SUBSCRIBE AUDIO HUB ‘Countless opportunities’ for new people-centred workplace, but ‘decisive action’ critical

22 January 2019
Economic Development
Unprecedented innovations in the world of work provide “countless opportunities” but unless they are embraced through action, inequality and uncertainty will only widen in the workplace, according to a landmark new International Labour Organization (ILO) report released on Tuesday.

“Countless opportunities lie ahead to improve the quality of working lives, expand choice, close the gender gap, (and) reverse the damages wreaked by global inequality”, the Global Commission on the Future of Work report stresses.

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Mediterranean migrant drownings should spur greater action by European countries, urge UN agencies

22 January 2019
Migrants and Refugees
A spate of migrant shipwrecks and rescues in the Mediterranean Sea in recent days is evidence that urgent action is required from European States to address the issue, the UN said on Tuesday.

The warning from UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) and the UN Migration Agency (IOM) comes after close to 170 people are believed to have drowned in separate tragedies off the Libyan and Moroccan coastlines late last week.

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Fuel crisis rapidly draining last ‘coping capacities’ of Palestinians in Gaza

22 January 2019
Humanitarian Aid
A worsening fuel crisis in the Gaza Strip enclave is putting patients’ lives at risk with power supplies for operating theaters under constant threat, the World Health Organization (WHO) has said. Continue reading

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Nigeria: Armed conflict continues to uproot thousands, driving up humanitarian need

22 January 2019
Humanitarian Aid
Since November, more than 80,000 Nigerians have been forcibly displaced due to ongoing violence in the north-east, adding to two million people already displaced by violence, or forced across the country’s borders as refugees, the UN humanitarian coordination office (OCHA) said on Tuesday. Continue reading

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New UN bullying report calls for ‘safe, inclusive’ schools for all children

22 January 2019
Human Rights
The emotional and physical pain brought on by bullying can be excruciating, yet this behavior continues to abound in schools globally, according to a new report by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) that is calling for all children to have access to a “safe, inclusive” learning environment. Continue reading

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‘Compelling case’ for urgency around global disarmament, UN-led forum told

21 January 2019
Peace and Security
Michael Møller, head of the UN in Geneva, has warned delegates to the Conference on Disarmament that cyber-security challenges, and the existence of new weapons systems and technologies, are not being sufficiently addressed or reflected in current arms control regimes. Continue reading

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World’s human rights watchdog spotlights Afghanistan, Yemen and 12 others: Here’s the scoop

21 January 2019
Human Rights
The United Nation Human Rights Council (HRC) kicked off its Universal Periodic Review, or UPR, on Monday at the Palais des Nations in Geneva to examine the human rights situation in 14 countries, including Afghanistan and Yemen. Continue reading

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Migrants and refugees face higher risk of developing ill-health, says UN report on displaced people in Europe

21 January 2019
Health
European authorities are “struggling” to meet the needs of irregular migrants and refugees who are wrongly accused of spreading sickness among host communities, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Monday, at the launch of its first report on the subject.

“The refugees and migrants that come to Europe, they do not bring any exotic diseases with them – any exotic communicable diseases,” said Dr. Zsuzsanna Jakab, WHO Regional Director for Europe.

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Human rights are ‘key’ for economic policymaking says UN expert

21 January 2019
Human Rights
Calling on governments to take human rights obligations into account when designing economic reforms, an independent United Nations rights expert said on Monday that “human rights impact assessments are key to the process”. Continue reading

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Global economy to see ‘steady’ growth of three per cent in 2019 despite risks, says UN

21 January 2019
Economic Development
The global economy grew at a “steady” 3.1 per cent last year and similar levels of growth are expected in 2019, but these headline figures mask growth that is uneven and often failing to reach where it is most needed, the UN’s chief economist warned on Monday. Continue reading

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