Syria

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The international community is again being urged to help civilians caught in the conflict in Syria, which is now in its seventh year. UN Humanitarian Affairs Coordinator Stephen O'Brien made the appeal in a briefing to the Security Council on Thursday. Dianne Penn reports. Mr O'Brien told the Council that each day, the lives of [...]

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News in Brief 29 June 2017 (PM)

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UN chief heads to Switzerland for Cyprus talks The UN Secretary-General will attend talks underway in Switzerland to decide the future of Cyprus. António Guterres has previously urged the leaders of the island's Greek-Cypriot and Turkish-Cypriot communities to seize "an historic opportunity" to reach an agreement. This week, the UN chief was in Washington where [...]

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UN Gender Focus: education, FGM and gymnastics for peace

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Girls and boys are missing out on education: UN deputy chief So many girls are missing out on education but so are boys, the UN deputy chief said on Wednesday on the margins of a high-level meeting of the General Assembly. Amina Mohammed was a key speaker at the one-day event which brings together education [...]

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UN and Africa: Somalia refugees, Darfur camp fire and UNMISS peacekeepers

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UNHCR Special Envoy urges more support for Somalia refugees More international support is needed for Somalia so that scores of citizens who left the country decades ago can return home. That's the hope expressed by Ambassador Mohamed Affey, Special Envoy for the Somali Refugee Situation with the UN Refugee Agency, UNHCR. Countries such as Kenya, [...]

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Ending occupation paves way to Israeli-Palestine peace: UN chief

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Ending the Israeli occupation of the Palestinian territory is the only way to lay the foundation for peace between the two sides, the UN Secretary-General has said. His remarks came in a message delivered on Thursday to the Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People which is meeting in New [...]

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UN Daily News Programme 29 June 2017

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Listen to a bulletin of news and features from the United Nations, with Jocelyne Sambira and Dianne Penn. In today's programme: Cote d'Ivoire forces "fully ready to take over" from UN peacekeepers; and the UN remains "fully committed" to Libya, says Mission deputy.

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Côte d’Ivoire forces "fully ready to take over" from UN peacekeepers

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Security forces in Côte d’Ivoire are "fully ready to take over" when the UN completes the peacekeeping phase of its engagement with the country, the Secretary-General's Special Representative has said. Aïchatou Mindaoudou made the remarks ahead of the closing of UNOCI, the UN Operation in the West African nation, on Friday. UNOCI, which started in [...]

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News in Brief 29 June 2017 (AM)

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  UNHCR warns against involuntary return of Nigerian refugees The forced return of Nigerian refugees from Cameroon must be avoided at all costs, the UN Refugee Agency, UNHCR, said on Thursday. These people are being sent back to northeast Nigeria where conditions are "dangerously unprepared to receive them," according to the agency. UNHCR said ongoing [...]

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UN remains "fully committed" to Libya, says Mission deputy

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A grenade attack on a United Nations convoy in Libya will not shake the organisation's commitment to the country, a senior UN official there said on Thursday. Maria do Valle Ribeiro, Deputy Head of the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL), confirmed that 14 people had been travelling from Surmon to Tripoli when a rocket-propelled [...]

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"Protect the girls, respect the women," says Sierra Leone minister

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Protecting girls from forced or underage initiations like female circumcision has always been a focus of Sylvia Blyden, Sierra Leone's Minister of Gender and Social Affairs. She made the remarks on the margins of a disability conference at UN headquarters in New York that was held in June. Sierra Leone is one of the 28 [...]

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Cooperation vital to preventing terrorists from accessing WMD: UN official

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Better international cooperation is essential if countries are to prevent terrorist groups from accessing weapons of mass destruction, a senior UN official told the Security Council on Wednesday. UN Under-Secretary-General and High Representative for Disarmament Affairs, Izumi Nakamitsu, was speaking during a meeting on the non-proliferation of these weapons. Dianne Penn reports. Ms Izumi began [...]

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News in Brief 28 June 2017 (PM)

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UN rights chief worried about civilians in Raqqa The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights is gravely concerned about the fate of some 100,000 people caught up in the fight to root the extremist group ISIL, from the Syrian city of Raqqa. In a statement released on Wednesday, Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein called on all [...]

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Girls and boys are missing out on education: UN deputy chief

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So many girls are missing out on education but so are boys, the UN deputy chief said on Wednesday on the margins of a high-level meeting of the General Assembly. Amina Mohammed was a key speaker at the one-day event which brings together education experts from around the world to discuss ways to advance action [...]

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UN Daily News Programme 28 June 2017

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Listen to a bulletin of news and features from the United Nations, with Jocelyne Sambira and Dianne Penn. In today's programme: Girls and boys are missing out on education, the UN deputy chief warns; and Al-Jazeera ultimatum is a "draconian step" of censorship, says rights expert.

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UN chief urges Cyprus leaders to reach deal

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All parties to talks on Cyprus should seize an "historic opportunity" to reach an agreement, UN chief António Guterres said on Wednesday. The message, delivered in Switzerland by Jeffrey Feltman, UN Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs, came as negotiations resumed over the divided island. Mr Feltman told journalists that several issues needed to be decided but [...]

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News in Brief 28 June 2017 (AM)

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  Berlin meeting focuses on development and economic benefits of migration More than 700 policymakers from 140 countries, international organizations, civil society and the private sector are meeting in Berlin this week to discuss ways to leverage the development and economic benefits of migration. Senior UN representatives are also participating in the Global Forum on [...]

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Al-Jazeera call is "draconian" censorship, says expert

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An alleged call to Qatar to close down a major broadcaster in exchange for the lifting of sanctions would be a "draconian" form of "extra-territorial censorship", a senior UN-appointed rights investigator has said. David Kaye, who's the Special Rapporteur on freedom of opinion and expression, made the comments after it was reported that the demand [...]

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UNICEF report shows value of investing in health of world's poorest children

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Unless the world scales up efforts to reduce child mortality by 2030, almost 70 million children will die before celebrating their fifth birthday. The warning comes in a new report from the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) which says investments in the survival of the world's most deprived children saves more lives per dollar spent. Dianne [...]

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News in Brief 27 June 2017 (PM)

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UN chief meets with US foreign committee representatives The importance of "positive" US engagement at the United Nations was among topics on the agenda during talks between the UN Secretary-General and members of the House Foreign Affairs committee in the country's capital on Tuesday. António Guterres met with more than 20 committee members in Washington, [...]

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UN Envoy briefs Security Council on upcoming Syria talks

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Despite a recent reduction in violence, the situation in Syria remains a "mixed picture," UN Envoy Staffan de Mistura said on Tuesday. Dianne Penn reports on his briefing to the Security Council. The UN Envoy told ambassadors that while the security situation in Syria has improved, humanitarian access continues to be a challenge. The reduction [...]

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UN Daily News Programme 27 June 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: Cyprus talks are a "unique opportunity" says UN negotiator; and young people are being urged to mobilize support for a nuclear weapon-free world.

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News in Brief 27 June 2017 (AM) – Geneva

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At least 50 migrants suspected dead in Niger desert Fifty-two migrants are lost, suspected dead in a desert in central Niger, after they were reportedly abandoned by people smugglers, the UN said on Tuesday. The information from the International Organization for Migration (IOM) follows an alert by more than 20 survivors, who said they had [...]

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Youth "essential" in push for nuclear weapon-free world

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Young people can help mobilize support for a nuclear weapon-free world by spreading the word through social media, according to the head of a UN partner organisation working to end nuclear testing. Lassina Zerbo, Secretary-General of the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty Organisation (CTBTO) was speaking ahead of a meeting which opens on Tuesday and [...]

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Yemen's cholera epidemic may be levelling off, says WHO

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The number of suspected cholera cases in Yemen has dropped for the first time as efforts continue to resist the nationwide epidemic that UN agencies have described as the world’s worst outbreak. Dr Ahmed Zouiten, Senior Emergency Adviser at the World Health Organization (WHO), told journalists in Geneva on Tuesday that it is still too [...]

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UN agencies launch initiative to boost youth employment

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Although young people are transforming their societies and driving solutions for inclusive and economic growth, millions still face the challenge of finding decent work. That's according to five UN agencies which have launched a campaign to boost youth employment. More than 70 million young people worldwide are jobless, according to UN estimates. And even though [...]

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Cyprus talks are "unique opportunity": UN negotiator

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A fresh round of talks to decide the future of Cyprus will last "as long as it takes" but there are no guarantees of success, the UN negotiator leading the process said on Tuesday. Speaking to journalists in Geneva, Espen Barth Eide said that the talks were "not the last chance" but they were "the [...]

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News in Brief 26 June 2017

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  UN chief calls for collective action against drug abuse Countries are being urged by the UN Secretary-General to honour their commitments to address drug abuse and trafficking. António Guterres made the call on Monday, reminding governments of the pledges they made at a UN General Assembly meeting last year. His appeal came in a message [...]

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UN Daily News Programme 26 June 2017

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It's an official holiday today at UN Headquarters so we've prepared a special news features programme instead. We'll hear from South Sudan, where a new fish market is boosting the war-stricken economy, and helping to build much-needed trust on the banks of the Nile; And: a European food festival features fine dining, refugee-style… we'll hear [...]

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Food festival in Europe showcases talented refugee chefs

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Refugee chefs from countries such as Afghanistan, Eritrea and Somalia are showcasing their culinary skills in restaurants across 13 European cities this month. They are participating in the second edition of the Refugee Food Festival, a two-week event organized by the NGO "Food Sweet Food", in partnership with the UN refugee agency, UNHCR. Dianne Penn [...]

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Secretary-General laments loss of life in Pakistan tanker explosion tragedy

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UN Secretary-General António Guterres has extended his condolences to the people and government of Pakistan following a deadly tanker truck explosion on Sunday. It is estimated that 150 people were killed and another 100 injured in the incident, which took place near the city of Ahmedpur East in Punjab's Bahawalpur district. Dianne Penn reports. The UN [...]

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Yemen cholera outbreak now world’s worst, say two top UN officials

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The number of suspected cases of cholera in Yemen has surpassed 200,000, making it the worst outbreak of the disease in the world. That's according to the heads of the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) and the World Health Organization (WHO) in a statement issued on Saturday. Cholera is caused by ingesting contaminated water or food.  [...]

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Security Council reaffirms commitment to Haiti

Listen / The UN Mission in Haiti Community Violence Reduction section (CVR) undertakes a joint pilot project with the Direction Nationale de l'Eau Potable et de l'Assainissement (DINEPA) to install water filter systems and provide hygiene training in Cité Soleil, Port au Prince. Photo: UN/MINUSTAH/Nektarios Markogiannis

A new period of stability in Haiti has provided "an important window of opportunity" that will help to put the country on the path to sustainable development, according to the president of the UN Security Council. Ambassador Sacha Sergio Llorentty Soliz of Bolivia was speaking in the capital, Port-au-Prince, on Saturday, at the end of [...]

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UN ready to assist China following deadly mudslides

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The United Nations has announced its readiness to support China in the wake of  deadly mudslides in Sichuan province on Saturday. At least 15 people were killed and scores are missing, according to media reports. Dianne Penn has more details. UN Secretary-General António Guterres was saddened to learn of the loss of life and devastation [...]

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UN-backed fish farm project unites Ugandans and refugees

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The number of people who have fled their homes due to conflict, persecution and instability hit a record high of 65.6 million in 2016, according to the latest data from the UN refugee agency, UNHCR. Nowhere is the refugee crisis growing faster than in Uganda which has taken in more than one million refugees: double [...]

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UNHCR Special Envoy urges more support for Somali refugees

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More international support is needed for Somalia so that scores of citizens who left the country decades ago can return home. That's the hope expressed by Ambassador Mohamed Affey, Special Envoy for the Somali Refugee Situation with the UN Refugee Agency, UNHCR. Kenya, Ethiopia, Djibouti, Uganda and other countries in the region are hosting some [...]

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Bombings at marketplace in Pakistan condemned by UN chief

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Two bombings at a crowded marketplace in Pakistan on Friday, which left many dead and injured, have been condemned by the UN Secretary-General. The explosions took place in Parachinar, in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas of Pakistan, and they followed an earlier suicide attack in the city of Quetta. More details from Matt Wells. At [...]

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News in Brief 23 June 2017 (PM)

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More than US$350 million pledged for Uganda refugee efforts The Uganda Solidarity Summit on Refugees has concluded with more than US$350 million pledged to help the country deal with its fast-growing refugee emergency. In just one year, the UN estimates that the country's refugee population has more than doubled, from 500,000 to more than 1.25 [...]

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UNDP committed to supporting Libya during "difficult juncture"

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Despite insecurity, a breakdown in the rule of law, and an all-around "difficult situation" in Libya, the UN Development Programme (UNDP) remains committed to its projects that support citizens, refugees and migrants. That's the message from Noura Hamladji, UNDP's Country Director in the North African nation, who is based in neighbouring Tunisia. During a recent [...]

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UN Daily News Programme 23 June 2017

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In today's programme: … A young refugee mother in Uganda shares her story And: Praise for UN peacekeeper's response in support of a recent aid emergency in South Sudan

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News in Brief 23 June 2017 (AM)

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Team of international experts to investigate rights abuses in Kasais, DRC The UN Human Rights Council has set up an investigative team to examine allegations of gross violations and abuses in the Kasai region of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). The move was welcomed by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid [...]

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"End South Sudan conflict" to resolve Uganda's refugee crisis: UN chief

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The solution to the “biggest refugee exodus in Africa since the genocide in Rwanda is to end the conflict in South Sudan,” the UN Secretary-General said on Friday. António Guterres made the remarks during the second day of the Uganda Solidarity Summit on Refugees taking place in the capital, Kampala. The number of people who [...]

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Young refugee mother in Uganda thankful for UN support

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A young mother who escaped conflict in South Sudan is grateful to have found shelter and safety at a UN-run refugee camp in neighbouring Uganda. Akwi Gairi fled Eastern Equatoria state last month, with her small children and a baby on her back, after her husband was killed. Uganda is hosting more than a million [...]

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News in Brief 22 June 2017 (PM)

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  Life-saving aid delivered by road to Qamishli for first time since 2015 Around 15,000 people living in the Syrian town of Qamishli have received aid deliveries by land for the first time since December 2015. Three trucks from the World Food Programme (WFP) used a newly-opened land corridor to reach the town, which is [...]

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UN chief expresses "praise, admiration" for Uganda refugee efforts

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The UN chief said the Ugandan people deserved praise and admiration from the whole international community for taking in close to a million refugees from neighbouring South Sudan. Speaking at Imvepi refugee settlement—home to hundreds of thousands of men, women and children who have fled war and famine—António Guterres said their generosity stood in stark [...]

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UN Gender Focus Special: Women Refugees

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New UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador will advocate for young refugees A teenage refugee from Syria will use her role as Goodwill Ambassador with the UN children's agency, UNICEF, to urge world leaders to stand with children uprooted by war. Muzoon Almellehan, 19, is the youngest person and the first official refugee, ever to be appointed to [...]

22 Jun 2017 | Posted in UN Gender Focus | Read More »

UN and Africa: focus on South Sudan, Uganda and Central African Republic

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Despite ebb in famine, conflict fuelling rise in hunger in South Sudan Although famine has eased in South Sudan, the number of people struggling to find food is still going up, UN agencies and their partners warned on Wednesday. More than six million people are now facing hunger, largely due to conflict, up from 4.9 [...]

22 Jun 2017 | Posted in UN and Africa | Read More »

UN Daily News Programme 22 June 2017

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Listen to a bulletin of news and features from the United Nations, with Dianne Penn and Matt Wells. In today’s programme: … Uganda hosts "solidarity summit" amid fast-growing refugee emergency And: Sri Lanka food production hit hard by extreme drought, heavy rains: FAO

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Praise for peacekeepers’ support in recent South Sudan crisis

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Peacekeepers at the UN mission in South Sudan, UNMISS, are being praised by the top UN official in the country for their speedy response in support of a recent humanitarian emergency in the north. The 80 blue helmets from Rwanda were helicoptered into the remote village of Aburoc, located in the Upper Nile region, where [...]

22 Jun 2017 | Posted in From the Field, Today's Features | Read More »

Hepatitis C causing "greatest harm" among millions who inject drugs

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The infectious disease Hepatitis C is causing the "greatest harm" to the estimated 12 million people worldwide who inject drugs. That's one of the findings to emerge in the World Drug Report 2017, released on Thursday by the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). More details from Matt Wells. The UNODC drug report states [...]

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"Spirit of resilience" embodied by destroyed Mosul mosque "must prevail"

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The "spirit of resilience" embodied by the destruction of Mosul's iconic Al Nuree Mosque must prevail, and the UN Cultural Organization (UNESCO) will continue to stand by the Iraqi people. That's the defiant message from UNESCO chief Irina Bokova on Thursday, following news reports that indicate the terrorist group ISIL, or Daesh, was responsible for [...]

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News in Brief 22 June 2017 (AM)

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Iraqi children trapped in "endless cycle" of violence and poverty: UNICEF Iraqi children are trapped in "an endless cycle of violence and increasing poverty," according to a new UN Children's Fund report. The UNICEF assessment, "Nowhere to Go," examines how children have been effected by the uptick in violence since the ISIL, or Daesh, terrorist [...]

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Sri Lanka food production hit hard by drought, heavy rains: FAO

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Nearly one million people in Sri Lanka are at risk of going hungry due to severe drought followed by heavy rainfall, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) warned on Thursday. Extreme drought conditions in 2016 and earlier this year led to widespread crop failures, particularly for the main staple food, rice. The situation was [...]

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"Unique experience" for British engineers in South Sudan

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British engineers who have recently joined the UN peacekeeping mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) are enjoying a unique experience according to the Commanding Officer of the contingent. Up to 400 engineers will eventually be deployed in the towns of Malakal and Bentiu. Daniel Dickinson caught up with Lieutenant Colonel Jason Ainley, the Commanding Officer of [...]

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Too few aid groups can stay in war zones, say relief chiefs

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Major aid operations to help the world's most vulnerable people are failing "in too many places" despite the best efforts of courageous humanitarian workers, senior relief chiefs said on Thursday. The comments by UN Emergency Relief Coordinator Stephen O'Brien and Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) head Jan Egeland accompanied a new report into aid agency operations [...]

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Only a "truly inclusive political process" will bring peace to South Sudan

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Only a "truly inclusive political process" can bring peace to war-torn South Sudan, the UN Peacekeeping chief told the Security Council on Wednesday. Jean-Pierre Lacroix described the humanitarian crisis in the country as a man-made tragedy, and said that "credible, free or fair elections" in South Sudan would not be possible in the current climate. [...]

21 Jun 2017 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

UN meeting aims to boost judicial cooperation to fight terrorism

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Although many countries have ratified UN conventions against terrorism, there still needs to be more action to get these provisions included in national laws. That's the assessment of Jean-Paul Laborde who oversees the UN office which works alongside global partners such as the International Criminal Police Organization (INTERPOL) to help countries bring terrorists to justice. [...]

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News in Brief 21 June 2017 (PM)

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UNAMA "doing all it can to contain political tensions" in Afghanistan The UN Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) is doing all it can to contain political tensions that have been exacerbated by a succession of recent terrorist attacks. That's according to the head of UNAMA, Tadamichi Yamamoto, briefing the Security Council on Wednesday. He noted that [...]

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UN Daily News Programme 21 June 2017

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Listen to a bulletin of news and features from the United Nations, with Dianne Penn and Matt Wells. In today's programme: … A staggering 141 million people worldwide now need humanitarian aid due to disasters, conflict and long-standing crises And: We preview a summit to address the burgeoning refugee crisis in Uganda    

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World population set to reach 11.2 billion by next century

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The world's population is projected to reach 11.2 billion by the turn of the next century, according to a new UN report published on Wednesday. The current population of 7.6 billion is projected to reach around 9.8 billion by 2050 and keep on rising, with roughly 83 million people being added to the population each [...]

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Hunger rising in South Sudan despite ebb in famine: UN agencies

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Although famine has eased in South Sudan, the number of people struggling to find food has risen, UN agencies and their partners warned on Wednesday. More than six million people are now facing hunger, up from 4.9 million in February, representing the highest level of food insecurity that the country has ever experienced. Serge Tissot [...]

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Record 141 million people need humanitarian aid

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Protracted conflicts and disasters have left a record 141 million people in need of humanitarian help, the UN's Emergency Relief chief said on Wednesday. On the opening day of an aid conference in Geneva, Stephen O'Brien said that funding requirements in the last six months had grown to US $ 23.5 billion, with eight million [...]

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News in Brief 21 June 2017 (AM)

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Urgent appeal for civilian protection in Syria: UN chief An urgent appeal has been made by the UN Secretary-General for combatants in Syria's six-year civil war to do "everything in their power to protect civilians." In a statement issued on Wednesday, UN chief António Guterres said he was "deeply alarmed" at the sheer depths of [...]

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Uganda hosts "solidarity summit" amid fast-growing refugee crisis

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Uganda is hosting a "solidarity summit" with the support of the United Nations amid a fast-growing refugee crisis in the country. A mass exodus from South Sudan has roughly doubled the refugee population in the East African nation to over 1.2 million. Some 30 heads of State and international donors will take part in the [...]

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UNDP projects help build resilience of most vulnerable in Syria

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Despite the ongoing conflict in Syria, the UN Development Programme (UNDP) and its partners reached more than two million people last year through projects that support livelihoods or business recovery in vulnerable communities. UNDP Country Director Samuel Rizk said supporting Syrians where they are helps avoid displacement, whether inside or outside the country. Mr Rizk [...]

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Hot spell is earlier than expected, says UN weather agency

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The sweltering conditions affecting western Europe are set to last for at least another two weeks, but there may be some respite by the weekend, a senior UN weather expert said on Tuesday. With temperatures soaring well above 30 C in Geneva, Omar Baddour, senior scientist at the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) explained that the [...]

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UN supports army takeover of operations in south Lebanon

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Nearly US$1 million worth of generators, fuel tanks, computers and other electronic devices will be presented to the Lebanese Armed Forces this month by the UN mission in the country, UNIFIL. The handover, scheduled for this Monday, is part of a joint initiative to enhance the army's readiness to fully takeover from UN blue helmets [...]

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Swami helps UN staff flex their minds and bodies on Yoga Day

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The North Lawn of UN Headquarters was converted into a temporary yoga studio on Tuesday as UN staffers stretched their minds and bodies in honour of the International Day of Yoga. Swami Sivadasananda led the guided yoga class on the newly-restored lawn, which until a few months ago, was home to a temporary office building. [...]

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News in Brief 20 June 2017 (PM)

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At least 130 feared dead following new shipwrecks in the Mediterranean At least 130 are dead or missing following three new shipwrecks in the Mediterranean, the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) reported on Tuesday. The first involved a rubber dinghy which left Libya bound for Italy on 15 June which began sinking a few hours into [...]

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Increase support and refugee resettlement quotas, urges UN chief

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Stronger solidarity and support for developing countries who are hosting millions of refugees is "a must," said the UN chief at a press conference in UN Headquarters on Tuesday. Secretary-General António Guterres made five appeals, largely aimed at countries in the developed world, to help ease a refugee crisis that has led more than 65 [...]

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Gazans can no longer be "held hostage by divisions": UN coordinator

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The Gaza Strip is a "tinderbox" and its two million residents can no longer be "held hostage by divisions". That's the stark message delivered to the Security Council on Tuesday, by Nickolay Mladenov, UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process. He called on both Palestinian and Israeli leaders to return to negotiations over [...]

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UN Daily News Programme 20 June 2017

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Listen to a bulletin of news and features from the United Nations, with Dianne Penn and Matt Wells. In today's programme: … We hear about challenges facing aid workers in northern Uganda supporting waves of refugees from South Sudan And: An agricultural project aims to restore livelihoods in northern Iraq

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News in Brief 20 June 2017 (AM) – Geneva

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Central DRC region has become “a landscape of horror”: UN Human Rights chief UN rights chief Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein told the Human Rights Council on Tuesday that the government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) had not done enough to bring abusers to justice in the Kasais – though there had been [...]

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Agricultural project restoring livelihoods in northern Iraq: FAO

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Thousands of displaced people and refugees in northern Iraq are being trained in agricultural production through a project operated by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). Through the project, Iraqis displaced by conflict in their homeland as well as  Syrian refugees will receive support in areas such as greenhouse vegetable cultivation, egg and poultry [...]

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Time to do away with "barriers, alienation and despair": UNHCR chief

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It's time to change the current trajectory which has led to a climate of "fear and exclusion" towards refugees in many countries. That's the message from UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi, on World Refugee Day. As the day is marked on 20 June, more than 65 million people have been forced to flee [...]

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Water scarcity a problem in Uganda camps for South Sudan refugees

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Water scarcity is a huge challenge for humanitarian workers in Arua district in northern Uganda whose job is to welcome refugees from South Sudan. That's according to a field officer with the UN refugee agency, UNHCR, U Aye Maung, who is based at the Imvepi camp. The number of refugees in Uganda has more than [...]

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UN rushes to aid displaced Darfur families left homeless by camp fire

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In Sudan's restive Darfur region, some 4,000 displaced people are now living under trees following a deadly fire which destroyed the camp they were living in. The incident occurred earlier this month at the Korma camp, located some 80 km from El Fasher, the capital of North Darfur State and home to the headquarters of [...]

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New UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador will advocate for young refugees

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A teenage refugee from Syria will use her role as Goodwill Ambassador with the UN children's agency, UNICEF, to urge world leaders to stand with children uprooted by war. Muzoon Almellehan, 19, is the youngest person and the first official refugee, ever to be appointed to the position. Global displacement reached a record high last [...]

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News in Brief 19 June 2017 (PM)

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  "Deep concern" for safety of 100,000 in Syria's Deir Ezzour city "Deep concern" was expressed by the UN on Monday for the safety of around 100,000 Syrians trapped inside the city of Deir Ezzour. It's been besieged for nearly three years by the extremist group Daesh, or ISIL. Within the past week, heavy airstrikes [...]

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"Nothing inevitable" about transnational organized crime: UNODC

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There is "nothing inevitable" about the continuation of international crime syndicates such as people-smugglers and traffickers, said the head of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) on Monday. Yuri Fedotov was speaking at the beginning of a High-Level Debate in the UN General Assembly on Transnational Organized Crime. Matthew Wells has more. UNODC [...]

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UN Daily News Programme 19 June 2017

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Listen to a bulletin of news and features from the United Nations, with Dianne Penn and Matt Wells. In today's programme: global displacement hits new high in 2016; and experts meet to promote stronger action to address drought.

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Refugee film shows power of compassion, says star

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A film featuring Syrian refugees that’s inspired by their harrowing experiences – as well as lighter moments – shows how successfully integrating them is possible with a little compassion, its lead actress said on Monday. No Monsters In Berlin, tells the story of an Indian immigrant in the German city who forges a bond with [...]

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Sexual violence in conflict is a tactic of terrorism and war: UN chief

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Rape and sexual violence in conflict are clear "tactics of terrorism and war" used to destroy lives and even fuel ethnic cleansing. That's according to UN chief António Guterres, in his official message marking the International Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence and Conflict, which falls each 19 June. More details from Ana Carmo. [...]

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News in Brief 19 June 2017 (AM)

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First ever official refugee named Ambassador for UNICEF A 19-year-old Syrian has become the first official refugee to be appointed as an Ambassador for the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF). Muzoon Almellehan becomes the newest and youngest Goodwill Ambassador for UNICEF, on the eve of World Refugee Day. She received support from UNICEF while living in [...]

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FAO seminar promotes stronger action to address drought

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Experts and policy makers from across the globe are meeting in Rome this Monday to study how they can be more proactive in combatting drought, which the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) describes as "an overlooked phenomenon." This natural hazard affects people living in arid and semi-arid regions of the world and can have an [...]

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Global displacement hits new high in 2016: UNHCR

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The number of people fleeing war, violence and persecution around the world hit a new high of 65.6 million in 2016, the UN said on Monday. In its annual report on global displacement, the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) blamed escalating conflicts for the increase. The agency's William Spindler told Daniel Johnson that a key priority [...]

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Building up resilience of Yemeni families in "dire need": UNDP

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Yemenis continue to show "incredible resilience" despite the crippling war which has left around 20 million in need of aid. That's according to Auke Lootsma, Country Director in Yemen for the UN Development Programme (UNDP). He said UNDP's role was to try and build up that resilience even further, through programmes such as "Cash for [...]

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News in Brief 16 June 2017 (PM)

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UN Peacekeeping chief expresses "deep concern" over violence in DRC The UN Peacekeeping chief met with the President of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) on Friday and expressed "deep concern over the continuing violence" in the Kasai region. The Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, Jean-Pierre Lacroix, reaffirmed the UN's commitment to support the "full [...]

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Security Council hears of Mali peace deal progress

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This month marks two years since the signing of what it was hoped would be an historic peace accord in Mali. On Friday the Security Council was updated on the latest developments in the country and the outstanding issues that remain. Dianne Penn reports. Duration: 3’04″

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UN Daily News Programme 16 June 2017

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Listen to a bulletin of news and features from the United Nations, with Dianne Penn and Matt Wells. In today’s programme: Security Council updated on Mali progress ahead of peace deal anniversary; and:Migrant workers sending more money home than a decade ago.

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Fish bring new hope to conflict-affected South Sudanese

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Fish are helping to bring communities together in one conflict-affected part of South Sudan thanks to a small but hugely significant project undertaken by the United Nations peacekeeping mission in the country, UNMISS. Fishing the Nile River has for a long time been central to the economy of the town of Bor, in the east [...]

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More than half of young children deprived of play with fathers: UNICEF

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More than half of all children aged 3 to 4, are missing out on early-learning activities with their fathers, according to new data from the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF). The new analysis is drawn from UNICEF's Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey, covering 74 countries, published just ahead of Father's Day, which will be marked in 80 [...]

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Migrant workers sending home more money than a decade ago

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The amount of money migrants send home to their families in developing countries has increased by 51 per cent over the past decade, "lifting millions out poverty," a new report by the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) has found. The study, covering the period between 2007 and 2016, was released ahead of the International [...]

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News in Brief 16 June 2017 (AM) – Geneva

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  At least 100,000 people trapped in ISIL-held Mosul Old City ISIL fighters have trapped more than 100,000 people in the Old City of Mosul in Iraq for use as human shields, the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) said on Friday. The development comes eight months into the Iraqi military's campaign to retake the northern city [...]

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Funding crisis threatens aid to 9 million Syrian children: UNICEF

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A major funding gap means that the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) may have to cut "critical and life-saving activities" in support of around nine million children in Syria and surrounding countries. UNICEF said on Friday that it had received only a quarter of the US$1.4 billion that it needs to fund emergency operations this year [...]

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News in Brief 15 June 2017 (PM)

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Secretary-General welcomes new resolution on UN counter-terrorism office A General Assembly resolution adopted on Thursday will establish a new United Nations Office of Counter-Terrorism. The UN Secretary-General has welcomed the move which endorses a proposal that he put forward. Stéphane Dujarric is the UN Spokesperson: "The Secretary-General considers counter-terrorism and prevention of violent extremism to [...]

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UN Daily News Programme 15 June 2017

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Listen to a bulletin of news and features from the United Nations, with Dianne Penn and Matt Wells. In today's programme: a UNICEF report finds rich countries are struggling to meet development goals; and challenges persist for people with disabilities despite law changes.  

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Aid coordinator condemns Syria aid delays

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Aid access by land to hundreds of thousands of besieged civilians in Syria has been blocked for more than 40 days, a top humanitarian coordinator said on Thursday. Special Adviser to the UN Jan Egeland told journalists in Geneva that the last time aid trucks had made a delivery was in early May to Duma, [...]

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Experts detail human rights abuses and climate of fear in Burundi

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Serious human rights violations continue to take place in Burundi amidst a climate of "deep and widespread fear." That's the message delivered to the UN Human Rights Council on Thursday by the Commission of Inquiry on Burundi which is investigating abuses in the wake of the President's decision to run for a third term in [...]

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News in Brief 15 June 2017 (AM)

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Terror attack on popular restaurant in Somali capital condemned by UN An attack on a popular restaurant in the Somali capital, Mogadishu, which reportedly killed at least 19 people, has been condemned "in the strongest possible terms" by the UN envoy for the East African country. Michael Keating said that Wednesday night's attack "was clearly [...]

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Challenges persist for people with disabilities despite law changes

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While the past decade has seen many improvements in national laws that infringe on the human rights of people with disabilities, there is still a long way to go. That's the assessment of Theresia Degener, chairperson of the UN committee which monitors implementation of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. Activists are [...]

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Innovation could be solution to food insecurity: WIPO

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Innovation is a key development tool and it could provide "a way out" of the growing squeeze on the world's food resources, the UN said on Thursday. Francis Gurry, Director-General of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), made the announcement during the publication of a key annual global innovation index. It showed that Switzerland topped [...]

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UN Gender Focus: women’s health, handmade dolls and human rights

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Women's health was Finland's "sensitive issue," says former premier Investing in women's healthcare as a basic human right in Finland used to be something of a "sensitive issue", but it has turned out to be a "smart investment", the country's former President said at the UN on Tuesday. Speaking ahead of a debate at the [...]

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Kenya takes advantage of "neglected blue economy”

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Kenya has "neglected" the "blue economy opportunities" presented by taking care of the ocean in the past, and must be a better steward in the future. That's according to Kenyan environment, water and natural resources minister, Judi Wakhungu, who led the east African nation's delegation to the historic UN Ocean Conference. She said Kenya had [...]

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UN and Africa: focus on albinism, migration and Kenya’s blue economy

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Action plan gives "renewed hope" to people with albinism in Africa The endorsement of an action plan on albinism in sub-Saharan Africa has given "renewed hope" to people born with the condition, a UN human rights expert has said. Ikponwosa Ero was speaking just ahead of International Albinism Awareness Day, observed on 13 March. Albinism [...]

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Even rich countries struggle to hit 2030 goals: UNICEF

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One in five children in rich countries lives in poverty and one in eight is food-insecure, the UN said on Thursday. The findings appear in a UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) report, which shows that even the world's strongest economies are struggling to achieve commitments to youngsters contained in the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which [...]

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More resources needed to rid Haiti of cholera, UN deputy-chief urges

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Increased UN efforts to respond to the cholera epidemic in Haiti has helped reduce the transmission of the bacterial disease, but more needs to be done. That's the gist of the UN deputy chief's remarks to the General Assembly on Wednesday during an informal briefing on the matter. Over the last seven years, cholera has [...]

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Closing gender gaps could add trillions to the global economy: ILO

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Closing gender gaps by 25 per cent by 2025 could add US$ 5.8 trillion to the global economy and boost tax revenue, a new report by the International Labour Organisation (ILO) says. Northern Africa, the Arab States and Southern Asia would see the greatest benefits given that in these regions, the gaps in participation rates [...]

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News in Brief 14 June 2017 (PM)

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  Libya urged to "arrest and surrender" Saif Al-Islam Gadaffi to ICC The International Criminal Court (ICC) has called for the arrest and surrender of Saif Al-Islam Gaddafi, son of the deposed Libyan leader, Muammar Gaddafi. That's according to a statement issued by the Court's Prosecutor, Fatou Bensouda, on Wednesday. She also called for the [...]

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UN Daily News Programme 14 June 2017

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Listen to a bulletin of news and features from the United Nations, with Matthew Wells and Jocelyne Sambira. The Commission of Inquiry on Syria says civilians continue to bear the brunt of the "disasterous" civil war, in terms of lives lost; and only the UN and it's international partners stand between the people of Central [...]

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News in Brief 14 June 2017 (AM)

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Migrants "lifting millions out of poverty" by sending money home The amount of money migrants send to their families in developing countries has risen by 51 per cent over the past decade, according to a new report released by the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) on Wednesday. The study covers a 10-year period of migration and [...]

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UN chief pays visit to Afghanistan "in solidarity" with its people

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The war in Afghanistan has no military solution, the UN chief said on Wednesday as he urged the warring parties to seek a political solution to the conflict together. António Guterres paid his first visit to the country as Secretary-General where he met with government officials and people recently displaced by the conflict. Civilian casualties [...]

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"Overly broad" measures against Qatar impacting human rights: Zeid

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Some measures being taken by countries involved in an on-going dispute with Qatar are "overly broad" and may run counter to international human rights law. That warning comes from the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights on Wednesday, Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein, who said he was alarmed about the impact of the action already taking [...]

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Syria inquiry chief laments "disastrous" civilian death toll

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Conflict in Syria continues to rage with "disastrous consequences" for civilians who continue to bear the brunt of the six-year war, a leading rights investigator said on Wednesday. In an update to the Human Rights Council, Paulo Pinheiro, Chair of the Commission of Inquiry on Syria, appealed to the warring parties to stop fighting and [...]

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High Level Panel to study migration in Africa

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A High Level Panel on Migration in Africa is hoping to stem the tide of young people forced to flee their homelands because they cannot find jobs, a senior UN official has said. Thokozile Ruzvidzo heads the Social Development Policy Division at the UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), which established the body together with [...]

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News in Brief 13 June 2017 (PM)

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  Landmines exacerbate humanitarian crises, hinder response The threats posed by landmines, explosive remnants of war and improvised explosive devices exacerbate humanitarian crises and hinder emergency responses. That's what the Assistant Secretary-General for Rule of Law and Security Institutions in the Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO), Alexander Zuev, told diplomats at the UN on Tuesday. [...]

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People of CAR "have no alternative" to UN and partners

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The war-weary people of the Central African Republic (CAR) have "no alternative" but to rely on the UN and the international community to help forge a lasting peace. That's the firm belief of the head of the UN Mission in the CAR (MINUSCA), Parfait Onanga-Anyanga, who said that without their support on the ground "another [...]

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Women's health was Finland's "sensitive issue”

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Investing in women's healthcare as a basic human right in Finland used to be something of a "sensitive issue", but it has turned out to be a "smart investment", the country's former President said at the UN on Tuesday. Speaking ahead of a debate at the Human Rights Council in Geneva to promote women's rights [...]

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UN Daily News Programme 13 June 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: a UN expert underlines how rights for persons with disabilities cover "every single group in society";  and we hear how an action is giving to hope to people with albinism in Africa.

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"Smart" counter-terrorism policies needed, based on human rights: UN chief

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In order to defeat the rise of violent extremism, the world needs "strong and smart" policies founded on human rights, the UN Secretary-General said on Tuesday. António Guterres made the remarks at a high-level dialogue in Turkmenistan's capital city, Ashgabat, aimed at implementing a UN Global Counter-Terrorism strategy in Central Asia. The strategy, reviewed every [...]

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News in Brief 13 June 2017 (AM) – Geneva

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Ukraine's warring parties repeatedly fail to respect ceasefire agreements "Daily ceasefire violations" in Ukraine have led to a significant rise in the number of people killed in the four-year conflict, the UN said on Tuesday. Between February and May this year, the UN Human Rights Monitoring Mission in Ukraine (HRMMU) recorded 36 conflict-related civilian deaths [...]

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Action plan gives "renewed hope" to people with albinism in Africa

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The endorsement of an action plan on albinism in Africa has given "renewed hope" to people born with the condition, a UN human rights expert has said Ikponwosa Ero was speaking ahead of International Albinism Awareness Day, observed this Tuesday, 13 March. Albinism results from a lack of melanin, producing lighter than normal skin and [...]

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Rights for persons with disabilities cover "every single group in society"

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Just as people with disabilities represent a diverse cross-section, society must come up with diverse and inclusive solutions that protect their human rights. That's the opinion of UN human rights expert Catalina Devandas Aguilar, speaking ahead of the start of a three-day meeting to take stock of progress since the adoption of the Convention on [...]

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News in Brief 12 June 2017 (PM)

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  UN chief expresses support, "admiration" for UNRWA following criticism The UN Secretary-General expressed his concern on Monday over "recent public criticism" of the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA). António Guterres issued his statement following news reports on Sunday that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netahyahu had suggested the UN should consider [...]

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US$65 million needed to help aid DRC refugees fleeing into Angola The UN and partners are appealing for US$65 million in emergency aid to help refugees from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) fleeing across the border into Angola. Around 30,000 have already arrived since April and hundreds are continuing to cross the border [...]

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UN Daily News Programme 12 June 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 refugee chief is alarmed by the drop in resettlement options for vulnerable people And … World Day Against Child Labour focuses on children caught in conflict and disaster

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"Critical phase" reached and UN Mission in CAR "must stay the course"

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The UN Mission in the Central African Republic (CAR) has reached a "critical phase" and must now "stay the course" if lasting peace is to be achieved. That's the view of the head of MINUSCA and the UN's Special Representative in the country, Parfait Onanga-Anyanga, briefing the Security Council on Monday. Matthew Wells has more. [...]

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Refugee chief's call for more shelter places

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A massive increase is needed in the number of refugees given shelter in so-called third countries, the head of the UN refugee agency (UNCHR) said on Monday. In his appeal to Member States, UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi said that resettlement needs "far outweigh" current shelter options in adoptive countries by 13 to [...]

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Focus is on conflict and disaster, for World Day Against Child Labour

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A significant number of the nearly 170 million child workers globally are living in areas affected by disaster and conflict, according to the International Labour Organization (ILO). Children caught in these circumstances might be forced to fight in wars, or they are pushed to find jobs because their families can no longer afford to care [...]

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Diversity a richness, not a threat: UN Secretary-General

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Across the world, societies are becoming more diverse which must be viewed as a “positive thing,” the UN Secretary-General said on Sunday. António Guterres was speaking in the city of Osh in Kyrgyzstan, where he laid a wreath in memory of those who died during ethnic violence in June 2010. Dianne Penn reports. The clashes [...]

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Aral Sea “catastrophe” a lesson for the planet: UN Secretary-General

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The Aral Sea “tragedy” serves as a symbol of how humanity can destroy the planet, UN Secretary-General António Guterres said following a visit there on Saturday. Once the world’s fourth largest lake, the Aral Sea, which is located in Uzbekistan, has shrunk by more than 70 per cent in recent decades as its tributary rivers [...]

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UN conference has heightened awareness of ocean issues: GA president

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A UN conference held this week has raised the bar on global awareness about the state of the planet's oceans. That's the assessment of General Assembly president Peter Thomson, speaking to journalists in New York on Friday, the final day of the Ocean Conference. Dianne Penn reports. The conference was held to support implementation on [...]

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News in Brief 9 June 2017 (PM)

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UN condemns killing of three blue helmets in Mali The killing of three peacekeepers in Mali has been condemned by the UN mission in the country, MINUSMA. The blue helmets died in an attack in the northern town of Kidal on Thursday. The mission's camp there initially had been targeted by indirect fire in which [...]

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UN Daily News Programme 09 June 2017

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Listen to a bulletin of news and features from the United Nations, with Dianne Penn and Daniel Johnson. In today's programme … On patrol with a group protecting nesting turtles in Trinidad and Tobago; And … An aboriginal artist sounds the alarm on the ravages caused by abandoned fishing nets;  

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News in Brief 9 June 2017 – Geneva

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40,000 Raqqa children in line of fire as Syria fighting intensifies – UNICEF An estimated 100,000 people are trapped in the Syrian city of Raqqa, 40,000 of them children, the UN warned on Friday. At least 25 children have been reportedly killed and dozens more hurt in the ISIL stronghold, according to the UN Children's [...]

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UN chief underscores role of youth employment in combatting extremism

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Leaders in seven countries affected by terrorism are being urged to focus on youth employment as a means to spur development and counter violent extremism. UN Secretary-General António Guterres made the appeal in an address to members of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) at their summit in Kazakhstan on Friday. Other SCO countries are China, Kyrgyzstan, [...]

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First-ever Oceans Advocate makes a splash in NY

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The new Oceans Advocate, globally-acclaimed Australian singer-songwriter Cody Simpson, learned how to swim before he could walk. Cody took on his new role to help raise awareness of the ocean's importance in the health of the planet and people. He was appointed on 8 June, World Oceans Day, during the United Nations' first Ocean conference [...]

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Zeid calls for international probe into DRC violations

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Massive rights violations in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) including the discovery of mass graves should be the subject of an international probe following government inaction, the UN's human rights chief said on Friday. Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein's appeal follows violence in the country's Kasai Central and Kasai Oriental Provinces dating back to [...]

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"I love my ocean and I want to protect it": Aboriginal artist says

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An Aboriginal Australian behind an exhibit at the United Nations has been using his art to sound the alarm over abandoned fishing nets. Sid Bruce Short Joe from the remote Cape York community of Pormpuraaw takes these so-called "ghost nets" that wash up on the beach near his home and sculpts fish and other sea [...]

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On patrol with the group protecting turtles in Trinidad and Tobago

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Conserving marine resources takes centre stage this week at the first-ever Ocean Conference being held at UN Headquarters in New York. Dianne Penn recently travelled to Trinidad and Tobago and learned how a group called Nature Seekers, which has received UN funding, is protecting leatherback turtles which previously were butchered for their meat or even [...]

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UNICEF official laments "extremely dire" situation of Yemen's children

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There perhaps is no worse place in the world today to be a child than Yemen, a senior official with UN children's agency, UNICEF, said on Thursday. Geert Cappelaere, UNICEF Regional Director for the Middle East and North Africa, was briefing journalists on his recent visit to the country, where ongoing fighting between government forces [...]

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News in Brief 8 June 2017 (PM)

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  UN chief welcomes arms turn-over in Colombia Recent progress in the implementation of the peace deal in Colombia is being welcomed by the UN Secretary-General. António Guterres said on Thursday he was encouraged by the completion of the delivery to the UN mission in the country of 30 per cent of the arms held [...]

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Lack of ocean science could threaten planet's wellbeing: UNESCO

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The lack of scientific data on the oceans is a key missed opportunity for development and a potential threat to the planet, the UN said on Thursday. Launched at The Ocean Conference at UN headquarters in New York, the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) called on Member States to cooperate on researching the [...]

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Ocean Conference shows power of "global visions"

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The historic UN Ocean Conference came together on Wednesday to celebrate World Oceans Day together with people from around the world. In his message to mark the day, UN Secretary-General António Guterres said "the conservation and sustainable use" of the ocean could only be achieved through collective action. A special ceremony involving ocean advocates, scientists, [...]

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UN Daily News Programme 08 June 2017

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Listen to a bulletin of news and features from the United Nations, with Jocelyne Sambira and Dianne Penn. In today's programme … The UN is celebrating World Oceans Day on the margins of a historic conference seeking to save the "Earth's blue heart"; And … Participants at the UN Ocean Conference in New York are [...]

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Iran parliament attack "barbaric and cowardly:" UN Security Council The deadly terrorist attack on Iran's parliament on Wednesday has been condemned in the strongest terms by the UN Security Council. At least 50 people were killed when suicide bombers and gunmen launched a twin assault on the building and the Ayatollah Khomeini mausoleum, both in [...]

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Spike in murder of Mosul civilians at hands of ISIL

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ISIL's slaughter of civilians trapped in the Iraqi city of Mosul has seen a "significant escalation" in recent days, the UN human rights office, OHCHR, warned on Thursday. Citing credible reports, the agency said that the extremists murdered "at least 204" victims last week alone, as the Iraqi military campaign to retake the northern city [...]

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UN and Africa: focus on Gabon, CAR and Ocean Conference

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Gabon to create vast network of protected marine areas in Africa Gabon has announced a bold new initiative to conserve the "incredible natural treasures" of its coastal waters, Lee White, the Director of Gabon's National Parks confirmed on Tuesday. Speaking on the margins of the United Nations Ocean Conference, he said the network would include [...]

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Switch to refillable bottles to save oceans from plastic, says advocate

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A growing movement aimed at getting Londoners to stop using throw-away plastic bottles has joined forces with the United Nations to save the ocean. The UN-backed #OneLess campaign is distributing free water bottles to diplomats and participants of the UN Ocean conference in New York. Some 8 million tons of plastic pour into the oceans [...]

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"Chorus of Central African voices" demand end to impunity

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During a recent visit to the Central African Republic (CAR), a senior UN official heard "passionate demands" for an end to impunity in the country. The Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights, Andrew Gilmour, said people there were "desperate" for an end to their "tormented history". Progress has been made in securing the country, largely because [...]

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Recycle Africa enlists UN help to turn "trash to treasure"

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To mark the UN Ocean Conference, one African recycling company, has been raising awareness of marine , together with UN agencies on the Kenyan coast this week. Sam Ngaruiya, is Chief Executive of the recycling company, Regeneration Africa, and he's been down at the beach in the coastal town of Watamu, talking to Newton Kanhema [...]

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Do not abandon hopes for more united Libya: UN official

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The international community cannot afford to abandon hope for a better, more united Libya, the UN representative for the country told the Security Council on Wednesday. Martin Kobler was updating members on the ongoing crisis in Libya, which has been wracked by instability and political division since 2011. Dianne Penn reports. Libyan leaders signed a [...]

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"Digital giants" leading a "cautious" trade recovery: UNCTAD

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The "digital giants" of the world economy are having a major impact but global flows of foreign direct investment remain well below their 2007 peak, before the global markets crashed. That's the mixed picture emerging from the World Investment Report 2017 published on Wednesday by the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD). UNCTAD chief [...]

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UN chief condemns "unjustifiable" attack on Iranian parliament

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A deadly terrorist attack on the Iranian parliament on Wednesday has been condemned by the UN Secretary-General. At least a dozen people reportedly were killed when suicide bombers and gunmen attacked the national Parliament and another prominent building, the mausoleum of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, founder of the Islamic Republic. Dianne Penn reports. In a statement [...]

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News in Brief 7 June 2017 (PM)

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  Digital multinationals expand and so does digital investment divide: UNCTAD Digital companies such as Internet platforms and electronic commerce, or "e commerce," are expanding at a dramatically faster rate than other multinationals, according to a new report from UN trade body, UNCTAD. The study lists the top 100 digital multinational enterprises (MNEs) and their [...]

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Use Artificial Intelligence for the global good, UN chief tells summit

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Experts in Artificial Intelligence (AI) are being urged by the UN Secretary-General to use the field to benefit humanity. The remarks by António Guterres were made in a video message to the two-day AI for Good Global Summit, which opened on Wednesday in Geneva. The summit is investigating how so-called "intelligent machines" can play a [...]

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UN Daily News Programme 07 June 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: a senior UN human rights official recounts the passionate demands he's been hearing for an end to impunity, in the Central African Republic. And we'll hear from one ocean voyager about the "horror" of [...]

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"Fabric" of Sri Lanka torn apart by deadly storm: UNICEF

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Much of Sri Lanka's infrastructure has been torn apart by the deadly Cyclone Mora which brought floods and mudslides in its wake at the end of May. That's according to Tim Sutton of the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) who said that disease "will become a major problem" given the level of destruction, and the failure [...]

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Voyager shares "beauty and horror" witnessed on the ocean

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Spanish philanthropist, Álvaro de Marichalar, has been sharing the many "beautiful and horrible" things he's witnessed during his time at sea. The Sports Express Foundation (SEF) member was speaking on the margins of the historic United Nations Ocean Conference on Tuesday. Mr Marichalar hailed the strong sense of solidarity between fishermen but also the downside [...]

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News in Brief 7 June 2017 (AM)

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Gender-related killings a form of arbitrary execution: UN human rights expert A UN human rights expert is calling for gender-related killings to be recognized as a form of arbitrary execution. This includes deaths resulting from domestic violence, so-called "honour killings," and the murder of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transsexual, queer and intersex (LGBTQI) people. Agnes Callamard [...]

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Revolution needed in mental sickness care: UN expert

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A crisis in global mental health care linked to "decades of … abuse" should be addressed by Member States, a leading human rights expert has said. United Nations Special Rapporteur on the right to health, Dainius Puras, made his comments at the organisation's Human Rights Council. Daniel Johnson has more. Outdated attitudes on mental health [...]

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Ocean Conference shines light on illegal trade: CITES chief

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The illegal trade in marine species is one of the major issues that needs to be under the spotlight at the UN Ocean Conference this week. That's according to John Scanlon, head of the UN body that monitors implementation of an international agreement that helps ensure the survival of nearly 40,000 animal and plant species [...]

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Teen girl sailors urge greater ocean protection

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Two accomplished teenage sailors from the Caribbean are calling for stronger laws against dumping litter in the ocean. Kathryn Christopher and Savana Assam are in the racing class at the Trinidad and Tobago Sailing Association where students are taught the importance of keeping the seas clean. The UN is hosting a five-day global conference this [...]

7 Jun 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 »

UN chief urges global cooperation on sustainable use of water

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It is essential that nations cooperate to ensure water is shared equitably and used sustainably, the UN Secretary-General told the Security Council on Tuesday. António Guterres was addressing a meeting looking at the issue of preventive diplomacy and water disputes across national borders. Dianne Penn reports. Mr Guterres pointed out that water, peace and security [...]

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News in Brief 6 June 2017 (PM)

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American actor Adrian Grenier latest UN Environment Goodwill Ambassador Hollywood star Adrian Grenier has landed a new role: UN Environment Goodwill Ambassador. The American actor will advocate for reducing single-use plastic, a factor in marine pollution, in addition to supporting protection for wildlife that inhabit the seas. His designation ceremony was held on the roof [...]

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UN Gender Focus: UN mourns “great champion for women, girls” and Ocean Conference

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Late UN official advocate for women, girls' sexual reproductive rights The late Executive Director of the UN Population Fund (UNFPA), Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin, was a passionate advocate for women and girl's reproductive health rights. That's what John Mosoti, Chief of the agency's Multilateral Affairs Branch said shortly after the passing of Dr Babatunde was announced [...]

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UN Daily News Programme 06 June 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: The UN human rights chief says naming and shaming countries responsible for grave violations is the right thing to do… And Gabon unveils a bold new plan here at UN Headquarters, to conserve its [...]

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Gabon to create vast network of protected marine areas in Africa

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Gabon has announced a bold new initiative to conserve the "incredible natural treasures" of its coastal waters, Lee White, the Director of Gabon's National Parks confirmed on Tuesday. Speaking on the margins of the United Nations Ocean Conference, he said the network would include 9 new marine parks and 11 aquatic reserves covering just over [...]

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Rights chief defends naming and shaming of States

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The UN's Human Rights chief has defended the naming of Member States accused of grave violations, in an address at the Human Rights Council in Geneva. Speaking on the opening day of the Council's 35th session, Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein also criticised harassment of three of the body's rights experts, who have faced "smear and [...]

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Education aid falls for sixth consecutive year: UNESCO

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Aid-funding for education worldwide has fallen for the sixth consecutive year, according to a policy paper published on Tuesday by the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). It says total aid for education stands at US$12 billion, some four per cent lower than in 2010. UNESCO warns that the shortfall could have an impact [...]

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Late UN official advocate for women’s, girls' reproductive rights

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The late Executive Director of the UN Population Fund (UNFPA), Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin, was a passionate advocate for women and girl's reproductive health rights. That's what John Mosoti, Chief of the agency's Multilateral Affairs Branch said shortly after the passing of Dr Babatunde was announced at the UN. The renowned global health expert died suddenly [...]

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News in Brief 6 June 2017 (AM) – Geneva

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Mosul civilians lie dead in street: Zeid tells Human Rights Council The bodies of Iraqi men, women and children murdered by ISIL extremists lie in the streets of Western Mosul, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights said on Tuesday. Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein was addressing the Human Rights Council in Geneva, on the opening [...]

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Decisions at UN conference "most important ever made" for the ocean

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Decisions made at this week's UN Ocean Conference could chart the future for the next thousand years of ocean change. That's the enthusiastic view of one of the leading scientists who's at UN Headquarters this week, marine biologist Douglas McCauley. The Director of the University of California's Benioff Ocean Initiative, says that despite the degradation [...]

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Greening the planet, one bite of chocolate at a time

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Boutique chocolatier Rhonda Kave, also known as Roni-Sue, loves everything about chocolate, including sharing it with cruise ship travelers in Belize. She was one of the special visitors at UN Headquarters on Monday attending the Green Fair, to showcase sustainable living. The Manhattan-based businesswoman shuttles between her downtown chocolate shop and the Toledo district of [...]

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Greening world of work is the future: UN labour chief

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Decent "green" jobs are the future and they must be placed at the heart of the sustainable development agenda, the chief of the International Labour Organization (ILO) said on Monday. Guy Ryder made the remarks during the opening of the 106th Session of the International Labour Conference (ILC) in Geneva. He also introduced ILO's latest [...]

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"Now is not the time to give up" UN chief tells Israelis, Palestinians

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Now is not the time to give up on the goal of ending the Israeli occupation of the Palestinian territory and achieving a two-state outcome for durable peace in the region, the UN chief said on Monday. António Guterres issued a statement through his Spokesperson to mark the 50th anniversary of the 1967 Arab-Israeli war [...]

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UN Daily News Programme 05 June 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: the UN chief calls on countries to put aside short-term gain, and bring the ocean back from the brink of "catastrophe". And …as the historic Ocean conference gets underway we'll hear from the sustainable tourism [...]

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"Put aside short-term national gain" to save the ocean: UN chief

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UN Member States need to "put aside short-term national gain" in order to protect the ocean, which represents "the lifeblood of our planet". That's the impassioned plea from UN chief António Guterres, in his opening remarks to The Ocean Conference which runs throughout the week at UN Headquarters in New York. The conference aims to [...]

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UN mourns Dr Babatunde Osotimehin, "great champion for women, girls"

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The UN has lost a great champion of health and well-being, especially for women and girls, the Secretary-General said on Monday. António Guterres released a statement mourning the death of his "colleague and friend" Babatunde Osotimehin, the head of the UN Population Fund (UNFPA). Dr Babatunde died in his home at the age of 68. [...]

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News in Brief 5 June 2017 (AM)

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Clean-ups of beaches, parks organized to mark World Environment Day Thousands of people around the globe are joining massive clean-ups of beaches and parks to mark World Environment Day, the UN said on Monday. Other events include the lighting up in green of 30 iconic landmarks and an announcement by countries to protect 1,600 square [...]

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Podcast: Lawyer runs 40 marathons to highlight water, sanitation issues

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A charity runner who does not particularly enjoy running has completed 40 marathons in 40 days to raise awareness about the global goal of providing all people with clean water and sanitation by 2030. Mina Guli's quest spanned six continents where she ran along the banks of six of the world's major rivers, including the [...]

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UN Ocean Conference "a dream come true" for Caribbean nations

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A global conference on protecting oceans and marine resources is "a dream come true" for the Caribbean, according to the man who keeps the region informed about UN priorities. Juan Miguel Diez, Director of the UN Information Centre (UNIC) for the Caribbean Area, said the UN Ocean Conference is especially significant to countries there because [...]

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London terror attack condemned by UN chief

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A terrorist attack on Saturday in the heart of London which left at least seven dead and dozens injured has been condemned by the UN Secretary-General. In a statement issued by his spokesperson on Sunday morning, Antonio Guterres expressed his solidarity with the people and the government of the United Kingdom. Matthew Wells reports. The [...]

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Caribbean taking action to protect ocean: sustainable tourism expert

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The ocean is the "main player" in Caribbean tourism and this "fragile resource" must be protected. That's the opinion of the Director of Sustainable Tourism for the 33-member Association of Caribbean States (ACS), Julio Orozco. Mr Orozco is based in Trinidad and Tobago which is among the world's Small Island Developing States (SIDS), which depend [...]

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FAO helping countries to achieve "oceans" SDG

Listen / By absorbing much of the added heat trapped by atmospheric greenhouse gases, the oceans are delaying some of the impacts of climate change. Photo: WMO/Olga Khoroshunova

Countries are expected to underline their commitment to protect marine and coastal areas when they meet at UN Headquarters this week for the first-ever Ocean Conference. UN agencies such as the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) are supporting their efforts to conserve and sustainably use the ocean as outlined in the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals [...]

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

Don't forget vulnerability of farmers and their families: FAO

Listen / Natalia Winder Rossi. Photo: UN News/Matthew Wells

Social protections for vulnerable farmers and their families need to be expanded in many countries across the world, in recognition of the vital role they play in food production. That's according to Natalia Winder Rossi, a Senior Social Protection Officer with the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). Unlike formal workplaces, which are covered by labour [...]

3 Jun 2017 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

"Critical window of opportunity" to build trust over DPRK nuclear tests

Listen / A wide view of the Security Council Chamber. UN Photo/Manuel Elias (file photo)

There is a "critical window of opportunity" to ease tensions over North Korea's continuing defiance of UN Security Council resolutions, said China's ambassador on Friday. Liu Jieyi was addressing Council members following a unanimous vote in favour of tightening sanctions against North Korea, also known as the DPRK, following numerous ballistic missile launches this year. [...]

2 Jun 2017 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

News in Brief 2 June 2017 (PM)

Listen / Sahrawi refugees at the Smara Refugee Camp outside of Tindouf, Algeria. UN Photo/Evan Schneider

  Plight of thousands of Sahrawi refugees leaves UN chief "deeply concerned" The plight of tens of thousands of refugees from Western Sahara who stand to have their food rations cut, is a source of deep concern, the UN said on Friday. Secretary-General António Guterres said in a statement that humanitarian aid was "a lifeline" [...]

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New non-permanent members elected to Security Council

Listen / The General Assembly elected Côte d'Ivoire, Equatorial Guinea, Kuwait, Poland and Peru  as new non-permanent members of the Security Council for two-year terms starting on 1 January 2018.

Côte d'Ivoire, Equatorial Guinea, Kuwait, Poland and Peru were elected to serve on the UN Security Council on Friday. Voting took place in the General Assembly Hall at UN Headquarters in New York, and the new non-permanent members will begin their terms on 1 January next year. They will be joined by the Netherlands, which [...]

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UN Daily News Programme 02 June 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 Paris climate agreement is expected to continue, despite US withdrawal; and the first-ever Ocean Conference opens next week to tackle challenges such as marine pollution and dwindling fish stocks.

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Paris climate accord to continue, despite US withdrawal

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There is no denying that climate change is one of the biggest threats to the future of our planet, and action against it is "unstoppable." That's what UN Secretary-General António Guterres told reporters at a press encounter in St. Petersburg, Russia on Friday. He made the remarks following US President Donald Trump's announcement on Thursday [...]

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Israel occupation "key driver of humanitarian need" in Palestinian territory

Listen / Toddlers sit on the top step and their grandmother stands on a landing, inside their partially destroyed home in the Shejaiya neighbourhood of Gaza City. UNICEF/UNI188296/El Baba

Now in its 50th year, Israel's occupation is being cited by a recent UN report as a "key driver of humanitarian need" in the Palestinian territory and West Bank, including east Jerusalem and the Gaza Strip. Released annually, the humanitarian overview by the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) also mentions the internal [...]

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News in Brief 2 June 2017 (AM) – Geneva

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At least 40 migrants "die of thirst" in Sahara desert Forty-four migrants have died in the Sahara desert after their vehicle broke down as it was heading from Niger to Libya, the UN said on Friday. According to IOM, the UN Migration Agency, the victims included babies and women. They were found after survivors raised [...]

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Turtle advocate from Trinidad spurs sea change in her community

Listen / Suzan Lakhan Baptiste of Nature Seekers in Trinidad and Tobago. Photo: UN News/Lulu Gao.

A woman who was once called crazy for protecting sea turtles from poachers has helped to make her community a model for marine conservation in the Caribbean. Suzan Lakhan Baptiste is Managing Director of Nature Seekers, a non-profit conservation group in the fishing village of Matura in Trinidad and Tobago, where female leatherback turtles come [...]

2 Jun 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 »

Ocean Conference to see action on sea pollution, fish stock depletion

Listen / Peter Thomson. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

Tackling challenges such as marine pollution and dwindling fish stocks will top the global agenda next week when Heads of State, civil society representatives and the private sector convene at UN Headquarters to spur action to improve the state of the world's oceans. The first-ever Ocean Conference focuses on the targets outlined in Sustainable Development [...]

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

Forest project in Trinidad & Tobago also protects marine life: FAO

Listen / Neila Bobb Prescott, Chief Technical Advisor for the GEF-Funded Project on Improving Forest and Protective Area Management in Trinidad and Tobago.  Photo:	UN News/Lulu Gao.

Civil society groups, government agencies and local people in Trinidad and Tobago are coming together to improve management of forests and other protected areas, including those linked to the sea. They are doing so through a US$30 million project focusing on six pilot sites across the island nation that include a marine protected area in [...]

2 Jun 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 »

US withdrawal from Paris Agreement "major disappointment"

Listen / UN Spokesperson Stephane Dujarric addresses the US decision to withdraw from the Paris Agreement at UN Headquarters.UN Photo/Manuel Elías.

The withdrawal from the UN-led Paris Agreement on climate change announced by the President of the United States on Thursday is a "major disappointment". That's the verdict of UN Spokesperson Stephane Dujarric, speaking to reporters at UN Headquarters. He said it was crucial the US "remained a leader on environmental issues". Matthew Wells has more. [...]

1 Jun 2017 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

News in Brief 1 June 2017 (PM)

Listen / Michael Keating. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

End of dispute between Somali leaders welcomed by UN The end of a long-running conflict, which has been formally settled by the leaders of two central states in Somalia, was welcomed by the head of the UN Mission to the country on Thursday. UNSOM chief, Michael Keating, said that discussions earlier this week between Presidents [...]

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UN and Africa: focus on CAR, Nigeria and peacekeeping

Listen / A woman holds a child in Bambari, a town in Ouaka prefecture in Central African Republic. (file photo) Photo: OCHA/Gemma Cortes

Upsurge in violence forces 80,000 people in CAR to flee: UNHCR 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 [...]

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UN Daily News Programme 01 June 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:  "There is no time for complacency in the global fight against AIDS" the UN chief warns; and 2.7 million children live in care institutions around the world, the UN Children's Fund, UNICEF, reports.

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UN chief says "no time for complacency" in global AIDS fight

Listen / In Côte d'Ivoire, a counsellor from UNICEF partner NGO Femme Active, instructs an adolescent boy, diagnosed with HIV in 2012, on how to take his antiretroviral (ARV) medication correctly. Photo: UNICEF/Olivier Asselin

There is no time for complacency" in the fight against AIDS, the UN Secretary-General warned in his latest report on halting and reversing the global epidemic. Delegates at the UN General Assembly held a debate on Thursday on how to reinvigorate the international AIDS response in order to fulfill a promise to end the scourge [...]

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Violence in CAR has reached levels not seen since August 2014, says UN

Listen / Displaced people carry belongings through the M'Poko airport camp in Bangui, Central African Republic. Photo: OCHA/Phil Moore

Inter-communal crimes in new conflict hotspots in the Central African Republic (CAR) have “entered a new spiral” and displaced more than 100,000 people in just two weeks, the UN said on Thursday. The warning was issued by Najat Rochdi, UN Humanitarian Coordinator in CAR. According to OCHA, the UN Humanitarian Coordinating Agency, one in two [...]

1 Jun 2017 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Tackling climate change "mega-trend" must be "absolute priority": UN chief

Listen / Secretary-General António Guterres at the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF'17).  Image courtesy/TASS

Climate change is the key "mega-trend" of our age that needs to be addressed in order to rebuild trust and global security, said the UN chief on Thursday. António Guterres was speaking at the opening of the St Petersburg International Economic Forum in Russia. He said it was an "important opportunity" to discuss the big [...]

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News in Brief 1 June 2017 (AM)

Listen / UNAMID Nigerian peacekeepers. (file photo) UN Photo/Albert González Farran

UN condemns killing of peacekeeper in Darfur The UN has strongly condemned the killing of a peacekeeper from Nigeria, who was on a routine patrol in the north Darfur region of Sudan. In a statement issued on Thursday, the joint African Union-UN Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) said that the attack constituted a violation of international [...]

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UN Gender Focus: peacekeeping, displaced women and women’s entrepreneurship

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We need more women peacekeepers, says UN commander 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 [...]

1 Jun 2017 | Posted in UN Gender Focus | Read More »

2.7 million children in care homes worldwide: UNICEF

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At least 2.7 million children live in care institutions around the world where there’s a risk of long-term developmental problems, the UN has warned. Data released by UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) indicates that the percentage of youngsters in care in Central and Eastern Europe, and Central Asia is more than five times the global average. [...]

1 Jun 2017 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

UNDP small grants fund marine projects in Trinidad & Tobago

Listen / Rissa Edoo of the UN Development Programme in Trinidad and Tobago.  Photo: UN News/Lulu Gao.

Small funding investments in conservation groups in Trinidad and Tobago have made a big difference in protecting coastal areas and marine life in the country. That's the assessment of an officer with the UN Development Programme (UNDP), based in the capital, Port of Spain. Rissa Edoo is National Coordinator for the Global Environmental Facility's Small [...]

1 Jun 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 »

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