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Record-levels of smog in New Delhi making ‘the invisible killer, a visible killer’: UN expert

The unbearable levels of air pollution in India’s New Delhi, declared a public health emergency by the local government as of Monday, have made “the invisible killer, visible”. 

That’s from Valentin Foltescu, Senior Programme Management Officer for the UN Environment Programme in India, UNEP, who said that current levels of toxic particles in the capital are 40 times higher than the upper limit of exposure, recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO)

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News in Brief 4 November 2019

  • India’s New Delhi choking on record levels of smog
  • UNICEF urges governments to repatriate children stranded in Syria 
  • Council deeply concerned over political developments unfolding in Guinea-Bissau 
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Building resilience on Colombia's border: FAO

La Guajira, Colombia’s northernmost region, is dry with desert landscapes. It’s prone to drought and food insecurity particularly in rural areas. In recent years, the economic crisis in neighboring Venezuela has pushed over a million migrants across the border, including 165,000 people into La Guajira. The influx  has put a strain on host communities, where food is limited and natural resources scarce, so the UN Food and Agriculture Organization decided to take action.

From FAO, Anais Hotin and Charlotta Lomas have this special report. 

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News in Brief 1 November 2019

  • UN Migration Agency appeals to South Sudan group to free volunteer worker and child 
  • ‘All actors’ must lend support as humanitarian crisis continues in Haiti: UN rights chief  
  • Independent UN expert on torture sounds alarm over Julian Assange’s life 
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LGBTI discrimination still pervasive ‘in every region of the world’: UN rights expert

Discrimination and violence towards members of the LGBTI community continues to be pervasive in every region of the world, with same-sex marriages still considered a crime in 69 countries. 

That’s from Victor Madrigal-Borloz, the UN Independent Expert on protection against violence and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity, who presented a new report to the General Assembly last week outlining how negative notions of LGBTI people manifest, and how best to stop them

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News in Brief 31 October 2019

  • Severe food insecurity alert for 45 million people across Southern Africa
  • Rights experts call for release of Palestinian hunger striker
  • New WHO report targets leading causes of urban deaths
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Governments cannot stay silent on human rights abuses: UN rights expert

UN human rights expert Agnès Callamard has been involved in some of the most talked-about stories of the past year..

Shortly after she called on the Maltese authorities to do more to find those responsible for the death of Maltese journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia, Conor Lennon from UN News asked her if she was surprised that the investigation into the death of Ms. Galizia has not made more progress.

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‘In international law you need two to tango’: senior official explains workings of UN world court

The International Court of Justice is an integral part of the United Nations.

Conor Lennon from UN News caught up with Philippe Gautier, the newly appointed Registrar of the ICJ, and started by asking him to explain the role the ICJ plays on the world stage.

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Contemporary slavery often 'invisible and clandestine': UN rights expert

As the first human rights issue to provoke wide international, slavery is perpetuated by traditional practices such as child and forced marriage, and by the fact that almost half the countries in the world have yet to criminalize it.

According to the latest UN figures, 40 million people were living in a state of modern slavery in 2016. One in four children are in forced labour, and about 98 per cent of women who are in forced labour have also been subjected to sexual exploitation.

Deeply rooted in fear, with victims often “not realizing” they’re enslaved, it becomes "invisible", and "clandestine”, leaving victims unprotected, said Urmila Bhoola, Special Rapporteur on Contemporary Forms of Slavery, who sat down with UN News's Ana Carmo to talk through its causes and consequences.

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News in Brief 30 October 2019

 

  • UN chief voices ‘serious concern’ over Guinea-Bissau political crisis
  • IOM suspends South Sudan Ebola screening, after death of volunteers
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    Negative racial stereotyping of people of African descent has ‘systemic impact’

 

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