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Angelina Jolie Makes Animated Movie About Afghan Girl

Rabat – Hollywood superstar Angelina Jolie will produce an animated film about a young Afghan girl living under Taliban regime in Afghanistan.The animated film is adapted from the children’s novel “The Breadwinner,” by Deborah Ellis and first published in 2000. The film highlights the life of Parvana, a little girl who disguises herself as a boy in order to work for her family after her father had been unfairly imprisoned.Directed by Nora Twomey, Irish animator and filmmaker, the film will also focus on the Afghan culture and society under the Taliban Regime.  In addition to the English language version, the movie will also be released in Dari, a modern version of Persian spoken in Afghanistan.“Millions of young girls like Parvana are growing up today under oppression or conflict, and helping their families to survive in those conditions. This story is a reminder of the immense value of their contribution,” Jolie said in a statement.“I am delighted to be working with a talented team of artists who I know will do justice to the richness, creativity and strength of Afghan culture and to little girls like Parvana,” she added.With 10 years of experience as a Goodwill Ambassador, Angelina Jolie, dedicated some of her time to help the people in need in war-torn regions.Last month, she visited the refugee camp on the occasion of the World Refugee Day, and called on world leaders to take action to end the suffering of the millions of people who fledthe war zones and sectarian conflicts tearing up their country. read more

UN reaffirms commitment to supporting Afghanled transition to greater stability

Co-chaired by the UN and the Government, the Joint Coordination and Monitoring Board (JCMB) oversees implementation of the Afghanistan Compact – a five-year development blueprint launched in January 2006 by the country and its international partners.Today’s session was the first to be held since the Kabul Conference of July, which set out the commitments for action that form part of what is known as the “Kabul process” that will see a transition to greater Afghan responsibility and ownership, in both security and civilian areas.“The Government has set forth an ambitious agenda,” said Staffan de Mistura, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative and head of the UN Assistance Mission for Afghanistan (UNAMA). “We applaud the collaborative way in which ministries have worked together to identify the top priorities for their country’s future. We now have a concrete roadmap to deliver practical results. The international community is committed to supporting this Afghan-led process.”Detailed action plans have been put in place for the Government’s 22 National Priority Programmes, which will drive the delivery of stability and prosperity across the country. A major step forward has been the establishment of a reporting system to monitor progress and to demonstrate results to the Afghan people and the international community.International partners welcomed the steps taken by the Government since the Kabul Conference and commended the progress made to establish a framework to support the delivery of governance, security and development in Afghanistan. 15 November 2010The United Nations envoy mission in Afghanistan today reaffirmed its commitment to supporting the country in delivering governance, security and development, as the Government and its international partners met to discuss the progress made in recent months. read more