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Tuesday’s Daily Brief: Israeli settlements, Sahel crisis, Iran protests, reconciliation for peace, World Toilet Day

19 November 2019

A recap of Tuesday’s stories in brief: UN ‘regret’ over US settlements reversal; Almost daily attacks plunge Sahel into ‘three-country crisis’;  live ammunition reportedly used against Iranian protesters; reconciliation helps ‘repair fractures’, p

‘Three-country crisis’ across central Sahel puts whole generation at risk, warns UN food agency

19 November 2019

Violent attacks by extremists “almost every day” in the Sahel nations of Mali, Niger and Burkina Faso have displaced nearly one million people and caused emergency levels of malnutrition, UN humanitarians have said.

Sustainable fishing staying afloat in developed world, sinking in poorer regions

18 November 2019

More people than ever rely on fisheries and aquaculture for food, and income, but the seafood industry is facing a “dangerous” sustainability divide when comparing trends in the developed world versus those in poorer regions, the Food and Agricult

One-third of Afghans need urgent humanitarian aid, millions suffer ‘acute food insecurity’

18 November 2019

Over the last three months (August to October 2019), around one-third of the Afghan population required urgent humanitarian action, according to the latest Integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC) Alert, released on Monday, which declar

UN, African Union make significant joint commitment to global health

18 November 2019

In the drive towards universal health coverage, the World Health Organization (WHO) and the African Union (AU) Commission cemented their mutual commitment to global health by signing on Monday an historic agreement.

‘Transformational benefits’ of ending outdoor defecation: Why toilets matter

18 November 2019

Ending the practice of defecating in the open, rather than in a toilet, will have “transformational benefits” for some of the world’s most vulnerable people, says the UN’s partner sanitation body, the WSSCC (Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborati

‘Transformational benefits’ of ending outdoor defecation: Why toilets matter

18 November 2019

Ending the practice of defecating in the open, rather than in a toilet, will have “transformational benefits” for some of the world’s most vulnerable people, says the UN’s partner sanitation body, the WSSCC (Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborati

UN calls for action to tackle ‘ubiquitous but invisible’ global road safety crisis

17 November 2019

Saving lives by improving road safety is “one of the many objectives of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development”, the United Nations chief said in his message for the global day set aside for remembering the victims of traffic accidents.

UN agency sounds alarm: Dwindling agrobiodiversity ‘severe threat’ to food security

14 November 2019

To help ensure the most-consumed foods don’t disappear in the face of the climate crisis, farmers must cultivate crops able to resist environmental shocks and other stresses, the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) highlighted in a new set of

UN agency sounds alarm: Dwindling agrobiodiversity ‘severe threat’ to food security

14 November 2019

To help ensure the most-consumed foods don’t disappear in the face of the climate crisis, farmers must cultivate crops able to resist environmental shocks and other stresses, the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) highlighted in a new set of

Revealed: danger and squalor for cleaners who remove human waste by hand

13 November 2019

The plight of sanitation workers in the developing world should be addressed urgently, the UN said on Thursday, warning that their rights, health and dignity are at risk.

Over $39 million earmarked by UN-backed fund to combat effects of climate change in Nepal

13 November 2019

More than $39 million in funding was approved on Wednesday for a project that will build resilience and mitigate the effects of climate change, benefitting nearly one million Nepalis, according to the Board of the UN-backed Green Climate Fund (GCF

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

12 November 2019

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 Entrepre

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

12 November 2019

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.

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

11 November 2019

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 wa

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

11 November 2019

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.

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

11 November 2019

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.

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

8 November 2019

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.

Progress toward sustainable development is seriously off-track

7 November 2019

The UN Secretary-General is calling on business leaders to use their “enormous influence” to push for inclusive growth and opportunities that benefit all people and the planet.

Cuba: UN Members overwhelmingly support end of US embargo, as Brazil backs Washington

7 November 2019

For the 28th consecutive year, the UN General Assembly has adopted a resolution calling for an end to the economic, commercial and financial embargo imposed by the United States against Cuba.

‘Everyone needs to do more’ to help suffering Venezuelans, says UN Emergency Relief Coordinator

6 November 2019

“Ordinary women, men and children face overwhelming challenges” just to survive in Venezuela today, UN Emergency Relief Coordinator Mark Lowcock said on Wednesday in the capital, Caracas.

Step up action to protect the planet during wartime: UN environment chief

6 November 2019

Greater action is needed to protect the environment during wartime if the world is to realize the goal of a more sustainable future for all people and the planet, the head of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) warned on Wednesday.

Tuesday’s Daily Brief: Cameroon crisis deepens, Tsunami Awareness Day, online gender gap, Somalia floods leave children vulnerable

5 November 2019

A recap of Tuesday’s top stories: Humanitarian needs in Cameroon up 15-fold from 2017; UN risk reduction chief calls for more resilient cities; Somalia’s floods put 200,000 children at risk; Internet use study reveals growing gender gap; UN partne

US-China trade war is a ‘lose-lose’ situation for them and the world, warn UN economists

5 November 2019

The trade tariff spat between China and the United States has been a “lose-lose” situation for both countries and the wider world and it is likely to deteriorate unless a deal is reached, UN economists said on Tuesday.

Natural hazards don’t always spell disaster: UN risk reduction chief

5 November 2019

Tsunamis are rare, but when they strike, they are the deadliest and most costly of natural hazards.

Nearly two million Cameroonians face humanitarian emergency: UNICEF

5 November 2019

Ongoing violence in Cameroon’s northwest and southwest has created a fast-growing humanitarian emergency now affecting some 1.9 million people, a “15-fold increase since 2017”, UN humanitarians said on Tuesday.

Ebola emergency chief decries new attacks on frontline staff, after DR Congo worker death

4 November 2019

Security measures for staff helping to fight health emergencies need to be stepped up urgently, a UN health agency top official said on Monday, after a frontline Ebola epidemic community worker was reportedly stabbed to death at his home in northe

Microplastics, microbeads and single-use plastics poisoning sea life and affecting humans

4 November 2019

Each year, an estimated eight million tonnes of plastic end up in the ocean – equivalent to a full garbage truck dumped into the sea every minute - the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) has said.

Far more needed to ‘confront the world’s climate emergency’, Guterres tells ASEAN-UN Summit 

3 November 2019

Four of the 10 countries most affected by climate change are members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres said on Sunday, urging the ASEAN-UN Summit in Bangkok to “confront the world’s cl

Far more needed to ‘confront the world’s climate emergency’, Guterres tells ASEAN-UN Summit 

3 November 2019

Four of the 10 countries most affected by climate change are members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres said on Sunday, urging the ASEAN-UN Summit in Bangkok to “confront the world’s cl