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Peace dividend palpable in South Sudan, but ‘grassroots’ are moving faster than elites, says Shearer (Di, 25 Jun 2019)
The peace dividend from last year’s ceasefire in South Sudan is palpable, but political elites need to follow the example set by local communities on the ground if lasting progress is to be achieved, said the top UN official in the country on Tuesday.
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Syria: Ease suffering, save lives, UN Emergency Relief Coordinator tells Security Council (Tue, 25 Jun 2019)
“Week after week, month after month, year after year”, the Security Council has been briefed on Syria’s humanitarian suffering, and on Tuesday, the UN’s Emergency Relief Coordinator once again described “the latest horror facing civilians”, pleading for greater humanitarian access.
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Security Council approves ‘historic’ political Haiti mission, ending UN peacekeeping role in the country (Tue, 25 Jun 2019)
The Security Council on Monday approved a resolution to create a UN “Integrated Office” in Haiti, designed to support the country’s government in strengthening political stability and good governance. The Office, named BINUH, will replace the 15-year long peacekeeping mission, MINUJUSTH, on October 16.
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Tuesday’s Daily Brief: funding for Palestine refugees, families today, tech surveillance (Tue, 25 Jun 2019)
This Tuesday, we cover: a key fundraising conference for the UN Palestine refugee agency (UNRWA); a new UN report on families in 2019-2020; a call by an independent human rights expert to ban surveillance technology; 20,000 migrants rescued in the Sahara; and malnutrition in India.
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World faces ‘climate apartheid’ risk, 120 more million in poverty: UN expert (Tue, 25 Jun 2019)
Climate change “threatens to undo the last 50 years” of development, global health and poverty reduction, a United Nations expert said on Tuesday, citing the risk of a new era of “climate apartheid” where the rich buy their way out of rising heat and hunger.
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UN chief praises impact of Palestine refugee agency as ‘our common success’, at key pledging conference (Tue, 25 Jun 2019)
The work of the UN body responsible for assisting Palestine refugees, UNRWA, which has allowed millions of children to receive an education that promotes UN values of human rights and tolerance, as well as democracy and conflict resolution, should be viewed “not only as our common responsibility, but as our common success”, said Secretary-General António Guterres on Tuesday.
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FROM THE FIELD: Changing world, changing families (Tue, 25 Jun 2019)
The world is changing rapidly and so are families according to the United Nations gender-focused agency, UN Women.
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Moratorium call on surveillance technology to end ‘free-for-all’ abuses: UN expert (Tue, 25 Jun 2019)
Surveillance technology should be banned immediately until “effective” national or international controls are put in place to lessen its harmful impact, a UN-appointed independent rights expert said on Tuesday.
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New UN report on families in a changing world puts ‘women’s rights at their core’ (Tue, 25 Jun 2019)
While women’s rights have advanced over the decades, gender inequalities and other fundamental human rights violations within families persist, according to a flagship study released on Tuesday, from the UN’s gender empowerment agency.
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Security Council urges ‘maximum restraint’ around Gulf region as Iran and United States trade diplomatic blows in New York (Mon, 24 Jun 2019)
There is a need for “genuine regional dialogue” to address rising tensions in the Gulf, Iran’s Ambassador to the United Nations said on Monday, calling on Secretary-General António Guterres “to play a role” in bringing countries to the table.
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Monday’s Daily Brief: human rights in the Near East and a Forum for Refugees (Mon, 24 Jun 2019)
Monday’s top stories include: human rights issues in Syria, Iraq and the Occupied Palestinian Territory; a global forum to find coordinated solutions to the plight of refugees worldwide; the election of the new head of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization.
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‘Wanton destruction’ in Sudan’s Darfur region, ‘blatant violation’ of international law (Mon, 24 Jun 2019)
The looting and destruction of UN food relief agency premises and property in Sudan, has prompted the UN-African Union mission in Darfur (UNAMID) and UN Country Team, to condemn the assault as a “blatant violation of international humanitarian law”.
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Don’t take African generosity towards refugees for granted, says UN refugee chief (Mon, 24 Jun 2019)
The international community must not take the generosity of Africans for granted, UN refugee chief, Filippo Grandi, told an informal meeting of Security Council members at UN Headquarters in New York on Monday.
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Government internet ban leaves parts of Myanmar ‘in a blackout’, UN expert calls for immediate lifting (Mon, 24 Jun 2019)
With “no media access” in parts of the country and “serious restrictions” on humanitarian organizations, the United Nations expert on the situation of human rights in Myanmar urged the Government on Monday to “reverse its decision” and lift the mobile internet ban.
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FROM THE FIELD: Children in warzones denied right to education  (Mon, 24 Jun 2019)
Millions of children around the world are being denied a “safe place to learn”, due to ongoing conflicts according to the UN Children’s Fund, UNICEF.
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Statelessness for terrorists’ families, never an acceptable option, urges UN rights chief (Mon, 24 Jun 2019)
Thousands of suspected foreign ISIL terrorist fighters and their families who are being held in detention in Syria and Iraq, must be treated fairly by their captors and taken back by their home countries, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights said on Monday.
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Assassinations in Ethiopia amidst regional ‘coup’ attempt, condemned by UN chief (Sun, 23 Jun 2019)
The assassination of the chief of staff of the Ethiopian army and killing of a regional governor in what the Government has described as a regional coup attempt, has been condemned by the UN Secretary-General. 
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It’s time we took a seat ‘at your table’: Guterres calls on world youth to keep leading climate emergency response (Sun, 23 Jun 2019)
Older generations have “failed to respond properly” to the climate emergency said the UN chief on Sunday, while the young are “stepping up to the challenge” and taking the lead to slow the destructive pace of global warming. 
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Ensure that widows are ‘not left out or left behind’, UN chief urges on International Day  (Sun, 23 Jun 2019)
On International Widow’s Day, marked on Sunday, UN Secretary-General António Guterres is asking everyone to reflect on the “economic hardship and increased vulnerability” of these bereaved women and ensure “they are not left out or left behind”. 
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In Venezuela, Bachelet calls on Government to release prisoners, appeals for ‘bold steps towards compromise’ (Sat, 22 Jun 2019)
Speaking at the end of the first-ever official mission to Venezuela by a UN human rights chief, Michelle Bachelet called on the Government to release all those detained for peacefully protesting and announced that a team from her office would remain in Caracas to monitor the human rights situation. 
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Friday’s Daily Brief: ending harassment at work, Khashoggi interview, Yemen food aid, updates on Eritrea, North Korea (Fri, 21 Jun 2019)
This Friday: Worldwide violence and harassment ban at work; WFP partially pulls Yemen aid to stem food theft; crackdown on Catholics in Eritrea; Central African Republic food crisis deepens, and much more.
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Over 80 per cent of schools in anglophone Cameroon shut down, as conflict worsens (Fri, 21 Jun 2019)
More than 80 per cent of schools in the English-speaking North-West and South-West regions of Cameroon are closed, as the security situation and living conditions continue to deteriorate due to the three-year conflict between the Government and armed groups, the UN Children’s Fund, UNICEF, reported on Friday.
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Righting a wrong: UN Fund helps thousands of sex abuse survivors rebuild their lives (Fri, 21 Jun 2019)
About 3,340 women, children and men, many of whom are victims, have been given support to recover from or help put an end to the scourge of sexual exploitation or abuse (SEA) by United Nations personnel, thanks to a Trust Fund established in 2016. On Friday, a meeting was held at UN Headquarters in New York, to report on the progress and impact made, and collect new pledges from Member States.
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Crackdown on Christians in Eritrea spurs UN expert to press Government 'to live up to its international commitments' (Fri, 21 Jun 2019)
Cracking down on Catholic Church activities, arbitrary arrest and imprisonment of Orthodox and other Christian congregation members in Eritrea, prompted a call from a UN independent rights expert on Friday for the Government to respect citizens' freedom of religion and to “release those who have been imprisoned for their religious beliefs”.
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UN food agency begins ‘last resort’ partial withdrawal of aid to opposition-held Yemeni capital (Fri, 21 Jun 2019)
The World Food Programme (WFP), the UN’s emergency food relief agency, confirmed on Friday in a statement that it has started a "partial suspension" of aid to areas of Yemen controlled by Houthi opposition forces, including the capital, Sana’a.
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Syria: ‘Deplorable’ violence in Idlib against civilians, humanitarian workers must ‘stop immediately’: UN Coordinator (Fri, 21 Jun 2019)
Acts of violence against civilians, humanitarian workers and civilian infrastructure in Idlib are “deplorable”, the United Nations Regional Humanitarian Coordinator for the Syria Crisis said on Friday, condemning them “in the strongest terms”.    
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Guterres hails historic Convention banning violence and harassment at work (Fri, 21 Jun 2019)
A landmark international agreement banning violence and harassment in the workplace has been applauded by UN Secretary-General António Guterres, after it was adopted on Friday at the International Labour Organization’s Centenary Conference in Geneva.
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Despite peace deal, Central African Republic’s population faces daily acts of violence, UN envoy warns (Fri, 21 Jun 2019)
Although the Government of the Central African Republic (CAR), armed groups and civil society representatives are all taking part in the process that followed the signing of a deal signed in February, civilians continue to suffer daily acts of violence, the top UN official in the country told the Security Council on Thursday. 
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Khashoggi murder ‘an international crime’, says UN-appointed rights investigator: Special in-depth UN News interview (Fri, 21 Jun 2019)
In an interview with UN News, Special Rapporteur Agnes Callamard recounted her nearly week-long mission to Turkey searching for the truth surrounding the death of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi, who was killed inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul last October.
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Thursday's Daily Brief: World Refugee Day, Middle East peace marred, Epilepsy report, Cities #WithRefugees initiative and Ebola-response funding gap in DR Congo (Thu, 20 Jun 2019)
This Thursday, we cover: World Refugee Day, Peace in the Middle East marred by obstacles, UN health agency’s report on epilepsy, UN refugee agency update on Cities #WithRefugees initiative and World Health Organization’s flags Ebola-response funding gap in DR Congo.
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