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Global fishing trade shows net increase which world can manage sustainably, says FAO

Around one in three fish stocks is unsustainably netted, representing a “huge challenge” to all countries on the planet, according to a new report from the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) released on Monday. Audun Lem, Deputy Director of the agency’s Fisheries and Aquaculture Policy and Resources Division, spoke to Daniel Johnson about the findings.

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Libya has agreed to change migrant detention policy, says IOM chief

The Libyan authorities have “in principle” agreed to let the UN migration agency (IOM) take care of people rescued from the Mediterranean Sea, rather than put them in detention, IOM Director General William Lacy Swing told Jens Renner on Friday, adding that thousands of people still remain in detention .

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News in Brief 06 July 2018

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Forests: A ‘safety net’ for poor rural people, says UN agriculture official

One-in-five people around the world count on forest products for food, income and nutritional diversity – generating more than $88 billion in income, according FAO’s State of the World’s Forests 2018, launched on Friday.

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Poverty ‘obvious’ driver of radicalization in Lake Chad region: AU envoy

It is not impossible to address the challenges of the Lake Chad region if local people can find ways to make a sustainable living, said Bineta Diop, AU Special Envoy on Women, Peace and Security, adding that the linkage between poverty and radicalization was “obvious”. Daniel Dickinson asked her how big the development challenges were in the area.

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Promise of universal health coverage ‘nothing’ without high quality at its centre: WHO official

A recent joint study by the World Health Organization (WHO) and its partners reveals poor-quality health care in all countries, which could negate the promise of universal health coverage if left unaddressed, according to Edward Kelley, WHO’s Director of Service Delivery and Safety, who spoke to Daniel Johnson about how these findings could affect the global push for universal health coverage.

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‘Nexus’ of security and climate change impacts fisherwomen on Lake Chad

UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed has seen first-hand how the ‘nexus’ of security and climate change is affecting the lives of poor women in the Lake Chad basin area who depend on fishing for their livelihoods.

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News in Brief 05 July 2018

  • Syria: Civilians continue to suffer in crossfire, UN officials speak out
  • Yemen’s UN envoy reassured by warring parties’ ‘strong desire’ for peace
  • All countries falling short in delivering quality health care, says UN report
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News In Brief 04 July 2018

  • Mali facing ‘alarming’ rise in rights violations, warns UN expert
  • 'Deep concern' over Chinese rights activist’s health
  • Syria’s Yarmouk is a ‘hell-hole in utter ruins’: UNRWA
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PODCAST: Ending border dispute, just one problem Eritrea must solve

For this edition of our UN & Africa podcast, Sheila Keetharuth, ending her six-year mandate as the Special Rapporteur on Eritrea, talks to Daniel Johnson after presenting her last report to the Human Rights Council in Geneva.

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