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News in Brief 16 October 2018

  • Forced to fork out more for food in conflict zones: World Food Day
  • Children dying ‘every day’ in Yemen: UN agencies
  • Top UN rights official adds voice to call for transparent probe in Saudi journalist’s disappearance
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Fresh Darfur clashes highlight ongoing problem of millions displaced from their homes

The UN - African Union joint peacekeeping mission in Darfur (UNAMID) is preparing to leave Sudan in less than two years, and there is concern that the issue of IDPs will remain unresolved.  UNAMID radio producer, Setyo Budi, spoke to Rommel dela Rosa, the mission’s Governance and Community Stabilization Officer, and Head of the temporary operating base in Golo, Central Darfur.

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News in Brief 15 October 2018

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Overseas investment down globally, warns UN trade and development agency UNCTAD

According to a new report by UNCTAD, Foreign direct investment (FDI) has fallen more than 40 per cent in the first half of 2018, compared with the same period last year, with developing economies escaping the worst of the downturn.  Overall, the global financial picture is “gloomy”, James Zhan, UNCTAD Director of Investment and Enterprise, told Daniel Johnson in Geneva.

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Canada’s legalization of cannabis ‘contravenes’ international convention: UN drugs control board

The legalization of cannabis in Canada for recreational-use, contravenes the key International Drug Control Convention, and is “not a healthy” lifestyle choice.  That’s according to Viroj Sumyai, head of the independent, UN-backed International Narcotics Control Board (INCB), in an interview with UN News. Mr. Sumyai, spoke to Paulina Greer, ahead of the law change in Canada.

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Migration ‘central to economic, social, and human development:’ Lead food and agriculture economist

The international debate over refugees and migration can make the positive contributions of migrants in rural development and agricultural sectors seem insignifcant, but lead economist at the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) , Andrea Cattaneo, says there are enormous benefits. Monday's State of Food and Agriculture report  traces the link between migration and boosts in food security, nutrition, and schooling. Mr. Cattaneo spoke to Charlotta Lomas.

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PODCAST: Feeding the world with 1.3bn tons of wasted food

Many of the world’s 821 million hungry people could be fed if less food was thrown away, according to the United Nations.  For this edition of our flagship podcast, The Lid Is On, marking World Food Day, Daniel Dickinson reports from New York on how small actions, could make a big difference when it comes to tackling global hunger.

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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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