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News in Brief 23 January 2019

  • CAR militia leader transferred to International Criminal Court
  • UNICEF urges Sudan to protect children from violence
  • UN Chief calls on “bold, innovative ideas” from global digital tech leaders
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Toxic combination of economic woes hangs over global growth: UN expert

“A global economic downturn and a lack of political leadership are a combination that could end very badly for the world’s economy”, a leading UN financial expert has warned.  In an interview with Daniel Johnson of UN News, Richard Kozul-Wright, a globalization expert and Director with the Trade and Development agency UNCTAD, gives his assessment of the “entrenched” economic factors dragging down growth.

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News in Brief 22 January 2019

  • Repeal of Guatemala ‘reconciliation law’ would lead to amnesty for rights violators: Bachelet
  • Mediterranean migrant drownings should spur European States’ solidarity, urge UN agencies
  • Human rights must be bedrock of “Globalization 4.0”, UN experts tell Davos leaders
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Global economic growth steady but uneven, posing challenges for development

While the global economy will continue to grow at a steady pace of around three percent in 2019 and 2020, that growth is expected to be uneven and may fail to reach where it is most needed.  This is according to the 2019 World Economic Situation and Prospects Report, launched on Monday.  Dawn Holland, Chief of the Global Economic Monitoring Branch in the UN’s Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN DESA), spoke to UN News's Liz Scaffidi.

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News in Brief 21 January 2019

  • UN official says trade report shows eradication of poverty “unlikely”
  • Urgent need for disarmament in current climate
  • UN agency dispels refugees disease-spreading myth
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News in Brief 18 January 2019

  • Call for probe into deadly violence against Zimbabwe protests
  • Deadly attack on Nigerian town leaves tens of thousands of people without aid
  • DRC Ebola outbreak can be handled effectively, despite challenges: WHO
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Attack on military base in Nigeria’s Borno State displaces thousands, cuts aid supply

An attack by an armed group on the isolated town of Rann in north-east Nigeria has cut aid to tens of thousands of people and uprooted many more, UN humanitarians said on Friday.  With the latest information, here’s Samantha Newport from the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), speaking to Daniel Johnson from UN News.

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News in Brief 17 January 2019

  • Former Côte d'Ivoire president remains behind bars, despite acquittal
  • ‘Deplorable conditions’ in Syria’s Rukban settlement
  • UN rallies communities to counter extremists with national unity
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UN rights chief alarmed over ‘excessive force’, live fire against Sudanese protestors

Reports that Sudanese security agents have used live ammunition and tear gas against anti-Government protesters gathering at hospitals in the capital Khartoum are “deeply worrying”, the UN’s top human rights official, Michelle Bachelet, said on Thursday. Daniel Johnson from UN News spoke to Ravina Shamdasani from OHCHR .

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‘Language death’ a ‘symptom’ of struggle to save indigenous identity

As the UN’s International Year of Indigenous Languages begins, ancient mother-tongues under threat of extinction across the world, need to be seen as a “symptom” of a much wider struggle.  That’s the view of one leading linguistics professor in New York, Daniel Kaufman, founder of the non-profit Endangered Language Alliance.  In this edition of the Lid Is On podcast Mr. Kaufman speaks with UN News's Matt Wells.

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