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March 16, 2015
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Ban: Reducing disaster risk is central to sustainability
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is emphasizing the role that disaster-risk reduction plays in a sustainable world. "Disaster risk reduction advances progress on sustainable development and climate change," Ban said at the Third World Conference for Disaster Risk Reduction, which was occurring as Cyclone Pam struck Vanuatu. Inter Press Service (3/16), Voice of America (3/15), Reuters (3/16)
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@WHO: WHO is sending health and emergency response experts with supplies to assist #Vanuatu goo.gl/q6IqVl #CyclonePam
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"This week, as part of a broader tour of several African nations, the UN Security Council had a low-key visit in the Central African Republic, the first of its kind since the country descended into conflict two years ago." UN Dispatch (3/13)
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UN official "fully confident" about Ebola's eradication
The number of Ebola cases has stabilized but not diminished, which is cause for concern, says Dr. David Nabarro, the United Nations special envoy on Ebola. Community engagement, good data, skilled health workers and local coordination are among the points of emphasis for Nabarro. IRINNews.org (3/16)
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Countries need to take action to reduce premature deaths from noncommunicable diseases such as lung cancer, heart disease and obesity, says a study from the Copenhagen Consensus Center. Timely interventions could be done inexpensively and potentially "could avert 5 million premature deaths from NCDs in 2030, equivalent to a 28.5 per cent reduction in projected NCD mortality," the study says. SciDev.net (3/13)
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UN climate group favors fossil fuel divestment efforts
Divestment campaigns aim to convince investors to get rid of their fossil fuel holdings, a tactic that is supported by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. "We support divestment as it sends a signal to companies, especially coal companies, that the age of 'burn what you like, when you like' cannot continue," says Nick Nuttall, the UNFCCC spokesman. The Guardian (London) (3/15)
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Peacekeeping and Security
Claim: Islamic State used chlorine gas against Iraqi Kurds
Islamic State forces reportedly used chlorine gas against Iraqi Kurdish fighters in January, say Kurdish authorities. The claim hasn't been independently verified. Reuters (3/15), Voice of America (3/14)
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Iran continues nuclear talks with U.S., European officials
Iran has met with U.S. officials and will meet with European counterparts this week in an effort to reach agreement on the country's nuclear program. If talks are successful, some long-standing sanctions against Iran could be ended. Reuters (3/16)
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