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News in Brief 22 January 2021

  • Guterres hails entry into force of treaty seeking nuclear weapons ban 
  • Darfur’s health centres ‘unable to cope’ with intercommunal violence 
  • Migrants need fair access to COVID-19 vaccine, say UN Special Rapporteurs 
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Podcast: UN Catch-Up Dateline Geneva - episode 6

In addition to the week’s main news headlines focusing on President Biden’s potentially massive boost to global cooperation, we’ll be hearing from Myanmar, where the UN is helping to tackle child labour.

Plus, insight from guests Solange Behoteguy-Cortes and Alpha Diallo…thanks for listening! 

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News in Brief 21 January 2021

  • US commitment to rejoin key climate deal welcomed by UN’s Guterres
  • US plans to re-engage with World Health Organization  
  • Top US medical adviser announces intention to resume major role in global health
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News in Brief 20 January 2021

  • Central Mediterranean: 43 die in first shipwreck for the year, IOM and UNHCR report
  • Violence disrupting main supply chain in Central African Republic
  • UN agencies concerned over worsening humanitarian crisis in Cabo Delgado, Mozambique
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News in Brief 19 January 2021

  • UN health agency underlines dangers of ‘vaccinationalism’ over COVID-19 
  • Mass protest calls in Haiti, raise spectre of fresh rights violations 
  • UN mourns peacekeepers killed in continuing Central African Republic violence 
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Migration chief calls for all displaced to be included in national COVID-19 vaccination plans

The head of the UN migration agency, IOM, is strongly advocating for governments everywhere to respect the “fundamental right of healthcare” when it comes to ensuring vulnerable migrants and the displaced get equal access to COVID-19 vaccines.

In an interview for UN News, António Vitorino wants migrants to be included in all plans. The agency's Yasmina Guerda, began by asking the Director General to outline the overall impact of the pandemic on migrants and the displaced.

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Many Tigray refugees entering Sudan with nothing but their clothes: UNHCR 

Nearly 60,000 people from Ethiopia’s volatile Tigray region have now crossed the border to remote southeastern Sudan, after more than two months of fighting, many with just the clothes on their backs. 

The emergency has created a massive protection challenge for the UN refugee agency in SudanUNHCR, which is doing everything it can to provide what they need, as spokesperson Axel Bisschop tells UN News’s Daniel Johnson. 

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News in Brief 18 January 2021

  • UN chief urges restoration of law and order after Darfur killings 
  • Libya talks in Geneva break deadlock with agreement on interim leadership deal 
  • UN rights office calls for release of Russian dissident Navalny 
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State of the Planet: Pandemic slows efforts to adapt to climate crisis

The COVID-19 pandemic is likely to hamper the efforts of developing countries to adapt to the climate crisis. This is the analysis of UN climate mitigation expert, Dr. Henry Neufeld.

Dr. Neufeld warns that, whilst the pandemic should have allowed governments to invest more use of green technologies, and bounce back stronger than before, there is little evidence so far that this is happening.
 

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Migration will continue to rise, despite pandemic, says UN official

Migration is part of the modern world, and it is not going away despite a COVID slowdown, a UN official has told UN News.

Jorge Bravo from the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA), explained to Conor Lennon from UN News that the longer-term trend is showing an increase in the numbers of people leaving their countries of origin to live elsewhere.

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