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Ban urges countries to redouble efforts to achieve MDGs
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says many Millennium Development Goals have not been met and that countries must make more effort to achieve them. Star Tribune (Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minn.)/The Associated Press (7/1), The Guardian (London) (7/1)
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@UN: Monday: United States takes on rotating presidency of the Security Council. Follow @USUN for updates: j.mp/Q7jbGo
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UN Dispatch
"President Obama is in the midst of his second trip to Africa as president of the USA. Stops planned include Senegal, Tanzania, and South Africa. For BloggingHeads, Eve Fairbanks and I chat about the trip, Obama's legacy in Africa, and why some are disappointed that the son of a Kenyan isn't more deeply involved in African affairs." UN Dispatch (7/28)
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Interim report: DR Congo rebels receive assistance from Rwandan military
Rwandan army officers are violating peace pledges by aiding M23 rebels in the Democratic Republic of Congo, according to an interim UN Group of Experts report reviewed by Reuters. The report also said that DR Congo warlord Bosco Ntaganda turned himself in to the International Criminal Court to avoid being killed. Reuters (6/28), Reuters (6/28)
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Health & Development
Do aid groups need certification?
Some observers see benefits from having guidelines and certifications instituted for aid organization, but others fear such moves will result in the exclusion of many aid groups, writes IRIN. The debate is occurring as the Humanitarian Standards Forum takes place. IRINNews.org (6/28)
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Climate and Energy
How to create green jobs without erecting trade barriers
In the modern, globalized marketplace, protectionist approaches to green job creation simply don't work, writes Doaa Abdel Motaal, deputy chief of staff for the World Trade Organization. Rather than trying to exclude foreign-made solar panels, regulators should focus on boosting local demand for solar energy, as access to cheap panels spurs job creation. "Environmental targets, and not job targets or trade protectionism, should be the way forward," she argues. YaleGlobal Online (6/27)
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Peacekeeping and Security
Protests turn violent in Egypt; army gives Morsi 2 days to respond
Protests against President Mohamed Morsi became violent Sunday, with protesters setting the Muslim Brotherhood office in Cairo on fire. Today, the military gave Morsi and other politicians two days to address the protests and threatening to choose its "own road map for the future." Clashes between pro- and anti-Morsi groups have killed 16. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (7/1), Al Jazeera (7/1), Inter Press Service (6/30)
Syria's neighbors prevent refugees from entering, rights group says
Iraq, Jordan and Turkey are preventing Syrian refugees from entering their countries, Human Rights Watch says. Meanwhile, the Syrian government continues artillery attacks on rebel groups. Reuters (7/1), Al Jazeera (7/1), Reuters (7/1)
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Social Good Summit announces 2013 dates, #2030NOW theme
From Sept. 22 to 24, the fourth annual Social Good Summit -- a unique convening of world leaders, technology pioneers and grassroots innovators -- will explore how today's use of digital technology for social good can build a better future. With 92nd Street Y in New York City as its base and introducing this year's theme, #2030NOW, the summit will facilitate a global conversation and lively debate on the world we want in 2030 and how we unleash the next generation of innovation to make it a reality. Read more.
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More Millennium Development Goals achievable by 2015. UN Radio (7/1)
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