News in Brief 21 January 2019

  • UN official says trade report shows eradication of poverty “unlikely”
  • Urgent need for disarmament in current climate
  • UN agency dispels refugees disease-spreading myth
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World Food Programme urges US to reconsider Palestine funding cuts: civilian impact ‘horrendous’

Food insecurity has become a major issue in Gaza and the West Bank, not because food is hard to find, but because hard-pressed families cannot afford to buy it, according to Stephen Kearney, the World Food Programme’s (WFP) Representative and WFP Country Director in Palestine.  Mr. Kearney spoke with UN News’s Arabic chief, Reem Abaza.

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News in Brief 21 November 2018

  • Central African Republic: UN warns that more than six in 10 people now need urgent humanitarian assistance
  • Future of climate change hinges on contributions by youth – UN deputy chief in China
  • After decade of progress, rural areas of Latin America, Caribbean slide back into poverty – UN report
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Anti-poverty activists head to UN in Geneva, with a collective call for action

Tackling poverty needs to begin on a local level, but the international community needs to do more to eradicate this growing scourge, rights defenders said, on International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, last Wednesday.  UN News’s Daniel Johnson spoke to three actvists: Jean-Claude Etienne , from Le Collectif 17 Octobre, and  Halima Zaghar and Bertrand Foucher, from Emerjean, who we’ll hear from first.

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Private sector 'should not take lead in poverty alleviation'

The private sector “should not take the lead in poverty alleviation” but it should remain a key obligation of governments to improve the life of the poorest people across the world according to Philip Alston, UN Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights.  Mr. Alston believes countries like the United States are increasingly allowing profit-driven private companies, to run services for the estimated 40 million people who live in poverty in the US.  Daniel Dickinson sat down with Philip Alston to discuss his role as an independent observer of poverty.

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Globally, youth are the largest poverty-stricken group, says new UN report

Half of all people living in poverty are younger than 18 years old, according to estimates from a new report released on Thursday by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and partners.

UN rights expert chides US government's 'systematic assault' on welfare

The principal strategy for dealing with extreme poverty in the USA is to “criminalise and stigmatise” those who need assistance, according to a United Nations independent human rights expert, in a statement on Tuesday.

News in Brief 29 January 2018

Accessing food in war zones, continuing to “deteriorate”

The ability to find food in the world’s war zones continues to “deteriorate”, meaning that humanitarian efforts are “extremely critical”.

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News in Brief 05 October 2017 (PM)

Security Council: Mali mission chief calls for redoubling of peace efforts

Parties to the peace agreement in Mali are being asked to redouble their efforts to achieve peace in the North-West African country.

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UN Africa Special: poverty and marginalization driving extremist violence in Africa

This week we’re bringing you a special programme looking at the growing threat posed by extremist violence in Africa.

Between 2011 and early 2016, some 33,300 people in Africa lost their lives to violent extremism.

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