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New food-assistance agreement to take effect in 2013

With ratification by the EU this week, a new Food Assistance Convention will take effect in 2013, shifting the emphasis from traditional food deliveries to assistance that allows vulnerable populations to buy food within the country as much as possible, thereby supporting local markets. Some aid groups have criticized the new accord because it does not set specific goals for contributions. AlertNet (11/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

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"Susan Rice was the day-to-day face of this American re-engagement, and she largely delivered. There are many examples to cite, but I'll pick two topics: human rights and security issues."

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  • Ban honors UN personnel killed in line of duty
    In a New York ceremony, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon paid tribute to 29 staff and peacekeepers who lost their lives while serving the world body in 2012. "My fervent wish is that an event like this would never be necessary. ... Yet we know that United Nations peacekeepers and all personnel are increasingly exposed to high risk environments," he said. The dead were from 16 nations and served in 11 locations around the world. Hindustan Times (India)/Press Trust of India (11/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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Health and Development
  • Biogas from human waste? Kenyans are wary
    In Nairobi, Kenya, the Umande Trust organization, with funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, has developed a biogas toilet system that uses human waste to produce home cooking fuel. Results have been mixed. Residents like the safe and clean communal toilets, but hygiene concerns and unreliable gas pressure have limited the use of the gas in cooking. Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model) (11/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Conflict leaves many Afghans psychologically traumatized
    The relentless Afghan war is leaving deep psychological wounds on an entire generation, according to psychologists and medical professionals. Even so, many Afghans don't understand the concept of mental illness and often believe that individuals are under the influence of evil spirits. Among the most vulnerable are children, who have known nothing but fighting and exploding bombs throughout their lives. AlertNet/Reuters (11/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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Women and Girls
  • Report: Colombia's displaced female population is subject to abuse
    Many of the more than 2 million girls and women displaced by violence and civil conflict in Colombia have become victims of rape and abuse, according to Human Rights Watch. Although Colombia has strong laws against such crimes, female victims often lack medical help and the attackers rarely face justice. The Miami Herald (free registration) (11/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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Climate and Energy
  • U.S. considers moving climate talks away from UN
    The U.S. may try to shift substantive negotiations to reduce greenhouse gases from the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change to the Major Economies Forum, an organization of the largest carbon producers. UN officials, however, resist the idea. "The one and only place where formal negotiations and, above all, decisions take place and where treaties are negotiated is the UNFCCC," said Christiana Figueres, UN climate chief. The Guardian (London)/EurActiv (11/16)
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Peacekeeping and Security
  • Obama to address human rights during Myanmar visit
    U.S. President Barack Obama will urge Myanmar's leaders to end ethnic violence and protect human rights during his upcoming visit there. The Myanmar government needs to continue its steps in restoring peace, allowing humanitarian access and bringing perpetrators of ethnic violence to justice, according to White House national security adviser Tom Donilon. Of special concern are Muslim communities in Rakhine State, along Myanmar's western border, Donilon noted. AlertNet/Reuters (11/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Israel mobilizes, launches airstrikes throughout Gaza
    In response to a wave of more than 350 rocket attacks by Hamas militants, Israel has called up army reserves and launched airstrikes against targets throughout Gaza. Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi called the Israeli actions "unacceptable aggression," while the U.S. has urged that Egypt, Turkey and European nations to demand that Hamas stop its rocket attacks. BBC (11/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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