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UN pavilion will feature in Dubai, at Arab world’s first global Expo

London’s Crystal Palace provided the venue for the first ever World Expo back in 1851, and next year, the Arab region hosts the iconic global event for the first time, which will include a United Nations pavilion, the Organization announced on Thursday.

Under the theme “We the peoples shaping our future together”, the space will focus on “the people the United Nations serve, rather than the institution”.

That’s according to Maher Nasser, Director of Outreach for the UN’s Department of Global Communications, who’s leading the UN team at Expo 2020.

He spoke to UN News’s May Yaacoub.

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Transform societies to value older persons, including those with disabilities: UN rights expert

Because impairment is widely seen as a natural part of the ageing process, many older people with disabilities are shut out from receiving the support they need, according to a UN human rights expert.

UN Special Rapporteur Catalina Devandas Aguilar is encouraging governments to ensure older persons with disabilities have a voice in any policies to make cities more inclusive, particularly as the global population ages.

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News in Brief 23 October 2019

  • New High-Level Panel to support millions internally-displaced
  • Safe and healthy working conditions still not upheld as universal human right
  • UN Environment campaign to help disappearing snow leopard thrive
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UN’s highest-ranking female commander hangs up peacekeeping uniform

As the first  woman to command a UN peacekeeping operation, and until very recently the Organization’s highest-ranking female commander, Major General Kristin Lund knows better than most, the importance of engaging women in the field.

Maj. Gen. Lund, now stepping down from the field, spoke to Stéphanie Coutrix about what it means to hang up her uniform, and what plans she has on the horizon.

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‘Deep inconsistencies’ over how States treat terror suspects’ families: UN rights expert

Some countries are defining “whomever they like” as terrorists and exhibiting “deep and problematic” inconsistencies over how they treat family members of suspected extremists in places like northeast Syria and Iraq. That’s according to Fionnuala Ní Aoláin, the UN independent human rights expert dealing with counter-terrorism.en.

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News in Brief 22 October 2019

  • UN food agency reaches besieged Yemenis
  • Children killed and injured in ongoing Libya fighting
  • Turkish assault on northern Syria has ‘significant humanitarian impact’
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News in Brief 21 October 2019

  • UN rights chief calls for "immediate dialogue" in Chile
  • Security Council visits South Sudan
  • UN High Commissioner for Refugees praises Zambia
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Antisemitism the ‘canary in the coalmine of global hatred’, UN expert

The growth of antisemitism 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 antisemitic 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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