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News in Brief 18 February 2019

  • A ‘welcome step’ towards peace in Central Africa
  • UN programme for ‘ethically produced, environmentally sustainable gold’
  • International labour standards more important than ever, says ILO
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Central African Republic: UNICEF outlines key actions so fresh peace deal can make real difference for children

Hailing the recent peace agreement signed by 15 warring parties in the Central African Republic (CAR), the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) stressed on Monday that “now is the time for action” and outlined concrete steps that armed groups, judicial authorities and the Government can take so the future of millions of children can be safeguarded.

UN agency plan tackles ‘hidden cost’ of gold, paves way for safer, mercury-free mining

From smartphones to wedding rings, the hidden cost of everyday gold is its threat to human and environmental health, according to a new United Nations-driven initiative launched on Monday that aims to tackle mercury-based mining methods.

In West Africa, UN Security Council visits Côte d'Ivoire and Guinea-Bissau

Members of the United Nations Security Council are on a mission to West Africa where they are reviewing strides made in peacebuilding by both Côte d'Ivoire and Guinea-Bissau.

FROM THE FIELD: ‘Harvested’ rainwater saves Tanzanian students from stomach ulcers, typhoid

The students in the Tanzanian town of Bagamoyo once had to decide between getting sick or being thirsty all day long.

FROM THE FIELD: Survival in Yemen against all odds

Fawaz, just 18-months old, suffered from severe acute malnutrition and was on the brink of death. In war-torn Yemen, he was one of hundreds of thousands of children, more likely to die, than survive.

‘Message getting through’ that money for climate action matters: Green fund chief

The GCF’s Executive-Director, Javier Manzanares, was in New York this month to meet UN chief António Guterres and talk to diplomats about the importance and operation of the Fund.

When Mr. Manzanares came into to the UN News studios, he said the Fund’s investment message was getting through to UN Member States. Conor Lennon started by asked him if he was, nevertheless, worried by some countries’ lack of enthusiasm so far.

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‘Maintain calm’ and ‘exercise patience’ UN envoy urges, as Nigeria heads to polls

As Nigerians get ready to head to the polls on Saturday, the Head of the UN Office for West Africa and the Sahel (UNOWAS), described the pre-election period as “largely, peaceful and participatory”, and called for that spirit to prevail through election day and beyond.

Country origin ‘best predictor of outcome’ for children with cancer, UN experts say

Each year, an estimated 215 000 cancers are diagnosed in children under-15, and about 85 000 cancers in those aged 15–19 years, the cancer research agency of the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Thursday.

News in Brief 15 February 2019

  • Desert camp aid delivery provides relief to desperate Syrians
  • South Sudan alert as sexual violence surges: UN human rights office
  • Philippines human rights defender arrested on libel  
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