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Sudan: Fighting in West Darfur triggers rising death toll   |

The bloodshed is the latest in a resurgence of violence since the Juba Peace Agreement was signed in October, and UN peacekeepers began to withdraw.  Outbreak of violence  Clashes pitting Arab tribes against non-Arab Massalit communities in Al Geneina Town, West Darfur, began in mid-January, leading to hundreds of casualties, …

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COVID-19: AstraZeneca vaccine benefits still ‘largely positive’ |

Dr Rogerio Pinto de Sá Gaspar, Director for Regulation and Pre-qualification, was responding to a journalist’s question regarding links between the vaccine and cerebral thrombosis, a rare blood clotting syndrome.  The European Medicines Agency (EMA) on Tuesday denied that it had established any link, following reports that one of its …

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Clarity still needed on effectiveness of COVID-19 vaccine passports, says UN health agency |

“At this stage, we would not like to see vaccination passports as a requirement for entry or exit because we are not sure at this stage that the vaccine prevents transmissions,” said WHO spokesperson Dr Margaret Harris, just ahead of World Health Day on 7 April 2021. Supply and demand …

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Why we should support refugee athletes’ Olympic medal hopes in Tokyo: UNHCR |

That’s the message from the UN refugee agency, UNHCR, which on Tuesday called for support for more than 60 Refugee Olympic and Paralympic athletes currently dedicating their lives to training for the games. To mark the UN’s International Day of Sport for Development and Peace, 6 April, UNHCR has released ‘The Journey,’ a social …

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Renewable energy access key to climate adaptation in Africa: UN chief |

“As the continent that has contributed least to the climate crisis, Africa deserves the strongest possible support and solidarity”, he told an online dialogue for leaders convened by the African Development Bank. Mr. Guterres warned that “adaptation must not be the neglected half of the climate equation”. Old models failing …

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‘Political, security, human rights and humanitarian challenges’ plague Mali 

With a deteriorating security situation in central and northern Mali, the UN peacekeeping chief told the Security Council on Tuesday that ‘blue helmets’, the Malian Defence and Security Forces, continue to suffer repeated attacks and significant losses, while some large towns “live under constant threat from armed groups”.   Source link

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Guterres highlights power of sport for inclusive, sustainable future, marking International Day |

In a message commemorating International Day of Sport for Development and Peace, Secretary-General António Guterres highlighted the power of sport to bring people together, promote healthy lifestyles, and contribute to inclusive and sustainable development.  “Those involved in sport also have responsibilities: to reduce its environmental footprint; to meet international labour …

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COVID-19 lays bare social inequality says UN chief, as COVAX doses top 36 million |

Highlighting the inequalities and injustices that have been apparent throughout the pandemic, Secretary-General António Guterres said in his message for the day to be marked on Wednesday, that the vast majority of vaccine doses administered so far, have been confined to “a few wealthy countries” or those producing the shots cleared …

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Women abducted in South Sudan released, hundreds remain missing  |

Since December, the UN Mission in South Sudan, UNMISS, has been working with agencies, supported by the United States and the United Kingdom, to broker peace between the Lou Nuer, Murle and Dinka Bor ethnic groups.  The exchange came about following a community-led peace, negotiated in Jonglei State between the three …

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Timor-Leste: UN agencies support response in wake of deadly floods |

According to media reports, at least 21 people died in the country and many more are missing. Large parts of Dili are inundated, with water level as high as two meters reported in some neighbourhoods.  Torrential rains have caused the worst flooding in recent years in #TimorLeste 🇹🇱, damaging homes, …

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