Monday, October 3, 2016

[RED DEMOCRATICA] Majority of UN aid convoys blocked by Syria during Sept.


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Majority of UN aid convoys blocked by Syria during Sept.
Only six of 33 United Nations aid convoys during September reached their destinations in Syria, according to an upcoming UN report. Separately, an internal board of inquiry will investigate the fatal attack on a UN convoy, said Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Friday.
The Guardian (London) (9/30),  Reuters (9/30) 
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Gulf countries call on UN to intervene in Syria
The six-country Gulf Cooperation Council on Saturday called for the United Nations to intervene in Syria and put a halt to the fighting. Meanwhile, UN humanitarian chief Stephen O'Brien decried the continuing conflict in Aleppo, including continuing airstrikes on hospitals.
BBC (10/2),  Reuters (10/1) 
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Health Development
Group: Better data needed on why girls leave school
Existing data count when girls enter school but not when they leave, says Plan International CEO Anne-Birgitte Albrectsen. "We also don't have any data on why they leave school -- whether they were forced into marriage, whether they became pregnant or were sexually assaulted at school," she says.
Thomson Reuters Foundation (10/3) 
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Report looks at food staples, effects of climate change
Traditional producers of maize, wheat and rice likely will see output curtailed by climate change, say University of Birmingham, UK, researchers. One mitigating possibility is developing countries increasing their agricultural production.
Climate News Network (9/27) 
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Climate and Energy
Climate change pact approved by India
India on Sunday ratified the United Nations climate change pact. India is the third-biggest producer of carbon emissions, trailing the US and China.
Reuters (10/3) 
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Peacekeeping and Security
Colombian people reject peace pact with FARC
Colombia's peace agreement with FARC rebels was rejected, 50.2% to 49.8%, in a public referendum on Sunday. The government of President Juan Manuel Santos is scrambling to determine how to proceed in the wake of the vote.
The New York Times (free-article access for SmartBrief readers) (10/2),  Bloomberg (10/2) 
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"To nurture peace, we must also respect nature," UN deputy chief says
UN Radio (10/2) 
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UN Dispatch
"The International Organization for Migration joined the United Nations. This is a big deal for millions around the world."
UN Dispatch (9/30) 
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@UNFoundation: How does the UN secretary-general election work? @Devex answers your questions on the #NextSG process @GlobalDaily
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