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News in Brief 7 June 2019

  • Libya’s migrants and refugees with TB ‘left to die’ in detention centres
  • OHCHR on Australia probe in national broadcaster
  • Hospitals, schools under ‘near daily attack’ in Syria’s north-west: UN humanitarians
  • UN human rights experts call for independent probe into Philippines violations

 

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The UN is almost 75: Does it have the support it needs to survive?

Who wants the death of the UN?

This provocative question is the title – translated into English from Qui veut la mort de l’ONU?  in French – of a new book by Romuald Sciora and Anne-Cécile Robert, two French journalists and experts in international affairs.

In it, they argue that the United Nations is often unfairly held responsible for a lot of the ailments of the world: war, famine, health and environmental crises…

For this new edition of The Lid Is On podcast, Yasmina Guerda spoke to them while they were visiting UN Headquarters in New York, about what, in their view, needs to happen to safeguard the Organization’s future.

Music credit: Massive Attack, by Podington Bear.

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Sri Lanka child sex tourism ‘very widespread’, warns UN rights panel 

The scale of Sri Lanka’s child sex tourism industry has reached such worrying proportions that the authorities should take action immediately, UN-appointed independent rights experts said on Thursday, noting that some impoverished parents are being forced to “sell” their children.  In an interview with UN News’s Daniel Johnson, veteran member of the Committee on the Rights of the Child, Renate Winter, said that the scourge was “very widespread”, particularly in the north of the country. 

 

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News in Brief 6 June 2019

  • More than one million sexually transmitted infections occur every day: WHO 
  • UNICEF reopens thousands of schools in Iraq, but situation ‘remains bleak’ 
  • Global food prices continue to rise
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Education and basic services for West Bank at risk warns UN refugee relief agency 

Unless more emergency funding is received by the end of this month, the UN relief agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA), said on Tuesday that 46,000 children will be unable to start the new school year, along with major cuts to health and other basic services. That’s the warning coming from Gwyn Lewis, Director of UNRWA Operations in the West Bank, who was at UN Headquarters with her counterpart in Gaza, to outline the continuing funding crisis stemming from the United States decision to withdraw support last year. 

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Education and basic services for West Bank at risk, warns UN refugee relief agency

Unless more emergency funding is received by the end of this month, the UN relief agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA), said on Tuesday that 46,000 children will be unable to start the new school year, along with major cuts to health and other basic services.

In an interview with UN News’s Matt Wells, she praised the solidarity and support of the international community since the US decision, insisting the agency is using its funds “very wisely”, ahead of a key pledging conference in New York on 25 June.

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News in Brief 4 June 2019

  • Vital food crops destroyed in Syria amid ongoing escalation in Idlib, Hama
  • Libya’s detention centres ‘filling up faster than UN can evacuate most vulnerable’
  • WHO laments Ebola toll citing insecurity
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Syria: ‘Catastrophe’ looms in Idlib if violence escalates, says WFP spokeswoman

If fighting around the rebel-held Syrian enclave of Idlib escalates, with 300,000 already forced to flee their homes, a humanitarian “catastrophe” could well ensue. That’s according to World Food Programme (WFP) Spokesperson, Marwa Awad, who warns in an interview with UN News that depression and anger is now widespread across the region. 

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‘Everyone can do something’ to beat air pollution: UN environment official

When it comes to tackling air pollution - the greatest environmental threat to health, causing seven million premature deaths per year – “everyone can do something” to help prevent it. That’s the view of Tiy Chung, of the UN Environment Programme’s (UNEP) Climate and Clean Air Coalition, marking World Environment Day, on 5 June.

 

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News in Brief 3 June 2019

  • Catastrophic’ healthcare costs that put mothers and newborns at risk
  • UNESCO chief condemns journalist killing in Chad
  • Canada exhibition set on awakening need for sustainability
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