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January 12, 2015
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Ban: World must work together to end poverty, halt climate change
This year is the 70th anniversary of the United Nations, and the overarching goals are ending poverty and preventing the advance of climate change, writes Ban Ki-moon, UN secretary-general. "Ours is the first generation that can end poverty, and the last that can take steps to avoid the worst impacts of climate change," he writes. The Guardian (London)/Comment Is Free blog (1/12)
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@UN: On 5th anniversary of earthquake in Haiti, Ban Ki-moon pays tribute to the more than 200,000 victims bit.ly/1DMTejT
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UN Dispatch
"This Child Soldier Grew Up to Become a Hardened War Criminal. Should He Go to Jail?" UN Dispatch (1/9)
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UN chief lauds India's commitment to renewable energy
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon praised India's "commitment to dramatically scale-up renewable energy," including putting a solar light bulb in every house. The UN's Sustainable Energy for All program can help India achieve its goals, Ban said. The Economic Times (India)/Press Trust of India (1/11), The Hindu (India)/Press Trust of India (1/11)
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Health & Development
SDGs give the world a blueprint to reduce poverty
The integrated approach of the Sustainable Development Goals may be the ticket to achieving poverty-reduction targets by 2030, writes Paul Nash. The SDGs connect human rights, development, climate change, security and peace, he argues. Diplomatic Courier magazine (January/February)
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Climate and Energy
UNEP's Steiner: Prioritize funding for climate-change adaptation
Countries will have no choice but to deal with the effects of climate change, writes Achim Steiner, United Nations undersecretary-general and executive director of the UN Environment Programme. Adaptation is vital to all countries, especially the poorest, and additional funding should be included in the global climate-change agreement, he argues. Project-Syndicate.org (Prague) (1/8)
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What is next for M-Pesa and African mobile finance?
Mobile telephone carrier Safaricom's M-Pesa has given many urban and rural Kenyans access to mobile payments. The next phase of development should focus on peer-to-peer microfinance loans, write Raheel Jariwalla and Azzam Ramji. Safaricom can "create considerable value for Kenya's [impoverished] rural population, while expanding their own revenue base and capturing significant growth potential in rural financial services," they argue. Ivey Business Review (1/9)
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Peacekeeping and Security
UNICEF worried about Nigerian militants using children
Militants apparently employed two girls in killing 19 people over the weekend. "We do think that these children are victims to this conflict," says Jean Gough, UNICEF Nigeria representative. Voice of America (1/12), The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (1/10), Reuters (1/12)
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