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UNESCO report: Life-skills training for global youth urgently needed

Progress has been spotty in meeting the educational needs of children, but nowhere is investment more urgent than in the teaching of life skills to teenagers and young adults, according to the latest Education for All Global Monitoring Report from UNESCO. "Education is not only about making sure all children can attend school. ... At a wider level, it is about helping countries nurture the workforce they need to grow in the global economy," UNESCO chief Irina Bokova said. (10/16), Reuters (10/16), The Times of India (10/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

Director-General @KYumkella receives prestigious Global Leadership award from @unfoundation @unausa"


"The world's second largest country and first-largest democracy is committed to becoming a leader in the global campaign to promote biodiversity ... 'India will be the first nation to contribute funds toward international targets aimed at protecting the world's biodiversity, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said on Tuesday.' "

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  • UN report: Rwanda, Uganda aid DR Congo rebels
    A leaked United Nations report asserts that Rwanda Defense Minister Gen. James Kabarebe is directing M23 rebels in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, and that Rwanda and Uganda have contributed troops to support the rebels against government forces. Rwandan minerals traders are helping to fund the insurgency, according to the report by the Security Council's Group of Experts. BBC (10/17), Reuters (10/17), Yahoo/Reuters (10/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • UN: Islamist fighters are changing the tenor of Syria war
    More than 1,000 interviews by a war crimes panel appointed by the United Nations show that the rising presence in Syria of foreign militants and radical Islamists threatens to radicalize the conflict, the panel's leader said. The foreign combatants are furthering their own aims and not the goal of a democracy, Paulo Sergio Pinheiro said. The Boston Globe/The Associated Press (tiered subscription model) (10/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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Health and Development
  • Enlisting creative media from UN's front lines
    Creative outlets such as Variety magazine are essential in helping to tell the stories that "occur in the shadows of society" -- tales involving social issues such as global health, sustainable energy and women and girls, writes Kathy Calvin, head of the United Nations Foundation. "The UN bears witness to incredible stories every day, but it needs the help of the creative community to tell them," she writes. Variety (subscription required) (10/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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Women and Girls
  • Schoolgirls put on brave face after shooting
    "We want to show the world that we are not worried," a 14-year-old girl said Monday at the Pakistani school where Malala Yousafzai was attending classes before she was shot by Taliban gunmen. The same girl, though, privately told reporters that she and girls like her feared for their lives. The Washington Post (10/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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Climate and Energy
  • Greenhouse design is intended for urban use
    Urban greenhouse designs, intended to meld into building facades, would produce up to 10 times the crops per square meter than standard greenhouses, according to design firm Plantagon. Innovations in design are seen as increasingly critical as 80% of the world is projected to live in cities by midcentury. (10/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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Peacekeeping and Security
  • Clashes spike in Darfur as peace deal stagnates
    More than a year after a limited peace deal among rebel factions in the Sudanese region of Darfur, the territory continues to be marred by clashes among tribes and insurgents. Fighting has surged in the region's north despite the deployment of a United Nations-African Union peacekeeping force. AlertNet/Reuters (10/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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Spotlight: UNA-USA
  • World leaders, United Nations officials gather for 55th annual Global Leadership Dinner in NYC
    Recognizing the United Nations' vital role advancing peace, justice and prosperity, the United Nations Foundation and the United Nations Association of the USA honors recipients of the 2012 Global Leadership Awards at the annual Global Leadership Dinner in New York City. The event marks the 15th anniversary of UN Foundation Founder and Chairman Ted Turner's $1 billion gift to support the UN. The event also celebrates the 70th year of UNA-USA. Read more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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