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PODCAST: Outgoing 'relief chief' urges better global cooperation to stamp out suffering

The unprecedented rise in people requiring humanitarian assistance will continue unless countries collaborate better to combat conflict, climate change and disease, including COVID-19.

That’s the firm belief of the UN’s top aid official, Mark Lowcock, who leaves this week after four years heading its Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).

He spoke in depth to UN News’s Dianne Penn.

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Filling ‘big boots’ at the UN’s Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus

When Lieutenant Colonel Ján Hric took command of what’s known as Sector 4 in the UN Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus, UNFICYP, he realized that he had “big boots to fill”.

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News in Brief 15 June 2021

  • COVID hitting domestic workers hardest: ILO
  • 'Digital dumpsites' study highlights growing e-waste threat
  • UN calls for immediate access to 33,000 children in Tigray
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News in Brief 14 June 2021

  • Lebanon stretched beyond limit, top UN aid official warns
  • Aid agencies reach remote Sudan communities after decade wait
  • Switzerland in rights spotlight over prisoner: OHCHR
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News in Brief 11 June 2021

  • Rights chief Bachelet condemns attacks on civilians in Myanmar
  • Aid, health teams 'turned away' from accessing the starving in Tigray
  • More families flee violence in Mozambique's Cabo Delgado
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UN Catch-Up Dateline Geneva – Animals in lockdown, Tigray and COVID vaccine alert for Africa

In this week’s UN Catch-Up, we’re getting in touch with the natural world – a photo contest showing what animals make of COVID lockdowns…Plus, the week’s top news stories from UN News, including likely famine in Ethiopia’s Tigray and alarming coronavirus vaccine shortfalls in nearly all African nations. I’m your host in Geneva, Daniel Johnson, and regular guest Solange Behoteguy-Cortes is with us too for closing comments. Thanks for listening.

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Mozambique: Children with ‘fear in their eyes’ need urgent protection and support - UNICEF

The Cabo Delgado region of Mozambique has been plagued by insecurity since 2017, but this year has seen “multiple crises” impact the population there, after militant extremists overran the area around Pemba, killing dozens and displacing a third of the population.

The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) is one of the UN agencies providing relief on the ground, and in an interview with UN News while he’s assessing conditions there this week, Regional Director, Mohamed Malick Fall, said he’s most concerned about nearly 2,000 unaccompanied or separated children, whose survival is on the line. He spoke to Alexandre Soares, of our Portuguese team.

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News in Brief 10 June 2021

  • Tigray alert, with 350,000 at risk of famine
  • Nine in 10 African nations to miss COVID-19 vaccine targets
  • Europe COVID deaths continue downward trajectory
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News in Brief 9 June 2021

  • 'Mass deaths' alert across Myanmar: UN rights expert
  • 'Alarming' rise in antibiotic-resistant pathogens: WHO
  • G7 nations must promote more equitable COVID vaccine access
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News in Brief 8 June 2021

  • Chilly Spring, cold comfort for planet as emissions rise again
  • Ocean blues, as CO2 spike threatens marine life, jobs
  • Rescued Rohingya given food, water in Indonesia
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