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October 17, 2018
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UN chief urges action on Int'l Day for the Eradication of Poverty
Close to one billion people have escaped poverty over the last 25 years, but at least 700 million are still unable to obtain basic necessities, said UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres in an address marking the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty. "Let us remember that ending poverty is not a matter of charity but a question of justice," he said.
Premium Times (Nigeria)/News Agency of Nigeria (10/17),  Xinhua News Agency (China) (10/15) 
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UN panel to present findings on Myanmar atrocities
Members of a United Nations investigation into human rights abuses committed against the Rohingya people in Myanmar will present their findings to the UN Security Council before October ends. The panel has called for a number of Myanmar officials to be tried for genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity.
Rappler (Philippines)/Agence France-Presse (10/17),  Voice of America (10/17),  The Straits Times (Singapore) (free content)/Reuters (10/17) 
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Health & Development
WHO eyes international emergency status for Ebola outbreak
The World Health Organization plans to hold an emergency meeting today to discuss whether the current Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo constitutes an international public health emergency. Ongoing conflict in the region has hampered efforts to contain the virus, and some aid organizations have withdrawn staff from the area over safety concerns.
News24 (South Africa)/The Associated Press (10/17),  CNN (10/15) 
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Women & Girls
Guterres highlights the plight of rural women and girls
The global community must act to protect and support women and girls living in rural areas, said UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres as he marked the International Day of Rural Women. Guterres noted such women and girls are disproportionately affected by poverty, inequality, exclusion and climate change.
The Hindu (India)/Indo-Asian News Service (10/17) 
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Climate and Energy
UN: African countries should regulate e-waste, promote recycling
The United Nations Environment Programme advised African governments to pass laws regulating the recycling of electronic waste, including restrictions on foreign imports. "Prudent policies that promote recycling of e-waste could help the region tackle its growing e-waste problem," says the UNEP's Abdouraman Bary.
Xinhua News Agency (China) (10/14) 
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Peacekeeping and Security
UN Command meets with N. Korea, S. Korea on demilitarization
Representatives of the United Nations Command met with leaders from North and South Korea this week to discuss the demilitarization of the border region between the two countries. The attendees discussed of progress in the removal of landmines and plans to remove surveillance equipment from the border zone.
The Standard (Kenya)/Reuters (10/16),  The Economic Times (India)/Agence France-Presse (10/16) 
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Fresh Darfur clashes highlight ongoing problem of millions displaced from their homes
UN News Centre (10/15) 
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UN Dispatch
"Chart of the Day: The World Bank Ranks Each Country Based on Its 'Human Capital'"
UN Dispatch (10/16) 
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Quote of the Day
Nearly 1 billion people have escaped poverty since the 1st #EndPoverty Day 25 years ago, but too many others have been left behind. Eradicating extreme poverty is about upholding the rights and dignity of all. bit.ly/1Lvv6Iu  #GlobalGoals

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