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News in Brief 18 September 2020

  • Belarus debate in spotlight at Human Rights Council 
  • Syria: potential war crimes in Turkish-affiliated armed group areas  
  • Eastern Ukraine: UN humanitarian office sees signs of hope in ‘relative calm’ 
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News in Brief 17 September 2020

  • Hurricane Sally: ‘Historic, catastrophic flooding’ in southern US states
  • Rights violations continue in Burundi under new Government: UN report
  • Historic UN Summit brings leaders together in first virtual General Assembly
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The global fight to keep schools open, and safe from COVID

Many countries still have COVID-19 related restrictions on social gatherings, but the UN system is fighting to ensure that as many schools as possible can stay open, citing the cr

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UN Secretary-General's opening remarks at press conference

UN Secretary-General's opening remarks at #UNGA press conference, on 16 September 2020

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News in Brief 16 September 2020

  • Guterres speaks out in support of affordable COVID vaccine for all 
  • Ozone treaties ‘inspiring examples’ of political will: Guterres 
  • Venezuela abuses amounted to crimes against humanity: UN-appointed panel finds 
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Mixed report card for protecting natural biodiversity can be turned round, say experts 

The number of plants and animals on the planet that are at risk today would be far higher without globally agreed safeguards and action to protect them - but it still far from good enough - UN biodiversity experts said on Tuesday. 

In a call for far greater commitment from all nations to safeguard human wellbeing and the planet’s, the body that oversees this work – the Convention on Biodiversity urged all those gathering for a UN Summit at the end of the month to broaden their ambition. 

From the Convention, here’s Executive Secretary Elizabeth Mrema and Deputy Executive Secretary David Cooper, talking to UN News’s Daniel Johnson. 

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News in Brief 15 September 2020

  • Record northern heat, fuels concerns over US wildfire destruction 
  • Concerns for Rohingya sea rescue survivors as three die after seven-month ordeal at sea 
  • Action needed now to protect world’s biodiversity - UN’s Global Biodiversity Outlook report  
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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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