News in Brief 23 February 2021

News in Brief 23 February 2021

First wave of COVID-19 vaccine syringes start journey to Maldives Oxygen shortage hits 500,000 virus sufferers in developing countries  ‘Disturbing spike’ in Afghan civilian casualties linked to peace talks  

ISLAND VOICES: ‘men and women together make good leadership’
18min 23sec
Vanuatu’s national parliament doesn’t have a single woman member, but two activists are committed to changing gender politics. In the second episode of Island Voices, Georgilla Worwor, and Anthea Aruk ...
News in Brief 2 March 2021
2min 52sec
We must end ‘deadly addiction’ to coal for planet’s sake, urges Guterres  Equitable vaccine delivery plan needs more support to succeed: COVAX partners  One in four people projected to have hearing pr ...
News in Brief 1 March 2021
3min 45sec
Time running out to help 16 million Yemenis avoid disaster: Guterres  Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana begin COVID-19 vaccinations for key healthcare workers  Fate still unclear of ‘tens of thousands’ of civilian ...
ISLAND VOICES: Vanuatu’s new wave of female surfers
18min 48sec
In the Vanuatu, young women are taking their long boards to the water, refusing to accept the idea that surfing is only for men. ”Solwota Sista” is the first episode of Island Voices, a three-part pod ...
News in Brief 26 February 2021
2min 33sec
UN climate report a ‘red alert’ for the planet: Guterres  People falling even further behind in COVID-19 crisis, says UN rights chief   Condemnation over new attack on Nigerian school, hundreds of gir ...
Attacks on Nigeria’s schools are a way of life, but kids are returning to class: UNICEF 
9min 26sec
Attacks on schools in northeast Nigeria and elsewhere are “a way of life” and their impact is “devastating” on children’s mental health.  Despite the dangers, boys and girls are returning in their tho ...
Podcast - UN Catch-Up Dateline Geneva – Belarus, Eritrea and the U.S. at the Human Rights Council, Nigeria school attacks 
14min 47sec
In this week’s show we’re covering: Belarus, Eritrea and the US at the Human Rights Council, during the first week of its month-long new session in Geneva.   And after gunmen abducted around 40 studen ...
Podcast: A child surviving the Łódź Ghetto
16min 45sec
Broni Zajbert was six years old when Nazis forced his family into the Łódź Ghetto where he, his brother and parents witnessed the hunger, sickness and death that preyed upon Jews in their living quart ...
News in Brief 25 February 2021
2min 55sec
ECOWAS and UN strongly condemn electoral violence in Niger UNICEF signs COVID-19 vaccine agreement with AstraZeneca South Sudan: WHO supports polio vaccination campaign targeting 2.8 million children
News in Brief 24 February 2021
3min 11sec
Historic first as COVAX COVID vaccines reach Ghana WHO announces COVID deaths drop 20% in a week worldwide  Get with new tech, or risk falling further behind: UNCTAD
News in Brief 22 February 2021
3min 28sec
Coups have no place in world today, UN chief tells Myanmar military  Rights chief Bachelet insists we have the chance to build back better after pandemic  Condemnation for deadly attack on UN humanita ...
News in Brief 19 February 2021
3min 4sec
Violence engulfs South Sudan, ‘Children all have guns’  Vital humanitarian air links at risk, humanitarian operations under threat, warns WFP UN human rights office alarmed by ‘attacks’ on judicial in ...
Podcast: Escape from Warsaw’s Ghetto - Memories of a Child Witness
17min 11sec
When Halina Wolloh was four, her grandfather hid her from the Nazi regime – behind a stack of textiles.  When her father decided to move the family from the Warsaw Ghetto, she learned The Lord’s Praye ...
Podcast - UN Catch-Up Dateline Geneva – COVID and despair in Syria’s camps  
15min 3sec
This week we cover the top stories from across the UN, including: an update on COVID-19 variants from the World Health Organization (WHO), an alert over a new Ebola outbreak in eastern Democratic Repu ...
News in Brief 18 February 2021
2min 47sec
‘Very high’ risk of Guinea’s Ebola outbreak spreading: WHO  Call to end instrumentalization of aid for Syrians after 10 years of war:  Commission of Inquiry report  UN chief condemns attack on school ...
News in Brief 17 February 2021
3min 15sec
UNICEF chief calls for equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines for most vulnerable  COVID infections register 16 % fall worldwide in a week, variants spreading: WHO  ‘Extreme food insecurity’ threatens  ...
UN’s education agency lauds world’s most exceptional teacher  
14min 39sec
From India’s Maharashtra state, super educator Ranjitsinh Disale was awarded a $1 million Global Teacher Prize for his exceptional impact on the lives of hundreds of students, especially girls.   Reco ...
Rights expert appeals to countries to return nationals from Syria’s squalid camps 
12min 8sec
Thousands of women and children who remain in “arbitrary detention without end” in camps in northeast Syria must be helped home to their countries of origin, a top independent rights expert has insist ...
News in Brief 16 February 2021
3min 8sec
Myanmar: ‘World is watching’, UN Special Envoy tells military Atrocities in eastern DR Congo complicate work of tackling new Ebola outbreak  Desperate daily quest for food stalks people of South Sudan ...
News in Brief 15 February 2021
2min 18sec
Afghanistan: 65 media workers, rights defenders killed since 2018 Three die in Ebola outbreak in southern Guinea    WTO appoints first female and first African leader
PODCAST: Fighting climate change, one building at a time
11min 26sec
The role that buildings have to play in climate change rarely gets the same level of attention as issues such as energy production or transport, but they are a significant part of the problem. The UN  ...
How COVID-19 has forced cancer patients and medics to juggle deadly trade-off
9min 54sec
Some cancer patients are at higher risk from COVID-related illness or even death, but the World Health Organization’s (WHO) advice is clear: do not stay away from going to see your doctor if you need ...
News in Brief 12 February 2021
3min 12sec
Human Rights Council hears call for immediate release of Myanmar’s Suu Kyi  Constellation’ of post-COVID symptoms will impact global healthcare, says WHO  Starvation risk for Yemen’s children threaten ...
Podcast: UN Catch-Up Dateline Geneva - COVID and cancer, Myanmar crisis latest 
14min 54sec
In this week’s show, the week’s top stories from the UN covering new coronavirus developments and Myanmar at the Human Rights Council - we also hear how COVID-19 has had a “profound” impact on cancer ...
PODCAST UPDATE: ‘We Know That it is True. We've Been There’
21min 39sec
At the time of this interview, Veronica Phillips revisited the question, why and how she survived the Holocaust whilst some six million other Jews did not.   Ms. Phillips passed away on 24 February, 2 ...
News in Brief 11 February 2021
3min 10sec
COVID: Using AstraZeneca vaccine is ‘right thing to do’ for everyone: WHO  COVID numbers are still too high in Europe, warns WHO regional director  Remove activists from ‘terrorist list’, urge UN-appo ...
News in Brief 10 February 2021
2min 56sec
Myanmar crisis: following orders is no defence for brutality, says rights expert   East Asian countries led economic recovery in last quarter of 2020  WHO and UNICEF chiefs urge vaccine solidarity to ...
News in Brief 9 February 2021
2min 58sec
Latest LaNiña report suggests warmer, wetter months to come - WMO 2.5 billion people in almost 130 countries lack access to COVID vaccine Myanmar: UN country office expresses strong concern at use of ...
News in Brief 8 February 2021
3min 12sec
UN stands ready to support relief, in aftermath of deadly India flash floods  Refugee chief Filippo Grandi urges regularization of displaced Venezuelans  Rights experts insist foreign nationals should ...
Tackling people traffickers in Africa’s Sahel – what works (and what doesn’t)
10min 34sec
The work of the UN and its partners never stops against human traffickers in West and Central Africa, who force people to risk their lives on dangerous journeys across the Sahara Desert and Mediterran ...
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