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1. Report: Inadequate sanitation undermines clean-water gains

UN Wire | Jul 01, 2015

Access to clean drinking water has improved, as have child survival rates, yet one in three people globally still has no access to sanitation facilities, says a report by the World Health Organization and UNICEF. "[T]he progress on sanitation has been hampered by inadequate investments in behavior change campaigns, lack of affordable products for the poor and social norms which accept or even encourage open defecation," the report contends. Reuters (06/30) The Huffington Post (06/30) The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (06/30)


2. General Assembly meets to build support for climate talks

UN Wire | Jun 29, 2015

A United Nations General Assembly meeting on climate change, designed to build support for the upcoming Paris treaty negotiations, is underway in New York City. The lack of funding for poorer countries to offset the effect of climate change is one area of debate. Meanwhile, sources say China is prepared to improve upon its emissions pledges. Politico (06/29) The Guardian (London) (06/29)


3. Women in Afghanistan fear rights setbacks as violence escalates

UN Wire | Jun 29, 2015

Gender violence in Afghanistan is on the rise, says Soraya Sobhrang, deputy chairwoman of Afghanistan's Independent Human Rights Commission. "This is a worrisome development that should be addressed -- all the gains women made could be lost," she contends. NBC News (06/28)


4. SDG gender-equality goal must hold governments accountable

UN Wire | Jul 01, 2015

The Sustainable Development Goals have the potential to accelerate progress on gender equality and are a "positive step forward," writes Rachel Vogelstein of the Council on Foreign Relations. "The promise of this framework, however, will only be realized if member states and development practitioners are held accountable for financing and implementing progress toward the equality of women and girls," she argues. Council on Foreign Relations online (06/30)


5. Egypt prosecutor dies in attack

UN Wire | Jun 29, 2015

Reuters (06/29)


6. UNMISS: South Sudan forces abused women and girls

UN Wire | Jul 01, 2015

The United Nations Mission in South Sudan reports that women and girls in Unity state were sexually abused, and some burned alive, by South Sudan government forces and their allies during an April campaign. The attacks were marked "by a new brutality and intensity," UNMISS said. The Independent (London) (tiered subscription model) (06/30) Reuters (06/30)


7. France disciplines 2 soldiers over sexual abuse allegations

UN Wire | Jul 01, 2015

BBC (07/01)


8. UNESCO: More money is needed for education in conflict areas

UN Wire | Jun 29, 2015

Funding must increase if the world is to educate 34 million children in conflict zones, says UNESCO. "Returning to school may be the only flicker of hope and normality for many children and youths in countries engulfed in crises," said Irina Bokova, UNESCO's director general. Thomson Reuters Foundation (06/29)


9. Ban: World needs to help Syria "exit from this madness"

UN Wire | Jul 01, 2015

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Tuesday criticized world leaders for inaction on resolving the Syrian civil war. "The international community, and in particular the Security Council, cannot afford to waste any further time in ending the cycle of violence," Ban said. UN special envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura will brief Ban next week on the situation. Reuters (06/30) Brattleboro Reformer (Vt.) (06/30)


10. Ban, Security Council condemn deadly attacks

UN Wire | Jun 29, 2015

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the UN Security Council on Friday decried terrorist attacks in Tunisia, France and Kuwait. "[T]hese heinous attacks will only strengthen the commitment of the United Nations to help defeat those bent on murder, destruction and the annihilation of human development and culture," said UN spokesman Farhan Haq. Yahoo (06/27) Reuters (06/26)




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