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Saudi teen set to be ‘fully integrated’ in Canadian society: UNHCR

Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun, who arrived in Canada on Friday, “wants to go back to school as soon as possible” said Jean-Nicolas Beuze, the UN Refugee Agency’s representative (UNHCR) in Canada. The social media-savvy teenager was granted asylum after fleeing her own family in Kuwait fearing she would be killed.  Speaking by phone from Canada, Mr. Beuze explained to UN News's Hafiz Kheir how her case had been resolved so quickly.

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How blockchain technology could help developing countries’ creative sector

With growth of 14 per cent per year in China alone, so-called creative industries could be a “gamechanger” for emerging economies, a new report by  UNCTAD suggests. In an interview with UN News, the agency’s Pamela Coke-Hamilton, explains that these countries need to put sufficient digital safeguards in place to reap the full benefits.

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News in Brief 14 January 2019

  • Challenges still abound, 30th years on from landmark child rights treaty
  • The disaster that rocked Haiti nine years ago
  • UN experts plead for life of mentally-ill former police officer
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Surviving the Haiti earthquake: a UN staffer’s story

In 2010 a devastating earthquake hit Haiti, reportedly killing up to  220’000 people, including 102 UN personnel. One of those who survived was Sophie Boutaud de la Combe: head of Communications for the UN Mission for Justice in Haiti.

Conor Lennon from UN News  started by asking what happened when the quake struck.

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News in Brief 11 January 2019

  • Suffering of North Korea’s citizens is unchanged, warns UN rights expert
  • Thousands risk lives to flee fighting in last Syria’s last ISIL enclave
  • Cautious welcome for DRC Ebola decline in cases in epicentre
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Eight years into Syria’s brutal war, storm in Lebanon compounds refugee ‘misery’

In Lebanon, the plight of Syria’s 900,000  registered refugees just got a little worse, with the arrival of Storm Norma, which brought heavy winds and snow across the country last weekend.  In an interview with UN News’s Daniel Johnson, Philippe Lazzarini, Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator for Lebanon, explained what the organization is doing to help.

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News in Brief 10 January 2019

  • UN Chief calls for calm following disputed Congo election result
  • Regional Somalia elections praised by UN
  • Conflict in North-East Nigeria ‘has created a humanitarian tragedy’
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New Myanmar Rakhine violence could escalate rapidly, warns top UN relief official

Securing access to thousands of people affected by fighting in Myanmar’s Rakhine state is a priority for the United Nations, the organization’s top relief official in the country told UN News on Wednesday.  Acting Resident Coordinator and Humanitarian Coordinator for Myanmar, Knut Ostby, spoike with UN News's Daniel Johnson.

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News in Brief 9 January 2019

  • ‘Relative calm’ in Yemen port cities following UN-backed ceasefire agreement
  • ‘Storm clouds brewing for global economy’: World Bank
  • ILO celebrates 100 years of advancing social justice
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Lights, camera, action: new TV pilot shines spotlight on UN women

Award-winning producer James Manos, Jr. has written a pilot for a new television series focused on United Nations women staffers and the sacrifices they make to ensure the organization's goals are met.  Marking World TV Day, Mr. Manos and top screen actress, Serinda Swan, spoke to UN News’s Liz Scaffidi, for this latest edition of our Lid Is On podcast series.

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