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2019 could be 'make or break' for Afghanistan, says top UN aid official

Drought in Afghanistan has left more than 3.6 million people “barely surviving” and displaced some 250,000 people from rural areas, the UN’s Deputy Special Representative for Afghanistan said on Monday. Toby Lanzer told Daniel Johnson of UN News, that 2019 could be "make or break" for the country. 

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News in Brief 23 November 2018

  • Afghanistan “one step from famine”
  • Guatemala conviction welcomed of Dos Erres massacre perpetrator
  • 200,000 Cox’s Bazar households to make clean fuel switch
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Near record funding for landmine clearance, but casualties remain high

The use of anti-personnel mines has “dramatically decreased” in recent decades, a leading expert on the munitions said on Tuesday, amid concerns about the high number of civilian casualties in conflict zones. Amelie Chayer from UN partner organization the International Campaign to Ban Landmines, told UN News how the international community to tackling the issue.

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Anne Frank’s childhood friend says world still hasn’t learned about genocide

A Holocaust survivor and former playmate of one of history’s most tragic figures has a message for the world about genocide: “We haven’t really learned.”

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Disabilities needn't be a show-stopper, say performers

A deaf and partially sighted musical dance act from China is putting on a major show at the UN to convey a positive message about disability.

The name of the troupe is My Dream China Disabled People's Performing Art Troupe.

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Mauritanian authorities must ensure “free and credible” vote

The government of Mauritania has a responsibility to ensure that a “free, transparent and credible” voting process takes place in a constitutional referendum due to take place on Saturday.

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Syria "drama" is not over as UN is denied aid access

A fragile ceasefire is largely holding in Syria but “tremendous dramas” are still being played out by the people of the war-torn country, the UN warned on Thursday.

The war in Syria has lasted almost six years.

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A woman’s place is…at work, says UN Geneva’s new chief

Diplomats, UN agencies and the private sector needs to do much more to break down the barriers that hold back women in the workplace, the UN’s new chief in Geneva said on Wednesday.

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