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Kyoto Protocol extended in climate compromise

Delegates at the United Nations climate talks that ended Saturday in Doha, Qatar, agreed to extend the Kyoto Protocol through 2020 and create a road map by 2015 to replace the pact. The world's governments remained divided over who should pay the costs for helping the most vulnerable countries cope with the effects of climate change through 2020, when industrial nations are slated to contribute $100 billion annually from public and private sources. Reuters (12/9), The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (12/8), (12/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

Ban Ki-moon on #HumanRights Day: "Intl law is clear: No matter who you are, or where you live, your voice counts""


"Every 30 seconds a child dies of malaria. Spread by mosquitoes, malaria is most prevalent in the areas that are least equipped to deal with it -- in rural, under-developed places with low-access to health-care and vulnerable populations."

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    UNICEF Ambassador Ewan McGregor recounts a trip to Uganda where he met with young boys and girls abducted and conscripted by the Lord's Resistance Army. "[T]he main thing that struck me was that they were still just kids. Kids who deserved a different life, and a full and happy future," says the Scottish actor in support of a Christmas appeal for child soldiers in Africa by a British newspaper and the United Nations agency. The Independent (London) (12/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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    The special United Nations representative on sexual violence in conflict has a nine-member staff and an annual budget of $1.67 million to tackle one of the world's chronic problems. Among Zainab Bangura's first orders of business is shifting responsibility from the world body to local governments -- beginning with an end to immunity for offenders. "I know what it means to lose your house, to be looted, to look a child in the eye and say, 'If they come for me, you need to run,' " Bangura said. Women's eNews (12/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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