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Nearly half a billion people can’t find decent work; unemployment set to rise: new UN labour report (Mo, 20 Jan 2020)
Around half a billion people work fewer paid hours than they would like, or are not getting enough access to paid work, shows a study published by the International Labour Organization (ILO) on Monday, which also forecasts that unemployment will rise by about 2.5 million this year.
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Major humanitarian hub in north-east Nigeria burned in attack (Mon, 20 Jan 2020)
The top UN aid official in Nigeria has condemned a weekend attack against a major humanitarian facility in the north-east of the country. 
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East Africa locusts threaten food insecurity across subregion, alerts UN agriculture agency (Mon, 20 Jan 2020)
Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia are dealing with desert locust swarms of “unprecedented size and destructive potential” that could spill over into more countries in East Africa, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) warned on Monday.
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Latin America and Caribbean region deadliest for journalists in 2019 (Mon, 20 Jan 2020)
Twenty-two journalists were reported killed in the Latin America and Caribbean region in 2019, making it the deadliest part of the world for the press, followed by 15 in Asia-Pacific, and 10 in Arab States.
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Smokers who quit one month before surgery reap benefits: UN health agency (Mon, 20 Jan 2020)
Tobacco smokers who quit at least four weeks before undergoing surgery not only have a lower risk of complications, but also show better results six months later than those who continue, the United Nations health agency  said on Monday.
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World leaders must address ‘shameful’ disparities in education spending: UN children’s agency (Mon, 20 Jan 2020)
A new report from the UN Children’s Fund, UNICEF, shows that a third of adolescent girls from the poorest households have never been to school, and spending on education is heavily skewed towards wealthier households.
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‘This terrible situation cannot be allowed to continue’, UN chief tells world leaders at major Libya summit (Sun, 19 Jan 2020)
Speaking at a major, high-level summit on Libya, held in the German capital Berlin on Sunday, UN Secretary-General António Guterres evoked the disastrous humanitarian situation faced by thousands of civilians, as conflict in the North African country grows deeper and more destructive.
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Former UN chief Perez de Cuéllar celebrates his 100th birthday (Sun, 19 Jan 2020)
The fifth Secretary-General, Javier Perez de Cuéllar, whose UN career began with the first ever General Assembly meeting in 1946, celebrates his 100th birthday on Sunday.
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Urgent need for ‘immediate’ solutions to combat drug-resistant infections, warns WHO   (Fri, 17 Jan 2020)
Drug-resistant infections are on the rise as private investment in new antibiotic development declines, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Friday.
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Haiti earthquake victims honoured at UN, with pledge to safeguard the nation’s future (Fri, 17 Jan 2020)
More than 200,000 Haitians who perished in the devastating earthquake which struck the island nation ten years ago, were honoured in a solemn ceremony of remembrance at UN Headquarters in New York on Friday, along with 102 staffers who died – the single greatest loss of life in the Organization’s history. 
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Libya: ‘Dire and untenable’ situation for tens of thousands of children in unrelenting conflict (Fri, 17 Jan 2020)
The world should not accept the “dire and untenable” situation facing children in wartorn Libya the head of the UN Children’s Fund, UNICEF, said on Friday.
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Tackling femicide in Argentina: a UN Resident Coordinator blog (Fri, 17 Jan 2020)
Tackling violence against women is crucial to realizing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). In January, the United Nations launched a Decade of Action to support meeting the 17 goals by 2030. 
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Aid to vulnerable Iraqis may ‘come to a complete halt within weeks’ (Thu, 16 Jan 2020)
Aid to vulnerable people in Iraq risks being completely blocked within weeks, warned the UN’s humanitarian chief in Iraq, Marta Ruedas, on Tuesday, as a result of the suspension of government documents allowing humanitarians to carry out critical missions.
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Yemen resilient and ‘unscathed’ in face of latest Gulf crisis (Thu, 16 Jan 2020)
Despite the threat posed by recent tensions in the Gulf, Yemen was able to weather the crisis thanks in part to restraint exercised by its political leaders, the UN Special Envoy for the country said on Thursday. 
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Climate crisis ‘affecting quality of life and fuelling discontent’ (Thu, 16 Jan 2020)
The climate crisis, as well as persistently high inequalities, and rising levels of food insecurity and undernourishment, is affecting the quality of life in many societies and fuelling discontent, the UN warned on Thursday, on the publication of the 2020 World Economic Situation Report (WESP).
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Syrian conflict has ‘erased’ children’s dreams: new UN report (Thu, 16 Jan 2020)
Nearly nine years of conflict in Syria have robbed boys and girls of their childhood and subjected them to “unabated violations of their rights”, including being killed, maimed, displaced, forced to fight or subjected to torture, rape and sexual slavery. 
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UN peacekeepers protecting hundreds displaced by Central African Republic fighting (Wed, 15 Jan 2020)
Fresh clashes in the Central African Republic’s southeast have driven some 400 people to seek shelter at a UN base there, the United Nations Spokesperson said on Wednesday.
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2019 second hottest year on record, UN confirms (Wed, 15 Jan 2020)
Last year was the second warmest year on record, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) confirmed on Wednesday. 
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Implementing peace deal only path for stabilization in Mali: UN peacekeeping chief (Wed, 15 Jan 2020)
Implementation of the 2015 peace agreement in Mali provides the only pathway for stabilization there, the head of UN peacekeeping told the Security Council on Wednesday. 
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Sudan: Lives of traumatized, displaced women in West Darfur under threat (Wed, 15 Jan 2020)
Ongoing instability in Sudan’s West Darfur region has left the lives, health and safety of thousands of women hanging in the balance, according to the  United Nations Population Fund, UNFPA. 
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Philippines volcano: UN stands ready with support, as thousands told to flee (Wed, 15 Jan 2020)
The UN is concerned over warnings issued by Philippines’ authorities that volcanic eruptions on the country’s most populous island could last “days, months or even years”. 
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UN aviation experts to join Ukraine Airlines Iran crash investigation (Tue, 14 Jan 2020)
Experts from the UN aviation watchdog, ICAO, will support the investigation into the crash of a Ukrainian Passenger plane in Iran on January 8, following an invitation from the Iranian authorities, which was accepted on Tuesday.
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UN moves to tackle ‘hidden abuse’ and violence against Europe’s children (Tue, 14 Jan 2020)
Each year, at least 55 million children in Europe suffer some form of physical, sexual, emotional or psychological violence, the UN health agency (WHO) said on Tuesday.
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Colombia: ‘Staggering number’ of human rights defenders killed in 2019 (Tue, 14 Jan 2020)
The UN human rights office, OHCHR, is “deeply troubled by the staggering number of human rights defenders killed in Colombia” last year, its spokesperson said on Tuesday.
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Global Goals top General Assembly President’s priority list (Mon, 13 Jan 2020)
The President of the 74th session of the UN General Assembly on Monday set out his 2020 priorities, which aim to make the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) a reality by the start of the next decade.
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‘No shortcuts to a healthier world’: WHO chief sets out health priorities for the decade (Mon, 13 Jan 2020)
The head of the UN health agency, WHO, has set out his urgent global health challenges for the next ten years – designated the “Decade of Action” by the UN General Assembly” – and underscored the importance of investing in public health, in a statement released on Monday.
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Colombia: ‘Significant strides’ towards integrated peace, UN envoy tells Security Council (Mon, 13 Jan 2020)
Colombia has continued to make “significant strides in its peace process”, the top UN envoy in the country told the Security Council on Monday.
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UN health agency urges China to continue search for source of new virus, as Thailand case emerges (Mon, 13 Jan 2020)
It is “essential” for China to continue investigating the source of a previously unknown strain of coronavirus, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared on Monday, following confirmation that an infected patient is being treated in Thailand.
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UN committed to helping Haiti build better future, says Guterres, marking 10-year anniversary of devastating earthquake (Sun, 12 Jan 2020)
On 12 January 2010, a 7.0 magnitude quake struck Haiti, devastating its capital, Port-au-Prince. About 220,000 people were reportedly killed, among them, 102 UN staff who lost their lives when the building housing the stabilization mission there, known as MINUSTAH, collapsed. Some 300,000 people were injured and 1.5 million become homeless during the 35-second-long tremor. 
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Capacity of cities to tackle climate change key in ‘crucial battle’ for planet’s preservation, says UN chief (Fri, 17 Jan 2020)
Cities – hubs of creativity and new ideas – can provide solutions to resolve humanity’s “suicide war” against nature, and lead the world towards a sustainable future, UN Secretary-General António Guterres said on Saturday in Lisbon, which has been named the 2020 European Green Capital. 
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