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News in Brief 11 December 2019

  • Malnutrition sweeping Asia-Pacific region
  • Palestinian aid plan for those in ‘greatest need’
  • Egypt: UN experts fight for Coptic Christian rights defender
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‘Ending sexual violence against girls must be our goal’: UNFPA chief 

Every day, 33,000 girls under the age of 18 are married, often against their will and one in three women will face sexual violence.  Ending these scourges is the aim of the 16 Days Against Violence campaign, led by the UN sexual and reproductive health agency, UNFPA, which ended on Tuesday 10 December, Human Rights Day.  Here’s the agency’s Executive Director Dr Natalia Kanem, speaking to UN News’s Daniel Johnson in Geneva.  

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News in Brief 10 December 2019

  • Samoa measles outbreak claims 70 lives, majority are children under five  
  • Protecting indigenous people ‘our responsibility’ says activist 
  • World economy ‘in grip of global slowdown after 2018 surge’ 
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Alaskan teen activist encourages youth to speak up for human rights

An American teenager is using his voice to raise awareness of how climate change is having an impact on his small indigenous village of Akiak, Alaska. 

Carl Smith, 17, spoke to Dianne Penn prior to travelling to New York  to participate in a panel discussion for Human Rights Day, which this year focuses on youth activism. 

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News in Brief 9 December 2019

  • Inequality risks splitting society apart ‘on scale not seen since industrial revolution’ 
  • Bachelet: mobilize everywhere to protect climate and dignity for everyone 
  • Official: it’s now a war crime to intentionally starve communities in civil wars 
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UNDP’s Achim Steiner highlights growing inequality between haves and have-nots

The 2019 Human Development Report (HDR) – entitled Beyond income, beyond averages, beyond today: inequalities in human development in the 21st Century - was launched on Monday, in Bogota, Colombia.  This year’s report shows that a new generation of severe inequalities in human development is emerging, even as the gap is narrowing, on many of the unresolved inequalities of the 20th century.  Achim Steiner, UN Development Programme (UNDP) Administrator, talks about the Human Development Report’s main messages to the world.  

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News in Brief 6 December 2019

  • Spike in Syria attacks on civilians
  • Australia’s end to medical evacuation for refugees may put lives at risk
  • Haitians facing ‘dramatic’ food crisis
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Measles vaccine is safe and protects children and communities: UN health expert

Measles deaths and infections are spiking again globally, and Governments everywhere should do more to convince parents that it is safe to vaccinate their children.

That’s the message from the World Health Organization’s Dr Kate O’Brien, Director of Immunization and Vaccines.

In an interview with UN News’s Daniel Johnson, she describes the impact of a major outbreak of measles on the Pacific island nation of Samoa, where thousands of children have contracted the disease. 

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News in Brief 5 December 2019

  • At least 58 lives lost off coast of Mauritania
  • Measles epidemic continues in Samoa
  • Around 2.3 Zambians facing food insecurity
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UN supporting Samoa’s battle against deadly measles outbreak

UN agencies are assisting authorities in Samoa as they battle a measles outbreak which has killed more than 60 people, mainly babies.

Simona Marinescu, UN Resident Coordinator in the country, discusses developments and plans for long-term recovery with Julia Dean from the UN Information Centre in Canberra.

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