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[RED DEMOCRATICA] Ban: 2015's big issues are "development, peace and human rights"


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January 9, 2015
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Ban: 2015's big issues are "development, peace and human rights"
Governments have an opportunity to move people out of poverty through the Sustainable Development Goals and other measures, said Ban Ki-moon, United Nations secretary-general, to the General Assembly on Thursday. "2015 is a chance for major advances across the three interconnected pillars of our work: development, peace and human rights," he said. Responding to Climate Change (U.K.) (1/9), (China) (1/9)
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Security Council approves campaign against Rwandan rebel group
The United Nations Security Council on Thursday approved military action by UN peacekeepers and the Democratic Republic of the Congo to oust Rwandan rebels. The Security Council is considering targeted sanctions against individuals or groups who support the rebels, known as the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda. Reuters (1/8), Union Daily Times (S.C.)/The Associated Press (1/8)
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Kathy Calvin: 2015 is pivotal for shaping the future
This year, the United Nations will work on a climate change pact and the next set of global development goals, writes Kathy Calvin, president and CEO of UN Foundation. "It can be the year that we put the world on the path to end extreme poverty; the year we place sustainability at the heart of our future; and the year that we agree that every person should be able to lead a life of dignity and opportunity," she argues. The Huffington Post (1/7)
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WHO: Signs of Ebola progress in Sierra Leone
The spread of Ebola may be slowing in Sierra Leone, although the country remains the hardest hit, says the World Health Organization. Separately, two Ebola vaccines will soon undergo testing on humans, WHO reports. Reuters (1/8), ABC News/The Associated Press (1/9)
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Clean-tech investment surged in 2014
Investments in clean-energy technologies rose in 2014 by 16%, to $310 billion, says Bloomberg New Energy Finance. Brazil, India and South Africa, increased their investments by 88%, 14% and 5%, respectively. BusinessGreen (U.K.) (1/9)
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UN envoy encourages Libyan factions to meet
Bernadino Leon, United Nations envoy for Libya, met with Libyan factions on Thursday in an attempt to arrange a round of talks. Reuters (1/8), The Economist (tiered subscription model) (1/10)
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