Switzerland: Draft anti-terrorism law sets ‘dangerous precedent’, rights experts warn

A proposed new anti-terrorism law in Switzerland could set a dangerous precedent for the suppression of political dissent worldwide, a group of five independent UN human rights experts warned on Friday. 

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.

‘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.

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.

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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).

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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).

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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.

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Film focuses on impact of climate change on indigenous communities

The struggle of indigenous communities in the face of climate change is the theme of The Anthropologist, a movie

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Volunteer orchestra looks to hit right note in front of Ban Ki-moon

An orchestra of volunteer musicians is preparing for its biggest performance yet…in front of an audience of 4,000 people which is set to include UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

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UN Gender Focus: violence against children, child brides and disarmament

Bid to end violence “that affects one billion children per year”

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