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Tuesday’s Daily Brief: funding for Palestine refugees, families today, tech surveillance

This Tuesday, we cover: a key fundraising conference for the UN Palestine refugee agency (UNRWA); a new UN report on families in 2019-2020; a call by an independent human rights expert to ban surveillance technology; 20,000 migrants rescued in the Sahara; and malnutrition in India.

News in Brief 28 May 2019

  • Thousands flee into Niger, following violent attacks in Nigeria
  • North Korea traps people in deprivation, corruption, repression and bribery – OHCHR
  • Anti-Semitism spread is not isolated, warns UN human rights office
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Sahel crisis reaching unprecedented levels, warn top UN humanitarian officials

Repeated and increasingly sophisticated armed attacks in the Sahel and food shortages linked to last year’s severe drought, have reached unprecedented levels, putting the future of a “whole generation” at stake, three top UN humanitarian officials said on Wednesday

Niger population’s suffering ‘increasing with each passing month’: UN Refugee Agency

An upsurge of violence in the south-east of Niger means that the population’s suffering is increasing “with each passing month,” a UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) spokesperson warned on Tuesday, at a press briefing in Geneva. In March alone, some 88 civilians were reported to have died during attacks.

News in Brief 5 April 2019

  • Myanmar alarm as UN human rights reports deadly helicopter attack on civilians
  • OCHA alert on spike in civilian killings and displacement in Niger
  • Increase in Ebola virus in DRC highlights daily challenges for response teams
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News in Brief 18 October 2018

  • UN rights chief calls for release of hundreds abducted and abused in South Sudan
  • ‘More time’ agreed for buffer zone, to spare three million Syrian civilians in Idlib
  • Under fire, UN refugee agency evacuates 135 detained in Libya to Niger
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Algeria must stop arbitrary expulsion of West African migrants in desert: UN migration rights expert

Atrocities suffered by child and adult migrants from West African States “should shock the conscience of humanity” into action, a UN rights investigator said on Thursday, before calling for Algeria to halt the collective expulsion of thousands of foreign nationals to Niger.

Africa’s Lake Chad Basin: Over $2.1 billion pledged, to provide comprehensive crisis response

A United Nations-backed humanitarian conference to raise much needed resources for relief, development and peacebuilding programmes in Africa’s Lake Chad Basin concluded on Tuesday, raising some $2.17 billion in support and about $467 million in concessional loans for the crisis-ridden region.

Progress made but Lake Chad crisis is not over, says UN relief chief, urging greater support for region

Despite improvements in the humanitarian situation in the Lake Chad region, millions continue to remain dependent on lifesaving assistance, the top United Nations relief official said on Monday, urging greater international support for the region to safeguard the progress achieved.

Sun beating down on Africa’s Sahel could provide 70 per cent of world’s electricity needs

Around 70 per cent of the world’s electricity needs could be provided by solar power in the Sahel region of Africa, according to the recently launched UN Support Plan for the region. Rachel Kyte, the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Sustainable Energy for All, believes that the Sahel is on the “cusp of a revolution” where solar can provide electricity to communities on and off the regional grid. She spoke to UN News’s Daniel Dickinson in Niger, one of the countries in the Support Plan.

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