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News in Brief 23 April 2020

  • Libya: Heavy shelling, COVID-19 pandemic creates ‘perfect storm’
  • Developing countries crippled by debt need urgent relief
  • Message of solidarity from UN chief as millions of Muslims begin ‘very different’ Ramadan
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News in Brief 22 April 2020

  • COVID-19 will only give brief respite to climate crisis
  • Planet hotter than ever: UN weather agency on Earth Day
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News in Brief 21 April 2020

  • COVID-19 could cause acute food insecurity for 250 million people, say UN agencies
  • Massive floods in DRC’s South Kivu impact 80,000 people, kill dozens
  • Iron deficiency guidelines unveiled for pregnant women and infants
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News in Brief 20 April 2020

  • COVID-19 response could stutter to a halt, warn aid chiefs in appeal for $350 million
  • Displaced, stateless women and girls face must get essential help, says UNCHR
  • WHO launches safe Ramadan guidelines during COVID-19
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‘All countries want to tackle the rising cost of medical expenditures’: WHO’s up and coming economics guru

Young, creative and bold minds, who are helping redefine their own areas of expertise, are highlighted every year by the US business publication, Forbes. This year, the World Health Organization’s (WHO) youthful health economist Swathi Bhargav Iyengar, made the “30 under 30” list, for developing the WHO’s MedMon mobile application.

In an interview with Mehboob Khan from the UN News Hindi service, the young economist explains how she started developing the tool and the impact it’s had on lives so far.

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Penny Abeywardena, New York City’s Commissioner for International Affairs

“New York City has always been proud to host the United Nations”, Penny Abeywardena, New York City’s Commissioner for International Affairs told UN News.

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News in Brief 17 April 2020

  • Ceasefire needed to protect 250 million children: UNICEF chief
  • Recession will likely cause hundreds of thousands of child deaths
  • World has enough food to withstand COVID crisis, says UN agency
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PODCAST: ‘Entrepreneurs of intolerance’ compound COVID-19 racist backlash

In this special edition of our Lid Is On podcast, from UN News, we hear from independent UN human rights expert, Tendayi Achiume, who warns that apart from the coronavirus that’s destroying so many lives and transforming societies around the world, a virulent xenophobia and tide of racial hatred has also been unleashed, aided by what she calls “entrepreneurs of intolerance”.

Music credit: Ketsa: “Within the Earth”, and “Awaiting Her Return”

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Behind the scenes at the humanitarian air hub dispatching COVID-19 aid to African nations

Facemasks – a million of them - are just some of the precious cargo being dispatched to all corners of Africa by the UN, as the continent braces for the spread of COVID-19. Managing this huge task is Amer Daoudi, Senior Director of Operations for the World Food Programme.

In an online interview with UN News’s Daniel Johnson, Jordanian national, Mr. Daoudi, takes us behind the scenes at the agency’s humanitarian hub in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, where a UN-wide supply chain operation is now in full swing.

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News in Brief 16 April 2020

  • UN chief expresses solidarity for Africa as continent ‘braces’ for pandemic
  • Europeans remain in midst of storm, warns region’s UN health chief
  • ‘No evidence’ polio vaccine prevents COVID-19
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