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Empathy, not torture, most effective: Norwegian investigator

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When interrogating killers and other criminals, Norwegian police officers do not seek to "break down" suspects. Rather, they gather information by using a technique that emphasizes communication and empathy. That's according to Nina Holm Andersen, lead investigator in the case against Anders Breivik, the right-wing extremist who killed 77 people in July 2011. Ms Holm [...]

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UN chief hails Saudi women’s right to drive as “important first step"

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UN officials have welcomed Saudi Arabia's decision to lift a ban prohibiting women from driving. The announcement was made on Tuesday and will come into effect in July 2018. In New York, Saudi Arabia's UN ambassador broke the news to the UN General Assembly during a ceremony marking the International Day for the Total Elimination [...]

30 Sep 2017 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

Unsung language experts keep UN diplomats "on message"

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If you thought the work of a UN translator was straightforward, then think again. Speaking ahead of International Translation Day, which will be marked on 30 September, the head of the UN translation service Kathy Durnin, said that hours of dedicated work goes on behind the scenes, to keep everyone "on message". Liz Scaffidi went [...]

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News in Brief 29 September 2017 (PM)

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  Flash appeal to help hurricane-affected Dominica Humanitarians are appealing for US$31 million to support the Caribbean island of Dominica, hit hard by Hurricane Maria, the United Nations has announced. The category five storm caused catastrophic damage, leaving every one of the 71,000 inhabitants affected. UN spokesperson Stéphane Dujarric told journalists in New York on [...]

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Heart disease not just a developed world problem: WHO expert

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Neither the rich nor the poor are immune to the effects of heart problems. That's one of the messages that Dr Etienne Krug, director for the management of noncommunicable diseases at the World Health Organization, is stressing as World Heart Day is marked, on 29 September. Dr Krug said heart disease is the cause of [...]

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Boko Haram violence shutters 57 per cent of schools in Borno State, Nigeria

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The Boko Haram insurgency in northeast Nigeria has led to the closure of more than half of the schools in the worst-hit state there, the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) reported on Friday. The crisis means that three million children also require emergency education support as the school year begins. Dianne Penn reports. Borno State is [...]

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Violence against civilians, aid workers leaves CAR on "brink" of crisis

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On-going violence both against civilians and aid workers trying to protect them, has left the Central African Republic (CAR) "on the brink of a humanitarian crisis". That's the view of Joseph Iganji, who heads the UN Humanitarian Affairs office (OCHA) in the capital, Bangui. Around 23,000 civilians have fled into the bush in western areas [...]

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UN Daily News Programme 29 September 2017

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Listen to our daily bulletin of news and features from the United Nations, presented by Matt Wells and Dianne Penn. In today’s programme: ending the scourge of famine is "completely achievable" says the new UN relief chief, in his first sit-down interview with UN news; and on this World Heart Day, the World Health Organization tells us [...]

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Ending famine "completely achievable objective" says relief chief

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Ending famine is "completely achievable" and is one of the big challenges that the new UN relief chief is looking forward to tackling during his time in charge of the global body's humanitarian effort. Mark Lowcock took over the UN humanitarian affairs office, OCHA, at the beginning of September, having been the top civil servant [...]

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News in Brief 29 September 2017 – Geneva (AM)

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At least 60 Rohingya feared dead in boat tragedy "easily in sight of land" At least 23 Myanmar refugees are now believed to have drowned and another 40 are missing and presumed dead after their boat sunk in the Bay of Bengal overnight, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) said on Friday. There were 17 [...]

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Single solution not enough for complexity facing CAR

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The Central African Republic (CAR) is facing a multifaceted array of problems that do not have a single clear solution. That's the view of Parfait Onanga-Anyanga, head of the UN Stabilization Mission there (MINUSCA), who took part in a dialogue in New York this week about continuing violence in CAR. Rebel groups which control large [...]

29 Sep 2017 | Posted in 72nd General Assembly, Today's Features | Read More »

Rohingya plight, a "humanitarian and human rights nightmare": Guterres

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The plight of around half a million Rohingya forced to flee their homes in Myanmar has become a "humanitarian and human rights nightmare," said the UN chief on Thursday. António Guterres was briefing the Security Council during an open debate on the crisis that has overwhelmed authorities in neighbouring Bangladesh, and become the world's "fastest [...]

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News in Brief 28 September 2017 (PM)

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Many "just a step away from starvation" around Lake Chad: UN relief chief Many citizens of the countries that surround Africa's Lake Chad are "just a step away from starvation" and in need of sustained international support. That's the view of UN relief chief Mark Lowcock, who took up his post at the beginning of [...]

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UN Gender Focus: Saudi Arabian women, human trafficking, and youth and development

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UN chief: Saudi Arabian women's right to drive "an important first step" UN officials have welcomed Saudi Arabia's decision to lift a ban prohibiting women from driving. The announcement was made on Tuesday and will come into effect in July 2018. In New York, Saudi Arabia's UN ambassador broke the news to the General Assembly [...]

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UN Daily News Programme 28 September 2017

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Listen to our daily bulletin of news and features from the United Nations, presented by Dianne Penn and Matt Wells. In today's programme: In Syria, more aid is getting in, but people are at greater risk of attack. We hear from a top humanitarian; and governments urged to put more resources towards tackling online child pornography.

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Tackling child exploitation online focus of event at UN Headquarters

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Governments must allocate more resources towards stamping out online child pornography and child sexual exploitation, issues that affect all countries worldwide. That's the opinion expressed by Camille Cooper of the US-based National Association to Protect Children, which trains wounded war veterans to work with law enforcement to combat these crimes. Ms Cooper is at UN [...]

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UN and Africa: violence against civilians in CAR, poetry from Darfur and South Sudan humanitarian crisis

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Violence against civilians, aid workers leaves CAR on "brink" of crisis On-going violence against civilians and aid workers trying to protect them, has left the Central African Republic (CAR) "on the brink of a humanitarian crisis". That's the view of Joseph Iganji, who heads the UN Humanitarian Affairs office (OCHA) in the capital, Bangui. Around [...]

28 Sep 2017 | Posted in UN and Africa | Read More »

News in Brief 28 September 2017 (AM)

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45% of all abortions are "unsafe": WHO study Approximately 25 million "unsafe" abortions are carried out every year, according to a new study by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Guttmacher Institute. That represents 45 per cent of all abortions carried out annually, during the survey period of 2010, to 2014. The vast majority [...]

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Civilians at even greater risk of attack in Syria

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More aid is getting through to civilians caught up in the Syrian war, but there's been a worrying escalation in the number of attacks against them and humanitarian workers that must stop, a senior UN adviser said on Thursday. Jan Egeland told journalists in Geneva that up to nine million Syrians receive aid every month [...]

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World has "every interest" in better managed migration: UN expert

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The world has every interest in managing migration better, given the expanding global population and the huge increase in people on the move. This message was underlined by Louise Arbour, the UN Special Representative for International Migration, who is in Beirut, Lebanon, to address pressing issues related to the movement of people in the Arab [...]

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"Important moment" as UN boosts prevention efforts: Law Commissioner

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The UN has reached an "important moment" where it is shifting from a reactive approach to peacekeeping, towards greater preventative measures. That's according to Charles Jalloh, who is an international law professor and member of the International Law Commission at the UN. He's concerned with strengthening international law in the human rights arena to improve [...]

27 Sep 2017 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

Countries urged to support global security plan for civilian aviation

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As aviation continues to be an "attractive target" for terrorists, countries are being urged to increase support for international efforts aimed at making the sector safer, the Security Council heard on Wednesday. Dianne Penn reports on the briefing delivered to the 15 ambassadors by the head of the International Civil Aviation Organization, or ICAO. ICAO [...]

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News in Brief 27 September 2017 (PM)

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UN chief welcomes Saudi Arabia decision giving women the right to drive UN officials are welcoming Saudi Arabia's decision to lift the ban on women drivers. The announcement was made on Tuesday and will come into effect in July 2018. On Twitter, UN Secretary-General António Guterres described the move as "an important step in the [...]

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Make human trafficking "a real priority" urges UN chief

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The scourge of human trafficking needs to become "a real priority for international cooperation," the UN Secretary-General urged on Wednesday. The plea from António Guterres came as the General Assembly adopted a new Political Declaration to fight trafficking in persons, during a high-level meeting in New York. The two-day meeting to appraise the UN Global Plan [...]

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UN Daily News Programme 27 September 2017

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Listen to our daily bulletin of news and features from the United Nations, presented by Dianne Penn and Matt Wells. In today's programme: a courageous survivor of sexual slavery tells the UN General Assembly that human trafficking victims need a message of hope; and the UN Refugee Agency chief says the stories of suffering from Rohingyas [...]

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News in Brief 27 September 2017 (AM)

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UN rights chief "appalled" by mass execution in Iraq UN Human Rights High Commissioner Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein said he is "appalled" at the mass execution of prisoners in Iraq over the weekend. Forty-two inmates at the Al Hoot prison, located in the south of the country, were hanged on Sunday. The men were Iraqis [...]

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Violence against Rohingyas is "exceptional”: UN refugee chief

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The UN High Commissioner for Refugees has said that the violence experienced by refugees who've fled from Myanmar to Bangladesh is among the worst he has encountered – and that their plight is a "recipe" for a health "disaster". Speaking to journalists in Geneva on Wednesday, Filippo Grandi praised the Bangladeshi authorities for keeping their [...]

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Living in peace "easier said than done": Sudan, South Sudan envoy

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Citizens in Sudan and South Sudan have to embrace a larger understanding of their common citizenship and common future. That's the assessment of the UN Special Envoy for the two countries, Nicholas Haysom, who was in New York for the UN General Assembly. The UN has long supported peace efforts in Sudan, which has been [...]

27 Sep 2017 | Posted in 72nd General Assembly, Today's Features | Read More »

Global education facing "learning crisis" warns World Bank

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Millions of students in low- and middle-income countries face a "learning crisis" that is widening inequality, destroying opportunity and strangling economic growth. That's the stark conclusion of the World Development Report 2018, published on Tuesday by the World Bank, which is calling for greater action through "concrete policy steps" worldwide. World Bank President Jim Yong [...]

26 Sep 2017 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

News in Brief 26 September 2017 (PM)

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UN needs to add more "substance" to South Sudan peace effort: Mission chief The UN needs to add more "substance" to help end South Sudan's brutal civil war and fulfil the promise of peace for the world's youngest country. That's according to David Shearer, who leads the UN peacekeeping mission there, UNMISS, as he briefed [...]

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UN reaffirms goal of achieving a nuclear-free world

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In July, countries adopted a treaty prohibiting nuclear weapons following decades of diplomatic efforts. This Tuesday in New York, they reaffirmed the ideal of achieving global nuclear disarmament—one of the oldest goals of the United Nations. Dianne Penn reports on a ceremony held at UN Headquarters to commemorate the International Day for the Total Elimination [...]

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UN Daily News Programme 26 September 2017

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Listen to our daily bulletin of news and features from the United Nations, presented by Dianne Penn and Matt Wells. In today's programme: Countries reaffirm the goal of achieving a nuclear-free world; and the UN environment chief calls for more action to combat pollution and climate change.  

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News in Brief 26 September 2017 (AM)

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"Control room" in Bangladesh will monitor Rohingya health needs: WHO A new "control room" is being set up in the Bangladesh town of Cox's Bazar to monitor the health needs of hundreds of thousands of Rohingya refugees who've fled across the Myanmar border. The World Health Organization (WHO) is supporting the move, which will provide [...]

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More action needed to combat climate change: environment chief

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Recent hurricanes in the Caribbean, monsoon flooding in Asia and other weather-related disasters around the globe are an indication that the world needs to do more to address the impact of climate change. That's according to Erik Solheim, Executive Director of the UN Environment Programme, which is based in Nairobi. Mr Solheim was in New [...]

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"Toxic narrative" needs to change says top migration official

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Changing the "toxic narrative" about migration is crucial as the international community negotiates the first ever global agreement on human mobility. That's according to the Director General of the International Organization for Migration (IOM), William Lacy Swing, who on Tuesday addressed dozens of migration experts and representatives of Arab governments. They are currently gathered at [...]

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Make the Caribbean an "engine for change" on childhood obesity

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The Caribbean can become "an engine for change" in reducing childhood obesity. That's according to Trevor Hassel, president of the Healthy Caribbean Coalition, speaking about the issue at UN Headquarters in New York, during the General Assembly's High Level week. The Caribbean has one of the highest rates of childhood obesity in the world, and [...]

26 Sep 2017 | Posted in 72nd General Assembly, Caribbean News, Today's Features | Read More »

Diversifying economies reduces dependence: Tanzania bank chief

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Youth and rural populations in Tanzania are looking to increase their access to financial services, according to Bank of Tanzania Governor Benno Ndulu. Mr Ndulu said "financial inclusion" was a high priority for the East African country, and diversifying the economy at all levels of society will reduce dependence overall. In his capacity as chair [...]

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News in Brief 25 September 2017 (PM)

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Iraq: UN chief concerned about Kurdistan vote The UN Secretary-General has expressed concern over Monday's referendum in the Kurdistan region of Iraq, citing its "potentially destabilizing effects." Citizens in the autonomous northern region went to the polls to vote on whether or not to seek independence. In a statement issued by his spokesman, UN chief [...]

25 Sep 2017 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

UN General Assembly president calls for action as debate wraps up

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With debate now over in the UN General Assembly, heads of state and government are being urged to "get to work" in the service of the world's people. UN General Assembly president Miroslav Lajčák made the appeal in his closing speech delivered on Monday. Dianne Penn reports. For the first time in more than a [...]

25 Sep 2017 | Posted in 72nd General Assembly, Today's News | Read More »

No evidence torture produces reliable info: former investigator

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Torture is not only immoral and illegal, it is also counterproductive to effective intelligence gathering, an independent international security consultant has said. Mark Fallon spent more than three decades with the US Government, mainly as a special agent with the Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS). Since the 1990s he has been working in counter-terrorism operations, [...]

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Settlements making two-state solution "increasingly unattainable": UN official

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Israel's continued settlement expansion in the occupied Palestinian territory is making the two-state solution "increasingly unattainable." That's the message UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, Nikolay Mladenov, delivered to the Security Council on Monday. Dianne Penn reports. Mr Mladenov presented his latest report on the implementation of a 2016 Council resolution which [...]

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UN Daily News Programme 25 September 2017

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Listen to our daily bulletin of news and features from the United Nations, presented by Matt Wells and Dianne Penn. In today's programme: There have been "multiple and grave" human rights violations in Ukraine's Crimea region under Russian occupation says a landmark new report. We'll have the full details… And we'll be reporting on how [...]

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"Multiple and grave violations" committed by Russia in Crimea

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"Multiple and grave violations" of human rights have occurred across Crimea, since it was occupied by Russian forces in March 2014. That's according to a landmark report published on Monday by the UN human rights office, OHCHR. The report documents evidence of arbitrary arrests, detentions and enforced disappearances of civilians in the Ukrainian Peninsula, at [...]

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News in Brief 25 September 2017 (AM)

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UN chief condemns deadly attack on blue helmets in Mali The killing of three peacekeepers in Mali has been condemned by the UN Secretary-General. The blue helmets from Bangladesh were part of a convoy travelling in the Gao region on Sunday which came under attack. Five of their colleagues also were seriously injured. UN chief [...]

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Deal to reduce price of HIV treatment aims to save more lives

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A life-saving medicine to treat HIV will now be made more widely available to millions of people in developing countries. Natalie Hutchison reports on the agreement to reduce the price of a high-quality antiretroviral therapy, announced this week during the UN General Assembly in New York. Duration: 2’58″

22 Sep 2017 | Posted in 72nd General Assembly, Today's Features | Read More »

News in Brief 22 September 2017 (PM)

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Arab States and UNHCR sign agreement to address refugee crisis The UN refugee agency (UNHCR) and the League of Arab States (LAS) signed a formal Memorandum of Understanding on Friday, to respond more effectively to the region's refugee crisis. The agreement includes better humanitarian access and emergency response to the predicament of refugees, internally-displaced and [...]

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Hurricane island expat: I still haven't heard from Dominica relatives

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A UN worker in Geneva who is from one of the Caribbean islands devastated by Hurricane Maria has spoken of her fears for her family there, whom she has been unable to contact. Sylvie Castonguay, who works for the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) in Geneva, was speaking after the Category Four hurricane hit Dominica at [...]

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UN Daily News Programme 22 September 2017

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Listen to our daily bulletin of news and features from the United Nations, presented by Dianne Penn and Matt Wells. In today's programme: the UN Coordinator in Yemen urges all sides to "just stop the war"; and why a peace deal is crucial to ending South Sudan crisis: we hear from the top UN official [...]

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"Just stop the war" urges UN Yemen Coordinator

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With conflict in Yemen grinding on, the health system and economy have collapsed, seriously jeopardizing "people's ability to survive". That's according to the UN Resident Coordinator for the country, Jamie McGoldrick, who is in New York for a high-level event on Yemen, which was held on Friday in the margins of the UN General Assembly. [...]

22 Sep 2017 | Posted in 72nd General Assembly, Today's Features | Read More »

News in Brief 22 September 2017 – Geneva (AM)

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  World prepares to unite on mercury pollution The global community is set to gather in Geneva to celebrate an historic international agreement that tackles deadly mercury exposure for the first time. Known as the Minamata Convention on Mercury – after the Japanese city that experienced the world's worst poisoning disaster from the heavy metal [...]

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Mission chief says peace deal crucial to ending South Sudan crisis

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Only an internationally-recognized and functioning peace agreement can end the suffering of millions in South Sudan. That's the firm view of the head of the UN peacekeeping mission in the country, David Shearer, who's been in New York this week on behalf of UNMISS, as world leaders debate how to help the world's youngest country [...]

22 Sep 2017 | Posted in 72nd General Assembly, Today's Features | Read More »

UN chief: Step up action to end conflicts driving "hunger crisis"

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The international community must do more to end conflict to stave off famine in four countries, the UN Secretary-General said on Thursday. António Guterres was speaking in New York at a meeting held on the margins of the annual debate in the UN General Assembly. Dianne Penn reports. The meeting comes roughly seven months after [...]

21 Sep 2017 | Posted in 72nd General Assembly, Today's News | Read More »

Nigerian teacher wins UNHCR Refugee Award

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A teacher and school-funder who helped the release of some of the Chibok girls from Boko Haram extremists in Nigeria, has been declared the winner of this year's Nansen Refugee Award, sponsored by the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR). Zannah Mustapha has opened schools in the conflict zone of north-east Nigeria, where the Boko Haram group [...]

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UN welcomes pricing deal for lifesaving HIV medicine

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A new agreement will make a lifesaving medicine to treat HIV more widely available in more than 90 low- and middle-income countries The pricing deal for the generic, single-pill drug, known as dolutegravir (DTG), was announced at the United Nations on Thursday. Dianne Penn reports. The World Health Organization (WHO) has been recommending DTG as [...]

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News in Brief 21 September 2017 (PM)

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Invest more in policies that support childhood development: UNICEF Governments and the private sector are being urged to support three basic national policies which benefit early childhood development. The call has been made by the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) which said only 15 countries worldwide have these policies in place. The measures include providing families [...]

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UN and Africa: focus on aid in the Lake Chad region, Burundi and education in Nigeria

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New UN relief chief relays voices of displaced to world leaders Displaced people in Africa's volatile Lake Chad region have an urgent request to the international community: we need your protection. That's the message the new UN emergency relief coordinator Mark Lowcock is delivering to world leaders meeting in New York at the latest session [...]

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New UN team to investigate ISIL crimes in Iraq

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In a "landmark" resolution, the Security Council established a new team on Thursday to investigate alleged war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide committed by the terrorist group ISIL in Iraq. ISIL, also known as Daesh, overran large areas of Iraq and Syria in 2014, but in the past year it has seen most of [...]

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UN Daily News Programme 21 September 2017

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Listen to our daily bulletin of news and features from the United Nations, presented by Matt Wells and Dianne Penn. In today's programme: in a landmark resolution, the Security Council authorizes a new team to investigate crimes against humanity and genocide carried out by the terrorist group Daesh in IRAQ… And the UN's new relief [...]

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New UN relief chief relays voices of displaced to world leaders

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Displaced people in Africa's volatile Lake Chad region have an urgent request to the international community: we need your protection. That's the message the new UN emergency relief coordinator Mark Lowcock is delivering to world leaders meeting in New York at the latest session of the General Assembly. It's the first time Mr Lowcock is [...]

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News in Brief 21 September 2017 (AM)

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New UNESCO data reveals need for greater investment in education Worldwide, 617 million boys and girls are not achieving minimum proficiency levels in reading and mathematics, signalling a "learning crisis" that could threaten progress. The warning follows the release of new data on Thursday by the statistical agency of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural [...]

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1.25 million road deaths must be stopped: UN Envoy

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Every year, well over 1.2 million people are killed in traffic accidents, but efforts are under way to bring down that number dramatically, a top motorsports executive and senior UN official has said. Jean Todt, who's the UN Special Envoy for Road Safety, was speaking after the World Forum for Harmonization of Vehicle Regulations pushed [...]

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Nuclear test ban represents "low hanging fruit" to stop proliferation

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Making a nuclear weapons test ban treaty a reality represents "low hanging fruit" in the effort towards halting rising tensions over the Korean Peninsula. That's according to Lassina Zerbo, Executive Secretary of the Comprehensive Nuclear Test-Ban-Treaty Organization (CTBTO). He's been attending the opening week of the new UN General Assembly, where North Korea's continuing violation [...]

20 Sep 2017 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

UN Gender Focus: fighting violence against women, new UN gender parity strategy and empowering women economically

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Gender equality a "driver" in fighting violence against women and girls A concrete plan to fight violence against women and girls demands recognizing its various forms in regions across the globe. This from European Union (EU) Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development, Neven Mimica, speaking about the "Spotlight Initiative," launched this week on the margins [...]

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Development goals impossible without education for girls says Malala

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Not a single one of the ambitious 2030 Sustainable Development Goals can be achieved unless girls across the world receive an education. That's the firm view of the youngest UN Messenger of Peace ever to be appointed; the children's rights activist and Nobel Laureate, Malala Yousafzai. She was speaking to a coalition of global leaders [...]

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News in Brief 20 September 2017 (PM)

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World must "seize the moment" to end protracted crisis in Libya: Guterres The international community needs to "seize the moment" and work towards a lasting political solution to the protracted crisis that has gripped Libya for the past six years. UN chief António Guterres made the plea on Wednesday at the start of a high-level [...]

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Countries take stock of UN declaration on refugees, migrants

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One year ago, the world met in New York to underscore the need to protect millions of people fleeing conflict and persecution in their homelands. At the UN General Assembly on Wednesday, leaders took stock of a plan that aims to bring greater security to refugees and migrants. Dianne Penn reports. Duration: 3’00″

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UN Daily News Programme 20 September 2017

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Listen to our daily bulletin of news and features from the United Nations, presented by Dianne Penn and Matt Wells. In today's programme: Countries take stock of a global plan on refugees and migrants; and the European Union partners with the UN to stamp out violence against women and girls.

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The world is running out of antibiotics: WHO

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The world is running out of life-saving antibiotics, according to a new report published by the World Health Organization (WHO) on Wednesday. WHO said that there was a "serious lack" of new antibiotics under development to combat the growing threat of antibiotic-resistant so-called "superbugs." Matt Wells reports. The report on antibacterial agents shows that most [...]

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News in Brief 20 September 2017 (AM)

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We cannot allow "doomsday weapons" to endanger the future: UN chief We cannot allow "doomsday weapons" to continue threatening our children's future and that of the entire world. That's the passionate view of UN chief António Guterres, speaking on Wednesday at the signing ceremony for the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. The historic [...]

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UN and EU partner to stamp out violence against women

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A concrete plan to fight violence against women and girls demands recognizing its various forms in regions across the globe. This from European Union (EU) Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development, Neven Mimica, who will participate in the launch of the "Spotlight Initiative" at UN Headquarters on Wednesday. The partnership between the EU and the [...]

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Act now to realize women's economic rights: UN Secretary-General

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It is time to take "concrete measures" to realize gender equality and women's rights in the economy, the UN Secretary-General said in New York on Tuesday. António Guterres was speaking at a roundtable discussion looking at actions and commitments needed to bring about women's economic empowerment, held on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly. [...]

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News in Brief 19 September 2017 (PM)

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DRC urged to protect refugees following deadly shooting Authorities in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) are being urged to ensure better protection for refugees and asylum-seekers following a deadly shooting incident in the eastern part of the country. The appeal was made on Wednesday by the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR). At least 39 [...]

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UN Daily News Programme 19 September 2017

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Listen to our daily bulletin of news and features from the United Nations, presented by Matt Wells and Dianne Penn. In today's programme: it's time to turn a world in pieces, into a world at peace, the UN chief tells world leaders assembled in the General Assembly Hall for the organization's most important debate of [...]

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Time to repair "a world in pieces" and create peace: UN chief

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"We are a world in pieces" that needs instead to become a "world at peace." The words of the UN Secretary-General António Guterres on Tuesday, at the opening of the UN General Debate, when every country gets to address the 193-member General Assembly in New York. President of the United States Donald Trump said Member [...]

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40 million worldwide trapped in modern slavery: UN-backed report

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More than 40 million people worldwide are trapped in modern slavery, while some 152 million children—or one in 10 globally—are subjected to forced labour. The findings come in two reports published on Tuesday which lay out new research on what the authors say is "the true scale" of these problems. Dianne Penn has the story. [...]

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Economically empowered women essential for stronger economies: ITC

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Increasing women's participation in global trade will lead to better development outcomes for families and communities. That's the view of Arancha González, Executive Director at the International Trade Centre (ITC), which is working to get one million women-owned businesses to market by 2020. In 2016, ITC launched the "SheTrades" initiative, an online platform and mobile [...]

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News in Brief 19 September 2017 – Geneva (AM)

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No let-up in misery of Myanmar refugees sheltering in Bangladesh Efforts are under way to prevent the humanitarian crisis involving Myanmar refugees in Bangladesh from turning into a disaster, the UN said on Tuesday. More than 420,000 Rohingya Muslims have fled to Cox's Bazar in Bangladesh since 25 August, following a security operation in Myanmar's [...]

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Displaced people "really want to go home": UN South Sudan envoy

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The security situation in Wau, in north-western South Sudan, has improved, with displaced people returning home, the head of the UN peacekeeping mission in the country, UNMISS, has said. They fled their homes due to the four-year long conflict between government and opposition forces. In a recent visit to the Lokoloko camp in the region, [...]

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Burundi violence “might be crimes against humanity”

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Torture, rape and arbitrary detention in Burundi may amount to crimes against humanity, UN-appointed experts told the Human Rights Council on Tuesday. Violence erupted in Burundi after President Pierre Nkurunziza won a controversial third term in office in 2015. Fatsah Ouguergouz, head of the UN Commission of Inquiry tasked with investigating the situation, explained the [...]

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News in Brief 18 September 2017 (PM)

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Appeal for "global solidarity" to help millions hit by Irma: UN chief The UN chief António Guterres has appealed for "global solidarity" on behalf of the millions affected by Hurricane Irma and other extreme weather events to come. The Secretary-General was speaking at a high-level meeting of the new session of the UN General Assembly [...]

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Countries support UN reform pledge

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Reform of the United Nations took centre stage this Monday as 128 countries backed a pledge to reshape the global organization. United States President Donald Trump joined UN Secretary-General António Guterres to underline the common goal of a UN that provides value for money while advancing shared values. Dianne Penn reports. Duration: 3'03"

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UN Daily News Programme 18 September 2017

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Listen to our daily bulletin of news and features from the United Nations, presented by Dianne Penn. In today’s programme: countries support UN reform pledge; and we talk to the senior UN official spearheading efforts to stamp out sexual exploitation and abuse.

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"Window of opportunity" closing on non-communicable diseases, warns WHO

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Millions of people are dying prematurely from diseases such as cancer and heart disease and many governments are making only "limited" progress in controlling them, UN health experts said on Monday. A new report from the World Health Organization (WHO) indicates that much greater political will is needed to beat these non-communicable diseases – also [...]

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News in Brief 18 September 2017 (AM)

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  Nearly US$10 million needed "urgently" for north-east Nigeria cholera response The UN and other aid partners launched an emergency appeal for US$9.9 million on Monday, to respond to the ongoing cholera outbreak in north-east Nigeria, and prevent further outbreaks in high-risk areas. The region has been suffering from a conflict-driven humanitarian and economic crisis [...]

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UN chief convenes high-level meeting on sexual abuse

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World leaders who have committed to join the United Nations in combatting sexual exploitation and abuse will be among the participants at a high-level meeting at UN Headquarters on Monday. The meeting has been convened by UN Secretary-General António Guterres who has made addressing this issue a top priority since his appointment in January. Ahead [...]

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South Sudan female commander heads new hospital project

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"Women are still a minority in most of the armed forces around the world; and in some ways, that is a privileged position.". That's the view of Lieutenant Colonel Katie Hislop of the United Kingdom who is the only female commander at the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS). She heads the UK contingent which [...]

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Security Council strongly condemns "highly provocative" DPRK missile launch

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UN Member States are being urged to fully implement sanctions against the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK). The appeal was made by the UN Security Council which has condemned the country's latest ballistic missile launch. Dianne Penn reports. The Security Council held urgent consultations on Friday to address what it described as "the highly [...]

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News in Brief 15 September 2017 (PM)

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  UN chief stresses solidarity with refugees on International Day of Peace Refugees are the focus of this year's commemoration of the International Day of Peace, observed annually on 21 September. At a ceremony at UN Headquarters on Friday to mark the day, Secretary-General António Guterres called on people everywhere to show solidarity with the [...]

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UN Gender Focus: South Sudan, girls in tech and gender equality

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Only female contingent commander in South Sudan heads new hospital project in Bentiu "Women are still a minority in most of the armed forces around the world; and in some ways, that is a privileged position." That's the view of Lieutenant Colonel Katie Hislop of the United Kingdom who is the only female commander at [...]

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UN Daily News Programme 15 September 2017

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Listen to our daily bulletin of news and features from the United Nations, presented by Dianne Penn. In today's programme: Conflict, climate change behind a resurgence in world hunger; and we hear about plans to achieve gender parity across the UN system.

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UN chief implements new gender parity strategy

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When he took office in January of this year, UN Secretary-General António Guterres pledged to reach gender parity across the global organization. Mr Guterres took that commitment a step forward this week by launching a strategy to reach parity among senior leaders by 2021, and ultimately across the UN system in 2028. Currently, there is [...]

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Lifesaving aid reaches displaced inside Myanmar

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Aid has started to arrive in Myanmar's Rakhine state where ongoing violence has forced nearly 400,000 civilians to flee to neighbouring Bangladesh. The UN World Food Programme (WFP) announced the development on Friday, saying it had reached camps for displaced civilians in Myanmar in the last three days, with enough supplies for 50,000 people. Daniel [...]

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Conflict, climate change behind rise in world hunger: UN report

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After steadily declining for over a decade, world hunger is once again on the rise, says the latest UN report on world food security and nutrition, released on Friday. Some 815 million people were affected by hunger in 2016, an increase of 38 million from the previous year. The report singles out conflict, increasingly compounded [...]

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News in Brief 15 September 2017 – Geneva (AM)

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UN chief condemns "yet another" DPRK missile test The latest missile test by the Democratic People's Republic of Korea has been condemned by UN Secretary-General António Guterres. In a statement, Mr Guterres described Friday's launch as a "manifest violation" of Security Council resolutions. The 15-member body is due to discuss what action to take after the [...]

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News in Brief 14 September 2017 (PM)

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UN Office on Drugs and Crime celebrates 20 years Helping justice take root is essential for preventing conflict, promoting international peace and security, and achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. That was the message delivered by UN Secretary-General António Guterres in a video message on Thursday commemorating the 20th anniversary of the UN Office on Drugs [...]

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UN agency proposes "global new deal" that promotes inclusive economies

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Failure to "tame" unregulated finance threatens global efforts to build inclusive economies, UN trade body, UNCTAD, warned on Thursday. Its latest report proposes "a global new deal" aimed at addressing instability and inequality stemming from the 2008 financial crisis. Dianne Penn reports. The UNCTAD Trade and Development Report 2017: Beyond Austerity – Towards a Global [...]

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UN Daily News Programme 14 September 2017

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Listen to our daily bulletin of news and features from the United Nations, presented by Dianne Penn. In today's programme a new alliance seeks to advance women and girls in innovation and technology;  and we hear how the return of displaced people to the city of Wau in South Sudan could serve as a model [...]

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New alliance to advance women, girls in innovation and tech

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The innovation and technology sector holds "huge opportunities for women," said to become more tangible with a new alliance aimed at advancing women and girls in the field. That's the assessment of Fiona Bayat-Renoux, leader of innovation at UN Women, which on Thursday launched the Global Innovation Coalition for Change (GICC). The coalition is comprised [...]

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News in Brief 14 September 2017 (AM)

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UNICEF delivers supplies to Rohingya children in Bangladesh Emergency water, sanitation and hygiene supplies are being delivered to support thousands of Rohingya children in Bangladesh, the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) announced on Thursday. The agency's trucks are delivering the items to the south-eastern city of Cox's Bazar, representing the first wave of supplies in an [...]

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"Toxic divide" threatens billions with disease, death

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Exposure to chemical waste is possibly the biggest cause of disease and death worldwide – and it affects children and minority groups the most, a UN human rights expert said on Thursday. Baskut Tuncak, who's a Special Rapporteur on hazardous substances, said that billions of people find themselves on the wrong side of this "toxic [...]

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UN chief calls for action on Myanmar and DPRK

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United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres reiterated on Wednesday the need to end the wave of violence in Myanmar. Speaking to the press ahead of the General Assembly high-level debate that starts next Tuesday, Mr. Guterres highlighted the severity of the humanitarian situation in the country. Ana Carmo has more. Secretary-General António Guterres reiterated his call for Muslims from [...]

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News in Brief 13 September 2017 (PM)

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New film by photographer Rankin and UNICEF highlights the plight of children uprooted Renowned fashion photographer and director Rankin has joined forces with the UN Children's Fund, UNICEF, to create a 60-second film highlighting the plight of children uprooted by war, poverty and disaster. The thought-provoking video urges people to see past the refugee and [...]

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UN Daily News Programme 13 September 2017

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Listen to our daily bulletin of news and features from the United Nations, presented by Ana Carmo. In today's programme the head of the newly-created UN Counter-Terrorism Office tells us geographical balance and gender equality will be essential to its success; and, we hear from a world poetry champion who is drawing attention to the [...]

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News in Brief 13 September 2017 – Geneva (AM)

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  States "reticent" at tackling global enforced disappearances crisis "Thousands and thousands of people" are victims of enforced disappearance around the world and the number shows no signs of falling, a UN human rights panel said on Wednesday. The UN Committee on Enforced Disappearances also said that an increasing number of armed groups with State [...]

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Wau could provide "model" for return home of South Sudan's displaced people

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The return of displaced people to their homes in Wau in north-western South Sudan could provide a "model" for other parts of the country, the head of the UN peacekeeping mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) has said. David Shearer was speaking on a visit to the town which is hosting over 40,000 people who have [...]

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"We know and we see you": poetry champion returns home to Darfur

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Emtithal (Emi) Mahmoud writes poetry to draw attention to the war-torn Darfur region of Sudan, as well as the global refugee crisis. The Sudanese poet, who currently lives in the United States, recently visited El Fasher, Darfur. Brought up in the region – which has suffered years of conflict – she left Sudan as a [...]

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"Geographical balance", gender equality, essential: counter-terror chief

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The Under-Secretary-General of the newly created United Nations Counter-Terrorism Office believes that "geographical balance and gender equality are pre-requisites for the success of the unit". Vladimir Voronkov was appointed by the UN Secretary General António Guterres in June, after the General Assembly approved the establishment of a new office to help Member States implement the [...]

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News in Brief 12 September 2017 (PM)

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Aid distribution hub established on Antigua for Irma victims A new operational hub for distributing emergency aid to victims of Hurricane Irma in the Caribbean has been established on the island of Antigua, the World Food Programme (WFP) announced on Tuesday. Irma decimated many islands in the region as it barrelled west towards Florida, including [...]

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UN Daily News Programme 12 September 2017

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Listen to our daily bulletin of news and features from the United Nations, presented by Matt Wells. In today’s programme: the UN migration agency in Bangladesh tells us the flow of desperate refugees across the border with Myanmar is “unprecedented”; and we’ve an interview with the new President of the General Assembly who says he’s [...]

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News in Brief 12 September 2017 – Geneva (AM)

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Myanmar refugee exodus reaches “unprecedented” levels More than 370,000 refugees have now arrived in Bangladesh after fleeing violence in neighbouring Myanmar in recent days, the UN said on Tuesday. Jean Lieby – Chief Child Protection officer for UNICEF in the country – said that 60 per cent of the arrivals are children. Many have arrived [...]

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Flow of "desperate" Rohingya refugees "unprecedented": IOM

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The flow of desperate Rohingya refugees fleeing across the border from Myanmar into Bangladesh is "unprecedented in terms of volume and speed". That's the assessment of the Asia-Pacific Spokesperson for the UN migration agency, IOM, Chris Lom, who is on the ground in the Bangladeshi border town of Cox's Bazar. He said both the government [...]

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"Concrete solutions" needed and "results for the people" says Lajčák

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The incoming UN General Assembly President hopes to deliver "concrete solutions" and "results for the people" during his year overseeing the work of the 193-member body. Miroslav Lajčák, a career diplomat from the Eastern European country of Slovakia, told UN News just ahead of taking charge of the gavel for the 72nd session on Tuesday, [...]

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Assembly doors "held ever wider" to help tackle global issues: UN chief

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The doors of the UN General Assembly have been held "ever wider" to help Member States tackle pressing global issues, said the UN chief on Monday. Secretary-General António Guterres said he had seen "many highlights", during the 71st annual session, including a landmark declaration on migrants, and the repositioning of the UN to meet the [...]

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News in Brief 11 September 2017 (PM)

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Myanmar violence "putting all civilians at risk" Violence in the northern part of Rakhine State in Myanmar which has driven more than 300,000 mainly Muslim Rohingya across the border with Bangladesh, is "putting all civilians at risk" said the UN on Monday. Humanitarian activities in Rakhine have been either suspended or severely interrupted, resulting in [...]

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Building cities of the future a "collaborative effort": former Kigali mayor

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Building the cities of the future is going to involve "collaborative effort," requiring good leadership and realistic expectations. That's the view of Deputy Executive Director of the UN urban agency UN-Habitat, Aisa Kirabo Kacyira, who was the mayor of Rwanda's capital, Kigali, for five years, up to 2011. She is a senior member of the [...]

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UN Daily News Programme 11 September 2017

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Listen to our daily bulletin of news and features from the United Nations, presented by Matt Wells. In today's programme: the exodus of Rohingyas from northern Mynamar appear to be a "textbook example of ethnic cleansing" says the UN Human Rights chief. We've a full report from Geneva; and building the cities of the future is [...]

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News in Brief 11 September (AM)

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UN chief saddened by loss of life due to Mexico earthquake The UN chief António Guterres has offered his condolences to the government and people of Mexico following a deadly earthquake that struck the provinces of Oaxaca, Chiapas and Tabasco, during the night of 7 September. Latest news reports and government figures suggest that more [...]

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Myanmar violence may be "textbook” ethnic cleansing: Zeid

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States which commit "the most egregious violations" should be excluded from the Human Rights Council, while violence in Myanmar may be "textbook…ethnic cleansing", the UN's top rights official said on Monday. Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein made the comments at the start of a new session of the Council, whose 47 country delegations meet in Geneva [...]

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UNHCR to help thousands of displaced in war-torn DRC

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Efforts are under way to help thousands of victims of conflict in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) where "nine out of ten villages" have been burned to the ground in some regions, the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) said on Friday. Amid a recent decline in violence between armed militia and government forces, UNHCR [...]

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News in Brief 8 September 2017 (PM)

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  SDGs are "taking hold" across the world: UN Deputy chief The Sustainable Development Goals are "taking hold" across the world and capturing public imagination, two years after they were agreed by 193 countries. That's the view of UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed, addressing an informal meeting on implementing the 17 global goals in the [...]

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News in Brief 8 September 2017 – Geneva (AM)

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Bangladesh camps for "desperate" Myanmar refugees are full to capacity Bangladeshi camps and facilities for Myanmar refugees fleeing violence are "full to capacity", but there has been no let-up in the number of arrivals, the UN said on Friday. IOM, the International Organization for Migration, is coordinating the international response by UN agencies and partners, [...]

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Podcast special: We need “a surge in diplomacy for peace” Guterres

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In his first interview for UN News, Secretary-General António Guterres tells us there needs to be a “surge in diplomacy for peace”, and that global problems need global solutions beyond the capacity of any superpower. He tells Reem Abaza that climate change is “undeniable” and inextricably linked to the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals. For this special [...]

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Influx sparks warning on Greek refugee centres

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Conditions for Syrian and Iraqi refugees are deteriorating on the Greek islands where there's been a surge in arrivals in recent weeks. UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, issued the warning after announcing a more than 30 per cent rise in numbers of people crossing the sea from Turkey to Greece in August compared with July. [...]

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UN Daily News Programme 08 September 2017

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Listen to our special daily programme, featuring an in-depth interview with the UN Secretary General António Guterres. The programme is presented by Matt Wells, and Reem Abaza. You can find an extended version of the interview by visiting our podcast page, The Lid Is On, or the UN Radio Soundcloud platform.

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News in Brief 7 September 2017 – Geneva (AM)

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Venezuela and Qatar to address Human Rights Council's upcoming session Senior representatives from Venezuela and Qatar are to address the Human Rights Council in Geneva, where it begins a new session on Monday. The planned speech by Venezuela's Minister of Foreign Affairs, Jorge Arreaza Monteserrat, on the opening day of the three-week session, comes after [...]

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News in Brief 6 September 2017 (PM)

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  Strengthened efforts needed to prevent genocide, war crimes: UN chief Strengthened efforts are needed to help prevent genocide, war crimes, ethnic cleansing and crimes against humanity, said the UN chief on Wednesday, launching his first report on the responsibility to protect. He told the Security Council that the high number of refugees and internally-displaced [...]

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Podcast: protecting children from online predators – what you need to know

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If someone wanted to harm you or your family, what could they learn by looking at your social media profile? That's one of the key questions Paulina Greer puts to Neil Walsh, the head of global cybercrime for the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), in this latest edition of our podcast series, The [...]

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UN Daily News Programme 06 September 2017

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Listen to our daily bulletin of news and features from the United Nations, presented by Matt Wells. In today's programme: as Hurricane Irma leaves a trail of destruction across the Caribbean, a senior UN official in Haiti tells us people need to prepare for the worst. And – Syria's "moment of truth" is fast approaching [...]

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Seek safety ahead of Hurricane Irma, UNICEF urges Haitians

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Haitians who are bracing themselves for the arrival of the Category 5 Hurricane Irma in the Caribbean, need to prepare themselves and move out of harm's way if necessary. That's according to the UN Children's Fund Deputy Representative, Jean Metenier, speaking on the line from the capital, Port au Prince. The UNICEF official said the [...]

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Syria's "moment of truth" fast approaching: Envoy

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ISIL or Daesh fighters in two key Syrian towns are nearing defeat and when that happens it could be the "moment of truth" for the future of the country, UN Special Envoy Staffan de Mistura said on Wednesday. Speaking in Geneva, the veteran negotiator said that Deir-ez-Zour was essentially liberated from the extremists. Raqqa, Mr [...]

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News in Brief 6 September 2017 (AM)

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  "Nearly zero progress" in reducing global out-of-school rate: UNICEF The percentage of 6-15-year-olds missing out on school has barely decreased over the past decade, the UN Children's Fund UNICEF  said on Wednesday. "Pervasive levels of poverty", protracted conflicts, and complex humanitarian emergencies have led to stagnation, UNICEF said. The agency called for more investment [...]

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News in Brief 5 September 2017 (PM)

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  Unity of Security Council "crucial" to addressing North Korea nuclear crisis The unity of the Security Council is "crucial" to successfully addressing North Korea's reckless pursuit of nuclear weapons, the UN chief said on Tuesday. António Guterres was speaking to journalists at UN Headquarters about the country's underground testing of a nuclear bomb on [...]

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UN Daily News Programme 05 September 2017

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Listen to our daily bulletin of news and features from the United Nations, presented by Matt Wells and Daniel Johnson. Today: the latest nuclear bomb test by North Korea is a final wake-up call, the head of the UN's test ban treaty organization tells us. And; the head of a new Syria investigation team tells [...]

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"Bold new course" needed on urbanization: UN deputy chief

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A "bold new course" is needed across the UN system to address the challenges of urbanization in the 21st Century, the UN deputy chief said on Tuesday. Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed was speaking on the opening day of a High Level Meeting looking at the New Urban Agenda and the working of the UN urban [...]

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New Syria probe brings justice closer, says investigator

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The head of a new UN team which is investigating the most serious crimes perpetrated during Syria's brutal civil war, says that it's her job to bring those responsible for abuses closer to justice. Former French judge Catherine Marchi-Uhel, who heads the International, Impartial and Independent Mechanism, has already contacted Member States in a bid [...]

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News in brief 5 September 2017 – Geneva (AM)

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More than 5,000 civilians killed in Yemen as UN's Zeid renews call for international probe The humanitarian crisis is the worst in the world in Yemen where there's little hope of a negotiated end to hostilities soon. That's the view of Muhammad Ali Ansour, chief of the Middle East and North Africa section at the [...]

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North Korea nuclear test "last wake-up call" to the world: CTBTO chief

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North Korea's latest nuclear bomb test should be a "last wake-up call" to the international community, on the need to build diplomatic bridges through the test-ban treaty. That's the view of the Executive Secretary of the Preparatory Commission for the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO) Lassina Zerbo. He said that the pace of [...]

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Security Council urged to be “wise and bold” on DPRK

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The nuclear bomb test announced by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) is a "dangerous provocation" which needs "united" and "appropriate action" from the international community. That was the message to the UN Security Council on Monday, from UN chief António Guterres, delivered by Jeffrey Feltman, Under Secretary-General for Political Affairs. He was there [...]

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News in Brief 4 September 2017 – Geneva (AM)

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“Reasonable grounds” to believe crimes against humanity in Burundi, says UN panel International UN-appointed experts say they have "reasonable grounds" to believe that crimes against humanity have been committed in Burundi. The assertion from the UN Commission of Inquiry on Burundi follows interviews with victims of serious abuses linked to political unrest since April 2015 [...]

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News in Brief 01 September 2017 (PM)

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  UN chief "saddened by loss of life" in Bangladesh, India, Nepal UN chief António Guterres said on Friday he was "saddened by the loss of life" and the devastation caused by torrential monsoon rains across much of Bangladesh, India and Nepal. News reports indicate that more than 1200 people have died across the three [...]

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Myanmar must provide help to prevent "catastrophe": UN chief

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With thousands of Rohingya refugees pouring into Bangladesh amid reports of violent excesses by Myanmar's security forces, the UN chief said on Friday that restraint was needed to "avoid a humanitarian catastrophe". The UN estimates more than 27,000 mainly Muslim Rohingyas have fled over the border, while thousands are reportedly stranded. More details from Matt [...]

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UN Daily News Programme 01 September 2017

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Listen to our daily bulletin of news and features from the United Nations, presented by Matt Wells and Jocelyne Sambira. Today, Member States called on North Korea to give up its nuclear weapons programme this week – we’ve a report from Geneva and the Conference on Disarmament. And, hopes are rising that a new UN [...]

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News in Brief 01 September 2017 (AM)

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  Casualty figures show month-on-month decline in Iraq: UNAMI The number of civilians reportedly killed and injured in Iraq has fallen to its lowest level in months, according to figures published on Friday by the UN Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI). A total of 125 civilians were killed during August, with another 188-injured due to [...]

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Discussion over UN base in Darfur in final phase: UNAMID deputy chief

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Discussions over a new partnership with the Sudanese government to bring humanitarian relief to civilians in the volatile Darfur region are in their final phase. That's according to the deputy chief in charge of protection, for the UN and African Union joint Mission in Darfur, UNAMID. Bintou Keita, UNAMID Deputy Joint Special Representative, has been [...]

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