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UN and Africa: 20-year-old disarmament process in Sierra Leone 'miraculous'

For this latest UN and Africa podcast, as the UN chief António Guterres unveils a new disarmament agenda, we’ll hear from a former UN staff member who watched the West African country rid itself of the menace of deadly battlefield weapons.

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The ‘Long Walk’ to peace is a mix of idealism and practicality, says UNESCO

How good is the United Nations at promoting peace?

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News in Brief 25 May 2018

  • Hospital ‘escapees’ show need to explain Ebola risks to DR Congo, says WHO
  • $280 million urgently needed for life-saving work in Ethiopia — OCHA
  • 2018 hurricane season set to be ‘near or above normal’, says WMO
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‘Frontier technology’ key element of new UN disarmament agenda

It’s time for the United Nations to play a bigger role in disarmament, according to UN chief António Guterres, calling for concrete, practical actions to promote peaceful conflict resolution. Among those actions is to maximize the benefits of “frontier technology”. Daniel Johnson discusses the various ways that the UN is looking to incorporate such technology in its disarmament agenda.

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News in Brief 24 May 2018

  • UN chief launches new disarmament agenda to secure ‘our world and our future’
  • HIV/AIDS costing billions in lost earnings, says new UN report
  • UN releases new money to combat escalating humanitarian needs in the Sahel
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Not so fast on fracking, UN agency tells developing countries

The hydraulic extraction of natural gas — known as fracking — produces cleaner energy than oil and coal, but it’s not necessarily in the best interests of the world’s poorest countries, according to a new report by UNCTAD, which describes natural gas as a “bridge fuel” for States aiming to move to renewable energy sources. Janvier Nkurunziza, Chief of UNCTAD’s Commodity Research and Analysis Section, has been talking to Daniel Johnson about the report’s findings.

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News in Brief 23 May 2018

  • Ebola outbreak puts DR Congo on an ‘epidemiological knife-edge’
  • UN raises alarm at ‘substandard’ housing in South Korea
  • International Day to End Obstetric Fistula
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Ebola could spread very fast, says Dr. Matshidiso Moeti, WHO Regional Coordinator for Africa

Deadly Ebola disease could spread “very fast” in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), but more than 150 World Health Organization (WHO) staff are already hard at work there helping to protect communities from the threat, Dr. Matshidiso Moeti, WHO Regional Coordinator for Africa, told Daniel Johnson on Wednesday.

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The Lid Is On: Investing in education - It’s ‘about the future of the world’ says global envoy

The UN Special Envoy for Global Education is on a mission to convince wealthy donors that investing in good teachers and classrooms is an investment in our collective future.

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UNICEF and Fiji partner to protect youth from deadly brain disease

The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) is supporting a campaign to vaccinate every child and young person in Fiji against meningococcal disease, the illness which causes meningitis, or inflammation of the brain and spinal cord.

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