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UN Catch-Up Dateline Geneva – Drought in Bolivia, COVID in Africa, & why climate resilience matters to shopkeepers

In this week’s show: a chilling warning that climate change could cause a pandemic-scale economic shock to small businesses once a decade; we follow the fast-growing COVID-19 spike across Africa and hear welcome news about how some countries have included refugees in their pandemic vaccination programmes. We’ll also be learning about why drought “could be the next pandemic” from the UN’s top disaster risk reduction official, in this week’s interview.

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News in Brief 24 June 2021

  • More countries need to vaccinate 82.4 million on the move: UNHCR
  • Africa's third-wave of COVID can be pushed back - WHO regional head
  • Torture rehabilitation must be a universal right, urges UN expert
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News in Brief 23 June 2021

  • UN chief urges action on Libya ceasefire, foreign fighters
  • 50 million girls at risk of genital cutting by 2030
  • Small businesses unprepared for pandemic-sized climate shocks
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News in Brief 22 June 2021

  • 'Invisible' stateless people risk missing COVID jabs: UNHCR
  • Scale back on raw fish consumption in Southeast Asia, says FAO
  • Eritrea human rights: 'No tangible signs of progress'
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News in Brief 21 June 2021

  • Tigray: Bachelet higlights 'serious violations of international law'
  • Human Rights Council urged to support 'new social contract'
  • COVID's rolled back sustainable development across weak economies
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International Yoga Day: Connecting body and mind to boost immunity

As the world continues to battle COVID-19, yoga offers a “unique” way to destress and boost immunity, allowing the mind and body to connect in a state of “cellular quiet”.

That’s according to Doctor Krishna Raman, who’s taking part in a major International Day of Yoga event on Monday, organized by the Indian mission to the UN. He spoke to UN News’s Sachin Gaur, and explained his work on integrating Western medicine with yoga, and how the practice helps support wider social well-being.

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Czech the facts: the youth organization spreading the word about the climate crisis

In recognition of their efforts to raise awareness about the reality of climate change in the Czech Republic, the UN Information Centre in Prague, awarded the “The Facts on Climate” group its annual Climate Communication Prize, for 2020.

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News in Brief 18 June 2021

  • Refugees disproportionately hit by COVID: Guterres
  • Famine risk spikes amid conflict, COVID and funding gaps
  • UN rights office OHCHR condemns targeting of civilian infrastructure in Yemen
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UN Catch-Up Dateline Geneva – ‘Smart’ killer drones, drought and domestic workers’ worsening plight

In this week’s 15-minute podcast, we enter the murky world of so-called intelligent drone strike technology and concerns about their proliferation in an interview with the UN Institute for Disarmament Research. Also, an alert over Africa’s third COVID wave, a new UN report likening drought to a new pandemic and a warning over the plight of millions of domestic workers, from the UN labour agency ILO. Also, we’ll have closing comments from regular guest, Solange Behoteguy Cortes.

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News in Brief 17 June 2021

  • Debt suspension call for countries hit worst by COVID: Guterres
  • Drought on verge of becoming the 'next pandemic'
  • COVID-19 cases surge by more than 20 per cent week on week
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