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News in Brief 18 June 2019

  • 300,000 flee flare-up of ethnic violence in north-eastern DRC
  • Sudden death of Egypt’s former President Morsi must be investigated: UN human rights
  • Kuwait and Pakistan confirmed as having hottest temperatures on earth recorded
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News in Brief 17 June 2019

  • Yemen: end food diversions to save lives, urges WFP chief
  • India to replace China as most populous nation: new UN report
  • Plastic pollution: 10-fold increase in 40 years
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Nutrition, ecosystems and livelihoods at risk, despite age of plenty

The way we produce food today is damaging ecosystems around the world and threatening biodiversity, despite being more abundant and of better quality than ever before. That’s a paradox highlighted by former top UN official Dr. David Nabarro in an interview with UN News this week, after he’d taken part in The Future of Food International Symposium in Rome, organized by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).

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News in Brief 14 June 2019

  • South Sudanese facing famine in all but name, warns UN food agency
  • Amid Sudan protest uncertainty, Darfur is still in crisis: OCHA
  • 5G technology jeopardizes forecasting and early warning alerts, say UN weather experts
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Spirit of Anne Frank celebrated with tree planting at UN headquarters  

The chestnut tree that Anne Frank could see from her famous attic hiding place in Amsterdam during the Second World War, was seen by the young girl as a symbol of hope and the natural world, that she longed to touch again.  Considered a living symbol of both Anne Frank’s legacy and of the values embodied by the United Nations, a sapling descended from that very tree, was planted in the gardens of UN headquarters in New York, on Wednesday.  

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UN optimistic Uganda’s Ebola preparations will shut down outbreak fast 

With news that Ebola virus disease has now surfaced in Uganda, where it has claimed two lives so far this week, the World Health Organization is hopeful the country’s efforts to protect communities will quickly prove successful. In an interview with Daniel Johnson from UN News, WHO spokesperson Tarik Jasarevic explains what the priorities are for the UN health agency and the Ugandan authorities. 

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News in Brief 13 June 2019

  • Guterres strongly condemns latest attack on oil tankers in Gulf 
  • ‘Heated clashes’ lead to 17 deaths in Darfur; AU-UN Mission launches investigation 
  • UNICEF report ranks the best and worst ‘family-friendly’ nations
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‘Huge’ scale of mental health problems in emergencies is bigger than a decade ago: WHO 

Mental health problems are “huge” in conflict or emergency settings, with more than one in five people affected, the World Health Organization (WHO) has said in a new report. In an interview with UN News’s Daniel Johnson, WHO’s Dr. Mark van Ommeren outlines the findings and describes what’s being done to help sufferers, including in war-torn Syria. 

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News in Brief 12 June 2019

  • Sudan sliding into ‘human rights abyss’, warn UN independent experts 
  • Key overseas investment data show slide for third year in a row
  • “Final push” at ILO summit to make child labour a thing of the past 
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News in Brief 11 June 2019

  • UN Security Council offers Yemen Special Envoy ‘their full support’
  • Macron leads EU-wide minimum wage call as Merkel, Medvedev warn of global injustice
  • UN human rights chief Bachelet hails Botswana decision decriminalizing same-sex relationships
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