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Antimicrobial resistance - the next pandemic?

All around the world, people, plants and animals are dying from infections that cannot be treated – even with the best medicines available. 

That is because of the rise in antimicrobial resistance - the increasing failure of antibiotics and other life-saving drugs to treat diseases. 

It is a global problem that threatens to be the cause of the next pandemic, as the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Chief Veterinary Officer Keith Sumption explains to FAO’s Charlotta Lomas.  

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Space technology: Nations of Asia-Pacific combine forces in race for the stars

The Asia-Pacific region is home to some of the most advanced space-faring nations on the planet; but at the same time, many countries there are lagging behind when it comes to developing space technology. 

UN News’ Vibhu Mishra spoke with Keran Wang, head of the Space Applications Section at ESCAP, for the latest on how space technology can help boost development.

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News in Brief 18 November 2020

  • Cold chain Ebola vaccine expertise will help Africa beat COVID: WHO 
  • Ethiopians affected by Tigray crisis need access to clean water, food: UN 
  • Iraq urged to halt new executions of terror suspects, compounding injustice: Bachelet
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Preserving African burial grounds, protecting history 

The Black Lives Matter movement that is sweeping the world, has its origins in the transatlantic slave trade of the 16th century, and new impetus today, to honour and preserve the resting places of those who were enslaved, and their descendants.  

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News in Brief 17 November 2020

  • ‘Potentially catastrophic’ impact in Central America from new hurricane: UN 
  •  ‘Full-scale crisis’ unfolding on Ethiopia’s border with Sudan: UNHCR 
  • Civilians Continue to Flee Insecurity in Cabo Delgado Mozambique 
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African girls access ‘avenue to achieve aspirations and rights’: UN deputy chief 

Empowering girls in Africa can put them on the fast track to achieve their aspirations and basic rights to which they’re entitled, but too often denied.  

That’s according to the UN Deputy Secretary-General, Amina Mohammed, who is on a two-week solidarity visit to West Africa and the Sahel to underscore the United Nations’ support for the region, during the on-going COVID-19 pandemic.  

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News in Brief 16 November 2020

  • Israel should reverse new West Bank settlement expansion plans: UN’s Mladenov 
  • Defending people’s rights in Cambodia is not a crime, says UN Special Rapporteur 
  • ‘World’s biggest trading bloc’ will create a manufacturing powerhouse: UN trade agency 
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Sexual abuse a problem for the whole UN system: Victim’s Rights Advocate

As the UN’s first-ever Victims’ Rights Advocate, Jane Connors has to confront an uncomfortable reality: sexual abuse and exploitation – or SEA for short - carried out by UN personnel.

UN News’s Conor Lennon, spoke to Ms. Connors who said that, since then, it has become more apparent that the on-going issue of sexual abuse and exploitation goes well beyond the peacekeeping sector.

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News in Brief 13 November 2020

  • Reported Ethiopia massacre: UN rights chief warns of spiralling situation 
  • Aid response ramps up for hurricane Eta victims in Central America 
  • Mozambique Cabo Delgado situation is ‘desperate’, warns Bachelet 
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News in Brief 12 November 2020

  • Neglected tropical diseases: Countries endorse new targets to eradicate 20 killers 
  • Landmine toll still high amid concerns over COVID-19 impact 
  • Philippines hit by sixth major storm in five weeks 
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