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UN Catch-Up Dateline Geneva: The communities who are fighting climate change with their bare hands

In this final show of 2021, climate wars and how the UN refugee agency is trying to help the world’s most vulnerable communities including those in the Sahel; a “COVID tsunami” alert from the WHO chief; and Security Council condemnation for gruesome killings in Myanmar. Plus, an end-of-year message of solidarity and hope from UN chief António Guterres.

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UN Catch-Up Dateline Geneva: A year at the Human Rights Council  

Following resolutions on climate and COVID vaccine equity, this week’s show highlights why the UN’s top rights forum is more relevant than ever, according to outgoing President Nazhat Shameem Khan from Fiji, who has been overseeing the work of the Human Rights Council in Geneva for a year. 

And, an appeal to “fight like hell” for vaccine equity, from the World Health Organization’s Maria Van Kerkhove.  

This and other top stories from the week, with closing comments from regular guest, Solange Behoteguy-Cortes.

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‘We have an obligation to solve the hunger problem’: award-winning chef Andrew Zimmern  

Award-winning chef and TV personality Andrew Zimmern was recently named a Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), expanding his global advocacy to fight hunger and food waste around the world.  

In an interview with UN News, Mr. Zimmern speaks about the implications posed by a growing food crisis, and how, as a “land of plenty”, the United States has a responsibility to help solve the hunger problem.  


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News in Brief 23 December 2021

  • ‘Existential’ funding threat for Occupied Palestinian Territories 
  • No country can boost its way out of COVID pandemic: WHO’s Tedros 
  • UN Security Council allows ‘humanitarian exception’ on Afghanistan aid funding  
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News in Brief 22 December 2021

  • Yemen alert: 8 million face reduced rations says WFP
  • Ignoring COVID-19 will simply perpetuate it, warns UN health agency
  • India urged to release Kashmiri activist by independent rights experts
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News in Brief 21 December 2021

  • Alarm over Sudan reports of sexual violence and live rounds used against protesters 
  • ‘Appalling’ plight of migrants and refugees at Belarus-Poland border  
  • Thousands head home voluntarily from Zambia to DR Congo  
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News in Brief 20 December 2021

  • Philippines Super Typhoon Rai: UN humanitarian response
  • Lebanon: UN chief Guterres urges political unity
  • Somalia emergency funds desperately needed says relief chief
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PODCAST: COVID-19 forces relief rethink at world’s largest humanitarian hub

International Humanitarian City (IHC) in Dubai, the world’s largest humanitarian hub with some 135,000 square metres of warehouse space, has been transformed by the COVID-19 pande

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News in Brief 17 December 2021

  • Ethiopia: severe human rights violations and abuses continue  
  • Viet Nam in rights spotlight over sentencing of activists for ‘anti-State propaganda’ 
  • Cameroon: Intercommunal clashes continue to displace thousands 
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UN Catch-Up Dateline Geneva: Lifesaving advice at Central African COVID-19 call centre

In this week’s show, we’re in touch with a very busy COVID-19 call centre in the Central African Republic; we’ll also hear from the Human Rights Council where Ukraine’s unresolved crisis has been in the spotlight. An alarming heat record has been declared in the Arctic and we’ll hear some plain speaking from World Health Organization chief Tedros, on the issue of boosters and vaccine inequity. Not forgetting closing comments from the show’s regular guest, Solange Behoteguy-Cortes. That’s all coming up, in this week’s UN Catch-Up Dateline Geneva.

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