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Tuesday's Daily Brief: ‘Forgotten’ pneumonia epidemic, experts urge vigilance over Australia wildfires, Ebola vaccine breakthrough 

11 hours 6 min ago
A recap of Tuesday’s top stories: Pneumonia number one killer of children; Australia’s wildfires rage on; Ebola vaccine gets green light; new child labour and trafficking study; Malnutrition soars in Latin America and Caribbean; Intellectual Property chief encourages innovation.

In Bahrain, Global Forum for Entrepreneurs and Investment examines empowerment of women, youth through innovation

Tue, 12/11/2019 - 23:46
Spotlighting the role of targeted investment and innovation towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), with special focus on ‘Harnessing the Potential of the Fourth Industrial Revolution in the Digital Economy,’ the World Entrepreneurs Investment Forum kicked off on Tuesday in the Bahraini capital, Manama.

UN spotlights ‘explosive’ obesity rates, hunger in Latin America and Caribbean

Tue, 12/11/2019 - 22:30
Since 1975, adult obesity in Latin America and the Caribbean region has tripled, while one in four are going hungry, according to figures published by the UN on Tuesday. 

Nairobi summit: Women’s empowerment a ‘game changer’ for sustainable development

Tue, 12/11/2019 - 22:02
The global goal of a sustainable future for all cannot be achieved until women, girls and young people gain control over their own bodies and lives, UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed told world leaders meeting in Nairobi on Tuesday.

Quality education an ‘essential pillar’ of a better future, says UN chief

Tue, 12/11/2019 - 19:34
Education is an “essential pillar” to achieving the UN’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, UN chief António Guterres told an audience on Tuesday at the Paris headquarters of UNESCO, the UN Educational, Scientific and Culture Organization, ahead of the agency’s General Conference.

‘Forgotten’ pneumonia epidemic kills more children than any other disease

Tue, 12/11/2019 - 19:22
Pneumonia, an entirely preventable disease, kills more children than any other illness in the world, one child every 39 seconds. But although that statistic is well known, funding to improve survival rates continues to come up short, the UN and partners warned on Tuesday, World Pneumonia Day. 

UN chief welcomes decision to delay formation of South Sudan unity government

Tue, 12/11/2019 - 18:05
The UN Secretary-General has welcomed the decision to push back the deadline for the formation of a unity Government in South Sudan.

Australia wildfires: communities must stay vigilant, urges UN weather agency

Tue, 12/11/2019 - 17:31
As Australia’s “catastrophic” and deadly wildfire emergency continues, UN weather experts on Tuesday echoed Government warnings for people to remain vigilant in the face of the fast-moving threat and tinderbox conditions.

Monday’s Daily Brief: Guterres on Bolivia and multilateralism, Syria and Iraq’s displaced, forest initiative, the healing arts

Tue, 12/11/2019 - 00:39
A recap of Monday’s stories in brief: UN chief spotlights multilateralism at peace forum; Bolivian authorities must uphold safety of citizens; new programme to feed Kenya’s children; experts concerned for detained in Syria and Iraq; UN forest management project fights climate crisis; and, from Warhol to the Wiggles – the role of art in keeping you healthy.

25 years on from landmark conference, millions of women and girls still in danger: UN deputy chief

Tue, 12/11/2019 - 00:24
The UN Deputy Secretary-General has called for gender equality, women’s empowerment and women’s rights to be integrated at the heart of global efforts to achieve a sustainable future for all.

Multilateralism must weather ‘challenges of today and tomorrow’ Guterres tells Paris Peace Forum

Mon, 11/11/2019 - 22:57
In a speech to the Paris Peace Forum in Paris on Monday, UN Secretary-General António Guterres said that to thrive, multilateralism had to adapt, mindful that “conflicts persist, creating suffering and displacement: our world is unsettled”.  He was speaking as commemorations took place in countries across the world, marking the official end of the First World War, in 1918.

From Prince to Picasso, the arts can be just the tonic, new UN health agency study shows

Mon, 11/11/2019 - 20:36
From before birth, to the end of life, taking to the dance floor or sketching a still life, can positively affect our health and even prove more cost-effective than conventional medical treatment, the World Health Organisation (WHO) found in a new study published on Monday.

New UN forestry project bids to help countries meet climate change commitments

Mon, 11/11/2019 - 18:00
More than two dozen countries across Asia, Africa and Latin America are set to benefit from a UN project to help tackle climate change through better forestry management.

UN chief calls for Bolivians to ensure credible elections as Morales resigns; protection for diplomatic missions

Mon, 11/11/2019 - 06:21
United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has urged all concerned parties in Bolivia to “refrain from violence, reduce tension and exercise maximum restraint” in the wake of the resignation of President Evo Morales earlier on Sunday. 

Friday’s Daily Brief: Syria war update as talks continue, ‘credible evidence’ Morsi death due to prison conditions, force condemned in Chile protests

Fri, 08/11/2019 - 23:52
A recap of Friday’s stories in brief: Ongoing upheaval threatens civilians in Syria; ‘Brutal’ prison conditions may have prompted Morsi’s death; Rights experts condemn use of force in Chile protests; ICJ will hear claims by Ukraine; 60,000 youth refugees who travelled alone, in need across Italy. 

Top UN court will consider Ukraine allegations against Russia of treaty violations

Fri, 08/11/2019 - 23:11
The International Court of Justice (ICJ) has agreed to hear claims by Ukraine related to the conflict in the east of the country, where Government forces have been fighting mostly pro-Russian separatists, for more than five years.

Violence can ‘never be the answer’: UN rights experts condemn excessive force during Chile protests

Fri, 08/11/2019 - 23:09
United Nations human rights experts on Friday condemned the excessive use of force during Chile’s ongoing street protests, and in a statement underscored that violence “can never be the answer to people's social and political demands”.

Hundreds of thousands of civilians at risk in Syria amid ongoing violence in northeast and northwest

Fri, 08/11/2019 - 20:28
Almost daily violence targeting built-up areas and health facilities in Syria continues to threaten the lives of civilians there, UN rights experts and humanitarians said on Friday.

UN human rights expert alarmed at rise in Cambodia arrests

Fri, 08/11/2019 - 20:01
A UN human rights expert is calling on the Cambodian Government to respect its citizens’ rights of freedom of opinion, expression and assembly, amid concerns over escalating tensions and a political crackdown across the country.

60,000 young refugees and migrants who arrived in Italy alone lack support

Fri, 08/11/2019 - 19:26
United Nations agencies on Friday highlighted the dire needs of thousands of unaccompanied and separated children who have arrived in Italy as refugees, lacking the proper support to transition through to adulthood.