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News in Brief 19 January 2018 – Geneva

Listen / Cameroonian families seek refuge in Utanga, Obanliku, Nigeria, after fleeing insecurity in English-speaking parts of their homeland. Photo: UNHCR/Elizabeth Mpimbaza

Increasing concern for women and children fleeing Cameroon — UNHCR The number of women and children fleeing from English-speaking areas of Cameroon into Nigeria is growing, and the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) is "increasingly concerned" about their plight. That's according to UNHCR spokesperson William Spindler, who said in Geneva [...]

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Looking forward to feminism's future: "Step it Up" to Planet 50/50

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2017 was a watershed year for women and women's rights around the world. From the Global Women's March last January, to the #MeToo movement, women around the world stood up and demanded their right to be heard. They insisted on the right to thrive in an environment free of violence, discrimination, harassment and stigmatization. In [...]

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News in Brief 18 January 2018

Listen / UN Secretary-General António Guterres addresses the Security Council meeting on Non-proliferation of Weapons of Mass Destruction, with a focus on confidence-building measures. Photo: UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

Dialogue and confidence vital to prevent, resolve conflicts, says UN chief Amid growing concerns over weapons of mass destruction, UN Secretary-General António Guterres called for comprehensive political solutions that include dialogue and negotiation to prevent, mitigate and resolve conflicts. Speaking at a Security Council session on non-proliferation and confidence-building measures, the UN chief urged the [...]

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UN issues 48-hour ultimatum to Central African armed groups

Listen / Larissa Néoumangue, 16-year-old mother of one, sought refuge at the Protestant church of Saramandja, one of the spontaneous internally displaced people sites in Paoua, CAR. Photo: OCHA/Yaye Nabo Sène

Armed groups fighting in the north of the Central African Republic (CAR) have been given 48 hours to withdraw in order to allow villagers displaced by violence to return home. The UN wants to clear a 50-kilometer perimeter around the town of Paoua, where thousands are currently seeking shelter. Some 60,000 people — mostly women [...]

17 Jan 2018 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

Around 120 children need urgent medical evacuation from Eastern Ghouta

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Around 120 critically-ill children trapped in the besieged enclave of Eastern Ghouta, in Syria, are in urgent need of evacuation, according to the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF). UNICEF Representative in the country, Fran Equiza, said in an interview with UN News on Wednesday, that humanitarian access continues to be limited, with at least 12 per [...]

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News in Brief 17 January 2018

Listen / Women gather at a food distribution point in Nyanzale, North Kivu, Democratic Republic of the Congo. The distribution targets the most vulnerable households and serves around 30 per cent of all displaced families. Photo: OCHA/Ivo Brandau

Humanitarian situation in DRC deteriorates due to enormous funding gap: IOM The humanitarian situation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) is spiralling out of control due to a "massive escalation" of conflict and insecurity, the UN Migration Agency (IOM) said on Wednesday. Some 4.3 million people are displaced throughout the DRC, 1.7 million [...]

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News in Brief 16 January 2018

Listen / UN Secretary-General António Guterres addresses the press following an informal briefing with Member States on 16 January. Photo: UN Photo/Mark Garten

"Greater unity and courage" needed in year ahead: UN chief Countries across the world need to display "greater unity and courage" to tackle deepening crises and "new dangers". That's the sobering message from UN chief António Guterres, outlining to the General Assembly in New York his key areas of concern for the year ahead. The [...]

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Homelessness exacerbates DRC cholera outbreak: WHO

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The current outbreak of cholera in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), is worsening, with almost twice as many suspected cases reported in 2017, compared to the previous year. That's according to the World Health Organization (WHO) which  h said on Tuesday that the DRC is suffering from "the most severe outbreak since 1994". [...]

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News in Brief 15 January 2018

Listen / UN Security Council President Kairat Umarov (left) shakes hands with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani at the Presidential Palace in Kabul. The Council undertook a visit to Afghanistan from 13 to 15 January 2018. Photo: UNAMA/Fardin Waezi

Security Council makes unannounced visit to support Afghan peace efforts The Security Council carried out an unannounced three-day visit to Afghanistan over the weekend, to lend support to the country's efforts to restore "peace and stability". It was the first such visit to Afghanistan since 2010, and allowed Council members to get a "first-hand account [...]

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Tea and empathy: ZamZam Yusuf shares her refugee experience

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Somali refugee ZamZam Yusuf has a message for any neighbours who think she doesn't have the right to call Leicester, in the English Midlands, home. "I would like to offer you a cup of tea" at my house, says the 30-year-old mother-of-four, who came to UN Headquarters in January, as world leaders prepare to debate [...]

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Ancient Somali cave art "enormous" potential for future tourism

Listen / The UN Secretary-General's Special Representative for Somalia, Michael Keating, views some of the ancient rock art at Laas Geel, located near Hargeisa, Somaliland, on 10 January 2018. Photo: UN Photo/Tobin Jones

Ancient rock shelters that are home to some of the oldest cave paintings in Africa, have "enormous" potential to help bring thousands more tourists to Somalia and 'Somaliland'. That's according to the top envoy who heads the UN Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM), Michael Keating. Standing inside the extraordinary cave formations of Laas Gaal, on [...]

12 Jan 2018 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

News in Brief 12 January 2018

Listen / General Assembly President Miroslav Lajčák addresses an informal meeting of the GA on his priorities for 2018. Photo: UN Photo/Manuel Elias

"We must have an agreement" on migration, says Assembly President Agreement must be reached by the nations of the world on a comprehensive global compact on migration, said the President of the General Assembly on Friday. Miroslav Lajčák made the plea at UN Headquarters in New York, while setting out his priorities for the global [...]

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South Africa records largest Listeria outbreak ever, more than 60 dead

Listen / WHO spokesperson Christian Lindmeier. Photo: UN Webcast video capture (file)

What's believed to be the largest outbreak ever of the deadly bacterial disease Listeriosis — or Listeria — has left more than 60 people dead across South Africa, with nearly 750 confirmed cases. That's according to the World Health Organization (WHO) on Friday, which praised the response of the South African Government so far. WHO [...]

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News in Brief 11 January 2018

Listen / Migrants wait in line to be registered in Berlin, Germany. Photo: UNICEF/Ashley Gilbertson VII

Migration "powers economic growth", needs "global response": Guterres Migration is a positive force for global economic growth, which helps reduce inequality, conflict and misunderstanding. That's the passionate belief of UN chief António Guterres, unveiling his milestone report "Making Migration Work For All" at UN Headquarters in New York on Thursday. The Secretary-General said that facts, [...]

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IOM calls on Social Media to “help explain the dangers” of migration

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Social media companies, in particular Facebook, need to do more to “help explain the dangers” of embarking on migrant journeys in search of a better life. That's according to Leonard Doyle, Director of the Media and Communication Division for the UN migration agency, IOM. He was speaking following reports that close to 200 migrants or [...]

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News in Brief 10 January 2018

Listen / Jean Arnault, Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Verification Mission in Colombia, briefs the Security Council on the situation in the country. Photo: UN Photo/Manuel Elias

"Diligent" support needed to reintegrate former rebels in Colombia Former rebel fighters in Colombia need "diligent and thorough" support from the UN and all parties with a stake in the country's ongoing peace process. That's according to the head of the UN Verification Mission in Colombia, which is helping to realize the fruits of the [...]

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News in Brief 09 January 2018

Listen / Two little girls fetch water from a pond in Nget Chaung camp in central Rakhine, Myanmar.  © UNICEF/UN0155423/Thame

Vulnerable Rohingya children living in "appalling conditions": UNICEF The inability of UN agencies to access vulnerable Rohingya children who remain in northern Myanmar is "troubling", said the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) on Tuesday. Describing her recent visit to Rakhine State, UNICEF spokesperson Marixie Mercado, said that around 60,000 Rohingya children remain "almost forgotten", trapped in [...]

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People-smuggling networks in Libya "must be tracked and prosecuted"

Listen / In November 2017, IOM assisted 243 Guinean migrants in returning home from Libya under its Voluntary Humanitarian Return programme. Photo: UN Migration Agency (IOM)

Illegal smuggling networks which have imprisoned, tortured and abused thousands of migrants trying to cross Libya, "must be tracked and prosecuted". That's according to Othman Belbeisi, who is the UN migration agency IOM's mission chief, in Libya. He was speaking after the second flight of the year left Libya for Nigeria on Monday, under the [...]

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News in Brief 08 January 2018

Listen / Mothers and their children in a queue waiting to receive measles vaccinations as part of a UNICEF-supported immunization campaign at the Beerta Muuri camp for internally displaced persons in Baidoa, Somalia. UN Photo (file)

Millions of children vaccinated against measles in Somalia Millions of Somali children have been vaccinated against the deadly disease measles during the past five days, according to the World Health Organization (WHO) and the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF). The agencies partnered with Somalia's Ministry of Health, to deliver the vaccines to a million children in [...]

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Podcast: UN "will save the world": still passionate for peace at 90

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He was one of the UN's very first staff members, and 72 years on, Robert Kaminker is still advocating for peace and the power of the organization to ultimately "save the world". Although he retired in the early 1980s, his enthusiasm for explaining how the UN works and can help people everywhere lead better lives, [...]

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News in Brief 05 January 2018

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UN allocates $50m in emergency humanitarian funding for Yemen The UN relief chief announced the biggest-ever allocation of emergency funds to war-torn Yemen on Friday, to help deal with the country's worsening humanitarian crisis. Emergency Relief Coordinator Mark Lowcock said he was releasing $50m from the Central Emergency Response Fund, or CERF. Fighting between Iranian-backed [...]

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UN Guidelines to train cabin crews to identify traffickers

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According to the International Labour Organization (ILO), 40.3 million people were victims of forced labour and modern slavery in 2017.  The 2016 Global Report from the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) says that the majority of trafficking victims – 51 per cent ­­– are women. The UN Human Rights Office (OHCHR) has [...]

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News in Brief 03 January 2018

Listen / Secretary-General António Guterres speaks to journalists at a press encounter. (file) UN Photo/Evan Schneider

Loss of life in Iran protests deplored by UN chief A wave of anti-Government protests which have taken place across Iran have left more than 20 dead, according to news reports, leading the UN chief to deplore the loss of life. The protests began last Thursday, aimed initially at poor economic conditions and corruption. The [...]

3 Jan 2018 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

News in Brief 02 January 2018

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Hundreds seek refuge around UN camp in CAR Hundreds of people have sought refuge around a camp run by MINUSCA, the UN Mission in the Central African Republic (CAR), following fresh violence between armed groups, said the UN on Tuesday. News reports said that villagers fleeing gunfire and machete attacks began to arrive in the [...]

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UN Daily News Programme 02 January 2018

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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're going to focus on extreme weather prospects for 2018 – something which is a life and death issue for millions of vulnerable people across the world.

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Early action key to prevent El Niño and La Niña-related crises: OCHA

Listen / 3 February 2016, Arsi, Ethiopia. Drough affected areas. OCHA/ Charlotte Cans

It's essential to "get out in front" of humanitarian crises that are fuelled by the destructive weather patterns known as El Niño and La Niña. That's the strong view of one senior official with the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), who's been working on how best to address the problem during [...]

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UN Daily News Programme 01 January 2018

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Listen to our daily bulletin of news and features from the United Nations, presented by Dianne Penn. Happy New Year! In today’s special programme:  We’ll look at global economic prospects for 2018; and: We’ll hear about UN Special Envoy for Education, Gordon Brown’s call for support to children caught in humanitarian crises.

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