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UN supporting Samoa’s battle against deadly measles outbreak

UN agencies are assisting authorities in Samoa as they battle a measles outbreak which has killed more than 60 people, mainly babies.

Simona Marinescu, UN Resident Coordinator in the country, discusses developments and plans for long-term recovery with Julia Dean from the UN Information Centre in Canberra.

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Climate change and conflict fuel Mali instability: senior UN aid official

During a visit to UN Headquarters in November, Mbaranga Gasarabwe, the UN Deputy Special Representative in Mali, explained to Conor Lennon from UN News that the current situation in Mali is very different, and more difficult, than it was when she first started working there.

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News in Brief 4 December 2019

  • Humanitarian plan aims to assist 109 million vulnerable people in 2020
  • Transport-related emissions from tourism on the rise
  • Leaders urged to increase people’s participation in meeting the SDGs
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Celebrating the ‘power and potential’ of volunteerism

Volunteerism opens doors and impacts peace and development throughout local communities as well as on a national and global level, according to the chief of UN System Affairs and New York Office of UN Volunteers (UNV). 

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News in Brief 3 December 2019

  • Eight children among dead in attack in Syria’s Aleppo province
  • Only one in five countries has strong health strategy against climate change
  • Zimbabwe ‘facing worst hunger crisis in a decade’
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Ironman raises bar in record-breaking challenge, on behalf of abused children

Can you imagine going to the gym for a 24-hour workout? That’s what Peter Koopmans did between Sunday and Monday, to raise awareness and funds for child victims of sexual abuse, doing thousands of pull-ups, push-ups, and squat thrusts at UNAIDS in Geneva, starting at midday on Sunday – World AIDS Day In an interview with UN News’s Daniel Johnson, the tireless ironman explained what the achievement means for him, and for the human rights organization in South Africa, Operation Bobbi Bear, that’s helping abused youngsters, many of whom have been at risk of contracting HIV.

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News in Brief 2 December 2019

  • COP25: Guterres calls for ‘path of resolve, sustainable solutions’
  • $48 billion and counting, the cost of Israeli occupation for Palestinians
  • AIDS agency worker raises the bar in 24-hour record-breaking challenge
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News in Brief 29 November 2019

  • Violence in DR Congo Ebola hotspot leaves people ‘caught in crossfire’
  • Iraq: Guterres, Bachelet express concern at continued protester deaths
  • UN-appointed panel urges Colombia to do more to stop human rights defender murders
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News in Brief 28 November 2019

  • Zimbabwe facing man-made starvation, says UN expert
  • UN expert on human rights in North Korea visit to Japan
  • Ebola health workers pay highest price in eastern DRC amid attacks by armed groups 
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Meet the volunteers bringing back the sound of music to Switzerland

If you were passionate about a cause, would you give up a well-paid job for it – even if it drove your parents mad?

That’s what Ya Wang from Beijing, China, did, and now he’s helping other volunteers to promote youth empowerment through concerts, through the organization, Up With People.

They’re on tour in Switzerland, which is where UN News’s Daniel Johnson caught up with Ya, along with fellow cast member Ahmed Hassan from Aleppo, Syria, who has his own story to tell.

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