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January 15, 2014
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UN raises almost $1.3 billion in humanitarian aid for Syria
Countries attending the United Nations donors meeting in Kuwait agreed to supply almost $1.3 billion in humanitarian aid for Syria. The UN says it needs $6.5 billion. Major donors include Kuwait, the U.S., the EU and Saudi Arabia. Khaleej Times (United Arab Emirates)/Agence France-Presse (1/15), The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (1/15), Voice of America (1/15), The Guardian (London)/Datablog (1/15)
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@NothingButNets: Expanding programs for malaria prevention! Q1: What should world leaders be thinking about as they prepare for Davos? #2030Now #WEF
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UN Dispatch
"All day long the conveners of the Social Good Summit, including the United Nations Foundation, are holding a social media marathon to bring a peoples' perspective to the World Economic Forum." UN Dispatch (1/14)
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CAR faces "mega-crisis," OCHA official says; rights violations alleged
The Central African Republic faces a "mega-crisis" due to displacement, disease and lack of humanitarian assistance, says John Ging of the United Nations Office for the Co-ordination of Humanitarian Affairs. Separately, a UN human rights team says it has evidence that human rights violations were committed in CAR by Chadian citizens, including peacekeepers. BBC (1/15), Reuters (1/14)
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Health & Development
U.K. department urged to add strategy for disability issues
The U.K.'s Department for International Development is being urged to include disability issues as part of its agenda, writes Mark Tran. The Guardian (London) (1/15)
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Climate and Energy
Investment in clean energy must triple, UN's Figueres says
United Nations climate chief Christiana Figueres says investments in clean energy must be boosted to $1 trillion annually to prevent catastrophic climate change. "Last year, we had $300 billion, and in the same year, we had double that amount invested in exploration and mining in fossil fuels. So you can see that the ratio is not where it needs to be. We need to be at the opposite ratio," Figueres says. The Guardian (London) (1/14)
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Peacekeeping and Security
South Sudan fighting continues on 2 fronts
Fighting in the northern town of Malakal was reported on Tuesday, with some bullets hitting the United Nations camp there. To the south, residents of Bor continued to flee across the Nile to avoid clashes between the South Sudan army and rebels. GlobalPost.com/Agence France-Presse (1/14), Voice of America (1/14)
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Syrian troops make gains near Aleppo
Syrian government troops have gained ground near the town of Aleppo and are continuing to advance against rebel fighters. Meanwhile, Syria's deputy foreign minister says Western intelligence forces have been meeting with government officials about Islamist groups. Reuters (1/14), BBC (1/15)
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Concerns raised by UN about implications of new Nigerian law UN Radio (1/14)
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