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Syrian refugee count rises sharply as fighting intensifies

The number of Syrian refugees rose 10% in a week amid the use of deadlier weapons such as cluster bombs by government troops against residential areas. Refugees total 1.12 million, the United Nations says. France has been lobbying for an end to the EU's ban on providing weapons to Syrian rebels but says it might supply them regardless. The Washington Post/The Associated Press (3/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

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"On March 1, the sequester went into effect, which blocked US contributions to the United Nations by about $300 million. The sequester also cuts $1.7 billion from foreign assistance in general, and at least $400 million from global health programs run by USAID and the State Department in particular."

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  • UN plans humanitarian aid for Sudan
    The United Nations is targeting $983 million in humanitarian aid for hundreds of projects in Sudan. The UN's budget for Sudan aid has dropped 8%, with any shortfall in services needing to be bridged by the Sudanese government. Sudan Tribune (3/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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Health and Development
  • Dybul: Global health investments are good value
    Countries such as Australia are investing in global health and seeing returns in advancements against AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria, writes Dr. Mark Dybul, executive director of the Global Fund. Australians know "that if we work together, with shared responsibility, with clear mission focus and with passion and compassion as global health citizens we can completely control these maladies," Dybul argues. The Huffington Post (3/13), ABC (Australia) (3/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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Women and Girls
  • Calvin: Women, girls essential to development
    United Nations Foundation CEO Kathy Calvin knows that supporting rights for women and girls will help achieve development aims, writes Diplomatic Courier. "Girls have the powerful potential to be innovators, entrepreneurs, and leaders in their communities if given the chance and environment to thrive," Calvin recently wrote. Diplomatic Courier online (3/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Emerging-market banks doing better job of promoting women
    Emerging markets know gender doesn't matter in economics and that women as just as capable as men in dealing with the intricacies of global finance, writes Simone Foxman. Ingrained beliefs, not women's talents, are cited as why women aren't being short-listed for top central banking positions. Quartz (3/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Spotlight: Girl Up!
  • Make a personal effort to end global poverty
    Everyone can play a role in ending global poverty, writes YingYing Shang. While ending global poverty isn't as simple as giving everyone a Mercedes, "it's a lot simpler that most people would expect. And as Teen Advisor to the UN Foundation Girl Up campaign, I think I know the answer: empowering women and girls," Shang writes. The Huffington Post (3/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Peacekeeping and Security
  • Peacekeeper role reduced in Golan Heights
    The United Nations has reduced patrols in the Golan Heights after last week's detainment of 21 peacekeepers. As fighting escalates in Syria, the UN may need to rethink security issues, a diplomat says. Reuters (3/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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