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November 21, 2013
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Job creation needs to be top priority for poorer countries, UNCTAD says
Some 49 poor countries, primarily in Africa, risk social or political instability if efforts aren't made to provide well-paying jobs for the underemployed, warns a United Nations Conference on Trade and Development report. UNCTAD recommended focusing on investments that allow countries to develop products from natural resources and to create more labor-intensive industries. The Guardian (London) (11/20), The New Times (Rwanda) (11/21)
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"Between 2001 and 2012, infection rates fell by 33%, from 3.4 million people to 2.3 million. The number of AIDS-related deaths had dropped from 2.3m in 2005 to 1.6m last year. Twenty-six countries have shown more than a 50% decline in infection rates over this period; 17 states have seen a drop of between 25% and 49%." UN Dispatch (11/21)
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UNAIDS detects persistent gaps in treatment of children with HIV
More than 3 million children younger than age 15 have HIV, but just 647,000 of 1.9 million HIV-positive children who required treatment received antiretroviral drugs in 2012, according to a UNAIDS report published on Wednesday. In India and 21 countries in sub-Saharan Africa, just 3 in 10 children who needed it received HIV treatment. "We have seen tremendous political commitment and results to reduce mother-to-child transmission, but we are failing the children who become infected," UNAIDS Executive Director Michel Sidibe said. Reuters (11/20), The Guardian (London) (11/20)
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Health & Development
Funds flowing into Philippines; aid workers concerned about children's safety
The United Nations appeal for relief assistance has raised $129 million of the $301 million target set by UN relief chief Valerie Amos. Meanwhile, UNICEF says 1.7 million children were displaced by Typhoon Haiyan. The young "are particularly vulnerable to a range of risks including potential exploitation, abuse and even trafficking," says UNICEF's Pernille Ironside. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (11/20), The Guardian (London) (11/20), Thomson Reuters Foundation/Reuters (11/21)
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Climate and Energy
Will climate talks reach consensus on climate change action?
With little time left in this round of United Nations climate change talks, poor and rich countries continued to offer differing plans on how to tackle rising global temperature with little sign of consensus. Today, six observer groups -- Greenpeace, Friends of the Earth, Oxfam, WWF, ActionAid and the International Trade Union Confederation -- left Warsaw in protest of the lack of progress. Yahoo/The Associated Press (11/20), Yahoo/Agence France-Presse (11/21)
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Enrichment remains sticking point in Iran nuclear negotiations
Iran wants uranium enrichment to be included in any agreement reached with the six global powers, Julian Borger and Saeed Kamali Dehghan write. The six countries "acknowledge that they will have to accept some degree of Iranian enrichment as a fait accompli in any interim agreement," they write. The Guardian (London) (11/21), Reuters (11/21), ForeignPolicy.com/The Cable blog (11/20)
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U.S. seeks sanctions against CAR, boosts AU peacekeeper funding
The U.S. is proposing sanctions against the Central African Republic in an effort to halt violence in that country, says U.S. envoy to the United Nations Samantha Power. On Wednesday, the U.S. promised $40 million to help support African Union peacekeepers in the nation. GlobalPost.com/Agence France-Presse (11/21), Reuters (11/20), Reuters (11/19)
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