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News in Brief 31 May 2022

  • Over one billion methamphetamine tablets seized in East and Southeast Asia

  • Yemen-bound Horn of Africa migrant numbers tick up, despite ongoing conflict

  • Tobacco industry is killing people and our planet, says UN health agency


News in Brief 23 March 2022

  • Ukraine: UN’s Tedros urges Russia to stop the war amid ongoing attacks
  • UN weather agency to spearhead 5-year early warning plan, boosting climate action
  • UN health agency appeals to reverse gains lost in fight against TB
  • Seeds of change in Kenya as farmers lead way on tobacco-free farms

UN Catch-Up Dateline Geneva: Ethiopia arrests, COVID-19 antiviral boost, #YAS21

In this week’s show: a worrying state of emergency continues in Ethiopia where UN staff are being held – the Secretary-General wants them released immediately – a pharma deal that gives a lot more people a chance to get COVID-19 antivirals than ever before, and tough words for the tobacco industry, from the World Health Organization (WHO).

And in this week’s interview - with UN communications chief Melissa Fleming – why it’s crucially important that the Organization should do more to listen to what young activists are saying, for everyone’s sake.

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News in Brief 16 November 2021

  • Ethiopia: mass arbitrary arrests target Tigrayans, says UN rights office 

  • UNITAID deal seals COVID-19 antiviral boost for one in two people globally

  • Tobacco use falling, but ‘unscrupulous’ companies luring new users