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Anti-Semitism the ‘canary in the coalmine of global hatred’, UN expert

The growth of anti-Semitism worldwide is a sign that other forms of hatred and xenophobia are becoming more destructive and widespread, the UN Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief, Ahmed Shaheed, warned on Friday.

Speaking to Conor Lennon from UN News, Mr. Shaheed began by confirming that the global rise in anti-Semitic violence is significant and worrying.

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News in Brief 18 October 2019

  • Amid ongoing fighting in north-east Syria, civilians continue to flee violence
  • Unprecedented flooding affects thousands of locals, refugees in South Sudan
  • Modern-day ‘farm slave’ rescue highlights pervasive human trafficking in Ukraine
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New York students show value of school, community support in ending poverty

Providing academic enrichment programmes, as well as health and wellness services which empower students and address community needs, is the goal of a New York City school that is working to break the cycle of poverty.

Alexandra Teitel brought students from the Gregory “Jocko” Jackson School of Sports, Arts and Technology in Brooklyn to UN Headquarters on Thursday for an event commemorating the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty.

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Nobel-winning economist outlines simple and inexpensive steps to fight poverty

Low-cost initiatives such as insecticide-treated mosquito nets and child de-worming programmes are proof that the world can take effective action to reduce poverty, a Nobel Prize-winning economist has said, as the world marks the International Day dedicated to its eradication.

Michael Kremer, alongside fellow professors Abhijit Banerjee and Esther Duflo, won the 2019 Nobel Prize for Economics for their research in fighting poverty.

 

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News in Brief 17 October 2019

  • Record-high number of civilian casualties in Afghanistan: UN Report
  • Tuberculosis infections declining, but not fast enough among the poor
  • New labour research identifies strategies for tackling poverty and inequality
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UNICEF advisor outlines solutions to malnutrition, following landmark report

   On Tuesday the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) revealed that a stark proportion of the world’s children are not receiving adequate nutrition, with half of all children under-five lacking essential vitamins and nutrients in their diets for proper development.  

The agency’s Senior Advisor for Infant and Young Child Nutrition says the figures from UNICEF’s most comprehensive report on the issue in 20 years, demonstrate a need for families and children to “demand nutritious food.” 

 

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News in Brief 16 October 2019

  • New UN political mission in Haiti
  • Global cancer cases expected to spiral
  • End cycle of violence against rights defenders
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With the end of peacekeeping in Haiti, UN commitment there remains

Although United Nations peacekeeping operations are over in Haiti, the Caribbean country will not “be alone” as a new political mission focused on sustainable development begins its work there on Wednesday.

That’s the message from Jean-Pierre Lacroix, UN Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping, who has been reflecting on achievements during that 15-year period.

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News in Brief 15 October 2019

  • In Syria, violence continues ‘on both sides’ of border with Turkey
  • Concerns over deportation of Haitian migrants from Bahamas to Haiti – OHCHR
  • IOM organizes first humanitarian charter flight from Algeria to Niger
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News in Brief 14 October 2019

  • Military operation in northeast Syria could see unintentional release of ISIL affiliates: UN chief  
  • Guterres praises UN-led peace talks to end Ecuador’s unrest 
  • Stop the waste: UN food agencies call for action to reduce global hunger  
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