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Language is key to a brighter future for region that ‘inspired’ Tolkien, says ethnic speaker at UN talks

Karelia in the Russian Federation is a land of lakes, rivers and forests whose culture inspired Lord of the Rings author, J.R.R. Tolkien – the community proudly says - but it is at risk from climate change, big industry and a language that is in danger of dying out.  In an interview with Daniel Johnson, Alexey Tsykarev, from the Centre for Support of Indigenous Peoples in Karelia, maintains that indigenous languages and centuries-old practices need far greater protection.

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News in Brief 22 July 2019

  • ‘Deep sadness’ at passing of IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano
  • UN peacekeeping in Mali boosted with addition of 250 UK troops
  • UNESCO chief condemns killing of Afghan radio journalist
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One in two Venezuelan families on the move face ‘drastic’ choices to survive

A “continued flow” of Venezuelans out of their country is to be expected, UN humanitarians said on Friday, highlighting the many risks faced by families on the move, such as begging, child labour and even so-called survival sex.  In an interview with UN News’s Samuel Mungai, UN refugee agency spokesperson Liz Throssell, explains that one in two families have encountered problems on their perilous journeys.

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News in Brief 19 July 2019

  • Hottest June on record – it's official
  • Don’t panic, support DRC in fight against deadly Ebola virus, UN health agency urges
  • One in two Venezuelan families on the move face ‘drastic’ choices to survive
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Ebola ‘not top of people’s agenda’ in DRC communities, says UN health agency

An Ebola virus outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo has already killed more than 1,700 people since last August, but communities there are more worried about measles and basic services, says the World Health Organization (WHO). In an interview with UN News’s Daniel Johnson, Dr. Margaret Harris explains how the added focus on DRC since the outbreak was declared an international emergency earlier this week, could be an opportunity to do much more to help people in the longer term.

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News in Brief 18 July 2019

  • UN independent experts urge Italy to stop 'criminalising' migrant rescues 
  • In Myanmar, girls trafficked abroad for sex work, says UN independent expert
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Head of UN’s most populous region calls for more progress on Sustainable Development Goals

Professor Armida Salsiah Alisjahbana  Executive Secretary of ESCAP) has warned that her region is set to miss all of the 17 SDGs which underpin the 2030 Agenda.

Ms. Alisjahbana was speaking to Conor Lennon from UN News in New York, and she began by outlining the message that she wants to get across during her time at UN Headquarters.

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News in Brief 17 July 2019

  • It’s time to find and arrest remaining war crimes fugitives – UN prosecutor
  • Politicization of migrant ‘crisis’ in Hungary making them scapegoats, rights expert warns
  • Ethnic Russians reach out to other indigenous groups at UN forum
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Shadows of exclusion, social stigma, darken road to sustainable development

Discriminatory laws cast “long shadows” of exclusion, subordination and social stigma, and we must commit to breaking down the barriers these laws can create, to embrace “inclusivity”.  That’s according to Justice Edwin Cameron, appointed by Nelson Mandela as the first openly gay Judge on South Africa’s Constitutional Court, and widely seen as a hero for his fight to end all forms of inequality and exclusion.

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‘Exciting and potentially defining’ moment for Sudan, with people ‘taking power back’, says top UN Adviser

With Sudan so much at the centre of the whole “volatile” Horn of Africa region, its political fate will have major “implications for a number of other quite vulnerable” neighbouring countries, according to the UN’s Special Adviser on the country. Nicholas Haysom, was recently in New York, and in an interview with UN News, spoke about how “resolving the Sudanese crisis would generate stability” for the entire region. 

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