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Transparency must rule Iraqi elections, ‘loyalties cannot be for sale’, Security Council hears

A deadly rocket attack on Monday night in Erbil drew condemnation from the UN envoy in Iraq, who told the Security Council on Tuesday that “such reckless attempts to inflame tensions pose grave threats” to the country’s security. 

News in Brief 10 February 2021

  • Myanmar crisis: following orders is no defence for brutality, says rights expert  
  • East Asian countries led economic recovery in last quarter of 2020 
  • WHO and UNICEF chiefs urge vaccine solidarity to end COVID 
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Podcast: UN Catch-Up Dateline Geneva - episode 7

Featuring the week’s main top stories from the UN – including an interview with ILO’s Dorothea Schmidt-Klau on how COVID-19 has created the greatest crisis faced by the world of work since the Great Depression. 

We have the latest on fighting Yemen, and the rusting supertanker Safer, off the Hudaydah coast, plus an appeal from UN-appointed independent rights experts over the cremation of coronavirus victims in Sri Lanka. Host Daniel Johnson will be joined by regular guests Solange Behoteguy-Cortes and Alpha Diallo.

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News in Brief 8 December 2020

  • Don't let your guard down during COVID vaccine drive: WHO
  • IOM business support helps vulnerable women and children
  • Release Julian Assange immediately UN rights expert urges
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News in Brief 16 November 2020

  • Israel should reverse new West Bank settlement expansion plans: UN’s Mladenov 
  • Defending people’s rights in Cambodia is not a crime, says UN Special Rapporteur 
  • ‘World’s biggest trading bloc’ will create a manufacturing powerhouse: UN trade agency 
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News in Brief 30 June 2020

  • Hard times forecast for global job recovery in 2020, warns UN labour agency chief
  • UN’s Bachelet urges Philippines’ President not to sign new anti-terror law
  • End harmful practices against women and girls, says UN Population Fund
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COVID-19 upends ‘entire generation’ of 600 million South Asian children

Without urgent action, COVID-19 will continue to unravel decades of progress across South Asia, destroying the “hopes and futures of an entire generation”, warns a new report released on Tuesday by the UN Children’s Fund, UNICEF.

News in Brief 22 June 2020

  • Yemen escalation is misguided as people continue to suffer, says UN negotiator
  • Countries urged to act over potential HIV drug shortages in two months
  • COVID-19 has hit small and medium-sized enterprises worst, says UN trade agency
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Coronavirus: World Bank confirms deepest recession since World War Two

The COVID-19 pandemic will shrink the global economy by 5.2 per cent this year, representing the deepest recession since World War Two, and triggering a dramatic rise in extreme poverty, the World Bank said Monday in its latest Global Economic Prospects report.

News in Brief 27 May 2020

  • ‘Lockdown generation’ of young workers will need extra help after COVID-19, urges UN labour chief
  • COVID-19: temporary halt announced on use of key anti-viral hydroxychloroquine
  • Rights experts appeal over abortion obstacles linked to COVID measures in US states
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