Tuesday’s Daily Brief: Human Rights Day, Samoa measles, COP25, economic slowdown, Myanmar at ICJ

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A recap of Tuesday’s stories includes a day of activism on Human Rights Day; 70 Samoan lives now claimed by measles; COP25 news roundup from Madrid; global trade on the slide; and legal proceedings begin at the ICJ against Myanmar, as Aung San Suu Kyi prepares to defend her country against genocide allegations.

Human Rights Day celebrates ‘tremendous activism’ of the world’s young people

Samoa measles outbreak claims 70 lives, majority are children under five

UN chief urges emergency fund support as one of the ‘most effective investments’ in humanitarian action

UN Photo/Violaine Martin

‘World has failed’ victims of genocide too often: Guterres

Too often, “the world has failed” populations under threat of genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes and ethnic cleansing, Secretary-General António Guterres said in his message for the International Day of Commemoration and Dignity of the Victims of Genocide on Monday.

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Monday’s Daily Brief: increasing inequality, human rights and climate, civil war crimes, Ethiopia reforms

New UN development report warns global inequality breeding a “new generation of inequalities”; human rights linked to climate change by senior UN official; intentional starvation in civil wars classified as a war crime, UN rights expert calls for Ethiopia reform support.

UN Photo/Evan Schneider

UN Assembly calls on all States to observe Olympic Truce throughout Tokyo Summer Games

The General Assembly on Monday urged United Nations Member States to observe the Olympic Truce – the ancient Greek tradition calling for the cessation of hostilities before, during and after the Games – in the context of next year’s Olympic and Paralympic Games in Tokyo, Japan.

World Bank/Nonie Reyes

COP25: Global investors urge countries to meet climate action goals

More than 630 investors who collectively manage over $37 trillion in assets are calling on governments across the world to step up action to address climate change and achieve the goals of the Paris Agreement. 

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Inequality threatening human development, new global UN report warns

Despite global progress in tackling poverty, hunger and disease, a “new generation of inequalities” indicates that many societies are not working as they should, the UN Development Programme (UNDP) argues in its latest report released on Monday. 

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