Monday, October 31, 2016

[RED DEMOCRATICA] UN's de Mistura: Syrian rebel shelling of civilian area is possible war crime


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UN's de Mistura: Syrian rebel shelling of civilian area is possible war crime
The United Nations special envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura is calling on Syrian rebels to halt their three-day shelling of civilian areas in Aleppo in an attempt to break the government's siege. The action is unjustifiable and could be a war crime, he contends.
The Guardian (London)/The Associated Press (10/30),  BBC (10/30) 
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General Assembly votes Russia off Human Rights Council
Russia was voted off the United Nations Human Rights Council by the General Assembly on Friday for its role in the Syrian civil war. Hungary will replace Russia as the regional representative on the rights body.
The Associated Press (10/28) 
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Health Development
UNICEF: Air pollution contributes to 600K child deaths annually
Air pollution is particularly toxic to children and contributes to the death of about 600,000 children each year, says a report by UNICEF. Dependence on fossil fuels must be reduced and other efforts must be made to reduce children's exposure to air pollution, the report says.
The Guardian (London) (10/30),  Reuters (10/30) 
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UN rapporteur: Aid agencies must boost inclusion of people with disabilities
Coordinated efforts are needed by aid agencies to include people with disabilities in development initiatives, says United Nations special rapporteur on the rights of persons with disabilities Catalina Devandas Aguilar. (free registration) (10/28) 
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Climate and Energy
Paris agreement on climate change comes into force Friday
The United Nations climate change agreement signed in Paris last year will come into force Friday. Countries such as the Philippines that haven't yet ratified the agreement are being urged to do so.
Climate Home (10/30),  CNN (10/31) 
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Peacekeeping and Security
UN mission in CAR calls on armed groups to stop aggression
The United Nations mission in the Central African Republic is urging armed groups to end "the cycle of attack and reprisal" that caused 25 deaths last week. Meanwhile, France is ending its peacekeeping mission in CAR, leaving about 12,000 UN troops in charge of peacekeeping in the country.
BBC (10/29),  BBC (10/31) 
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Five million suffer from hunger in drought-hit Somalia
UN Radio (10/31) 
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"Russia Blocked from Human Rights Council"
UN Dispatch (10/28) 
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