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"Zero tolerance" for militarization of South Sudan camps

Listen / Bentiu Protection of Civilians site, in the north of South Sudan, which is home to more than 115,000. Photo: Daniel Dickinson/UNMISS.

A "zero tolerance approach" preventing protection camps in war-torn South Sudan from being militarized is the best way to keep civilians safe. That's the view of the head of the UN peacekeeping mission in the country, UNMISS, David Shearer. He was speaking in Bentiu, in the north of South Sudan, where around 115,000 people are currently [...]

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News in Brief 09 August 2017 (PM)

Listen / A person walks amid destroyed buildings and rubble in Tabqa city, Raqqa governorate, Syria. Photo: UNICEF/Souleiman

  Up to 25,000 civilians still trapped in Raqqa with no access to aid Up to 25,000 people remain trapped inside the Syrian city of Raqqa, as a US-led coalition battles ISIL, or Daesh, terrorist fighters for control of what was once their self-declared capital. The UN said on Wednesday that agencies were "deeply concerned" [...]

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UN Daily News Programme 09 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: Indigenous people still face 'harsh conditions' 10 years after the adoption of a UN Declaration on their rights, and we hear how one UN agency is helping to train impartial and ethical young journalists [...]

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Indigenous still face “harsh conditions” despite UN Declaration

Listen / Albert Barume, chair of the UN's Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. Photo: UN News/Dianne Penn

A decade after the adoption of a landmark declaration that upholds their rights, indigenous people worldwide still suffer racism, discrimination, unequal access to education and other injustices. That assertion has been made by three UN human rights experts in a joint statement issued this Wednesday, the International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples. Dianne Penn [...]

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More resources needed to pull countries "back from the brink" of famine

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More resources are urgently needed to protect 20 million people at risk of famine in Yemen, Somalia, South Sudan and North-East Nigeria. That's according to a Statement by the President of the UN Security Council, issued on Wednesday. It also notes the "devastating impact on civilians" of on-going conflict and violence around the world. More [...]

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News in Brief 09 August 2017 (AM)

Listen / Peacekeepers with the UN Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara (MINURSO) consult a map as they drive through vast desert areas in Smara, Western Sahara. UN Photo/Martine Perret

WFP welcomes US$1 million contribution to support Western Sahara refugees The World Food Programme (WFP) has welcomed a US$1 million contribution from the United States to support vulnerable refugees from Western Sahara, stranded in Algeria. For more than 40 years, refugees from the decades-long conflict over the region between Morocco and the Polisario Front independence [...]

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UN agencies supporting Eritrea on sustainable development path

Listen / John Ging. Photo: OCHA/L. Fultang (file photo)

Helping Eritrea to confront challenges such as food insecurity and infant mortality is the goal of the latest five-year plan between the UN and the government. The Horn of Africa country ranks at number 179 out of 188 nations on the UN Development Programme's (UNDP) Human Development Index, which measures indicators such as life expectancy [...]

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"Justice is key to the sustainable development goals" in Afghanistan

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Without justice, there can be no sustainable peace or development in Afghanistan. That's according to Sima Samir, a former Minister of Women's Affairs in the country, who was at UN Headquarters recently to talk about the whole issue of judicial rights. She currently chairs Afghanistan's Independent Human Rights Commission, and although she says there is [...]

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