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News in Brief 20 December 2019

  • UN chief pays tribute to Pope Francis for defence of “most vulnerable” 
  • Lesotho: tens of thousands ‘one step away from famine’ as drought impacts harvests 
  • Targeted killings of rights activists in Iraq continue with complete impunity 
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News in Brief 19 December 2019

  • Tobacco use falling at last among males, says WHO 
  • Cholera cases decreased globally by 60 per cent in 2018: WHO 
  • Terror threat in Nigeria’s north-east inspires musical of hope 
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News in Brief 18 December 2019

  • Asia-Pacific trade decline
  • Protect children standing up for rights for all: UNICEF
  • More women could soon access breast cancer drug: WHO
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News in Brief 17 December 2019

  • World must ‘reboot’ approach to refugees: UN chief
  • Niger needs far ‘greater attention’ says deputy UN relief chief
  • Minority rights needs strengthening in Kyrgyzstan: UN expert
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News in Brief 16 December 2019

  • Global Refugee Forum opens in Geneva
  • WFP reports 50 per cent scale-up in Yemen
  • Harness youth potential to end hunger: FAO chief
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Last 30 years have seen major progress in fight against corruption: senior UN official

The UN is committed to fighting corruption, which affects all countries.

Ahead of a conference in Abu Dhabi, to discuss issues relating to the Convention, John Brandolino, Director of the Division of Treaty Affairs for UNODC, spoke to Elena Vapnitchnaia, about the ways that thinking about corruption has evolved.

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DR Congo Ebola outbreak: helicopter team begins lifesaving vaccinations 

One of the major challenges in eradicating the deadly Ebola virus in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, is the threat from numerous armed groups preventing health teams from reaching at-risk communities.  In an interview with UN News’s Daniel Johnson, Dr. Michel Yao from the World Health Organization explains how the agency is deploying helicopters to remote areas, as it adapts to the volatile situation.  

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News in Brief 13 December 2019

  • Air bridge vaccination operation begins in Ebola-hit DR Congo 
  • India’s citizenship act ‘fundamentally discriminatory’, says UN rights office 
  • 40th anniversary of smallpox eradication marked on Friday 
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UN Special Envoy takes stock of Yemen’s ‘shift’ towards peace

A year has now passed since the Government of Yemen and Houthi rebels met in Sweden for UN-sponsored talks, aimed at ending a brutal conflict that has generated the world’s worst humanitarian crisis.

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Top UN official in Mauritania dispels misconceptions over slavery, women’s rights

Supporting Mauritania’s efforts to protect its eastern border from jihadists and other destabilizing elements is just one aspect of the UN’s work in this “quiet” corner of North Africa.

That’s according to UN Resident Coordinator for Mauritania, Anthony Ohemeng-Boamah, who spoke to Dianne Penn about UN assistance there, and the need to “clear the air” over negative reports about slavery and gender equality.

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