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Talents of women in space vital ‘to imagine the future’

UNISPACE+50, the fourth conference of the United Nations on the exploration and peaceful uses of outer space, was held in Geneva from the 18th to the 21st of June.  The need for more women and girls to take part in STEM studies - Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths - was foremost on the minds of many participants, as Fatima E Mendez has been finding out, in our latest UN Gender Focus podcast, from UN News.

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News in Brief 17 August 2018

  • Afghanistan’s Ghazni ‘too dangerous to access’: UN aid agency
  • Zeid calls on Bosnia and Herzegovina’s Republika Srpska to review Srebrenica massacre reversal
  • Cambodia urged to release political opponents amid election harassment allegations
  • UN Special Envoy invites Government and opposition in Yemen to Geneva consultations
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UN Agency warns Palestinian refugee schools face October closure

UNRWA, the UN Agency for Palestine Refugees, says it will be able to open the schools it operates for the coming academic term.  However, with the Agency still struggling to cope with the US decision to cut funding by $300 million, the prospect beyond September are still very uncertain.  UNRWA spokesperson Chris Gunness spoke with UN News.

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News In Brief 16 August 2018

  • Palestinian school reopening may be short-lived, warns UNRWA
  • Child deportations from US, Mexico drive extreme violence, poverty and trauma: UNICEF
  • Reversal of genocide acknowledgement, ‘undermines rule of law’
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‘There is optimism’ for North Korea, but humanitarian funding is urgently needed: UN official

Diplomatic solutions on the Korean Peninsula will hopefully give way to a surge in humanitarian support for the most needy and vulnerable in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Tapan Mishra, the UN Resident Coordinator in the country, told UN News, on the heels of the historic summit held in June between the Governments of the DPRK and the United States.

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UN Baghdad hotel bombing survivors: Elpida Rouka

It has been 15 years since the terrorist attack on the UN compound at the Canal Hotel in Baghdad on 19 August 2003. Elpida Rouka worked with the Oil-for-Food Programme in Iraq. She was at the UN compound on the day of the attack for final meetings with Mr. Vieira de Mello and others as the programme was concluding its activities.

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Reopening of crucial Gaza crossing, a decision ‘in the right direction’: UN aid official

Hundreds of trucks of goods are expected to enter Gaza now that Israel has reopened the only functioning commercial crossing into the enclave, the United Nations said on Wednesday.  Hamada Al-Bayari with the UN humanitarian affairs office, OCHA, in the occupied Palestinian territory, told Abelmonem Makki his agency welcomed the decision.

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News in Brief 15 August 2018

  • ‘Defend the people, not the States’, says outgoing UN human rights chief
  • Afghanistan: top UN official denounces ‘extreme’ suffering of civilians in Ghazni
  • UN Human Rights experts commend court decision against Monsanto
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Monsanto ruling a ‘substantial warning’ to agrochemical giants: UN expert

A California court’s decision to award $289 million to a dying man after finding that agrochemical giant Monsanto did not warn people that its products can cause cancer, is a “substantial warning” to industry,  Hilal Elver, who is UN Special Rapporteur on the right to food, said on Wednesday.  She spoke with UN News's Daniel Johnson.


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PODCAST: ‘Repression is fashionable again’ — outgoing UN Human Rights Chief

In this episode of our Lid is On podcast, to mark the end of his four-year term in office on 31 August, Zeid Ra’ad al Hussein, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, gave UN News an extensive interview, looking back over some of the most consequential moments of his time in the role.

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