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April 16, 2014
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UN's Barbut: Act now to prevent climate-related unrest, food insecurity
Action is needed to prevent food insecurity and social conflict that could result from climate changes, writes Monique Barbut, the executive secretary of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification. What's needed is "a rights-based approach that values rural employment and economic development can turn vulnerable populations into strong and resilient communities," she argues. Thomson Reuters Foundation (4/16)
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"Two days after an attack on a bus depot in Abuja, the Nigerian terror group has kidnapped more than 100 girls from a secondary school in Borno state." UN Dispatch (4/16)
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Iran to present to UN committee on envoy visa troubles
The 19-member United Nations Committee on Relations with the Host Country will meet next week to consider Iran's complaint about the U.S. refusal to issue a visa to its new UN envoy. However, the committee cannot force action. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (4/15)
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Ban: Global partnership needed to support, fund post-2015 agenda
The world needs to work in partnership to develop the post-2015 agenda, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told the first high-level meeting of the Global Partnership for Effective Development Co-operation in Mexico City. "As we shape an inspiring post-2015 development agenda, the international community must be committed to supporting the future goals and targets through a renewed global partnership. Critically, we must ensure the financing to match our ambitions," Ban said. Devex.com (free registration) (4/16)
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The role of innovation in reducing the worst of poverty
Scientific innovation is a key part of an inclusive approach to solving extreme poverty, writes James Smith, a professor of African and Development Studies at University of Edinburgh. Two recently announced programs acknowledge innovation's importance and aim to develop a "new global marketplace of innovations," he writes. The Conversation (Australia) (4/15)
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Tensions increase between Ukraine, Russia
Pro-Russian protesters today captured Ukraine troop carriers in the east, while the U.S. and European countries are considering further economic sanctions against Russia. Bloomberg (4/16), The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (4/15), Al Jazeera (4/16), Quartz (4/16)
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Preparations continue for Syrian presidential elections
This article examines the mood in Syria, which is preparing for a presidential election even as the years-old civil war continues. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (4/15), Al Jazeera (4/15)
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Ban asks for renewed global partnership to reach development goals. UN Radio (4/15)
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