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News in Brief 21 February 2020

  • Fleeing violence in Syria, families now forced to burn clothes to stay warm 
  • Escalating Burkina Faso violence brings wider Sahel displacement emergency into focus
  • UN chief offers sympathy to German people after racist shooting   
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News in Brief 23 January 2017 (PM)

Mosul displaced tops 160,000

More than 161,000 people have been displaced as a result of ongoing fighting in the Iraqi city of Mosul, the UN announced on Monday.

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Agricultural leaders urged to act now to avert global water crisis

With agriculture currently accounting for 70 per cent of global water usage, decision makers in the industry are being urged to strengthen efforts to tackle a looming water crisis.

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Ban holds talks with German foreign minister ahead of Middle East meeting

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today hailed Germany’s strong commitment to the United Nations, noting that it the third-largest financial contributor and provides peacekeepers in Lebanon, Sudan and elsewhere.

Tunnel, not bridge, should be constructed at German World Heritage site – UN

An expert team from the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) today is recommending that a tunnel be constructed – and not a bridge, as currently planned – to preserve the World Heritage status of the Dresden Elbe Valley in German.

World Heritage site in Germany may be de-listed if bridge is built – UNESCO

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) warned today that a German court’s decision to authorize the construction of a bridge could lead to the removal of the Dresden Elbe Valley from the World Heritage List of the planet’s outstanding natural and cultural sites.

Annan mourns death of late German President Johannes Rau

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan reacted today with sadness to the recent death of Johannes Rau, the former Federal President of Germany, and paid tribute to his legacy of reconciliation with Israel and Poland.