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News in Brief 3 June 2022

  • 100 days into Ukraine war, humanitarian needs remain massive
  • Yemen truce extension welcomed but children still at risk from years of conflict – Guterres, agencies
  • Mixed results from eight round of Syria talks in Geneva
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UN Catch-Up Dateline Geneva: Too young to have a stroke? An activist shares his story

Having a stroke is something many of us associate with older people, but that’s not always the case, as we find out, in this week’s interview with a courageous stroke activist who’s been telling staff at UN Geneva how he managed to learn to speak again. In Yemen, the UN migration agency IOM, has issued a warning about the tens of thousands of migrants from Africa who continue to be trafficked, shot or worse; in Geneva, North Korea’s missile tests have prompted strong words at the UN’s top disarmament forum; while 100 days of war in Ukraine have had predict ably awful results for most of the country’s youngsters. Last but not least, we’ll also hear a potentially promising COVID immunity update from the WHO.

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Cause for ‘optimism’ that Ukraine war can end, as UN humanitarians prepare for harsh winter

There is room for optimism that the war in Ukraine will end, but meanwhile, the UN is planning how best to protect millions of civilians through the harsh winter that begins in just a few months’ time.

That’s according to Crisis Coordinator for Ukraine, Amin Awad, speaking exclusively to UN News, marking the 100 days since the 24 February Russian invasion of Ukraine.

Abdelmonem Makki, began by asking Mr. Awad if he thought the fighting could end anytime soon.

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News in Brief 2 June 2022

  • Lead us out of our environmental ‘mess’, UN’s Guterres urges summit
  • COVID-19: Omicron infection offers ‘limited protection’ against reinfection
  • Threats, intimidation and obstruction’ could disrupt Cambodia elections
  • North Korea in spotlight over missile tests at top UN disarmament forum
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News in Brief 1 June 2022

  • Ukraine: At least two children killed in war every day, says UNICEF
  • UN rights chief welcomes abolition of death penalty in Central African Republic
  • Security Council urged to support efforts to end M23 insurgency in DR Congo
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Blue helmets offer us hope, says budding Ukrainian peacekeeper

When your country is at war, chances are you might have other priorities than attending an event at the UN that promotes peace. 

But that’s not the case for Ukrainian teenager Daria Yelisieienko, who travelled all the way from her war-torn country this week, to show her support for United Nations peacekeepers everywhere.  She spoke to UN News's Daniel Johnson in Geneva.

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News in Brief 31 May 2022

  • Over one billion methamphetamine tablets seized in East and Southeast Asia
  • Yemen-bound Horn of Africa migrant numbers tick up, despite ongoing conflict
  • Tobacco industry is killing people and our planet, says UN health agency
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News in Brief 30 May 2022

  • Do more for environment or risk planet becoming ‘human sacrifice zone’: UN-appointed independent rights experts
  • New Sudan visit by Special Rapporteur Adama Dieng
  • Fresh famine alert for Horn Of Africa
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Civil society calls for ambition at UN Ocean Conference

Ocean and global climate are intrinsically linked – and if the “right decisions are made at the UN Ocean Conference, the Ocean will be a big part of Portugal’s future”. 

That’s the view of Samuel Collins, a project manager at the Oceano Azul Foundation in Lisbon. 

The organization plays a big role in ocean literacy, aiming to educate a “blue generation”, works on ocean conservation, and also supports the development of startups creating products and services with positive environmental impact. 

UN News’s Ana Carmo talked to Sam Collins, and started by asking him about the expectations for the upcoming UN Ocean Conference that will take place in the Portuguese capital at the end of June. 

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News in Brief 27 May 2022

  • Disaster summit calls for more early warning systems
  • UNHCR expands aid to Ukrainian refugees in Poland
  • UN chief condemns recent deadly attacks in Afghanistan
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