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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 [...]

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

Mission chief says peace deal crucial to ending South Sudan crisis

Listen / David Shearer, head of the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS), meeting residents of Kuajok, the capital of Gogrial state. Photo: UNMISS/Isaac Billy

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 »

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