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News in Brief 11 August 2020

  • Dozens of refugees killed in Beirut blast 
  • Sudan: Violence in Western Darfur force 2,500 into Chad
  • Polio campaigns ramp up in Afghanistan and Pakistan
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Forest protection and tradition inspires young Indian to tackle climate crisis

In early July, the UN Secretary-General António Guterres, announced the names of seven young climate leaders – between the ages of 18 and 28 years old – who will be advising him regularly on how best to accelerate global action and ambition to tackle the worsening climate crisis.

Archana Soreng, from India, was among them, joining a prestigious circle of advocates and activists, as part of the UN’s Youth Strategy aiming to “show the world what bold leadership looks like”.

Her inspiration to get involved in tackling the climate emergency, stems from her own family’s roots in forest protection and a powerful desire to take better care of nature.

UN News’s Anshu Sharma spoke to Ms. Soreng, who started by talking about her journey towards action, and what led her to being selected to join the advisory group. 

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News in Brief 10 August 2020

  • UN will support Lebanon ‘in every possible way’ pledges UN chief
  • UN rights chief warns new Somalia draft law ‘risks legitimizing child marriage’
  • Boosting migrant worker protections during COVID pandemic
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News in Brief 7 August 2020

  • 'Immediate and huge' needs facing Beirut and Lebanon
  • Mauritania shipwreck, another preventable tragedy
  • Lift sanctions 'bringing suffering and death'
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COVID-19: Humanitarian air service to fill ‘crucial gap’ in the Pacific

A new humanitarian air service launched on Thursday will boost COVID-19 response in the Pacific, according to Governments and the World Food Programme (WFP).

Julia Dean of the UN Country Team in Australia spoke to Jo Pilgrim, Director of WFP’s Pacific Multi-Country Office, who explained how the flights will fill a “crucial gap” during the pandemic.

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Two years in the making, rights experts say what protesters can do - and can’t

It’s widely accepted that peaceful protests are a key tool in democratic societies that allow people to put issues on the public agenda. But what is legal – and what is illegal – when it comes to demonstrations around the world? Can you wear a mask, for example?

That’s a question for Christof Heyns, who led discussions on the issue for the UN Human Rights Committee, with Member States and NGOs.

He spoke to UN News’s Daniel Johnson, and explains what the UN panel’s advice is for protesters.

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News in Brief 6 August 2020

  • Lifesaving WHO aid arrives in Beirut
  • Nuclear arms ban essential, 75 years post-Hiroshima
  • Indigenous more at risk: UN chief
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News in Brief 5 August 2020

  • UN force aids Lebanese following blast
  • Health agency sends COVID-19 'surge team' to South Africa
  • UN rights experts concerned over Jammu and Kashmir
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UN peacekeepers stand with Lebanese in aftermath of Beirut blast

UN peacekeepers in Lebanon has been busy helping the authorities in the aftermath of the devastating explosion in Beirut on Tuesday that’s left dozens dead and thousands injured.

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News in Brief 4 August 2020

  • COVID link to breastfeeding, negligible
  • Child Labour Convention is ratified
  • UN censures 'heinous attacks' in Lake Chad basin
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