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News in Brief 31 December 2019

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News in Brief 30 December 2019

  • UNICEF reports three-fold rise in attacks on children this decade
  • Eight million face hunger in Zimbabwe, FAO calls for international support
  • UNESCO chief condemns murder of journalist in Iraq
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News in Brief 27 December 2019

  • Pakistan blasphemy death sentence a 'travesty of justice': UN experts
  • UNICEF reports rise in young migrants crossing dangerous jungle between Panama and Colombia
  • WFP to expand cash transfer programme for vulnerable people in Zimbabwe urban areas
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News in Brief 26 December 2019

  • Ending war only ‘real hope’ for prosperous Afghanistan: UN mission chief
  • Independent UN rights experts raise alarm over ‘incommunicado detention’ of Chinese scholar
  • Violent attack in Burkina Faso leaves dozens of women dead, draws censure of UN chief
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‘Passion and story-telling’ central to wine business

“Passion and story-telling” are two of the key ingredients to become a wine expert according to Michelle Gueydan, a certified sommelier based in New Orleans in the United States. Ms. Gueydan transitioned from politics to event management and then became one of the minority of female sommeliers currently working in the US. 

She spoke to the International Labour Organization (ILO) as part of a photography project to mark the centenary of the establishment of the UN agency. The project called “Dignity at Work: The American Experience” documents the working life of people across the United States. 

Kevin Cassidy, the Director of the ILO’s office for the United States, sat down with her during a tasting event at a wine bar in New Orleans. 

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News in Brief 24 December 2019

  • UN chief's concern over military escalation in north-west Syria
  • Nigeria urged to protect civilians and aid workers
  • WFP and Myanmar partnership to end hunger
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News in Brief 23 December 2019

  • Quality immunization, surveillance help stop polio in three African countries: WHO
  • UN concerned for over three million in Idleb
  • Much work needed to target racism in Ecuador: UN experts
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Restaurant business is a ‘labour of love’

A woman chef in New Orleans in the United States has been telling UN News how the restaurant business and cooking over a hot stove, has been a lifelong ‘labor of love’ for her. 

Roseann Rostoker decided she wanted to be a chef at age 14 and ultimately opened her own restaurant nine years ago.  

She spoke to the International Labour Organization (ILO) as part of a photography project to mark the UN agency’s centenary. The project called “Dignity at Work: The American Experience”, documents the working life of people across the United States. 

Kevin Cassidy, the Director of the ILO’s office for the United States, sat down with her following a busy shift at her restaurant, Red Gravy, in New Orleans. 

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‘Pride and dignity’ of the American worker highlighted in ILO project

What does a crawfish farmer have in common with a taxidermist, or a voodoo priestess, or a long-haul heavy-load truck driver….?  

The answer, according to the Director of the International Labour Organization’s (ILO) office for the United States, is a quiet dignity and pride in their job. 

The ILO is currently undertaking a photography project called “Dignity at Work: The American Experience”, which is documenting the jobs of hundreds of American workers in around 100 cities across the United States.  

The ILO, a specialized United Nations agency, which is celebrating its centenary this year, focuses on advancing social justice and promoting decent work not just in the US but across the world. 

Daniel Dickinson spoke to the ILO’s US Director Kevin Cassidy during a visit to the southern US state of Louisiana and asked him to explain what the project is hoping to achieve. 

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News in Brief 20 December 2019

  • UN chief pays tribute to Pope Francis for defence of “most vulnerable” 
  • Lesotho: tens of thousands ‘one step away from famine’ as drought impacts harvests 
  • Targeted killings of rights activists in Iraq continue with complete impunity 
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