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February 6, 2019
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UN report: Sanctions aren't stopping N. Korea's nuclear program
North Korea is taking action to protect its nuclear and ballistic missile programs and continues to violate an arms embargo and financial sanctions levied against it by the United Nations, according to a report by UN experts. The report indicates North Korea is moving missile assembly and testing systems into civilian facilities to protect them from "decapitation" strikes.
CNN (2/6),  France 24/Agence France-Presse (2/5),  The Journal Gazette (Fort Wayne, Ind.)/The Associated Press (2/6) 
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UN chief urges global action to halt mercenary activities
A spike in mercenary activities connected to war, natural resource exploitation, terrorism and international crime is worsening conflicts and decreasing global stability, says United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres. The international community must increase cooperation against mercenaries and more states must ratify the International Convention against the Recruitment, Use, Financing and Training of Mercenaries, he says.
DAWN Media Group (Pakistan)/The Associated Press (2/6),  Xinhua News Agency (China) (2/5) 
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Health & Development
UNICEF pleads for action against cyberbullying on Safer Internet Day
Cyberbullying victims are at greater risk of drug and alcohol use, poor school attendance and performance, low self-esteem, and suicide, UNICEF warns as it marks Safer Internet Day. A new UNESCO report confirms that violence and school bullying remain a global problem.
Global Times (China)/Xinhua News Agency (2/6),  India Today (2/6) 
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Women & Girls
World marks International Day of Zero Tolerance For FGM
Around 200 million women and girls around the world have been victims of female genital mutilation and stronger global commitment is needed to eradicate the practice by 2030, according to a statement from the United Nations Population Fund, UN Women and UNICEF marking the International Day of Zero Tolerance For Female Genital Mutilation. The practice "denies [women and children] their dignity, endangers their health and causes needless pain and suffering, even death," says UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres.
Vanguard (Nigeria)/News Agency of Nigeria (2/6),  ThisDay Newspapers (Nigeria)/News Agency of Nigeria (2/6),  Firstpost (India) (2/6) 
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Climate and Energy
Acting UNEP head warns EU must expand emissions reduction target
The EU is not on track to meet its goal of cutting carbon emissions by 40% by 2030, a target it should revise to 55% if it hopes to meet objectives set out in the Paris Agreement, says acting United Nations Environment Programme chief Joyce Msuya. "We have to act now, there is an urgency of making choices and we just don't have time to wait," she warns.
EurActiv (2/4) 
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Peacekeeping and Security
Guterres says UN will remain neutral in Venezuelan leadership crisis
The United Nations will remain neutral in discussions about Venezuelan leadership, says UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres. The UN chief is urging all parties to avoid violence and says he hopes no foreign military forces will enter the country.
Voice of America (2/5),  Anadolu Agency (Turkey) (2/4) 
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"Hit-and-run" tactics a mark of North-East Nigeria attackers
UN News (2/5) 
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UN Dispatch
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"An American Has Always Lead the World Bank ... Until Now?"
UN Dispatch (2/5) 
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Together, we can end female genital mutilation and protect the 68 million girls at risk of getting cut by 2030.
Join the movement: unfpa.org/EndFGM
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