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News in Brief 03 October 2018

  • Trade war threatens outlook for global shipping, warns new UNCTAD report
  • ‘Preventing violence and exploitation of children is everyone’s business’: Deputy UN chief
  • Indonesia: CERF allocates $15 million to bolster relief assistanc
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PODCAST: digital tech for the global good

The first in a series of special episodes of The Lid Is On, looking at how digital technology is being used to tackle some of the world's biggest problems, from climate change to disaster relief.

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News in Brief 02 October 2018

  • Humanitarians fear for Indonesia’s worst-hit quake areas
  • New cholera vaccine campaign underway in Yemen
  • Smoking destroys the environment and undermines sustainable development
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UN Mission in Darfur, important ‘source of protection’ to displaced and civilians of Golo: rights chief

UNAMID is a valuable “source of protection” to people in central Jabal Marra, an area strongly affected by the long-running conflict across the Sudanese region, according to Marcel Clement Akpovo, the Mission’s Chief of Human Rights.  Mr. Akpovo, who recently met with internally displaced persons in Jabal Marra, Darfur, Sudan, spoke with UNAMID’s Setyo Budi.

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News In Brief 01 October 2018

  • UN mobilizing to support Indonesia: ‘hearts go out to all affected’ says Guterres
  • UN agency for Palestine Refugees temporarily withdraws staff following ‘worrying’ security incidents
  • ‘Selfless South Sudanese surgeon awarded top UN prize
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South Sudanese doctor wins top UNHCR award for tireless efforts

For 20 years, Doctor Evan Atar Adaha has been providing medical services to the conflict-affected people of Sudan and South Sudan. Today, his dedication against all odds is being rewarded, as he is the winner of the 2018 Nansen Refugee Award – a prize given annually by the UN refugee agency, UNHCR, to honour the women and men who work tirelessly to help people caught in humanitarian crises.

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In an interconnected world, multilateralism is essential: New Zealand PM

Speaking to UN Social Media’s Charlotte Scaddan in the VIP Social Media Zone, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern described what her Government is doing to tackle some of the big global challenges, from gender equality to climate change to migration.

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Data can help solve world’s biggest problems, if we use it well

By investing in data and making sure that it is used responsibly, some of the world’s biggest challenges can be solved, said Claire Melamed, CEO of the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data (GPSDD), at UN Headquarters in New York on Thursday.

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News in Brief 28 September 2018

  • Ebola response back on track, despite UN alarm over uptick in DR Congo violence
  • South Sudan alert as record numbers face 'catastrophic' food insecurity
  • Deadly repercussions of lack of NGO boats in Mediterranean – IOM, UNHCR
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Off-screen, lead ‘Game of Thrones’ actor takes up arms to defend the planet

It would be a stretch to describe Jaime Lannister, the character in the hit TV Show Game of Thrones, played by Danish actor Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, as a positive role model.

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