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Emerging economies are getting bigger share of UN business

More United Nations business is being done with emerging economies, notably India and Russia, even as the U.S. and Switzerland remain atop the list. Five years of data released by the UN Office for Project Services provides a look at how the world body spends its money. "The more all stakeholders can see and understand how development funds are used, the greater the chance is that these limited resources will be used effectively," said Vitaly Vanshelboim, UNOPS deputy executive director. The Guardian (London) (11/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

Here's #UNSG Ban Ki-moon's full statement on @BarackObama reelection:"


"Facebook users in the United States can click on a prompt to tell the world that they have voted. Facebook displays the realtime data."

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  • Israel readies response to Palestinian UN bid
    The Israeli government is planning a slate of "severe measures," including canceling the main economic accord with the Palestinian Authority and legalizing additional Jewish settlements in the West Bank, should Palestinians apply for an upgrade of their United Nations status. "If the Palestinians pursue their project at the UN, they are definitively destroying the chances of peace talks. ... I will ensure that the Palestinian Authority collapses," Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman was quoted as saying. Reuters (11/6), Al-Jazeera (11/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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Health and Development
  • Mapping out the end of polio
    Polio remains endemic in three countries, yet progress against the disease over the past 24 years has been such that the Global Polio Eradication Initiative is planning for a post-polio world. Key to the plan is gaining approval from a spectrum of countries, as well as from experts with the World Health Organization. Winnipeg Free Press (Manitoba)/The Canadian Press (11/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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Climate and Energy
  • Laos breaks ground on dam
    Laos shrugged off criticism of environmentalists and neighboring countries today, breaking ground on the $3.5 billion Xayaburi dam -- one of 11 it reportedly plans to build on the lower Mekong River. Studies suggest that the dam -- possibly built in violation of an agreement with Vietnam, Cambodia and Thailand -- could economically harm 60 million people, primarily in Cambodia and Vietnam, and cost more money to build than it would generate. Los Angeles Times/World Now blog (tiered subscription model) (11/6), The Guardian (London)/Reuters (11/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • United Nations Foundation President Timothy E. Wirth congratulates President Obama
    UN Foundation President Timothy E. Wirth congratulated President Barack Obama on his victory in a statement following the results of the U.S. presidential election. Wirth states that continued bipartisan support for U.S-UN relationship remains critical to U.S. interests. Read more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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