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Aspiring human rights lawyers are all winners in test case competition at UN

Law students from 39 universities have been participating this week at the 10th Nelson Mandela World Human Rights Moot Court Competition. Professor Frans Viljoen, Director of the Centre for Human Rights at the University of Pretoria, South Africa, spoke with UN News on how the event helps to reinforce the global fight against impunity.

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News In Brief 20 July 2018

  • Refugee health services on track despite new emergencies: UNHCR
  • Extreme weather grips Scandinavian states, Arctic: WMO
  • Syria returnees must have safe passage home: UNHCR
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News In Brief 19 July 2018

  • UNHCR welcomes deal to end latest migrant stand-off in Mediterranean Sea
  • Two besieged towns evacuated in Syria
  • International Financial and Trade Institutions in focus
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Straight, flared or even as a rug, denim raises fashion to sustainable levels

When people talk about recycling, plastic bottles often come to mind — but what about that favourite old pair of jeans that have grown just a bit too tight?  According to Lori DiVito, recycling denim is a creative way to reach the Sustainable Development Goals  (SDGs)– as she pointed out on the margins of the UN High-Level Political Forum (HLPF) at UN Headquarters in New York this week. Ms. DiVito spoke with UN News.

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News in Brief 18 July 2018

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With land ownership a continuing concern in Darfur, restitution is the ‘right step’

Land ownership remains a major source of intercommunal strife in Sudan’s Darfur region, so those dispossessed should be entitled to restitution, says the UN, in line with the law of the land.  “Restitution policy is the right step to find durable solutions” for those internally displaced, said Pierre Emmanuel Ubalijoro, Chief of the Governance and Community Stabilization Section of the UN and African Union operation in Darfur (UNAMID), in an interview for UN News.

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Accessibility is ‘more than ramps,’ says UN special envoy

Accessibility, especially in today’s urban environments, involves a lot more than installing ramps, in order to ensure that people with disabilities can enjoy the rights they are entitled to, according to Maria Soledad Cisternas Reyes, the UN’s Special Envoy on Disability and Accessibility.  Ms. Cisternas Reyes spoke with UN News.

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‘Every voice, every step, every action, every dollar counts’ towards success of SDGs, says UN goodwill ambassador

Together, “we can find the right answers” for a safer and better world, said a UN goodwill ambassador on Monday, who has been taking part in a major forum at UN Headquarters in New York, on how countries can advance the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). In Facebook live interview, actress Michelle Yeoh, Goodwill Ambassador for UNDP, spoke to Nanette Braun, highlighting the link between poverty and gender inequality, sustainable consumption and participation by youth.

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News in Brief 17 July 2018

  • Nicaraguan State must end demonstrator killings: UN human rights office
  • UN refugee agency appeals over Australia refugee family separation
  • Spain overtakes Italy as number one route for migrants
  • DR Congo Ebola outbreak set to be declared over
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Artificial intelligence expert: UN speaks language of humanity, coders don’t

Artificial intelligence (AI) already plays an increasingly important role in our lives — though we might not know it — but the computer coding behind it doesn’t yet reflect everyone’s needs, a leading tech expert believes. At an International Telecommunications Union (ITU) event, Anastassia Lauterbach told Jens Renner that, with an “open and inclusive” dialogue on AI led by the UN, unexpected harm might result.

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