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Four in five adolescents, fail to meet minimum exercise level

It’s widely understood that exercise is good for you, but how much should that be?

In the first global study of its kind into schoolchildren aged 11 to 17 years old, the World Health Organization (WHO) found that four in five of them are not active for even 60 minutes of exercise a day – that’s the minimum recommended amount.

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News in Brief 21 November 2019

  • UNICEF spotlights degree of vulnerability for Syrian children living in conflict
  • Governments ‘failing’ to tackle business-related rights abuses
  • Stark disparity in overall prisoner health versus persons walking free, new study shows
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News in Brief 20 November 2019

  • Children are leading calls for a sustainable future: UN chief
  • Huge disconnect between global warming goals and fossil fuel production: new UN report
  • UN experts call for release of lawyer detained in ‘double jeopardy’ case
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Central Sahel on the ‘cusp of disaster’: WFP’s Marwa Awad

Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger are facing a “toxic combination” of escalating violence, displacement, hunger, poverty and climate change, which has driven the whole central Sahel region to the “cusp of disaster”. That’s according to World Food Programme (WFP) spokesperson, Marwa Awad, who was in Burkina Faso just a few days ago, where already this year, civilian deaths are four times the level they were for the whole of 2018, and close to half a million have been displaced.

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News in Brief 19 November 2019

  • Almost daily attacks plunge Sahel into ‘three-country crisis’: WFP
  • Live ammunition reportedly used against protesters in Iran
  • US declaration on Israeli settlements does not alter international law: OHCHR
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News in Brief 18 November 2019

  • Negotiating a nuclear-weapons-free zone in the Middle East
  • Aid-dependent countries must direct national development priorities
  • UN, African Union make significant joint commitment to global health
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News in Brief 15 November 2019

  • ‘Deadliest year yet’: UN warns over migration deaths in Americas
  • DRC Ebola infection rate drop is ‘encouraging’ news: WHO
  • Central African Republic: 20,500 displaced by unseasonal, heavy rains in Bangui
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UNcomplicated: Your right to privacy, explained

For this latest edition of our hit UN News podcast UNcomplicated, hosts Sinduja Srinivasan and Jason DeWall talk to independent UN expert on the right to privacy. Joe Cannataci, one of the world authorities on data protection and internet regulation.

He explains what our right to privacy is, and how our data is being increasingly manipulated, and monetized.

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Meet the man who’s helping to make mosquito-borne diseases a thing of the past

Around 15 countries are preparing to test a technique that sterilizes male mosquitoes using radiation as part of a global health effort to control diseases such as chikungunya, dengue, and Zika.

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News in Brief 14 November 2019

  • Sanitation workers shunned, wellbeing threatened, says UN health agency
  • Mosquito sterilization to stem diseases
  • UN’s highest court set to hear genocide case against Myanmar
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