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June 5, 2014
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Ban urges end to violence in South Sudan
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is pressing the South Sudan government and opposition to abide by agreed-upon cease-fires. Peace talks have not resumed. Reuters (6/4), Sudan Tribune (6/5), Sudan Tribune (6/4)
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@UNFoundation: “Raise Your Voice, Not the Sea Level” - Today is #WorldEnvironmentDay j.mp/1pCPXiN #WED2014 via @UN
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"No Texting in CAR" UN Dispatch (6/5)
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UN's Amos urges Syrian president to make aid access a priority
Valerie Amos, the United Nations humanitarian aid chief, urged Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to adhere to the Security Council's resolution on humanitarian access. "If you put the people of Syria first, then I think the rest falls from that in terms of our ability to make sure people are properly fed, that they have enough water, that they have proper sanitation, that they have health care," Amos said. Reuters (6/4)
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Final Syrian chemical-weapons shipment is "very, very critical"
The remaining chemical-weapons shipment from Syria "very, very critical" and must be made as soon as possible, says Sigrid Kaag, head of the United Nations-Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons joint mission. Kaag said Syria will not meet the end-of-month deadline. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (6/4), Reuters (6/5), Reuters (6/4)
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Health & Development
UN group makes headway on sustainable development goals
The United Nations working group has reduced the number of potential areas for the sustainable development goals from 19 to 16. The list of target areas includes poverty eradication, reducing maternal mortality and encouraging shared prosperity. The Guardian (London) (6/4)
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Climate and Energy
G7 offers support for climate agreement next year
The Group of Seven leaders voiced "strong determination" for a global climate agreement to be reached next year that is "ambitious, inclusive and reflects changing global circumstances." Reuters (6/5)
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Peacekeeping and Security
Survivors report hundreds killed in latest Nigerian violence
The latest attack by alleged Boko Haram militants has left hundreds dead in northeastern Nigeria, survivors say. Separately, the Nigerian government is communicating with citizens about efforts to counter violence and terrorism. Voice of America (6/5), Voice of America (6/4)
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Small island developing states on "frontline" in battle against climate change UN Radio (6/5)
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