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News in Brief 14 August 2020

  • UNDP to support economic recovery in Beirut
  • UN chief welcomes UAE-Israel deal to end West Bank annexations
  • WFP warns of food insecurity in DR Congo 
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Solidarity through song: Tongan musician hails Pacific Unite Concert

Pacific communities are coming together through song and music in just a few hours’ time, to help beat back the coronavirus pandemic and assist vulnerable nations in the region build a better future. The Pacific Unite Concert, on Saturday, will be paying tribute to essential workers for their lifesaving effort, and supporting all islanders to play their part in preventing transmission.

One of the musicians taking part is Mia Kami, from Tonga but based in Fiji, who’s also a climate change activist with the 350.org international grassroots movement. 

 

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News in Brief 13 August 2020

  • Access to handwashing facilities, key for safe return to schools
  • UNESCO rallies international community to save historic Beirut culture
  • Nearly 3,000 community health workers trained to aid Haiti COVID response
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News in Brief 12 August 2020

  • COVID creates ‘opportunities for peace’, despite challenges 
  • UN chief urges ‘preservation of peace’ in protest-hit Bolivia
  • WFP chief pledges emergency food support to Lebanon
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News in Brief 11 August 2020

  • Dozens of refugees killed in Beirut blast 
  • Sudan: Violence in Western Darfur force 2,500 into Chad
  • Polio campaigns ramp up in Afghanistan and Pakistan
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Forest protection and tradition inspires young Indian to tackle climate crisis

In early July, the UN Secretary-General António Guterres, announced the names of seven young climate leaders – between the ages of 18 and 28 years old – who will be advising him regularly on how best to accelerate global action and ambition to tackle the worsening climate crisis.

Archana Soreng, from India, was among them, joining a prestigious circle of advocates and activists, as part of the UN’s Youth Strategy aiming to “show the world what bold leadership looks like”. 

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News in Brief 10 August 2020

  • UN will support Lebanon ‘in every possible way’ pledges UN chief
  • UN rights chief warns new Somalia draft law ‘risks legitimizing child marriage’
  • Boosting migrant worker protections during COVID pandemic
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News in Brief 7 August 2020

  • 'Immediate and huge' needs facing Beirut and Lebanon
  • Mauritania shipwreck, another preventable tragedy
  • Lift sanctions 'bringing suffering and death'
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COVID-19: Humanitarian air service to fill ‘crucial gap’ in the Pacific

A new humanitarian air service launched on Thursday will boost COVID-19 response in the Pacific, according to Governments and the World Food Programme (WFP).

Julia Dean of the UN Country Team in Australia spoke to Jo Pilgrim, Director of WFP’s Pacific Multi-Country Office, who explained how the flights will fill a “crucial gap” during the pandemic.

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Two years in the making, rights experts say what protesters can do - and can’t

It’s widely accepted that peaceful protests are a key tool in democratic societies that allow people to put issues on the public agenda. But what is legal – and what is illegal – when it comes to demonstrations around the world? Can you wear a mask, for example?

That’s a question for Christof Heyns, who led discussions on the issue for the UN Human Rights Committee, with Member States and NGOs.

He spoke to UN News’s Daniel Johnson, and explains what the UN panel’s advice is for protesters.

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