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UN-Habitat needs more "efficient structure" as part of major reform: UN chief

Listen / Over half of all people now live in urban areas – and 820 million live in slums like this one in Haiti. Credit: Julius Mwelu/UN-Habitat

UN-Habitat, the organization's urban development agency, needs a more "flexible, efficient structure" that delivers more to vulnerable city-dwellers. That's according to UN chief António Guterres, responding to a major report on the agency, carried out by a High Level Independent Panel looking into ways of strengthening UN-Habitat. More details from Matt Wells. Around 54 per [...]

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News in Brief 03 August 2017 (PM)

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South Sudan protection force "on track": UN peacekeeping chief Efforts are underway to expedite the full deployment of a Regional Protection Force to South Sudan, the head of UN peacekeeping operations said on Thursday. Jean-Pierre Lacroix was speaking at the end of his three-day visit to the country, where political turmoil and inter-community violence have [...]

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UN and Africa: focus on South Sudan peace process, mental health in Somalia and Sudan’s child soldiers

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Engagement of regional countries "good thing" for South Sudan peace process The engagement of countries in eastern Africa in a process aimed at revitalizing the peace process and bringing an end to conflict in South Sudan is a "good thing" the head of global UN peacekeeping operations has said. Jean-Pierre Lacroix, who is the UN [...]

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UN Gender Focus: Breastfeeding Special

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This week we’re bringing you a special programme to celebrate World Breastfeeding Week, which runs until 7 August. Breastfeeding protects both babies and their mothers from an array of diseases and helps boost their health long-term. But despite the benefits of breastfeeding for babies and mothers, no country in the world fully meets recommended standards [...]

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UN Daily News Programme 03 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: Mauritania's government needs to ensure a free and credible vote in the upcoming constitutional referendum there, the UN Human Rights office tells us. And – don't call us "crazy" – health professionals in Somalia [...]

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News in Brief 03 August 2017 (AM)

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Syria Commission of Inquiry calls for justice for Yazidis A UN-mandated Commission of Inquiry on Syria is calling for justice for the Yazidi religious minority, victims of the terrorist group ISIL, also known as Daesh. The Commission is urging the international community "to recognize the crime of genocide being committed by ISIL against the Yazidis [...]

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Mauritanian authorities must ensure "free and credible" vote

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The government of Mauritania has a responsibility to ensure that a "free, transparent and credible" voting process takes place in a constitutional referendum due to take place on Saturday. That's the call coming from the UN human rights office (OHCHR) on Thursday, ahead of protests organized by opposition politicians, due to take place in the [...]

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