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News in Brief 19 July 2019

  • Hottest June on record – it's official
  • Don’t panic, support DRC in fight against deadly Ebola virus, UN health agency urges
  • One in two Venezuelan families on the move face ‘drastic’ choices to survive
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Ebola ‘not top of people’s agenda’ in DRC communities, says UN health agency

An Ebola virus outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo has already killed more than 1,700 people since last August, but communities there are more worried about measles and basic services, says the World Health Organization (WHO). In an interview with UN News’s Daniel Johnson, Dr. Margaret Harris explains how the added focus on DRC since the outbreak was declared an international emergency earlier this week, could be an opportunity to do much more to help people in the longer term.

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News in Brief 18 July 2019

  • UN independent experts urge Italy to stop 'criminalising' migrant rescues 
  • In Myanmar, girls trafficked abroad for sex work, says UN independent expert
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Head of UN’s most populous region calls for more progress on Sustainable Development Goals

Professor Armida Salsiah Alisjahbana  Executive Secretary of ESCAP) has warned that her region is set to miss all of the 17 SDGs which underpin the 2030 Agenda.

Ms. Alisjahbana was speaking to Conor Lennon from UN News in New York, and she began by outlining the message that she wants to get across during her time at UN Headquarters.

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News in Brief 17 July 2019

  • It’s time to find and arrest remaining war crimes fugitives – UN prosecutor
  • Politicization of migrant ‘crisis’ in Hungary making them scapegoats, rights expert warns
  • Ethnic Russians reach out to other indigenous groups at UN forum
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Shadows of exclusion, social stigma, darken road to sustainable development

Discriminatory laws cast “long shadows” of exclusion, subordination and social stigma, and we must commit to breaking down the barriers these laws can create, to embrace “inclusivity”.  That’s according to Justice Edwin Cameron, appointed by Nelson Mandela as the first openly gay Judge on South Africa’s Constitutional Court, and widely seen as a hero for his fight to end all forms of inequality and exclusion.

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‘Exciting and potentially defining’ moment for Sudan, with people ‘taking power back’, says top UN Adviser

With Sudan so much at the centre of the whole “volatile” Horn of Africa region, its political fate will have major “implications for a number of other quite vulnerable” neighbouring countries, according to the UN’s Special Adviser on the country. Nicholas Haysom, was recently in New York, and in an interview with UN News, spoke about how “resolving the Sudanese crisis would generate stability” for the entire region. 

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News in Brief 16 July 2019

  • Ebola emergency meeting to go ahead as UNICEF warns of higher risk to very youngest children
  • Small island communities face combat between hunger and obesity 
  • Yemen’s warring sides agree to reinforce ceasefire on key Red Sea port
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UN agricultural development chief on 'State of Food Security and Nutrition' report

The newly launched "State of Food Security and Nutrition" report gives an updated estimate of the number of hungry people in the world. It also provides the latest data on child stunting and wasting as well as on adult and child obesity. Gilbert Houngbo, President of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) spoke to Jérôme Longué of UN News, before the launch.

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News in Brief 15 July 2019

  • Over 820 million people suffering from hunger, new UN report reveals
  • ‘Complacency’ a factor in stagnation of global vaccination rates, warn UN health chiefs
  • We won’t get to zero cases of Ebola without a big scale-up in funding, warns UN emergency relief chief
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