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‘Absolutely essential’ to put road safety top of developing countries’ agenda: UN envoy

With 90 per cent of road-related injuries and fatalities occurring in developing countries, it is “absolutely essential” for those countries to put road safety on top of their agenda.  That’s the message from the UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Road Safety, Jean Todt, who spoke with UN News's Florence Westergard earlier this year about how important road safety is to global development and what can be done to improve it.

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‘Semi-catatonic children’ among victims of Australia’s offshore detention policy: UNHCR

A “pervasive sense of helplessness and hopelessness” exists among those held in Australia’s offshore processing centres in Nauru and Papua New Guinea, which has worsened in recent months, the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) warned on Friday.  In an appeal to the Australian Government to evacuate the more than 1,400 asylum-seekers and migrants there, UNHCR spokesperson Catherine Stubberfield told UN News that some children have become “semi-catatonic” and need urgent help.

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News in Brief 12 October 2018

  • Violent clashes in eastern DRC undermining Ebola response
  • Australia urged to evacuate offshore processing facilities amid suicides and mental distress
  • 833 children released from armed group in North-East Nigeria
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‘Historic’ moment for tobacco control, says convention chief

The UN’s leading advocate for tobacco control has hailed as “historic” a decision by governments around the world to tackle illegal trade in the sector.  Dr Vera Luiza da Costa e Silva, who leads the Secretariat of the World Health Organization’s Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO FCTC), spoke with UN News’s Daniel Johnson.

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Zahara takes charge: UN helps today’s girls become the leaders of tomorrow

What would a Ugandan teenager like to do if she got to run one of the UN’s key agencies for a day?

For this latest edition of our UN Gender Focus podcast, from UN News, you’re about to find out.

18-year-old Zahara had a tough upbringing, fending for herself as the youngest of six, finally battling her way to become a youth advocate for girls’ empowerment.

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UN Peacekeeping Mission in Darfur preparing for 2020 departure

With the hybrid African Union/UN peacekeeping Mission in Darfur, UNAMID, preparing to drawn down by June 2020, key questions remain. Jumbe Omari Jumbe, has been speaking to the Mission’s Chief of Staff, Luk Mhlaba, in North Darfur, and asked him to outline UNAMID’s main achievements so far. 

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News in Brief 11 October 2018

  • Challenges and needs of girls highlighted on International Day
  • UN Chief urges South East Asia to lead global warming fight
  • Saudi Arabia must halt air strikes in Yemen, says UN panel
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News in Brief 10 October 2018

  • ‘Dramatic rise’ in economic losses due to disasters: UN agency
  • UN chief “deeply disturbed by execution of juvenile offenders
  • Almost 3,000 civilian deaths in Afghanistan this year
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UNDP report shows steady development progress for Pacific Island States

The 2017 Human Development Index covers 189 countries, including 10 Pacific Island States; the largest survey in the region to date.  In an interview for UN News, Matthew Johnson-Idan, Development Economist from UNDP Fiji, said the geography of the Pacific was unique, resulting in “some clear special challenges for this region”.

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Vulnerable Venezuelan refugees need more aid: UNHCR’s Filippo Grandi

On a visit to the Colombian border, UN refugee agency chief, Filippo Grandi, said the international community must do more to aid thousands of Venezuelans leaving the country each day. Mr. Grandi spoke to the UN Information Centre’s Edith Girval. 

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