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News in Brief 25 November 2019

  • UN chief praises peaceful Colombia protests, condemns violence 
  • UN Mission, community leaders, condemn South Sudan rioting
  • Mine action champion, Norway hosts anti-landmine summit 
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Gaza youth facing ‘daily existence in a nightmarish scenario’

With unemployment in Gaza standing at 54 per cent, young people there are living “a daily existence in a nightmarish scenario”, according to Jamie McGoldrick, UN Humanitarian Coordinator for the occupied Palestinian territory.

Mr. McGoldrick spoke to May Yaacoub about challenges facing UNRWA, the UN agency that assists the Palestinian people, which continues to face a staggering $200 million funding shortfall.

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News in Brief 22 November 2019

  • New DRC Ebola virus transmission chain risks reversing major gains: WHO
  • Venezuela: WFP makes urgent appeal for US$196 million to help millions of refugees, migrants
  • Libya: 600 migrants discovered on at least nine boats in Mediterranean Sea
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Four in five adolescents fail to meet minimum exercise level

It’s widely understood that exercise is good for you, but how much should that be?

In the first global study of its kind into schoolchildren aged 11 to 17 years old, the World Health Organization (WHO) found that four in five of them are not active for even 60 minutes of exercise a day – that’s the minimum recommended amount.

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News in Brief 21 November 2019

  • UNICEF spotlights degree of vulnerability for Syrian children living in conflict
  • Governments ‘failing’ to tackle business-related rights abuses
  • Stark disparity in overall prisoner health versus persons walking free, new study shows
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News in Brief 20 November 2019

  • Children are leading calls for a sustainable future: UN chief
  • Huge disconnect between global warming goals and fossil fuel production: new UN report
  • UN experts call for release of lawyer detained in ‘double jeopardy’ case
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Central Sahel on the ‘cusp of disaster’: WFP’s Marwa Awad

Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger are facing a “toxic combination” of escalating violence, displacement, hunger, poverty and climate change, which has driven the whole central Sahel region to the “cusp of disaster”. That’s according to World Food Programme (WFP) spokesperson, Marwa Awad, who was in Burkina Faso just a few days ago, where already this year, civilian deaths are four times the level they were for the whole of 2018, and close to half a million have been displaced.

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News in Brief 19 November 2019

  • Almost daily attacks plunge Sahel into ‘three-country crisis’: WFP
  • Live ammunition reportedly used against protesters in Iran
  • US declaration on Israeli settlements does not alter international law: OHCHR
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News in Brief 18 November 2019

  • Negotiating a nuclear-weapons-free zone in the Middle East
  • Aid-dependent countries must direct national development priorities
  • UN, African Union make significant joint commitment to global health
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News in Brief 15 November 2019

  • ‘Deadliest year yet’: UN warns over migration deaths in Americas
  • DRC Ebola infection rate drop is ‘encouraging’ news: WHO
  • Central African Republic: 20,500 displaced by unseasonal, heavy rains in Bangui
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