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UN agency: More work for Afghanistan to combat violence against women

Afghanistan must do more to enforce a law aimed at stopping violence against women, according to a report by the United Nations Assistance Mission to Afghanistan. The law criminalizes incidents of rape, child marriage, forced marriage and forced self-immolation, but "progress in addressing violence against women will be limited until the law is applied more widely," said Georgette Gagnon, UNAMA's human rights director. BBC (12/11), Reuters (12/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

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"In the global effort to end LGBT bullying, strides have begun to be made on the world's stage, but much remains to be done. At a time when LGBT individuals are systematically and socially targeted, such an effort will not be easy, but incremental progress is nonetheless essential."

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  • Issue of climate aid is not going away
    The United Nations climate talks in Qatar ended without agreement on financing for developing nations to cope with the effects of global warming, but those governments plan to continue lobbying. Helen Clark, head of the UN Development Programme, said poor nations should not expect generous funding from "pretty stressed Western economies." Reuters (12/9), Development Newswire (12/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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Health and Development
  • Uganda retains some aid amid scandal
    Major European contributors have suspended aid to Uganda after the alleged embezzelment of $13 million in aid by government officials, but the U.S., World Bank and African Development Bank have reserved judgment. (12/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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Women and Girls
  • If climate talks lack women, they lack urgency
    Future United Nations climate talks should emphasize the participation of women, who are more inclined to consider how climate and resources affect families, said Mary Robinson, former UN human rights chief. "We are more likely to be real about the urgency if we can make [the process] more people-centered and have more women at the table in all the bodies, in all the delegations, and at every level," Robinson said. AlertNet (12/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Climate and Energy
  • Next UN climate assessment to be more precise
    The most recent assessment report of the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change was published in 2007. Since then, better computers and forecasting models have enhanced the ability to predict with precision the effects of global warming. The next report is due for release in late 2013. Spiegel Online (Germany) (12/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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Peacekeeping and Security
  • Signs of lengthy war ahead in DR Congo
    The Democratic Republic of Congo could be spiraling into another long, deadly conflict, as peace with M23 rebels remained a distant prospect and the Congolese armed forces have been accused of betrayal in losing the city of Goma despite having the advantages of numbers and United Nations support. "[I]n all of this, there is one constant: The people to suffer most are civilians, who often don't even know who is currently attacking whom," Thilo Thielke writes. Spiegel Online (Germany) (12/7), Reuters (12/10), The Economist (11/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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