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By wingate19 - Dec 23 2012
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Good podcast but wish UN had a app for podcasts and live TV

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This podcast is a great way to keep up with the news and to study for mun

iTunes Ratings

39 Ratings
Average Ratings
30
3
1
2
3

Very Good BUT....

By wingate19 - Dec 23 2012
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Good podcast but wish UN had a app for podcasts and live TV

A mun must

By Mun USA - Jan 08 2010
Read more
This podcast is a great way to keep up with the news and to study for mun

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Nobel-winning economist outlines simple and inexpensive steps to fight poverty

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Low-cost initiatives such as insecticide-treated mosquito nets and child de-worming programmes are proof that the world can take effective action to reduce poverty, a Nobel Prize-winning economist has said, as the world marks the International Day dedicated to its eradication.

Michael Kremer, alongside fellow professors Abhijit Banerjee and Esther Duflo, won the 2019 Nobel Prize for Economics for their research in fighting poverty.

Oct 17 2019

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PODCAST: Rebuilding lives after terror in Cameroon

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A group of survivors devastated by terrorism in the Lake Chad region of Africa, are taking small steps towards building new lives and livelihoods. In Cameroon alone, there are some 250,000 internally-displaced and around 100,000 refugees, forced to flee their homes due to a brutal insurgency which was originally led by Boko Haram.

In this special edition of our Lid is On Podcast, Daniel Dickinson reports from Maroua in the Far North region of the country.

Oct 25 2019

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News in Brief 25 October 2019

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  • More than 140,000 displaced in northeast Nigeria   

  • UN rights chief orders probe into rights abuses in Chile   

  • New findings on treating malignant lung disease   

Oct 25 2019

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News in Brief 6 December 2019

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  • Spike in Syria attacks on civilians
  • Australia’s end to medical evacuation for refugees may put lives at risk
  • Haitians facing ‘dramatic’ food crisis

Dec 06 2019

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EU Ebola vaccine approval is landmark moment: World Health Organization

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Cases of Ebola virus are slowing down in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, but it is still way too soon to say the deadly disease is beaten.

Christian Lindmeier of the World Health Organization (WHO), gave an update on the outbreak to  UN News’s Daniel Johnson, in Geneva.

Nov 12 2019

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News in Brief 1 November 2019

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  • UN Migration Agency appeals to South Sudan group to free volunteer worker and child 

  • ‘All actors’ must lend support as humanitarian crisis continues in Haiti: UN rights chief  

  • Independent UN expert on torture sounds alarm over Julian Assange’s life 

Nov 01 2019

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Measles vaccine is safe and protects children and communities: UN health expert

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Measles deaths and infections are spiking again globally, and Governments everywhere should do more to convince parents that it is safe to vaccinate their children.

That’s the message from the World Health Organization’s Dr Kate O’Brien, Director of Immunization and Vaccines.

In an interview with UN News’s Daniel Johnson, she describes the impact of a major outbreak of measles on the Pacific island nation of Samoa, where thousands of children have contracted the disease. 

Dec 05 2019

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News in Brief 13 November 2019

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  • 'Indiscriminate’ rocket fire in Israel-Gaza ‘must stop immediately’

  • $1.35 billion humanitarian gap for fleeing Venezuelans

  • Diabetes cases nearly doubling, UN chief urges more action ahead of World Day

Nov 13 2019

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News in Brief 31 October 2019

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  • Severe food insecurity alert for 45 million people across Southern Africa

  • Rights experts call for release of Palestinian hunger striker

  • New WHO report targets leading causes of urban deaths

Oct 31 2019

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The future of the planet ‘clearly in our hands’: top climate change scientist

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There are clear benefits to keeping the earth’s temperature below two degrees; and the “choices we make now will be critical for the future of our oceans and cryosphere”.

That’s the message from Anjal Prakash, Coordinating Lead Author of the latest UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, or IPCC report, on the havoc being unleashed on the earth’s oceans and ice caps. He spoke to UN News’s Sachin Gaur.

Oct 29 2019

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LGBTI discrimination still pervasive ‘in every region of the world’: UN rights expert

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Discrimination and violence towards members of the LGBTI community continues to be pervasive in every region of the world, with same-sex marriages still considered a crime in 69 countries. 

That’s from Victor Madrigal-Borloz, the UN Independent Expert on protection against violence and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity, who presented a new report to the General Assembly last week outlining how negative notions of LGBTI people manifest, and how best to stop them

Nov 01 2019

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Governments cannot stay silent on human rights abuses: UN rights expert

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UN human rights expert Agnès Callamard has been involved in some of the most talked-about stories of the past year..

Shortly after she called on the Maltese authorities to do more to find those responsible for the death of Maltese journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia, Conor Lennon from UN News asked her if she was surprised that the investigation into the death of Ms. Galizia has not made more progress.

Oct 31 2019

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Build cities ‘to last’ in the face of mounting climate hazards, says UN disaster relief chief

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Mami Mizutori, the UN Special Representative for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR),  says proper allocation of disaster funds means “a hazard doesn’t necessarily have to become a disaster.” 

She spoke to UN News’s Natalie Hutchison, to mark World Tsunami Awareness Day, explaining how her Office is helping implement disaster risk management efforts around the world. 

Nov 05 2019

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UN pavilion will feature in Dubai, at Arab world’s first global Expo

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London’s Crystal Palace provided the venue for the first ever World Expo back in 1851, and next year, the Arab region hosts the iconic global event for the first time, which will include a United Nations pavilion, the Organization announced on Thursday.

Under the theme “We the peoples shaping our future together”, the space will focus on “the people the United Nations serve, rather than the institution”.

That’s according to Maher Nasser, Director of Outreach for the UN’s Department of Global Communications, who’s leading the UN team at Expo 2020.

He spoke to UN News’s May Yaacoub.

Oct 24 2019

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‘We all have a role to play’ battling growing scourge of cybercrime

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In an era when a lone cybercriminal can sow chaos, taking whole countries offline, everybody in the world with a smartphone in their pocket, has “a role to play” in the fight against the growing scourge. That’s the view of Neil Walsh, chief of the cybercrime team which is part of the UN’s Office on Drugs and Crime. Matt Wells asked Mr. Walsh to describe the state of the underground cybercrime industry worldwide today.

Oct 10 2019

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Central Sahel on the ‘cusp of disaster’: WFP’s Marwa Awad

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Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger are facing a “toxic combination” of escalating violence, displacement, hunger, poverty and climate change, which has driven the whole central Sahel region to the “cusp of disaster”. That’s according to World Food Programme (WFP) spokesperson, Marwa Awad, who was in Burkina Faso just a few days ago, where already this year, civilian deaths are four times the level they were for the whole of 2018, and close to half a million have been displaced.

Nov 19 2019

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Antisemitism the ‘canary in the coalmine of global hatred’, UN expert

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The growth of antisemitism worldwide is a sign that other forms of hatred and xenophobia are becoming more destructive and widespread, the UN Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief, Ahmed Shaheed, warned on Friday.

Speaking to Conor Lennon from UN News, Mr. Shaheed began by confirming that the global rise in antisemitic violence is significant and worrying.

Oct 18 2019

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Last 30 years have seen major progress in fight against corruption: senior UN official

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The UN is committed to fighting corruption, which affects all countries.

Ahead of a conference in Abu Dhabi, to discuss issues relating to the Convention, John Brandolino, Director of the Division of Treaty Affairs for UNODC, spoke to Elena Vapnitchnaia, about the ways that thinking about corruption has evolved.

Dec 13 2019

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DR Congo Ebola outbreak: helicopter team begins lifesaving vaccinations 

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One of the major challenges in eradicating the deadly Ebola virus in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, is the threat from numerous armed groups preventing health teams from reaching at-risk communities.  In an interview with UN News’s Daniel Johnson, Dr. Michel Yao from the World Health Organization explains how the agency is deploying helicopters to remote areas, as it adapts to the volatile situation.  

Dec 13 2019

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News in Brief 13 December 2019

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  • Air bridge vaccination operation begins in Ebola-hit DR Congo 

  • India’s citizenship act ‘fundamentally discriminatory’, says UN rights office 

  • 40th anniversary of smallpox eradication marked on Friday 

Dec 13 2019

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UN Special Envoy takes stock of Yemen’s ‘shift’ towards peace

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A year has now passed since the Government of Yemen and Houthi rebels met in Sweden for UN-sponsored talks, aimed at ending a brutal conflict that has generated the world’s worst humanitarian crisis.

Dec 13 2019

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Top UN official in Mauritania dispels misconceptions over slavery, women’s rights

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Supporting Mauritania’s efforts to protect its eastern border from jihadists and other destabilizing elements is just one aspect of the UN’s work in this “quiet” corner of North Africa.

That’s according to UN Resident Coordinator for Mauritania, Anthony Ohemeng-Boamah, who spoke to Dianne Penn about UN assistance there, and the need to “clear the air” over negative reports about slavery and gender equality.

Dec 12 2019

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António Guterres talks COP25 climate action with youth activist

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UN Secretary-General António Guterres took questions from around the world alongside youth activist Marie Christina Kolo from Madagascar during the on-going COP25 climate conference on Thursday. The Facebook Live event was hosted by Karin Orantes from our UN Social Media team. 

Dec 12 2019

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News in Brief 12 December 2019

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  • South Sudan: Famine warning after catastrophic flooding 

  • More than 5,000 Somalis have opted to return home from wartorn Yemen

  • ‘Alpinism’ added to list of cultural treasures needing urgent protection 

Dec 12 2019

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  • Malnutrition sweeping Asia-Pacific region

  • Palestinian aid plan for those in ‘greatest need’

  • Egypt: UN experts fight for Coptic Christian rights defender

Dec 11 2019

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‘Ending sexual violence against girls must be our goal’: UNFPA chief 

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Every day, 33,000 girls under the age of 18 are married, often against their will and one in three women will face sexual violence.  Ending these scourges is the aim of the 16 Days Against Violence campaign, led by the UN sexual and reproductive health agency, UNFPA, which ended on Tuesday 10 December, Human Rights Day.  Here’s the agency’s Executive Director Dr Natalia Kanem, speaking to UN News’s Daniel Johnson in Geneva.  

Dec 10 2019

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  • Samoa measles outbreak claims 70 lives, majority are children under five  

  • Protecting indigenous people ‘our responsibility’ says activist 

  • World economy ‘in grip of global slowdown after 2018 surge’ 

Dec 10 2019

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Alaskan teen activist encourages youth to speak up for human rights

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An American teenager is using his voice to raise awareness of how climate change is having an impact on his small indigenous village of Akiak, Alaska. 

Carl Smith, 17, spoke to Dianne Penn prior to travelling to New York  to participate in a panel discussion for Human Rights Day, which this year focuses on youth activism. 

Dec 09 2019

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News in Brief 9 December 2019

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  • Inequality risks splitting society apart ‘on scale not seen since industrial revolution’ 

  • Bachelet: mobilize everywhere to protect climate and dignity for everyone 

  • Official: it’s now a war crime to intentionally starve communities in civil wars 

Dec 09 2019

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UNDP’s Achim Steiner highlights growing inequality between haves and have-nots

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The 2019 Human Development Report (HDR) – entitled Beyond income, beyond averages, beyond today: inequalities in human development in the 21st Century - was launched on Monday, in Bogota, Colombia.  This year’s report shows that a new generation of severe inequalities in human development is emerging, even as the gap is narrowing, on many of the unresolved inequalities of the 20th century.  Achim Steiner, UN Development Programme (UNDP) Administrator, talks about the Human Development Report’s main messages to the world.  

Dec 09 2019

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News in Brief 6 December 2019

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  • Spike in Syria attacks on civilians
  • Australia’s end to medical evacuation for refugees may put lives at risk
  • Haitians facing ‘dramatic’ food crisis

Dec 06 2019

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Measles vaccine is safe and protects children and communities: UN health expert

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Measles deaths and infections are spiking again globally, and Governments everywhere should do more to convince parents that it is safe to vaccinate their children.

That’s the message from the World Health Organization’s Dr Kate O’Brien, Director of Immunization and Vaccines.

In an interview with UN News’s Daniel Johnson, she describes the impact of a major outbreak of measles on the Pacific island nation of Samoa, where thousands of children have contracted the disease. 

Dec 05 2019

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  • At least 58 lives lost off coast of Mauritania
  • Measles epidemic continues in Samoa
  • Around 2.3 Zambians facing food insecurity

Dec 05 2019

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UN supporting Samoa’s battle against deadly measles outbreak

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UN agencies are assisting authorities in Samoa as they battle a measles outbreak which has killed more than 60 people, mainly babies.

Simona Marinescu, UN Resident Coordinator in the country, discusses developments and plans for long-term recovery with Julia Dean from the UN Information Centre in Canberra.

Dec 05 2019

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Climate change and conflict fuel Mali instability: senior UN aid official

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During a visit to UN Headquarters in November, Mbaranga Gasarabwe, the UN Deputy Special Representative in Mali, explained to Conor Lennon from UN News that the current situation in Mali is very different, and more difficult, than it was when she first started working there.

Dec 04 2019

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News in Brief 4 December 2019

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  • Humanitarian plan aims to assist 109 million vulnerable people in 2020

  • Transport-related emissions from tourism on the rise

  • Leaders urged to increase people’s participation in meeting the SDGs

Dec 04 2019

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Celebrating the ‘power and potential’ of volunteerism

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Volunteerism opens doors and impacts peace and development throughout local communities as well as on a national and global level, according to the chief of UN System Affairs and New York Office of UN Volunteers (UNV). 

Particularly for those excluded, it provides a concrete way to “impact their own lives and play a constructive role in their communities”, Naoual Driouich said, in an interview with UN News ahead of International Volunteer Day.

Dec 03 2019

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