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News in Brief 18 September 2018

  • Myanmar crimes were worse than we expected, says UN investigator
  • 900,000 people affected by typhoon Mangkhut, say UN aid agencies
  • More countries should take in refugees after US decision to cut quota: UNHCR
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Deaths of over 6 million children preventable or treatable: UN report

Millions of children are still dying from preventable or treatable causes, despite huge progress in child mortality rates over the past 25 years.

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Preschoolers board the sustainability train at the UN, care of beloved children’s characters

Actress Olivia Wilde came to the UN Headquarters in New York to take part in the launch of a new UN collaboration with toy company Mattel, Inc., that introduces the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to preschoolers, through nine new episodes of the animated children’s series, Thomas & Friends. She shared with Liz Scaffidi her thoughts on the new episodes.

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News in Brief 17 September 2018

  • Women seen as ‘spoils’ of conflict in South Sudan
  • FAO report links agricultural trade, climate change and food security
  • UN experts ask Rights Council for response to ‘appalling’ verdicts against protesters in Egypt
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22-year gap in life expectancy between Norway and Niger, new UN development report reveals

There is a 22-year difference in life-expectancy between the people of Norway, and those of the impoverished nation of Niger in Africa, according to new data revealed on Friday in the UNDP Human Development Index (HDI).  Selim Jahan, of the UN Development Programme (UNDP), who directs t he office which compiled the report, spoke to UN News's Fatima E. Mendez.

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New UN Ombudsman has been listening to problems ‘all my life’

With eight days on the job, Shireen Dodson, the new UN Ombudsman, did not set out to become a career mediator, but began to master the basics as a young child, when she diplomatically negotiated between her divorced parents. In an interview with UN News, she told Liz Scaffidi why she feels the role is a great fit, and how she hopes to boost collaboration and partnerships across the UN.

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World Food Programme outlines preparations for besieged civilians of Idlib

With the UN imploring those fighting in Syria’s civil war and the countries backing them to prevent a “bloodbath” in the last rebel-held enclave of Idlib, the World Food Programme (WFP) is doing all it can to help civilians cope in the event of an offensive. Marwa Awad, Spokesperson for WFP in Syria, told Nabil Al Midani, from UN News’s Arabic service, what they were doing to safeguard families in the line of fire.

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News in Brief 14 September 2018

  • Mortar attack on WFP silo in Yemen ‘could affect vital aid deliveries to millions’
  • DR Congo: new cases of deadly Ebola virus, as UN steps up response
  • UN tackles contaminated wells, boreholes in Zimbabwe, as cholera strikes, killing 25
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PODCAST: For effective suicide prevention, we must ‘break the taboo’

The World Health Organization (WHO) reports that about 800,000 people died in 2016 by their own hand, mostly in low- and middle-income countries. In this episode of our Lid is On podcast, Yasmina Guerda spoke to WHO’s focal point for suicide prevention, Dr. Alexandra Fleischmann, and to Sheilla Akwara, a singer from Kenya and suicide survivor, now working with youth to share messages of hope.

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News in Brief 13 September 2018

  • Hailed as an ‘exceptional global leader’, former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan laid to rest in Ghana
  • UN human rights chief calls on countries to do more to prevent genocide
  • Yemen: Humanitarian situation in Hudaydah continues to deteriorate ‘dramatically’ – UN official
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