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News in Brief 19 July 2022

  • 'Moment for Nature' debate addresses environmental threats
  • Voluntary repatriation of Congolese refugees from Angola resumes
  • $15 million allocated to fight hunger in Central African Republic
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News in Brief 18 July 2022

  • Nelson Mandela honoured as ‘mentor to generations’
  • Ghana confirms first outbreak of Marburg virus disease
  • Half the world in climate crisis ‘danger zone’ says Guterres
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After tragedy, how one road safety activist changed things for the better

While Giovanni Pintor was right in the middle of what turned out to be a devastating car accident, the only thing on his mind was what he would tell his mother. But that turned out to be the least of his worries after his two brothers were killed when their car lost control on a notoriously deadly bend in his native Sardinia, in Italy.

Today, the 25-year-old youth activist and UN staff member uses a creative approach that involves hip-hop concerts and street basketball tournaments to show how young people can be agents for change, as he tells Daniel Johnson.

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News in Brief 15 July 2022

  • Iran: UN expert welcomes life verdict for former prison official involved in mass executions
  • Vaccine backsliding left 25 million kids at risk in 2021
  • Tunisia: Presidential decrees ‘sap’ judicial independence, says UN rights expert
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TRADECAST: Africa’s future - why economies must diversify

In the second episode of their Weekly Tradecast, UNCTAD talks to Paul Akiwumi, Director of the Africa, Least Developed Countries and Special Programme division. Soaring food and energy prices are hitting especially hard as the region struggles with the impact of the pandemic and climate change.

Mr. Akiwumi, who led the production of the UN trade and development body’s latest Economic Development in Africa Report, says that to cope with this crisis and insulate itself for the future, Africa must rethink how it diversifies its economies to attract investment and narrow huge income gaps.

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UN Catch-Up Dateline Geneva: Haiti violence, Africa zoonotic disease spike, Aboriginal ‘cultural genocide’ claim

This week, aboriginal art custodians from the Burrup Peninsula in Western Australia come all the way to Geneva to tell us they’re facing cultural genocide, while in Haiti, gang violence is creating a serious problem for UN relief teams. Across Africa, we find out why there’s serious concern about the spread of animal-to-human disease, and in the Philippines, a court ruling on Nobel winner, Maria Ressa, has sparked alarm.

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News in Brief 14 July 2022

  • Philippines: rights expert speaks out against court decision against Maria Ressa
  • Africa sees 63% jump in zoonotic diseases from animals to people in last decade
  • Climate financing could play key role in Africa’s economic diversification: UNCTAD
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News in Brief 13 July 2022

  • UN food agency chief warns against trade barriers ahead of talks on Ukraine Black Sea cereals crisis
  • Sri Lanka: appeal for calm from UN rights office
  • Russia: Top rights experts condemn civil society shutdown
  • Multi-country hepatitis outbreak in children widens: WHO
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News in Brief 12 July 2022

  • Haiti gang violence threatens over a million food insecure: WFP
  • Security Council approves new cross-border aid deal for 6 months
  • Big pharma needs to boost efforts to beat drug-resistant bugs: WHO
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News in Brief 11 July 2022

  • World population to reach 8 billion
  • Children caught in conflict
  • UN chief calls for dialogue in Sri Lanka
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