UN staff have mixed response after World Food Programme tells staff not to participate in women's marches

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By Sophie Edwards

U.N. employees have mixed reactions to a missive from the World Food Programme to its staff advising them not to take part in the Women's March, or any related marches, this Saturday, saying it contravenes their code of conduct.


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UN staff have mixed response after World Food Programme tells staff not to participate in women's marches

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U.N. employees have mixed reactions to a missive from the World Food Programme to its staff advising them not to take part in the Women's March, or any related marches, this Saturday, saying it contravenes their code of conduct.

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Opinion: What the development community can expect from Davos

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This year the World Economic Forum plays out against the backdrop of a rise of populism that has manifested most prominently in Donald Trump's election win and the Brexit vote. But many other important trends that impact the world of development will also come up for discussion and debate ranging from the rise of China, to 3-D printing, to our world's ever-increasing connectivity.

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