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One million facing food shortages, nutrition crisis after Mozambique cyclones: UNICEF (Mo, 16 Sep 2019)
Such was the extent of devastation caused by two back-to-back cyclones in Mozambique earlier this year, nearly one million people, including 160,000 children under five, are still facing food shortages and a nutrition crisis, the UN children’s agency, UNICEF, said on Monday.
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Monday’s Daily Brief: Ozone layer heals, 'regional conflagration' risk rises over oilfield attacks, South Sudan update, Myanmar genocide threat remains (Mon, 16 Sep 2019)
A recap of Monday’s top stories: The ozone layer is on track to repair; Instability rises over oilfield attacks in Saudi Arabia; General Assembly chief Espinosa bows out; Disaster and conflict displace thousands in Asia Pacific; Sexual violence unpunished in South Sudan; Genocide threat remains for Rohingya.
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‘Champion for multilateralism’ readies to hand over UN General Assembly gavel (Mon, 16 Sep 2019)
Through consultation, collaboration and consensus, the UN chief on Monday described outgoing President of the General Assembly, María Fernanda Espinosa, as “a champion for multilateralism” who had succeeded in making the United Nations “relevant to all”.
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Attack on Saudi facilities risks dragging Yemen into ‘regional conflagration’: UN Envoy (Mon, 16 Sep 2019)
Attacks against oil facilities in Saudi Arabia over the weekend, claimed by rebel fighters in Yemen, are a sign that the war-torn country could be drawn into even greater conflict, the top United Nations official there told the Security Council on Monday.
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Ozone on track to heal completely in our lifetime, UN environment agency declares on World Day. (Mon, 16 Sep 2019)
At the current momentum, scientists predict the planet’s protective shield of gas - or ozone layer as we know it - will be completely healed as far as some regions of the planet are concerned, by the 2030’s, the UN’s environmental agency (UNEP) revealed on Monday.
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Genocide threat for Myanmar’s Rohingya greater than ever, investigators warn Human Rights Council (Mon, 16 Sep 2019)
Hundreds of thousands of ethnic Rohingya who remain in Myanmar may face a greater threat of genocide than ever, amid Government attempts to “erase their identity and remove them from the country”, UN-appointed independent investigators said on Monday.
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UN General Assembly: Here are the 5 big summits to watch for (Mon, 16 Sep 2019)
It’s that time again, when the eyes of the world turn to New York, as world leaders fly into the city to take part in the General Debate that marks the opening of the latest session of the UN General Assembly, or UNGA.
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Guterres calls for ‘maximum restraint’ following drone assault on key Saudi oil facility (Sun, 15 Sep 2019)
The UN Secretary-General appealed on Sunday for “maximum restraint" following a wave of drone attacks claimed by Houthi rebels in Yemen, against two Saudi Arabian-based petroleum processing facilities, which threaten to disrupt global oil supplies. 
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UN chief urges ‘active, substantive and meaningful participation’ on International Day of Democracy (Sun, 15 Sep 2019)
On the International Day of Democracy, the United Nations chief urged each Government to respect its citizens’ right to “meaningful participation” in the political process.
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In The Bahamas, Guterres sees impact of ‘Category Hell’ hurricane, ‘powered by climate change’  (Sun, 15 Sep 2019)
The UN chief saw for himself the deadly power of Hurricane Dorian on the shattered islands of Abaco and Grand Bahama on Saturday, describing it as more like a “Category Hell” disaster, than the official Category 5 designation used by meteorologists. 
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In visit to hurricane-ravaged Bahamas, UN chief calls for greater action to address climate change (Sat, 14 Sep 2019)
World leaders attending the upcoming UN Climate Action Summit are being urged to show up armed not with speeches but with plans to achieve carbon neutrality, reduce emissions and improve adaptation.
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UNESCO food and culture forum dishes up fresh serving of SDGs (Fri, 13 Sep 2019)
Strengthening cultural heritage and culture-related food practices boosts social inclusion, economic development and well-being, the UN’s deputy culture chief told participants at the UNESCO agency’s World Forum on the matter, on Friday.
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UN General Assembly celebrates 20 years of promoting a culture of peace (Fri, 13 Sep 2019)
Just as the greatest global challenges cannot be solved by a single country, peace cannot be pursued in isolation, outgoing UN General Assembly President María Fernanda Espinosa said on Friday.
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Friday’s Daily Brief: 12 million may miss school, Bangladesh and Mali updates, Kenya’s malaria vaccine, land degradation pact (Fri, 13 Sep 2019)
A recap of Friday’s top stories: 12 million children may never go to school; Monsoon rains crush Rohingya shelters; 3.9 million Malians in need of humanitarian aid; Kenya launches malaria vaccine; and agreement made to neutralize land degradation.
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Delhi Declaration: Countries agree to make ‘land degradation neutrality’ by 2030, a national target for action (Fri, 13 Sep 2019)
A major UN conference on fighting desertification agreed on Friday to make the Sustainable Development Goal target of achieving “land degradation neutrality” (LDN), a national target for action.
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Around 12 million children may never see a classroom, UN data reveals (Fri, 13 Sep 2019)
New data published by the United Nations cultural agency on Friday, reveals that without taking urgent measures, around 12 million young children will never set foot inside a school, with girls facing “the greatest barriers”.
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Monsoon destroys Rohingya shelters, sparking record UN emergency food agency response in Bangladesh (Fri, 13 Sep 2019)
Unusually heavy monsoon rains have inundated shelters in refugee camps in southern Bangladesh creating “havoc”, the World Food Programme (WFP) said on Friday, as it launched its biggest emergency response of the year for displaced Rohingya families.
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Thursday’s Daily Brief: Religious site protection, South-South Cooperation, ‘UNComplicated’ airs, West Bank threat, vaccination, Hong Kong update (Thu, 12 Sep 2019)
A recap of Thursday’s top stories: UN Chief’s global call to safeguard religious sites; South-South Cooperation ‘accelerates’ towards SDGs; Guterres on West Bank annexation threat; WHO says one in 10 children not getting proper vaccines; Protestor protection call over Hong Kong; New ‘UNComplicated’ podcast launches.
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Annexing Jordan Valley would end ‘illusion’ of a meaningful two-State solution: UN rights expert (Thu, 12 Sep 2019)
Israel’s intention to annex the Jordan Valley is illegal and threatens chances for a meaningful two-State solution with the Palestinians, a UN independent human rights expert has said.
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UNcomplicating the UN: a new podcast is born over coffee in New York (Thu, 12 Sep 2019)
This week, just in time for #UNGA74, UN News is launching a brand-new podcast which grew out of a conversation in a coffee shop, between our hosts, Sinduja Srinivasan, and Jason DeWall.
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‘Reaffirm the sanctity’ of religious sites, says Guterres, launching new plan to ‘counter hate and violence’ (Thu, 12 Sep 2019)
Amidst a global call by Secretary-General António Guterres to “reaffirm the sanctity” of religious sites and keep worshippers safe, the UN Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC) on Thursday launched a new plan of action to “counter hate and violence around the globe”.
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South-South Cooperation ‘accelerates’ us toward 2030 goals, UN Chief says on International Day (Thu, 12 Sep 2019)
Collaboration among countries of the global south offers a “unique pathway” that accelerates us towards the key 2030 sustainable development targets, UN Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres, told a commemorative event for South-South Cooperation (SSC) on Thursday.
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Wednesday’s Daily Brief: ‘Appalling’ conditions in Syria camp, precarious SDG progress, South Sudan, Palestine refugees and mining in Mongolia (Wed, 11 Sep 2019)
A recap of Wednesday’s top stories: ‘Inhumane conditions’ in Syria’s Al Hol camp worsening; SDG progress risks going backward; food insecurity in South Sudan; Arab League petitioned to support Palestine refugees; and mining in Mongolia should boost development.
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Climate crisis could see ‘collapse’ of some economies without diversification, warns UN trade chief (Wed, 11 Sep 2019)
Climate change poses an “existential threat to commodity-dependent developing countries”, the United Nation’s trade chief said on Wednesday, pointing to a newly released report highlighting the need to diversify economies and exports.
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SDG progress ‘in danger’ of going backwards without change in direction, new UN report reveals (Wed, 11 Sep 2019)
The current worldwide sustainable development model is threatening to reverse years of progress, if strategies don’t drastically change, an independent group of scientists has concluded in a major new report launched on Wednesday.
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UN report on Syria conflict highlights inhumane detention of women and children (Wed, 11 Sep 2019)
As the people of north-west Syria face intensifying violence, tens of thousands of women and children continue to be kept in “inhumane conditions” in a remote camp on the other side of the country, UN-appointed independent investigators said on Wednesday.
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Is the world living up to its climate commitments? (Wed, 11 Sep 2019)
As the United Nations gears up for the September Climate Action Summit in New York, one of its most high-profile climate conferences in recent times, what progress is the world making in tackling the climate crisis, and how is that progress being measured?
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UN health agency spotlights stalled effort to close health divide across Europe, in new report (Wed, 11 Sep 2019)
Progress on equal access to a healthy life for all, is at a standstill across Europe, a new report by the World Health Organization (WHO) revealed on Tuesday, despite their being a clear path to close gaps in national care.
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‘All efforts must be made’ to ensure peaceful elections for Guinea-Bissau, Security Council hears (Tue, 10 Sep 2019)
Since the inauguration of Guinea-Bissau’s new Government in July, the political arena has been dominated by preparation for presidential elections, the assistant chief for UN peacekeeping operations in Africa told the Security Council on Tuesday, briefing members on the state of the nation, and the UN peacebuilding office there (UNIOGBIS).
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Tuesday's Daily Brief: Afghanistan ‘direct talks’ needed, Nicaragua rights crisis, Bangladesh monsoon and Libya detainees latest, Dorian update (Tue, 10 Sep 2019)
A recap of Monday’s top stories: All Afghans must participate in peace process; Nicaragua’s rights crisis can be resolved says Bachelet; Rohingya refugees impacted by monsoon rains; Libya detainees to be evacuated to Rwanda; and multiple donors show solidarity with the Bahamas.
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