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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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