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News in Brief 18 July 2018

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With land ownership a continuing concern in Darfur, restitution is the ‘right step’

Land ownership remains a major source of intercommunal strife in Sudan’s Darfur region, so those dispossessed should be entitled to restitution, says the UN, in line with the law of the land.  “Restitution policy is the right step to find durable solutions” for those internally displaced, said Pierre Emmanuel Ubalijoro, Chief of the Governance and Community Stabilization Section of the UN and African Union operation in Darfur (UNAMID), in an interview for UN News.

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Accessibility is ‘more than ramps,’ says UN special envoy

Accessibility, especially in today’s urban environments, involves a lot more than installing ramps, in order to ensure that people with disabilities can enjoy the rights they are entitled to, according to Maria Soledad Cisternas Reyes, the UN’s Special Envoy on Disability and Accessibility.  Ms. Cisternas Reyes spoke with UN News.

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‘Every voice, every step, every action, every dollar counts’ towards success of SDGs, says UN goodwill ambassador

Together, “we can find the right answers” for a safer and better world, said a UN goodwill ambassador on Monday, who has been taking part in a major forum at UN Headquarters in New York, on how countries can advance the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). In Facebook live interview, actress Michelle Yeoh, Goodwill Ambassador for UNDP, spoke to Nanette Braun, highlighting the link between poverty and gender inequality, sustainable consumption and participation by youth.

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News in Brief 17 July 2018

  • Nicaraguan State must end demonstrator killings: UN human rights office
  • UN refugee agency appeals over Australia refugee family separation
  • Spain overtakes Italy as number one route for migrants
  • DR Congo Ebola outbreak set to be declared over
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Artificial intelligence expert: UN speaks language of humanity, coders don’t

Artificial intelligence (AI) already plays an increasingly important role in our lives — though we might not know it — but the computer coding behind it doesn’t yet reflect everyone’s needs, a leading tech expert believes. At an International Telecommunications Union (ITU) event, Anastassia Lauterbach told Jens Renner that, with an “open and inclusive” dialogue on AI led by the UN, unexpected harm might result.

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News in Brief 16 July 2018

  • The international community must continue to support Libya’s recovery: UN Envoy
  • In Gaza, UN Envoy calls all parties to de-escalate the situation
  • In Syria, humanitarian needs re-assessed as control shifts on the ground
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Migration is beneficial ‘part of human history’, says UN envoy

International migration “has been with us forever”, and a safe and orderly means of facilitating it is “in everybody’s interest”, Louise Arbour, Special Representative of the Secretary-General on International Migration, told UN News as the final round of negotiations on a global compact for safe, orderly and regular migration took place at UN Headquarters in New York.

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UN and Africa: Sahel not ‘land of misery but land of opportunities’

The Sahel region of Africa should not be considered a ‘land of misery’ but rather a ‘land of opportunities,’ according to the United Nations Special Adviser for the Sahel.   For this special edition of our UN and Africa podcast, Daniel Dickinson reports from the Sahel and talks to the UN's Ibrahim Thiaw, the man with the daunting task of turning ideas, into action.

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Sun beating down on Africa’s Sahel could provide 70 per cent of world’s electricity needs

Around 70 per cent of the world’s electricity needs could be provided by solar power in the Sahel region of Africa, according to the recently launched UN Support Plan for the region. Rachel Kyte, the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Sustainable Energy for All, believes that the Sahel is on the “cusp of a revolution” where solar can provide electricity to communities on and off the regional grid. She spoke to UN News’s Daniel Dickinson in Niger, one of the countries in the Support Plan.

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