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News in Brief 22 February 2019

  • UN human rights office appeal to Egypt amid death row executions
  • Some 260,000 South Sudanese face food insecurity “catastrophe”, UN agencies warn
  • $4.2 billion urgently needed to save Yemen’s families from ‘horrific’ plight
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The world is losing the biodiversity that secures food production, UN expert says

Bees, soil, trees – even tiny organisms we can’t even see – all play a vital role in producing the world’s food. Yet, this biodiversity, which supports our food and agriculture systems, is under stress. Speaking to Charlotta Lomas, Dan Leskien, from the Commission on Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture, explained why biodiversity is essential to food production.

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Tech talk could save at-risk languages from dying, says IT multilingual content developer

In an interview with UN News’s Daniel Johnson, Andrew Bredenkamp of Translators Without Borders, explains how the non-governmental organization is partnering with tech giants including Facebook, Google and Microsoft on projects that will deepen understanding of the needs of at-risk communities to save their languages from disappearing.

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News in Brief 21 February 2019

  • Papua violence and ‘snake’ interrogation condemned by human rights experts
  • ‘Bring decolonization to a successful conclusion’ UN Chief
  • Bengalis celebrate protection of their culture on International Mother Language Day
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Mother Language Day celebrates multilingualism and cultural diversity

Thursday, 21 February is International Mother Language Day – a day set aside to promote linguistic and cultural diversity and multilingualism. It is estimated that every two weeks a language goes extinct. But why try to protect these languages?  What is the real significance of this Day? UN News’s Paulina Greer posed these questions to the Permanent Representative of Bangladesh to the UN Ambassador Masud Bin Momen. 

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News in Brief 20 February 2019

  • Push to silence the guns in South Sudan
  • Good health care paves way for SDGs
  • Education, employment ‘fundamental’ to youth development’
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News in Brief 19 February 2019

  • Civilians must not be ‘used as pawns’ in Syria
  • Momentum in Yemen
  • Refugees need resettling, now
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World’s only multilateral venue for disarmament discussions ‘more crucial than ever’: top official says

The nuclear arms race “is back on”, the head of the Conference on Disarmament has warned. UN News’s Daniel Johnson spoke to Michael Møller who is the Secretary-General of the Conference, the only multilateral venue for disarmament discussions. ­In the interview, Mr. Møller explains why the forum has been deadlocked for more than two decades and what this could mean for the future of the world.

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News in Brief 18 February 2019

  • A ‘welcome step’ towards peace in Central Africa
  • UN programme for ‘ethically produced, environmentally sustainable gold’
  • International labour standards more important than ever, says ILO
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‘Message getting through’ that money for climate action matters: Green fund chief

The GCF’s Executive-Director, Javier Manzanares, was in New York this month to meet UN chief António Guterres and talk to diplomats about the importance and operation of the Fund.

When Mr. Manzanares came into to the UN News studios, he said the Fund’s investment message was getting through to UN Member States. Conor Lennon started by asked him if he was, nevertheless, worried by some countries’ lack of enthusiasm so far.

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