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UN and Africa: Modern peacekeeping, Darfur’s winning RETD and UNMISS’s lifesaving role

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“New set of tools” needed for modern peacekeeping: Dallaire A “new set of tools” is needed to make UN peacekeeping fit for today's more dangerous and complex world.  That’s according to perhaps the most renowned of all former UN Force Commanders, Canadian Lt General Roméo Dallaire, who was in charge of the blue helmets serving in [...]

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Involving men plays crucial role for women's empowerment, says activist

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Men should be playing a more active role in empowering women, and helping to end the scourge of gender-based violence. That's one of the messages being expressed on the International Day of the Elimination of Violence against Women, by Inna Modja, a Malian singer and activist, who suffered female genital mutilation, or FGM, when she [...]

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News in Brief 22 November 2017 (PM)

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Suicide of 11-year-old Afghan "a tragic reminder" of refugee stress: UNICEF The apparent suicide of an 11-year-old Afghan refugee living in Austria, is a "tragic reminder" of the deep psychological distress facing thousands who have fled for their lives to Europe, said the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) on Wednesday. The boy had reportedly been struggling [...]

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Issue of violence against women has "always been relevant"

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Creator of the multiple Emmy award-winning television series "The Handmaid's Tale," Bruce Miller, hopes his show becomes "irrelevant very quickly." On Wednesday, Mr. Miller took part in the UN event "UNiTE by 2030 to End Violence against Women and Girls," insisting that women everywhere have the right to a life free of abuse. "The Handmaid's [...]

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TV actress faces her fears while spotlighting sexual exploitation

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Just one of the ways actress Serinda Swan draws attention to the atrocities of sex trafficking is by jumping out of a plane. Celebrating World TV Day, Ms Swan spoke on Tuesday at a UN event on the importance of integrating entertainment with philanthropy as a way to spotlight important issues. She has raised awareness [...]

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UN Daily News Programme 22 November 2017

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Listen to our daily bulletin of news and features from the United Nations, presented by Matt Wells and Daniel Johnson. In today's programme: Green electricity grid innovations could be a solution to poorer nations' power supply issues; and: Reflecting on the "roller coaster ride" of UN mine action in South Sudan.    

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Violence against women affects whole societies: UN chief

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It's time to take collective action to end violence against women and girls for good, at every level of society across the world. That's the emphatic message delivered by UN chief António Guterres on Wednesday, at an event to mark the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. The Secretary-General said every woman [...]

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Poorer states look to power ahead through innovation

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Energy is key to global development but the world's poorest nations fare up to six times worse than their more industrialised counterparts when it comes to accessing the vital resource, the UN warned on Wednesday. In a report on 47 Least Developed Countries (LDC), the UN trade and development arm UNCTAD said that only four [...]

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News in Brief 22 November 2017 – Geneva (AM)

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War crimes verdict hailed for Mladic, the "epitome of evil" The conviction on Wednesday of Ratko Mladic for genocide following his role in the Srebrenica massacre has been welcomed by UN Human Rights chief Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein, who described the former general as "the epitome of evil". The verdict against Mladic, a commander in [...]

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More protection for human rights defenders, is key

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An increasing number of threats are being made towards human rights defenders all over the world, with some being murdered, arrested, prosecuted unfairly and in some cases, they "simply disappear". That's according to Michel Forst, UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders. Next year marks the 20th anniversary of the UN Declaration [...]

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News in Brief 21 November 2017 (PM)

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UN chief urges support for Caribbean countries hit by hurricanes Caribbean countries need support to rebuild in the aftermath of recent devastating hurricanes and take effective action on climate change. That's the message UN Secretary-General António Guterres delivered to a high-level conference at UN Headquarters in New York on Tuesday to mobilize support for Caribbean [...]

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UN Daily News Programme 21 November 2017

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Listen to our daily bulletin of news and features from the United Nations, presented by Matt Wells and Daniel Johnson. In today's programme: "Collective responsibility" and urgent action needed to end migrant slavery; and: We talk to the team that's developed an award-winning device to educate people in Darfur about the dangers of unexploded ordnance.

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"Collective responsibility" key to end migrant slavery

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World leaders have a "collective responsibility" to stop human trafficking and modern slavery, the UN chief told members of the Security Council on Tuesday. Secretary-General António Guterres spoke during an open debate on the trafficking of persons in conflict situations, given added impetus following universal outrage at a television news report this week documenting young [...]

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News in Brief 21 November 2017 – Geneva (AM)

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Zeid: threats to Human Rights Council are unacceptable Efforts by three Member States to undermine the Human Rights Council have been criticised strongly by UN rights chief Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein. In a statement on Tuesday, Zeid said he found it "unacceptable" that Burundi had threatened legal action against the authors of a UN report [...]

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Darfur team's ordnance education device wins top UN Award

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A project that aims to educate people in remote areas of Darfur about the dangers of explosive remnants of war has been awarded a UN prize for innovation and creativity. The solar powered Risk Education Talking Device (RETD) will contain multiple pre-recorded audios such as songs, interviews and messages, and is designed to benefit people [...]

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A wish for every child with disabilities "to have a fair chance"

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Children with disabilities deserve to have the same rights as everyone else, which is something that will have a "tremendous impact" on society as a whole. That's the message from Emmanuel Elisha Ford, a 16-year-old Guyanese-American disabilities activist, speaking at an event at UN Headquarters on World Children's Day, observed on Monday. Elisha stressed that [...]

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News in Brief 20 November 2017 (PM)

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UN chief "horrified" by reports of alleged slavery of migrants in Libya The UN Secretary-General is calling for an investigation into reports of alleged slavery of migrant workers in Libya. António Guterres told journalists in New York on Monday that he was "horrified" at news reports and video footage reportedly showing African migrants being sold [...]

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UN Daily News Programme 20 November 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:  A former UN force commander calls for a “new set of tools” for modern peacekeeping; and: We meet a singer from a French teenage pop group that promotes children's rights.  

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Pop group using their star appeal for children's rights

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Teenage pop sensation Kids United may be young, but age is no barrier to raising awareness about children's rights, the group said on Monday. Speaking ahead of a performance at the UN in Geneva to celebrate World Children's Day, 15-year-old singer Gabriel Gros told Daniel Johnson that being able to go to school is one [...]

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We need children's hope now more than ever: UN Secretary-General

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Children across the world have been assured that their voices will be heard at the United Nations. The pledge was made by none other than UN Secretary-General António Guterres, speaking to scores of young people gathered at UN Headquarters in New York on Monday to celebrate World Children's Day. Dianne Penn reports. The UN chief [...]

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News in Brief 20 November 2017 (AM)

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  WHO calls for release of kidnapped doctor following attack on Libya health facility An attack on a health facility in Libya and the kidnapping of one of its doctors has been condemned by the World Health Organization (WHO). The incident occurred in the southern city of Sabha on Friday evening, according to media reports. [...]

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"New set of tools" needed for modern peacekeeping: Dallaire

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A "new set of tools" is needed to make UN peacekeeping fit for today’s more dangerous and complex world. That's according to perhaps the most renowned of all former UN Force Commanders, Canadian Lt. General Roméo Dallaire, who was in charge of the blue helmets serving in Rwanda in 1994, during the infamous genocide there. He [...]

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Sustainable fashion leader pins hope on humanitarian values

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Changing the fashion industry and making it more aware of global humanitarian and environmental concerns, demands expertise, and above all, passion. That's the view of Patrick Duffy, the founder of Global Fashion Exchange – an international sustainable fashion platform – who led a UN conference panel this week, on the use of clothing as a [...]

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UN Chief: Peace and security link key for Mediterranean region

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Peace and security are inseparable from the advancement of social progress and human rights, the UN Secretary-General said on Friday. António Guterres relayed this message during a Security Council meeting on large scale migration crises, shortage of resources, and human rights violations that have led to social and political unrest in the Mediterranean region. Natalie [...]

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UN and Africa: MINUSMA, climate-ready communities and the Nepalese Formed Police Unit in South Sudan

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"We will succeed" pledges force commander of deadly Mali mission The man in charge of blue helmets serving at the United Nation's deadliest peacekeeping mission, which is facing serious shortfalls in equipment and personnel, has pledged to succeed – if he's given the tools to do the job.  Force Commander of the UN Stabilization Mission [...]

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News in Brief 17 November 2017 (PM)

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"Density soaring" of refugee population in Bangladesh: UNHCR The density of Rohingya refugees crowding into often makeshift camps in Bangladesh, is "soaring", the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) warned on Friday. Approximately 620,000 refugees have fled their homes and sought refuge across the border since late August, after ethnic violence erupted in Myanmar's northern Rakhine state. [...]

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UN Daily News Programme 17 November 2017

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Listen to our daily bulletin of news and features from the United Nations, presented by Matt Wells and Daniel Johnson. In today's programme:  Parts of Yemen may already be suffering from famine, say UN officials, as a Saudi blockade continues to keep out crucial humanitarian supplies; and: We'll speak to the UN Children's Fund UNICEF [...]

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News in Brief 17 November 2017 – Geneva (AM)

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  Famine may be happening "right now" in Yemen, warns UN aid agency Famine may be happening "right now" in Yemen, the UN said on Friday, as a blockade on aid and other essential goods by a Saudi-led coalition fighting Houthi rebels there enters its 12th day. Jens Laerke, from the Office for the Coordination [...]

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UN Gender Focus: Gender advocate, new Rohingya mothers and tackling gender discrimination

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"We will not allow ourselves to be limited”: Gender Advocate Award Winner The vision of gender in peacekeeping will change "One woman at a time.  That's the optimistic view of the recipient of the United Nation's Military Gender Advocate of the Year award, Major Seit-be-basto Pearl Block from South Africa, who serves as an Information [...]

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News in Brief 16 November 2017 (PM)

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  UN chief monitoring Zimbabwe developments The UN Secretary-General has called for "continued calm" in Zimbabwe in the wake of recent developments. The country's leader, President Robert Mugabe, who has been in power for nearly four decades, was placed under house arrest by the army earlier this week. UN chief António Guterres is closely following [...]

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Human rights "unquestionably" part of solution to fighting terrorism: UN chief

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Respect for human rights and the rule of law are key to fighting terrorism, the UN Secretary-General said on Thursday. Dianne Penn reports on the speech António Guterres delivered at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, in the UK capital. Last year, more than 25,000 people died and another 33,000 were [...]

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Blockade making life in Yemen even worse, says UN official

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Life in war-torn Yemen was already a daily struggle for the average citizen, but a blockade imposed last week is making conditions even worse, a senior UN aid official in the country has said. George Khoury, Director of the UN humanitarian affairs office in the country, said despite a partial lifting of the blockade, his [...]

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UN Daily News Programme 16 November 2017

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Listen to our daily bulletin of news and features from the United Nations, presented by Dianne Penn and Daniel Johnson. In today’s programme:  UN General Assembly helping to carry climate action forward; and: Surviving terror, once the cameras move on: we hear from a woman from Norway.

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224 million people suffer hunger in sub-Saharan Africa

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The number of people suffering from chronic undernutrition in sub-Saharan Africa surged to 224 million last year – 12 per cent higher than in 2015, the UN warned on Thursday. Citing conflict and climate change as the main factors for the increase in the condition – which is linked to stunting and wasting – the [...]

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News in Brief 16 November 2017 (AM)

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UN agency chiefs call for end to Yemen blockade The closure of air, sea and land ports in Yemen is hampering the delivery of humanitarian aid and threatening the lives of millions of vulnerable children and families. That's according to the heads of three UN agencies who are calling for an immediate lifting of the [...]

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Surviving terror once the cameras move on: one woman's story

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While terrorist attacks draw headlines globally, a recent UN documentary tells the story of what happens to survivors once the cameras move on. On 22 July 2011, 23-year-old Khamshajiny Gunaratnam was attending a Workers’ Youth League Camp on the Norwegian island of Utøya when Anders Breivik opened fire, killing 69 people – including many of [...]

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UN General Assembly helping to carry climate action forward

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During the high-level debate in the UN General Assembly, more than 80 per cent of world leaders mentioned climate change in their speeches: an indication of the "urgency" of this issue. That's according to the man overseeing the UN body in which all 193 member states have equal representation. UN General Assembly president Miroslav Lajčák [...]

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Funding call for $100 million disaster alert initiative

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An international bid to raise $100 million to protect dozens of countries from catastrophic weather events risks being undermined without fresh investment, the UN said on Thursday. The appeal from the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) relates to an early warning system fund that was set up by five nations participating in the Paris climate negotiations [...]

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Vancouver conference delivers 46 new pledges for UN missions as peacekeeping chief hails "collective commitment"

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Dozens of new pledges of equipment and expertise to make UN peacekeeping missions around the world more efficient, effective and reactive, were made at the UN Peacekeeping Defence Ministerial conference in Vancouver, Canada, on Wednesday. A total of 79 Member States sent delegations of ministers and defence chiefs to the city, which hosted around 550 [...]

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"UN in unity" – Preferred approach to tackling gender discrimination

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"No distinction, no discrimination, no violence" are words to live by for Vitit Muntarbhorn, the first-ever UN Independent Expert tasked to protect against violence and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. Mr Muntarbhorn works with countries to assess the implementation of human rights instruments that ensure this protection. During a recent visit to [...]

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"We believe in peacekeeping" pledges Canadian Prime Minister

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Peacekeeping has the power to transform the world but bold innovations are needed to make UN missions more effective in the years ahead. That's according to Canadian Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, in his key address to the UN Peacekeeping Defence Ministerial conference, taking place in Vancouver. The UN's peacekeeping chief told the largest annual meeting [...]

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News in Brief 15 November 2017 (PM)

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New record for Afghan opium production Opium production in Afghanistan has jumped to a record level this year, up by 87 per cent compared to 2016. That's according to the latest survey by the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), published on Wednesday. It reveals that the area under opium poppy cultivation also increased [...]

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"We will not allow ourselves to be limited:" UN Gender Award winner

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"One woman at a time," the vision of gender in peacekeeping will change. That's the optimistic view of the recipient of the United Nations Military Gender Advocate of the Year award, Major Seitbebasto Pearl Block from South Africa, who serves as an Information Operations Officer with the UN mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo, [...]

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COP23: UN chief calls for leadership on climate action

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The UN Secretary-General is calling for more ambition, leadership and partnerships to tackle climate change. António Guterres made the appeal on Wednesday in his speech to heads of state and government participating in the United Nations Climate Conference (COP23) in Bonn, Germany. Jerome Bernard is at the conference and filed this report. The UN Secretary-General [...]

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UN Daily News Programme 15 November 2017

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Listen to our daily bulletin of news and features from the United Nations, presented by Dianne Penn and Jerome Bernard. In today's programme: We'll hear about the challenges facing the force commander at the UN mission in Mali; and: We meet an award winning blue helmet serving in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

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"Pooling competences" of contributors means safer peacekeeping

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Pooling the different strengths of countries which contribute thousands of troops to UN missions around the world, will make peacekeeping safer and more effective. That's the view of Pakistan's Defence Minister, Khurram Dastgir Khan, who is attending the UN Peacekeeping Defence Ministerial conference in Vancouver, Canada. Senior politicians and military leaders from more than 80 [...]

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News in Brief 15 November 2017 (AM)

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DRC leaders urged to respect rights to freedom of assembly, expression It is crucial for authorities in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) to allow peaceful expression of dissent at demonstrations taking place on Wednesday, the UN Human Rights High Commissioner has said. Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein has issued a statement calling for the [...]

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"We will succeed", pledges force commander of deadly Mali mission

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The man in charge of blue helmets serving at the UN's deadliest peacekeeping mission, which is facing serious shortfalls in equipment and personnel, has pledged to succeed – if he's given the tools to do the job. Force Commander of the UN Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA), Major General Jean-Paul Deconinck, was speaking on the [...]

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Iceland tops global table for IT progress in 2017

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The digital gap between richer and poorer countries is growing, the UN said on Wednesday, as it announced that Iceland leads the way for information communication technology usage. According to the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), the Nordic nation outperformed the rest of the global community, with the Republic of Korea and Switzerland in second and [...]

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Make communities more resilient to future climate shocks: UNEP official

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Governments have a "huge responsibility" in ensuring that communities can respond to rising sea levels or other impacts of climate change, a senior official with the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has said. UNEP Deputy Executive Director Ibrahim Thiaw believes this preparation is especially critical for African countries, whose economies rely heavily on agriculture and fisheries. [...]

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Life-saving antibiotics must be handled with care: FAO officer

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Recognizing the complexity of responsible medicine use is needed to help reduce the emergence of antibiotic resistance. That's the cautionary advice of Dr Juan Lubroth, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization’s (FAO) Chief Veterinary Officer. Dangerously high levels of antibiotic resistance around the world has sparked concern over the ability to treat infectious diseases, and [...]

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News in Brief 14 November 2017 (PM)

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Climate insurance initiative targets millions in vulnerable countries An initiative announced at the latest UN climate change conference will provide insurance coverage to millions of people in some of the world's most vulnerable countries by 2020. The InsuResilience Global Partnership for Climate and Disaster Risk Finance and Insurance Solutions will support people in 49 countries, [...]

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UN Daily News Programme 14 November 2017

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Listen to our daily bulletin of news and features from the United Nations, presented by Dianne Penn and Daniel Johnson. In today’s programme:  The importance of making communities more resilient to future climate shocks; and: We hear why treating animals with antibiotics must be handled with care.  

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UNICEF shines spotlight on new mothers in Myanmar crisis

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As the exodus of Rohingya Muslims continues from Myanmar to Bangladesh, UN Children's Fund UNICEF has highlighted the plight of some of the most vulnerable: heavily pregnant women, whose babies are born in desperate conditions. One of them is 30-year-old Mubina Khatun. Her daughter – who's nine days old – was born at the border [...]

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Women leaders explore how they can bring about sustainable cities

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Ensuring that the poor, excluded and marginalized are included in climate talks is one way women leaders can guarantee these discussions are inclusive. That's the opinion of the deputy director of UN-Habitat, the UN agency that's leading the push for adequate housing for all. Dr Aisa Kirabo Kacyira is in Bonn this week for the [...]

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News in Brief 14 November 2017 (AM) – Geneva

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Libya's detention of migrants "is an outrage to humanity": Zeid The EU's support for Libya's Coast Guard which has resulted in thousands of migrants being detained in "horrific" conditions is "inhuman" and an "outrage to…humanity", the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights said on Tuesday. Zeid Ra'ad al Hussein's statement follows a probe by UN [...]

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Worsening human rights "cyclical": UN Belarus expert

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Human rights in Belarus are not improving, but rather "going from worse to worse." That's the view of Miklos Harazti, Special Rapporteur on human rights in Belarus, who has been accused by the government there of ignoring positive developments and barred from entering the country. Belarusian officials continue to prosecute activists and critical journalists, and [...]

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News in Brief 13 November 2017 (PM)

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World Antibiotic Awareness Week tackles major threat to global health The international community is this week shining a spotlight on what the World Health Organization (WHO) considers "one of the biggest threats to global health, food security and development today." The UN agency and its partners are using World Antibiotic Awareness Week, from 13-19 November, [...]

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Faster intervention could have eased Rohingya crisis: UN expert

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Statelessness, rising intolerance and hate-speech are some of the key challenges faced by many religious and other vulnerable minorities around the world. That's according to Fernand de Varennes, Special Rapporteur on Minority Issues, who underlines the importance of recognizing the human rights of communities at risk. He said he was particularly concerned by the “desperate [...]

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UN Daily News Programme 13 November 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: It's critical to fill major gaps in equipment and personnel for UN peacekeeping missions the head of Field Support tells us, ahead of a key conference in Canada; and: Developing countries shoot [...]

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UN chief addresses regional leaders at ASEAN summit

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Multilateralism and regional cooperation will be critical to a peaceful and prosperous future, the UN Secretary-General told Asian leaders meeting in Manila on Monday. António Guterres was addressing the latest summit of regional body ASEAN, which brings together 10 nations. Dianne Penn reports. ASEAN is the Association of Southeast Asian Nations which celebrates its 50th [...]

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"We need to go the comprehensive way:" anti-corruption executive

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Most major corruption cases that occur around the world, cut across national borders. That's according to the Dean and Executive Secretary for the International Anti-Corruption Academy (IACA), Martin Kreutner, who addressed the issue at a conference hosted by the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNDOC) in Vienna last week. He told delegates at the [...]

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News in Brief 13 November 2017 (AM)

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UN teams rushing to help victims of Iran-Iraq earthquake United Nations teams are rushing to assist local authorities in Iraq in the wake of a deadly earthquake which hit the country and neighbouring Iran. The 7.3-magnitude quake struck the border region between the two countries on Sunday evening, killing nearly 400 people and injuring thousands [...]

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UN Refugee Agency evacuates women, children from Libya

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More than two dozen "extremely vulnerable" people have been evacuated from Libya to Niger so they can be resettled, the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) has said, in the first operation of its kind. Since the overthrow of Libya's President Muammar Ghadaffi in 2011, the North African state has been beset by violence. It has also [...]

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"Extremely critical" to fill peacekeeping "gaps"

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It is "extremely critical" that major "gaps" in equipment and staff needed to maintain UN peacekeeping operations are filled "in the shortest possible time". That's according to Atul Khare, Under-Secretary-General for Field Support, which administers a budget of more than $7 billion to sustain 35 peacekeeping and other UN field missions around the world. He [...]

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Sex abuses in Iraq perpetrated frequently: UN expert

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In Iraq, investigating the numerous and unique cases of sexual violence has been a "very difficult" experience. That's according to Rabiaa, former investigator for UN Women missions in Iraq and Syria on sexual violence in conflict-related areas. Her hope is that the database of collected cases she helped form, will be useful for studying and [...]

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UN Gender Focus: Cancer in people under 40, Sexual Abuse in Iraq and a UN Police Chief

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Prevention and timely diagnosis needed to combat cancer in people under 40 There is urgent need for more adequate measures to prevent cancer among people aged 20 to 39.  The call has been made by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), which is part of the World Health Organization (WHO).  Globally, there were [...]

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Dream Chaser® mission to take developing countries into space

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The deadline is fast approaching for developing and emerging countries to get a chance to reach for the stars. They are being encouraged to submit proposals for participation in the first-ever space mission that will contribute to global development efforts. The initiative is the result of a partnership between the UN Office for Outer Space [...]

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South Sudan refugees will near 3 million in 2018 without peace

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The number of South Sudanese forced to flee their country could approach the three million mark by the end of next year, unless brutal civil conflict stops. That's the stark assessment of Arnauld Akodjenou, the UN Regional Refugee Coordinator for South Sudan, with Refugee Agency UNHCR. So far, he has been to four of the [...]

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UN Daily News Programme 10 November 2017

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Listen to our daily bulletin of news and features from the United Nations, presented by Matt Wells. In today’s programme:  We'll explore the connection between the famous Anne Frank Diary, now 70 years old, and modern racism as it effects millions of refugees around the world today; and: We'll hear how the Muslim obligation to [...]

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News in Brief 10 November 2017 (AM)

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  Yemen blockade could set back gains against cholera The air and sea blockade on Yemen has "severely hampered" humanitarian operations in the war-torn country and set back efforts to overcome the nationwide cholera epidemic, the UN said on Friday. The World Health Organization (WHO), which issued the warning five days into the embargo by [...]

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"Overlooked" Zakat could unlock billions in new SDG funding: UNDP

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Islam's mandatory system of charitable giving, known as Zakat, could unlock billions of dollars needed for the world to reach the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals. That's the hope that lies at the heart of a new innovative collaboration between the UN Development Programme (UNDP) and Indonesia's National Board of Zakat, known as Baznas. The Vice [...]

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COP23 climate conference "a pivotal moment": UN chief

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The COP23 Climate Change Conference taking place in Bonn, Germany, is "a pivotal moment" when the world needs to come together and accelerate climate action. That's according to UN chief António Guterres, speaking to reporters at UN Headquarters on Friday, before leaving on a trip to Asia and Europe. More details from Matt Wells. The [...]

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News in Brief 09 November 2017 (PM)

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Humanitarian crisis in CAR "at worst level to date": Resident Coordinator The humanitarian crisis in the Central African Republic (CAR) has reached its "worst level to date" this year, following increasing violence between armed groups, and government forces. That's according to Najat Rochdi, who is the UN's Resident Coordinator in the country, and UN Development [...]

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Refugees are "mothers, fathers, children"

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From racism to refugees, Kevin Feinberg, had much to say at the UN on Thursday after an event commemorating the 70th anniversary of the Anne Frank Diary. Honouring the legacy of the young Jewish girl who recorded her experiences while hiding in an Amsterdam attic during World War II, some 500 school children participated in [...]

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Microsoft President: world needs "Digital Geneva Convention"

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Cybercrime is becoming such a huge threat to society that nothing less than a "Digital Geneva Convention" for the world is needed, the President of tech giant Microsoft said at the UN on Thursday. Brad Smith, who was at the organisation's European headquarters in Switzerland, spoke of "a new arms race" online, where states and [...]

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UN and Africa: South Sudan refugees, protecting children and mine-clearance around the country

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Army officers urged to protect South Sudan's children Soldiers in South Sudan have been reminded of their responsibility to protect children from violence, neglect, exploitation and abuse.  The army officers took part in a two-day workshop organized by the UN mission in the country, UNMISS, where they were urged to show leadership by ensuring their [...]

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Reflecting on "roller coaster ride" of Mine Action in South Sudan

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  Some 120,000 hectares of land in South Sudan have been cleared of landmines and other unexploded ordinance; one of the significant achievements of the UN Mine Action Service (UNMAS) there. That's according to Programme Officer Tim Lardner, speaking recently to our colleagues at the UN mission in the country. South Sudan became independent in [...]

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UN Daily News Programme 09 November 2017

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Listen to our daily bulletin of news and features from the United Nations, presented by Matt Wells and Daniel Johnson. In today's programme:  With the COP23 climate conference in full swing, we all need to become climate pioneers, the record-breaking solar plane explorer Bertrand Piccard tells us; and: Rule-of-law according to international norms is completely [...]

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"Building peace" and "bringing hope" are key: UN Police chief

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"Building peace" and "bringing hope" are at the core of UN Police work, says the highest-ranking woman police officer serving in the UN system. Priscilla Makotose, is Police Commissioner for the UN-African Union Mission in Darfur (UNAMID), and was appointed in March last year. She says that professionalism, integrity, and honesty lie at the heart [...]

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News in Brief 09 November 2017 (AM)

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Famine in Yemen could result in "millions of victims": UN relief chief Millions could die in one of the worst famines ever, if air, sea and land access is not restored, to allow humanitarian aid into Yemen. That dire warning came from UN relief chief, Mark Lowcock, on Wednesday, after he briefed the Security Council [...]

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Syria: ceasefire appeal to relieve "epicentre of suffering"

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A ceasefire appeal has been issued to the Syrian government and opposition fighters by a senior aid adviser to the UN, amid reports that hundreds of critically ill people need to be evacuated immediately from besieged areas of rural Damascus. Speaking on Thursday in Geneva, Jan Egeland described Eastern Ghouta as the "epicentre of suffering". [...]

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Sharing space resources helps sustainable development

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Countries that have developed space technologies and services must do more to share these resources with other nations, according to the head of the Asia-Pacific Space Cooperation Organization. Dr Xinjun Li believes sharing satellites and the high-resolution images they provide, is in line with international efforts to bring about a more just and equitable world. [...]

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Nepalese UN police chief: Children are South Sudan's future

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  Children in South Sudan "must not be deprived" of their right to quality education. That's the passionate view of Shambhu Upreti, who commands the Nepal Formed Police Unit (FPU), currently supporting conflict-affected school children in South Sudan as part of the UN mission, UNMISS. Since the outbreak of major civil conflict in 2013, many [...]

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News in Brief 08 November 2017 (PM)

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COP23 considers enhanced protection for "climate refugees" At the ongoing COP23 UN Climate Conference in Bonn, negotiations have started on the way the dialogue will take place at next year's conference in Poland, to accelerate implementation of the Paris Agreement. On Wednesday, host country, Germany, announced a $58 million pledge for the Adaptation Fund, which supports [...]

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UN making space-based data accessible to developing countries

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Although high-resolution satellite images and other information derived from space-based technologies are critical to disaster response and recovery efforts, many governments believe these resources are out of their reach. That's according to an official with the UN Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) which helps developing countries to access this data via the United Nations [...]

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UN Daily News Programme 08 November 2017

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Listen to our daily bulletin of news and features from the United Nations, presented by Matt Wells and Daniel Johnson. In today’s programme:  There's "no doubt" Syria was behind a deadly chemical weapons attack earlier this year in Khan Shaykhun, says a UN panel; and: From Dubai, we hear why space is the frontier humankind [...]

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News in Brief 08 November 2017 (AM)

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Crimes against migrants in Libya may come under ICC jurisdiction Crimes against migrants detained or trafficked through Libya "may fall within the jurisdiction" of the International Criminal Court (ICC). That's the view expressed to the Security Council on Wednesday by ICC Prosecutor, Fatou Bensouda. Libya descended into conflict between armed factions following the overthrow of [...]

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We all need to be climate pioneers, says solar plane explorer Piccard

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Profitable and environmentally-friendly solutions already exist that can help to reduce global warming, and they need to be implemented as a matter of urgency by the international community. That's the message from solar plane explorer Bertrand Piccard, who's been taking part in an electric car rally outside the UN in Geneva. Before driving his e-car [...]

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Ukraine families trapped by conflict "losing hope"

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Millions of families trapped by renewed fighting in Ukraine "are losing hope" for their future, a top UN official in the country said on Wednesday. The UN Resident Coordinator in Ukraine issued the warning after hostilities threatened essential services in Donetsk province. The unresolved conflict in Ukraine is now in its fourth year. The state [...]

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Agreement boosts cooperation between UN space affairs office and UAE

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The United Nations and the United Arab Emirates have underscored their commitment to work together in the peaceful uses of outer space. This follows the signing of an agreement between the heads of the UN Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) and the UAE Space Agency on Wednesday. The ceremony was held during the High [...]

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Today's youth still enthusiastic about space

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With talk of missions to Mars and films such as "Hidden Figures" playing in cinemas across the world, outer space still remains a source of fascination for today's youth. That's according to a representative of an NGO representing some 10,000 young people across the world. Zihua Zhu, Asia-Pacific Regional Coordinator for the Space Generation Advisory [...]

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"No doubt" that Syrian forces, ISIL, used chemical weapons

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There is "no doubt" that in two incidents investigated by a joint-UN investigation body this year, chemical weapons were used by the Syrian government, and the Da'esh terrorist group. That's according to Edmund Mulet, who is head of the joint UN-OPCW (Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons) body known as the JIM, or Joint [...]

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News in Brief 07 November 2017 (PM)

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Stop using antibiotics on healthy animals as preventive measure: WHO Farmers and the food industry should stop using antibiotics on healthy animals to prevent disease outbreaks. That's the advice on Tuesday coming from the World Health Organization (WHO), which is also concerned about the overuse of antibiotics to boost livestock growth. The guidelines say that [...]

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Prevention and timely diagnosis needed to combat under-40s cancer

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There is urgent need for adequate measures to prevent cancer among people aged 20 to 39 years. The call has been made by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), which is part of the World Health Organization (WHO). Globally, there were one million new cancer cases among this age group in 2012, as [...]

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UN Daily News Programme 07 November 2017

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Listen to our daily bulletin of news and features from the United Nations, presented by Matt Wells and Daniel Johnson. In today's programme: It's Police Week here in New York and the newly-appointed Police Adviser tells us it's a "unique time" for officers to listen and learn from each other; and: A plea to the [...]

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Army officers urged to protect South Sudan's children

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Soldiers in South Sudan have been reminded of their responsibility to protect children from violence, neglect, exploitation and abuse. The army officers took part in a two-day workshop last week organized by the UN mission in the country, UNMISS, where they were urged to show leadership by ensuring their troops protect children caught in conflict. [...]

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News in Brief Tuesday 7 November – Geneva (AM)

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  Yemen blockade puts millions at risk, warn UN agencies A blockade on basic supplies to Yemen threatens millions of people and should be lifted immediately, the UN said on Tuesday. The call follows a decision on Saturday by the Saudi-led coalition which is fighting Houthi separatists in the country to close air and sea [...]

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Death penalty in Iran applied "for all kinds of crimes": UN expert

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The death penalty is applied for many different crimes in Iran, but no official figures are released for who is on death row, or what they are accused of. That's one of the issues being highlighted by Asma Jahangir, Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Islamic Republic of Iran. She was at [...]

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News in Brief 06 November 2017 (PM)

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Security Council calls for "unhindered" humanitarian access to Rakhine State The Security Council on Monday demanded that authorities in Myanmar give the UN and partners "unhindered" humanitarian access to Rakhine State. The Presidential Statement expressed "grave concern" at the accounts of intercommunal violence, that have seen more than 600,000 mainly Muslim Rohingya flee Rakhine across [...]

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‘Police Week’ a "unique time" to listen and learn: new Police Adviser

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Police Week which began at UN Headquarters in New York on Monday, is a "unique time" for all involved in policing to exchange experience and learn from each other. That's the view of Luis Carrilho, who took up his latest post as the new UN Police Adviser with the Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO) at [...]

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UN Daily News Programme 06 November 2017

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Listen to our daily bulletin of news and features from the United Nations, presented by Matt Wells. In today's programme: It's more than the final frontier, as space agencies from across the world meet in Dubai to discuss how their work can help development on earth; and: Everyone needs to do more to prepare for [...]

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Disaster can be prevented, says tsunami survivor

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People mistakenly believe natural disasters are something that happen to someone else, a tsunami survivor has said, in a call for governments and communities to do far more to protect themselves from the worst. Petra Nemcova – who lived through the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami – has been speaking after becoming the UN's first World [...]

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News in Brief 06 November 2017 (AM)

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Climate change conference aims for "next level" on tackling global warming The 2017 UN Climate Change Conference, or COP23, opened in Bonn, Germany, on Monday, aiming to launch nations towards "the next level of ambition" when it comes to keeping global warming below 2 degrees Celsius. COP23 comes just two years after the landmark adoption [...]

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2017 “could be second-hottest on record”

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Major international climate change negotiations have begun in Germany amid a warning from UN weather experts that 2017 may prove to be the second-hottest year on record. The warmest to date was 2016, with 2015 not far behind. The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) finding – issued in its annual State of the Climate report – [...]

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Dubai forum investigates role of space in development

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Top officials from national space agencies, diplomats, academics, representatives from the private sector and others are meeting in Dubai this week to explore how they can help create a better world by 2030. They are taking part in the second annual High Level Forum on Space as a Driver for Socio-economic Development organized by the [...]

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Women "taking charge" of UN resolution on conflict

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It is time to acknowledge the value women bring in peace negotiations and society as a whole, a veteran activist has said. Joy Ada Onyesoh, Vice President of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF), was at UN Headquarters recently for a Security Council meeting marking 17 years since the adoption of a [...]

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"We need to embrace human diversity": UN disability rights expert

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A change of mentality is needed in order to realize greater inclusion of persons with disabilities. That's according to Catalina Devandas Aguilar, Special Rapporteur on the rights of persons with disabilities, who calls for people everywhere to "embrace human diversity". She underlined the importance of understanding that people with disabilities have the same needs, aspirations [...]

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News in Brief 03 November 2017 (PM)

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First-ever UN advocate to "amplify" voices of sexual abuse victims Giving visibility to survivors of sexual exploitation and abuse committed by personnel serving under the UN flag is among the top priorities of the organization's first-ever Victims' Rights Advocate. Jane Connors was appointed in August by the UN Secretary-General. She will work with government institutions, [...]

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UN Gender Focus: Women Entrepreneurs, UN Resolution, and Women in Solomon Islands

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Women entrepreneurs need opportunities, not handouts: UN official When it comes to growing their businesses, women entrepreneurs are looking for opportunities, not "waiting for handouts," according to an official with the UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO).  Adot Killmeyer-Oleche, chief of UNIDO's Institute for Capacity Development, was speaking after a panel discussion on women in industry [...]

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UN Daily News Programme 03 November 2017

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Listen to our daily bulletin of news and features from the United Nations, presented by Dianne Penn and Daniel Johnson. In today’s programme:  A major review of the civilian protection strategy at the UN-African Union in Darfur; and: A human rights campaign focuses on displaced people in South Sudan.

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Evolving Darfur situation leads to protection review

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Changing realities on the ground in Sudan's Darfur region have led the joint United Nations-African Union mission there, UNAMID, to refine and adapt its Protection of Civilians strategy. The new approach involves focusing more on coordination as well as greater clarity on roles and responsibilities, according to Zurab Elzarov, who's in charge of civilian protection, [...]

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News in Brief 03 November 2017 – Geneva (AM)

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Statelessness affects millions of people and three in four belong to minority groups At least 10 million people are stateless worldwide, and it's a problem that affects individuals and society as a whole. That's according to the UN Refugee Agency, UNHCR, which cautions that the problem is largely undocumented. In a new report, it notes [...]

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"Peace, dialogue" and diplomacy needed over DPRK: UN expert

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The Security Council has to be careful not to negatively impact "ordinary people" in North Korea through sanctions aimed at stopping its nuclear weapons programme. That's the opinion of Tomás Ojea Quintana, Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK). The main challenge he faces is being [...]

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UN and Africa: UN chief in the CAR and protecting civilians, promoting human rights in South Sudan

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UN chief reaffirms international support to the Central African Republic The UN Secretary General António Guterres visited the Central African Republic in October 2017.  There he met with CAR President Faustin Archange Touadera, religious and civil society leaders, UN MINUSCA peacekeepers and with a range of civil society groups, including youth and women representatives.  A UN [...]

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Podcast: Inside the world's worst humanitarian "nightmare"

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  The UN chief has called the plight of the Rohingyas in Bangladesh a "humanitarian and human rights nightmare". So what has it been like trying to ease the suffering on the ground? For this latest edition of our UN News podcast, The Lid Is On, we'll take you inside the biggest and fastest exodus [...]

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News in Brief 02 November 2017 (PM)

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  Assistant UN refugee chief meets with Myanmar officials A senior UN official has met with authorities in Myanmar in connection with the ongoing Rohingya crisis, the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) has reported. Assistant High Commissioner for Protection Volker Türk concluded a two-day visit to the country on Wednesday. In meetings with top government officials, [...]

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ISIL fighters in Mosul "used loudspeakers to threaten civilians with death"

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Grave human rights violations were committed by ISIL fighters against civilians trapped in the Iraqi city of Mosul which amount to "international crimes", a new UN report published on Thursday claimed. Focusing on the insurgents' efforts to resist the Iraqi military which finally retook the city in July, the report indicates that more than 2,500 [...]

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UN Daily News Programme 02 November 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: A UN report on the liberation of Mosul finds that ISIL's terrorist fighters committed "serious and systematic" violations of international law; and: We'll hear from a former child soldier in South Sudan [...]

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Global food prices dip, surpluses to hit new highs

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Prices have declined for some of the world's most important foods as harvests continue to outstrip demand, the UN food and agricultural agency (FAO) said on Thursday. FAO, which announced the development in its monthly Food Price Index, said that lower dairy prices led the downward trend in key commodities. Forecasts for 2018 indicate that [...]

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Entrepreneurship forum concludes in Bahrain

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A United Nations forum concluded in Bahrain on Thursday with a strong call for the integration of entrepreneurship and innovation as a means of implementing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Some 1,000 participants from more than 90 countries, 60 per cent of them women, attended the World Entrepreneurs Investment Forum 2017 held in the capital, [...]

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News in Brief 02 November 2017 (AM)

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Political solution to conflicts key to ending displacement: UN refugee chief World leaders have been urged to find a political solution to conflicts if the rising numbers of forcibly displaced people are ever to return home. UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi made the appeal in a speech to the UN Security Council on [...]

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South Sudan peacekeepers aim to reach "more vulnerable people"

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Peacekeepers with the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) are aiming to reach more vulnerable civilians in more remote parts of the country. It's part of a more "nimble and proactive" approach that's being spearheaded by UNMISS chief, David Shearer. On Wednesday he was in Akobo, near the Ethiopian border, where around 71,000 displaced people [...]

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News in Brief 01 November 2017 (PM)

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United States votes against resolution to end Cuba embargo The United States voted against a resolution in the UN General Assembly on Wednesday to end its economic embargo of Cuba. It reverses the position taken last year by the administration of President Barack Obama, to abstain following debate on the measure, for the first time [...]

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UN Daily News Programme 01 November 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:  Why women entrepreneurs need opportunities, not handouts; and: A human rights campaign focuses on displaced people in South Sudan.

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Women entrepreneurs need opportunities, not handouts

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When it comes to growing their businesses, women entrepreneurs are looking for opportunities, not "waiting for handouts," according to an official with the UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO). Adot Killmeyer-Oleche, chief of UNIDO's Institute for Capacity Development, was speaking after a panel discussion on women in industry held in Bahrain on Wednesday as part of [...]

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News in Brief 01 November 2017 (AM)

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"Staggering" violence against babies and children worldwide: UNICEF "Staggering numbers" of children are being attacked and abused around the world, often in their own homes, according to a new report published by the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) on Wednesday. Worldwide, three-quarters of children are regularly subjected to violent discipline by their caregivers. The report entitled [...]

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South Sudanese will only "feel ownership" through robust rights

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South Sudanese civilians will only "feel ownership" of their country when fundamental freedoms and rights are respected by all, and for all. That's the essence of a new campaign aimed at internally-displaced people sheltering in Protection-of-Civilian, or PoC, sites around the country, run by the UN Mission, UNMISS. Much of the violence which has wracked [...]

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