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[RED DEMOCRATICA] UNICEF's Stern: Helping children should be a global priority


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UNICEF's Stern: Helping children should be a global priority
The targeting of children in conflict zones is rising rapidly, as are food shortages that place children at risk of malnutrition and starvation, writes Caryl Stern, president of the U.S. Fund for UNICEF. Global support is necessary to stem such crises and help humanitarian-aid entities "continue to do whatever it takes to save and protect those who are too vulnerable to protect themselves," she writes. USA Today (12/27)
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Security Council should add more temporary members, Mexico says
The United Nations Security Council's number of temporary members should be expanded from 10 countries to 26, Mexico proposed on Sunday. Such a change would make the Security Council more representative while enhancing efficiency and transparency, according to Mexico's foreign ministry office. Reuters (12/28)
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Nascent humanitarian data exchange begins to gain traction
The United Nations' humanitarian data exchange, known as HDX, got underway in July and is expected to expand its coverage beyond Colombia and Kenya as well as Ebola-crisis support. "It's not impossible to think that HDX could one day become a social data exchange for the aid sector rather than be limited to humanitarian data, but we are years away from that," said Sarah Telford, HDX's chief. The Guardian (London) (12/29)
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Analysis: "Peer pressure" could influence climate pact's outcome
Next year will bring about the culmination of climate-change negotiations designed to keep the rise of the global temperature in check, writes Megan Darby. Many expect "peer pressure" will persuade countries to make deeper emissions cuts, and that currently appears to be the likeliest course, she argues. Responding to Climate Change (U.K.) (12/29)
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Developing countries could see benefits in 2015 from technology that improves water purification, reduces air pollution and enables upkeep of solar panels, technology company CEOs say. (12/25)
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Monitor: Over 1,800 people have been killed by militant group in Syria
Civilians represent the majority of the 1,878 people slain by Islamic State militants in Syria over the past six months, said the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. The militant group was also responsible for the deaths of 120 of its members, the majority of whom were foreign fighters looking to leave Syria for their homes. Reuters (12/28)
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