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December 15, 2017
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UN chief urges Myanmar to release journalists, maintain press freedom
United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is urging officials in Myanmar to free two Reuters journalists and respect the freedom of the press. "[P]robably the reason why these journalists were arrested is because they were reporting on what they have seen in relation to this massive human tragedy," he said, referring to actions of Myanmar military forces against the minority Rohingya population.
U.S. News & World Report/Reuters (12/14),  Asian News International (India) (12/15) 
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Guterres: Commitment to nuclear deal still best way forward with Iran
Iran may be ignoring directives to stop developing ballistic missiles, but maintaining commitments to the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action is still the best way to ensure the country's nuclear program maintains a peaceful focus, says United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres. Guterres is urging the US to honor its commitments to the deal, while warning Iran to consider the concerns of other signatories.
Macau Daily Times (Macau)/The Associated Press (12/15),  Pakistan Observer/News Network International (12/15),  The Guardian (London)/The Associated Press (12/13) 
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Health & Development
UN announces Universal Health Coverage Day, urges investment in care
The United Nations has designated Dec. 12 as International Universal Health Coverage Day, and UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is urging countries to invest in health care systems that are sustainable and inclusive. The World Health Organization and the World Bank report that health care costs drive close to 100 million people into extreme poverty each year.
Latin American Herald Tribune (Venezuela) (12/14),  The Guardian (London) (12/14),  The Nation (12/14) 
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Women & Girls
El Salvador rejects appeal from woman serving 30 years under abortion law
A woman accused of aborting a baby close to full term but who says it was a stillbirth must serve out the remainder of her 30-year prison sentence under El Salvador's anti-abortion laws, judges in the country have ruled. The United Nations has urged El Salvador officials to issue a moratorium on the abortion law's application and examine sentences of women currently imprisoned.
The Guardian (London)/The Associated Press (12/14),  Thomson Reuters Foundation (12/14) 
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Climate and Energy
World Bank to help 150 developing-world cities with climate resilience
The World Bank will invest $4.5 billion in technical support and loans for 150 cities in the developing world to improve resilience against climate change. "Investment in urban resilience not only avoids losses but it generates value and it catalyzes growth," says Marc Forni, World Bank disaster risk-management specialist.
Thomson Reuters Foundation (12/14) 
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Peacekeeping and Security
Syria peace talks end; UN envoy laments "opportunity missed"
The Syrian government delegation's refusal to discuss anything other than armed opposition of President Bashar Assad doomed the latest round of United Nations-led Syrian peace talks, says UN mediator Staffan de Mistura. "Despite a lot of effort by my whole team, day and night with all sorts of creative formula, we did not have real negotiations," he says.
ABC News/The Associated Press (12/14),  The Wire/Reuters (12/15) 
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UN Radio
Consumers can help bring down "e-waste mountain": UN report
UN Radio (12/13) 
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UN Dispatch
"The long term consequence of traumas endured by a record number of refugee children could be a driving force of international affairs for a generation."
UN Dispatch (12/14) 
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