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Good morning, this is Pip. Ahead of World Aids Day tomorrow, we’re covering fresh warnings from UNAIDS that gender inequality and discrimination are pushing the global fight against the deadly disease “badly off track”, with vulnerable populations hit the hardest.

In other news, we’re hearing about the “invisible crisis” facing people internally displaced by conflict, climate change and insecurity. And following reports that Russia postponed crucial nuclear weapons talks due to begin yesterday, we’re asking how big the nuclear threat is right now.

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A girl takes part in a demonstration to mark World Aids Day in India, 2021. UNAIDS warned that young women are three times more likely to contract Aids than their counterparts in some regions. (Keystone/AP Photo/Bikas Das)

Discrimination and inequality holding back fight against Aids, UN warns. In a report published yesterday ahead of World Aids Day on Thursday, UNAIDS warned that gender inequality and discrimination are pushing the global fight against Aids “badly off track”, leaving the world unlikely to meet targets to eradicate the deadly disease as a public health threat by 2030. UNAIDS director Winnie Byanyima said what world leaders need to do is “crystal clear”. “In one word: Equalise. Equalise access to rights, equalise access to services, equalise access to the best science and medicine,” she said.

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