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UN Catch-Up Dateline Geneva – Refugee vaccination, tackling systemic racism and Tigray

In this week’s show, if you’re a refugee, how do you get a COVID vaccine? We hear about the challenges and what’s being done to overcome them. Also, the UN rights chief leads a call for an end to systemic racism at the Human Rights Council...These stories and more, in this week’s UN Catch-Up Dateline Geneva podcast, with Daniel Johnson, and Solange Behoteguy Cortes.

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News in Brief 15 July 2021

  • COVID-19 pandemic ‘nowhere near finished’ says WHO panel
  • Violence ‘coming back to Syria’ warns UNICEF
  • Priest’s death in Indian prison a ‘stain’ on country’s record: UN rights expert
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News in Brief 14 July 2021

  • Coup and COVID-19 fuelling ‘perfect storm’ in Myanmar: UN expert
  • Deadly sea routes cause migrant deaths to double
  • UNCTAD: EU carbon reduction deal won’t hurt developing exporters as badly as feared
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News in Brief 13 July 2021

  • Tigray aid convoy access call @WFP @WHO
  • WHO chief Tedros in new COVID-19 vaccination appeal
  • 270,000 Afghans newly displaced since January 2021: UNHCR
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Traffickers have taken advantage of COVID crisis, new UN study shows

A new study from the UN’s Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) on the impact of COVID-19 on victims and survivors of human trafficking, indicates that the ‘severity’ of abuses and levels of violence have increased during the pandemic.

Louise Potterton spoke to Ilias Chatzis, Chief of UNODC’s Human Trafficking and Migrant Smuggling Section, which developed the new study.   

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News in Brief 12 July 2021

  • Conflict, climate change and coronavirus behind skyrocketing hunger
  • Schools still shuttered in 19 countries due to COVID-19
  • UN rights chief's action call on structural racism
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PODCAST: Somali refugee farmers put down new roots in rural US

Refugee farmers who grew up cultivating crops in Somalia have returned to the land, albeit in the United States, decades after fleeing their country’s civil war.

They’ve been resettled in the US state of Maine after living for years in UN-supported refugee camps in Kenya. For this latest Lid is On podcast from UN News, Daniel Dickinson reports from Maine.

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News in Brief 9 July 2021

  • A third of Haiti’s children in urgent need of aid: UNICEF
  • Creation of Israeli settlements should be ‘war crime’, UN rights expert says
  • Honduras urged to stop criminalizing defence of indigenous rights
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News in Brief 8 July 2021

  • Time is running out for countries at the front line of the climate crisis
  • UNICEF to deliver 220 million vaccines doses to African Union countries by 2022
  • New UN report reveals impact of COVID on human trafficking
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News in Brief 7 July 2021

  • COVID variants ‘winning the race against vaccines’: WHO chief
  • UN Myanmar expert calls for ‘emergency coalition’ to end junta rights abuses
  • Pathway to jobs in education for refugee graduates: UNHCR
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