DAILY WRAP 4 September 2018

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UNHCR calls for action against xenophobic attacks in South AfricaAuthorities in South Africa are being urged by the UN refugee agency, UNHCR, to act in the wake of recent violence against foreigners in the country, some of which has been deadly.

IOM Iraq/Sarah Ali Abed
Iraq milestone: Some four million people return home, displacement drops to four-year lowFor the first time in nearly four years, the number of displaced Iraqis has fallen below two million, according to a new report released on Tuesday by the United Nations migration agency.

Simone D. McCourtie / World Bank
With AI, jobs are changing but no mass unemployment expected – UN labour expertsThe rise of frontier technologies like Artificial Intelligence has caused fears of robots taking over blue-collar jobs, but a United Nations expert says humans still have the upper hand given their creativity and ability to form relationships.

WHO/Marcelo Moreno
Tobacco control, a ‘major component’ of environmental protection efforts – UN health officialFrom deforestation to soil degradation and pollution, tobacco production and its use by consumers, is “tremendously destructive” for the environment, although control measures can help curb its negative environmental effects, including the damaging impact of climate change, the head of the UN tobacco control treaty watchdog – formally known as the Secretariat of the WHO FCTC – has told UN News.

UNHCR/Tarik Argaz
Ceasefire agreement reached in Libyan capital, announces UN missionAn agreement on a ceasefire in Tripoli has been reached under the auspices of Ghassan Salame, the top United Nations official in Libya, the Organization’s Support Mission in the country, UNSMIL, has announced.

UNMISS\Nektarios Markogiannis
New home for scores of South Sudan’s displacedNearly 3,500 people displaced by violence in South Sudan have been relocated from a UN-run camp in the capital, Juba, to temporary housing, the organization’s mission in the country, UNMISS, reported on Tuesday.

WFP/Hussam Al Saleh
It’s time to apply maximum ‘moral pressure’ to save lives in Syria’s Idlib: UN negotiatorAll countries with influence over the grinding conflict in Syria should use all the “moral pressure” they can to avoid a full-scale military attack on Idlib, particularly Russia and Turkey, the United Nations top negotiator Staffan de Mistura said on Tuesday.

Italian Coastguard/Massimo Sestini
Major increase in Europe’s refugee and migrant death rate: UNHCRThe number of refugees and migrants reaching the European continent is going down, but the rate of fatalities has gone up dramatically, according to a new report from the UN refugee agency, UNHCR

UNDP/Kairatbek Murzakimov
Inactivity puts physical and mental health of more than 1.4 billion adults at risk, says WHOInsufficient physical activity is a leading risk factor for non-communicable disease, negatively impacting mental health and overall quality of life, according to a newly released United Nations health agency study.

OCHA/Ivo Brandau
Africa’s Lake Chad Basin: Over $2.1 billion pledged, to provide comprehensive crisis responseA United Nations-backed humanitarian conference to raise much needed resources for relief, development and peacebuilding programmes in Africa’s Lake Chad Basin concluded on Tuesday, raising some $2.17 billion in support and about $467 million in concessional loans for the crisis-ridden region.

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