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October 24, 2013
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UN Day highlights world body's progress on human rights, effectiveness
Today marks United Nations Day and serves as a reminder that the UN is dedicated to working for human rights, development and peace, writes Vitaly Vanshelboim, chief operating officer of the UN Office for Project Services. It's also an opportunity to show how the UN is working to "increase transparency, cut costs, and consistently improve efficiency," he argues. Forbes (10/23), The InterDependent (10/24), Latino Times (California) (10/24)
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@UNFoundation: Ban Ki-moon message for #UNday: "In a world that is more connected, we must be more united." trib.al/SCbRUNr #HappyBirthdayUN
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UN Dispatch
" 'We live like stray dogs,' one man said in an All Africa article, explaining what it's like in the Central African Republic (CAR) these days. Is this the worst humanitarian crisis on the planet that no one is paying attention to?" UN Dispatch (10/23)
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Ban requests additional UN troops for CAR mission
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is requesting that 560 UN troops be assigned to protecting the UN mission in the Central African Republic. If approved by the Security Council, 250 UN troops could be deployed immediately. A Security Council vote is slated for Friday. Reuters (10/23)
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UN, OPCW expect to achieve November deadline for Syrian chemical weapons
Experts from the United Nations and the Organization for the Prevention of Chemical Weapons have visited the majority of Syrian chemical-weapons manufacturing sites, dismantling them in line with a Nov. 1 deadline. The UN and OPCW are awaiting Syria's plan for eliminating its chemical-weapons stockpile. Voice of America (10/24), The Guardian (London) (10/23), PassBlue (10/16)
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Health & Development
WHO concerned as polio cases emerge in Syria
World Health Organization officials, concerned about an outbreak of 22 cases of polio in Syria, are launching an immunization drive in the country. The news comes on World Polio Day, which highlights global eradication efforts. Reuters (10/24), ForeignPolicy.com (10/22), Business Standard (India)/Press Trust of India (10/24), The Guardian (London)/Political Science blog (10/24)
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Product-development partnerships are improving health in poor countries
Public-private partnerships are improving health in poorer countries, says Renate Baehr, executive director of Deutsche Stiftung Weltbevoelkerung. These PDPs are "developing products that could save millions of lives while reducing health care costs and the enormous economic and social costs of poverty-related and neglected diseases," she argues. Devex.com (free registration) (10/23)
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Peacekeeping and Security
Legislation would restrict street protests in Egypt
The Egyptian government is proposing a law that would restrict street protests, require permission before holding demonstrations and give the police more leeway in breaking up protests. Meanwhile, the Egyptian Cabinet has reduced the length of the nightly curfew. The Washington Post (tiered subscription model) (10/23), ABC News/The Associated Press (10/24)
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"A UN women's rights committee has adopted a landmark document on women and conflict." UN Radio (10/23)
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