News in Brief 9 June 2021

  • 'Mass deaths' alert across Myanmar: UN rights expert
  • 'Alarming' rise in antibiotic-resistant pathogens: WHO
  • G7 nations must promote more equitable COVID vaccine access
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The COVID-19 pandemic motivates millions of tobacco users to quit, but they need support

“Quitters are the real winners in the case of tobacco”, says the World Health Organization as part of a campaign to help smokers that have decided to quit during the COVID-19 pandemic, but lack the support to do so. A new chatbot and even an AI assistant are ready to aid them in their quitting journey.

COVID danger has not passed, States must support pandemic treaty: Tedros

UN health agency chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus urged all countries on Monday to support a pandemic preparedness treaty, warning that it would be a “monumental error” to think the danger of COVID-19 has passed.

News in Brief 19 May 2021

  • UNRWA launches $38 million appeal for Palestinians as violence continues
  • Genetically-modified mosquitos, potential anti-malaria asset
  • Global trade back in the back for 1st Quarter of 2021: UNCTAD
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WFP moves to support families affected by Gaza violence 

Responding to rising humanitarian needs brought about by the escalation of conflict in the Gaza Strip, the World Food Programme (WFP) on Monday began providing emergency assistance to support families, amid fears of low food stocks and rising prices. 

Podcast - UN Catch-Up Dateline Geneva – Tackling ‘kissing bug’, Mosul’s Al-Nouri mosque rebirth

In this week’s UN Catch-Up, a chilling warning from the UN rights chief who’s likened the spiralling violence in Myanmar to Syria at the start of its decade-long war - and some welcome news about the rebuilding of Mosul’s great Al-Nouri Mosque, that suffered such terrible damage in the fight to clear ISIL extremists from the Iraqi city…

Also we’ll be finding out about a UN-partnered plan to tackle the “kissing bug” –  a neglected tropical disease which you definitely don’t want to embrace; it’s something that our regular guest Solange Behoteguy-Cortes remembers all too well from her childhood growing up in Bolivia…tune in to hear her story.

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Hopes grow for an end to ‘kissing’ bug’s unhealthy impact on Latin America and beyond

 An intimate encounter with the “kissing bug” might sound cute, but Chagas disease – to give it its official name - is a nightmare for the millions who are infected every year, says UNITAID. 

For this year’s World Chagas Day on Wednesday 14 April, the UN agency has high hopes that a tracing and treatment initiative involving several Latin American countries, will help protect hundreds of thousands. With the details, here’s UNITAID’s Mauricio Cysne, director of external relations, speaking to UN News’s Daniel Johnson.

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News in Brief 7 April 2021

  • COVID-19 cases rise globally for sixth consecutive week 
  • Greater action needed on refugee vaccination, urges UNHCR’s Grandi 
  • Hate speech still rising against Roma despite recognition gains 
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News in Brief 6 April 2021

  • Clarity still needed on effectiveness of COVID-19 vaccine passports: WHO 
  • Scale of acute hunger in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, ‘staggering’ 
  • Refugee agency supports health care for 120,000 refugees in Iran  
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News in Brief 22 March 2021

  • 1.4 million TB sufferers lost out on treatment during first year of COVID-19 
  • DR Congo abuses against civilians continue unabated: Bachelet 
  • Oceans under threat like never before, warns World Meteorological Organization 
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