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Increase support to Yemen, UNDP official urges

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The international community has been asked to redouble efforts to support Yemen as it faces looming famine and the world's largest cholera outbreak in the midst of conflict. The call has been made by the head of the UN Development Programme (UNDP) in the country, Auke Lootsma, who briefed journalists in New York on Tuesday. [...]

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News in Brief 01 August 2017 (PM)

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UN rights chief concerned over arrest of Venezuela opposition figures Authorities in Venezuela are being urged by the UN Human Rights High Commissioner to release all those who are being held in custody for exercising their rights to freedom of peaceful assembly, association and expression. Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein made the appeal on Tuesday in [...]

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Breastfeeding protects babies and mothers "long-term": WHO expert

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Breastfeeding protects both babies and their mothers from an array of diseases and helps boost their health long-term. That's according to Laurence Grummer-Strawn, a breastfeeding expert with the World Health Organization's (WHO) Department of Nutrition for Health and Development. WHO and the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) published the Global Breastfeeding Scorecard on Tuesday, in collaboration [...]

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UN Daily News Programme 01 August 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: old and young need to pool their wisdom, experience, energy and ideals to reach the ambitious 2030 Sustainable Development Goals says the UN chief; and we join personnel from the UN Mission in South [...]

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"Wisdom, experience, energy and ideals" of old & young vital to SDGs

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The "wisdom, experience, energy and ideals" of the old and the young are vital to realizing the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). That was the key message from UN chief António Guterres, marking the start of a day of Intergenerational Dialogues, aimed at raising awareness of the valuable role youth and the elderly can play [...]

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UN agencies and partners urge countries to improve breastfeeding rates

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Despite the benefits of breastfeeding for babies and mothers, no country in the world fully meets recommended standards for the practice. The finding comes in a "scorecard" published on Tuesday by the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) and the World Health Organization (WHO), in collaboration with an initiative to boost breastfeeding rates, known as the Global [...]

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News in Brief 01 August 2017 (AM)

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UN Peacekeeping chief in South Sudan Peace initiatives in South Sudan cannot advance unless fighting comes to an end and the humanitarian situation of the people improves, the head of UN peacekeeping operations has said. Jean-Pierre Lacroix was speaking to reporters in the country's capital, Juba, on Tuesday, following a meeting with the Foreign Minister. [...]

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All SDGs contain an "environmental component": UNEP deputy chief

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Understanding the link between fighting poverty and preserving natural resources is key to achieving development that benefits both people and the planet. That's the view of the Deputy Executive Director of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), Ibrahim Thiaw. Countries are pushing to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030, with the promise to "leave [...]

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