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First Person: The ‘Human Swan’ inspiring climate action

Australian biologist Sacha Dench has been nicknamed “the Human Swan”, in recognition of her record-breaking, 7,000 kilometre, paramotor (motorized paraglider) flight, tracking Bewick swans across 11 countries, from Arctic Russian to the UK. Ahead of International Day for Biological Diversity, Ms. Dench explains why a drastic shift is needed in the global economy, to save endangered wildlife.

UN Catch-Up Dateline Geneva - Cyprus talks, shipwrecks, Central African Republic alert, UNFPA funding cuts

UN Catch-Up takes us from talks over the divided eastern Mediterranean island of Cyprus, to the deadly stretch of water that separates North Africa from Europe, scene of a particularly disturbing migrant shipwreck this week.

We’ll also hear an alert from UNICEF in the Central African Republic over ongoing violence that’s leaving youngsters vulnerable to exploitation – and a warning from the UN agency for sexual and reproductive health, over the devastating consequences for women, girls and their families from the UK’s $180 million funding cut.

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News in Brief 29 April 2021

  • I’ll fight for every Cypriot, says UN chief, as informal talks end
  • UNFPA regret over UK $180 million funding cut
  • Hostilities flare in NE Syria forcing 20,000 to flee Qamishli city
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UK’s 85% family planning aid cut will be devastating for women and girls says UNFPA, while UNAIDS also 'deeply regrets' cuts

The United Kingdom’s intention to cut 85 per cent of its contribution to a flagship UN family planning programme this year, will have devastating consequences for women and girls and their families across the world, the UN sexual and reproductive health agency (UNFPA) said on Thursday.

News in Brief 19 April 2021

  • Judicial independence weakened and under threat in Guatemala: rights expert
  • UK’s racism and ethnic difference report ‘could fuel discrimation’
  • Greta Thunberg joins forces with UN for COVID-19 busting scheme
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Rights experts condemn UK racism report attempting to ‘normalize white supremacy’

UN independent human rights experts on Monday denounced a government-backed report into racism in the United Kingdom, saying that it further distorted and falsified historical facts, and could even fuel racism and racial discrimination.

UK armed forces bill would limit war crimes accountability: UN rights chief

Legislation under consideration in the UK regarding armed forces personnel could limit accountability for war crimes if it is passed in its current form, UN rights chief Michelle Bachelet said on Monday.

News in Brief 12 April 2021

  • UK armed forces legislation sparks warning from rights chief
  • Chagas Disease initiative to protect millions in Latin America
  • Human space flight could help find solutions to global hunger, 60 years on from Russian first
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UN human rights expert ‘cautiously’ welcomes UK court’s refusal to extradite Julian Assange

An independent UN human rights expert has welcomed a British court’s refusal to extradite Wikileaks founder Julian Assange to the United States on the basis that he would be exposed to oppressive conditions of imprisonment. 

Netherlands violates nationality rights: UN rights committee 

The Netherlands has violated a child’s rights by registering children under the category “nationality unknown” as opposed to Stateless – leaving them ineligible to access international protections, the UN Human Rights Committee  declared on Tuesday.