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Arms trade treaty talks at UN set to focus on gender impact of weapons exports

The arms trade involves almost every country in the world, but more action is needed to consider how the $100 billion a year industry impacts on gender-based violence, the head of a key treaty said on Thursday. In an interview with UN News’s Daniel Johnson, Ambassador Jānis Kārkliņš of Latvia, President of the 5th Arms Trade Treaty Conference of States Parties meeting in Geneva next week, explains how for the first time, the treaty’s signatories are expected to adopt his recommendation.

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New UN plan will ensure that ‘worshippers can observe their rituals in peace’

The senior UN official tasked with overseeing a plan of action to ensure that religious sites are safe, has delivered a draft to the Secretary-General.

Miguel Angel Moratinos, spoke to UN News on the first-ever International Day Commemorating the Victims of Acts of Violence Based on Religion or Belief. 

Mr. Moratinos explained that one of the new elements explored in the draft plan, is the role of social media, using, as an example, the Christchurch, New Zealand shootings.

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News in Brief 22 August 2019

  • Honouring victims of religious-based violence
  • New climate reality in Asia and the Pacific
  • UN chief condemns Burkina Faso violence

 

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News in Brief 21 August 2019

  • Lack of funds forces UN to close Yemen aid programmes
  • UN chief expresses concern at ‘new wave of human suffering’ in last Syrian rebel-held city
  • Somalia security remains a concern, head of UN Mission warns Security Council
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‘Heroism and resilience’ of Somali people in face of ongoing attacks

The Somali people have demonstrated “heroism and resilience” in the face of ongoing insecurity caused by “senseless terrorist attacks”; that’s according to the UN’s most senior representative in the Horn of Africa country.

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Podcast: Terrorism survivors of Lake Chad recount harrowing stories

For this special edition of our Lid Is On podcast, Daniel Dickinson travelled to the north-east of Cameroon to meet two survivors of terrorism who are trying to rebuild their lives following the unspeakable acts committed against them and their families.

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News in Brief 20 August 2019

  • Aden escalation ‘clear sign’ that Yemen conflict must end, UN envoy
  • Deadly airstrikes displace thousands of civilians in Libya oasis town: OCHA
  • Venezuela: UNICEF seeks $70 million to aid 900,000 children
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Female humanitarians sacrifice a lot to help others, insists top UN official

The work of female humanitarians is hugely important and often comes at significant personal cost.

That’s according to Melissa Fleming, currently the communications chief for refugee agency UNHCR, but soon to take up her new post as head of Global Communications at the UN, who’s been speaking to UN News’s Daniel Johnson at a special World Humanitarian Day event in Geneva.

First, though, we’ll hear from Adiba Qasim, who was also at the event; she survived an ISIL massacre in Iraq in 2014 that claimed the lives of 70 family members.

Despite this trauma, she refuses to see herself as a victim and is now a human rights advocate. 

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News in Brief 19 August 2019

  • Afghanistan bloodshed mars 100 years of independence
  • World Humanitarian Day honours life-saving contribution of women aid workers
  • UN renews call to Yemen’s warring parties to down weapons
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News in Brief 16 August 2019

  • Displaced by DRC violence, survivors’ testimonies highlight brutality of armed militia
  • Two years after exodus, Myanmar’s ‘desperate’ Rohingya youth need education, skills: UNICEF
  • UN human rights office appeals to Zimbabwe to engage with protesters and ‘stop cracking down’
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