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Concerns raised over ‘poorly regulated’ medical cannabis programmes: UN-backed narcotics control board

Concerned about legislative developments over the non-medical use of cannabis around the world, the International Narcotics Control Board (INCB) warned on Tuesday that “poorly regulated medical cannabis programmes” could allow supplies to be diverted illegally for purely recreational use, harming not helping users. Professor Richard Mattick, a Board Member of the INCB, spoke to Julia Dean from the UN Information Centre in Canberra, Australia, and said that the dangers associated with regular recreational use of cannabis were not properly understood.

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News in Brief 4 March 2019

  • Air pollution: Seven million die each year from ‘silent’ killer
  • Growing global commitment to tackle climate issues: UN environment chief
  • UN housing rights expert urges States to own up to homelessness scourge
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‘Entourage’ star and UN Environment ambassador Adrian Grenier says we can all help protect the oceans

Actor Adrian Grenier has spent many years advocating for environmental causes.

Ahead of Sunday’s World Wildlife Day, Mr. Grenier spoke to Laura Quinones at UN headquarters in New York, and explained what we can all do to make a difference.

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News in Brief 01 March 2019

  • Ebola treatment centre attacks likely to hamper virus control effort: WHO
  • Thousands continue to flee ISIL’s last stand in Syria’s Deir-ez-Zor
  • Measles resurgence fuelled by just 10 countries, warns UNICEF
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How an education campaign for young migrants forced the UK to change the law

For many young migrants in the UK, the idea of going to university is almost an impossible dream, because they are charged “overseas student” fees, which can be around double those of “home” students.

However, thanks to the work of Let Us Learn, a UK-based campaign for equal and fair treatment for young migrants, a court victory has made a big difference to their prospects.

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Gazans faced ‘excessive and unlawful use of force’ in protests, says Human Rights Council-appointed investigator

A UN-appointed probe into violence in Gaza last year in which more than 180 Palestinian protesters were killed – including 35 children - said on Thursday that there was “no justification” for Israel to shoot protesters with live ammunition. In an interview with UN News’s Daniel Johnson, Sara Hossain, Member of the Commission of Inquiry, discusses the report’s main findings.

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News in Brief 28 February 2019

  • Gaza probe finds ‘reasonable grounds’ Israeli forces committed international human rights violations
  • Safe return of Syrians ‘completely illusory’
  • ‘Backlash against human rights’ today
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Slow gender equality progress ‘almost a joke’: UN business chief

The slow progress of achieving gender equality in the workplace is “almost a joke,” Lise Kingo, head of the UN Global Compact, told UN News.

When Conor Lennon from UN News met Lise Kingo, he started by asking her to outline the biggest challenge in improving gender equality.

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Me Too movement a ‘positive catalyst for change’ in gender equality

Anna Falth,from the Women’s Empowerment Principles, thinks 2019 be a tipping point for improving gender equality in the workplace.

She told UN News that the head of steam that has built up around the Me Too movement is driving change, and making a positive impact on corporate culture.

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News in Brief 27 February 2019

  • Positive news for desperate Yemenis as UN accesses Hudaydah food stores
  • Millions benefit from West Africa bid to eradicate statelessness: UNHCR
  • Lifesaving food airlifts in Central African Republic to help 18,000 people
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