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Cameroonian soldiers patrol parts of Lake Chad that have been affected by terrorist activity. (February 2019)
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Thursday’s Daily Brief: Harrowing terrorist survivors’ stories, children first in Mediterranean rescues, Yemen and Switzerland updates, new SDG Advocates speak out

Our main stories today: Boko Haram terrorist survivors tell their stories; UNICEF speaks out for children adrift on the Mediterranean; UN health agency pushes to stem dengue fever in Yemen; Switzerland declines sponsorship deal with tobacco firm; new SDG Advocates on the job.

President Doris Leuthard  of the Swiss Confederation addresses the General Assembly’s annual general debate.
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‘To each his own’ not a viable alternative in a world facing shared challenges, Swiss President says

With the world facing complex challenges such as climate change, humanitarian disasters and migration, all spanning geographical borders and requiring collective efforts to address, the President of Switzerland told delegations in the General Assembly today that a strong multilateral system centered on a strong United Nations must be established.
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Suffering of Yemen’s children “invisible" to the world: UNICEF

The suffering of millions of children across Yemen has become “invisible to the rest of the world” according to UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) representative in the war-ravaged country.

Merixtell Relaño said the impact of the fighting between coalition-backed government forces and so-called Houthi rebels, on children and families, has been “catastrophic”.

The conflict has fuelled what UN agencies are calling the largest humanitarian crisis in the world, with 6.8 million on the brink of famine.

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“Immediate and flexible resources” needed for Yemen: WFP

“Immediate and flexible resources” are need to help nearly 19 million people in Yemen, according to the World Food Programme (WFP).

WFP Country Director, Stephen Anderson, was speaking ahead of High-Level pledging conference on 25 April, which hopes to provide emergency resources to alleviate Yemen’s humanitarian crisis.

The event is being organized by the UN together with the governments of Sweden and Switzerland in Geneva.

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Gender parity still “decades away” in public life: UN development chief

Gender parity for leadership roles in public life across the world is still “decades away,” according to the head of the UN Development Programme (UNDP).

Speaking at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, Helen Clark said that the slow pace of progress towards a position where top jobs are held equally between men and women was unacceptable.

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Development needn’t be a taxing concept, says duty free campaign

An innovative campaign to promote sustainable development has been launched at Zurich airport: part of a bid to spread the word to two billion people between now and 2030.

Using the online hashtag #YouNeedToKnow, the initiative is one of the first things travellers see when they transit through the Swiss hub.

The idea has also taken off in Geneva and Heathrow airports, with help from international shopping chain Dufry, as the UN’s Aziyade Poltier-Mutal told Daniel Johnson.

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