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News in Brief 30 April 2019

  • Floods in Iran: worst damage in over 50 years, as UN supports recovery effort
  • Breastfeeding protects children from obesity, new UN studies confirm
  • Story of Jazz celebrated worldwide with International Jazz Day
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News in Brief 29 April 2019

  • Civilians need ‘urgent’ help amid Tripoli airstrikes, clashes
  • UN, global health agencies sound alarm on drug-resistant infections
  • UN’s prevention of genocide official co-hosts summit to tackle hate speech
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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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News in Brief 26 April 2019

  • Guterres calls for ‘quantum’ leap in resources and will for development and climate solutions
  • New Mozambique storm rips off roofs, brings lashing rain as aid response kicks in
  • Mali insecurity leaves one in three Mopti schools closed
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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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News in Brief 25 April 2019

  • ‘Zero malaria starts with me’: UN health agency 
  • UN project to aid 140,000 in the Sahel 
  • ‘A dark day’ for media freedoms in Myanmar 
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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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