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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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News in Brief 31 May 2019

  • States accused of 'ganging up' on Wikileaks' Assange
  • Asia-Pacific resolutions, solid foundation for SDGs
  • Somali refugees continue to flee Yemen: UNHCR
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News in Brief 30 May 2019

  • A ‘strong and united Europe’ never more needed, declares UN chief Guterres
  • UN’s women’s health agency ‘strongly’ condemns gang rape of child in Somalia
  • A major win for transgender rights
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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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News in Brief 29 May 2019

  • Tobacco still killing eight million every year - UN health agency
  • China’s ‘remarkable’ creative economy marches ahead
  • Family farms are ‘drivers of sustainable development’
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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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News in Brief 28 May 2019

  • Thousands flee into Niger, following violent attacks in Nigeria
  • North Korea traps people in deprivation, corruption, repression and bribery – OHCHR
  • Anti-Semitism spread is not isolated, warns UN human rights office
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News in Brief 27 May 2019

  • Yemen war update as 27 children are killed in just over 10 days
  • UN Mission in Libya, alarmed over attacks, kidnapping
  • Major new UN Habitat Assembly gets underway in Nairobi
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