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December 24, 2013
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Ban wants peacekeeping force increased, warns South Sudan on human rights
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon wants UN peacekeeping forces in South Sudan to be increased by 5,500 troops to help quell violence. There are reports of mass killings, and UN officials said senior South Sudan leaders could be held accountable for human rights abuses. BBC (12/23), Reuters (12/24), The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (12/23), The Telegraph (London) (tiered subscription model) (12/24)
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@UN_Spokesperson: #UNSG: world is watching all sides in #SouthSudan@UN will investigate reports of grave human rights violations & crimes against humanity
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"South Sudan is falling apart. It has been one week since a failed coup attempt set off a string of ethnic attacks and reprisals between ethnic Nuer and Dinka militants." UN Dispatch (12/24)
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UN hopes to see Iran at Syrian peace conference in January
The United Nations is backing Iran's participation at the Syrian peace conference slated for Jan. 22. "Iran can play a very important role," says UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. Separately, the Syrian National Coalition says it won't participate in the talks unless the Syrian government halts its bombing of Aleppo, where more than 300 people have been killed. Deutsche Welle (Germany) (12/23), Google/Agence France-Presse (12/23), Reuters (12/24), Reuters (12/23)
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Health & Development
Neglected tropical disease funding falls for fourth year running
Funding for product-development partnerships working on neglected tropical diseases such as tuberculosis, malaria and dengue has declined for the fourth consecutive year, according to a report. "We need to look at the next couple of years ... but if the trend continues, it will be a concern," says Tim Wells of Medicines for Malaria Venture. The Guardian (London) (12/23)
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Women & Girls
Financial independence is liberating women in Nepal
The Women's Skills Development Organization is helping Nepali women to gain skills and earn enough income to be self-sufficient, writes Catherine Nixon. "Through financial independence, women are liberated to make their own choices about their lives, and given the confidence and self-belief to succeed," she writes. Devex.com (free registration) (12/20)
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Climate and Energy
Activists: Infrastructure development provides little benefit, harms Amazon Basin
Infrastructure projects in the Amazon Basin are destroying the area's ecology while providing little economic benefit for indigenous people, writes Pete Guest. A road project linking Brazilian mines to Peru is a case in point. "Despite bold pronouncements from governments that the project would drive growth and progress, it has instead brought conflict and environmental degradation," Guest argues. The Guardian (London)/Poverty Matters Blog (12/20)
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Peacekeeping and Security
Mediators try to broker S. Sudan peace talks as fighting continues
The United Nations, along with African and Western countries, are trying to mediate peace talks in South Sudan but have met with little success, write Carl Odera and Michelle Nichols. South Sudan President Salva Kiir and rebel leader Riek Machar have yet to agree on conditions of such talks. Reuters (12/24), The Guardian (London) (12/23), BBC (12/24), Reuters (12/24)
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Editor's Note
UN Wire will not be published Wednesday
In observance of Christmas Day, UN Wire will not publish Wednesday. Publication will resume Thursday.
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