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News in Brief 16 August 2022

  • First UN chartered ship carrying wheat for Africa leaves Ukraine 
  • UN envoy travels to Myanmar for the first time
  • New UN climate chief appointed
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News in Brief 15 August 2022

  • One year since Taliban takeover women and children suffer
  • UN chartered ship carrying wheat to Ethiopia leaves Ukraine 
  • Fifth attempt to pass UN Oceans Treaty begins in New York
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PODCAST: Developing northern Uganda - Market forces

Okubani Market is located in northern Uganda’s Yumbe District, within the Bidibidi refugee settlement which, during the South Sudan civil war, was the largest settlement of its kind in the world.

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News in Brief 12 August 2022

  • Ukraine: first UN aid ship due to dock and load up with grain
  • Attacks on Ukraine health care continue, warns WHO
  • Funding gap for UN’s humanitarian operations is biggest ever, warns OCHA
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News in Brief 11 August 2022

  • Guterres warning on Ukraine’s Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Plant
  • Young workers have been hit hardest by COVID fallout, says UN labour agency
  • UN rights chief Bachelet alarmed at number of Palestinian children killed in new escalation
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Blockchain reaction: The high cost of unregulated cryptocurrency

After two years of incredible gains, the prices of Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies have plunged in recent months; and more turbulence is likely, according to the UN trade and development agency, UNCTAD.

In its latest podcast, the Geneva-based agency is talking about cryptocurrencies with economist Marina Zucker of UNCTAD’s debt and development finance branch.

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News in Brief 10 August 2022


  • UN chief expresses solidarity with Republic of Korea after deadly floods
  • Ukraine: UN ups aid appeal to cater for 2 million more in need of aid
  • 10,000 Da’esh fighters estimated to operate on Syria-Iraq border
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Sri Lanka’s economic crisis affects nutritional needs, WFP warns

While the economic crisis has impacted numerous sectors across Sri Lanka, nutrition security has been particularly affected.

According to recent UN data, 6.3 million people have been rendered food insecure, meaning that they cannot access a nutritious diet on a daily basis.

The World Food Programme (WFP) in the country is working towards solutions to the current food crisis.

UN News’s Anshu Sharma spoke to WFP’s Country Director, Abdur Rahim Siddiqui, and started by asking him about the economic impacts on people’s lives.

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News in Brief 9 August 2022

  • July 2022 one of three warmest on record, WMO confirms
  • UNITAID calls for more investment to scale up production of breathing devices for premature babies born in Ukraine
  • WHO warns against misguided attacks on monkeys in Brazil, following spread of the Monkeypox virus
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News in Brief 8 August 2022

  • Any attack on a nuclear plant is 'suicidal', warns UN chief
  • Suitable workers conditions need during extreme heat in Iraq, ILO warns
  • Amplify indigenous women’s voices – Guterres
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