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1. Ban: Countries must act to stem refugee humanitarian crisis

UN Wire | May 18, 2015

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is urging Malaysia, Thailand, Bangladesh and Indonesia to uphold international law and work to save Southeast Asian refugees. "The United Nations stands ready to assist all efforts to address the situation, including at the proposed meeting" that Thailand is planning, Ban says. (05/15) (Singapore) (05/18) Inter Press Service (05/16)

2. Freed female Nigerian captives describe Boko Haram's sexual-violence tactics

UN Wire | May 20, 2015

The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (05/18)

3. Report: UN's SE4ALL effort shows progress and challenges

UN Wire | May 20, 2015

The United Nations' Sustainable Energy for All project has increased access to electricity, but hurdles remain in providing access to those in rural areas, according to a World Bank assessment of the program. Efforts to reduce the use of biomass for cooking lags well behind goals, the report said. "We are heading in the right direction to end energy poverty, but we are still far from the finish line," says Anita Marangoly George, a World Bank senior director for energy. (05/18) Inter Press Service (05/19) Reuters (05/18)

4. Both sides in Yemen conflict accept UN peace talks invite

UN Wire | May 22, 2015

Yemen government and Houthi rebel officials have tentatively agreed to attend United Nations-hosted peace talks to begin Thursday. However, both sides are issuing conditions for their attendance. Meanwhile, aid is slowly reaching civilians. Al Jazeera (05/21) Reuters (05/22) Reuters (05/22)

5. Analysis: Absence of LGBT rights in SDGs becomes foreign policy issue

UN Wire | May 18, 2015

PassBlue (05/17)

6. Commentary: Burundi offers UN lessons on peacebuilding

UN Wire | May 18, 2015

The Washington Post (tiered subscription model) (05/18)

7. France's Fabius: No "right to fail" with climate change

UN Wire | May 18, 2015

World governments must join together to fight climate change, says Laurent Fabius, France's foreign minister. "We don't have the right to fail," he argues. The Guardian (London) (05/18)

8. Gordon Brown: Right to education must be supported in poorer countries

UN Wire | May 18, 2015

Governments and donors need to ensure that the world's poorest have the same educational opportunities and successes as wealthy countries, writes Gordon Brown, United Nations special envoy for global education. "Only when this is accomplished will we be able to say that the struggle for the right to education has been won, and that we have created a world in which all children can realize their hopes and ambitions," he writes. (Prague) (05/16)

9. Group: Trafficking and marriages of children will rise in Nepal quake's aftermath

UN Wire | May 20, 2015

Thomson Reuters Foundation (05/19)

10. UNICEF launches Wearables for Good project to aid poor through tech

UN Wire | May 20, 2015

UNICEF is partnering with technology companies and professionals to introduce the Wearables for Good project, which is sponsoring a contest to develop "cost-effective, rugged and durable, low-power and scalable" wearable devices such as pneumonia monitors, says Erica Kochi, co-founder of UNICEF Innovation. "We don't want something that is a neat idea, but there's no marketplace for it," she said. The contest entries are due by Aug. 4. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (05/19)

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