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

Listen / Catalina Devandas Aguilar. UN Photo/Jean-Marc Ferré

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)

Listen / UNRWA staff distributing food to displaced families in various UNRWA shelters in Gaza City. Photo: UNRWA Archives/Shareef Sarhan

  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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News in Brief 12 June 2017 (AM)

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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"

Listen / Veronique and some of her children who spent 6 months hiding in the bush in Bohong after violence broke out in Central African Republic. Photo: UNICEF/ Logan

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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