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UN Catch-Up Dateline Geneva – ‘Smart’ killer drones, drought and domestic workers’ worsening plight

In this week’s 15-minute podcast, we enter the murky world of so-called intelligent drone strike technology and concerns about their proliferation in an interview with the UN Institute for Disarmament Research. Also, an alert over Africa’s third COVID wave, a new UN report likening drought to a new pandemic and a warning over the plight of millions of domestic workers, from the UN labour agency ILO. Also, we’ll have closing comments from regular guest, Solange Behoteguy Cortes.

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UN Catch-Up Dateline Geneva – Animals in lockdown, Tigray and COVID vaccine alert for Africa

In this week’s UN Catch-Up, we’re getting in touch with the natural world – a photo contest showing what animals make of COVID lockdowns…Plus, the week’s top news stories from UN News, including likely famine in Ethiopia’s Tigray and alarming coronavirus vaccine shortfalls in nearly all African nations. I’m your host in Geneva, Daniel Johnson, and regular guest Solange Behoteguy-Cortes is with us too for closing comments. Thanks for listening.

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News in Brief 27 April 2021

  • UN chief ‘realistic’ about Cyprus informal talks in Geneva
  • Key workers need more protections in COVID era: ILO
  • Myanmar expert appeals for junta head to honour ceasefire pledge
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Podcast: UN Catch-Up Dateline Geneva - episode 5

This week’s show features the week’s news headlines, an interview with the World Food Programme (WFP) on the poorest of the poor in Madagascar, some of whom are eating mud and leaves to survive, and insight from regular guests from the UN Geneva team, Solange Behoteguy-Cortes and Alpha Diallo.

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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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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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