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October 21, 2013
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Better World Campaign poll shows increasing U.S. support for UN
Three in 5 Americans polled have a favorable rating of the United Nations against 28% with an unfavorable view. The results, from an Oct. 5 to 10 poll commissioned by the Better World Campaign, revealed even greater support for U.S. on-time dues payments, the UN's work on humanitarian efforts and in dealing with Syria's chemical weapons, and for the U.S. supporting such initiatives. Read more from Better World Campaign. UN Dispatch (10/21)
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@UNFoundation: Did you know @UNFPA supports safe motherhood initiatives in more than 90 countries? #UNDay
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"The WHO is investigating potential cases of polio showing up in Syria. If confirmed, it would be the first cases in Syria since 1999." UN Dispatch (10/21)
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Peace talks reportedly at halt between DR Congo, M23
United Nations envoys are urging the Democratic Republic of Congo and the M23 rebels to agree on a negotiated peace settlement. However, an M23 spokesman says discussions have halted after the group was asked to remove one of its negotiators. The Windsor Star (Ontario)/The Associated Press (10/21), Google/Agence France-Presse (10/21), GlobalPost.com/Agence France-Presse (10/20)
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Why the post-2015 goals must have a sustainable development focus
Sustainable development affects every country and will be a focus of the post-21015 development goals, says Macharia Kamau, co-chairman of the open working group on sustainable development goals and Kenya's envoy to the United Nations. "There is a growing realization that we are all in the same boat. On some of these issues -- biodiversity, climate, environment -- there is no getting away from the fact that everyone has to contribute," he argues. The Guardian (London) (10/21)
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Women & Girls
UN resolution stipulates inclusion of women in peace process
The United Nations Security Council passed Resolution 2122 on Friday, which emphasizes the need for women to be included all areas of peace processes. "Resolution 2122 demonstrates the security council's intention to put women's leadership at the center of all efforts to resolve conflict and promote peace," says Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, executive director of UN Women. The Guardian (London) (10/21), Thomson Reuters Foundation (10/18)
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Gender equality promotes global economic growth
Gender equality helps women attain better jobs and enables the broader economy to thrive, writes Henriette Kolb of the International Finance Corp. "With more income and financial independence, women can increase household spending on children's nutrition, health, and education. The potential for social and economic change is too good to pass up," she writes. Council on Foreign Relations online/Development Channel blog (10/16)
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Peacekeeping and Security
Envoys continue to urge political solution to Syrian crisis
EU members will be discussing Syria at their meeting this week. One stumbling block to scheduling peace talks is the lack of participation of a "credible opposition," says Lakhdar Brahimi, the joint United Nations-Arab League envoy for Syria. Al Jazeera (10/21), The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (10/20), The Guardian (London)/The Associated Press (10/20), Reuters (10/21)
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Unrest continues in Egypt as interim government gains support
Anti-military protects erupted in Cairo over the weekend, with security forces clashing with students. Meanwhile, support is reportedly growing for the interim government headed by Egyptian Army Gen. Abdel Fatah el-Sisi. BBC (10/20), The Guardian (London) (10/20), BBC (10/21)
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"A Security Council resolution adopted on Friday puts women's leadership at the centre of all efforts to resolve conflict and promote peace, according to the head of UN Women." UN Radio (10/18)
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