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Podcast: UN Catch-Up Dateline Geneva - episode 5

This week’s show features the week’s news headlines, an interview with the World Food Programme (WFP) on the poorest of the poor in Madagascar, some of whom are eating mud and leaves to survive, and insight from regular guests from the UN Geneva team, Solange Behoteguy-Cortes and Alpha Diallo.

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News in Brief 15 January 2021

  • Indonesia quake: eight confirmed dead, hundreds injured in Sulawesi emergency 
  • Child labour scourge still affects one in 10 children, warns UN labour agency 
  • CAR displacement reaches 120,000 after election violence: UNHCR 
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News in Brief 14 January 2021

  • UN emergency relief chief warns over fallout of U.S. Yemen Houthi terror label
  • Four UN peacekeepers killed, five wounded in attack in Mali
  • Countries urged to speed up climate change preparation to protect against shocks
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World in ‘much better place’ to fight desert locust scourge – UN’s FAO

Compared to last year, everything is in place to successfully fight the devastating desert locust swarms that have been threatening food supplies and livelihoods across the Horn of Africa region, according to the senior UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) official, in charge of forecasting the pest’s movements.

Charlotta Lomas spoke to Keith Cressman, who said that $80 million was still needed to control the scourge, through the coming months.

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State of the Planet: Natural ways to cope with climate change

What progress is the world making in adapting to the changing climate? And can nature itself provide the answers? This is the focus of the first episode of the UN Environment Programme’s (UNEP) State of the Planet podcast.

Valerie Kapos, from  the UNEP’s World Conservation Monitoring Centre, discusses the findings of the latest UNEP Adaptation Gap report with host Tim Albone.

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News in Brief 13 January 2021

  • Health agency calls for greater cooperation to identify COVID mutations 
  • Lower wages and higher health risks: Reality of COVID homeworking 
  • Prosecutors ‘lost case file’ of murdered activist, says UN rights panel 
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After drought and failed harvests, people of Madagascar reduced to eating mud 

After years of drought, and with what little the people of Madagascar have managed to grow, destroyed by flashflooding, more than 1.3 million are in crisis - and some are even eating ground-up clay just to survive.  

In an interview with UN News’s Daniel Johnson, WFP’s regional director for southern Africa, Lola Castro, explains how the UN agency is helping by empowering communities to withstand future climate shocks

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‘Not one country has the homeworking policies we would like to see’: ILO official

Homeworking has necessarily exploded since the COVID-19 pandemic took a grip on the world, from around 260 million people in 2019, to some 580 million in 2020.

A new ILO report, released on Wednesday, lays out the penalties paid by those now having to work from home, which include higher health risks, lower wages, and social isolation.

Sergei Soares, a labour economist at the ILO,  explained to Conor Lennon from UN News that the impetus behind the report was the fact that very few countries have ratified the ILO’s Home Work Convention.

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News in Brief 12 January 2021

  • Health agency chief urges COVID-19 vaccinations for ‘high-risk’ populations 
  • UN rights chief: Peru law enforcement used excessive force in mass demonstrations 
  • Humanitarian crisis looms in Madagascar amid drought and pandemic 
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News in Brief 11 January 2021

  • WHO’s Tedros welcomes China announcement on COVID-19 team visit 
  • UNAIDS unveils new targets on HIV prevention amid rise in stigma  
  • Rights expert calls for reversal of Israel’s eviction order against 16 Palestinian families 
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