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Media Seminar on Peace in the Middle East concludes amid calls to stem spread of misinformation

A UN International Media Seminar on Peace in the Middle East concluded on Wednesday, with a vibrant online panel discussion exploring how the systematic spread of untruths has changed the way traditional news outlets cover the Israel-Palestine conflict, and created avenues for citizen journalists to quickly push out stories to express their lived realities. 

NEW PODCAST: UN Catch-Up Dateline Geneva

The first show spotlights the work of Radio Okapi, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), the voice of UN peacekeeping mission MONUSCO in the African nation.

To help understand how the radio network's tackling the problem of rumours and misinformation – and how it’s going online more and more to keep people listening - Daniel Johnson in Geneva caught up with the station’s head of Strategic Communication & Public Information, Christophe Boulierac.

Plus, a look back at other stories. 

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Can ‘Open Science’ speed up the search for a COVID-19 vaccine? 5 things you need to know

The UN is calling for authoritative scientific information and research to be made freely available, to accelerate research into an effective vaccine against the COVID-19 virus, help counter misinformation, and “unlock the full potential of science”.

UN agency chiefs appeal for ‘open science’ beyond COVID-19, citing dangers of secrecy and denial 

The heads of three UN agencies joined forces on Tuesday to appeal for a global push towards “open science”, citing the value of cooperation in the response to COVID-19 and the dangers of treating evidence-based knowledge as an exclusive asset, or simple matter of opinion. 

Science, unity and solidarity, key to defeating COVID: UN chief

Better preparation, listening to the science and acting together in solidarity, are some of the main ways that countries across the world can overcome the on-going COVID-19 crisis, the UN chief told the World Health Summit on Sunday.

News in Brief 22 October 2020

  • Pandemic highlights education as ‘public good and essential public service’ 
  • UN experts urge Thai government to allow peaceful protests 
  • WHO and Wikimedia Foundation expand access to trusted COVID information 
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News in Brief 21 October 2020

  • UN chief calls for end to reported police brutality in Nigeria 
  • UN urges people to #PledgetoPause before sharing online 
  • Mediterranean facing irreversible damage, unless urgent action is taken 
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Pause before sharing, to help stop viral spread of COVID-19 misinformation

The UN is asking people to make the same judgement calls they’ve been applying to social distancing, to social media, and take extra care before sharing.

Fact-checking becoming ‘as important as handwashing’

Whilst COVID-19 has posed a serious threat to food security overall, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) believes agricultural commodity markets are proving to be more resilient to the pandemic, than many other sectors.

But the real test in terms of food security will come now, “with lockdowns ending, and people having to go back to their jobs to support themselves”.

That’s according to Sridhar Dharmapuri, a Senior FAO Food Safety and Nutrition Officer from the Asia Pacific region.

While stressing the importance of maintaining good food safety practices at home, Mr. Dharmapuri told UN News’s Li Zhang, that cutting through the tide of misinformation was also key to battling the coronavirus.

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News in Brief 21 May 2020

  • UN launches new campaign to counter ‘lies, fear and hate’
  • UN calls on European States to rescue stranded refugees, migrants
  • Malaysia urged to ‘stop crackdown on migrants, journalists and civil society’
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