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An 'inclusive and free art form’ composer Antonio Sánchez lauds jazz, ahead of International Day

Written into the quest for human dignity, democracy and civil rights, the story of jazz is celebrated worldwide on 30 April, with the support of the UN culture agency, UNESCO. Mexican jazz composer and drummer Antonio Sánchez, defines jazz simply as “freedom”, highlighting its inclusive power to bring “different elements together, transforming it into something greater.” He spoke to UN News’s Antonio Lafuente.

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Women’s under-representation in disarmament discussions should be key talking point 

In an interview with Daniel Johnson from UN News, Renata Dwan - Director of the United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research (UNIDIR), and report author Renata Hessmann Dalaqua - explain why this traditionally male-dominated area, has been slow to change. 

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Global counter-terrorism situation remains ‘very worrying,’ says senior official as UN-EU sign new agreement

In the second annual UN-EU Counter-Terrorism Leaders’ Dialogue held at the United Nations in New York, senior officials from the UN counter-terrorism office and the EU’s security and defense section, exchanged views on common priorities and signed a framework agreement to promote “a new spirit of practical collaboration” to strengthen collaboration and have more of an impact in countries in Africa, the Middle East and Asia. Pedro Serrano is Deputy Secretary General for Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP) and Crisis Response at the European External Action Service (EEAS). He spoke to UN News's Jordi Trujols, on the sidelines of Wednesday’s meeting about the new agreement, and how the United Nations and the EU will work more closely to fight terrorism.

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Vaccines are ‘a silver bullet for public health’ UNICEF immunization chief

Vaccines are effective, safe, inexpensive, and “a silver bullet for public health” that help save countless lives across the world each year. That’s according to Robin Nandy, Principal Adviser and Chief of Immunization for the UN Children’s Fund, speaking on the launch day on Wednesday, of UNICEF’s #VaccinesWork campaign. It’s also the beginning of World Immunization Week, and UN News’s Siwen Qian began by asking Mr. Nandy, to explain how vaccination works.

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100 years on, how the League of Nations made the UN what it is today

The world has seen huge changes since the League of Nations was born 100 years ago, but its twin aims of promoting peace and wellbeing live on today in the work of the United Nations. That’s the strong belief of Blandine Blukacz-Louisfert, Chief of the Institutional Memory Section at the UN Library in Geneva, who explained to Daniel Johnson of UN News,  how the League was also ahead of its time in raising the alarm about climate threats, such as pollution.

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Play time – and not screen time - is so much more important for kids, says WHO

For the first time, the UN health agency WHO, has released guidelines on how long very young children should be spending in front of a screen. In an interview with UN News’s Daniel Johnson, WHO’s Dr. Juana Willumsen explains the lifelong potential harm that can be caused by sedentary behaviour, over extended periods of time. 

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Communities in Sri Lanka are uniting, amidst ‘fear and shock’, says top UN official there

Communities and religious leaders have come together to call for peace and calm in Sri Lanka, following the deadly church and hotel suicide bombings, on Easter Sunday. With nearly 300 killed – including 45 children – the Indian Ocean island nation is in a state of mourning and living through a “national trauma”. That’s according to the UN Resident Coordinator in Sri Lanka, Hanna Singer, who also warned that beyond the “fear and shock” there was rising concern over a possible “backlash”.

 

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Green jobs: creating decent work for a cleaner future

In an ideal world, all jobs would be “green,” decent work that contributes to protecting the environment.

Dan Dickinson from UN News called Moustapha Kamal Gueye, coordinator of the Green Jobs Programme at the ILO in Geneva, and asked him what kind of green jobs exist already.

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World of work is changing fast, but prevention remains best bet against sickness and injury: ILO 

In an interview with Daniel Johnson from UN News, occupational safety and health specialist Manal Azzi, discusses the pros and cons of technological innovation at work, as well as sustainable solutions to combat climate change, highlighting that prevention really is the key. 

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Creativity works as ‘catalyst’ to overcome slavery: artist Christopher Cozier

Since before the era of the Transatlantic Slave Trade, the arts have been used to confront slavery. Highlighting the importance of creativity as a force for change in societies where people were viewed first and foremost as property,  Christopher Cozier highlights the “self-worth process” that led slaves to become full citizens. 

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