refugees and migrants

UN Catch-Up Dateline Geneva: Africa’s COVID tracing gap, TB alert, Afghanistan and ‘The Walk’

In this week’s show, just one in seven COVID cases is detected in Africa while deaths from another deadly disease – tuberculosis – rise for the first time in a decade, the World Health Organization tells us. An update too from Afghanistan, where the UN refugee agency is desperately worried about a lack of funds for lifesaving aid work – and plunging winter temperatures…We’ll also meet the team behind The Walk, an ambitious project to raise awareness about Syrian refugees, which involves walking a huge puppet across Europe.

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UN Catch-Up Dateline Geneva – Afghanistan update, global dementia alert, COVID in Africa

In this week's show, an appeal for Afghanistan’s neighbours to keep their borders open after the Taliban takeover; an interview with a migration expert from UN Children’s Fund UNICEF, on the Afghan boys and girls risking everything to flee the country, and an alert over far-too-low COVID-19 vaccination rates across Africa.

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News in Brief 30 August 2021

  • Afghanistan: lifesaving medical supplies reach Mazar-i-Sharif - WHO
  • UN COVID-19 measures unveiled to help keep schools
  • UNHCR calls for all States to join the effort to eradicate statelessness
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News in Brief 10 August 2021

  • Afghanistan emergency: Bachelet condemns floggings, violations by Taliban
  • Tigray food aid needs to step up fast, warns WFP
  • UNHCR reaches Eritreans stranded in Tigray camps
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News in Brief 5 August 2021

  • ASEAN Myanmar mediator appointment welcomed by UN chief Guterres
  • COVID-19 vaccine shipments to Africa set to ramp up, says WHO
  • Refugee resettlement yet to recover from coronavirus restrictions
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News in Brief 23 July 2021

  • Fears of famine persist in Ethiopia’s stricken Tigray region
  • Thailand: Heritage status row over Kaeng Krachan national park
  • Tokyo Olympians’ message of hope for world’s displaced
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News in Brief 22 July 2021

  • Africa: 7 in 10 countries to miss COVID19 vaccination targets
  • Reversing biodiversity loss is worth $1.4 trillion a year: FAO chief
  • Togo joins international bid to end statelessness
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News in Brief 14 July 2021

  • Coup and COVID-19 fuelling ‘perfect storm’ in Myanmar: UN expert
  • Deadly sea routes cause migrant deaths to double
  • UNCTAD: EU carbon reduction deal won’t hurt developing exporters as badly as feared
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UN Catch-Up Dateline Geneva – Drought in Bolivia, COVID in Africa, & why climate resilience matters to shopkeepers

In this week’s show: a chilling warning that climate change could cause a pandemic-scale economic shock to small businesses once a decade; we follow the fast-growing COVID-19 spike across Africa and hear welcome news about how some countries have included refugees in their pandemic vaccination programmes. We’ll also be learning about why drought “could be the next pandemic” from the UN’s top disaster risk reduction official, in this week’s interview.

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News in Brief 18 June 2021

  • Refugees disproportionately hit by COVID: Guterres
  • Famine risk spikes amid conflict, COVID and funding gaps
  • UN rights office OHCHR condemns targeting of civilian infrastructure in Yemen
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