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News in Brief 11 October 2019

  • Turkey’s Syria offensive could spark another catastrophe, warn humanitarians
  • Burkina Faso conflict and violence force 500,000 from homes
  • 'White extremist’ use of social media in attacks must be curbed
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Space technology that’s helping small States survive climate change

Fifty years since the first moonwalk, space technology has made a huge difference to life on earth – just think about all those weather and telecommunications satellites orbiting way above us.

Now, with the help of high-precision satellite imagery and a nifty mobile phone app, UN satellite experts are aiming to give small island States threatened by natural disasters and climate change, the best chance of survival.

In an interview with UN News’s Kina Vujanic-Beck to celebrate World Space Week 2019, UNOSAT’s Dr. Einar Bjorgo, explains how technology out there in orbit, can be applied for development and humanitarian ends.

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UN’s workplace mental health initiative addresses ‘simmering’ issue

Over half of all UN staff work in field duty stations, some of which have “extraordinary stressors” that need to be faced every day.  

That’s from Fabrizio Hochschild, the UN Assistant Secretary-General for Strategic Coordination, who spent 30 years working around the world as a humanitarian with the Organization, and has battled with mental health issues himself. 

In an interview with UN News’s Natalie Hutchison, he explained why the UN launched the initiative, to address concerns from Headquarters in New York, to the world’s conflict zones.

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News in Brief 10 October 2019

  • World Mental Health Day shines spotlight on high youth suicide rates
  • UN winning the fight against Ebola in DR Congo
  • New UN data centre will improve refugee assistance: UN chief
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‘We all have a role to play’ battling growing scourge of cybercrime

In an era when a lone cybercriminal can sow chaos, taking whole countries offline, everybody in the world with a smartphone in their pocket, has “a role to play” in the fight against the growing scourge. That’s the view of Neil Walsh, chief of the cybercrime team which is part of the UN’s Office on Drugs and Crime. Matt Wells asked Mr. Walsh to describe the state of the underground cybercrime industry worldwide today.

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News in Brief 9 October 2019

  • Alarming number of women mistreated during childbirth: WHO study 
  • Conference to fund global disease fight kicks off in France 
  • UN celebrates postal network on World Day 
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Poverty and male impunity, leading to increased trafficking of women

Millions are trafficked around the world each year, and more than 70 per cent of them are women, according to UN figures. In an interview with UN News, Hilary Gbedemah, chairperson of the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) says that poverty, male impunity and forced migration are just a few of the factors boosting the numbers. 

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News in Brief 8 October 2019

  • One billion people suffer from preventable eye conditions: WHO
  • Latest shipwreck tragedy off Italian coast brings deaths at sea to 1,071
  • It’s time for Australia to roll back restrictive asylum and migration policies, urges Michelle Bachelet
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If you’re stateless, ‘just going to school is a problem’ 

What does it mean to be stateless? After her story was highlighted by UNCHR Goodwill Ambassador Cate Blanchett on Monday, UN News’s Daniel Johnson caught up with Maha Mamo, who grew up in Lebanon before being given Brazilian nationality.

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News in Brief 7 October 2019

  • UN warns against civilian displacement in northeast Syria following US withdrawal
  • UN Mission in Libya condemns airstrike which injured children at riding club
  • Tolstoy lands in Geneva to mark a century of international cooperation
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