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Rio+20 must succeed, Ban declares

The Rio+20 conference is a once-in-a-generation opportunity for world leaders to agree on at least a basic plan for sustainable economic development, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said on the eve of the conference opening. Negotiations have been slow, Ban acknowledged, adding, "It's only natural that when you are dealing with so important, so serious, matters that you have to address these issues until the last minute." The Guardian (London) (6/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

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"The global child mortality average is now 57 deaths per 1,000, a remarkable improvement from the 1990 figure of 88 per 1,000. But there are still over 7 million children to reach, and the Child Survival conference aims to discuss the best ways forward and rally as many countries as possible to renew their pledges."

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  • Argentine leader seeks Falklands talks
    Appearing before the UN Decolonization Committee, President Cristina Fernandez of Argentina called upon the United Kingdom to negotiate the future of the Falkland Islands. She spoke on the 30th anniversary of Britain's defeat of the Argentinian invasion force. "We're not asking for much," she said. "We're just asking to talk." The Washington Post/The Associated Press (6/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Forces seeking warlord need resources, UN chief warns
    The African Union forces hunting Joseph Kony and his Lord's Resistance Army need more gear, training, food and transportation, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has warned. An AU force, with U.S. logistical and intelligence help, began operations in March, joining units from South Sudan, the Democratic Republic of Congo, the Central African Republic and Uganda. Reuters (6/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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Health and Development
  • Making progress on preventing child deaths
    The United Nations Foundation and private and public representatives are meeting to find ways to reduce and eliminate preventable child deaths, writes Kathy Calvin, CEO of the UN Foundation. "In recent decades, the global community has made significant progress in saving children's lives. ... Yet, too many children continue to die, and we have more work to do, especially in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia, where child mortality rates are the highest," she writes. CNN (6/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Clinton, Affleck back effort to save children
    More than 60 organizations from 40 countries are supporting an international campaign to prevent childhood deaths by promoting breast-feeding, vaccines and other care, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton announced. She was joined by actor Ben Affleck, whose Eastern Congo Initiative has worked to prevent child deaths in the Democratic Republic of Congo. They appeared at the Child Survival Call to Action conference at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., hosted by UNICEF, the U.S., Ethiopia and India. The Washington Post/The Associated Press (6/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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Climate and Energy
  • Largest marine preserve announced before Rio+20
    Australia will create the largest network of protected marine zones in the world, the government announced before the Rio+20 summit on sustainable development. The expansion, which the Australian fishing industry has opposed, brings the country's total protected ocean zones to 3.1 million square kilometers. The Epoch Times (6/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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Peacekeeping and Security
  • Rulings threaten Egypt's transition, analysts say
    Egypt's move toward democratic rule grew more heated and confused following two stunning decisions by the Supreme Constitutional Court that one analyst described as a "soft coup." The first invalidated January's parliamentary elections. The second threw out a ban on former Mubarak officials seeking office, strengthening the candidacy of former Prime Minister Ahmed Shafik against Mohamed Morsi, who is supported by the Muslim Brotherhood. CNN (6/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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UN Foundation and Better World Campaign
  • mPowering frontline health workers
    The U.S. Agency for International Development and the mHealth Alliance announced the creation of mPowering Frontline Health Workers, an innovative publicā€private partnership designed to improve child health by accelerating the use of mobile technology by millions of health workers around the world. The mHealth Alliance, serving as the partnership secretariat, will coordinate and amplify the resources and expertise of 10 founding members: USAID, UNICEF, Frontline Health Workers Coalition, Qualcomm, Vodafone, Intel, MDG Health Alliance, GlaxoSmithKline, Praekelt Foundation and Absolute Return for Kids. Over the next three years, mPowering Frontline Health Workers will: 1) crowdsource innovative multimedia health content; 2) create an online library of downloadable digital health content that can be accessed by organizations in developing countries; 3) produce a digital dictionary to enable integration and standardized reporting across multiple mHealth applications; 4) accelerate the sustainable expansion of mHealth for frontline health workers in at least three developing countries; 5) rigorously evaluate partnership impact, and 6) share experiences through a virtual global learning platform. Find out more about this new partnership. Read the news release. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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