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News in Brief 20 May 2020

  • Guterres: health of Africa ‘hangs in the balance’ from COVID, $200 billion stimulus needed urgently
  • Child food insecurity set to rise by 20 per cent because of COVID
  • Bees, the unsung heroes of sustainable development
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News in Brief 19 May 2020

  • Syria’s warring parties agree to resume talks in Geneva, says UN envoy
  • Bachelet leads appeal for help for South Sudan survivors of sexual violence
  • China urged to lift charges against Tibetan minority human rights defender
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Women ‘pay price’ of increased strains caused by COVID-19 pandemic

Somalia is a land facing problems on many fronts, from severe floods to desert locust swarms and terrorist attacks, but there’s an even darker threat, too: rising sexual violence amid the coronavirus crisis.

After the horrific rape of a young girl last week in the capital Mogadishu, it’s something that the UN wants to help the Government put a stop to more than ever, as Anders Thomsen from the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) tells UN News’s Daniel Johnson.

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COVID-19: ‘Population density is a challenge’, in the Rohingya camps 

After the first Rohingya refugee had tested positive for the new coronavirus late last week, in an overcrowded refugee camp in Bangladesh, the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) announced additional measures and appealed for funds to prevent further spread of the disease. 

Sheltering around 860,000 mainly Muslim Rohingyas who’ve fled neighbouring Myanmar, the camps have a population density one and a half times higher than New York City, raising serious concerns about the potentially severe impact of the virus. 

Communications Officer for UNHCR’s Regional Bureau for Asia and the Pacific, Kasita Rochanakorn, described to UN News’s Anshu Sharma, what action the agency was taking. 

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‘Bold and daring’ action needed against COVID-19, WHO Goodwill Ambassador urges world leaders

Set piece speeches need to be set aside by world leaders attending the World Health Assembly this week, in favour of “bold and daring” action to end the coronavirus pandemic, according to the World Health Organization’s (WHO) Goodwill Ambassador for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and Health.

In an interview with UN News, James Chau, told Maoqi Li, what he expected from the truncated annual meeting of the WHO in Geneva.

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News in Brief 18 May 2020

  • UN chief renews call for solidarity as WHO warns ‘majority’ of world still at risk
  • Outrage over rape of four-year-old girl in Somalia
  • Connecting us all, a beacon of hope, says UN’s Guterres
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News in Brief 15 May 2020

  • Bangladesh: First case of COVID-19 infection confirmed in Rohingya camp
  • UNICEF alert on vaccination and protection gaps in DR Congo linked to pandemic
  • Libya refugees and migrants ‘desperate’ amid food price spike: UNHCR
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News in Brief 14 May 2020

  • UN leads call to protect most vulnerable, from COVID mental health crisis
  • Presidents and Prime Ministers lead call for ‘people’s vaccine’
  • Chemical industry must step up, to prevent more Bhopal-like disasters: UN expert
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Protecting kids’ mental health during COVID-19, as important as physical fitness

It may seem obvious to an adult, but to a child it may not be so clear that they aren’t to blame if they get sick with COVID-19.

That’s one of the key messages that the World Health Organization - WHO - wants to convey as part of the UN campaign to promote good mental health during this incredibly stressful pandemic, full of unknowns.

Just ahead of the UN’s major update on mental health during the crisis, Daniel Johnson, spoke to Dr Fahmy Hanna, from the WHO’s Department of Mental Health and Substance Use. 

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News in Brief 13 May 2020

  • Global trade values fell by three per cent in the first quarter of 2020
  • People living longer, healthier lives but COVID-19 threatens progress: WHO
  • Tuberculosis prevention gains must be protected against pandemic
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