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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)


  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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