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News in Brief 27 September 2018

  • Human Rights Council launches judicial mechanism into Myanmar abuses against Rohingya
  • Central African Republic urged to do more to tackle ongoing clashes
  • Kofi Annan is the future, says youth rights campaigner at celebration of his life
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Bertrand Piccard’s new global challenge: 1000 solutions for a cleaner planet

The global explorer Bertrand Piccard piloted the first balloon to traverse the globe in 1999, and in 2016 he was at the controls of the first plane to fly around the world powered only by the sun: Solar Impulse.

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From Wakanda to Women’s Rights: actor Winston Duke shows his support for gender parity

Winston Duke, best known for his role as M’Baku in the hit film Black Panther, is an avowed activist and feminist.

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‘We’re all in this together’ says UN Ocean Envoy, in battle to save life below the waves

Sea life, and the ocean that sustains it, is in “very deep trouble”, says the UN Special Envoy tasked with helping the world reach Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 14, but it’s not too late to get there. At UN Headquarters for high-level week of the General Assembly, Mr. Thomson told Paulina Greer of UN News, a huge collective effort was needed now to save the ocean.

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‘Don’t give up on the Central African Republic’, urges UN humanitarian coordinator

In an interview with UN News on Wednesday, Najat Rochdi, who is UN Deputy Special Representative and humanitarian coordinator in Central African Republic, explained that 64 per cent of people there need assistance this year, and the year's humanitarian budget is less than 40 per cent funded. Ms. Rochdi outlined the key challenges her teams face in CAR.

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Prisoner, paediatrician, president: how Michelle Bachelet’s background informs her new role as UN human rights chief

As former President of Chile, Michelle Bachelet knows the hard realities of politics that Heads of Government face as they try to push through their agenda.

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Migrant countries should do more to sustain livelihoods in source nations: UNCTAD

Migration “is a force for good” for host nations, but Mukhisa Kituyi, Secretary-General of UNCTAD, tells UN News what Ethiopia and Rwanda have done to offer migrants economic opportunities closer to home. The UNCTAD chief also reflects on the passing of former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan, whom he describes as an inspiration for his moral leadership.

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News in Brief 26 September 2018

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Multilateralism is ‘under siege’ in a world where ‘collective response’ is vital: Deputy UN chief

When it comes to tackling migration, climate change or seemingly intractable conflicts, the doctrine of collective responsibility, embodied by the UN, is the only way forward, according to Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed. She spoke to Conor Lennon, who asked her what should be done to strengthen multilateralism.

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Fight against climate change presents ‘fantastic opportunities’: UN Environment chief

A focus on the benefits of fighting climate change is one of the best ways to engage more people, according to Erik Solheim, head of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP). Conor Lennon asked Mr. Solheim, at UN Headquarters in New York for the General Assembly High-Level week, what needs to be done to make climate change a day-to-day political priority.

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