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10/11/2017

‘Leave No Stone Unturned’ to Secure Aid Funding for Central African Republic – UN

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One out of every four people in Central African Republic (CAR) is either displaced or living as a refugee in another country, a senior United Nations official on 9 November 2017 said, urging the international community to provide more resources for a humanitarian plan that up to now is only partially funded.

The UN Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) has provided resources to address immediate needs in Central African Republic, but more is urgently needed to meet the scale of the challenge. Photo: MINUSCA/Nektarios Markogiannis

10/11/2017

At UN Climate Conference, Congo Basin Youth Spotlight How They Protect Fragile Forest Ecosystem

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Youth groups working in Africa’s Congo Basin countries are supporting economic progress in isolated rural communities while protecting the forest, and it is high time their voices were heard, a young woman at the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP23) in Bonn, Germany, on 9 November 2017 said.

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The Congo Basin harbours the world’s second largest tropical forest. It is also a key resource for stabilizing the global climate. Photo: FAO/Giulio Napolitano

10/11/2017

Nations without Nationality – An ‘Unseen’ Stark Reality

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ROME, Nov 10 2017 (IPS) – Here’s another ‘unseen’ stark reality—that of millions of people around the world who are deprived of their identity, living without nationality. Their total number is by definition unknown and their only ‘sin” is that they belong to an ethnic, religious or linguistic minority in the country where they have often lived for generations.

Born stateless, this baby acquired nationality in 2008 in Bangladesh. Credit: UNHCR/G.M.B. Akash

These millions of human beings are victims of continued discrimination, exclusion and persecution, states a UN refugee agency’s new report, calling for “immediate action” to secure equal nationality rights for all.

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06/11/2017

Give ‘Visibility’ to Victims of Sexual Exploitation and Abuse – UN Advocate

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Briefing the press at United Nations Headquarters in New York for the first time, the first-ever UN advocate for the rights of victims of sexual exploitation and abuse on 3 November 2017 highlighted her role to give those who have suffered “visibility” and amplify their voices.

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Victims of sexual violence at a shelter in Goma, Democratic Republic of the Congo. UN Photo/Marie Frechon (file)

“I’m the first prong of the full-pronged strategy of the Secretary-General to address SEA [sexual exploitation and abuse] systemwide,” said Victims’ Rights Advocate Jane Connors.

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19/10/2017

Alert: A New Strain of Fungus Threatening World’s Bananas

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The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) announced on 18 October that it is working with partners to help protect the world’s banana crops a new strain of fungus, known as Fusarium wilt TR4, which can last for years in the soil.

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Banana traders awaiting customers at the local market in Tuleba, Tanzania. Photo: FAO

According to FAO, the “insidious” fungus poses major risks to global banana production and could cause vast commercial losses and even greater damage to the livelihoods of the 400 million people who rely on the world’s most traded fruit as a staple food or source of income.

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17/10/2017

Pope Francis Urges Action on Climate Change, Conflicts to End Global Hunger

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Food security for all requires tackling climate change and ending conflicts, His Holiness, Pope Francis, on 16 October stressed Monday at an official ceremony for World Food Day held at the Rome headquarters of the United Nations agriculture agency.

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Address by His Holiness Pope Francis. World Food Day Ceremony, FAO Headquarters (Plenary hall). Photo: FAO/Giuseppe Carotenuto.

“It is clear that wars and climatic change are a cause of hunger, so let’s not present it as if hunger is an incurable disease,” the Pontiff said during his key note address marking the Day at headquarters of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).
16/10/2017

UN Rights Experts Urge France to Provide Safe Water, Sanitation for Migrants in ‘Calais Jungle’

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16 October 2017 – United Nations human rights experts are urging the Government of France to devise long-term measures to provide access to safe drinking water and sanitation for migrants in Calais and other areas along the northern French coast.

Several thousand asylum-seekers and migrants from Syria, Iraq, Ethiopia, Sudan, Pakistan and Afghanistan are living in makeshift camps or in the streets in Calais, France. Photo: UNHCR/C. Vander Eecken

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12/10/2017

Rohingya Refugee Women Bring Stories of Unspeakable Violence

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COX’S BAZAR, Bangladesh, Oct 10 2017 (IPS) – Yasmin, 26, holds her 10-day-old baby, who she gave birth to in a crowded refugee camp in Cox’s Bazar, a southeastern district bordering Myanmar.

Women and children who escaped the brutal violence in Myanmar wait for aid at a camp in Bangladesh. Credit: Parvez Ahmad Faysal/IPS

Women and children who escaped the brutal violence in Myanmar wait for aid at a camp in Bangladesh. Credit: Parvez Ahmad Faysal/IPS

Three weeks ago, when she was still in her home in Hpaung Taw Pyin village in Myanmar, she was raped by a group of soldiers as houses burned, people fled and gunfire shattered the air.

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12/10/2017

Artificial Intelligence — Who Does It Benefit (and Who Does It Harm)?

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11 October 2017 – Artificial intelligence has the potential to accelerate progress on global development goals, but also poses a range of complex challenges, including ethical questions, human rights issues and security risks, speakers told a United Nations event today that featured a robot as one of the panellists.

Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed has a brief dialogue with Sophia at the “The Future of Everything – Sustainable Development in the Age of Rapid Technological Change” meeting. UN Photo/Manuel Elias

A moment that drew big applause during the day-long event, ‘The future of everything – sustainable development in the age of rapid technological change,’ came when Sophia, a humanoid robot, had brief interaction with UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina J. Mohammed.

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30/09/2017

Indictment of Burma/Myanmar for State Crimes

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By Permanent People’s Tribunal on Myanmar’s State Crimes – TRANSCEND Media Service*

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New arrivals in Bangladesh’s Ukhiya area right after crossing the border with Myanmar’s northern Rakhine state. Photo: UNHCR/Vivian Tan

TO: The Panel of Judges of the Permanent People’s Tribunal on Myanmar’s State Crimes

FROM: The Prosecution Team[i]

DATE: August 2017

Whereas the Permanent Peoples’ Tribunal is a public opinion tribunal[ii] based on the Universal Declaration of the Rights of Peoples (Algiers, 1976), on all the instruments of international law, and on the inherent rights of people;

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