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July 2, 2013
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Africa can end hunger by 2025, FAO's da Silva says
The Millennium Development Goal of halving hunger by 2015 and the newly adopted African goal of ending hunger by 2025 are within reach, says Jose Graziano da Silva, director-general of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization. Improved access to food, economic growth and increased food production are needed for the goals to be accomplished, he says. Inter Press Service (7/2), The Guardian (London) (7/2)
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"If it's true that 'Millions of Egyptians flooded into the streets on the first anniversary of Islamist President Mohamed Mursi's inauguration on Sunday' as Reuters reported, [then] the #June30 protests are likely the biggest mass demonstration in human history." UN Dispatch (7/1)
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Equality is needed to stop violence against women, UN's Puri writes
Governments can act to help end violence against women and girls by providing access to legal recourse, among other protections. They can also help by empowering women and encouraging them to become leaders, writes Lakshmi Puri, acting head of UN Women. "Only greater equality between the sexes will turn the tide to prevent and end violence against women and girls," she argues. The Guardian (London)/Poverty Matters Blog (7/2)
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Health & Development
World Health Assembly discusses disease threats
United Nations World Health Assembly in May held its 66th session, discussing health issues such as MERS, mental health and the H7N9 bird flu. The body also discussed the budget and financing model of the World Health Organization, Anna King writes. The InterDependent (7/2)
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Women & Girls
Nafis Sadik continues to champion women's rights
Nafis Sadik, former head of the United Nations Population Fund, remains a vocal advocate of women's rights, most recently speaking at the Women Deliver conference. PassBlue (7/1)
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Climate and Energy
Countries need to prepare for climate-change migration, expert says
Climate change will have immediate and long-term effects, says Susan Martin, director of the Institute for the Study of International Migration. Refugees International estimates that 200 million people will be displaced by disasters and other climate effects by 2050. "Rising sea levels and glacier melt that cause massive and repeated flooding that render coastal and low-lying areas uninhabitable in the longer-term," says Martin. Inter Press Service (7/2)
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Peacekeeping and Security
Egyptian president is under pressure to open dialogue with protesters
Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi is being pressured by the Egyptian military, as well as the United Nations and the U.S., to open up dialogue with protesters. "Nothing should be done that would undermine democratic processes," says a spokesman for UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay. Al Jazeera (7/2), The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (7/2), Reuters (7/2)
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UN: Rapid urbanization a threat to sustainable development. UN Radio (7/2)
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