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November 1, 2013
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UNFPA chief: Post-2015 goals should include universal access to reproductive health
Extending the Millennium Development Goal No. 5, on universal access to reproductive health, into the post-2015 goals is necessary, says Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin, executive director of the United Nations Population Fund. Educating youths about reproductive health, better use of data and inclusive human rights should be part of the post-2015 development goals, he argues. Devex.com (free registration) (10/30)
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@UNFoundation: Here are 3 good things that happened in the fight against malaria trib.al/YICbdgr
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"About $10 million/month is needed to feed residents of these two camps in Northern Kenya. 'The WFP and the UN Refugee Agency have announced that beginning on 1 November, WFP will be forced to reduce food rations for more than half a million refugees in the Dadaab and Kakuma refugee camps due to lack of resources.' " UN Dispatch (11/1)
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UN's Brahimi says Syrian peace talks are still possible
Lakhdar Brahimi, the United Nations-Arab League envoy to Syria, says that the Syrian opposition and government must be represented at peace talks. "It is time for Syrians to cooperate and for others in the region and outside to cooperate with them to end this crisis," he says. Reuters (11/1), The New York Times (tiered subscription model)/The Associated Press (11/1), Thomson Reuters Foundation/Reuters (11/1)
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Health & Development
Illicit financial flows reduce Africa's ability to finance development
Various methods of illegal financing are causing African countries to lose funds that could finance development projects, writes Zitto Kabwe. "We need to change this, and this is how we can start: the developed and developing world must agree to automatic and unconditional exchange of information about tax," he argues. The Guardian (London)/Poverty Matters blog (11/1)
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WFP makes record food deliveries in Syria but lacks Kenya funds
The United Nations World Food Programme successfully delivered food to 3.3 million people in Syria during October. Separately, a lack of funds is leading WFP to reduce food rations for Somali refugees in Kenya by 20% in November and December. Thomson Reuters Foundation/Reuters (11/1), RTT News (10/31)
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Climate and Energy
Emerging countries to become leaders in greenhouse-gas emissions
Total greenhouse-gas emissions by developing countries such as China will soon overtake those from developed countries, says a study. "Somewhere in the current decade the share of the cumulative historical emissions of developing countries will surpass that of developed countries," the study says. Reuters (10/31)
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Peacekeeping and Security
Envoy: Demise of M23 just one element of bringing peace to DR Congo
This week's military action against M23 rebels in the Democratic Republic of Congo doesn't offer a conclusion on the ultimate defeat of the rebels, says former Sen. Russ Feingold, U.S. special envoy for the Great Lakes region of Africa. "It is not enough to get rid of the armed groups. This has been a recurrent story where groups like this go away and reconstitute themselves under another name," he says. Thomson Reuters Foundation/Reuters (11/1), IRINNews.org (10/31)
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"The Syrian government is willing to attend an international conference to find a solution to the conflict in the country. That's what Khawla Mattar, spokesperson for the joint United Nations-Arab League envoy, Lakhdar Brahimi, told UN Radio on Thursday." UN Radio (10/31)
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