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Stronger need than ever, to "stay true" to UN ideals: Angelina Jolie

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There's a stronger need than ever before to "stay true" to the ideals of the UN, the actor and Special Envoy Angelina Jolie said on Wednesday. Speaking in Geneva, the Hollywood star and UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) envoy delivered a speech honouring the former head of the UN Mission in Iraq, Sergio Vieira de Mello, [...]

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News in Brief 15 March 2017 (PM)

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Peace in Syria is a "moral and political imperative": UN chief The UN Secretary-General has issued two "urgent" appeals to all parties involved in Syria's civil war, as it enters its seventh year this week. In a statement released on Wednesday, António Guterres said that Syrian civilians were "victims of one of the worst conflicts [...]

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Musicians' stories shine a unique light on Mali conflict

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Making a documentary about the conflict in Mali was inherently risky, but those risks "were nothing" compared to those facing the people of Mali since 2012, a filmmaker has said. Johanna Schwartz is the director of the documentary "They Will Have to Kill Us First"; a film about musicians in Mali after Islamist groups took [...]

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Security Council debates stamping out human trafficking

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Better data and funding will be critical in the global fight to stamp out human trafficking, UN Secretary-General António Guterres told the Security Council on Wednesday. Ambassadors were discussing ways to disrupt the networks that profit from crimes such as forced labour, which the UN says brings in US$150 billion each year alone. Dianne Penn [...]

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UN Daily News Programme 15 March 2017

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Listen to a bulletin of news and features from the United Nations, with Dianne Penn and Matthew Wells. In today's programme: Security Council debates ways to stamp out human trafficking And … An Oscar-winning actress supports UN efforts to close the gender wage gap

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News in Brief 15 March 2017 (AM)

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More than half of Syria's hospitals closed or "partially functioning" After six years of brutal civil war less than half of Syria's hospitals are still working normally, according to the World Health Organization (WHO) on Wednesday. The majority have been forced to close or are only partially functioning, said  WHO, and two-thirds of all healthcare [...]

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Actress Patricia Arquette joins UN fight to close gender pay gap

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Activists, celebrities and governments are joining the UN to combat what they describe as the "great robbery" of pay inequality On global average, women workers earn 23 per cent less than their male counterparts doing the same job, and the International Labour Organization (ILO) estimates it will take 70 years to close this gender wage [...]

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Drought a bigger problem than hurricanes for Caribbean farmers

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Drought is a bigger, more "insidious" problem for vulnerable farmers in Jamaica and the Caribbean than the more headline-grabbing disasters such as hurricanes. That's the firm view of Jamaica's top civil servant at the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Donovan Stanberry, speaking at a recent UN conference on Disaster Risk Reduction, in Canada. Despite [...]

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