Energy of African youth ‘propelling’ new development era as UN ties bear fruit

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The “boundless energy and optimism” of young Africans is propelling the continent into a new era of sustainable development, alongside new partnerships between the UN and African Union.

Around 600,000 Afghan children face death through malnutrition without emergency funds: UNICEF

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DR Congo: ‘No time to lose’ says newly appointed UN Ebola response coordinator 

With the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s worst ever Ebola outbreak now in its tenth month, the United Nations on Thursday announced measures to strengthen its response, with the Organization’s newly appointed Emergency Coordinator (EERC) declaring there is “no time to lose”.

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Thursday’s Daily Brief: Safeguarding civilians, strengthening Ebola response in DR Congo, Fistula Day, Guterres condemns CAR attacks and Syria update

Thursday’s main stories include: Better safeguards to protect civilians in conflict; UN ramps up coordination to beat Ebola in DR Congo; Obstetric fistula continues to afflict women; UN chief strongly condemns attack in Central African Republic 

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‘Great cause of concern’ UN chief tells Security Council, surveying 'bleak' state of civilian protection

Marking 20 years since the UN Security Council added the protection of civilians to its agenda, Secretary-General António Guterres told the chamber on Thursday that while safeguards were stronger, “compliance has deteriorated”.  

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End ‘shame, isolation and segregation’ of fistula sufferers, urges UN reproductive health chief

Although obstetric fistula has largely been eliminated in developed countries, more than two million women and girls still live with the painful and disfiguring condition, according to UN data.

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Somalia’s population, international partners must be energized to sustain country’s ‘upward trajectory,’ says senior UN official

Despite Somalia’s persistent security threats, recurrent political crises, capacity constraints and the difficulties in navigating political obstacles to its reform agenda, the Horn of Africa country remains on a “positive trajectory,” the UN Security Council was told on Wednesday.

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