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UNICEF: Societal factors keep more than 25% of DR Congo children from school

More than 25% of children in the Democratic Republic of Congo don't attend school, UNICEF says. Societal factors such as poverty, childhood marriage, and children working in farming and mining hamper school attendance. Other factors include lack of education funding and not enough schools. The Seattle Times/The Associated Press (3/4), Reuters (3/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

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"According to analysis from the Better World Campaign ... the sequester could cut about $100 million in US contributions to peacekeeping."

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    The Syrian government and rebels must begin talks to end the civil war, and the United Nations Security Council also needs to act, says UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. "The Security Council must no longer stand as a silent witness to the slaughter. At long last, it must come together and establish the parameters for the democratic transition that might be the last best hope for saving Syria," Ban says. Reuters (3/1), Reuters (3/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • UN agencies urge deal to keep drugs accessible to world's poor
    Two United Nations agencies are urging extension of an exemption for least-developed countries on patent protection to ensure that HIV/AIDS and other lifesaving drugs remain affordable for the poor. "If this transition period is not extended, then LDCs will be expected to comply with TRIPS obligations, and they simply do not have resources to do so," said Aziz ur Rehman of Medecins Sans Frontieres. "In the area of pharmaceuticals, it will lead to massive patenting of drugs resulting in higher prices and erosion of generic competition." Development Newswire blog (3/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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    Programs administered by the U.S. Agency for International Development and the State Department are being cut by $2.6 billion because of domestic budget sequestration. USAID has released information on cuts to specific assistance and capital programs, and information is pending on possible reductions to field operations. Ave. blog (3/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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    The European Commission will spend about $187 million on 26 research projects on rare diseases, involving research teams from 29 countries. The goal is to discover effective treatments for metabolic, immune and cardiovascular disorders, among others. PharmaTimes (U.K.) (3/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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    Hundreds of middle and high school students attended Global Classrooms Model UN Conferences in Los Angeles and Atlanta on Saturday. In Global Classrooms Model UN -- a program of the United Nations Association of the USA -- students role-play as representatives from countries, interest groups and nongovernmental organizations in simulations of UN bodies. Read more about the Los Angeles and Atlanta conference. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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