Media can shine a spotlight on women’s rights

Journalists can help advance women’s rights by moving from a “protectionist approach to a more human rights approach” in their reporting, according to gender equality advocate Geetanjali Misra.

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There are still ‘massive humanitarian needs’ in Syria, despite drop in fighting

Syrian civilians still have a strong need for support from the international community, Panos Moumtzis, UN Regional Humanitarian Coordinator for the Syria Crisis, said on Wednesday.

When Yasmina Guerda from UN News spoke to Mr. Moumtzis, she asked him why the UN still considers Syria to be in a crisis.

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UN Environment chief mourns ‘terrible loss’ of UN staff in Ethiopia Airlines crash travelling to major Nairobi conference

Joyce Msuya, head of UN Environment (UNEP), has expressed her sorrow at the death of UN staff on Ethiopian Airlines flight ET 302, which crashed on Sunday, killing everyone on board.

Patrick Newman from UN News spoke to Ms. Msuya, and asked her how the atmosphere at the Assembly have been affected. 

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To achieve zero hunger, we need to invest in women and girls: UN specialist

International Women’s Day is an opportunity to celebrate the achievements of women worldwide and to shine a light on persistent gender inequality. Calling for the same access as men to “land of good quality” and an expansion of women-run farms, FAO's Senior Gender Officer Tacko Ndiaye explained to Charlotta Lomas that women in  rural areas need “enough resources to uplift them from hunger and poverty”.

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Climate change and sanctions to blame for major drop in North Korea food supplies

The two main reasons for a significant drop in food production in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) are climate change and international sanctions, Tapan Mishra UN Resident Coordination in DPRK, told UN News on Thursday.

When the Resident Coordinator spoke to Conor Lennon from UN News, he explained that 2019 is set to be a tough year for many North Koreans.

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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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‘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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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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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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