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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 [...]

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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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