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PODCAST: UN chief names COVID, a ceasefire, and climate as UN75 priorities

Although COVID-19 continues to dominate the headlines, a host of other global challenges have not gone away, such as conflict, famine and the existential threat posed by climate change.

In this edition of our Lid is On podcast, UN News’s May Yaacoub spoke to UN Secretary-General, António Guterres, to find out what his priorities are for the event.

 

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News in Brief 14 September 2020

  • Belarus concerns lead opening session of Human Rights Council
  • Global surge in attacks against journalists covering protests, says UNESCO
  • Support arrives for hundreds made homeless by Greek island refuge fires
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It’s time for a criminal probe into Yemen tragedy, say UN rights experts

All parties to the conflict in Yemen - and the humanitarian catastrophe that it has created – are responsible for terrible crimes which should be investigated by an international criminal probe.

That's the message from rights investigator Melissa Parke, member of a Human Rights Council panel, who recently spoke to UN News’s Daniel Johnson about the findings of its latest report. 

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News in Brief 11 September 2020

  • New fires at Greek island refugee camp ‘destroy all remaining accommodation’ 
  • Ebola: DR Congo outbreak could spread across border 
  • Fears of disease spread amid devastating flooding in Sudan 
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COVID-19: infections are worsening everywhere, warns UN agency for Palestine refugees 

Keeping COVID-19 infections at bay among Palestinian refugees has never been so important at the start of this new academic year, the UN Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) has said. 

In an interview with UN News’s Daniel Johnson, agency spokesperson Tamara Alrifai explains how the agency has put changes in place to keep the 5.6 million people it helps safe in Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, West Bank - including East Jerusalem and the Gaza Strip. 

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News in Brief 10 September 2020

  • 'Halt deadly misinformation' in global vaccine race: UN chief
  • 58 countries pledge industrial transfats elimination: WHO
  • Southeast Asia commits to fight coronavirus 'as one'
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News in Brief 9 September 2020

  • Yemen war crimes fears highlighted
  • WFP welcomes $50 million Yemen boost
  • Mali must end slavery: UN rights experts
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News in Brief 8 September 2020

  • Alexei Navalny poisoning must get independent probe
  • Burkina Faso: 535,000 children under five ‘acutely’ malnourished
  • 83 migrants rescued in Sahara Desert bound for Libya
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News in Brief 7 September 2020

  • Alert over migrants stranded following Mediterranean rescue
  • Andaman Sea ordeal claims 30 Rohingya refugee lives
  • Call for world action over clean air and blue skies
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News in Brief 4 September 2020

  • More support needed to aid Beirut children's return to class
  • Violence could spark new DR Congo mass displacement
  • UNRWA appeal to help Palestine refugees keep COVID at bay
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