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News in Brief 8 January 2020

  • UN chief continues engagement to avert Gulf war
  • International community supports aid delivery to West Darfur displaced
  • Livelivehood project in Pakistan to benefit Afghan refugees, host communities 
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US city pushes green power on the international stage

For Salt Lake City Mayor Jackie Biskupski, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are parallel to the work she is doing to make her city 100 per cent clean-energy powered, by 2032.  Salt Lake City boasts the first two “net-zero” fire departments in the US and  is currently building the first police department that is 100 per cent renewable-energy driven as well as an energy-neutral international airport.  Mayor Biskupski spoke to UN News's Liz Scaffidi.

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Migrant deaths at US-Mexico border surpass 400 in 2017: IOM

Although migrant apprehensions at the US-Mexican border decreased in 2017, the number of people who died while making the crossing remained high, the UN Migration Agency (IOM) reports.

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All nations should embrace their sovereignty, US President tells world leaders at UN Assembly

Noting that the present world is one that offers both immense promise and great peril, the President of the United States told global leaders at the United Nations that it was “entirely up to us” to either lift the world to new heights, or let it fall into a valley of disrepair.

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“Deep concern” for safety of Syrian civilians on Jordanian border

UN agencies expressed deep concern on Monday for the safety of nearly 50,000 Syrian civilians who have been stranded for months on the border with Jordan.

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UNHCR relieved shipwreck victims now safe

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UN expert urges respect for right to privacy in the Internet age

Governments are being urged to respect people’s privacy as “a truly universal right” in the digital age.

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News in Brief 7 February 2017 (AM) – Geneva

Alarm at “failed” humanitarian access in Syria

Humanitarian aid deliveries to desperate Syrians last month largely “failed”, top UN negotiator Staffan de Mistura said on Tuesday.

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UN, US need each other in relationship of 'productive interdependence' - Annan

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today said that despite fears of a breakdown in international order, some of which he shares, "I believe profoundly that the United States and the United Nations need one another."