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Child exploitation spotlighted by World Day against human trafficking: UN crime-fighting agency

Just over a quarter of people trafficked worldwide are children, according to latest figures from the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF). Marking the 2018 World Day against Trafficking in Persons this Monday, UNODC is highlighting the urgency of acting “as soon as possible” to prevent the crime. Fabrizio Sarrica, a UNODC research expert on human trafficking, has been speaking to Michelle Kusuma, who asked him how this year’s campaign addresses current challenges in child trafficking prevention.

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Peacekeeping remains an ‘important tool’, even as risks grow and resources shrink: UN Peacekeeping chief

Despite a diminishing budget and rising casualties among ‘blue helmets’, peacekeeping remains “a very important tool” in the promotion of peace and stability, according to Jean-Pierre Lacroix, Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations. In an interview with UN News, Mr. Lacroix stressed the need to prepare peacekeepers for “more dangerous environments”, while cautioning against over-reduction of resources.

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Lao victims fled dam disaster floodwater with nothing: IOM

In Lao People’s Democratic Republic, commonly known as Laos, the UN is involved in an emergency relief operation after a huge dam breach on Monday released floodwater that destroyed entire villages.  Speaking from Bangkok, IOM’s Chris Lom, told UN News’s how the agency aims to help in the worst-affected areas.

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News In Brief 27 July 2018

  • ‘Warehouses emptying’ amid growing humanitarian needs in south-west Syria
  • Mediterranean migrant deaths passes 1,500 mark for fifth year in a row
  • IOM lends support to victims of Lao dam disaster
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Mass deportation from Algeria of migrants highlighted by UN human rights panel

Algeria’s reluctance to address its violent past has meant that it has “stepped back” on basic human rights, the UN Human Rights Committee said on Thursday, in Geneva.   José Manuel Santos Pais, member of the Human Rights Committee, spoke to UN News on the committee's report on Algeria.

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News In Brief 26 July 2018

  • People with HIV at higher risk of losing jobs –UN report
  • DR Congo: UN Mission faces growing expectations as resources continue to shrink
  • Forced eviction in Kenya’s Kibera settlement ‘a gross violation’ of human rights
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Security Council extends UN mission in Cyprus mandate by six months as ‘challenges on the ground’ persist

On Thursday, the UN Security Council extended the mandate of the UN Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP) by six months.  Elizabeth Spehar, Special Representative of the Secretary-General in Cyprus and Head of UNFICYP – told UN News why UNFICYP is still needed today.

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‘Lots of good news’ but more action needed to save the planet — UN environment chief

Major advances are being made to better safeguard natural environments across the world, but more action is needed if the planet’s long-term survival is to be ensured, according to the UN’s top environment official. The pursuit of the Sustainable Development Goals, or SDGs, is moving Governments in the right direction, but more must be done, he told Liz Scaffidi.

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People of Gaza ‘can’t understand silence of international community’

The people of Gaza “can’t understand the silence of the international community” over the “suffering” they are enduring; that’s according to Jamie McGoldrick, the UN Humanitarian Coordinator for the Occupied Palestinian Territory.  Mr. McGoldrick, who visited the Gaza Strip last week, spoke with UN News.

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News In Brief 24 July 2018

  • Ebola outbreak in DRC declared over: WHO
  • Appeal for peaceful Zimbabwe elections amid threats of violence
  • Cause of deadly fires in Greece still unknown, say UN weather experts
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