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UNcomplicated: The UN turns 75

For their first podcast of 2020, our UNcomplicated hosts, Sinduja Srinivasan and Jason DeWall, celebrate a milestone year for the UN, as it turns 75.

They’ve been talking to Fabrizio Hochschild, who’s leading the world body’s birthday mission, to listen to the concerns of a new generation of global citizens, and keep the UN relevant in the decades ahead.

Music credits: 'The Veil', by the band Signal and Report, written by Chris Hall and Noah Miller; plus their track, 'Abbey Minor'

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News in Brief 8 January 2020

  • UN chief continues engagement to avert Gulf war
  • International community supports aid delivery to West Darfur displaced
  • Livelivehood project in Pakistan to benefit Afghan refugees, host communities 
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News in Brief 7 January 2020

  • Humanitarian situation worsening in Syria's Idlib
  • UN chief concerned over latest Venezuela standoff
  • West Darfur clashes in Sudan displace 40,000
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Tackling climate change ‘more crucial even than disarmament’, says UN Geneva chief  

While nations continue to grapple with major global issues as the new year dawns, such as disarmament and climate change, there is reason to hope that they will work together to resolve the biggest threats to humanity. 

That’s the message from Tatiana Valovaya, Director-General of the United Nations in Geneva. 

In a wide-ranging interview recorded last year with UN News’s Daniel Johnson, Ms. Valovaya explains how she sees the geopolitical situation from her vantage point at the UN’s European headquarters. 

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Sustainability starts with protecting nature: Environment Assembly president

To achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030, the world must first address critical challenges affecting nature.   

That’s the opinion of Ola Elvestuen, president of the United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA), the world’s highest-level decision-making body on the environment.  

Mr. Elvestuen, who is Norway’s environment minister, spoke to Ben Malor and laid out the critical reasons why everyone must mobilize to protect the planet. 

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News in Brief 6 January 2020

  • Australia bushfires: UNICEF offers help
  • New shipping regulation cuts harmful sulphur oxide emissions
  • Cambodia: Building collapse leaves dozens dead
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News in Brief 3 January 2020

  • Latin America and Caribbean world's second most disaster-prone region
  • Humanitarians monitoring displacement following West Darfur clashes
  • Chef with UN climate project urges support for smallholder farmers
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News in Brief 2 January 2020

  • UN envoy commends successful conclusion of Guinea-Bissau presidential election
  • UN kicks off 75th anniversary dialogues, everyone urged to ‘join the conversation’
  • Investing health works yields ‘triple dividend’, WHO chief says
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THE LID IS ON: The dignity of work, Louisiana style 

A photography project to document the ‘humanity, and quiet dignity’ of workers in the United States has been launched by the UN’s specialized agency, the International Labour Organization (ILO). 

The aim of the project, which comes as ILO celebrates its 100th birthday, is to look at the working lives of Americans across the country and listen to their hopes and fears for the future. 

For this edition of our flagship podcast show, The Lid is On, Daniel Dickinson joined ILO on the road as it reached the southern US state of Louisiana.   

Music credit: Audiobinger, Rise and Shine 

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News in Brief 31 December 2019

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