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Refugees treated with "complete indifference": UN expert

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Refugees, migrants and others are being treated almost as sub-human in some circumstances, according to independent rights expert Agnes Callamard, who delivered her report to the General Assembly a few days ago. The Special Rapporteur passionately described situations in which there appears to be "complete indifference" to the rights of refugees, saying they are being [...]

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Boosting entrepreneur development along the New Silk Road

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Entrepreneurs are key to bringing more jobs and prosperity to the so-called Maritime-Continental Silk Road: the modern-day successor to the ancient trade routes linking Europe and Asia. That's according to Dan Liang, Chairperson of the board of directors for the UN Maritime-Continental Silk Road Cities Alliance. She is one of the delegates taking part in [...]

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News in Brief 31 October 2017 (PM)

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WHO reports progress in fight against hepatitis A record three million people were able to obtain treatment for hepatitis C over the past two years. Furthermore, some 2.8 million people began lifelong treatment for hepatitis B in 2016. The figures from the World Health Organization (WHO) were released ahead of the start of the World [...]

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Rohingya refugees receiving mental health first aid

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As Rohingya refugees continue to pour into neighbouring Bangladesh, one UN agency is taking steps to address their psychological well-being. The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) is supporting an initiative that provides so-called "mental health first aid" to the displaced, who have fled violence in Myanmar. More than 600,000 members of the Muslim minority community have [...]

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Unique entrepreneur development forum gets underway in Bahrain

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The role of entrepreneurship in promoting global development is the focus of a three-day meeting which opened in Bahrain on Tuesday. The World Entrepreneurs Investment Forum 2017, taking place in the capital, Manama, has been organized by the UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) in partnership with the Government. May Yaacoub attended the opening ceremony and [...]

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Rising child violations in war "a source of global shame": Guterres

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The increased use and abuse of children by warring parties is "a source of global shame", the UN chief told the Security Council on Tuesday. António Guterres was briefing the Council on his recently published report on Children and Armed Conflict, for 2016. More than 8,000 children were killed and maimed during the year, while [...]

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UN Daily News Programme 31 October 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:  Growing violations against children on the battlefield are a "source of global shame" the UN chief tells Security Council members; and: Rohingya refugees need first aid for the mind as well as the [...]

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News in Brief 31 October 2017 – Geneva (AM)

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UN Environment chief calls for bolder action on renewable energy Subsidies to the coal and gas industries should be dropped to encourage investment in renewable energy and keep global warming in check, the head of the UN environment agency, UNEP, said on Tuesday. Erik Solheim was speaking at the launch of UNEP's Emissions Gap Report [...]

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Eritrea's future "is walking away" in refugee exodus says UN expert

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Eritrea's future is literally "walking away" in the form of young refugees fleeing the country. That's the view of Sheila Keetharuth, special rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Eritrea. She said that thousands of young people often walk for days in a "desperate bid" to reach the border and avoid years-long forced-conscription into [...]

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UN climate experts announce record CO2 surge in 2016

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Levels of carbon dioxide surged at "record-breaking speed" to new highs in 2016, UN climate experts said on Monday. The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) issued the warning in Geneva, at the launch of the organisation's Greenhouse Gas Bulletin. The report indicates that carbon dioxide concentrations reached 403.3 parts per million in 2016, up from 400 ppm [...]

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  "Innovative" action needed in support of the Sahel: UN chief Failing to act in support of countries across the Sahel region and to tackle "the root causes of instability" could have serious consequences, the UN chief said on Monday. Secretary-General António Guterres was briefing the Security Council which is looking at ways of shoring [...]

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Bahrain forum promotes entrepreneurship for SDGs

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Bahrain is taking the lead in promoting entrepreneurship as a means to achieve global peace, prosperity and economic empowerment. That's according to an official with the UN Investment Development Organization (UNIDO) based in the country, which is this week hosting a forum on achieving sustainable development through entrepreneurship and innovation. Hashim Hussein, head of UNIDO's [...]

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UN Daily News Programme 30 October 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:  Countries meet to ensure future availability of food and other products derived from plants; and: We preview a forum in Bahrain that unites entrepreneurship and development.

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Tuberculosis remains world's "top infectious killer": WHO Tuberculosis, or TB, remains the world's top infectious killer, according to latest figures from the World Health Organization (WHO) on Monday. The data from 2016, paints what WHO described as a "grim picture", with an estimated 1.3 million TB deaths among HIV-negative people and an additional 374,000 among [...]

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Countries meet to ensure future of plant genetics

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Representatives from 144 countries are meeting in Kigali, Rwanda, this week to ensure that future generations will have access to food and agricultural products that originate from plants. The nations have agreed to conserve and share the genetic materials of 64 crops— for example, for use in research or breeding—in line with a UN treaty [...]

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Entrepreneurship and innovation "strong engines" for growth

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Hundreds of entrepreneurs from around the world are gathering in Bahrain to take part in a UN-led forum on innovation and growth. The World Entrepreneurs Investment Forum, organized by the UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and the government of Bahrain, begins on Tuesday. One of the main speakers will be President of the UN General [...]

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From Audrey Hepburn to Nikita Khrushchev: UN archive diplomacy

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The UN audiovisual library is a collection of over one million photo, radio, and television items. They are kept under the watchful eye of chief of audiovisual archives at the United Nations, Antonio da Silva, who's charged with collecting, preserving, and reformatting 72 years' worth of materials. The UN celebrated World Day for Audiovisual Heritage [...]

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UN Gender Focus: Healthcare, FGM survivor, and American filmmaker Melonie Kastman

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No excuse for lack of health services: UN official Governments are being reminded of their obligation to provide health services for their citizens, including to ensure that fewer women and babies do not die while giving birth.  That's the message from the UN Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights, Kate Gilmore, who this week participated [...]

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UN and Africa: Industrialization in Africa, and Peacekeeping efforts in DR Congo and South Sudan

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Industrialization in Africa will help eradicate poverty, transform economies Urban demand could be "a lever" for industrialization across Africa.  That's according to Giovanie Biha, Deputy Executive Secretary at the UN Economic Commission for Africa (ECA), which has launched a report on industrial development on the continent.  With an increasing fraction of the population living in [...]

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Unique entrepreneur investment forum will boost SDGs: UNIDO

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The world's only forum for investing in entrepreneurship for the sake of making the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) a reality, gets underway in Bahrain next week. Organized by the UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), in partnership with the government of Bahrain, the World Entrepreneurs Investment Forum opens on Tuesday. In an interview for UN [...]

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News in Brief 27 October 2017 (PM)

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Women's participation in peace talks still unusual despite landmark resolution   Having women at the negotiating table in peace processes is still unusual, the UN Security Council heard on Friday. Ambassadors met to take stock of progress made in the 17 years since they passed a landmark resolution aimed at increasing women's participation in efforts [...]

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Americas’ action plan launched to protect human rights defenders

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A plan has been launched to address what one UN body considers among the most pressing problems in the Americas: protection of human rights defenders. The region accounted for three out of every four recorded murders of these activists worldwide in 2016. The shocking statistic has been provided by the UN human rights office which [...]

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UN Daily News Programme 27 October 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: We'll hear about the toll man-made climate change is taking on migratory animals – including Africa's often-maligned vultures – that are crucial to a healthy environment; and: Three-quarters of all human rights [...]

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UN chief reaffirms international support to the Central African Republic

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It is now time to end the violence in the Central African Republic (CAR) and consolidate democracy, the UN Secretary-General told the country's legislators on Friday. Addressing the National Assembly in the capital, Bangui, António Guterres underscored the international community's solidarity and commitment to the nation. A UN operation has been in the CAR since [...]

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Eastern Ghouta situation "an outrage": UN human rights chief The suffering of civilians in the besieged Syrian enclave of Eastern Ghouta is "an outrage," UN Human Rights High Commissioner Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussain said on Friday. Eastern Ghouta, located in the outskirts of the capital, Damascus, has been under siege by Syrian government forces for [...]

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UN wildlife summit underscores the value of migratory species

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When threatened by the effects of climate change, humans can quickly move from one location to another, but animals are slower to adapt. That's according to Bradnee Chambers, who oversees a UN environmental treaty known as the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals, known as CMS. Migratory species include birds, whales [...]

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News in Brief 26 October 2017 (PM)

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50,000 Iraqi civilians affected by fresh offensive against ISIL in Iraq: OCHA An estimated 50,000 Iraqi civilians are likely to be affected by the Iraqi army's latest offensive against remaining fighters from the ISIL, or Daesh, terrorist group in Anbar province. That's according to the UN office which coordinates humanitarian affairs, OCHA. Civilians also continue [...]

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"I lost my dignity in Libya": FGM survivor and refugee speaks out

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Aisha fled her home in Côte d'Ivoire to save her daughter from female genital mutilation (FGM), but the mother's nightmare only continued at a detention centre in Libya. The harmful traditional practice of FGM, considered in some communities to be a rite of passage, has propelled thousands of women and girls to flee their homes, [...]

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UN chief pledges support to national institutions of CAR

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Secretary-General António Guterres, on Thursday pledged the support of the UN for building up national institutions across the Central African Republic (CAR). He was speaking to reporters in the capital Bangui on the third day of his visit to the country, where conflict between Christian and Muslim armed groups has displaced hundreds-of-thousands and led to [...]

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UN Daily News Programme 26 October 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:  UN Women believes the "epidemic" of violence against women in the Solomon Islands can be stopped; and: An FGM survivor and refugee speaks out.

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Terrorism "on the defensive" but Syria's "moment of truth" has arrived Following the defeat of Daesh extremist forces in the Syrian cities of Raqqa and around Deir-ez-Zour, "terrorism is on the defensive", but far from defeated. That's the warning from UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura, briefing the Security Council on Thursday, who [...]

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"Epidemic" of violence against women in Solomons can end

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The "epidemic" of violence against women in the Solomon Islands can be stopped and the whole Pacific region is already taking "proactive steps". That's the view of Yannick Glemarec, deputy chief of UN Women, the world body's gender agency. The Deputy Executive Director for policy recently returned from a visit to the remote Pacific island [...]

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News in Brief 25 October 2017 (PM)

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UN chief appeals for solidarity with CAR The international community has been urged by the UN Secretary-General to show solidarity with the Central African Republic (CAR) in order to rebuild the country and reduce the suffering of its people. António Guterres made the appeal while speaking to reporters in the capital, Bangui, following a meeting [...]

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Countries urged to continue to support probe into death of former UN chief

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It is plausible that an external attack caused the September 1961 plane crash that killed former UN Secretary-General Dag Hammarskjöld and others travelling with him. That's according to a report by an external expert appointed by the global body to review potential new information related to the crash. It was transmitted by the current UN [...]

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UN Daily News Programme 25 October 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:  Accusations of "fake news" show how online media's coming increasingly under attack by governments trying to discredit journalists a UN expert tells us; and: The story of how families of American prisoners [...]

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Online media under "significant threat" around the world: UN expert

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Online media outlets face "significant threats" from some governments around the world which are trying to quash dissent by accusing journalists of peddling "fake news". That's one of the concerns voiced on Wednesday by David Kaye, who is the UN Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and [...]

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WHO strengthens health services in Raqqa, Syria The UN health agency, WHO, and its partners continue to strengthen efforts to provide health care services for thousands of people in newly accessible areas of Raqqa governorate in Syria. This week WHO delivered some five tonnes of medicines and medical supplies to a hospital in the region [...]

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Film at UN sheds light on bombing of Hiroshima

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The atomic bombs dropped by the United States in August 1945 on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, killing tens-of-thousands instantly, were a watershed event in human history. One little-known fact is that 12 American Prisoners of War, were being held close to the centre of the blast in Hiroshima at the time. A documentary about them and [...]

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"I am proud to be your colleague" UN chief tells CAR peacekeepers

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The UN will always honour the sacrifice of peacekeepers who put their lives on the line to protect civilians across the world. That's one of the tributes paid to blue helmets serving in the Central African Republic (CAR) with the UN Mission, MINUSCA, by UN chief António Guterres on Tuesday, who is on a visit [...]

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News in Brief 24 October 2017 (PM)

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"Unjust" to focus blame on teachers over student performance: UNESCO Governments bear the main responsibility for ensuring quality education, while blaming teachers for students' poor performance is often "unjust and unconstructive." That's according to the latest Global Education Monitoring report (GEM) from the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), published on Tuesday. UNESCO Director-General [...]

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UN Daily News Programme 24 October 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:  Health care worker attacks are “wrong, unfair and unjust”, we hear from a UN human rights official; and: A filmmaker bears witness to the work of UN peacekeepers in the DR Congo.

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Fewer cases of polio in 2016 "than any other year in history": WHO There were fewer cases of polio last year than "any other year in history," said the World Health Organization (WHO) on Tuesday, adding that total eradication of the deadly disease was "in sight". Only 12 cases occurred in three countries during 2016, [...]

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Health worker attacks "wrong, unfair and unjust": UN official

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Countries are being reminded of their obligation to provide healthcare for their citizens and to protect professionals who deliver these services, particularly during times of conflict. That's the message from the UN Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights, Kate Gilmore. She was at UN Headquarters on Wednesday for a dialogue on how human rights, including [...]

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Podcast: Surviving sexual slavery – Grizelda's story

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How do you overcome years of sexual slavery, despite scars which will always remain? Grizelda Grootboom knows the answer, and in September, she joined the Secretary-General at the UN's main podium, to tell her story. She came to urge the General Assembly to adopt a Political Declaration to end the scourge of human trafficking, telling [...]

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African industrialization will help erase poverty, transform economies

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Urban demand could be "a lever" for industrialization across Africa. That's according to Giovanie Biha, Deputy Executive Secretary at the UN Economic Commission for Africa (ECA), which has launched a report on industrial development on the continent. With an increasing fraction of the population living in cities, Africa faces growing challenges in terms of services [...]

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Film bears witness to work of UN peacekeepers in DR Congo

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After seeing negative news reports about UN peacekeepers, American filmmaker Melonie Kastman was inspired to share some positive stories surrounding the blue helmets. She spent several months embedded with the Force Intervention Brigade at the UN mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo to document life in North Kivu province—one of the country's most [...]

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News in Brief 23 October 2017 (PM)

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Ending child marriage in West & Central Africa could take 100 years: UNICEF Unless action is taken to stamp out child marriage in West and Central Africa, it will take more than 100 years to end the practice in these regions. That's according to projections by the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) which were released on [...]

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Emergency animal health campaign launched around Mosul

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A lesser-known casualty of the brutal fighting to liberate Mosul from Daesh, or ISIL extremists, has been livestock around the northern Iraqi city, said the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) on Monday. FAO's Emergency Response Coordinator in Iraq, Paul Schlunke, said most animals have not been vaccinated in three years, and FAO is concerned they [...]

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UN Daily News Programme 23 October 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: The nightmare continues for Rohingya refugees but a special pledging conference raises US$335 million dollars to "keep pace" with "intensifying needs"; and: An emergency UN campaign gets underway around Mosul in Iraq [...]

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More Rohingya crisis funding vital to keep pace with needs

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More funding to "keep pace with intensifying needs" is urgently needed in Bangladesh to support thousands of refugees who continue to cross the border with Myanmar each day. That's the plea from UN relief chief Mark Lowcock, who joined other agency heads and government representatives at a special pledging conference for Rohingya refugees in Geneva [...]

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UN and AU underline commitment to Kenya ahead of elections Political leaders in Kenya and their supporters are being urged to create conditions that will allow for peaceful elections later this week. The appeal was made by UN Secretary-General António Guterres and the Chairperson of the African Union Commission, Moussa Faki Mahamat. Kenyans return to [...]

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Protecting culture promotes peace and security: UNESCO

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The rise in terrorism is posing a challenge to global efforts to safeguard cultural heritage and identity. That's according to the Director of the New York liaison office of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). Marie Paule Roudil was speaking following a meeting at UN Headquarters on Italy's experience in protecting endangered cultural [...]

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News in Brief 20 October 2017 (PM)

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Peacekeepers wounded in Central African Republic  Two UN peacekeepers were wounded following clashes with so-called anti-Balaka fighters who attacked a town in the Central African Republic (CAR) on Thursday. The mainly-Christian armed group has been battling mostly-Muslim rebel fighters across the country since civil conflict began in 2013. The peacekeepers from the UN Mission, MINUSCA, [...]

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UN and Africa: Somalia, South Sudan briefing, and efforts to eradicate TB thread

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International support "a silver lining" in the wake of Somalia bombing Somalis have taken to the streets of the capital, Mogadishu, to protest against violent extremism in the aftermath of a double car bombing which killed more than 300 people this past weekend.  The United Nations and its partners have been assisting the government in [...]

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UN Daily News Programme 20 October 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:  Myanmar children facing "hell on earth" in Bangladesh camps, says UNICEF; and: Pop star Ellie Goulding tells us why climate change isn't all "gloom and doom.

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WHO helps contain new outbreak of Ebola-like virus on Kenya-Uganda border The World Health Organization (WHO) said on Friday it was working with Ugandan authorities and other agencies to contain an outbreak of Marburg virus disease (MVD); an illness that produces symptoms similar to the deadly Ebola virus. A 50-year-old women who was taken to [...]

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Climate change not all "doom and gloom:" Singer Ellie Goulding at UN

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British singer Ellie Goulding has opened up about her passion for combating climate change: from creating a sustainable bracelet brand to her selectivity when it comes to endorsements, the pop artist says there's still time to take action. Ms Goulding was at the United Nations in New York earlier this week where she took part [...]

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UN Gender Focus: Reproductive health, Antigua & Barbuda, and Space for Women

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Reproductive health and economic inequalities inextricably linked: UNFPA Economics is just the tip of "the inequality iceberg."  That's one of the conclusions being stressed by Richard Kollodge, Senior Editorial Adviser at the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), following the release of the agency's 2017 report on the state of the world's population.  The report details [...]

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Myanmar children facing "hell on earth"

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A major alert has been issued for hundreds of thousands of Myanmar youngsters who've been forced to seek shelter in what's been described as a "hell on earth" of makeshift camps in southern Bangladesh. UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) raised the alarm in Geneva. In a new report published on Friday about the emergency – sparked [...]

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News in Brief 19 October 2017 (PM)

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Drop in UN civilian casualty numbers Casualties among UN civilian staff have fallen to their lowest levels in five years. That information can be found in a report by the UN Secretary-General which analyses global security and security incidents involving personnel and premises in 2016 and the first half of this year. It was presented [...]

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News in Brief 19 October 2017 (AM)

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Leaders commit to reduce deaths caused by noncommunicable diseases Governments have pledged to reduce suffering and deaths caused by heart disease, cancer, diabetes and other noncommunicable diseases (NCDs), the World Health Organization (WHO) has announced. The commitment was made at the start of a three-day global conference which opened on Wednesday in Montevideo, Uruguay. NCDs [...]

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UN Daily News Programme 19 October 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:  An update on international support to Somalia in the wake of this past weekend’s deadly bombing; and: Progress on fighting HIV and AIDS in Tanzania.

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International support "a silver lining" after Somalia bombing

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International support "a silver lining" in the wake of Somalia bombing Somalis have taken to the streets of the capital, Mogadishu, to protest against violent extremism in the aftermath of a double car bombing which killed more than 300 people this past weekend. The United Nations and its partners have been assisting the authorities in [...]

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HIV, AIDS treatment at "tipping point" for first time: UNAIDS chief

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Significant progress has been made on the HIV and AIDS fronts, but they are illnesses that cannot be forgotten. That's the view of UNAIDS Executive Director, Michel Sidibé, who said that for the first time, there are more people in Tanzania receiving treatment for HIV and AIDS than those still waiting for help. UNAIDS estimates [...]

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15,000 child deaths daily despite drop in under-five mortality: UN report

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Last year, 15,000 children under the age of five died each day, nearly half of whom were newborns. The sombre statistics come in a UN report published on Thursday which says many of these deaths could have been prevented through simple, cost-effective measures. It warns that despite a decrease in child mortality over the past [...]

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News in Brief 18 October 2017 (PM)

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UN chief heads for CAR "to strengthen international support for peace" Against a backdrop of growing violence and communal tension, the UN chief announced on Wednesday that he's heading to the Central African Republic "to strengthen international support for peace". António Guterres told reporters at UN Headquarters that he will fly early next week and [...]

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Immediate investment needed for violence-free world by 2030

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Urgent investment is needed in order to reduce violence against children in line with the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda. That's according to Marta Santos Pais, the UN Special Representative on Violence against Children. She says that although some progress has been made, the "clock is ticking" and if more action is not taken "we won't [...]

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5,000 children now reunited with their families in South Sudan: UNICEF

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Thanks to a special programme run by the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF), 5,000 South Sudanese children have now been reunited with their families. The 5,000th child to be reunited with his mother after a four-year separation was a 17-year-old boy who had fled violence in his home state of Western Equatoria. South Sudan descended into [...]

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UN Daily News Programme 18 October 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: The UN food agency FAO and its partners battle a new banana disease strain; and: Diplomats help build buzz over World Bee Day  

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FAO and partners battle new banana disease strain

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A new strain of fungus is threatening one of the world's most favourite fruits. The warning comes from the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) which is working with partners to protect the world's banana crops from the disease, known as Fusarium Wilt TR4, which can last for years in the soil. Dianne Penn spoke [...]

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News in Brief 18 October 2017 (AM)

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Intra-Palestinian agreement critical for "a sustainable peace" The agreement between the Fatah-run Palestinian Authority in the West Bank, and Hamas, which controls the Gaza Strip, is "critical" for a lasting peace agreement between Palestine and Israel. That's the view of Assistant Secretary-General for Political Affairs, Miroslav Jenča, briefing the Security Council on Wednesday. The militant [...]

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UN condemns deadly attacks on journalists

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The killing of investigative reporter Daphne Caruana Galizia in Malta on Monday has been condemned by the head of the UN's science and cultural agency, UNESCO, along with two other deadly attacks on journalists in Afghanistan and Colombia. Daniel Johnson has more. In her statement, Irina Bokova welcomed a pledge by the Maltese government to [...]

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Diplomats help build buzz over World Bee Day

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There's never been a time when the pollinating power of the lowly honey bee has been more important to the planet than now. That's the view of some diplomats at UN Headquarters in New York who are making the case for giving bees their own official international day. Ambassador Darja Bavdaz Kuret of Slovenia, argues [...]

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UN chief urges unity on International Day to eradicate poverty People worldwide are being urged to unite and stamp out poverty. UN Secretary-General António Guterres made the appeal in a video message issued on Tuesday, the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty. Mr Guterres said it was an occasion to stand in solidarity with [...]

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"Personality politics" driving conflict in South Sudan must end

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The South Sudanese people have been "held hostage" to "personality politics" for long enough and accountable institutions must be allowed to take over. That's the stark message from UN Peacekeeping chief, Jean-Pierre Lacroix, briefing the Security Council on Tuesday. He said that the Regional Protection Force, or RPF, which was mandated more than a year [...]

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Reproductive health inextricably linked to inequality: UNFPA

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Economics is just the tip of "the inequality iceberg." That's one of the conclusions being stressed by Richard Kollodge, Senior Editorial Adviser at the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), following the release of the agency's 2017 report on the state of the world's population. Mr Kollodge told UN News that the report details the link [...]

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UN Daily News Programme 17 October 2017

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Listen to our daily bulletin of news and features from the United Nations, presented by Matt Wells and Ana Carmo. In today’s programme:  A new report on world population trends reveals the surprising link between unplanned pregnancy and local economic decline. We'll be hearing from the UN Population Fund; and: South Sudan's era of destructive [...]

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UNHCR concerned about stranded Rohingya refugees The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) is urging authorities in Bangladesh to admit thousands of Rohingya refugees stranded near the border with Myanmar. It's estimated that up to 15,000 are squatting in paddy fields after having entered the country through a crossing point in the south-east on Sunday and Monday. [...]

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Cricket helping young hurricane evacuees "Return to Happiness"

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Cricket is helping Caribbean children to forget the horrors of Hurricane Irma. The Category 5 storm, which hit in early September, decimated the tiny island of Barbuda, forcing families to seek shelter on the sister island of Antigua. There, the Ministry of Education and the West Indies Cricket Board recently organized a match bringing together [...]

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Take "coordinated steps" to prevent violence over Kirkuk, urges UN chief The Iraqi government and Kurdish authorities need to take "coordinated steps" to prevent violence across the governorate of Kirkuk, said the UN chief António Guterres on Monday. According to news reports, Iraqi troops took control of the city of Kirkuk and surrounding oil fields, [...]

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Africa Week focus on integration, prosperity and peace

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Gender inequality is costing Africa "tens of billions" of dollars each year, UN Secretary-General António Guterres told ambassadors in New York on Monday. Speaking at the launch of Africa Week at UN Headquarters, he said empowering women and girls, as well as investing in youth, are just some of the ways the international community can [...]

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UN Daily News Programme 16 October 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: Global hunger rises for first time in a decade; and: It's Africa Week at UN Headquarters.

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Global hunger rises for first time in a decade: FAO

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The number of people who go hungry has risen for the first time in a decade, to more than 815 million, the UN Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) said on Monday, which is World Food Day. The announcement coincides with an appeal by Pope Francis to governments to tackle migration caused by food insecurity linked [...]

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Make migration "safer and voluntary" choice says Pope on World Food Day The decision undertaken by millions each year to migrate needs to become "safer and voluntary" said Pope Francis on Monday, at a ceremony organized by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) in Rome, to mark World Food Day. In his address at FAO [...]

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UN chief, top official, condemn Somalia blasts

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The UN Secretary-General has condemned deadly blasts in the Somali capital, Mogadishu, which killed upwards of 250 people and injured hundreds more. The double car bombings occurred on Saturday in two different areas of the city. Dianne Penn reports. In a statement issued on Sunday, UN chief António Guterres strongly condemned the attacks and urged all [...]

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Modern slavery: the "dark underbelly" of globalization

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No country is "immune" from the scourge of modern slavery and the path that many of its victims take "can often by very similar". That's the warning from Siddharth Kara, who was at UN Headquarters in New York recently, to launch his latest book on the issue, entitled "Modern Slavery: A Global Perspective". The senior [...]

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Paralympic refugee sports liven Syrian boy's dark past

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The first ever Paralympic refugee sports team is providing refugees with disabilities a new way to heal from their traumatic experiences. Paralyzed from the waist down by a bomb attack on his home in Syria, 13-year-old Najib Alhaj found out about the UN Refugee Agency, or UNHCR-supported training squad in the Greek capital, Athens, after [...]

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Shelters in storm-ravaged nation fight gender-based violence

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Managers of shelters in hurricane-ravaged Antigua and Barbuda are being trained to make sure these locations are safe spaces for women and girls. The tiny Caribbean island nation was devastated by Hurricane Irma, a category 5 storm which struck last month. As in other natural disasters, the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) fears the resulting displacement [...]

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Rohingya crisis: 'Family counting' exercise underway in Bangladesh

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An exercise has begun to collect data on more than half a million newly-arrived Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh, the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) said on Friday. It will allow the government, UNHCR and other agencies to have a better understanding of the size and breakdown of this population and where they are located. Dianne Penn [...]

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News in Brief 13 October 2017 (PM)

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Yemen cholera cases top 820,000 The number of suspected cases of cholera in Yemen is now over 820,000, the United Nations said on Friday. Yemen is in the midst of the world's worst-ever single-year outbreak of the water-borne disease, with more than 2,150 associated deaths since April. Cholera is caused by ingesting contaminated water or [...]

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UN Daily News Programme 13 October 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:  We'll speak to the "father" and creator of 18-month-old robot Sophia, who made her debut at UN Headquarters this week – we'll hear from her too; and: Could space and technology be [...]

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Fair trial concerns for Nigeria's Boko Haram suspects Concerns have been raised by the UN about the trials of more than 2,000 suspected Boko Haram militants in Nigeria. OHCHR, the UN human rights office, said on Friday that it is worried by a "lack of transparency", as the hearings are being held behind closed doors, [...]

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Displacement from disaster set to increase, warns UN

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Earthquakes, hurricanes and other so-called sudden onset phenomena force nearly 14 million people a year to flee their homes every year – and that number is set to rise, the UN said on Friday, the International Day for Disaster Reduction. UNISDR, the agency tasked with encouraging Member States to do more to protect vulnerable communities, [...]

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Famine areas must be helped to thrive "not just survive": UN chief

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People who are vulnerable to famine conditions due to protracted conflict must be helped to "not just survive, but to thrive". That's the key message from UN chief António Guterres on Thursday, updating Security Council members on countries at risk of famine. More details from Matt Wells. Nine months ago, the Secretary-General briefed the Council [...]

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Libyan government urged to find alternatives to "horrific" detention centres The Libyan government needs to establish alternatives to detention centres in the country, where human rights abuses of migrants and others have become "endemic". That's one of the recommendations from UN human rights chief Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein after visiting the country on Tuesday to [...]

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UN Gender Focus: parental leave in Norway, space for women, women's economic empowerment in Ghana

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Parental leave is smart for the economy and helps change minds Unequal pay and lack of paid parental leave holds women back in the world of work. That's the economic reality underpinning a meeting organized by UN Women and the Nordic Council of Ministers which took place at UN Headquarters in September. Norway began offering [...]

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UN and Africa: award-winning UN peacekeeper in Sudan, South Sudanese girls, and a report on poverty in the African countryside

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Legal vacuum "an obstacle to advancing gender equality": UN Peacekeeper An absence of laws is an "obstacle to advancing gender equality" because it doesn't give women the support they need to report cases of gender based violence. That was the reality confronting Assistant Inspector of Police Annah Chota when she got to Abyei, Sudan, to [...]

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UN Daily News Programme 12 October 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: Support from the UN to end cholera in Haiti will continue as a new UN mission prepares to begin its work in the country; and: Efforts underway to eradicate a neglected tuberculosis [...]

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Robots can and will "walk among us," robotics chief tells UN

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Designing robots which feel real emotions could benefit humanity in the years ahead. That's the view of Dr David Hanson, a robotics designer and creator of Sophia, an incredibly expressive and human-like robot. Both were panelists at a UN meeting on the future and technological change held in New York on Wednesday. The engineer and [...]

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Engineer believes space science will smash the glass ceiling in Nigeria

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Could space science and technology be the tool to demolish the "gender ceiling" in Nigeria? That's the belief of a woman who was involved in the design and building of four satellites launched by the West African country. Iroka Chidinma works for the National Space Research and Development Agency and is pursuing a PhD in [...]

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News in Brief 12 October 2017 (AM)

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Withdrawal of US from UNESCO "deeply regrettable": Bokova The decision by the United States government to withdraw from the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) is "deeply regrettable" and a "loss for multilateralism". That's the view of UNESCO Director General Irina Bokova, who on Thursday described the move as a "loss to the United [...]

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Support from the UN to end cholera in Haiti will continue

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Support from the UN to help Haiti finally put an end to cholera, will continue when a new UN Mission for Justice Support, known as MINUJUSTH, begins its work next week. That's according to the head of the UN Stabilization Mission in the country, MINUSTAH, which ends its mandate on 15 October. Sandra Honoré told [...]

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Bid begins to eradicate neglected TB threat

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Efforts are under way to eradicate a neglected form of tuberculosis that has a particularly damaging impact on poor rural communities in Africa and South-East Asia, UN health experts said on Thursday. Animal – or zoonotic – TB can be passed to humans through contaminated meat or dairy products and kills at least 12,000 people [...]

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Astronaut makes UN touchdown for women in space

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Back when Astronaut Scott Kelly was a military pilot in the navy, seeing a woman in his class would have been almost as common as "seeing a unicorn." At the UN to discuss the so-called "Space for Women" project, the retired United States astronaut, and official UN Champion for Space, shared his views on how [...]

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Death penalty states owe families transparency: Guantánamo lawyer

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States which practice the death penalty often fail to release basic details of executions, even concealing them from prisoners' family members. That was one of the details discussed at the event, Transparency and the Death Penalty, held at UN Headquarters this week to mark World Day Against the Death Penalty. James Connell is a lawyer [...]

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News in Brief 11 October 2017 (PM)

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UN genocide prevention expert concludes visit to CAR Those responsible for atrocities and inciting ethnic and religious hatred in the Central African Republic (CAR) will have to face justice, the UN Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide said on Wednesday. Adama Dieng was speaking to reporters in the capital, Bangui, following a visit to [...]

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Election timetable, budget, essential to ease "political tensions" in DRC

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The publication of an election timetable and budget are essential to ease rising political tensions across the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), the head of the UN Mission in the country said on Wednesday. MONUSCO chief Mama Sambo Sidikou told the Security Council that despite the likelihood that fresh parliamentary and presidential elections would [...]

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UN Daily News Programme 11 October 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: Risk reduction efforts are crucial to reaching the ambitious 2030 goals, and dealing with future deadly hurricanes the UN's disaster risk chief tells us;  and from Norway, we'll hear why generous parental [...]

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International Day spotlights challenges and opportunities facing girls The challenges and opportunities facing girls worldwide are being highlighted by various UN agencies this Wednesday, the International Day of the Girl Child. It has been celebrated since 2012, and this year the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) is focusing on girls caught in crises and emergencies. "The [...]

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Myanmar Rohingya attacks meant to make return "impossible"

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Attacks that forced more than half a million people to flee Myanmar's Rakhine state for Bangladesh were "well-organised" by security forces and designed to make returning home next to impossible, a UN probe said on Wednesday. Compiled by the UN human rights office, OHCHR, the report also indicates that the Myanmar military began "clearance operations" [...]

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UN-backed study reveals tenfold rise in child obesity rates

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The number of obese children and adolescents worldwide has increased tenfold over the past 40 years, according to a study published on Wednesday. It warns that if current trends continue, more youngsters will be obese than moderately or severely underweight, by 2022. More than 1,000 researchers contributed to the study, which was coordinated by Imperial [...]

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SDGs won't be reached without curbing damaging disaster effects

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It will be impossible to reach the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) unless the world does more to curb the damaging effects of natural and other disasters. That's the firm view of the man leading the UN Disaster Risk Reduction effort, UNISDR, Robert Glasser. The UNISDR chief is adamant that there's a connection also between climate [...]

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Earth observation technology a tool for women's empowerment

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Earth observation technology can be a tool for women's empowerment as it provides satellite imagery which can help with environmental monitoring: for example, in agriculture or with tracking infectious diseases. That's the view of Bolo Basuti, a research assistant at the Botswana International University of Science and Technology. She participated in a recent event in [...]

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News in Brief 10 October 2017 (PM)

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Continued fighting, airstrikes, threaten thousands in Syria's Deir-ez-Zour The UN voiced continuing alarm over the impact of fighting and airstrikes on civilians in Syria's Deir-ez-Zour governorate on Tuesday. Between 1 and 8 October, around 95,000 were reportedly displaced to as many as 60 different locations in and around the governorate, as forces from both the [...]

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Remote health centre teams in devastated Dominica need support

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Medical staff trying to keep basic services going on the devastated Caribbean island of Dominica urgently need support, including reliable food supplies. That's the plea from Clemens Buter, team leader in Dominica for the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), in an interview on the hurricane-ravaged island, with UN News. He said that 29 out of [...]

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Ghana experience shows digital payments Better than Cash: UN-backed study

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Transitioning from cash to digital payments could save Ghana's government more than US$200 million over the next four years, a UN-backed study has found. The report shows the West African country has made strides in switching over already, with nearly 100 per cent of public service pay-outs—such as salaries and pensions—being made digitally. Camilo Tellez [...]

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UN Daily News Programme 10 October 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: Recovery efforts continue in the Caribbean island nation of Dominica, decimated by a recent hurricane; and: Could electronic payments be Better than Cash? We hear about Ghana's experience.

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Yemen's "man-made crisis" is "futile and cruel" Security Council hears

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Yemen's man-made crisis is borne out of a "futile and cruel" conflict that has left 17 million short of food, and fuelled the world's worst ever single-year cholera outbreak. That's the assessment of senior UN officials briefing the Security Council on Tuesday. More details from Matt Wells. Since the conflict in Yemen deepened in early [...]

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"No place for death penalty in 21st Century": UN chief

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There is "no place" for the death penalty in the 21st Century and it needs to be abolished as soon as possible. That's the passionate call from UN chief António Guterres on Tuesday, marking World Day Against the Death Penalty. The UN human rights office, OHCHR, called on all states to ratify the universal treaty [...]

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News in Brief 10 October 2017 – Geneva (AM)

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Aid agencies back on "full alert" amid new Myanmar refugee exodus Aid workers in Bangladesh are on "full alert", preparing for a potential new mass influx of refugees from Myanmar, after more than 11,000 people arrived in the south-east of the country in a single day. New arrivals said they had fled killings and the [...]

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Legal vacuum "an obstacle” to gender equality: Peacekeeper

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An absence of laws is an "obstacle to advancing gender equality" because it doesn't give women the support they need to report cases of gender based violence. That was the reality confronting Assistant Inspector of Police Annah Chota when she got to Abyei, Sudan, to take up her post. In response, she helped to start [...]

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Scalable solutions critical to reducing violence against children

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Ramya Subrahmanian attended the high-level event on Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals for Children: Collective Actions and Innovative Solutionsheld at the UN Headquarters. The main challenge in the achievement of the sustainable development goals for children by 2030 is the scale. 1.7 billion children in 2015 have experienced interpersonal violence, both from their parents and [...]

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Global unemployment “over 200 million” in 2017: ILO

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More than 200 million people are out of work around the world – an increase of 3.4 million since last year, the UN said on Monday. In a new report on jobs and the economy, the International Labour Organization (ILO) warned that small business has "stagnated". The impact of this is worst in developing economies [...]

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Homes "destroyed" and green hills "turned brown" in Dominica: UNDP

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Dominica is "getting a grip" on recovery following a devastating hurricane which destroyed homes and turned swathes of the emerald-green Caribbean island, muddy brown. That's the verdict of Luca Renda, leader of the UN's crisis management team in Dominica and a senior officer with the UN Development Programme (UNDP) in the region. UN Secretary-General António [...]

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News in Brief 09 October 2017 (PM)

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Deadly attack on blue helmet base in eastern DRC Two peacekeepers have reportedly been killed in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the United Nations said on Monday. This follows an attack against a base of the UN mission in the country, MINUSMA, located in Mamundioma in North Kivu province, in the east. Violence between [...]

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UN Daily News Programme 09 October 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 "sweeping transformation" is needed in the African countryside to alleviate poverty, and cope with increasing urbanization, says a major new report; and: Cuba's first ever national music strategy aims to export [...]

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African urbanization creates opportunity for rural farmers: FAO

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Rapid urbanization in Africa is creating opportunities to strengthen rural economies, as demand for food rises in cities and towns. That's according to a major new report from the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), published on Monday, which argues that a "sweeping transformation" is needed to unlock the potential of the countryside and stop the [...]

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UNICEF sounds alarm over child nutrition crisis in Mali

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A deepening "nutrition crisis" in conflict-affected areas in Mali is putting the lives and futures of thousands of children at risk. The warning by the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) follows new data published on Monday which shows acute malnutrition among under-fives has reached "critical levels" in the cities of Timbuktu and Gao. Ana Carmo reports. [...]

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News in Brief 09 October 2017 (AM)

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WHO and partners undertake massive anti-cholera campaign in Bangladesh Hundreds of health workers and volunteers in Bangladesh are gearing up to inoculate more than 650,000 refugees against cholera. They will be taking part in what has been described as the world's second largest oral cholera vaccination campaign ever. The campaign kicks off on Tuesday in [...]

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Parental leave is smart for the economy and helps change minds

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Unequal pay and lack of paid parental leave holds women back in the world of work. That's the economic reality underpinning a meeting organized by UN Women and the Nordic Council of Ministers which took place at UN Headquarters in September. Norway began offering paid parental leave to mothers for a full year in the [...]

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Fashion designer Elie Tahari brings new look to UN tour guides

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UN tour guides are enjoying a stylish new look this month, care of New York-based fashion designer, Elie Tahari. The Iranian-Israeli emigrated to the United States in the early 1970s, and at a launch event at UN Headquarters in New York in September, he said he wanted the tailored dark blue suits to be elegant, [...]

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"Generosity and honesty" of women officers contributes to UN Police

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The "generosity and honesty" of women officers contributes to role of UN Police (UNPOL) in South Sudan, according to a female Rwandan officer working in the UN mission there. The UN peacekeeping operation, UNMISS, has provided sanctuary to some 213,000 people in Protection of Civilians or POC sites around the conflict-affected country. UNPOL plays a [...]

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Documentarian seeks to "amplify" voices of trafficking survivors

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A new documentary which its director hopes will amplify the voices of trafficking and sex-abuse survivors, has been screened at UN Headquarters. I am Jane Doe explores the harrowing themes of trafficking and sexual exploitation of children online. Director Mary Mazzio says she wants policymakers around the world to listen to the voices of those [...]

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First ever Cuban music industry strategy will add jobs, share heritage

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The cultural heritage of Cuba's vibrant music industry has enormous potential to enrich the world. That's the passionate view of Alejandro Rivera Rojas, Programme Officer for the Latin American and Caribbean division for the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO). A new national strategy was launched on Wednesday at UNIDO headquarters in Vienna, Austria, aimed [...]

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News in Brief 06 October 2017 (PM)

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Nobel prize for group opposing nuclear weapons, praised by UN chief The announcement on Friday that this year's Nobel Peace Prize has been awarded to an international group campaigning to abolish nuclear weapons reminds the world of the "catastrophic risk" they pose. That's the view of UN chief António Guterres, who said the prize recognized [...]

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Violence against children report "a very strong prevention tool"

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There needs to be a greater emphasis on preventing violence against children to decrease "shocking levels of killing and maiming" of young people around the world. That's one key conclusion of the Annual Report of the UN Secretary-General on Children and Armed Conflict for 2016, published on Friday. Virginia Gamba, who serves as the UN [...]

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UN Daily News Programme 06 October 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: UN initiative aims to make 'Space for Women'; and: South Sudanese girls model their full potential on a Catwalk to Freedom.  

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News in Brief 06 October 2017 (AM)

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2,000 Rohingya refugees still crossing into Bangladesh each day: IOM An estimated 2,000 Rohingya refugees are continuing to flee across the border into Bangladesh each day, with as many as 100,000 still waiting to cross over from Myanmar. That's according to the UN migration agency, IOM, which says the mainly Muslim refugees who have been [...]

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UN initiative aims to make 'Space for Women'

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A UN project currently under development aims to ensure women have a place in outer space. The goal is to encourage more women and girls, particularly in developing countries, to pursue careers in STEM: that is, Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths; and to increase women's involvement in the space sector. The Space for Women project [...]

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Myanmar refugees crisis is far from over, says UN emergency relief chief

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The more than half a million people who have fled Myanmar to Bangladesh in recent weeks need a greater level of help from the international community as the exodus continues, the UN's new Emergency Relief Coordinator said on Friday. Speaking in Geneva, Mark Lowcock called the situation the world's fastest growing refugee crisis – and [...]

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News in Brief 05 October 2017 (PM)

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Security Council: Mali mission chief calls for redoubling of peace efforts Parties to the peace agreement in Mali are being asked to redouble their efforts to achieve peace in the North-West African country. The appeal was made by Mahamat Saleh Annadif, head of the UN mission there, MINUSMA, who briefed the Security Council in New [...]

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Catwalk to Freedom helps South Sudanese girls model full potential

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If girls are given the opportunity to explore their "full potential", there would be many fewer child marriages across South Sudan. That's the firm stance of Nyagoa Nyuon, who grew up in South Sudan and is the founder and Creative Director of the fashion label, House of Bany, based in Kenya. She is spearheading the [...]

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UN Daily News Programme 05 October 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: the youngest ever UN Messenger of Peace, Malala Yousafzai, tells us she's determined to continue her fight for girls education and empowerment; and we'll hear from another high-profile UN advocate, Goodwill Ambassador [...]

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Malala continues fight for girls' rights, education, empowerment

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Malala Yousafzai is continuing her fight for girls' education, rights and empowerment, in her role as the youngest-ever UN Messenger of Peace. She began speaking out for girls' education aged 11, and after surviving an assassination attempt by Taliban extremists in her native Pakistan in 2012, she co-founded the Malala Fund along with her father. [...]

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News in Brief 05 October 2017 (AM)

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Experts, UN agencies meet to fight poor nutrition in obese people Three UN agencies have come together this week to tackle what they describe as the "double burden" of malnutrition. UN nuclear energy watchdog, the IAEA; the World Health Organization (WHO) and the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) are holding a workshop in Vienna to explore [...]

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UN Africa Special: poverty and marginalization driving extremist violence in Africa

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This week we're bringing you a special programme looking at the growing threat posed by extremist violence in Africa. Between 2011 and early 2016, some 33,300 people in Africa lost their lives to violent extremism. According to a new ground-breaking report from the UN Development Programme (UNDP), factors driving the extremists include poverty, marginalization and [...]

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UN Gender Focus: Rohingya women, protection of women in South Sudan and space technology

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Rohingya women have  "lived through real horrors:"  UNFPA Safe spaces for Rohingya women and girls seeking sanctuary in Myanmar, are already full to capacity. That's the first-hand account of Priya Marwah, Humanitarian Response Coordinator for the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) in Bangladesh, who is helping create safe spaces for refugee survivors of gender-based violence. [...]

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News in Brief 04 October 2017 (PM)

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UN experts call for political dialogue over Catalonia tensions UN experts are calling for "urgent dialogue" in an effort to diffuse tensions between Spanish authorities and the regional government of Catalonia, over the disputed independence referendum on Sunday. The president of the north-east region in Spain said on Wednesday that he would declare independence within [...]

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News in Brief 04 October 2017 (AM)

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UN migration agency launches US$120 million appeal for Rohingya refugees The UN migration agency, IOM, launched a US$120 million international appeal on Wednesday to support more than 500,000 Rohingya refugees who are now living "in dire conditions" in Bangladesh. The mainly-Muslim Rohingya, based in Myanmar's northern Rakhine state, have been fleeing attacks from government forces [...]

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UN Daily News Programme 04 October 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: New guidelines set to confront the global health threat of child obesity; and: We hear about efforts to protect Rohingya refugee women in Bangladesh.

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Climate action vital to help Caribbean recover from hurricanes: UN chief

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Caribbean islands devastated by hurricanes in recent weeks need the world to take action on climate change in order to secure their future. That's the view of UN chief António Guterres, speaking to the press at UN Headquarters in New York on Wednesday. The Secretary-General announced he would be visiting the islands of Antigua, Barbuda [...]

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Counselling and dieting among new guidelines on child obesity

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An estimated 41 million children under five years old are obese or overweight, UN health experts warned on Wednesday, at the launch of new guidelines to tackle what they have called a global epidemic. Faced with evidence indicating that the problem affects rich and poor countries alike, the World Health Organization WHO has released details on how trained [...]

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We need to get smarter on HIV, says fashion guru Kenneth Cole

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Failing to find a cure for HIV/AIDS in the next five years may see the world "losing control" of the virus, UNAIDS International Goodwill Ambassador Kenneth Cole said on Wednesday. The leading fashion designer has been speaking at the UN in Geneva, where he's been taking part in the Social Forum of the Human Rights Council, [...]

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News in Brief 03 October 2017 (PM)

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Scale-up aid to Myanmar refugees in Bangladesh: UN officials Two senior UN officials are calling for scaled-up assistance to support thousands of people who have fled to Bangladesh from Myanmar over the past six weeks. Emergency Relief Coordinator Mark Lowcock and the Executive Director of the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) Anthony Lake, were in the [...]

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Rohingya women have "lived through real horrors:" UNFPA

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Safe spaces for Rohingya women and girls seeking sanctuary in Bangladesh are already full to capacity. That's the first-hand account of Priya Marwah, Humanitarian Response Coordinator for the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) in the country, who is helping create safe spaces for refugee survivors of gender-based violence. UNFPA estimates that over half of the [...]

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New strategy aims to reduce cholera deaths by 90%

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A new strategy launched on Tuesday aims to reduce the number of deaths due to cholera worldwide by as much as 90 per cent by 2030. The programme is being spearheaded by the Global Task Force on Cholera Control, which is a diverse network of more than 50 UN and international agencies, academic institutions and [...]

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UN Daily News Programme 03 October 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: an ambitious new strategy is launched by the UN and partners to cut cholera deaths by 90 per cent, by the year 2030…. we'll have the details from Geneva; and peacekeepers in [...]

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Holistic measures needed for income equality in Africa

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There is no "silver bullet" to resolving the stark income disparities in sub-Saharan Africa. That's the view of the chief economist for the UN Development Programme (UNDP) in Africa, Ayoduele Odolusa, who points to the "Tree of Equity" in its latest report which outlines policy changes needed to promote income equality on the continent. The [...]

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UNAIDS urges countries to tackle HIV-related discrimination

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Stigma and discrimination are preventing people living with HIV from accessing treatment, thus putting lives at risk. The finding comes in a new report published on Tuesday by UNAIDS, which is working to end the AIDS epidemic by 2030. It was launched during the Human Rights Council Social Forum, taking place  this week in Geneva. [...]

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News in Brief 3 October 2017 – Geneva (AM)

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  Refugee agency seeks detail on "return" of Myanmar displaced Any move to return Rohingya refugees now in Bangladesh to Myanmar can only take place if it is appropriate to do so and they wish to go home, the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) said on Tuesday. The development follows reported discussions between the two countries [...]

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UN police boost safety for women outside South Sudan protection sites

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Security operations conducted by UN Police (UNPOL) in South Sudan around sites set up to protect civilians are helping to create more security for women according to a senior police officer. The UN peacekeeping operation, UNMISS, has provided sanctuary to some 213,000 people in Protection of Civilians or POC sites around the conflict-affected country. Women [...]

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"Let youth lead" when it comes to non-violence urges expert

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"We are built for peace, but we are trained for violence". That's the assessment of one expert who came to UN Headquarters in New York on Monday to help mark the International Day of Non-Violence. Kit Miller is the Director of the M. K. Gandhi Institute for Non-Violence and she's spent years working on the [...]

2 Oct 2017 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

News in Brief 02 October 2017 (PM)

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  Government of Myanmar allows UN officials to visit Rakhine state In what was described by the UN as a "positive step," senior officials were finally given access to Myanmar's northern Rakhine state on Monday. Authorities in Myanmar cancelled a planned visit by the UN to the region last week. Around 507,000 mainly Rohingya Muslim [...]

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Space tech speeds up sustainable development: UN space chief

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Technology built to explore the stars, is also having a dramatic impact in the more down-to-earth pursuit of the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals. That's according to the Director of the UN Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA), Simonetta Di Pippo, who was in Australia at the end of September, to attend the International Astronautical Congress. [...]

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IOM chief pleads for humanitarian access to save lives in Yemen

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The head of the UN migration agency, IOM, was in Yemen on Monday to stress the need for immediate humanitarian access in order to save millions of lives. More than two years of violent conflict there means that 80 per cent of the population, or 21 million people, requires aid relief to survive. Furthermore, Yemen [...]

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UN Daily News Programme 02 October 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: UN migration chief pleads for humanitarian access to save lives in Yemen; and how space technology speeds up sustainable development.

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News in Brief 02 October 2017 (AM)

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Rations for refugees in northern Kenya cut by 30 per cent: WFP Food rations for around 420,000 refugees living in the Dadaab and Kakuma camps in northern Kenya are to be cut by around 30 per cent, the World Food Programme (WFP) announced on Monday. WFP said that the cuts were due to a shortfall [...]

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World has let down displaced, says refugee chief

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The "unspeakable suffering" faced by refugees should be tackled head on by the international community, amid a sharp fall in available shelter spaces, the head of the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) said on Monday. Filippo Grandi told Member States in Geneva that 1.2 million refugees need resettling globally but fewer than 100,000 places are available [...]

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UAE focusing on making young people "positive agents"

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Young people could be the "disruptive solution" to tackling the global challenge of violent extremism. That's the view of the Youth Minister in the United Arab Emirates, Shamma Suhail Faris Al Mazrui. Appointed last year when she was just 22, she's believed to be the youngest government minister in the world. Ms Mazrui was in [...]

1 Oct 2017 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

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