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Thursday’s Daily Brief: The power of mediation, Southern Africa food crisis, urban deaths, climate meeting update and Iraq protest latest

A recap of Thursday’s top stories: Guterres in Turkey underscores successes of mediation; 45 million lack food across Southern Africa; rights experts push to release Palestinian hunger striker; new UN health report targets causes of urban deaths; Climate change conference finds a new home; Iraq protests put country at ‘a crossroads’

Climate emergency: City mayors are 'world's first responders', says UN chief

City bosses are “the world’s first responders to the climate emergency” UN chief António Guterres declared on Friday, at an international mayors’ summit in Copenhagen.

Cities: a 'cause of and solution to' climate change

Cities around the world are the “main cause of climate change” but can also offer a part of the solution to reducing the harmful greenhouses gases that are causing global temperatures to rise according to UN-Habitat Executive Director Maimunah Mohd Sharif.

UN and Red Cross chiefs appeal for end to use of explosive weapons in cities

With some 50 million people in urban areas suffering from the impact of armed conflict, war in cities “cannot be back page news”, the UN Secretary-General and the President of the International Committee of the Red Cross said on Wednesday.

News in Brief 27 May 2019

  • Yemen war update as 27 children are killed in just over 10 days
  • UN Mission in Libya, alarmed over attacks, kidnapping
  • Major new UN Habitat Assembly gets underway in Nairobi
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Scottish city’s sustainability drive, means tackling toxic legacy first

With more than half the world’s population now living in urban areas, it’s increasingly understood that cities can drive sustainable development. But that’s not so easy in places where heavy industry has left a toxic legacy that developers are unwilling to pay to clean up, as Glasgow Council Leader Susan Aitken told Daniel Johnson from UN News, at an Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) event in Geneva.

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UN agriculture agency chief calls on world’s mayors to make ‘global commitments local realities’

At a time of rapid urbanization, cities face challenges that are global in nature but require “the full engagement of local authorities” for multilateral solutions, the head of the United Nations agriculture agency told a special gathering of mayors on Tuesday.

Curb throw-away culture, says UN-Habitat chief, highlighting world day

Marking World Habitat Day on Monday, UN-Habitat – the agency mandated with promoting sustainable cities – has called for greater imagination and innovation in tackling the world’s waste management challenges, in particular at the municipal level.

UN forum spotlights cities, where struggle for sustainability ‘will be won or lost’

Although cities are often characterized by stark socioeconomic inequalities and poor environmental conditions, they also offer growth and development potential – making them central to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and a main focus of the third day of the United Nations High-Level Political Forum (HLPF) on Wednesday.

As cities boom, forests key to meeting demands for water, food and energy – UN

With two-thirds of the world’s population expected to live in urban areas by 2050, forests are critical part of the solution to the unprecedented demand for water, food and energy that these cities will face, senior United Nations officials said Wednesday, on the International Day of Forests.