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News in Brief 15 June 2017 (PM)

Listen / Peter Thomson (left), President of the seventy-first session of the General Assembly. At his side is Movses Abelian, Assistant Secretary-General for General Assembly and Conference Management. UN Photo/Kim Haughton

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

Listen / Thousands of people fleeing fear of violence in Burundi have arrived in Mahama Refugee Camp, Rwanda. File Photo UNHCR/Kate Holt

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)

Listen / A street scene in Mogadishu, the Somali capital. Photo: AU-UN IST/Stuart Price (file photo)

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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