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[RED DEMOCRATICA] Climate talks bring deal on country-level emissions plans


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December 15, 2014
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Climate talks bring deal on country-level emissions plans
The United Nations climate talks reached agreement on issues such as defining obligations of rich and poor countries but left the bigger issue of how to slow down climate change to be tacked by delegates at the Paris talks in 2015. Defining rich-poor obligations was "a very important breakthrough," said UN climate chief Christiana Figueres. Reuters (12/14), Reuters (12/15), Inter Press Service (12/14)
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"The last Ebola patient being treated in Mali has survived the disease and been released, the Health Ministry said Friday, leaving no known cases in the West African country." UN Dispatch (12/15)
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UN envoy to Syria: Pause in Aleppo fighting is best option
United Nations envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura is pressing the Syrian government and rebels to agree to a "freeze," whereby fighting would stop without either side relinquishing weapons or territory. "At the moment, the alternative is simply a continuous conflict in which there is no winner and the only losers are the people of Syria," de Mistura argues. The Guardian (London) (12/12), Voice of America (12/14)
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UN has role in fighting antimicrobial resistance
More bacteria are becoming resistant to antibiotics, a development that threatens the economies and people of developing countries such as Brazil, China, Mexico and Turkey, writes Jim O'Neill. The United Nations should develop policies and rules to stem antimicrobial resistance, he argues. (Prague) (12/11)
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Study examines maternal deaths from poor sanitation, water
Poor sanitation, unsafe water and inadequate hygiene contributed to nearly 300,000 maternal deaths in 2013, says a report by the World Health Organization, UNICEF and the United Nations Population Fund and others. The report authors say clean water and sanitation need to be part of the post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals. Voice of America (12/12), Reuters (12/12)
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UNEP's Steiner: Renewables are answer to Africa's energy problem
Renewable energy is "the answer to Africa's energy problems in the next 15 years," says Achim Steiner, executive director of the United Nations Environment Programme. Solar, wind and geothermal can be used to provide electricity without major infrastructure investments, he argues. Inter Press Service (12/13)
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South Sudan's civil war enters second year
The civil war in South Sudan is entering its second year, with United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon decrying that the country's leaders "have allowed their personal ambitions to jeopardize the future of an entire nation." Bloomberg Businessweek (12/15), ABC News/The Associated Press (12/15), The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (12/14)
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