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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 [...]

10 Oct 2017 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

"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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