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Monday’s Daily Brief: numbers of hungry people rising, millions of children need vaccines, Mali children need more protection

UN News Centre - Mon, 15/07/2019 - 22:23
In today’s Daily Brief: achieving zero hunger an “immense challenge”, with numbers of hungry rising; 20 million children are missing out on potentially life-saving vaccines, the killing of health workers in DR Congo shows the need for a stronger Ebola response; a UN expert calls for an end to violations against children in Mali; and better training is needed to cut global youth unemployment.

Baby foods high in sugar, inappropriately marketed in Europe, reveal two UN studies

UN News Centre - Mon, 15/07/2019 - 21:58
Proper nutrition for newborn babies into early childhood is key to development and good health in later life, according to the Regional Director of the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) in Europe, as she launched two new studies on Monday.

The End of Cuba’s Entrepreneurship Boom

Foreign Policy - Mon, 15/07/2019 - 21:36
It isn’t just Trump who has put the country’s small businesses under pressure. Díaz-Canel is after them, too.

Why Are Japan and South Korea in a Trade Fight?

Foreign Policy - Mon, 15/07/2019 - 21:36
Officially, Japan has “national security” concerns about technology exports to South Korea. Unofficially, World War II still casts an ugly shadow.

The New U.S.-Mexico-Canada Trade Deal Can Work for Everyone

Foreign Policy - Mon, 15/07/2019 - 21:01
Republicans and Democrats have every reason to compromise and ratify the agreement.

‘Complacency’ a factor in stagnating global vaccination rates, warn UN health chiefs

UN News Centre - Mon, 15/07/2019 - 17:45
More than one in 10 children – almost 20 million worldwide – failed to receive potentially lifesaving vaccines in 2018, the UN said on Monday, citing obstacles including conflict, cost and complacency. 

Why Turkey Doesn’t Trust the United States

Foreign Policy - Mon, 15/07/2019 - 17:21
The decline and fall of an alliance.

UN highlights importance of skills development on World Youth Skills Day

UN News Centre - Mon, 15/07/2019 - 16:37
At UN Headquarters, and across the globe, events are taking place on Monday to celebrate World Youth Skills Day – marked each year on 15 July – to raise awareness about the importance of youth skills development.

Over 820 million people suffering from hunger; new UN report reveals stubborn realities of ‘immense’ global challenge

UN News Centre - Mon, 15/07/2019 - 16:10
After nearly a decade of progress, the number of people who suffer from hunger has slowly increased over the past three years, with about one in every nine people globally suffering from hunger today, the United Nations said in a new report released on Monday.

Afghanistan’s Forests Are Turning a Profit for the Islamic State

Foreign Policy - Mon, 15/07/2019 - 14:47
Wood smuggling is big business for the terrorist group.

Trump Set to Sanction Turkey

Foreign Policy - Mon, 15/07/2019 - 13:57
The administration has settled on a package of sanctions to punish Ankara for buying a Russian missile system.

Guatemala Cancels on Trump

Foreign Policy - Mon, 15/07/2019 - 12:04
Plus: Iran says it will talk—if U.S. sanctions end, Italy presents a migration plan, and what to watch in the world this week.

With half of Somaliland children not in school, UNICEF and partners launch education access programme

UN News Centre - Sat, 13/07/2019 - 22:20
Access to education in Somaliland is extremely limited, with more than 50 per cent of children in Somaliland out of school. In an effort to address the problem, the UN children’s fund, UNICEF, has partnered with the government, and the global fund Education Cannot Wait, to launch a programme designed to help children affected by ongoing crises in the country.

UN chief condemns terror attack in Kismayo, Somalia

UN News Centre - Sat, 13/07/2019 - 18:57
UN Secretary-General António Guterres has condemned the terrorist attack that took place on July 12 in southern Somalia. 

The World This Weekend

Foreign Policy - Sat, 13/07/2019 - 12:00
The British ambassador to the United States exits the stage, and Europe tries to salvage the Iran nuclear deal.

UN Human Rights Council stands firm on LGBTI violence, Syria detainees and Philippines ‘war on drugs’

UN News Centre - Sat, 13/07/2019 - 01:06
The 41st session of the United Nations Human Rights Council ended on Friday with measures taken to address worrying developments in Eritrea, Syria and the Philippines, along with other issues of global concern, such as violence and discrimination against the LGBTI community.

Friday’s Daily Brief: UN chief meets cyclone survivors in Mozambique, Human Rights Council investigates Philippines state violence, UN weather agency tracks Arctic fires

UN News Centre - Fri, 12/07/2019 - 23:02
In today’s Daily Brief: UN chief António Guterres condemns airstrikes on Syrian hospitals and meets survivors of Cyclones Idai and Kenneth in Mozambique; the UN Human Rights Council votes to investigate the “war on drugs” in the Philippines; and UN weather agency tracks fires…in the Arctic.

Pledging ongoing UN support during visit to cyclone-hit areas, Guterres praises resilience of Mozambicans

UN News Centre - Fri, 12/07/2019 - 22:25
Determined children learning in classes without roofs, resilient women farming without tools or much land, and grateful people who survived a cyclone that destroyed their livelihoods; on his final day in Mozambique, UN chief António Guterres witnessed first-hand the inner strength and resilience of the storm-ravaged country's people.

Developing countries should not be liable for emissions ‘accumulated throughout history’, key UN development forum hears

UN News Centre - Fri, 12/07/2019 - 21:25
Citing climate change as being caused by “emissions accumulated throughout history”, the head of China’s Xiamen Airlines told the United Nations High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) in New York on Friday that heavy carbon dioxide emitters should “take on greater responsibility” to ameliorate the problem.

As monsoon rains pound Rohingya refugee camps, UN food relief agency steps up aid

UN News Centre - Fri, 12/07/2019 - 17:14
Since 4 July, heavy monsoon rains and wind have pounded the refugee camps in Bangladesh’s Cox’s Bazar, with deaths, displacement and major damage following in their wake, the World Food Programme (WFP) said on Friday.