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News in Brief 21 March 2019

  • UN experts call for urgent action to end racial discrimination, in wake of New Zealand attack
  • ‘Massive and protracted’ humanitarian crisis in DR Congo can be ‘beaten back’ if donors step up
  • Idai disaster: Stranded victims still need rescue from heavy rains as UN scales up response
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Big gains for Global South countries ‘learning from each other’: UN agricultural development official

When it comes to beating back climate change and reaching the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030, countries of the Global South will make major strides “by learning from each other, as they share similar problems”.

That’s according to Cornelia Ritcher, International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD)’s vice-president, the UN agency that helps transform the lives of impoverished rural people all over the world.

IFAD is one of the agencies taking part in the UN’s Second High-Level Conference on South-South Cooperation, or BAPA+40, in the Argentine capital of Buenos Aires this week.

Laura Quinones is there, reporting for UN News.  

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News in Brief 20 March 2019

  • UN ramps up humanitarian response to Cyclone Idai
  • UN court increases Karadžić sentence to life imprisonment
  • South-South cooperation key to fight against global warming: UN chief
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News in Brief 19 March 2019

  • Humanitarian emergency getting bigger by the hour, warns UN food agency
  • DRC’s election of President Tshisekedi 'a momentous transition moment'
  • Mali violence ‘is worsening’ for civilian in centre and north, warns rights expert
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News in Brief 18 March 2019

  • UN will support DR Congo in addressing on-going threats to peace and security  
  • Syrians continue to suffer from one of the worst conflicts of our time: Guterres 
  • Terrorist attack in Mali condemned by UN representative in the country 
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Media can shine a spotlight on women’s rights

Journalists can help advance women’s rights by moving from a “protectionist approach to a more human rights approach” in their reporting, according to gender equality advocate Geetanjali Misra.

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News in Brief 15 March 2019

* First aid in nine months unloaded at key port in Yemen

* Response to Tropical Cyclone Idai ramps up as 1.5 million forced to flee

* Half of health zones in DR Congo's Ebola-hit areas, show no new cases 

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News in Brief 14 March 2019

  • More violence in Idlib frames Brussels Syria pledging conference
  • Build sustainable societies, by switching to Green initiatives
  • Amend drug laws to eliminate racial discrimination, UN experts say
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There are still ‘massive humanitarian needs’ in Syria, despite drop in fighting

Syrian civilians still have a strong need for support from the international community, Panos Moumtzis, UN Regional Humanitarian Coordinator for the Syria Crisis, said on Wednesday.

When Yasmina Guerda from UN News spoke to Mr. Moumtzis, she asked him why the UN still considers Syria to be in a crisis.

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News in Brief 13 March 2019

  • Damage to the planet poses growing risk to human health
  • 260,000 children in DRC facing acute malnutrition
  • Syria still living on ‘razor edge’
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