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News in Brief 13 May 2019

  • New Zealand youth ‘in frontline’ of fight against climate change: UN chief
  • Climate change ‘a threat to our human rights’, says Australian minority community
  • Condemnation for deadly attack on church in Burkina Faso
  • Conflict escalation in Gaza possible ‘at any time’ amid growing despair and depression: UNRWA
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UN chief praises New Zealand premier’s ‘admirable’ response to Christchurch attacks

Speaking to media in the New Zealand capital Auckland on Sunday, alongside New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, UN Secretary-General António Guterres expressed his solidarity with the victims and families of the March Christchurch mosque attacks, which killed 51 people, and praised Ms. Ardern’s leadership in the aftermath of the killings. 

‘Mosques should be safe havens, not sites of terror’, says Guterres announcing UN plan to help safeguard religious sites

In the wake of a horrific mass shooting at two New Zealand mosques, UN Secretary-General António Guterres has announced his intention to launch a UN action plan for the safeguarding of religious sites, declaring that “mosques and all places of prayer and contemplation should be safe havens, not sites of terror.”

‘Stand united against anti-Muslim hatred’ urges Guterres, after mosque shootings in New Zealand leave 49 dead

The UN Secretary-General António Guterres has urged the international community to ‘stand united against anti-Muslim hatred’ following a mass shooting in New Zealand on Friday targeting two mosques, which has left at least 49 dead and many others wounded, some critically.

In an interconnected world, multilateralism is essential: New Zealand PM

Speaking to UN Social Media’s Charlotte Scaddan in the VIP Social Media Zone, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern described what her Government is doing to tackle some of the big global challenges, from gender equality to climate change to migration.

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New Zealand Prime Minister calls any breakdown of multilateralism ‘catastrophic’

The collapse of multilateralism would be “catastrophic,” Jacinda Ardern, Prime Minister of New Zealand, said on Thursday in her first speech at the United Nations General Assembly.

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WHO strengthens health services in Raqqa, Syria

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New Zealand, at General Assembly, urges reformed UN to ‘do better’ to solve global problems

The United Nations is crucial to tackling the plethora of problems confronting the world – from the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea’s (DPRK) nuclear programme to global development and climate change – but it can and must do better, New Zealand told the General Assembly’s 72nd annual general debate today.

New global goals mean “doing development differently”

The new global agenda aimed at eradicating extreme poverty and protecting the planet represents a way of “doing development differently,” according to a senior United Nations official.

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Balanced approach needed to deal with public debt

A balanced approach is needed to deal with public debt according to a senior UN official and former Prime Minister of New Zealand.

Debt is a normal part of a country’s finances.

Governments borrow to pay for a wide range of services and other needs.

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