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UN social media event encourages youths to innovate

The United Nations Economic and Social Council brought young social media leaders together with youth participants last week to discuss innovation. The UN is launching the Thunderclap social media campaign to elicit youth comments on innovation, technology, science and culture to be shared at the ECOSOC meeting in July. "You can't have a youth conversation without having a social media conversation," says Stacy Martinet of Mashable. Mashable (3/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

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"Groups like UNICEF and the World Food Program ... stand at the ready to provide life saving assistance to Syrians caught in conflict, but they do not have enough money to fully fund their humanitarian response. It is a matter of needing cash on hand to buy and deliver food, medicine, tents and the like. But so far, only 20% of the $1.2 billion pledged to support humanitarian efforts has been received. That’s pathetic. We can -- and must -- do better."

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  • India ruling on cancer drug patent could be boon for patients
    The Supreme Court in India ruled that drugmaker Novartis cannot receive a patent for its updated version of Glivec, a cancer drug. Activists who brought a lawsuit against Novartis said the updated drug didn't deserve patent protection, thereby opening the market for cheaper generic versions. "For cancer sufferers, this ruling will mean the difference between life and death," says activist Y.K. Sapru. The Washington Post (4/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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    The use of better cookstoves is lessening demand for firewood, helping preserve forests in the eastern part of Tanzania, writes Lucas Liganga. A plan to replace 1,000 stoves with more efficient models could save 1,716 metric tons of firewood annually, says a development official. AlertNet (3/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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