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UN refugee agency aids nearly 1,000 vulnerable to Sri Lanka reprisal attacks

Following a series of bomb blasts on Easter Sunday that killed over 250 people and injured many more, concerns have remained for the safety of refugees and asylum seekers living in Sri Lanka.

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PODCAST: Peace, prosperity? We’ve never had it so good, Steven Pinker tells UN

We’ve never had it so good – that’s the data-driven message delivered at UN Headquarters this month, by one of the world’s foremost public intellectuals, Harvard psychologist Steven Pinker.

He was delivering the Economic and Social Council’s (ECOSOC) Inaugural Presidential Lecture, with the journalistically counter-intuitive declaration, that humankind is more peaceful, prosperous, healthy and free, than ever before.

For this latest UN News Lid Is On podcast, Matt Wells caught up with Professor Pinker who explained why the Sustainable Development Goals are one of the most “glorious, noble, thrilling” achievements of all time.

Music credit: Hallucinations, by Yung Kartz.

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Space explorers’ search for life depends on international trust, says astronaut

Space exploration may be about going boldly where no-one has gone before, as Starship Enterprise Captain James T. Kirk often said, but it is also about understanding how to protect life back on earth, and promoting international cooperation. That’s what former French astronaut Jean-François Clervoy told UN News’s Daniel Johnson, at a screening of two short films shot from space, The Overview Effect and A Beautiful Planet.

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Peacekeepers in Cyprus push for ‘safe and secure environment’ across ‘whole’ divided island

Establishing goodwill between Greek and Turkish Cypriots, through activities that involve children, women and the elderly, ‘blue helmets’ with the UN Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP) are working towards a “bi-zonal, bi-communal federated state”, to ensure a “future where the whole of the island can live in a safe and secure environment” says Force Commander, Major-General Cheryl Pearce. Just ahead of the International Day of Peacekeepers marked on Wednesday, Maj. Gen. Pearce spoke to Julia Dean from the UN Information Centre in Australia.

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New emergency Ebola response chief in DR Congo promises more listening, to end ‘frequent interruptions’ in fightback

The newly appointed UN Ebola response chief in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has promised to listen more to the fears and concerns of local people in a bid to end “frequent interruptions” hampering the fight against the deadly virus. Response Coordinator David Gressly, who is also deputy head of UN Stabilization Mission in the DRC, MONUSCO, told UN News that violence by numerous armed groups, protests and demonstrations, together with political mistrust, had adversely affected the Government and World Health Organization-led response. 

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Lack of media diversity an ‘effect of slavery’, BuzzFeed beauty director

As the beauty director of digital media giant BuzzFeed, Essence Gant makes sure its content is inclusive and sensitive – helping to balance representation and reflect diversity. Highlighting lack of diversity as a “direct result of the effects of slavery that we're still dealing with”, Ms. Gant told UN News's Ana Carmo what media needs to do to change the narrative.

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Why UNICEF’s $7 million funding appeal is so important for Afghan children

The UN Children’s Fund, UNICEF, has just made an appeal for $7 million to help treat extremely vulnerable children who are suffering from the worst form of malnutrition. In an interview with UN News’s Daniel Johnson, UNICEF Spokesperson Christophe Boulierac explains how the agency provides help throughout the war-torn country – and what could happen if it doesn’t get the funding it needs.

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Drought in Somalia could hit not only livelihoods but also ‘pastoralists identity’ 

With drought in Somalia on the verge of affecting 2.2 million across the country - almost a fifth of the population - UN agencies are calling for urgent funds for critical livelihood support.   Stressing that drought is causing crops to fail and livestock to die, OCHA’s Justin Brady said that not only livelihoods were at stake, but the whole centuries-old “identity” of pastoralists in the region. 

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A world without bees would wipe out many staple crops, UN warns on World Bee Day

What would a world without bees look like? Their absence would mean no more coffee, apples, almonds, tomatoes and cocoa, to name just a few of the crops that rely on pollination for yield and quality.  For this Target Zero Hunger podcast, Charlotta Lomas spoke to FAO’s Abram Bicksler about sustainable agriculture practices that can help protect bees.

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Young social entrepreneur in India turns wedding waste into meals for the needy

On a mission to feed hungry citizens, a young social entrepreneur in India, is tackling the food waste challenge there, by rescuing food left over from weddings, parties and supermarkets. Padmanaban Gopalan takes advantage of geolocation technology by allowing restaurants and individuals to log into his “No Waste Food” app, where “they can find the nearest community that can take their food, instead of throwing it in the bin”. 

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