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Reporting from the UN’s deadliest mission, as peacekeeping turns 70

For this edition of our podcast series UN & Africa, we’re in Mali, joining UN chief António Guterres and other top officials to mark the 70th year of peacekeeping, and honour the dedication and sacrifice of those who put their lives on the line to make the world a more secure place. 

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Peacekeepers bring about peace in places afflicted by conflict

Energy, dedication and stamina are the hallmarks of effective peacekeeping in world hotspots that are “afflicted by conflict.”

That’s the view of Abu Jeing, a Human rights Officer from The Gambia, working with the African Union-United Nations Mission in Darfur (UNAMID).

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News in Brief 29 May 2018

  • Mediation for Afghanistan’s violent offenders ‘fails women’
  • Mali’s children ‘bear heaviest brunt’ of conflict, says UNICEF
  • Saudi arrests of civil rights defenders ‘perplexing’: UN rights office
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Blue helmets provide conditions for forging peace: former UN military adviser

Since 1948, UN peacekeepers have supported countries emerging from conflict.

Major General Tim Ford of Australia, a former UN military adviser, spoke to Julia Dean about the blue helmets’ 70 years of service and sacrifice.

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The ‘Long Walk’ to peace is a mix of idealism and practicality, says UNESCO

How good is the United Nations at promoting peace? That’s the subject of a book that’s just been published by the UN cultural agency,  UNESCO, in collaboration with Abat Oliba University in Barcelona. Nada Al-Nashif, UNESCO’s Assistant Director-General for Social and Human Sciences, speaks to Daniel Johnson of UN News in Geneva.

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UN and Africa: 20-year-old disarmament process in Sierra Leone 'miraculous'

For this latest UN and Africa podcast, as the UN chief António Guterres unveils a new disarmament agenda, we’ll hear from a former UN staff member who watched the West African country rid itself of the menace of deadly battlefield weapons.

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News in Brief 25 May 2018

  • Hospital ‘escapees’ show need to explain Ebola risks to DR Congo, says WHO
  • $280 million urgently needed for life-saving work in Ethiopia — OCHA
  • 2018 hurricane season set to be ‘near or above normal’, says WMO
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‘Frontier technology’ key element of new UN disarmament agenda

It’s time for the United Nations to play a bigger role in disarmament, according to UN chief António Guterres, calling for concrete, practical actions to promote peaceful conflict resolution. Among those actions is to maximize the benefits of “frontier technology”. Daniel Johnson discusses the various ways that the UN is looking to incorporate such technology in its disarmament agenda.

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News in Brief 24 May 2018

  • UN chief launches new disarmament agenda to secure ‘our world and our future’
  • HIV/AIDS costing billions in lost earnings, says new UN report
  • UN releases new money to combat escalating humanitarian needs in the Sahel
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Not so fast on fracking, UN agency tells developing countries

The hydraulic extraction of natural gas — or "fracking" — produces cleaner energy than oil and coal, but it’s not necessarily in the best interests of the world’s poorest countries, says a new UNCTAD report, which describes natural gas as a “bridge fuel” for States aiming to move to renewable energy sources. Janvier Nkurunziza, UNCTAD’s Chief of Commodity Research and Analysis, talked to Daniel Johnson about the report’s findings.

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