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News in Brief 08 August 2023

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 8, 2023 0:03

UNHCR warn of looming cholera and malaria outbreaks in SudanUN investigators: surging war crimes in MyanmarWHO says India-made syrup contaminated

Sudan: ‘Children are dying, mothers are dying,' says UN humanitarian official

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 7, 2023 0:14

As conflict escalates in Sudan, the need for humanitarian support keeps growing as people “die and suffer”, a senior UN aid official has said.Edem Wosornu, Director of the Operations and Advocacy Division at UN humanitarian affairs office, OCHA, recently visited the country and neighbouring Chad.According to the World Health Organization (WHO), more than two-thirds of hospitals in Sudan remain out of service amid increasing reports of attacks on health facilities.Ms. Wosornu spoke to UN News's Abdelmonem Makki about the humanitarian efforts underway in Sudan and ongoing operations in Niger, in the wake of the attempted coup.

News in Brief 07 August 2023

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UNICEF: 76% of children in South Asia face extreme heatHaiti: UNICEF says spike in kidnappings of children and womenWHO calls for effective international action against biological weapons

News in Brief 04 August 2023

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 UN human rights close office in UgandaOCHA: Spike in settler violence against Palestinian communitiesWheat and rice see price rise hikes in July, warn UN food economists

News in Brief 03 August 2023

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 FAO raises alarm on escalating food crisis in SudanColombia: UN Mission to monitor ceasefire with ELN rebel groupUN: Solutions needed to situation in Darien Gap

News in Brief 02 August 2023

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IOM: Four million displaced from Sudan conflictUN demands immediate end to expulsion of migrants from TunisiaUNEP: Earth Overshoot Day shows nature can only deliver so much 

News in Brief 01 August 2023

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Supportive workplaces key to achieve global breastfeeding targetsAgencies warn against South Sudan food crisis Pakistan: Security Council condemns 'heinous' suicide bombing on Sunday

News in Brief 31 July 2023

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WHO highlights need for more protective measures against tobaccoUN condemns seizure of power by force in NigerIPCC Head warns against overstating the threat of warming

Sudan crisis drives thousands into Abyei, closes down supply routes for UN mission

Play Episode Listen Later Jul 28, 2023 0:09

The continuing battle for control of Sudan between rival militaries has had a destabilizing effect on the contested area of Abyei claimed by both Sudan and South Sudan, for both the UN mission there, UNIFSA, and the civilians they are mandated to protect.That's according to Major General Benjamin Sawyerr, acting head and Force Commander for UNIFSA, who said the months-long clashes have seen close to 6,000 flee into Abyei and forced the mission to switch all its supply routes to South Sudan, increasing costs and logistical challenges.

News in Brief 28 July 2023

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Sudan health crisis at ‘gravely serious' level warns WHOForced returns to Burkina Faso must end says UNHCRNew liver care campaign launched on World Hepatitis Day

Climate change litigation surges, driven by concern over rights violations: UNEP report

Play Episode Listen Later Jul 27, 2023 0:13

Climate-related court cases around the world are growing fast, and on Thursday the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) together with the Sabin Center for Climate Change Law at Columbia University, highlighted the trend in their new Global Climate Litigation Report. Andrew Raine, Head of the Frontiers in Environmental Law Unit of UNEP, spoke to UN News's Anton Uspensky about the report's findings, which show cases are surging in the Global South with human rights emerging as a powerful driver behind climate litigation. 

UN News reporter on frontline of deadly forest fires in Greece, as WMO declares ‘hottest' July ever

Play Episode Listen Later Jul 27, 2023 0:04

As the UN weather agency WMO declared on Thursday that July is likely to be the hottest on record, UN News reporter Katy Dartford had other problems on her mind: filing her news bulletin from Greece, where forest fires have been raging.Speaking from Corfu - where the wildfires have thankfully calmed down a bit since Monday – Katy puts the WMO's announcement into context.Here she is now, talking to Daniel Johnson.

News in Brief 27 July 2023

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July set to be hottest month on record: WMO‘Surge in diplomacy for peace' needed on Korean PeninsulaNiger: Guterres condemns ‘unconstitutional' coup declaration

How to make educational technology accessible to all

Play Episode Listen Later Jul 26, 2023 0:12

As technology becomes increasingly accessible across the globe, more must be done to ensure its use in education remains equitable, scalable, and sustainable.That's according to Manos Antoninis, Director of the Global Education Monitoring (GEM) Report, produced by the UN agency specializing in education, science and culture, UNESCO.In an interview for UN News, he's been outlining the advantages and disadvantages of using technology in education, how to improve safety online, the future of artificial intelligence (AI), and describing how online education resources can be tailored to a more diverse, global audience.Jordan Larrabee spoke with Mr. Antoninis just ahead of the launch of this year's GEM Report in Uruguay on Wednesday.

News in Brief 26 July 2023

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UNESCO calls for global ban on smartphones in schoolsUN calls on Uganda to repeal Anti-Homosexuality Act, condemns killings of Indigenous in BrazilFAO: Rate of mangroves loss slowed in last decade

Asia-Pacific mired in vicious climate-disaster nexus

Play Episode Listen Later Jul 25, 2023 0:07

Climate-induced disasters in Asia and the Pacific have become increasingly frequent and severe, resulting in loss of lives and livelihoods, hampering the post-pandemic recovery and potentially derailing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).The effects of devastating floods, severe droughts and rising sea levels are not confined within national borders; they have international implications too, including for trade, communal tensions and forced migration. Climate change is only making things worse.  Against this backdrop, Vibhu Mishra from UN News spoke to Armida Salsiah Alisjahbana, Executive Secretary of the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), who outlined how countries can reduce disaster risk, and strengthen climate action. 

News in Brief 25 July 2023

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Yemen: UN starts high-risk operation to prevent catastrophic oil spill from decaying tankerIAEA: Anti-personnel mines found in Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant in UkraineUN warns of looming disaster emergency in Asia-Pacific region

Move over AI, say hello to AGI and Disruptive-tech - the new buzzwords in IT

Play Episode Listen Later Jul 24, 2023 0:06

Artificial Intelligence may be the buzzword of the day, but before we know it, two new concepts may soon steal the limelight: Disruptive-tech and Artificial General Intelligence. That's according to Janet Adams, chief operating officer of AI experts SingularityNet, who maintains that these up-and-coming technologies have massive potential to combat inequality, in line with the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Agenda. To find out more, UN News's Elma Okic caught up with Ms. Adams at the AI For Good Summit in Geneva earlier this month.

News in Brief 24 July 2023

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UN chief lends support to tackle global hunger.Sudan: At least 435 children killed and 2025 injured says UNICEFWHO: 20,000 deaths a year from drowning are ‘entirely preventable' in Europe

News in Brief 21 July 2023

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UN expert demands end to mass detention and child separation in northeast Syria WHO warns of Dengue increase amidst changing climate patternsWFP warns of ripple effects of Sudan across West and Central Africa

Mandela understood freedom is a constant struggle: Veteran US diplomat Andrew Young

Play Episode Listen Later Jul 20, 2023 0:11

Nelson Mandela was a giant of the anti-apartheid struggle in South Africa and the country's first democratically elected President, but he also had a wonderful sense of humour.That is just one of the recollections of American politician and activist Andrew Young, a former US Ambassador to the UN and friend of the man who was affectionately known as Madiba, his Xhosa clan name.Mr. Young was US Ambassador in the late 1970s, when Mr. Mandela was still serving out a lifetime sentence for treason before being released in 1990 after 27 years in prison.Mr. Young, 91, was back at the UN on Thursday for the official commemoration of Nelson Mandela International Day.  He spoke to UN News's Dianne Penn.  

The short and sweet of the aspartame debate: No cause for alarm

Play Episode Listen Later Jul 20, 2023 0:07

The artificial sweetener aspartame that's widely used in fizzy drinks has just been classified as “possibly” cancer-causing by UN scientists - but there's no cause for alarm.That's the key message from the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), whose assessment of aspartame was carried out on behalf of the World Health Organization (WHO), by an expert panel of nutritional epidemiology and nutritional toxicology scientists.With more details on what these findings mean for all of us, UN News's Daniel Johnson spoke to IARC's Mary Schubauer-Berigan, who's head of the agency's Monographs Programme.

News in Brief 20 July 2023

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UN condemns attacks on Odesa PortUNHCR: Rohingya refugees face more hunger as aid cuts biteUNODC partners with Royal Foundation to combat illegal wildlife crime

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News in Brief 19 July 2023

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UN Secretary-General urges regulation of AI at inaugural security council meetingUnitaid: Close to one million deaths by 2035 if TB prevention is not implemented.UN Women team up with FIFA to promote gender equality

News in Brief 18 July 2023

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Health risks on the rise as heatwave intensifies across Europe: WMOChild vaccination makes unequal post-COVID recovery across regions: WHO, UNICEFMore than 90 per cent of world's women live in countries with large gender gap: UNDP, UN Women

News in Brief 17 July 2023

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Honour Mandela's legacy by fighting for equality and justice, says UN chiefRussia: UN experts call for release of journalist Evan GershkovichDevastating violations against Indigenous Peoples' rights must stop: Türk

No room for complacency in the fight to end AIDS by 2030

Play Episode Listen Later Jul 14, 2023 0:06

As the deadline to end the AIDS epidemic by 2030 approaches, urgent action is needed to accelerate efforts.The latest report by UNAIDS highlights the critical role of strong political leadership, and a comprehensive response, to address emerging challenges and ensure progress towards achieving this ambitious global goal.UN News's Anshu Sharma in India spoke to Eamonn Murphy, UNAIDS Regional Director for Asia Pacific, Eastern Europe and Central Asia.Warning against complacency, he said countries must leverage innovative solutions that are now available, and modernize their response, to target the people most at risk today. 

News in Brief 14 July 2023

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Sudan: Thousands may die due to healthcare disruptions: WHOChildren's deaths on central Mediterranean route have doubled this year: UNICEF165 million newly impoverished in past three years: UNDP

‘The value of human life is dissipating'

Play Episode Listen Later Jul 14, 2023 0:07

Fresh allegations of crimes against humanity in Sudan's Darfur are the latest indication that the world is failing to live up to the promise of “never again” forged in the ashes of the Second World War.Special Adviser to the UN Secretary-General on the Prevention of Genocide, Alice Wairimu Nderitu, sat down with UN News's Sandra Miller to warn against risk factors for atrocity crimes in a rising number of countries, including Sudan, as the brutal conflict between rival militaries continues there.She also described the framework of analysis for atrocity crimes which allows the UN to assess situations and sound the alarm, with hate speech as both a key indicator and trigger of genocide.

UNAIDS calls on governments to work closely with communities to end AIDS.

Play Episode Listen Later Jul 13, 2023 0:06

A new publication released today by UNAIDS shows that bringing the pandemic to a close by 2030, is possible, provided governments make the right political and financial choices.The Path that Ends AIDS, contains data and case studies which highlight the way out, and shows that countries and leaders who have committed to the fight, are achieving extraordinary results.For more insight on the new report and how governments and communities can collaborate to end the disease once and for all, UN News's Pauline Batista spoke to Dr. Angeli Achrekar, Deputy Executive Director for the Programme Branch at UNAIDS. 

News in Brief 13 July 2023

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UN chief condemns North Korea missile launchSudan: Türk calls for investigation over at least 87 buried in mass grave in West Darfur Ending AIDS by 2030 a “political and financial choice”: UNAIDS

News in Brief 12 July 2023

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‘Crushing' debt crisis spells development disaster for billions: UN chiefTürk: Accountability needed for ‘shocking' violations by Russian forces in UkraineSand and dust storms know no borders: global action needed, says UN

News in Brief 11 July 2023

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Sudan crisis: Thousands continue to flee Darfurs seeking safety in Chad, warn UN aid teams Financial distress affects eight in 10 of Ukraine's displaced, warns UN migration agencyUN rights chief calls for respect as States gather to discuss Quran burning stunt

Latest summer heat record, a taste of things to come warns top UN meteorologist

Play Episode Listen Later Jul 10, 2023 0:05

Average global temperatures reached record levels on land and sea last month, the UN World Meteorological Organization (WMO) said on Monday.The WMO announcement follows a report from the European Union's Copernicus Climate Change Service declaring record global temperatures that extended into the first week of July, breaking the previous record set in August 2016.There's little doubt among UN scientists that higher-than-normal temperatures will come at a cost, with negative impacts expected in fishing grounds and knock-on climate emergencies, such as hurricanes, tropical cyclones, heavy rains and drought. For more insight on the global temperature spike and a look ahead to weather trends for the rest of the year, UN News's Nancy Sarkis spoke to Dr. Omar Baddour, who's Chief of Climate Monitoring at WMO in Geneva. 

News in Brief 10 July 2023

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Temperatures off the charts, but more records are to come: WMOUkraine: UN deplores killing of civilians during aid distribution Honduras: UN experts deployed to help lay foundation for anti-corruption body

News in Brief 7 July 2023

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Renewal of Black Sea Initiative urgent as consumers await lower food prices: FAOJenin: Soaring needs in aftermath of Israel's military operation: UNRWAUkraine: Support needed to rebuild homes destroyed by war, flooding: UNHCR

News in Brief 6 July 2023

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UN chief says guardrails needed for AI to ‘benefit everyone'Myanmar atrocities and impunity must end: TürkSudan: close to three million displaced

News in Brief 5 July 2023

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Developing countries face $4 trillion investment gap in SDGs: UNCTADIran must end crackdown against protesters: rights expertsYemen: Surge in number of Horn of Africa migrants: IOM

‘Action is the antidote to despair': Joan Baez backs UN push for SDGs

Play Episode Listen Later Jul 5, 2023 0:04

Joan Baez needs no introduction. The legendary artist and peace icon has been inspiring generations of activists for decades to stand up against war, poverty and injustice.While at the UN in Geneva, she sat down with UN News's Daniel Johnson to talk about her earliest encounter with the UN and which of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) resonates the most with her. She pointed to the climate crisis as today's most pressing struggle, warning that “if we don't get it, it's going to get us”.The performer famous for her era-defining rendition of the protest song “We Shall Overcome” also spoke about why in the face of conflict and despair, she continues to choose action and “do her part”.

News in Brief 4 July 2023

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UN chief, humanitarians concerned over Israeli military operation in JeninEl Niño onset likely to bring surging record temperaturesTajikistan: rights experts' concern over sentencing, torture of human rights defenders

News in Brief 3 July 2023

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Climate solidarity urgent to ensure Caribbean states' survival: GuterresUN rights chief tells Governments: “Don't leave the climate crisis for our children to fix” ‘Rewrite the narrative' on food security: FAO

News in Brief 30 June 2023

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 Myanmar: Military's obstruction of humanitarian aid could be international crimeCholera and measles rampant in eastern DRC as health system nears collapseJob guarantee programmes needed to end poverty: top rights expert

News in Brief 29 June 2023

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Universal access to safer water, sanitation and hygiene could save 1.4 million lives: WHOUN-brokered grain and fertilizer accord vital to help alleviate crippling cost-of-living crisis: UNCTAD chief12-month extension of Syria cross-border aid corridor ‘a critical step' UN relief chief

Cost-of-living crunch is not over so we're pushing to keep grain, fertilizer accord alive: UNCTAD

Play Episode Listen Later Jun 29, 2023 0:08

The cost-of-living crisis continues to affect the world's poorest families, which is all the more reason to redouble efforts to push for grain and fertilizer to leave key Black Sea ports, top UN economist Rebeca Grynspan said on Tuesday.Ms. Grynspan, who is Secretary-General of the UN trade and development body UNCTAD, said although “there are things that are very difficult to solve… the UN will not spare any effort in trying to make this continue working for the future”. Before 18 July – when a 60-day extension of the Black Sea Initiative by Russia is set to expire – Ms. Grynspan told UN News's Daniel Johnson she'd likely head to Moscow to continue negotiations.

Meet the rights expert urging legal recognition for climate crisis ‘refugees'

Play Episode Listen Later Jun 28, 2023 0:05

In 2020 alone, over 30 million people were displaced from their homes due to weather-related events, mainly devastating droughts. But those who cross national borders to flee climate change-related disasters are not recognized as refugees under international law.The first-ever UN Special Rapporteur on human rights in the context of climate change, Ian Fry, sat down with UN News's Dominika Tomaszewska-Mortimer as he prepared to present his report to the Human Rights Council in Geneva this week. He talked about his call for full legal protection for people displaced by the climate crisis and how the private sector could help finance a “loss and damage fund” to support countries buckling under the effects of our warming planet. Special Rapporteurs and other independent rights experts are appointed by the UN Human Rights Council. They are not UN staff and do not receive a salary for their work. 

News in Brief 28 June 2023

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Northeastern Nigeria: malnourished children fighting for their livesTop rights expert proposes legal status for millions displaced by climate changeLimiting asylum access leads to rise in trafficking risks: rights expert

News in Brief 27 June 2023

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Ukraine: Russian forces face new allegations of arbitrary detention, torture of civiliansSudan displacement higher than projected, humanitarian access thwartedAfghanistan: rise in suicide attacks against civilians since Taliban takeover

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