Thursday’s Daily Brief:  Facebook rallies against vaccination ‘fake news’, DPR Korea UN staff cuts call, Syria crop report, crisis funding and Dorian latest

A recap of Thursday’s stories: Facebook and WHO work together to stem misinformation on vaccines; North Korea tells UN to cut staff; $75 million allocated for eight crises; mixed news on Syria crop production; ‘digital divide’ sidelines most vulnerable.

News in Brief 5 September 2019

  • Facebook commits to stem misinformation on vaccines
  • ‘Digital divide’ means technological advances not shared by all
  • Better harvests, but higher food prices leave Syrians hungry
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UN health agency welcomes Facebook pledge to stop vaccine misinformation from going viral

The World Health Organization (WHO) on Thursday welcomed Facebook’s pledge to ensure users can separate fact from fiction when it comes to vaccines, across its platforms from Facebook Search, to Groups, Pages and forums.

Civilian protection “ultimate goal” of UN peacekeeping: Lacroix

Protecting civilians is the ultimate goal of UN peacekeeping.

That’s according to the new chief of the Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO), Jean-Pierre Lacroix.

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UN Foundation launches first smart phone application

The United Nations Foundation today launched its first smart phone application, which it hopes will allow users to quickly access information about the activities of both the UN system and the Foundation itself.