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News in Brief 25 October 2021

• UN chief, top officials, condemn Sudan coup • Sudan progress on democracy and human rights at risk: Bachelet • Half the population in Afghanistan facing acute hunger


Solidarity echoes throughout Dubai 2020 Expo

Messages of solidarity rang across Expo 2020 in Dubai as participants celebrated UN Day on Sunday. Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed called on the world “to hold on to the hopefulness of the future of mankind and its home, the planet”. EXPO 2020, which runs through March, includes a UN Hub where visitors can learn about the Organization’s mission for peace, development, human rights and human dignity. UN News’s Jessica Jiji spoke to the deputy UN chief about the significance of...


'Harbouring' explained: New publication analyses act of people-trafficking

A new UN publication sheds light on the ways in which victims of human trafficking are accommodated during different stages of their trafficking ordeal. This process known as ‘harbouring’ constitutes an act of human trafficking in the internationally recognised definition of this crime and is used by prosecutors and judges to secure convictions. Martin Hemmi, a UNODC Associate Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Officer, who coordinated the production of the report, says he hopes the new...


UN Catch-Up Dateline Geneva: The ‘Hendrix of the Sahel’, Afghanistan, COVID-19 and forecasting boost

In this week’s show, the “Jimi Hendrix of the Sahel”, also known to his fans as Vieux Farka Touré, sings his message of peace, in a region on the frontlines of climate change, mass displacement and violent extremism; we also hear the latest stories from the UN News team, covering Afghanistan, COVID-19 and a radical weather forecasting initiative from the World Meteorological Organization. With closing comments too, from regular guest Solange Behoteguy-Cortes.


WFP: Madagascar families facing world’s first potential climate change famine

More than one million people in southern Madagascar are going hungry in what the World Food Programme (WFP) believes could become the first-ever famine brought on by climate change. Successive years of drought have forced people in rural communities to eat locusts, fruit and cactus leaves because they have been unable to plant or harvest sweet potatoes, tomatoes and other crops. Alice Rahmoun, WFP Communications Officer in the capital, Antananarivo, was in the region recently. She said...


News in Brief 21 October 2021



Erin McGoff Introduces Lefteris Arapakis

There aren’t plenty of fish in the sea - not anymore. Lefteris Arapakis grew up in a family where generations before him were fishermen. But as the climate of the Mediterranean changes, so does the fishing economy. And while he was trying to solve that, he stumbled on a different solution. Now the self-proclaimed “worst fisherman in Greece” is hauling in a bountiful catch every day - of plastic pollution. We talked to Lefteris about how to use local knowledge and direct action to find...


News in Brief 19 October 2021



News in Brief 18 October 2021



For head of Myanmar Mechanism, time is of the essence for accountability

For more than two years, a UN-appointed team of 59 people has been collecting and analyzing more than two million pieces of evidence about possible human rights violations in Myanmar. The team of professionals are formally known as the Independent Investigative Mechanism for Myanmar, (IIMM) or Myanmar Mechanism, and was created in 2018 by the Human Rights Council. In an extensive interview with UN News, the head of the Mechanism, Nicholas Koumjian, explains the importance of preserving...


UN Catch-Up Dateline Geneva: Africa’s COVID tracing gap, TB alert, Afghanistan and ‘The Walk’

In this week’s show, just one in seven COVID cases is detected in Africa while deaths from another deadly disease – tuberculosis – rise for the first time in a decade, the World Health Organization tells us. An update too from Afghanistan, where the UN refugee agency is desperately worried about a lack of funds for lifesaving aid work – and plunging winter temperatures…We’ll also meet the team behind The Walk, an ambitious project to raise awareness about Syrian refugees, which involves...


News in Brief 14 October 2021



Song for the Sahel aims to spread message of peace, says Mali maestro

It’s not very often at the UN that we get the chance to talk to talented musicians whose work can help to promote the Organization’s goals of peace, human rights and development; but that’s exactly what happened when Mali songwriter Vieux Farka Touré agreed to tell us all about his brand new composition, A Song For The Sahel. In partnership with the humanitarian coordination office OCHA, Mr. Touré set out to write a message of hope to the people of the Sahel, a region where spreading...


SDG Advocate calls for more action against child slavery

When he went to school for the first time, five-year-old Kailash Satyarthi saw a child cobbler, sitting outside the school gate. Seeing the impoverished boy having to work and unable to go to class, gave him a new perspective, and set him on the road to becoming a passionate child rights advocate. Kailash Satyarthi has been at the forefront of the global movement to end child slavery for decades now. The human rights activist from India won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2014 and was recently...


News in Brief 12 October 2021



E-buses: ‘Swiss army knife solution’ for sustainable transport

The most important action the world can take to tackle the climate crisis is to quickly decarbonize every mode of transportation on earth, according to one determined expert, starting with buses. Alex Mitchell, Senior Vice President of Unlocking Innovation at the Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator, and author of the newsletter, Sustainable Mobility, says that carbon is an existential threat that the world has an obligation to remove from transport. For Mr. Mitchell, electric buses are a...