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News in Brief 23 May 2019

  • DR Congo: ‘No time to lose’ says newly appointed Ebola response coordinator 
  • Draft El Salvador bill could give amnesty to serious human rights violators, Bachelet warns
  • First ever UN conference on ending sexual and gender-based violence underway  
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Drought in Somalia could hit not only livelihoods but also ‘pastoralists identity’ 

With drought in Somalia on the verge of affecting 2.2 million across the country - almost a fifth of the population - UN agencies are calling for urgent funds for critical livelihood support.   Stressing that drought is causing crops to fail and livestock to die, OCHA’s Justin Brady said that not only livelihoods were at stake, but the whole centuries-old “identity” of pastoralists in the region. 

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News in Brief 22 May 2019

  • Fighting hate crimes in the courts: UN justice experts meet at Vienna conference
  • UK Government austerity measures have led to ‘record levels of hunger and homelessness’ : independent UN expert
  • Algeria and Argentina officially recognized as malaria-free
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News in Brief 21 May 2019

  • UN food agency still seeking agreement with Yemen’s Houthis to stop aid diversion
  • ISIL children held in ‘secret detention facilities’, UN human rights office warns
  • Venezuela’s masses need international protection, urges UNHCR
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News in Brief 20 May 2019

  • Italy proposal to fine migrant rescue boats condemned by human rights experts
  • Ebola threat still ‘very high’ in DRC, warns WHO chief
  • On World Bee day, human activity blamed for falling pollinator populations
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A world without bees would wipe out many staple crops, UN warns on World Bee Day

What would a world without bees look like? Their absence would mean no more coffee, apples, almonds, tomatoes and cocoa, to name just a few of the crops that rely on pollination for yield and quality.  For this Target Zero Hunger podcast, Charlotta Lomas spoke to FAO’s Abram Bicksler about sustainable agriculture practices that can help protect bees.

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Young social entrepreneur in India turns wedding waste into meals for the needy

On a mission to feed hungry citizens, a young social entrepreneur in India, is tackling the food waste challenge there, by rescuing food left over from weddings, parties and supermarkets. Padmanaban Gopalan takes advantage of geolocation technology by allowing restaurants and individuals to log into his “No Waste Food” app, where “they can find the nearest community that can take their food, instead of throwing it in the bin”. 

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News in Brief 17 May 2019

  • Condemnation as deadly Yemen airstrikes claim children’s lives in capital Sana’a
  • Justice for LGBTI people is still far from guaranteed, says UN on International day
  • UK’s forced returns policy highlighted by UN anti-torture panel
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News in Brief 16 May 2019

  • Fears over rising Ebola infections in DR Congo, lack of funding for safe burials 
  • More than 20 million babies born with a low birthweight, warns UN report 
  • Healthy diets vital for progress in Laos say UN food agencies 
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News in Brief 15 May 2019

  • Pacific Islands have ‘moral authority’ to demand climate action: UN chief
  • WHO launches online tool to tackle ‘urgent need’ to combat threats to global health
  • Nearly a fifth of Somalis at risk from ‘disastrous’ drought
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