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DAILY WRAP 12 November 2018

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Rohingya returns only ‘at their freely expressed wish’ – UN refugee chiefReturns of Rohingya refugees, forced to flee their homes due to widespread and systematic violence in northern Myanmar, “should only take place at their freely expressed wish” the United Nations top refugee official has stressed, amid concerns that conditions at places of origin are not yet conducive to safe, dignified and sustainable returns.

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UN experts concerned over racial bias in Dutch child welfare systemThe Dutch authorities have been accused by UN experts of racism in the country’s welfare system, after seven children of African descent were forcibly removed from their parents.

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Marginalized voices must be ‘included and amplified’ in digital technology space: UN ChiefNew thinking is needed to better address deep gender gaps in access to digital technologies, seek out networks of the increasingly active elderly population, and support young people facing a rapidly transforming labour market, UN Secretary-General António Guterres told delegates on Monday, at the 2018 Internet Governance Forum (IGF), hosted in Paris by the UN Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).

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Antimicrobial resistance a ‘global health emergency,’ UN, ahead of awareness weekBy 2050, some five million people could die each year in Asia alone due to resistance to antibiotic medicines or antimicrobials, according to UN agencies.

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UN forum to bring ‘big space data’ benefits to disaster response in AfricaOuter space and disaster response experts, on Monday, gathered at a United Nations forum in Bonn, Germany, to discuss how “big data” including social media, crowdsourcing and satellite imaging, can reduce the risk of natural disasters in Africa and support response efforts when they strike.

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CLIMATE CHANGE FOCUS: Cows, coffee and sustainable farmingSmall-scale farms in Panama are helping to heal land degraded by extensive cattle ranching and extreme rainfall or drought associated with climate change, thanks to a project supported by the UN Development Programme, (UNDP).

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