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Monday’s Daily Brief: Progress and pitfalls in child rights, millions of Afghans acutely food insecure, Middle East nuclear-free zone, social media and child detention

A recap of Monday’s stories in brief: Uneven child rights progress; over 10 million  Afghans severely food insecure; Middle East nuclear weapons conference gets underway; Social media posts increasing child detention cases; UN and partners commit to universal health. 

At UN, Middle East countries discuss steps towards regional nuclear-free zone

Representatives from across the Middle East are meeting at UN Headquarters this week in efforts to negotiate a legally binding treaty establishing a regional zone free of nuclear weapons and other weapons of mass destruction.

Elimination of nuclear weapons ‘only real way’ to allay fear of a constant threat, Guterres insists

Progress made in reducing the danger posed by nuclear arsenals has not only come to a halt, “it is going in reverse”, and any use of a nuclear weapon in the future would ignite “a humanitarian catastrophe.” 

News in Brief 12 December 2018

  • Iran must ‘carefully consider’ the concerns of Member States in nuclear deal implementation
  • UN pushes for universal health care on International Day
  • Failing to agree climate action would ‘not only be immoral’ but ‘suicidal’ UN Chief tells COP24
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Time has come to rid the world of nuclear weapons, UN officials stress

The time has come to make tangible progress to rid the world of nuclear weapons, top United Nations officials stressed today, citing the grave threat posed by such weapons to global security. 

'Peace, dialogue' and diplomacy needed over DPRK: UN expert

The Security Council has to be careful not to negatively impact “ordinary people” in North Korea through sanctions aimed at stopping its nuclear weapons programme.

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UN reaffirms goal of achieving a nuclear-free world

In July, countries adopted a treaty prohibiting nuclear weapons following decades of diplomatic efforts.

This Tuesday in New York, they reaffirmed the ideal of achieving global nuclear disarmament—one of the oldest goals of the United Nations.

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News in Brief 2 May 2017 (PM)

Nuclear science and technology playing “significant role” in development

Expanding membership of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) shows a “growing appreciation of the immense value” of nuclear science and technology.

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Urgent "need for progress" on nuclear disarmament

The “need for progress” on creating a world free of nuclear weapons has “rarely been as urgent” according to the UN chief António Guterres.

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News in Brief 16 January 2017(PM)

Iran nuclear accord marks significant milestone: UN

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