Friday’s Daily Brief: solidarity with Japan, call for DR Congo support, family-friendly workplaces, hottest June ever, Venezuela and Afghanistan updates

In today’s Daily Brief: UN stands in solidarity with Japan; avoid panic over DR Congo Ebola emergency; ‘transformative shift’ needed towards family-friendly work policies; hottest June EVER; Venezuelan migrant dangers; stop targeting Afghanistan civilians call.

News in Brief 13 June 2019

  • Guterres strongly condemns latest attack on oil tankers in Gulf 
  • ‘Heated clashes’ lead to 17 deaths in Darfur; AU-UN Mission launches investigation 
  • UNICEF report ranks the best and worst ‘family-friendly’ nations
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Migrant workers sending home more money than a decade ago

The amount of money migrants send home to their families in developing countries has increased by 51 per cent over the past decade, “lifting millions out poverty,” a new report by the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) has fo

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UN Gender Focus: Syrian women, workplace sexual abuse and agricultural workers

“Invisible” impact of Syrian civil war destroying family life: UNFPA

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International Day of Families at the UN

Different kinds of family structures have arisen all over the world during the last couple of decades, says a Professor of Law from the University of London.

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Work-family balance benefits families and society at large, says Ban

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has highlighted the need for work-family balance for the benefit of families and society at large, adding that while flexible working arrangements are becoming more widely available, there is much room for improvement.

UN agency urges Group of Eight nations to address population issues

The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) today called on the Group of Eight (G8) industrialized nations to prioritize population issues in its discussions of climate change and food security.

UN marks International Family Day with calls to rise to the challenge of change

The United Nations today marked the International Day of Families with calls to adapt to the profound social changes taking place and appeals to discourage child marriage and promote secondary education and gender equality.

Bangladeshi doctor, Haitian family planning provider win UN Population Award

A pioneering family planning doctor from Bangladesh and a major reproductive health foundation in Haiti have won this year’s United Nations Population Award, the lead agency on the issue (UNFPA) announced today.

Governments, UN should continue to support International Year of the Family

To keep up the momentum generated following the United Nations celebration last year of the tenth anniversary of the International Year of the Family, Secretary-General Kofi Annan has recommended that the General Assembly encourage governments and UN agencies to continue to integrate family-centered policies that recognize the crucial role of families as the basic unit of society.