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News in Brief 31 July 2017 (PM)

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  Suicide attack against Iraqi embassy in Afghanistan condemned An attack on the Iraqi embassy in the Afghan capital, Kabul, was condemned by the UN Mission in the country (UNAMA) on Monday. The assault began when a bomber blew himself up at the embassy gate, in a residential area of the city. Other attackers entered [...]

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UN Daily News Programme 31 July 2017

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Listen to a bulletin of news and features from the United Nations, with Ana Carmo and Matt Wells. In today's programme: "Urgent action" is needed by the Philippines to reverse "spiralling" human rights violations. We'll hear from one of the UN independent experts involved; and the new chief of the UN mission in war-torn Libya [...]

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"Urgent action" needed by Philippines over "spiralling" violations

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The government of the Philippines needs to take "urgent action" to address a "spiralling" series of human rights violations, including the summary execution of children. That's the conclusion of a group of independent UN rights experts, who have issued a joint call to action, in order to protect "many groups" in society threatened by the [...]

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News in Brief 31 July 2017 (AM)

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Mobile broadband internet subscriptions "set to hit 4.3 billion" Mobile broadband internet subscribers are expected to reach 4.3 billion by the end of this year, according to the UN's agency for information and communication technologies, the ITU. The ITU's latest Facts and Figures report shows that 830 million young people are already online, representing 80 [...]

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Barbershop Conference: Changing the conversation over equality

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Despite years of policies to promote gender equality in the workplace, no country has managed to make it a reality. That's one of the findings of a report launched at the second Barbershop Conference, held in July at UN Headquarters in New York. The initiative was created in 2015 by Iceland and Suriname and supports UN [...]

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North Korea's long-range ballistic missile launch condemned

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The UN Secretary-General has condemned the launch of another ballistic missile of possible intercontinental range by the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), also known as North Korea. António Guterres issued a statement through his spokesperson on Friday. The first missile was reportedly fired on 4 July near Panghyon airfield in the northwest of the [...]

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New chief at UN mission in Libya ready to work with the people

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The newly appointed head of the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) says he is coming to the country to work with and for its people. Veteran Lebanese diplomat and academic Ghassan Salamé is in New York for talks with UN officials and ambassadors before heading to Libya next week. He was in Paris earlier this [...]

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News in Brief 28 July 2017 (PM)

Listen / A Police Commissioner joins the first patrol by MINUSCA in Bangui, capital of the Central African Republic . UN Photo/Catianne Tijerina (file)

  CAR risks reaching "tipping point," says UN peacekeeping chief The Central African Republic (CAR) could rapidly reach a "tipping point" because of the increased intensity of attacks against civilians and peacekeepers. That's the view of the UN peacekeeping chief, Jean-Pierre Lacroix, which he shared with members of the Security Council on Thursday. Mr Lacroix [...]

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Countries urged to better protect migrant children from trafficking

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Countries are being urged by two UN experts to step up their efforts to protect migrant children from trafficking, sale and other forms of exploitation. The Special Rapporteurs Maria Grazia Giammarinaro and Maud de Boer-Buquicchio made the call ahead of the World Day Against Trafficking in Persons on Sunday 30 July. Children are disproportionately affected [...]

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UN Daily News Programme 28 July 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: the UN deputy chief wraps up a high-level visit to Africa focusing on women's role in peace and security; and despite global enthusiasm around the Sustainable Development Goals, they're still "far away" from being [...]

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News in Brief 28 July 2017 (AM) – Geneva

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Syria reaches “low point” on aid deliveries: OCHA Humanitarian deliveries to the most vulnerable communities in Syria are at a "low point", the UN said on Friday. Here's Jens Laerke from the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA): "In July there has been no inter-agency convoys to any besieged area, the deliveries to [...]

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People with albinism in rural Tanzania live in fear: UN expert

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People with albinism living in Tanzania continue to live in fear, particularly in the rural areas, a United Nations human rights expert has concluded after her first visit to the country. Ikponwosa Ero, the UN independent expert on the enjoyment of human rights by persons with albinism, made the remarks at the end of her [...]

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SDGs well-known but far from being reached: outgoing UN official

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The 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are being discussed positively all over the world but they're still "far away" from being reached. That's the long-term but optimistic view of the outgoing Under-Secretary-General for the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA),Wu Hongbo, whose last day on the job is July 31. He said the [...]

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News in Brief 27 July 2017 (PM)

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DRC needs to do more to end violence against women, says UN deputy chief More needs to be done in the Democratic Republic of the Congo or DRC to end gender-based violence in the country, the UN deputy chief said as she wrapped up a visit there on Thursday. Amina Mohammed spoke to reporters at [...]

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UN Gender Focus: women’s role in peace in Africa, women empowerment in India and UK student fights for gender equality

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UN deputy chief underscores women's role in peace, security in Africa Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) will not be possible without investing more in women. That's the view of UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed, who led a high-level group of women leaders to two African countries this month. Joining Ms Mohammed in Nigeria and [...]

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UN and Africa: focus on North-east Nigeria, UN camps in South Sudan and solar energy in Nigeria

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North-east Nigeria's problems principally due to "development failures" North-east Nigeria's problems are principally due to long-term "development failures", compounded by a Boko Haram terrorist insurgency that's provoked a "crisis of global magnitude." That's the view of UN Development Programme (UNDP) Resident Representative for Nigeria, Edward Kallon, who is also UN Humanitarian Coordinator there. Nearly two [...]

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UN Daily News Programme 27 July 2017

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Listen to a bulletin of news and features from the United Nations, with Matt Wells and Jocelyne Sambira. In today's programme: up to 50,000 civilians are being used in Raqqa as human shields by Daesh terrorists, with no way out of the city, says the UN; and the Food and Agriculture Organization tells us not [...]

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UN peacekeeping chief "deeply saddened" by deadly helicopter crash in Mali

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The head of UN peacekeeping operations said he is "deeply saddened" by the news of a helicopter crash in northern Mali. In a statement released on Thursday, Jean-Pierre Lacroix confirmed the deaths of two German peacekeepers in the incident. A peace deal signed between the Government of Mali and warring parties in 2015 has yet [...]

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Up to 50,000 civilians trapped in Raqqa with "no way out": OCHA

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Up to 50,000 civilians remain trapped in the former Daesh, or ISIL, terrorist stronghold of Raqqa, with "no way for them to get out." That's the chilling assessment of the Assistant Secretary-General for the UN humanitarian affairs office, OCHA, briefing the Security Council on latest developments in Syria. Matt Wells has more on Thursday’s meeting. [...]

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News in Brief 27 July 2017 (AM)

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  UN chief hails parties for defusing crisis in Old City of Jerusalem The UN Secretary-General has welcomed the news that the crisis in the Old City of Jerusalem has been defused, in line with the status quo at the holy sites before 14 July. On that day, two Israeli police officers were killed and a [...]

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States "still looking across the fence" on hepatitis treatment: WHO

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Hepatitis is one of the world's biggest killers and although many countries have taken action to eradicate the threat it poses, others need to do more, the UN said on Thursday. Latest data indicates that well over one million people died from the liver disease in 2015, putting it on a par with TB, according [...]

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News in Brief 26 July 2017 (PM)

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  UN Envoy calls for dialogue between Burundi government and opposition It is imperative that the Government of Burundi agree to an inclusive dialogue with the opposition. That's the message UN Special Envoy Michel Kafando told the Security Council on Wednesday, briefing ambassadors on his recent visit to the country and neighbouring Tanzania. Landlocked Burundi [...]

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Boko Haram violence compounds long-term "development failures"

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North-east Nigeria's problems are principally due to long-term "development failures" compounded by a Boko Haram terrorist insurgency that's provoked a "crisis of global magnitude." That's the view of UN Development Programme (UNDP) Resident Representative for Nigeria, Edward Kallon, who is also UN Humanitarian Coordinator there. On Wednesday, the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) launched an appeal [...]

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UN Daily News Programme 26 July 2017

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Listen to a bulletin of news and features from the United Nations, with Matt Wells and Jocelyne Sambira. In today's programme: the Boko Haram insurgency has compounded long-term development failures the UN Development chief in Nigeria tells us; and a photo-journalist who chronicled refugees' epic journeys of survival, joins up with the UN, to highlight [...]

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UN deputy chief underscores women's role in African security

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Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) will not be possible without investing more in women. That's the view of UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed, who led a high-level group of women leaders to two African countries this month. Joining Ms Mohammed in Nigeria and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) were the Executive Director [...]

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News in Brief 26 July 2017 (AM)

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UN appeals for funding to assist vulnerable people in north-east Nigeria The UN Refugee Agency, UNHCR, has launched an appeal for funding to scale up its activities in north-east Nigeria. The agency says it will need an additional US$9.5 million because of an unexpected surge in the return of Nigerian refugees since the beginning of [...]

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UN rights chief appoints panel on DRC Kasais abuses

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Three international rights experts have been appointed by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights to examine grave abuses in the Kasais region of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), it's been announced. The development follows the adoption of a resolution by the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva in June. At the time, [...]

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Hollywood helps highlight Europe's 20th Century refugee crisis: "The Lid is On" podcast classic

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In 1959, Hollywood stars Gregory Peck and Doris Day were at the height of their careers. But thanks to the former First Lady of the United States, Eleanor Roosevelt, – a delegate to the first ever UN General Assembly session in 1946 – that was the year they took part in what was arguably the [...]

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"Unprecedented response" needed for Yemen crisis: UN agency chiefs

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An "unprecedented response" from the international community is needed to save millions of lives across Yemen. That's according to the heads of three UN agencies, who have just finished a three-day fact-finding mission in the war-torn country, which is suffering the largest ever cholera outbreak. There have been around 400,000 suspected cases of the disease [...]

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Nine UN peacekeepers killed in line of duty in CAR this year

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The United Nations Secretary-General has condemned the killing of two UN peacekeepers in the Central African Republic on Wednesday. The Moroccan soldiers were escorting a humanitarian convoy in the south-eastern city of Bangassou when they were ambushed. The incident brings to nine the number of peacekeepers killed in service in the border town since the [...]

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News in Brief 25 July 2017 (PM)

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    UN deputy chief praises DRC for progress on issue of sexual violence The Government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) is being praised by the UN Deputy Secretary-General for making some progress on the issue of sexual violence. Amina Mohammed made the remarks during a press encounter on Tuesday, following her [...]

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West Mosul "a ghost city" devoid of all life: IOM

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Recently-liberated West Mosul has become "a ghost city" which is devoid of all life and urgently in need of international funds so residents can return. That's according to Hala Jaber of the UN migration agency (IOM) who was recently in the most devastated part of Iraq's second-largest city, which was captured by Daesh terrorists in [...]

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UN Daily News Programme 25 July 2017

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Listen to a bulletin of news and features from the United Nations, with Jocelyne Sambira and Matt Wells. In today’s programme: The UN welcomes Israel's decision to withdraw metal detectors from the entrance to one of Jerusalem's holiest sites, and the Pacific's first early warning system for disasters established in Tuvalu.

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“Vital" that status quo is preserved for Jerusalem sites: UN Coordinator

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It is "vital" that the status quo for Jerusalem's holy sites is preserved, the UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process said on Tuesday, following days of violent unrest that has claimed seven lives. Nickolay Mladenov was briefing the Security Council, and welcomed the Israeli government's decision on Monday to remove metal detectors [...]

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UN chief condemns suicide attacks against Nigeria camps

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The UN Secretary-General has strongly condemned Monday's terrorist attacks carried out in two camps for internally displaced persons in northeast Nigeria. According to media reports, female suicide bombers were behind the attacks. A recent report by the UN Children's Fund, UNICEF, found that nearly one out of every five suicide bombers is a child. Jocelyne [...]

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News in Brief 25 July 2017 (AM) – Geneva

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One in two African children on the move do not want to go to Europe: UNICEF Most youngsters on the move from Libya to Italy have fled violence and many said that initially they did not intend to travel to Europe when they left home, the UN said on Tuesday. Libya has long been a [...]

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UN camp residents in South Sudan "feel safer" after weapons searches

Listen / UNPOL officer in South Sudan, Cynthia Anderson leads a team on a search of shelters in displaced persons camp in Juba. Photo: UNMISS/Daniel Dickinson

South Sudanese citizens who have been displaced to UN protection camps as a result of conflict in the country say they feel safer when those camps are searched for weapons and other prohibited items. Currently around 219,000 people live in protection of civilians sites set up by the UN mission in South Sudan, UNMISS. To [...]

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News in Brief 24 July 2017 (PM)

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  UN chief 'strongly condemns' terrorist attack in Pakistan UN Secretary-General António Guterres has strongly condemned Monday's terrorist attack that took place in Pakistan's eastern city of Lahore. In a statement issued through his deputy spokesman, Mr Guterrers called for those responsible to be brought to justice. He also extended his condolences to the families of [...]

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Tuvalu launches first early warning system in Pacific

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The launch of an early warning system in Tuvalu will better inform residents of the Pacific island nation about oncoming cyclones and other disasters, according to a senior UN official in the region. It is the first such system for the Pacific and can be replicated in other nations there, said Bakhodir Burkhanov, head of [...]

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UN Daily News Programme 24 July 2017

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Listen to a bulletin of news and features from the United Nations, with Jocelyne Sambira and Matt Wells. In today’s programme: Helping families keep more of the cash being sent to them by working relatives overseas would boost sustainable development, a UN conference hears; And, we’ll report from Iraq, where UN Messenger of Peace Malala, has [...]

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UN in Afghanistan "outraged" by deadly suicide attack in Kabul

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The acting head of the UN Mission in Afghanistan, UNAMA, said she is "personally outraged" by all the attacks against civilians. Pernille Kardel made the remarks following a deadly attack in the capital, Kabul, which killed 20 people and injured 40 others. A suicide attacker detonated a car packed with explosives against a bus carrying [...]

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Boosting "financial inclusion" for migrant cash is "a low-hanging fruit"

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Allowing families who receive cash from migrants working overseas access to reliable financial services, is "a low-hanging fruit" which would boost sustainable development. That's the view of Louise Arbour, the UN Special Representative for International Migration. She was speaking at the Fourth Informal Thematic Session on the global compact for safe, orderly and regular migration, [...]

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News in Brief 24 July 2017 (AM)

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Australia urged to end "offshore processing" of asylum seekers Australia is being urged by the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Filipo Grandi, to end "the harmful practice of offshore processing." Refugees arriving by sea without a valid visa are denied access to asylum in Australia and are often detained in neighbouring islands like Papua New [...]

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CAR authorities urged to investigate peacekeeper's death: UN

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The United Nations Secretary-General has condemned the killing of a UN peacekeeper in the Central African Republic (CAR). António Guterres issued a statement on Sunday, urging the authorities in the country to investigate this incident and bring the perpetrators to justice. A Moroccan soldier was killed and three others were injured in the attack. Jocelyne Sambira has [...]

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Multilingualism promotes respect: Zimbabwean student in China

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Growing up in a multilingual home has taught a young woman from Zimbabwe to value all cultures. Gugulethu Jemaine Nyathi said having parents who speak different languages has served her well as she pursues an engineering degree at Jiangsu University in China. "Gugu," as she is known, was one of 60 winners of the UN-backed [...]

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Myanmar's Rohingya "terrified", says rights expert

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Worsening conditions for minorities in Myanmar have left communities "terrified" amid reports that people have been used as "human shields" by armed forces, a UN rights expert has said. Yanghee Lee, who's the UN Special Rapporteur on Myanmar, made her comments at the end of her latest visit to the country – her third under [...]

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Photojournalist partners with UN to chronicle refugee journeys

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From Lebanon to Greece, British Photographer Giles Duley has been capturing refugees' epic journeys of survival as they search for a new home. His book "I Can Only Tell You What My Eyes See", recently launched in London, covers more than a year spent documenting the refugee crisis. Giles travelled to countries in the Middle [...]

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Yemen's suspected cholera cases likely to double to over 600,000

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The number of suspected cholera cases in Yemen is expected to at least double by the end of this year, to more than 600,000. That's according to disease experts from the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC). The assessment comes as the World Health Organization (WHO) declared on Friday that the war-torn country faces [...]

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World urged to take action on "forgotten" food crisis in DRC

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The international community is being urged not to forget the millions of people in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) who have fled communal violence and are now facing hunger. The appeal has been made by the Senior Food Crisis Analyst with the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), Luca Russo. He said some [...]

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UN chief calls for restraint by Israelis and Palestinians following recent violence

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The UN Secretary-General has expressed concern over recent violence in Jerusalem and the occupied West Bank. António Guterres has deplored the deaths of three Palestinians in Jerusalem's Old City and the stabbing deaths of three members of an Israeli family in West Bank settlement. Both incidents occurred on Friday. Dianne Penn reports. The three Palestinians were [...]

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Empowering young women to speak for themselves

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When it comes to young women's right to access reproductive health care, "knowledge is power," according to an activist from Zimbabwe. Ashley Ngwenya is part of a youth coalition called ACT!2030 which advocates for better policies in the areas of sexual and reproductive health education and services. She was at the UN to take part [...]

22 Jul 2017 | Posted in Sustainable Development Goals, Today's Features | Read More »

Countryside food producers suffering most from poverty

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Farmers producing 80 per cent of the world's food are suffering the most from poverty and malnutrition, according to the deputy chief of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). That paradox is one of the major challenges facing FAO as it tries to help countries reach the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), said Maria Helena [...]

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"Dramatic deepening" of humanitarian crisis in DRC: UN relief chief

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There has been a "dramatic deepening" of the humanitarian crisis in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), according to the UN relief chief, Stephen O'Brien. The Humanitarian Coordinator was speaking at the end of a four-day mission to the DRC and called on the world "not to forget" the country which now has the [...]

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Multilingual contest inspires UK student's fight for gender equality

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The opportunity to deliver a speech in French on gender equality to the UN General Assembly has cemented a young British student's decision to push for more women's representation in UK politics. Nicholas Bloom is among 60 students worldwide chosen as the winners of this year's Many Languages, One World multilingual essay competition co-sponsored by [...]

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News in Brief 21 July 2017 (PM)

Listen / Youth volunteers and counsellors discussing protection against HIV through correct knowledge and skills, with a group of adolescent boys in Zamboanga City, Philippines. Photo: UNICEF/Palasi

Drug-resistant HIV "a growing challenge to global health": WHO chief A strain of HIV that is resistant to some of the most widely used HIV medicines is "a growing challenge to global health" that cannot be ignored. That's according to the World Health Organization's (WHO) Director General, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, who called on countries  to [...]

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Stigma-free access to sexual health care a must for youth

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The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) took centre stage this week at a forum at UN Headquarters where youth advocates stressed how access to sexual and reproductive healthcare underpins the global push to achieve a more just and equitable world by 2030. UN statistics show that of the 1.1 million AIDS deaths in 2015, 110,000 were [...]

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UN Daily News Programme 21 July 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: UN welcomes plan to allow a million Afghan refugees to remain in Pakistan; and A teenager shot by a sniper while fleeing the Iraqi city of Mosul holds onto her dream of becoming a [...]

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News in Brief 21 July 2017 (AM) – Geneva

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Cholera outbreak in Yemen now the world's largest: WHO Thousands of Yemenis become infected with cholera and watery diarrhoea every day, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Friday, in a call to step up efforts to stop the epidemic. In the three months since the disease began to spike in the country, there have [...]

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UN Messenger of Peace Malala inspires displaced girls in Iraq

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Nobel laureate and UN Messenger of Peace Malala Yousafzai is urging world leaders to support the right of every child to go to school. Malala made the call while visiting a camp for Iraqis displaced by the battle to free the northern city of Mosul which had been under the control of the terrorist group [...]

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One million undocumented Afghans to get right to stay in Pakistan

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Pakistan's plan to register up to one million undocumented Afghans living in the country is set to bring "much needed relief" for many refugees unable to return home amid ongoing insecurity, the UN said on Friday. UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, welcomed the initiative, which offers protection from arbitrary arrest, detention or deportation. The scheme [...]

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More women religious leaders needed to help prevent atrocities

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More women are needed in religious leadership roles to help realize a new plan to prevent future atrocity crimes. That's the view of Isabel Apawo Phiri, Deputy General Secretary for Public Witness at the World Council of Churches, based in Geneva. She was at UN Headquarters in New York to launch the so-called Fez Plan [...]

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Mosul teen shot by sniper dreams of medical career

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A teenage girl who lost her leg while fleeing from the Iraqi city of Mosul hopes to achieve her dream of becoming a doctor. Milad Yassi, 16, had to have her left leg amputated after being shot by a sniper from the terrorist group ISIL, also known as Daesh. Her family was among thousands of [...]

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Development goals not possible without investing in women: UN deputy chief

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Reaching the ambitious Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) will not be possible without investing more in women. That's the view of Amina Mohammed, UN Deputy Secretary-General, who is leading a ground-breaking high-level delegation to Nigeria and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). She is travelling with the Executive Director of UN Women, the UN Special [...]

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News in Brief 20 July 2017 (PM)

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South Sudan "status quo is unacceptable and unsustainable": UN The status quo for South Sudan's war-ravaged population "is unacceptable and unsustainable," said the UN Assistant Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, briefing the Security Council on Thursday. El Ghassim Wane said the peace process faced numerous challenges that must be overcome if the country is to make [...]

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UN Gender Focus: South Sudan, young women’s rights and religion

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Women and children plead for peace in South Sudan 'ghost town' Women and children are urging authorities in South Sudan to restore peace in the town of Yei. Violence between Government and opposition forces which erupted last year has forced thousands to flee. Yei was once the country's breadbasket but it is practically a ghost [...]

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UN Daily News Programme 20 July 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: progress in the fight against HIV, but children still at risk; and: drought in North Korea is affecting food production.

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UN and Africa: focus on CAR children, SEED awards and hunger across East Africa

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Children increasingly bear brunt of CAR violence amid mass displacement Horrific and deadly acts of violence against babies and children have been reported in the Central African Republic (CAR), where fighting has forced tens of thousands of people from their homes in recent months. The warning follows months of renewed conflict involving armed groups in [...]

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News in Brief 20 July 2017 (AM)

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UN Coordinator "deeply concerned" over "surge" in Jerusalem tensions The UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process said on Thursday he was "deeply concerned" by rising tensions around the holy sites of Jerusalem's Old City. Nickolay Mladenov issued a statement welcoming the commitment of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to "uphold and respect [...]

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Food aid costs have skyrocketed, warns WFP

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Skyrocketing humanitarian needs are behind a 140 per cent "spike" in the cost of getting food to vulnerable communities, many of which need more help from their own countries, the UN said on Thursday. The World Food Programme (WFP), it spent US$ 5.3 billion in 2015, whereas seven years earlier, its outlay was US$2.2 billion. [...]

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DPRK drought affecting food production: FAO

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Food production in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) has been severely damaged by the worst drought in the country since 2001, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) reported on Thursday. Rainfall in key crop-producing areas was well below average from April through June, disrupting planting and damaging crops including staples such as [...]

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"Scales have tipped" in fight against HIV

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A key milestone has been reached in the fight against HIV, according to UN health experts, who say that more than half of all sufferers now have access to treatment. The announcement from the Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) accompanies new data showing that an estimated 37 million people had human immunodeficiency virus in [...]

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UN Singers celebrate 70, in village that welcomes the world

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The United Nations Singers celebrate their 70th anniversary with a special concert in New York on Friday. Just a few weeks ago, the choral group – formally known as the UN Staff Recreation Council Singers – took a message of peace from the UN Secretary-General to an international choir festival in the heart of Germany. The [...]

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Most people warned against tobacco use, but industry still resistant

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A majority of consumers around the world now receive warnings about the dangers of using tobacco products, but the industry continues to resist government efforts. That's according to the World Health Organization's (WHO) report on the global tobacco epidemic, launched on Wednesday on the side-lines of the UN high level political forum on sustainable development, [...]

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News in Brief 19 July 2017 (PM)

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Least-Developed "still lagging behind" on SDGs, "despite some progress" The world's Least-Developed Countries (LDCs) are "still lagging behind" on the timetable for sustainable development outlined in the so-called Istanbul Programme of Action "despite some progress." That's according to the Under-Secretary-General and High Representative for the LDCs, Landlocked Developing Countries, and Small Island Developing States, Fekitamoeloa [...]

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UN Daily News Programme 19 July 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: blueprint unveiled to eradicate arsenic-contaminated rice; and women and children plead for peace in South Sudan 'ghost town'.

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New framework to "reinvigorate" African Union-UN partnership: UN chief

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A new framework to "reinvigorate" cooperation between the African Union (AU) and the UN in forging peace and enhanced security was outlined at the Security Council by the UN chief on Wednesday. Secretary-General António Guterres told members it was time for the international community to "change the narrative about Africa" and work harder to unlock [...]

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Education, women's empowerment "top priorities" for UN in India

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In order to meet the challenges of the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), India should prioritize women's empowerment and education. That's the view of UN Resident Coordinator based in Delhi, Yuri Afanasiev, who's been at UN Headquarters this week attending the High-Level Political Forum which is reviewing progress made so far on the SDGs. He [...]

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News in Brief 19 July 2017 (AM)

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  Shock and sadness over "at least 20 deaths" reported in Yemen: UNHCR The deaths of "at least 20" internally displaced Yemenis following an air strike on Tuesday, highlights the urgent need for a peaceful political solution to the on-going conflict there, said the UN Refuge Agency (UNHCR) on Wednesday. UNHCR's William Spindler said the [...]

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Women and children plead for peace in South Sudan 'ghost town'

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Women and children are urging authorities in South Sudan to restore peace in the town of Yei. Violence between Government and opposition forces which erupted last year has forced thousands to flee. Dianne Penn reports. Duration: 3’11″

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UN official urges continued support for Haiti as mission drawdown continues

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International support for Haiti will be critical as the United Nations continues the drawdown of its mission in the Caribbean country, the organization's top official there told the Security Council on Tuesday. The mission, known as MINUSTAH, will be replaced in October by a follow-on operation that will focus on the rule of law and [...]

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News in Brief 18 July 2017 (PM)

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  International community urged to avert repeat of CAR crisis The international community is being urged by the UN Emergency Relief Coordinator to "sustain support" for the Central African Republic or CAR. Stephen O'Brien was speaking at a press conference in the capital Bangui as he concluded a visit to the country on Tuesday. By [...]

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UN Daily News Programme 18 July 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: Children "increasingly targeted" in CAR violence; and we hear how Arab States are faring in the global push to eliminate hunger and other challenges.

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UN commemorates Nelson Mandela's "lifetime of service"

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UN Secretary-General António Guterres is urging people to "make a difference" in the lives of others in memory of the late Nelson Mandela. Mr Mandela was the world's most famous prisoner of conscience who resisted the former system of racial discrimination in South Africa known as apartheid. The activist went on to become the country’s first [...]

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News in Brief 18 July 2017 (AM) – Geneva

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Libya "executions" should face investigation, says UN rights office Reports indicating that suspected terrorists have been executed by forces aligned with the Libyan National Army (LNA) should face an independent investigation, the UN said on Tuesday. OHCHR, the UN human rights office, made the appeal after videos appeared on social media showing detainees being shot [...]

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Children “increasingly targeted” in CAR violence

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Horrific and deadly acts of violence against babies and children have been reported in the Central African Republic (CAR), where fighting has forced tens of thousands of people from their homes in recent months. The warning  from UN Children’s Fund UNICEF and UN Refugee Agency UNHCR follows months of renewed conflict involving armed groups in [...]

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Some 700,000 civilians displaced from western Mosul: UN

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Some 700,000 civilians have been displaced from western Mosul, the UN Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Iraq said on Monday. Lise Grande, who is also the Resident Coordinator and Humanitarian Coordinator of the UN Mission in the country, UNAMI, was speaking via video link from Baghdad. She told journalists in New York that [...]

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News in Brief 17 July 2017 (PM)

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  UN "deeply concerned" for safety of civilians in Raqqa The UN and the humanitarian community remain "deeply concerned" for the safety of people trapped in Raqqa city in Syria, the deputy UN spokesperson has said. Farhan Haq confirmed the news during a briefing to the press on Monday. Heavy fighting continues to affect civilians, [...]

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Countries urged by UN chief to "fully cooperate" with MH17 probe

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On the third anniversary of the tragic downing of Malaysia Airlines flight 17, or MH17, the UN Secretary-General has called on States to "fully cooperate" with an ongoing probe. The plane was en route to Kuala Lumpur from Amsterdam on 17 July 2014 when it crashed in eastern Ukraine, killing 298 people. António Guterres said [...]

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Security Council urged to continue Iraqi support following Mosul victory

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Iraq will continue to require international support in the wake of the military victory in the northern city of Mosul, the Security Council heard on Monday. The UN's top representative in the country, as well as a senior Iraqi diplomat, told ambassadors of the "substantial" need for assistance, including to remove landmines left by the [...]

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"Time is of the essence" to implement the Sustainable Development Goals: UN

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The rate of progress to meet the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and targets by 2030 is "far slower than needed". That's the view of the Under-Secretary-General for the Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) Wu Hongbo. He was speaking at the launch of latest SDG progress report on Monday. Jocelyne Sambira has more. The [...]

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UN Daily News Programme 17 July 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: Security Council urged to continue Iraqi support following Mosul victory; and we hear why integration is often migrants' biggest challenge.

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States give go-ahead to end arsenic-contaminated rice

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A bid to protect global consumers from naturally occurring arsenic-contaminated rice has been given the go-ahead by Member States, the UN said on Monday. The initiative is one of many food safety measures covered by an international body known as the Codex Alimentarius Commission. It was set up in 1963 by the World Health Organization [...]

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News in Brief 17 July 2017 (AM)

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More than 12 million babies worldwide were not vaccinated in 2016 More than 12 million babies worldwide, nearly one in ten, did not receive any vaccinations in 2016, the UN says. Every year, the World Health Organization and the UN Children's Fund UNICEF jointly produce national immunization coverage estimates for each of the 194 WHO [...]

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Why fitting in is often migrants' biggest challenge

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Helping migrants integrate into host communities is crucial to everyone's wellbeing, but it's something that's frequently misunderstood by authorities, the UN has said. The issue is one of many on the agenda at the International Dialogue on Migration in Geneva beginning on Tuesday, hosted by the UN migration agency, IOM. The recommendations that emerge from [...]

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"Not that late" on SDGs: Commission chief on Arab states

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Arab states are late in beginning the implementation of the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), due largely to conflict and instability, but "not that late". That's the cautiously optimistic view of Mohamed Ali Alhakim, the newly-appointed Executive Secretary of the Economic and Social Commission for West Asia (ESCWA), which includes 18 Arab states. He's the [...]

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Austrian scientist prepares for entry into force of UN nuclear ban treaty

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Scientists are being trained by a UN-backed organization in methods to monitor whether or not a nuclear explosion has taken place. The workshops have been organized by a commission known as the CTBTO which is preparing for the entry into force of a UN treaty that bans nuclear explosions anywhere in the world. The historic [...]

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Solar energy and GPS bringing education to Nigeria’s nomad children

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There is much the world can learn from nomadic cultures, according to a man who is using solar energy, GPS technology and virtual reality to bring education to children in Fulani communities in northwest Nigeria. Usman Muhammad Mareri is calling for more support for nomads and pastoralists who he believes have been "abandoned and neglected" [...]

15 Jul 2017 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

"Incremental progress" at latest Syria talks

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A new round of talks aimed at ending the Syrian conflict have ended in Geneva where UN negotiator Staffan de Mistura spoke of making "incremental progress" and his intention to continue discussions in September. The Special Envoy was speaking to journalists in the Swiss city after a week of meetings with government and opposition delegations. [...]

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Religious leaders critical to halting incitement to violence: UN chief

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The voice, authority and example of religious leaders are critical to preventing incitement to violence, the UN Secretary-General said on Friday. António Guterres was speaking at UN Headquarters at the launch of a global initiative which aims to prevent future genocide. Known as the Fez Plan of Action, it is the result of two years [...]

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News in Brief 14 July 2017 (PM)

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UN chief condemns deadly shooting at Old City of Jerusalem A deadly attack in the Old City of Jerusalem on Friday has been condemned by the UN Secretary-General. Two Israeli police officers were killed and a third wounded when they were fired upon by three assailants who were later killed by the Israeli security forces. [...]

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Sustainable small business awards at UN "tremendously empowering"

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Winning one of the prestigious UN-backed SEED awards, which highlight some of the most entrepreneurial and sustainable small businesses in Africa and beyond, is "tremendously empowering". That's according to Geoff Green, founder of the South African firm, Green Acre Living, which promotes micro-enterprises focused on biodiversity and indigenous foods. He was speaking at UN Headquarters, [...]

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UN Daily News Programme 14 July 2017

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Listen to a bulletin of news and features from the United Nations, with Matt Wells and Dianne Penn. In today's programme: a new global action plan drawn up by religious leaders, aims to prevent future atrocity crimes…We'll have the details; and hunger's rising sharply across East Africa as rains fail yet again, made worse by [...]

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G20 setting "wheels in motion" for green finance: UN environment chief

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The world's leading economies have taken "huge strides" over the past year towards mobilizing the funding needed to make sustainable development and climate action a reality, the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) reported on Friday. Research by the agency finds that the G20 countries, as well as other nations, have launched "dozens" of policies and financial [...]

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Hunger rising sharply across East Africa due to third failed rains

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Hunger is rising sharply across the East Africa region following the third season in a row without sufficient rain to grow crops. That's according to a new alert from the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) which says that crops are scorched, pastures dry, and thousands of livestock dead. Rural families in the affected areas need [...]

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News in Brief 14 July 2017 (AM) – Geneva

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Venezuela security forces urged to respect demonstrators' rights Venezuela's government should ensure that the country's military avoids using excessive force against demonstrators amid reports of intimidation, the UN said on Friday. The appeal from the UN Human Rights Office (OHCHR) comes as protests continue against the government of Nicolas Maduro. Since April, 92 people have [...]

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Religious leaders find common ground to prevent future atrocities

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Religious leaders from around the world are coming together at UN Headquarters on Friday to launch a new action plan aimed at preventing future genocide. The Plan of Action to Prevent Incitement to Violence that Could Lead to Atrocity Crimes, aims to "prevent, strengthen and build" on measures to counter the kind of ideology that [...]

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Child nutrition "big focus" of UN work in Eritrea

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The UN is appealing for US$328 million to support its work in Eritrea which addresses issues such as food insecurity, health, infant mortality, access to clean water and improved sanitation. The appeal was launched in New York on Thursday by senior humanitarian official John Ging, who has recently returned from the country which he described [...]

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"Smart tech" used to teach Sudan's former child soldiers

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An innovative project that has given former child soldiers access to education in Sudan shows the value of embracing technology for sustainable development, the UN said on Thursday. According to the UN Children's Fund UNICEF, these vulnerable youngsters have been able to follow the country's national curriculum using solar-powered electronic tablets. The initiative is being [...]

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News in Brief 13 July (PM)

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UN representative briefs Security Council on West Africa and Sahel Despite progress in consolidating democracy in West Africa and the Sahel, the security situation there continues to be a cause for concern. That was the message UN Special Representative for the region, Mohamed Ibn Chambas, delivered to the Security Council on Thursday. UN Spokesperson Stéphane [...]

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Report outlines how ICTs can help achieve SDGs

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The heads of more than 20 UN agencies are sharing their insights on how Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) can be harnessed to achieve sustainable development. Their recommendations can be found in a report launched on Thursday which seeks to spur progress by leveraging technology to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) which aim to [...]

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Decades of UN economic knowledge valuable to SDG effort

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Lessons learned from seven decades of UN economic analysis are relevant to today's global efforts to achieve a more just and equitable world by 2030. That's the premise of a report launched on Thursday by the organization's Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA). Dianne Penn reports. The UN has been publishing the World Economic [...]

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UN Daily News Programme 13 July 2017

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Listen to a bulletin of news and features from the United Nations, with Matt Wells and Dianne Penn. In today's programme: Mosul's children are suffering "deep physical and mental scars" after the brutal fight to liberate their city, the UN Children's Fund tells us; and we'll hear how women who've borne the brunt of war [...]

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News in Brief 13 July 2017 (AM)

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Death of Chinese activist a loss for human rights worldwide: UN rights chief Chinese peace and democracy activist Liu Xiaobo is being remembered by the UN human rights chief as "the definition of civic courage and human dignity." Mr Liu, 61, who had been suffering from liver cancer, died on Thursday in Shenyang, in northeast [...]

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Babies “found” in ruins of Mosul

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Babies have been found in the rubble of Mosul and children there have "deep physical and mental scars" that may take years to heal, the UN said on Thursday. The warning from UN Children's Fund UNICEF comes amid ongoing violence in parts of the Iraqi city where security forces have largely driven out ISIL extremists. [...]

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"Improvements are astonishing" in "very poor" region of Tajikistan

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"Astonishing" improvements came about when five UN agencies joined forces in an integrated manner to help transform one impoverished valley in the Central Asian country of Tajikistan. That's the lesson of working together on improving human security, and an indicator of what needs to be done to implement the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals, said the [...]

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UN Gender Focus: gender balance in peacekeeping, women in Uganda and Rakhine women

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Greater gender balance needed in peacekeeping, says UN chief Deploying more women to peacekeeping operations will help boost the protection of civilians and reduce the chances of sexual exploitation and abuse, the UN chief urged on Friday. António Guterres was speaking via video-link to chiefs of defence and senior military officials attending a conference at [...]

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UN and Africa: focus on DRC, South Sudan refugee settlements and migrant workers’ remittances

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MONUSCO "working very closely" with DRC generals on civilian protection As "harrowing reports" mount of violence and killings across the Kasai provinces of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), the head of the UN military operation there says peacekeepers are doing "their level best" to protect civilian lives. The UN Stabilization Mission MONUSCO's Force [...]

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Bearing the "brunt of the war" in Uganda, women now need justice

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Women in northern Uganda, who have borne the brunt of a 20-year war, now need full access to justice and their basic rights for society to make a full recovery. That's the view of Uganda's Chief Justice, Bart Magunda Katureebe, speaking at a High-Level meeting on Women's Access to Justice at UN Headquarters in New [...]

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News in Brief 12 July 2017 (PM)

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Attacks in Abyei by unknown armed groups condemned by UN The recent attacks by unknown armed assailants in the disputed Abyei Area have been condemned by the UN Mission in Abyei, UNISFA. The Mission was established in 2011 to quell the violence in the oil-rich region of Abyei which is claimed by both Sudan and [...]

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UN Daily News Programme 12 July 2017

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Listen to a bulletin of news and features from the United Nations, with Matt Wells and Jocelyne Sambira. In today’s programme: 20 million Yemenis are depending on concrete action by the UN Security Council to stop the brutal war there, as cholera worsens says the UN Relief chief; and, we'll hear how literacy classes for [...]

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20 million Yemenis need "concrete action" from Security Council

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Around 20 million Yemenis depend on the UN Security Council taking concrete action to help end the conflict there that's now sparked a "cholera scandal". That's the call to action from UN Relief Chief, Stephen O'Brien, addressing the Council on Wednesday along with other senior UN officials; urging more funding and support from the whole [...]

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Gaza in crisis as power shortages bite

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Two million people in Gaza are suffering a man-made humanitarian crisis caused by power shortages, UN rights experts warned on Wednesday. Hospitals are reportedly in a "precarious" condition and water shortages are growing, the seven Special Rapporteurs indicated in a statement. They attribute responsibility for the crisis to Israel, which controls access to Gaza, but [...]

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UN in South Sudan warns about growing insecurity in Pagak

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The head of the UN Mission in South Sudan has expressed "grave concern" at the ongoing situation in Pagak town, a stronghold for opposition forces in the Upper Nile region. David Shearer, who is also the Special Representative of the Secretary General, made the remarks during a news conference in the capital Juba on Wednesday. [...]

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News in Brief 12 July 2017 (AM)

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More than 2 billion people lack access to safe drinking water, UN warns Around 2.1 billion people worldwide lack access to "safe, readily available" water at home and more than twice as many are lacking safe sanitation. That's according to a new report by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the UN Children's Fund, UNICEF. [...]

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MONUSCO "working very closely" with DRC generals on civilian protection

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As "harrowing reports" mount of violence and killings across the Kasai provinces of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), the head of the UN military operation there says peacekeepers are doing "their level best" to protect civilian lives. The UN Stabilization Mission MONUSCO's Force Commander Derick Mbuyiselo Mgwebi said that part of the challenge [...]

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News in Brief 11 July 2017 (PM)

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Top banks join UN in promoting climate transparency Eleven of the world's leading banks, representing over US$7 trillion, have joined with the UN to promote climate transparency in financial markets. The banks will develop analytical tools and indicators to strengthen their assessment and disclosure of climate-related risks and opportunities. The effort is being led by [...]

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Myanmar: Muslim, Rakhine women bond over literacy classes

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Women belonging to different religious minorities in the restive Rakhine State in Myanmar are mending fences as they learn to read, write and sew, the UN said on Friday. The project, supported by the UN Refugee Agency, UNHCR, promotes peaceful co-existence through vocational training classes. It's based in the town of Maungdaw, where media reports [...]

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Security Council hears of "disturbing levels" of violence in DRC's Kasaï provinces

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Despite efforts to protect civilians in the Kasaï provinces of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), human rights violations and abuses continue to persist, UN peacekeeping chief Jean-Pierre Lacroix told the Security Council on Tuesday. The Kasais are located in western DRC where a militia known as Kamuina Nsapu has targeted and killed scores [...]

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UN deputy chief highlights value of investing in family planning

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Investing in family planning is critical to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals, the UN Deputy Secretary-General said on Tuesday, World Population Day. Amina Mohammed was speaking in London at a Family Planning Summit co-hosted by the UN Population Fund (UNFPA). Dianne Penn reports. The theme for World Population Day 2017 is 'Family Planning: Empowering People, [...]

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UN rights chief urges Iraq to prioritize accountability and reconciliation

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An Iraq grounded in equality and the rule of law is "the most fitting response" to the horrors inflicted on citizens by extremists, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights said on Tuesday. Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein's comments follow the recent retaking of the northern city of Mosul from the terrorist group ISIL, which is [...]

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UN Daily News Programme 11 July 2017

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Listen to a bulletin of news and features from the United Nations, with Matt Wells and Dianne Penn. In today's programme: The UN humanitarian coordinator in Iraq tells us the war-ravaged civilians of Mosul need confidence their city can rise from the rubble; and we'll hear how scientists and mayors are working together, to protect [...]

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News in Brief 11 July 2017 (AM)

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UN honours memory of Srebrenica victims The United Nations is this Tuesday remembering and honouring the thousands of men and boys slaughtered 22 years ago in the town of Srebrenica in Bosnia and Herzegovina during the Balkan Wars. The 11 July 1995 massacre was the largest atrocity on European soil since the organization was founded [...]

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Mosul civilians need "confidence" their city will rise from the rubble

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Following the final defeat of Daesh, or ISIL, extremists, the residents of Mosul need to have confidence that essential services can and will return to their shattered city. That's the view of the UN's Humanitarian Coordinator for Iraq, Lise Grande, who is also the UN Development Programme's (UNDP) Resident Representative there. She was the senior [...]

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News in Brief 10 July 2017 (PM)

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Yemen cholera cases surpass 300,000 The number of suspected cases of cholera in Yemen has surpassed 300,000 in just 75 days, the United Nations announced on Monday. The unprecedented outbreak of the disease is also associated with 1,700 deaths in the country. Cholera is present in more than 90 per cent of all districts in [...]

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New UN mission to verify rebel reintegration in Colombia

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The Security Council has moved to establish a second UN political mission in Colombia in continued support of the country's peace process. The 15 ambassadors on Monday unanimously voted in favour of the new mission, which follows on from another UN operation which completes its work in September. The Colombian authorities and the rebel group [...]

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"Several stars coinciding" as UN Syria envoy restarts talks in Geneva

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A deal to set up a ceasefire zone in Syria along with other political developments could help a fresh round of talks aimed at ending more than six years of conflict in the country, UN Special Envoy Staffan de Mistura said on Monday. The veteran UN negotiator was speaking to journalists in Geneva after Russia, [...]

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"Revitalized" partnership for Sustainable Development "is needed"

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A revitalized global partnership to meet the challenges of implementing the ambitious 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) is needed. That's the view of the Under-Secretary-General for the Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA), addressing the opening of the High Level Political Forum on the SDGs at UN Headquarters. Matt Wells reports. Duration: 2’48″

10 Jul 2017 | Posted in Sustainable Development Goals, Today's Features | Read More »

UN Daily News Programme 10 July 2017

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Listen to a bulletin of news and features from the United Nations, with Matt Wells and Dianne Penn. In today’s programme: Trust is key to protecting unaccompanied children left to the mercy of traffickers in Europe, says the UN Refugee Agency; and a revitalized partnership across the world is needed if the Sustainable Development Goals [...]

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News in Brief 10 July 2017 (AM)

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Mosul recovery "significant step" in fight against terrorism: UN chief The recovery of the Iraqi city of Mosul has been hailed by the UN Secretary-General as "a significant step in the fight against terrorism and violent extremism." Iraqi forces and their allies liberated the northern city this past weekend following a nine-month battle against the [...]

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Trust “key” in protection of unaccompanied minors

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A plan has been unveiled to protect unaccompanied refugee and migrant children from violence and abuse as they head to – and travel within – Europe, the UN announced on Monday. The proposals are contained in a document called The Roadmap – the work of the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR), the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) [...]

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Science "has answers" to rising sea level threat

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Many of the world's biggest cities are exposed to rising sea levels but scientists and Mayors can work together to protect millions of people from the threat, climate experts said on Friday. According to the UN partner the World Climate Research Programme (WCRP), more than 100 million people live just one metre above the current [...]

10 Jul 2017 | Posted in Focus on Climate Change, Today's Features | Read More »

UN chief "deeply committed" to addressing plight of Ukrainian people

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The UN Secretary-General said on Sunday he was "deeply committed" to help alleviate the suffering of the Ukrainian people. António Guterres was speaking in Ukraine's capital, Kyiv, after meeting President Petro Poroshenko. With around 1.7 million civilians internally-displaced following three years of conflict in the east of the country, he pledged more UN support for [...]

9 Jul 2017 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Terrorist attack at Egyptian border checkpoint condemned by UN chief

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A terrorist attack on Friday at a checkpoint outside the Egyptian border town of Rafah in which more than 20 soldiers reportedly died or were wounded, has been condemned by the UN chief. Antonio Guterres said in a statement issued via his Spokesperson on Saturday that he hoped those responsible for the "cowardly act" would [...]

8 Jul 2017 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

"Hopes and dreams" fade for South Sudan's children

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"The hopes and dreams" of South Sudan's children have failed to materialize as the world's youngest nation prepares to mark its sixth anniversary on Sunday. That's the verdict of the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) which said on the eve of the anniversary, that children "continue to bear the brunt of conflict and collapsing essential services." [...]

7 Jul 2017 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Global nature of aviation puts "everyone" at same terror risk: ICAO chief

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The global nature of the aviation industry puts "everyone at the same level of risk" from potential terrorist attack. That's the warning from the Secretary General of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Fang Liu, delivered to a special meeting of the UN Counter-Terrorism Committee on Friday. Matt Wells reports. The meeting on "Terrorist Threats [...]

7 Jul 2017 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

"Historic" treaty on banning nuclear weapons adopted at UN

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An "historic" treaty to prohibit nuclear weapons was adopted in the UN on Friday after months of negotiation. The UN Conference to Negotiate a Legally Binding Instrument to Prohibit Nuclear Weapons, Leading Towards their Total Elimination, began in March, following a vote in the General Assembly last year. "The treaty represents an important step and [...]

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News in Brief 7 July 2017 (PM)

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Hunger report shows US$1billion toll of malnutrition in DRC each year A study published on Friday into the economic toll of malnutrition in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) reveals costs of around US$1 billion each year. That's equivalent to as much as 4.5 per cent of the country's Gross Domestic Product, according to [...]

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UN Daily News Programme 07 July 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: A greater gender balance is needed in peacekeeping, the UN chief says; and recent reports of sexual abuse by peacekeepers "shocked" the UN in the Central African Republic (CAR).

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Greater gender balance needed in peacekeeping, says UN chief

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Deploying more women to peacekeeping operations will help boost the protection of civilians and reduce the chances of sexual exploitation and abuse, the UN chief urged on Friday. António Guterres was speaking via video-link to chiefs of defence and senior military officials attending a conference at UN Headquarters in New York. The meeting is part [...]

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"Smart" bacteria make gonorrhoea impossible to treat

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So-called "smart" bacteria have made the common sexually-transmitted infection gonorrhoea impossible to treat in some cases, UN health experts have said. The warning comes from the World Health Organization (WHO), which has released data from 77 countries showing that the bacteria which cause gonorrhoea have evolved to resist new antibiotics. Every year nearly 80 million [...]

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News in Brief 7 July 2017 (AM) – Geneva

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UN chief "deeply sorry" as Cyprus deal proves elusive UN chief António Guterres has said he is "deeply sorry" that talks aimed at reuniting Cyprus have ended without an agreement, at the end of several days of intensive negotiations in Switzerland. Here he is speaking to journalists in the early hours of Friday morning: "I [...]

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Funding shortfalls threaten education for millions of children: UNICEF

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Funding shortfalls are threatening education for millions of children who are caught up in conflict or disaster. That's according to the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF), which is urging world leaders gathering for the G20 Summit in Germany on Friday, to do more to fund emergency education programmes. More details from Matt Wells. UNICEF said that [...]

6 Jul 2017 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

News in Brief 06 July 2017 – PM

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  "Historic" treaty on multilateral nuclear disarmament due for adoption Friday The first multilateral nuclear disarmament treaty to be concluded in more than 20 years, is due to be adopted at UN Headquarters on Friday. Briefing reporters in New York, the chairman of the UN Conference to Negotiate a Legally Binding Instrument to Prohibit Nuclear [...]

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Syria chemical weapons investigations proceeding "objectively, impartially"

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The head of an independent joint investigative panel examining the use of chemical weapons during the Syrian civil war, told the UN Security Council that it was proceeding "objectively, impartially" with its work. Edmund Mulet leads the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW)-UN Joint Investigative Mechanism, known as the JIM. The JIM has [...]

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UN adds Historic Centre of Vienna to list of endangered sites

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The Historic Centre of Vienna has been added to the list of World Heritage in Danger because of a planned high-rise building, the UN announced on Thursday. The World Heritage Committee is responsible for monitoring the conservation state of conservation of these so-called natural or man-made "wonders of the world" and deciding which places go [...]

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UN Daily News Programme 06 July 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 UN adds Vienna's historic centre to the list of endangered sites, and you'll hear how climate change is affecting food security in the the Small Island Developing States.

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SIDS share "unique challenges" to food security and nutrition

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The launch of a Global Action Programme on Food Security and Nutrition in the Small Island Developing States or SIDS has been welcomed by the UN. Peter Thompson, the UN General Assembly President, made the remarks in his opening statement during a Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) conference in Rome, Italy. Because of their small [...]

6 Jul 2017 | Posted in Financing for Development, Focus on Climate Change, Small Island Developing States, Sustainable Development Goals, Today's Features | Read More »

News in Brief 06 July 2017 – AM

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Global food costs rise to a near two-year high Global food costs have risen to the highest in nearly two years, driven by record butter prices, together with the rising cost of wheat and meat. That's according to the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Food Price index for June, which tracks international market prices of [...]

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Syria envoy welcomes "progress” at Astana ahead of new Geneva talks

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Talks in the Kazakh capital Astana aimed at ending the war in Syria made "small" but "important" steps towards an eventual resolution of the conflict, UN negotiator Staffan de Mistura has said. He was speaking on Wednesday after discussions between the Syrian government and opposition forces, along with Russia, Turkey and Iran. The aim of [...]

6 Jul 2017 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

UN and Africa: focus on West and Central Africa, tourism and Côte d'Ivoire

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Over 7 million children crossing borders in West and Central Africa: UN More than 7 million children are crossing borders in West and Central Africa in search of safety or a better life, a new report by the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) has found. The vast majority of child migrants are uprooted by violence, poverty [...]

6 Jul 2017 | Posted in UN and Africa | Read More »

UN Gender Focus: peacekeeping, human rights and women in science

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Reports of sexual abuse by peacekeepers "shocked" UN in CAR The allegations of sexual exploitation and abuse by peacekeepers in the Central African Republic or CAR came as a "huge shock" to the UN Mission there also known by the acronym, MINUSCA. That's what Diane Corner, the Deputy Head of MINUSCA said during a visit [...]

6 Jul 2017 | Posted in UN Gender Focus | Read More »

Reports of sexual abuse by peacekeepers "shocked" UN in CAR

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The allegations of sexual exploitation and abuse by peacekeepers in the Central African Republic or CAR came as a "huge shock" to the UN Mission there also known by the acronym, MINUSCA. That's what Diane Corner, the Deputy Head of MINUSCA said during a visit to UN Headquarters in New York on the last day [...]

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North Korea missile launch "dangerous escalation of the situation"

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North Korea's latest launch of a nuclear missile is yet another "brazen" violation of UN resolutions and constitutes a "dangerous escalation of the situation." That's what Miroslav Jenča, the Assistant Secretary-General for Political Affairs, told members of the Security Council on Wednesday. On 4 July, the country's official news agency announced the "test-firing of an inter-continental [...]

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News in Brief 05 July 2017 – PM

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TV weather presenters explore impact of warming cities In another year of record rising temperatures, television weather presenters have been forecasting the degree to which some of the world's major cities could hot up due to rising carbon dioxide emissions. The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) has joined forces with the research and communication organization Climate [...]

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“Tourism is key to African growth if it is nurtured”

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Tourism in Africa can reduce poverty but the industry needs help to resist challenges from conflict, climate change and health emergencies, the UN said on Wednesday. In a new report from UN trade agency UNCTAD, latest data indicates that the sector accounts for one in 14 jobs on the continent – with women and young [...]

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Over 7 million children crossing borders in West and Central Africa: UN

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More than 7 million children are crossing borders in West and Central Africa in search of safety or a better life, a new report by the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) has found. The vast majority of child migrants are uprooted by violence, poverty and climate change in Sub-Saharan Africa, the report underscores. However, the region [...]

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UN Daily News Programme 05 July 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: tourism is key to Africa's development if it is nurtured, a UN expert says; and over 7 million children are on the move in West and Central Africa, the UN Children's Fund, UNICEF, warns.

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"Bold changes" needed to UN development system: Guterres

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"Bold changes" are needed in the way the UN approaches development, in order to meet the ambitious Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by the 2030 deadline. That's according to UN chief António Guterres, outlining what he called an ambitious "yet realistic roadmap for change". More details from Matt Wells. Secretary-General António Guterres offered up 38 concrete [...]

5 Jul 2017 | Posted in Sustainable Development Goals, Today's News | Read More »

News in Brief 05 July 2017 – AM

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North Korea missile test "another brazen violation": UN chief The launch on Tuesday of what North Korea said was an intercontinental ballistic missile, has been described by the UN chief as "another brazen violation of Security Council resolutions". Secretary-General António Guterres said in a statement issued by his Spokesperson, that this latest launch by North [...]

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Stop death-row inmate's execution, say rights experts

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The imminent execution of a man on death row in the United States should be halted to take account of his mental disability, two UN human rights experts said on Wednesday. In their appeal to the authorities, Agnes Callamard and Danius Puras said that Hungarian national William Morva's delusional disorder was not made public during [...]

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UN Daily News Programme 04 July 2017

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Listen to a bulletin of news and features from the United Nations, with Jocelyne Sambira and Daniel Johnson. In today’s programme: a new UN guide aims to stop child labour in agriculture during conflicts and disasters; and Coral reefs are vanishing at an unprecedented rate, a biologist warns.

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News in Brief 4 July 2017 (AM) – Geneva

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Cholera, diarrhoea present deadly risk to tens of thousands of children: UNICEF Yemen is in the grip of the world's worst outbreak of cholera, but diarrhoeal diseases and malnutrition are also endangering the lives of tens of thousands of children in South Sudan, Somalia and Sudan. That warning from the UN Children's Fund, UNICEF, comes [...]

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"Coral nerd" biologist highlights reefs at risk

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Perhaps the most surprising thing about self-proclaimed "coral nerd" Zack Rago, is that he grew up in the land-locked US state of Colorado. Coral reefs around the world are vanishing at an unprecedented rate, as highlighted at the UN Ocean Conference in early June. As part of an effort to find out why – and [...]

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Guide seeks to prevent child labour in agriculture during conflicts, disasters

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A new guide aimed at preventing child labour in the agriculture sector during times of conflict or disaster has been launched by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). The agency explained that these crises can affect a family's ability to feed, educate and protect their children, thus forcing children to find work in the [...]

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UN, AU must "build new bridges" to deliver development agenda

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The United Nations and the African Union (AU) must work closer together to deliver on the promises of the sustainable development agenda for Africa and its people. That's what the Deputy-Secretary-General, Amina J Mohammed, said today at the 28th African Union Summit taking place in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The AU's thematic focus at this Summit [...]

3 Jul 2017 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

UN Daily News Programme 03 July 2017

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Listen to a bulletin of news and features from the United Nations, with Ana Carmo and Jocelyne Sambira. In today’s programme: portraits of refugees displayed at the UN in Geneva capture the human face of the crisis; and UN peacekeepers provide a "sense of security" in South Sudan refugee settlements.

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Let’s stop the human traffickers, says UNHCR

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Human-trafficking is on the rise in Libya but too little is being done to shut down the multi-million dollar criminal industry, the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) said on Monday. With data showing that the number of people arriving in Europe from the North African state continues to rise, the agency has called for action against [...]

3 Jul 2017 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

News in Brief 03 July 2017

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World hunger on rise again, reversing years of progress: FAO World hunger is on the rise again reversing years of progress, the Director-General of the Food and Agriculture Organization, FAO, has said. José Graziano da Silva made the announcement at the opening of the agency's biennial conference on Monday. Almost 60 per cent of people [...]

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UN peacekeepers boost confidence in South Sudan refugee settlements

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Peacekeepers from the UN Mission in South Sudan, UNMISS, are helping to provide a much needed sense of security to displaced people in a small town in the north of the country. Unlike many displaced communities in other parts of South Sudan, these people are not fleeing the conflict which has troubled Africa's newest nation [...]

3 Jul 2017 | Posted in From the Field, Today's Features | Read More »

Asylum-seekers show captures human face of crisis

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Young male asylum-seekers are not something to be afraid of and they should be given more opportunities to engage with host communities. That is the view of award-winning photographer Mark Henley, who has been speaking at the UN in Geneva about taking a series of refugee portraits for an exhibition with Hospice Général shelter in [...]

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

"Clear understanding" between parties in ongoing Cyprus talks: UN

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A "clear understanding" has emerged of what is needed for a comprehesive settlement in Cyprus, according to the UN Secretary-General, António Guterres. He met with the leaders of the Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot communities and their backers at the Conference on Cyprus in Switzerland on Saturday. The ongoing meeting in the Swiss resort of [...]

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

Gymnastics helps girls from South Sudan heal from war-related trauma

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Schoolgirls from South Sudan are learning gymnastics to help them release stress and heal from war-related trauma, according to the UN Mission in the country, UNMISS. The Mission's Civil Affairs Division has teamed up with a local non-governmental organisation, Spring of Peace, to use sport to promote peace and unity among various ethnicities in Yei [...]

1 Jul 2017 | Posted in From the Field, Today's Features | Read More »

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