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UNICEF advisor outlines solutions to malnutrition, following landmark report

   On Tuesday the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) revealed that a stark proportion of the world’s children are not receiving adequate nutrition, with half of all children under-five lacking essential vitamins and nutrients in their diets for proper development.  

The agency’s Senior Advisor for Infant and Young Child Nutrition says the figures from UNICEF’s most comprehensive report on the issue in 20 years, demonstrate a need for families and children to “demand nutritious food.” 

 

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News in Brief 16 October 2019

  • New UN political mission in Haiti
  • Global cancer cases expected to spiral
  • End cycle of violence against rights defenders
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With the end of peacekeeping in Haiti, UN commitment there remains

Although United Nations peacekeeping operations are over in Haiti, the Caribbean country will not “be alone” as a new political mission focused on sustainable development begins its work there on Wednesday.

That’s the message from Jean-Pierre Lacroix, UN Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping, who has been reflecting on achievements during that 15-year period.

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News in Brief 15 October 2019

  • In Syria, violence continues ‘on both sides’ of border with Turkey
  • Concerns over deportation of Haitian migrants from Bahamas to Haiti – OHCHR
  • IOM organizes first humanitarian charter flight from Algeria to Niger
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News in Brief 14 October 2019

  • Military operation in northeast Syria could see unintentional release of ISIL affiliates: UN chief  
  • Guterres praises UN-led peace talks to end Ecuador’s unrest 
  • Stop the waste: UN food agencies call for action to reduce global hunger  
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How to tackle food loss and waste?

Every year, around one-third of all food produced for human consumption is lost or wasted.

A new report from FAO, explains how countries are stepping up to tackle the problem.

Andrea Cattaneo, a senior economist at FAO, outlines the report.

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News in Brief 11 October 2019

  • Turkey’s Syria offensive could spark another catastrophe, warn humanitarians
  • Burkina Faso conflict and violence force 500,000 from homes
  • 'White extremist’ use of social media in attacks must be curbed
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Space technology that’s helping small States survive climate change

Fifty years since the first moonwalk, space technology has made a huge difference to life on earth – just think about all those weather and telecommunications satellites orbiting way above us.

Now, with the help of high-precision satellite imagery and a nifty mobile phone app, UN satellite experts are aiming to give small island States threatened by natural disasters and climate change, the best chance of survival.

In an interview with UN News’s Kina Vujanic-Beck to celebrate World Space Week 2019, UNOSAT’s Dr. Einar Bjorgo, explains how technology out there in orbit, can be applied for development and humanitarian ends.

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UN’s workplace mental health initiative addresses ‘simmering’ issue

Over half of all UN staff work in field duty stations, some of which have “extraordinary stressors” that need to be faced every day.  

That’s from Fabrizio Hochschild, the UN Assistant Secretary-General for Strategic Coordination, who spent 30 years working around the world as a humanitarian with the Organization, and has battled with mental health issues himself. 

In an interview with UN News’s Natalie Hutchison, he explained why the UN launched the initiative, to address concerns from Headquarters in New York, to the world’s conflict zones.

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News in Brief 10 October 2019

  • World Mental Health Day shines spotlight on high youth suicide rates
  • UN winning the fight against Ebola in DR Congo
  • New UN data centre will improve refugee assistance: UN chief
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