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Syria: ‘Every story is moving’, UN food relief agency calls for more access 

Wrapping up a two-day visit to the northwest part of Syria last week, UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta Fore, and World Food Programme (WFP) Executive Director David Beasley stressed the urgent need to provide families with basic services.  During their trip, they met nine-year old schoolchildren who were born the year the war started and are catching up on their learning after years of missing out. 

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News in Brief 9 March 2020

  • ‘Yawning gender power gap’: UN chief
  • ‘Serious rights violations’ in Iran: UN rights expert
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News in Brief 6 March 2020

  • COVID-19: countries, businesses must protect people as virus spreads, urges UN rights chief 
  • Europe sees warmest winter on record – UN weather agency 
  • Americas first region to show more than 30 per cent of women parliamentarians – IPU  
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Satellites give insight on coronavirus, other diseases

With COVID-19, an on-going global concern, satellite imagery can play a powerful role in tracking where we are and how we’re responding to “restrictions on movement” due to the

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Coronavirus knows no borders: UN in China shares lessons learned so far 

The streets of China’s capital having gone eerily quiet, following the COVID-19 outbreak, Beijing is now slowly returning to its usual vibrant self.  The UN offices in Beijing will reopen on Monday, and in an interview with UN News, Resident Coordinator in China, Nicholas Rosellini, said good communication was vital to avoid panic, and unwarranted stigmatization around the world.  

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Javier Pérez de Cuéllar reaped diplomatic success ‘perhaps without parallel’ in UN history

The former Secretary-General Javier Pérez de Cuéllar, who has died aged 100, was responsible for a series of diplomatic breakthroughs that were “perhaps without parallel, in the history of the UN.”

That’s according to his most senior aide, Chef de Cabinet Virendra Dayal, in an interview on Thursday by phone from his home in Delhi. Mr. Dayal praised the “inherent decency and integrity” of the former UN chief, who served two terms that saw the end of the Cold War, telling UN News’s Matt Wells that Mr. Pérez de Cuéllar played a key role in the transition, “in an absolutely masterly manner.”  

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News in Brief 5 March 2020

 - Tributes pour in for former UN chief Javier Pérez de Cuéllar

 - 290 million students out of school amid COVID-19 measures 

 - Lower food prices linked to coronavirus concerns 

 - Young women and girls ‘still most at risk from HIV’

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UNcomplicated: International Women’s Day

Why is it so difficult to make gender equality a reality? 

Our UNcomplicated podcast hosts, Sinduja Srinivasan and Jason DeWall, discover that one major reason is the prevalence of violence against women.

For this show marking International Women’s Day 2020, we hear from Kalliopi Mingeiorou, a top UN official working to end violence against women, and also from a survivor of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), Maryum Saifee, who’s become a tireless campaigner against this ritualistic and global human rights abuse against women and girls.

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Coronavirus COVID-19: don’t panic, says top UN economist

As deaths continue to rise from the coronavirus outbreak, its economic consequences are becoming clearer, too.

In an interview with UN News’s Daniel Johnson, Pamela Coke-Hamilton from the UN Conference on Trade and Development, UNCTAD, highlights how the challenge posed by the disease to China’s key role in global manufacturing, will likely affect rich and poor countries alike.

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News in Brief 4 March 2020

- Progress aside, world still a violent place for girls and women: UN report

- Iraq religious leaders working to prevent COVID-19 spread

- Countdown to end of Ebola underway in DR Congo 

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