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News in Brief 17 September 2021

  • Paris climate deal could go up in smoke without action: Guterres
  • Lebanon crisis needs international assistance urgently: WHO chief 
  • Refugees face dire consequences from COVID-19 underfunding 
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UN Catch-Up Dateline Geneva: Climate warning, Afghanistan, Burundi, Yemen

In this week’s show, an appeal for support for Afghanistan’s people from António Guterres, who also warns that we’re at a “tipping point” for climate action; we also hear from the fifth and final Commission of Inquiry report on Burundi – it’s still talking of crimes against humanity…. And an interview with UN-appointed independent human rights expert Dr Ardi Imseis, on Yemen’s unrelenting conflict and its impact on the country’s most vulnerable people.

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News in Brief 16 September 2021

  • World at ‘tipping point’ for action on emissions and climate change 
  • Torture, killings, lawlessness, still blight Burundi’s rights record 
  • Venezuela: judiciary’s independence ‘deeply eroded’, warns rights probe  
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Kyne Introduces Mat dos Santos

Kids are mad, and they’re willing to take it to court.

Children from across the planet have been sounding the alarm about the climate crisis, fearful that their future will be unlivable. And now they’ve got a lawyer on their side.

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News in Brief 15 September 2021

  • Global economy projected to show fastest growth in 50 years 
  • UN deputy chief condemns Mogadishu suicide bombing 
  • Cluster bomb victims rise, despite progress in eliminating weapons 
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News in Brief 14 September 2021


  • First humanitarian flight to Kabul marks ‘turning point’: WFP 
  • After 10 years of war in Syria, siege tactics make their return 
  • Unremitting suffering in Yemen in spotlight at Human Rights Council 
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News in Brief 13 September 2021

  • Support Afghans in their most perilous hour, urges UN’s Guterres  
  • Bachelet warns of deteriorating human rights situation in Afghanistan 
  • Nuclear watchdog announces deal with Iran over surveillance  
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PODCAST: Sowing seeds of solidarity, after the Tree of Life Synagogue killings

Kaylee Werner was a teenager when a gunman attacked the Tree of Life Synagogue in the US city of Pittsburgh, on October 27, 2018. It was the deadliest attack on the Jewish community in the nation’s history, with 11 people killed and nine injured.

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Concrete commitments needed to aid Afghan people, declares UN relief chief

With half of Afghanistan’s children under five at risk of severe malnutrition and two-thirds of the country needing humanitarian assistance, the UN’s emergency relief coordinator is urging the international community to provide real commitments at a crucial aid conference on Monday.

In an exclusive interview for UN News in Geneva ahead of the conference, Daniel Johnson sat down with the newly-installed head of UN humanitarian affairs, (OCHA) Martin Griffiths, who recently returned from his first visit to Afghanistan, now under Taliban control.

He called on the Taliban to recognize the scale of need across the country and urged them to respect the rights of women and girls.

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News in Brief 10 September 2021

  • Afghanistan: Taliban violence against protesters increasing, warns OHCHR
  • Hungry Afghans resort to extreme coping strategies to feed families
  • Human rights abuses intensify in eastern DR Congo: UNHCR
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