Security Council pays tribute to victims of Somalia blasts | UNHCR: Australia has legal, moral obligations to aid Manus detainees | WFP official: Islamic State ouster from Raqqa will help humanitarian efforts
October 18, 2017
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UN official sees torched Rohingya villages, calls for aid access
Displaced Rohingya Muslims must be allowed safe return to their homes, and humanitarian organization must be allowed to provide aid in the Rakhine state, says Jeffrey Feltman, United Nations under-secretary-general for political affairs. Feltman returned from a five-day visit to Myanmar, where he met with leaders and saw Rohingya villages that had been burned.
The Daily Mail (London)/Agence France-Presse (10/17),  The Daily Star (Bangladesh) (10/18) 
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Security Council pays tribute to victims of Somalia blasts
The United Nations Security Council held a moment of silence Tuesday to pay tribute to the victims of Saturday's bombing in Somalia that killed more than 300. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres met with Somali Minister of State Abdullahi Hamud.
Daily News (New York)/The Associated Press (10/17),  Minnesota Public Radio/The Associated Press (10/17) 
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Health & Development
WFP official: Islamic State ouster from Raqqa will help humanitarian efforts
The news that US-backed Syrian forces have reportedly captured Raqqa, Iraq, from Islamic State militants is good for humanitarian aid delivery in the region, said World Food Program Middle East Director Muhannad Hadi. Militants remain scattered throughout the city, a coalition official said Tuesday.
The Tribune (Seymour, Ind.)/The Associated Press (10/17),  ABC News/The Associated Press (10/18) 
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Women & Girls
UNFPA head warns gender inequality damages social stability
Gender inequality has serious repercussions for women's health, work life and earning potential, says Natalia Kanem, the head of the United Nations Population Fund. Equal opportunities for women could add $12 trillion to the global economy, according to the McKinsey Global Institute, but that requires universal access to family planning and childcare, increasing school attendance and other factors, Kanem says.
The Guardian (London) (10/18),  Devex (free registration) (10/18) 
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Climate and Energy
Figueres: We're "out of time" on climate change
The global economy must be decarbonized by 2050 to avoid climate disaster, which means investing in different kinds of infrastructure, says former United Nations climate chief Christiana Figueres. "If we had agreed on the Paris Agreement 10 or 20 years ago, we would still have a few years to do what we need to do," she says.
Daily Commercial News (Ontario) (10/18) 
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Peacekeeping and Security
UN chief seeks troop increase as conditions in CAR worsen
United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is urging the Security Council to increase peacekeeping forces in the Central African Republic. A United Nations report indicates that internal displacements are rising while aid appeals go unmet.
The Express Tribune (Pakistan)/Agence France-Presse (10/18),  Voice of America (10/17) 
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Diplomats help build buzz over World Bee Day
UN Radio (10/17) 
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UN Dispatch
"New Evidence Suggests that What's Happening in Myanmar is no longer a 'potential' genocide. It's the real thing"
UN Dispatch (10/17) 
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