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UN and Africa: Modern peacekeeping, Darfur’s winning RETD and UNMISS’s lifesaving role

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“New set of tools” needed for modern peacekeeping: Dallaire A “new set of tools” is needed to make UN peacekeeping fit for today's more dangerous and complex world.  That’s according to perhaps the most renowned of all former UN Force Commanders, Canadian Lt General Roméo Dallaire, who was in charge of the blue helmets serving in [...]

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Involving men plays crucial role for women's empowerment, says activist

Listen / Inna Modja, Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), at the high-level launch of the EU-UN Spotlight Initiative for the elimination of violence against women and girls. The event was held on the margins of the General Assembly's annual general debate. UN Photo/Rick Bajornas

Men should be playing a more active role in empowering women, and helping to end the scourge of gender-based violence. That's one of the messages being expressed on the International Day of the Elimination of Violence against Women, by Inna Modja, a Malian singer and activist, who suffered female genital mutilation, or FGM, when she [...]

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News in Brief 22 November 2017 (PM)

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Suicide of 11-year-old Afghan "a tragic reminder" of refugee stress: UNICEF The apparent suicide of an 11-year-old Afghan refugee living in Austria, is a "tragic reminder" of the deep psychological distress facing thousands who have fled for their lives to Europe, said the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) on Wednesday. The boy had reportedly been struggling [...]

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Issue of violence against women has "always been relevant"

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Creator of the multiple Emmy award-winning television series "The Handmaid's Tale," Bruce Miller, hopes his show becomes "irrelevant very quickly." On Wednesday, Mr. Miller took part in the UN event "UNiTE by 2030 to End Violence against Women and Girls," insisting that women everywhere have the right to a life free of abuse. "The Handmaid's [...]

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TV actress faces her fears while spotlighting sexual exploitation

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Just one of the ways actress Serinda Swan draws attention to the atrocities of sex trafficking is by jumping out of a plane. Celebrating World TV Day, Ms Swan spoke on Tuesday at a UN event on the importance of integrating entertainment with philanthropy as a way to spotlight important issues. She has raised awareness [...]

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UN Daily News Programme 22 November 2017

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Listen to our daily bulletin of news and features from the United Nations, presented by Matt Wells and Daniel Johnson. In today's programme: Green electricity grid innovations could be a solution to poorer nations' power supply issues; and: Reflecting on the "roller coaster ride" of UN mine action in South Sudan.    

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Violence against women affects whole societies: UN chief

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It's time to take collective action to end violence against women and girls for good, at every level of society across the world. That's the emphatic message delivered by UN chief António Guterres on Wednesday, at an event to mark the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. The Secretary-General said every woman [...]

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Poorer states look to power ahead through innovation

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Energy is key to global development but the world's poorest nations fare up to six times worse than their more industrialised counterparts when it comes to accessing the vital resource, the UN warned on Wednesday. In a report on 47 Least Developed Countries (LDC), the UN trade and development arm UNCTAD said that only four [...]

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News in Brief 22 November 2017 – Geneva (AM)

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War crimes verdict hailed for Mladic, the "epitome of evil" The conviction on Wednesday of Ratko Mladic for genocide following his role in the Srebrenica massacre has been welcomed by UN Human Rights chief Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein, who described the former general as "the epitome of evil". The verdict against Mladic, a commander in [...]

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More protection for human rights defenders, is key

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An increasing number of threats are being made towards human rights defenders all over the world, with some being murdered, arrested, prosecuted unfairly and in some cases, they "simply disappear". That's according to Michel Forst, UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders. Next year marks the 20th anniversary of the UN Declaration [...]

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