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Al Jazeera 2 Dec 2019

Bangladesh slum children drop out of school for full-time work

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Thousands of children living in the slums of Bangladesh are dropping out of school.
About one in six children between the ages of six and 14 are not receiving any form of education.
Most of them work full-time to provide for their families.

Al Jazeera's Tanvir Chowdhury reports from Dhaka.


Noon briefing by Florencia Soto Nino, Associate Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.

Highlights:
- Secretary-General DRC Trip
- Timor-Leste
- International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances
- Lebanon
- Under-Secretary-General Atul Khare
- Burkina Faso
- Nigeria
- Venezuela
- Refugee children out of school
- Financial contribution
- Labour Day
- Media Accreditation
- Press Briefing

Secretary-General DRC Trip
Tomorrow, the Secretary-General is scheduled to arrive in the Democratic Republic of the Congo to begin a three-day visit. As you know, assessing the response to the Ebola outbreak will be a main focus of the visit, especially in light of today's announcement by the World Health Organization that we have reached the sad milestone of 3,000 cases, including over 2,000 deaths.
In addition to this, yesterday, Ugandan health officials confirmed a new case of Ebola in the country: a nine-year old girl who had crossed over from the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
And tomorrow, the Secretary-General will spend the day in Goma, where meetings will focus on humanitarian issues and the implementation of the UN Peacekeeping mission's mandate to protect civilians, consolidate peace and stabilize the country. On Sunday, he will go to Mangina, where the first case of Ebola was identified over a year ago. The Secretary-General will visit an Ebola Treatment Center there and he will meet with Ebola survivors and health workers.
On that day, he will also go to Beni, where he will express solidarity with victims of insecurity. And he will also participate in a wreath-laying ceremony to honor fallen peacekeepers.
The Secretary-General will then fly to Kinshasa for meetings on Monday with the President of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, FĂ©lix Tshisekedi, other senior government officials, members of the opposition and representatives from civil society organizations.

Timor-Leste
Today is a very special day as we observe the 20th anniversary of the 1999 Popular Consultation in Timor-Leste which put the nation firmly on the path of independence.
In a statement issued yesterday, the Secretary-General congratulated the people of Timor-Leste on this important date.
He highlighted the tremendous progress achieved by the country over the past two decades, building new institutions, developing its economy, holding four peaceful elections, and laying the foundations for reconciliation, democracy and stability.
The Secretary-General also wished Timor-Leste every success as it continues to consolidate these gains, foster democratic governance and promote sustainable development for its people.
In this endeavor, the Secretary-General affirmed the continued cooperation and support of the United Nations.
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