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News in Brief 1 June 2020

  • Prevention and treatment of noncommunicable diseases ‘severely disrupted’
  • UN Women launches ‘shadow pandemic’ public awareness campaign
  • New Bangladeshi Goodwill Ambassador for World Food Programme
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News in Brief 29 May 2020

  • UN’s rights chief condemns ‘caste’ killing in Nepal
  • UN human rights office welcomes online action to remove misinformation
  • Nine in 10 smokers start before they are 18 years old, warns WHO
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News in Brief 28 May 2020

  • COVID-19: African nations urged to remain vigilant as lockdown easing begins
  • UN migration agency IOM lauches $206 million Syria appeal
  • Rohingya refugees ‘stranded at sea’, warns IOM
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News in Brief 27 May 2020

  • ‘Lockdown generation’ of young workers will need extra help after COVID-19, urges UN labour chief
  • COVID-19: temporary halt announced on use of key anti-viral hydroxychloroquine
  • Rights experts appeal over abortion obstacles linked to COVID measures in US states
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News in Brief 26 May 2020

  • Yemen aid lifeline nears breaking point as UN food agency appeals for $870 million
  • Governments must boost COVID-19 aid to vulnerable urban populations – UNHCR
  • Indian heatwave highlights coronavirus risks to national health systems: WMO
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Crisis-affected communities hold UN ‘in high regard’, says senior woman peacekeeper

Female Peacekeepers add an extra dynamic to teams in the field, breaking barriers that allow women civilians to describe what’s really going on inside their communities.

That’s the view of Major Fiona Bruce, from the Australian Defence Force, who served in the UN’s Truce Supervision Organization (UNTSO) in both Lebanon and Syria.

In an interview ahead of UN Peacekeeping Day marked on 29 May, Major Bruce highlights the fact that people going through crisis and conflict still ‘view the UN in high regard’.

Julia Dean from our UN Australia Country Team, spoke to her online, and began by asking about her old daily routine, serving in Lebanon.

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News in Brief 22 May 2020

  • COVID-19 transmission ‘already happening widely in Yemen’
  • Bangladesh storm Amphan affects 10 million people, spares refugee ‘megacamp’
  • As world’s forests continue to shrink, UN echoes call for sustainable conservation
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India and Bangladesh: Health and environmental risks grow, following deadly cyclone

UN humanitarians and partners are working hard to assist the people of Bangladesh and India suffering from the impact of Cyclone Amphan, which left dozens dead, causing widespread destruction.

According to the UN Country Team in India, Cyclone Amphan, with more than 2.4 million people and 500,000 livestock evacuated to cyclone shelters., is now considered even more destructive than Cyclone Aila, which slammed the region in 2009.

Due to flooding and the extensive damage caused, the risk of disease outbreaks is high, and further environmental risks remain, due to the large amounts of debris and waste.

Ranjini Mukherjee, Disaster Risk Reduction Specialist, from UN India, described the situation to UN News’s Anshu Sharma, and told her that efforts continue to be implemented in shelter homes to minimize risk of infection and prevent COVID-19 from spreading.

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News in Brief 21 May 2020

  • UN launches new campaign to counter ‘lies, fear and hate’
  • UN calls on European States to rescue stranded refugees, migrants
  • Malaysia urged to ‘stop crackdown on migrants, journalists and civil society’
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Branding Hawaiian culture with tattoos

The teaching of traditional tattooing  underlines the important role indigenous people can play in the modern world; according to Hawaiian tattooist Keone Nues.

He  spoke to Kevin Cassidy, the Director of the ILO’s office for the US, and began by explaining what it means to be Hawaiian.

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