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News in Brief 24 January 2020

 

  • 258 million out of school 'unacceptable': UN General Assembly President
  • UN assisting hundreds affected by intercommunal attack in Abyei
  • UN refugee agency calls landmark climate asylum ruling a 'wake-up' call
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Quality education: ‘Key to life’

All societies are undermined without quality schooling for all said the President of the UN General Assembly (PGA), in an interview just ahead of the International Day of Education.

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Policing a 50-year rift: the UN Mission in Cyprus

The United Nations has been involved in the divided island of Cyprus for more than half a century, policing and monitoring a buffer zone between the Republic of Cyprus and the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus.

Conor Lennon asked Elizabeth Spehar, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Cyprus, to explain why the UN is still needed on the island.

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News in Brief 23 January 2020

  • Top UN court orders Myanmar to protect Rohingya from genocide
  • 75 years post-Auschwitz, antisemitism still threatens democracy
  • Global forestry gets a boost
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State of Our World: Elliott Harris, Marta Roig and Dawn Holland in conversation

The UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs recently released two major reports on the global economy and inequality.
Hear the UN Chief Economist Elliott Harris and lead authors Marta Roig and Dawn Holland discuss the solutions to get us back on the right track.

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News in Brief 22 January 2020

  • Independent UN rights experts call for investigation into alleged Saudi hacking
  • UN chief welcomes formation of new Lebanese Government 
  • Somalia: Humanitarian response plan calls for $1 billion in aid  
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‘Comprehensive response’ needed to protect civilians in eastern DR Congo

Following a rise in attacks on civilians allegedly committed by the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) armed group in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), coupled with attacks against Ebola workers, an independent assessment of the UN peacekeeping response by the MONUSCO Mission, was established last December.  Lieutenant General Carlos Alberto Dos Santos Cruz, who led the assessment team, was at UN Headquarters in New York on Monday to brief the Security Council and told UN News’s Monica Grayley that the armed groups main agenda is criminal, not political.   

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News in Brief 21 January 2020

  • China confirms coronavirus transmission between humans
  • Lebanon: UN rights office calls for de-escalation of protest violence
  • Game-changing tool on hunger
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News in Brief 20 January 2020

  • WHO-backed study outlines benefits of quitting smoking prior to surgery
  • UNESCO laments impunity for journalist killings
  • Top humanitarian officials urges continued support for occupied Palestinian territory
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Sustainability goals can be the ‘wind under the wings’ of the UN at 75: deputy chief

2020 marks the beginning of the UN’s Decade of Action.

In an interview with Conor Lennon from UN News, Amina Mohammed, the Deputy Secretary-General, outlined the many reasons to be positive about the impact the Agenda is having on people’s lives, even if progress has not been as fast as hoped.

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