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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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News in Brief 12 October 2017 (PM)

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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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