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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 [...]

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

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 [...]

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

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

Listen / Sid Bruce Short Joe from Australia exhibits his ghost net sculptures during the UN Oceans Conference Centre from 5-9 June 2017. Photo: UN News/RunaA.

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

Listen / Esther Vidale of Nature Seekers with a leatherback turtle who has just laid her eggs on Matura Beach in Trinidad and Tobago.  Photo: UN News/Lulu Gao.

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 [...]

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

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