Friday, October 21, 2016

[RED DEMOCRATICA] Ban: General Assembly must hold special session to discuss Syria


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Ban: General Assembly must hold special session to discuss Syria
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called on the General Assembly to convene a special session to address the dire situation in Syria. The Security Council remains deadlocked about how to end the civil war.
Reuters (10/20) 
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UN's Zeid: War crimes in Syria call for ICC action
United Nations human rights chief Zeid Ra'ad al-Hussein says that the Syrian government's continuing airstrikes on Aleppo and the resulting civilian casualties are war crimes and are turning the city into a "slaughterhouse." The Security Council must refer the matter to the International Criminal Court, he contends.
The New York Times (free-article access for SmartBrief readers) (10/21),  CNN (10/21),  Voice of America (10/21) 
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UNFPA: Educating girls will result in economic benefits
Developing countries' economic well-being would improve by $21 billion annually if girls were educated at least through secondary school, says a United Nations Population Fund report. "Education is the world's best investment. Whenever a girl's potential goes unrealized, we all lose," said UNFPA Executive Director Babatunde Osotimehin.
Thomson Reuters Foundation (10/20),  The Guardian (London) (10/20) 
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UN's New Urban Agenda sets goals for sustainable cities
The United Nations has adopted the New Urban Agenda, which is intended to help countries create sustainable urbanization. The agenda is the product of the Habitat III meeting held in Quito, Ecuador.
Thomson Reuters Foundation (10/20) 
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Climate and Energy
IPCC tasks scientists with creating strategies to limit global warming
Officials from world governments have agreed to a report from the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change by 2018 on steps the world can take to curb climate change.
Reuters (10/20),  Climate Home (10/20) 
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Peacekeeping and Security
Aleppo enters second day of quiet, but aid deliveries remain stymied
Russia and Syria have stopped bombardment of the Syrian town of Aleppo for a second day. However, the United Nations says the situation is still too dangerous to allow medical evacuations.
Reuters (10/21),  The Associated Press (10/21) 
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UN Radio
Colombia: Consensus on ceasefire a "happy development"
UN Radio (10/21) 
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UN Dispatch
"This survey shows shows that endemic sexism harms both expectant mothers and the women who care for them"
UN Dispatch (10/20) 
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@UNFoundation: Why igniting 10 year-old girls' potential today, will benefit all of us tomorrow. A Q and A with @UNFPA. #SWOP2016
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