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$5.5 billion appeal for millions of Syrians and host communities affected by civil war

A $5.5 billion appeal has been launched by the UN to help 5.6 million Syrian refugees and millions more people hosting them in neighbouring countries.  In an interview with UN News, Samuel Rizk from the UN Development Programme (UNDP), explained that although around 30,000 Syrians have gone home so far this year, the overwhelming majority still need help in Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt and Iraq.

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Half a Degree matters: Leading UN Climate Change Expert

At COP24, thousands gathered to find concrete ways to move forward on the historic Paris Agreement. Discussions were very much based on October’s alarming report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the IPCC,  that said it wasn’t impossible to cap global warming at 1.5 degrees Celsius but that “unprecedented changes in all aspects of society” would be required." Yasmina Guerda sat down with one of the leading scientists behind the report, Professor Diana Ürge-Vorsatz.

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News in Brief 14 December 2018

  • Yemen ceasefire deal: ‘Potential’ now to restore humanitarian lifeline to millions
  • DRC pre-election violence must end, says UN Human Rights chief
  • Nicaraguan NGOs under risk from de-registration ruling – OHCHR
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Yemen: fragile Hudaydah truce needs worldwide support, says WFP

Thursday’s announcement that a ceasefire deal has been reached between Yemen’s warring sides in the key Red Sea port of Hudaydah will make it “easier” to save millions of lives in the wartorn country, the World Food Programme (WFP) has said. In an interview with UN News’s Daniel Johnson, WFP spokesperson Hervé Verhoosel explains how more such deals are needed to help severely food insecure people in 45 districts across Yemen.

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Rap star who uses music to shrug off bullying and depression, tells his story at UN Geneva

Growing up with albinism was so difficult for Robdarius Brown that he was tempted to take his own life. Now he’s a rap star and activist who challenges discrimination to help others like him, who face bullying and worse because their hair, eyes and skin lack colour. In an interview with UN News, RobenX, as he's known, tells Daniel Johnson how music has  helped him do this.

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Resilience of Libya’s people ‘astonishing’ despite seven years of severe conflict: top UN aid official

In Libya’s capital city of Tripoli, the humanitarian crisis is so intense, pregnant women are being asked to bring their own medical supplies for their babies to be born. The UN's Ursual Mueller described the scene to UN News's Ben Malor.

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Implementing first-ever global migration pact must involve public and private sector push

The private sector and civil society, working in tandem, “hold the biggest promise” for making the first-ever Global Compact on migration a success. That’s the opinion of Tarek Yousef, the director of the Brookings Institution at Doha Centre who spoke to  Mustafa Al Gamal of UN News. 



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News in Brief 13 December 2018

  • Positive steps towards peace in Yemen, as Hudaydah ceasefire declared
  • Better care can rescue 30 million babies from death
  • Climate in Poland hostile for human rights defenders
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Beating climate change, boosting women: bike advocate takes to Damascus streets

When “conflict was underway, and checkpoints were increasing everywhere” in the Syrian capital, Damascus, Sarah Zein started biking to avoid the traffic, but verbal sexual harassment on the streets, soon became a big problem. The co-founder of “Yalla Let's Bike" – or Come on Let's Bike - sat down for an interview with UN News’s Yasmina Guerda at the COP24 climate change conference in Poland, where she received an award for her work on gender and climate. 

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Cutting down plastic and pesticides, to halt climate change in India

It’s easy to get lost in the argument over who needs to do the most to stop global warming, but the fact is, everyone needs to do their bit and “we’re all responsible.” That’s one of the guiding principles for Satya Tripathi of India, who in this latest Lid Is On podcast from UN News, spoke with Yasmina Guerda from the crucial COP24 climate change conference in Poland.


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