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Acute hunger “intensifies” across the globe, say UN agencies

Around 124 million people in 51 countries were affected by acute food insecurity during the course of last year, according to the latest edition of the Global Report on Food Crises

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Podcast Classics: Marlon Brando highlights “life and death” value of fresh flowing water

It’s World Water Day, and we’re bringing you a double-bill for this edition of our Podcast Classics series, kicking off with the legendary actor, Marlon Brando, narrating the story of how the UN Technical Assistance Administration brought a “pure, sweet, flowing” supply of water to one Bolivian village.

As the International Decade for Action on water for sustainable development gets under way here at the UN, we also look back at the 1950s struggle to provide access to clean running water in El Salvador.

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News in Brief 22 March 2018

  • Water “is a matter of life and death”: UN chief
  • Attack on UN camp in Mali condemned by MINUSMA chief
  • UN deputy chief lauds “great potential” of Liberia to “achieve lasting stability”
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News in Brief 21 March 2018

  • No justification for deadly Afghanistan bombing: UNAMA chief
  • UN agriculture agency (FAO) appeals for $236 million to support drought-affected cattle farmers in Somalia
  • FAO urges investment in urban forests
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'Conflicting trends' see journalists under fire as global struggle for media freedom continues

Just because more laws are being passed protecting media freedom across the world, it doesn’t mean that governments will respect them, or allow citizens to use them.

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News in Brief 20 March 2018

  • UNICEF and UNHCR raise alarm as Syrian humanitarian crisis intensifies
  • OHCHR reports “extensive” rights violations during Turkey state of emergency
  • 16 migrants dead after boat capsizes in Mediterranean: IOM
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From pariah, to pride and joy: how one girl narrowly escaped FGM

Rescued from Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) by her mother just hours before the ceremony, Purity Oyie was forced to flee and become a pariah.

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Pakistan played “critical role” in the success of UN Liberia Mission

Pakistani troops, police and other peacekeeping personnel have made a “major contribution” to the success of the UN’s long-running Mission in Liberia (UNMIL), which will close at the end of March after successfully completing its mandate.

That’s according to Waldemar Vrey, a South African national who serves as deputy head of UNMIL, with responsibility for handling political and rule-of-law issues. He told Doug Coffman that Pakistanis had played a “significant role” throughout.

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UNICEF tent classrooms a safe space for children affected by cyclone in Tonga

Thousands of children in Tonga are back at school one month after Cyclone Gita slammed into the Pacific Island nation, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has reported.

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News in Brief 19 March 2018

  • DRC humanitarian needs double, UN relief chief tells Security Council
  • Excessive use of force against DRC protestors “unlawful”: UN report
  • Violence forces 10,000 to flee Ethiopia for Kenyan border town: UNHCR
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