News in Brief 22 August 2019

  • Honouring victims of religious-based violence
  • New climate reality in Asia and the Pacific
  • UN chief condemns Burkina Faso violence


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Human trafficking ‘definitely misunderstood’ in the Pacific region: UN expert

Lack of understanding about human trafficking in the Pacific region contributes to the crime going undetected there.  Benjamin Smith from the UN Office on Drugs and Crime told UN News why better data is needed to understand how modern-day slavery impacts these island nations.

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Air pollution affecting 17 million babies, mostly in South Asia: UNICEF

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Encouraging impartial, competent young journalists in the Pacific

A new generation of “impartial but competent” young journalists is on the rise across the Pacific, thanks in part to training being offered by the UN Educational and Cultural Organization, UNESCO.

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Plea to Indonesia as 14 await "imminent" execution

Fourteen people reportedly face imminent execution in Indonesia, the majority for drug crimes, the UN’s top human rights official said Wednesday.

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Child abuse costing East Asia and Pacific US$209bn

Child abuse and violence is costing countries in East Asia and the Pacific around US$209 billion a year, according to the UN Children’s Fund, UNICEF.

It’s the first ever costing of child maltreatment in the region.

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Asia and Pacific countries still face challenges in fighting poverty

Countries in the Asia and Pacific region are still facing a lot of challenges in eliminating poverty and promoting development.

That’s according to Haoliang Xu, the UN Development Programme (UNDP)’s Regional Bureau Director for Asia and the Pacific.

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Shamshad Akhtar of Pakistan to head UN Asia-Pacific regional development arm

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has appointed seasoned economist Shamshad Akhtar of Pakistan as the new head of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP).