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Panoramic view of the city of Bogota, the capital of Colombia.
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Monday’s Daily Brief: Colombia marches, major mine action summit, violence against women a barrier to peace, South Sudan update

A recap of Monday’s stories in brief: Guterres holds “focused and frank” informal talks over Cyprus, responds to Colombia protests; Violence targeting women impedes peace; UN Mission, community condemn South Sudan violence; UN weather watchdog sounds climate alarm; Norway hosts anti-landmine summit. 

Stop polluting the planet, urges head of UN environment programme

People need to be much kinder to the planet and to each other, the head of the UN Environment Programme has urged.

Erik Stolheim made the remarks on the sidelines of the 71st United Nations General Assembly debate.

People should stop throwing garbage into the ocean; stop conflicts that damage the environment; and protect all plants and animals from becoming endangered, the former Norwegian minister added.

Young people celebrate indigenous heritage through music

Young indigenous people should celebrate their heritage and revitalize their native languages through making music.

That’s the message from Nils Rune Utsi, also known as SlinCraze, an up-and-coming rapper who is a member of the Sami community in Norway and the subject of a powerful new documentary, Arctic Superstar.

He performed at UN Headquarters in New York this week during the on-going Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues.

Janie Cangelosi has the story.

Duration: 2’34”

UN Photo/Rick Bajornas

“Everyone is responsible” moving climate agenda forward

“Everyone is responsible” for moving the climate change agenda forward following last month’s historic agreement in Paris.

That’s the view of Dr Gro Harlem Brundtland, widely accepted to be the author of the whole “sustainable development” concept.

More than 190 countries agreed to limit global temperature rises due to emissions to less than 2 degrees Celsius.

The first female Prime Minster of Norway is now UN Foundation Board Vice Chair, and she was awarded the Zayed Future Energy Prize 2016 on Tuesday.