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Our future depends on us being united: UN chief

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United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has called for unity among the global community to tackle the challenges confronting the world. In his New Year's message, he called on leaders everywhere to work to narrow the gaps and bridge the divide between peoples. "Rebuild trust by bringing people together around common goals," the UN chief urged. [...]

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UN Gender Focus: 2017 Year in Review

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"Many girls" want to "raise their voice": Afghan radio journalist Radio Sana is the only radio station run by women in the Northern City of Pul-e-Khumri in Afghanistan. Meena Mostayed is the head of the radio station and jointly with her four other women reporters is running the hard daily job of reporting in the [...]

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UN and Africa: 2017 Year in Review

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Make human trafficking "a real priority" urges UN chief In September, UN Secretary-General António Guterres called on world leaders to make the scourge of human trafficking "a real priority for international cooperation". The call from the UN chief came as the General Assembly adopted a new Political Declaration to fight trafficking in persons at a [...]

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UN Daily News Programme 29 December 2017

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Listen to our daily bulletin of news and features from the United Nations, presented by Paulina Greer and Vibhu Mishra. In today's programme: A UN Official talks to us about major developments in peacekeeping, how improving safety is the best way to honour fallen peacekeepers; and: A 14-year old South African calls on world leaders [...]

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South African teen raises her voice on behalf of children…and the UN

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A South African teenager was at the UN recently to raise her voice for children everywhere, particularly on the issues of education, child labour and gender inequality. Lathitha Beyile from Soweto read a manifesto she had written which was inspired by children in her country. The 14-year-old also served as a guest UN spokesperson during [...]

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News in Brief 29 December 2017

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United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has welcomed the recent exchange of prisoners and detainees in eastern Ukraine. In a statement from his Spokesperson, Mr. Guterres expressed hope that the humanitarian act could serve as a positive step towards strengthening the confidence among the sides. In the statement, the Secretary-General also urged all parties to take [...]

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Improving safety “best way” to honour fallen peacekeepers

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Sixty blue helmets were killed in attacks in 2017; nearly double the figure for the past two years. That's according to senior UN official Atul Khare, who reported that overall, 123 personnel died while serving at peacekeeping missions this year. The Under-Secretary-General for Field Support underlined that action is being taken to improve security conditions [...]

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UN Daily News Programme 28 December 2017

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Listen to our daily bulletin of news and features from the United Nations, presented by Paulina Greer and Vibhu Mishra. In today's programme: Chief prosecutor reflects on legacy of UN tribunal for former Yugoslavia; and: The head of UNDP's crisis management in Dominica tells us about the status of the recovery efforts on the island [...]

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Hurricane-hit Dominica recovering despite power, economic troubles

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Three months after Hurricanes Irma and Maria delivered a major blow to the island of Dominica, life is resuming on the Caribbean island. Schools are open, and food and water needs have been met. But only 10 per cent of the homes have electricity and the two main job areas — agriculture and tourism — [...]

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News in Brief 28 December 2017

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Terrorist attack in Kabul another 'despicable crime' in a year already marked by unspeakable atrocities: UN Mission A deadly terrorist attack on Thursday in the Afghan capital, Kabul, has killed scores of civilians and many children are feared to be among the casualties, the United Nations Assistance Mission in the country, UNAMA, has said. So [...]

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Chief prosecutor reflects on legacy of UN tribunal for former Yugoslavia

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Although a UN court has charged more than 160 people for war crimes committed during the Balkan wars, that number is still "very little" considering the thousands of violations that still need to be investigated. That's the assessment of Serge Brammertz, chief prosecutor at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY), which closes [...]

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Syrian refugee offers sporting chance to others in exile

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A refugee story with a happy ending, with news that a Syrian former champion wrestler has opened a sports centre in Egypt offering hope to others displaced from the war-torn country. Amir Awad, the 18-time Syrian National wrestling champion did it rather than risk his family's life by smuggling them to Europe. He sought help [...]

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Ukraine prisoner swap welcomed as “positive step”

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The exchange of more than 300 prisoners by warring parties in Ukraine has been welcomed as a positive step after years of conflict, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said on Thursday. After successfully coordinating the operation this week, ICRC reported that it was the largest transfer of detainees since fighting erupted in [...]

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News in Brief 27 December 2017

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UN chief welcomes conduct of second round of presidential election in Liberia United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has welcomed the peaceful conduct of the second round of the presidential election in Liberia. In a statement from his Spokesperson, Mr. Guterres expressed hope that the will of the Liberian people will be respected and that a [...]

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UN assisting response to the 'significant' impact of tropical storm Tembin

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On 22 December, tropical storm Tembin,  known locally as "Vinta", made landfall in southern Philippines and traversed a path of destruction as it swept through the region. Worst hit are the northern parts of Mindanao where over 150,000 people have been displaced due to landslides and flash floods. Over 150 people have died and many [...]

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UN Daily News Programme 27 December 2017

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Listen to our daily bulletin of news and features from the United Nations, presented by Vibhu Mishra. In today's programme:  A UN official speaks to us on the two-year Organizational budget approved by the General Assembly on Sunday; and: UN assisting response to the 'significant' impact of tropical storm Tembin in the Philippines.  

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Security Council imposes new sanctions against DPRK

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The UN Security Council has imposed new sanctions against the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) in response to its ongoing nuclear and ballistics weapons programme. Council members unanimously adopted a resolution that also condemned the country's latest missile launch, carried out in late November. Paulina Greer reports on Friday's meeting. The resolution prohibits countries [...]

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1.8 billion tourists set to travel world by 2030

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An estimated 1.8 billion tourists are expected to be on the move by 2030 and this could be a "disaster" or a long-lasting "opportunity" for the planet. That's according to Taleb Rifai, head of the UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO). Speaking in Geneva earlier this month, he said that new data showed people made more than 1.1 [...]

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No stone left unturned to ensure budget benefits the world community: UN official

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The United Nations General Assembly on Sunday approved a $5.4 billion budget for the Organization for the biennium 2018-2019. The programme budget covers UN activities across a range of areas, including, political affairs, international justice and law, regional cooperation for development, human rights and humanitarian affairs, and public information, among others. Johannes Huisman, the Director [...]

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News in Brief 26 December 2017

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UN budget for the biennium 2018-2019 The UN General Assembly on Sunday approved a nearly $5.4 billion budget for the Organization for the biennium 2018-2019. The programme budget covers UN activities across a range of areas, including, political affairs, international justice and law, regional cooperation for development, human rights and humanitarian affairs and public information. [...]

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UNICEF official shares memories of "a horrible year" for children in Yemen

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For children in Yemen, there could not have been a worse year than 2017. That's the assessment of the Representative of the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) in the war-torn country, Meritxell Relaño. Besides ongoing deadly conflict, children there have faced a cholera epidemic, looming famine, a disruption in health services and a blockade hampering delivery [...]

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UN Daily News Programme 26 December 2017

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Listen to our daily bulletin of news and features from the United Nations, presented by Vibhu Mishra. In today’s programme:  A new UN mission to support rule of law, police development in Haiti; and: UNICEF official shares memories of "a horrible year" for children in Yemen.

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New UN mission to support rule of law, police development in Haiti

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Mobile police teams from the new UN mission in Haiti will bring together local communities and political leaders in efforts to find solutions to the country's peace and justice needs. Susan Page, Head of the UN Mission for Justice Support in Haiti (MINUJUSTH), believes this "bottom-up and top-down approach" will help strengthen rule-of law-institutions in [...]

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UN Daily News Programme 25 December 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 special programme: An in-depth look at the crisis in South Sudan, a country suffering from one of the world's worst conflicts and humanitarian crises.  We'll hear from the recently-retired head of political affairs for the UN [...]

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UN Daily News Programme 22 December 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:  We'll be talking to the producer behind a powerful new documentary about the Yazidi community in Iraq, which suffered greatly at the hands of the terrorist group ISIL.

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Yemen cholera cases surpass one million: WHO

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The number of suspected cases of cholera in Yemen has passed the one million mark, the World Health Organization (WHO) has reported. The war-torn country is in the grip of the world's worst single-year outbreak of the diarrhoeal disease, which is linked to poor access to clean water and sanitation. Cholera can kill within hours [...]

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News in Brief 22 December 2017 – Geneva (AM)

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DRC violence fuels new displacement Violence in the north-east of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has prompted a sharp rise in those fleeing to neighbouring Uganda, UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, said on Friday. According to latest reports, more than 2,600 people had left Ituri province this week alone. That's five times the [...]

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UN centre improving lives by linking people and humanitarian data

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Access to data is crucial for humanitarians responding to various crises worldwide. For example, aid workers feeding hungry people in Nigeria use a mobile-based platform to monitor the price of rice and other staples to know when costs increase. To better assist these professionals, the UN has opened the Centre for Humanitarian Data in the Netherlands that [...]

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UN and Africa: UN refugee chief in Somalia, closing of POC site and ‘Childhood under Attack’ in South Sudan

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First closure of civilian protection site in South Sudan Hundreds of families who had been sheltering at a UN camp in South Sudan are returning home due to improved security.  That’s according to the UN mission in the country, UNMISS, which for the first time has closed one of its protection of civilian sites, or [...]

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General Assembly demands compliance with UN resolutions on Jerusalem

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Countries are being urged to comply with UN Security Council resolutions on the status of Jerusalem. This follows a vote in the UN General Assembly on Thursday on a resolution regarding the Holy City that expressed "deep regret at recent decisions." Earlier this month, United States President Donald Trump announced his decision to recognize Jerusalem [...]

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UN Daily News Programme 21 December 2017

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Listen to our daily bulletin of news and features from the United Nations, presented by Dianne Penn and Vibhu Mishra. In today's programme: Liberia gears up for a presidential run-off election next week. We hear how the UN mission there is supporting the process; and: A "father of the internet" offers reassurance to virtual world.

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News in Brief 21 December 2017

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UN tribunal for former Yugoslavia "pioneer" for international justice A tribunal set up to try cases of genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes committed in the former Yugoslavia has been described by the UN chief as "a pioneer" for international criminal justice. The United Nations Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres, made the comment at a ceremony [...]

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"Father of the Internet" offers reassurance to virtual world

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People intent on causing harm to others by misusing the Internet are a modern-day threat that the global IT community is doing all it can to overcome, one of the web's so-called "founding fathers" said on Thursday. Dr. Vinton Cerf, Chief Internet Evangelist at Google and one of the original designers of the virtual network, [...]

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Transporting voting material part of UN support to Liberia elections

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Liberians return to the polls next week for a run-off election to replace President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, the first African woman to be elected a Head of State. The vote will mark the end of an era as her legacy will be tied to UN efforts to build peace in the aftermath of two civil [...]

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Syrian misery continues despite drop in numbers in besieged zones

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Aid access to Syria's most vulnerable communities must improve in 2018 amid worsening conditions in parts of the war-torn country, a senior aid official said on Thursday. UN Special Advisor Jan Egeland was speaking in Geneva after meeting with countries that have influence on the warring parties inside Syria, where war has raged for nearly [...]

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Offline restrictions are finding way online, warns rights expert

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Restrictions that affect people in their daily lives are increasingly finding their way online, a leading human rights expert said on Wednesday. David Kaye, the UN Special Rapporteur on the Freedom of Expression, made his comments on the sidelines of the Internet Governance Forum (#IGF2017) taking place in Geneva. He told Daniel Johnson that while [...]

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First closure of civilian protection site in South Sudan

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Hundreds of families who had been sheltering at a UN camp in South Sudan are returning home due to improved security. That's according to the UN mission in the country, UNMISS, which for the first time has closed one of its protection of civilian sites, or POCs. These locations provide sanctuary for internally displaced people [...]

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News in Brief 20 December 2017

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More coherent and coordinated efforts needed to combat evolving threats to international peace and security, says UN chief The world is witnessing an increase in the type of threats to international peace and security, the UN chief said today. Speaking at the Security Council on Wednesday, Secretary-General António Guterres said that tensions over nuclear weapons [...]

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UN Daily News Programme 20 December 2017

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Listen to our daily bulletin of news and features from the United Nations, presented by Dianne Penn and Vibhu Mishra. In today’s programme:  Families go home following the first closure of a UN camp for displaced people in South Sudan; and: The UN refugee chief calls for continued international support for Somalia.

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Despite progress, Somalia still needs support: UN refugee chief

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The international community is being urged to continue supporting efforts to restore and rebuild Somalia. UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi made the appeal during a visit to the country this week. Decades of political instability coupled with armed violence, poverty, drought and other natural hazards, have displaced scores of Somalis: either within the [...]

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Podcast: Japanese pioneer reflects on her first "business trip" to space

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Astronaut Chiaki Mukai broke all the way through Earth's stratosphere to become the first Japanese woman in space. For this latest edition of our podcast series, The Lid Is On, she sat down with Dianne Penn at the recent High Level Forum on Space, held in Dubai and organized by the UN Office for Outer [...]

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Yazidi documentary "a positive weapon" against ongoing genocide

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Documenting the horrors suffered by the Yazidis at the hands of ISIL, or Daesh, terrorists provides a "positive weapon" to confront the dangers of modern-day genocide. That's one of the hopes expressed by the German-Yazidi producer of a new film screened at the UN this week called Háwar – A Cry For Help. Düzen Tekkal [...]

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News in Brief 19 December 2017 (PM)

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Six aid workers missing in South Sudan after reports of armed clashes Six relief workers in South Sudan, one international and five national, have been reported by the UN as missing since Sunday. The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said there had been reports of armed clashes on the road between [...]

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Blue helmets in South Sudan trained to deter gender-based violence

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Peacekeepers at the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) have been trained in how to be more aware of incidents of gender-based violence. They took part in a recent workshop organized to remind contingents of their role to fully protect civilians in a country where rape has been used as a weapon of war. UNMISS [...]

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Security Council resolution extends life-saving aid to Syrians

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Syria topped the agenda in the Security Council on Tuesday, where ambassadors heard briefings from the UN officials overseeing the political and humanitarian response to the ongoing conflict. The Council also adopted a resolution to extend humanitarian aid to millions affected by the fighting. Dianne Penn reports. Duration: 2’20″

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UN Daily News Programme 19 December 2017

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Listen to our daily bulletin of news and features from the United Nations, presented by Dianne Penn and Bronwen Cowley. In today’s programme: The Security Council extends life-saving humanitarian aid to Syrians; and: Blue helmets in South Sudan have been trained to deter gender-based violence.

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News in Brief 19 December 2017 – Geneva (AM)

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UN rights chief Zeid in probe call after Israeli military shoot disabled protester The fatal shooting by the Israeli military of a wheelchair-bound demonstrator from Gaza was a "wanton act" that merits an independent investigation, the UN human rights chief said on Tuesday. Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein's appeal follows the death on Friday of Ibrahim [...]

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News in Brief 18 December 2017 (PM)

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Mali: Blue helmet wounded by explosive device A peacekeeper with the UN's mission in Mali was slightly wounded when the vehicle he was in hit a suspected improvised explosive device. The incident occurred on Monday in Kidal city, located in the north of the country. UN Spokesperson Stéphane Dujarric has more details: "In response to [...]

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Internet challenges and solutions in spotlight at UN in Geneva

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The complicated task of deciding how the international community should respond to problems posed by the digital world has begun at the UN, which is hosting this year's Internet Governance Forum (IGF). In the opening session on Monday, speakers warned of increasing internet shutdowns on the orders of authorities. Other experts said it was vital [...]

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"Growing risk" that Israel and Palestine will go their own way

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There is a "growing risk" that Israel and Palestine will increasingly go their own way and abandon the so-called two-State solution which envisages both countries living side by side in peace. That's according to the UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, Nikolay Mladenov, briefing the Security Council on Monday. Matt Wells reports. [...]

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UN Daily News Programme 18 December 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: There's a growing risk that Israel and Palestine are going their own way on Middle East peace, the UN coordinator in the region warns; and: Many people's perspective on migrants is stereotypical [...]

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UK funding boost provides aid lifeline to desperate Yemenis: WFP

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A $67 million donation from the United Kingdom will provide a lifesaving boost to efforts to stave off famine for millions of Yemenis, the UN said on Monday. The announcement by the World Food Programme (WFP) comes amid dwindling basic supplies to the country, linked to a blockade on air and sea ports by a [...]

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News in Brief 18 December 2017 (AM)

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Make migration work for all: UN Secretary-General Solidarity with the world's 258 million migrants has never been more urgent, the UN Secretary-General said on Monday. In his message marking International Migrants Day, António Guterres called for greater recognition of their contributions to society. He said although evidence "overwhelmingly shows that migrants generate economic, social and cultural [...]

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Migrant stereotypes "completely disconnected" from reality

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Although some people believe migrants arrive in countries to "steal" local jobs and take advantage of social services, these perceptions are not based in reality. That's the opinion of the UN Special Representative for International Migration, Louise Arbour, citing data showing the economic benefits these workers bring to the countries where they've settled and their [...]

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News in Brief 15 December 2017 (PM)

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Rohingya refugees more vulnerable as cooler temperatures arrive: UNHCR Cooler temperatures and an increasingly risky environment are threatening the well-being of more than 600,000 Rohingya refugees who've crossed the Bangladesh border from Myanmar, said the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) on Friday. UNHCR is due to distribute the first of almost 200,000 items of clothing in [...]

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UN Daily News Programme 15 December 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: ‘Childhood under Attack' in the South Sudan conflict; and: The UN envoy for Syria laments the loss of a “golden opportunity” to press forward on peace talks.

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Time to "strengthen communication channels" with North Korea: UN chief

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It's time to re-open channels of communication with North Korea to avoid an "accidental escalation" of conflict, said UN chief António Guterres on Friday. The Secretary-General was addressing the Security Council, and he called on the leadership of North Korea, otherwise known as DPRK, to comply with resolutions aimed at halting its nuclear weapons programme. [...]

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'Childhood under Attack' in South Sudan fighting: UNICEF

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Four years of insecurity and upheaval in South Sudan have had a "staggering impact on children," putting an entire generation at risk. That's according to Childhood under Attack, a report launched on Friday by the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF). The fighting between rival factions has resulted in more than 2,300 child deaths, while nearly 3 million [...]

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News in Brief 15 December 2017 – Geneva (AM)

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South Sudan's violence is a tragedy for children: UNICEF Fighting in South Sudan now entering its fifth year has severely affected more than one in two children there, the UN said on Friday. A disturbing new report from UN Children's Fund UNICEF shows how more than one million youngsters are acutely malnourished and 2.4 million [...]

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"Golden opportunity" to progress Syria peace talks missed: UN envoy

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A "golden opportunity" has been missed to decide the future of Syria at the end of the latest round of UN-led talks in Geneva, veteran negotiator Staffan de Mistura said on Thursday. The UN Special Envoy was speaking to journalists in the Swiss city where he has been meeting Syrian government representatives and – for [...]

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News in Brief 14 December 2017 (PM)

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Security Council unity on DPRK crucial: UN Secretary-General The UN Secretary-General has underscored the importance of international unity in addressing the nuclear threat posed by the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK). António Guterres was speaking to reporters in Tokyo on Thursday following a meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, where North Korea was [...]

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UN and Africa: Emergency Response Funding, Somalia’s future, and a UN Volunteer from Kenya

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More than two-thirds of emergency response funding going to Africa More than two-thirds of UN emergency response funding is still likely to go to alleviate humanitarian crisis in Africa.  That's according to Chief of CERF, Lisa Doughten, who said after the recent annual pledging conference for 2018 at UN Headquarters that a total of $383 [...]

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UN Daily News Programme 14 December 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: the Central Emergency Response Fund will hit a record high for pledges this year, but some crises are still missing out on funding; and: What life-lessons does volunteering for the UN teach [...]

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News in Brief 14 December 2017 (AM)

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UN peacekeeping chief pays tribute to fallen Tanzanian blue helmets The head of UN peacekeeping operations has paid tribute to the 14 Tanzanian blue helmets killed last week by suspected rebels in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). Jean-Pierre Lacroix participated in a ceremony on Thursday in the Tanzanian capital, Dar es Salaam, in [...]

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UN Volunteer from Kenya shares benefits of serving

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Volunteering with the United Nations has taught a Kenyan lawyer the value of interacting with people from around the world: something that she says "opens your mind" and allows you to grow both personally and professionally. Ann Kamunya is currently serving with the UN refugee agency, UNHCR, in Turkey, where she interviews asylum-seekers. Ann trained [...]

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News in Brief 13 December 2017 (PM)

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At least 15 besieged Syrian civilians dead due to lack of medical care At least 15 civilians in urgent need of medical evacuation have died in the besieged Syrian enclave of eastern Ghouta, the UN said on Wednesday. Humanitarian agencies called for Government forces besieging the suburb east of the capital Damascus, to allow around [...]

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"Internet governance is key amid expanding digital landscape"

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Cybersecurity, the internet and human rights are on the agenda at the UN next week. Beginning on Monday, the Twelfth Internet Governance Forum (IGF) will explore the evolving digital landscape and discuss how it should be managed. The event takes place amid what organisers have called a "profound transformation, even disruption" of everyday life caused [...]

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UN Daily News Programme 13 December 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:  How you can help reduce the amount of electronic waste worldwide; and: Biological weapons threat under the spotlight at the UN in Geneva.

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News in Brief 13 December 2017 (AM)

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Half the world lacks access to "essential health services" At least half of the world's population lacks access to essential health services, with around 100 million people forced to live in "extreme poverty" due to the cost of health care. That's the grim reality highlighted by a new report from the World Bank and the World [...]

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Consumers can help bring down "e-waste mountain": UN report

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The number of discarded laptops, mobile phones, televisions and other electronic items worldwide weighs as much as 1.2 million heavy-duty trucks lined up from New York to Bangkok and back. And while this e-waste, as it's known, contains around $55 billion worth of gold, silver, copper and other valuable material, only about 20 per cent [...]

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News in Brief 12 December 2017 (PM)

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Align financial investments with climate objectives: UN Secretary-General Finance will be the "decisive factor" between winning or losing the battle against climate change. That's the message UN Secretary-General António Guterres delivered to world leaders at the One Planet Summit in Paris on Tuesday. The event was held on the second anniversary of the adoption of [...]

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UN emergency fund hits record high, but some crises missing out

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International pledges to the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) stand at a "likely" record high, but due to "overwhelming" demand, some crises have seen their funding cut. That's according to Chief of CERF, Lisa Doughten, who said after last Friday's annual pledging conference for 2018 at UN Headquarters that a total of $383 million had [...]

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UN Daily News Programme 12 December 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: The future of multilateralism is at stake if the world can't find a way to ease the refugee crisis, a senior official tells us in Geneva; and: New media giants Facebook and [...]

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News in Brief 12 December 2017 – Geneva (AM)

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$4.4 billion appeal launched for over 5 million Syrian refugees A more than $4 billion appeal has been launched to support what one top UN official called on Tuesday "a lost generation" of Syrian refugees caught up in the ongoing conflict. Well over five million Syrians need help, according to the UN Refugee Agency's (UNHCR) [...]

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Biological weapons threat in spotlight

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Scientific advances unforeseen in the 1975 international treaty outlawing biological weapons, have made it more important than ever that the global community remains committed to addressing the potential threat they pose. That's according to Dr Tom Inglesby from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, who's been taking part in a meeting on disarmament [...]

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News in Brief 11 December 2017 (PM)

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Bodies of Tanzanian peacekeepers killed in DRC arrive home on UN flight The bodies of the 14 Tanzanian peacekeepers killed in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) on Friday, have been returned home on a UN flight, according to Tanzania's Foreign Minister. Augustine Mahiga told UN News that the troops who were injured during [...]

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Social media giants meet at UN to address online terrorism

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  The UN Security Council has called for dialogue with major social media companies in order to limit terrorists' ability to recruit and operate online. To that end, last month saw the launch of the Tech Against Terrorism's Knowledge Sharing Platform, at UN Headquarters in New York, involving some major players in the field, including [...]

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Security Council asked to assess human rights impact of DPRK sanctions

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The Security Council has been asked to assess the human rights impact of sanctions on humanitarian efforts in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK). The appeal was made by UN Human Rights High Commissioner Zeid Ra'ad Al-Hussein, who briefed ambassadors on Monday. Matt Wells reports. The Human Rights High Commissioner outlined some of the [...]

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Dialogue continues on Global Compact for refugees

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The international community needs to do much more to agree on practical solutions that will help the world's 22.5 million refugees, the UN said on Tuesday. In its push for a Global Compact on the issue, UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, is hosting a two-day Dialogue in Geneva. Challenges that need to be addressed include the detention [...]

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UN Daily News Programme 11 December 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: Why the Universal Declaration of Human Rights is even more relevant today; and: We look at the critical role soil plays in our sustainable future.

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News in Brief 11 December 2017 (AM)

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Children exposed to dangerous "new risks" online: UNICEF Too little is being done to protect children from the "perils" of the digital world, according to a new flagship report published on Monday by the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF). The report, entitled The State of the World's Children 2017: Children in a digital world, presents UNICEF's [...]

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Human rights under threat in many countries: UN official

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Human rights are the foundation of peaceful societies, yet they are under attack in many countries globally, according to the deputy UN human rights chief, Andrew Gilmour. The "danger, intimidation and reprisals faced by courageous human rights defenders" are a visible manifestation of this backlash, he stressed. This Human Rights Day, 10 December, also marks the [...]

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Security Council condemns attack on blue helmets in the DRC

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Authorities in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) are being urged by the UN Security Council to ensure that those responsible for this week’s deadly attack on peacekeepers serving there are brought to justice. Fourteen blue helmets from Tanzania were killed and another 53 injured in the incident, described as the worst attack on [...]

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Theatre provides persons with disabilities key emotional outlet

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Theatre, music, and other creative forms of artistic expression are a big help for persons with disabilities who may struggle to express their inner-most emotions. That's one of the ideas that motivated Dario D'Ambrosi to bring a version of the ancient Greek tragedy, Medea, to the United Nations in New York, on the occasion of [...]

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Security Council meets over US decision on Jerusalem

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It is now "more important than ever" to preserve the prospect of peace between Israelis and Palestinians, a senior UN official in the region told the Security Council on Friday. UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process Nikolai Mladenov briefed ambassadors meeting over the decision this week by United States President Donald Trump, [...]

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News in Brief 08 December 2017 (PM)

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Countries have pledged $383 million dollars to support a UN fund that provides timely humanitarian aid during crises. The commitments by 36 donors were the outcome of the latest annual pledging conference for the Central Emergency Relief Fund (CERF), which was held in New York on Friday. CERF also reached a record high income of [...]

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UN Daily News Programme 08 December 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: "a tragic day for the UN family" says the Secretary-General, as at least 12 Tanzanian peacekeepers are killed in the worst attack on blue helmets in recent history; and: The number of [...]

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UN Gender Focus: Voice for sexual abuse victims, men and AIDS and an award for women scientists in Nepal

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UN advocate to give voice to victims of sexual exploitation and abuse Transforming those who have suffered sexual exploitation and abuse perpetrated by UN personnel from victims into survivors, is the goal of the first-ever official appointed to advocate on their behalf.  Jane Connors took up the post of UN Victims' Rights Advocate in August [...]

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"Tragic day for the UN family": at least 12 peacekeepers killed in DRC

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On what the UN chief described as a "tragic day for the UN family", at least 12 Tanzanian peacekeepers serving in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) have been killed during an attack on Thursday night. Secretary-General António Guterres "unequivocally" condemned the attack against troops with the UN Mission in the country, MONUSCO, on [...]

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News in Brief 8 December 2017 – Geneva (AM)

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Aid resumes to Rohingya in Myanmar's northern Rakhine State Food aid deliveries have resumed to thousands of people affected by violence in Myanmar's northern Rakhine State, the UN said on Friday. Bettina Luescher from the World Food Programme (WFP) said that 32,000 individuals had received supplies, out of the 36,000 the agency planned to reach. [...]

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Soil preservation essential to ensure our sustainable future: FAO expert

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It can take up to 1,000 years to form a single centimetre of soil, which is why "soil preservation is essential for food security and to ensure our sustainable future." That's the view of Yusuf Yigini, Soil Mapping Specialist with the Global Soil Partnership Secretariat at the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). The UN celebrated [...]

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News in Brief 07 December 2017 (PM)

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Fuel "trickling in" but not enough to deliver aid to stricken Yemenis Life-saving fuel is "trickling in" to Yemen once more following the partial lifting of a Saudi-led blockade, but it's not enough to deliver vital aid to millions around the country. That's the stark message delivered by UN Humanitarian Coordinator in Yemen, Jamie McGoldrick, [...]

7 Dec 2017 | Posted in Food Crisis, Today's News | Read More »

UN and Africa: UN volunteers, land policies for the "Africa we want" and space technology

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Raising the profile of UN Volunteers in Sudan Building roads, empowering young people and contributing to peace and development efforts: those are just some of the duties performed by more than 200 international and local volunteers working with the UN in Sudan.  Roughly half of these UN Volunteers are serving at the joint African Union-UN [...]

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Dementia sufferers set to triple by 2050, warns WHO

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The number of people who suffer from dementia is set to triple to more than 150 million by 2050, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Thursday. Dementia causes a wide range of symptoms including memory loss and a decline in mental abilities. In a bid to help the global community to prepare for the [...]

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News in Brief 07 December 2017 (AM)

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Famine conditions "likely" to return in parts of South Sudan next year Famine conditions which were reversed this year in South Sudan, are "likely" to return next year if conflict continues, the UN relief chief told Security Council members on Thursday. Humanitarian Coordinator Mark Lowcock said almost two thirds of South Sudanese were still in [...]

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UN Daily News Programme 07 December 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 senior UN adviser for Syria expresses a sense of failure over lack of access to desperate communities; and: A young engineer devises a plan to tackle food waste, clean energy and [...]

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UN award winner tackles clean energy and cholera in Yemen

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A young engineer from Yemen hopes his UN prize-winning project to convert food waste into "green" energy will help reduce the staggering rate of cholera in his country. Omer Badokhon is one of six winners of the Young Champions of the Earth prize presented by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and materials science company, Covestro. [...]

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UN senior aid adviser renews call for Syria aid access

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The lack of aid deliveries to Syria's most desperate communities and a continuing veto on the evacuation of hundreds of extremely sick civilians feel like a personal "failure", a senior humanitarian adviser to the UN said on Thursday. Speaking to journalists in Geneva, Jan Egeland explained that in opposition-held Eastern Ghouta outside Damascus, another week [...]

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Migrants are "the ultimate agents" of development worldwide

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Migrants and refugees need to be seen as the "ultimate agents" of development across the world, said the head of the UN migration agency (IOM) on Wednesday. William Lacey Swing was speaking on the final day of a high-level meeting being held in Mexico to prepare for the forthcoming Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and [...]

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Child migrants deserve care "every step of the way": UNICEF

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Child migrants, especially those travelling alone, deserve care and protection "every step of the way". That's the key message coming from the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) in a new report entitled "Beyond Borders". It was one of the key discussion points at this week's preparatory meeting for the up-coming Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and [...]

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News in Brief 06 December 2017 (PM)

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"No Plan B" for Middle East Peace Process: UN chief The UN Secretary-General has reiterated his belief that there is "no alternative" to the two-State solution for Israelis and Palestinians. António Guterres was addressing reporters at UN Headquarters in New York on Wednesday following the announcement by US President Donald Trump to recognize Jerusalem as [...]

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Justice essential for reconciliation: UN prosecutor

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Justice for war crimes is an essential condition for reconciliation, the UN Security Council was told on Wednesday. Ambassadors heard briefings from principals of tribunals established in the aftermath of the Balkan Wars and the Rwanda genocide more than two decades ago. The Rwanda tribunal wrapped up in 2015 and the one for the former [...]

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UN Daily News Programme 06 December 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:  We'll hear from Myanmar as the latest UN opium survey shows the link between heroin production and conflict continues, endangering the country's fragile peace process; and: All child migrants and refugees deserve [...]

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News in Brief 06 December 2017 (AM)

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Air pollution affecting 17 million babies, mostly in South Asia: UNICEF Nearly 17 million babies under a year old are living in areas where outdoor air pollution is higher than international limits which potentially is putting their brain development at risk. The majority—12 million—are in South Asia. That's according to research published on Tuesday by [...]

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Horrors of sexual violence against Syrian boys and men revealed

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Disturbing details have emerged of a little-known side to the Syrian conflict: sexual violence against boys and men. The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) report into the abuse was published on Wednesday, after more than 200 interviews in Iraq, Lebanon and Jordan. Spokesperson Andrej Mahecic told Daniel Johnson that the abuse is perpetrated inside the country as [...]

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Myanmar peace process and heroin production interlinked: UNODC

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Helping regions in Myanmar which are wracked by conflict move away from opium production is good for the economy and will help solidify the country's peace process. That's according to Jeremy Douglas, Regional Representative for the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), speaking on Wednesday, following the launch of the agency's latest Myanmar Opium [...]

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Patents, trademarks reached new highs in 2016: UN

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Global innovation reached new highs in 2016 amid record applications for patents, trademarks and designs, the UN said on Wednesday. In its latest report, the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) showed that 3.1 million patent applications were made last year, an increase of 8.3 per cent on the previous 12 months. Chinese growth continued to [...]

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Space technology critical to SDG success in Africa: Kenyan scientist

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Although space-based applications are helping African countries to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), access remains in the "infancy" stage, according to a scientist from Kenya. Joseph Olwendo is a lecturer at Pwani University who is researching the impact of "space weather" on satellites and other technology. He attended a recent forum in Dubai looking [...]

5 Dec 2017 | Posted in Sustainable Development Goals, Today's Features | Read More »

News in Brief 05 December 2017 (PM)

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"Another big loss" as 14th peacekeeper this year is killed in CAR The death of a Mauritanian peacekeeper and wounding of three others in the Central African Republic (CAR), was described on Tuesday as "another big loss" to the UN Mission in the country, MINUSCA. UN chief António Guterres condemned the killing and offered his [...]

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Somalia conference gives hope for secure future

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Somalia's leaders are committed to ensuring a safe and sustainable future for the country's people, but no-one should be under any illusion that this may take a long time, a senior UN official said on Tuesday. Michael Keating, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Somalia and head of UN Mission UNSOM, has been speaking [...]

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UN Daily News Programme 05 December 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: Somalia conference gives hope for secure future; and: Celebrating UN Volunteers in Sudan.

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Podcast: Peacekeeping and protection in South Sudan

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Defending the vulnerable from attack is one of the important duties of a UN peacekeeper, but what do you do when you come across a secret safe that may contain weapons, hidden away in a camp designed to protect civilians? That's one of the real-life dilemmas facing a UN police patrol in this latest edition [...]

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News in Brief 5 December 2017 – Geneva (AM)

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Zeid: Myanmar refugee crisis may be genocide Violence in Myanmar that has caused more than 625,000 people to flee to Bangladesh may amount to genocide, the UN human rights chief said on Tuesday. Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein was addressing the Human Rights Council in Geneva in a special session called in response to the ongoing [...]

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Raising the profile of UN Volunteers in Sudan

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Building roads, empowering young people and contributing to peace and development efforts: these are just some of the duties performed by more than 200 international and local volunteers working with the UN in Sudan. Roughly half of these UN Volunteers are serving at the joint African Union-UN Mission in Darfur (UNAMID), in areas such as [...]

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UN conference inspires Nepal award for women in science

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A UN-sponsored conference on space and sustainable development has inspired the creation of an award for women scientists in Nepal. That's according to Manisha Dwa with the Nepal Astronomical Society, based in the capital, Kathmandu. Ms Dwa attended the first High Level Forum looking at how the global space sector can contribute to efforts to [...]

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UN Daily News Programme 04 December 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: As the UN Victims' Rights Advocate heads to South Sudan, she tells us about her role giving a voice to those who've been sexually exploited and abused; and: We've got a special [...]

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News in Brief 4 December 2017 – Geneva (AM)

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Yemen: desperate families trapped by armed clashes, airstrikes Families trapped by fighting in Yemen's capital Sana'a are making "desperate" calls to humanitarian workers amid a surge in armed clashes and airstrikes, the UN said on Monday. In a statement from Sana'a, Jamie McGoldrick, the UN's Humanitarian Coordinator there, said that aid workers are unable to [...]

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UN advocate gives voice to victims of sexual exploitation

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Transforming those who have suffered sexual exploitation and abuse perpetrated by UN personnel from victims into survivors is the goal of the first-ever official appointed to advocate on their behalf. Jane Connors took up the post of UN Victims' Rights Advocate in August and undertook her first field visit two months later. She has already [...]

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Health services for young migrants are crucial, UNFPA expert says

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Safeguarding human rights, ensuring a safe and orderly journey and guaranteed health services are some of the key issues facing young migrants. That's highlighted by Romesh Silva, technical specialist for the UNFPA, who was at UN Headquarters for an event on Health and Human Mobility this week. One of UNFPA's goals is improving available data [...]

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Award revs up innovators behind intercultural projects

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Intercultural innovators are not uncommon around UN Headquarters in New York, but it's not every day they arrive courtesy of one of the world's leading car companies. Germany's BMW Group joined the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNOAC) in the driving seat on Wednesday, to hand out Intercultural Innovations Awards to 10 projects centered on [...]

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News in Brief 01 December 2017 (PM)

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Global HIV/AIDS response still "lagging behind" despite progress Despite major progress on ending the AIDS epidemic, parts of the global response to battling the HIV virus are still "lagging behind", the UN chief said on Friday. In a statement to mark World Aids Day, António Guterres said that men were less likely to know if [...]

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UN Daily News Programme 01 December 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: It's World AIDS Day and we hear why men are critical to ending the epidemic by 2030; and: A senior UN official tells us a proposed international agreement on migration must be [...]

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News in Brief 1 December 2017 – Geneva (AM)

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$22.5 billion needed to help 91 million people in 2018: UN relief chief A record level of aid funding – more than $22.5 billion – is needed to deliver lifesaving assistance around the world in 2018, the UN's Emergency Relief Coordinator said on Friday. Announcing the Global Humanitarian Appeal, Mark Lowcock said that an estimated [...]

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UNAIDS says men critical to ending epidemic

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Ambitions of zero infections, zero deaths and zero stigma when it comes to AIDS cannot be achieved without addressing worrying trends seen with men. That's the view of Simon Bland, head of the  UNAIDS  office in New York, who says ending the epidemic by 2030 means getting men, who are less likely to access healthcare [...]

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Migration compact needs to be "truly global": UN Representative

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Governments now understand that their national migration policies cannot work unless they fit into an international model. That's the message from the UN Special Representative for International Migration, Louise Arbour. Over the past year, she has been overseeing regional negotiations that will lead to the adoption of a Global Compact for Migration in 2018. The [...]

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