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

Listen / UN Secretary-General António Guterres (center) speaking at a high-level event on women's economic empowerment. Photo: UN Women

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

Listen / New data shows 40 million in modern slavery and 152 million in child labour around the world. Photo: ILO/Marcel Crozet

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

Listen / Thousands who fled to a UN protection civilian site in Wau in April, 2017. PHOTO: Nektarios Markogiannis/UNMISS

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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