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March 24, 2017
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UN Human Rights Council to investigate crimes against Rohingya
The United Nations Human Rights Council will send a fact-finding mission to Myanmar to investigate allegations of abuse, rape and mass killings of the minority Rohingya population by Myanmar security forces. Myanmar's ambassador to the UN has decried the decision, saying the county will do what needs to be done.
Reuters (3/24),  Yahoo7 News (Australia)/Australian Associated Press (3/24) 
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UN chief urges South Sudan officials to take action on famine
Officials in South Sudan are ignoring the food and humanitarian crises there, said United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres while urging members of the Security Council to push the country to take action. "There is a strong consensus that South Sudanese leaders need to do more to demonstrate their commitment to the well-being of the country's people, who are among the poorest in the world," Guterres said.
The New Jersey Herald (Newton)/The Associated Press (3/23),  Sudan Tribune (3/23) 
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Health & Development
World TB Day brings warnings of drug-resistant strains
As the world marks the United Nations' World Tuberculosis Day, doctors are warning that emerging drug-resistant strains of the disease pose a new threat. "We have to address the major drivers of TB, which are poverty and overcrowding, nutritional deprivation, alcohol abuse, cigarette smoking and biomass fuel exposure," said Keertan Dheda of the University of Cape Town.
Voice of America (3/24) 
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Women & Girls
UNICEF slams sale of Cambodian breast milk to wealthy mothers
UNICEF spoke out against a company that sold Cambodian breast milk to US mothers, saying the sales could lead to Cambodian babies becoming malnourished. "Breast milk could be considered as human tissue, the same as blood, and as such its commercialization should be banned," said UNICEF spokesperson Iman Morooka.
The Guardian (London) (3/22),  The Business Times (Singapore) (free content)/Agence France-Presse (3/22) 
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Climate and Energy
UN urges climate deal compliance to protect peace, development
Climate change is threatening peace and development around the globe and countries must uphold their commitments to the Paris Agreement on climate change, said United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres. The UN World Meteorological Organization has confirmed that on the current track, global temperatures will increase 3 to 4 degrees Celsius.
KUNA (Kuwait) (3/24),  The Nation (Pakistan) (3/24),  IndianExpress.com (India)/Press Trust of India (3/24) 
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Peacekeeping and Security
UNHCR: 400K trapped in western Mosul without food, medical supplies
Close to 400,000 people are trapped in siege-like conditions in parts of western Mosul held by Islamic State militants and running out of food and medical supplies, according to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. Between 8,000 and 12,000 civilians per day are arriving at a UN transit center.
Thomson Reuters Foundation/Reuters (3/23),  Sky News (3/23) 
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UN Radio
Sri Lanka hears new call for international justice commission
UN Radio (3/22) 
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UN Dispatch
"This is How Many Lives Would Be Saved By An HIV Vaccine"
UN Dispatch (3/24) 
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