Wednesday, November 2, 2016

[RED DEMOCRATICA] General Assembly chief sees SDGs as producing a better life


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General Assembly chief sees SDGs as producing a better life
The Sustainable Development Goals emphasize many more aspects of development than growth, and that's a step in the right direction, says President of the United Nations General Assembly Peter Thomson. The SDGs are designed to give humanity "a sustainable future ... make sure that every development is going to produce a better life for your grandchildren," he says.
Inter Press Service (11/1) 
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United Nations
Ban fires UN peacekeeping chief in S. Sudan for inaction during July violence
An investigation determined that United Nations peacekeepers failed to protect civilians, including aid workers, during violence in South Sudan in July. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has dismissed the UN peacekeeping force commander in South Sudan, Lt. Gen. Johnson Mogoa Kimani Ondieki of Kenya, based on the report's findings.
Yahoo/Agence France-Presse (11/1),  The New York Times (free-article access for SmartBrief readers) (11/1) 
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Health Development
WHO: Efforts to reduce tobacco use being stymied by the web, new products
The World Health Organization meets next week in New Delhi to discuss ways to counteract the growing use of tobacco products. Smoking in films and the rising affinity for water pipes are encouraging young people to smoke, experts say.
Voice of America (11/1) 
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Climate and Energy
Renewable energy fund to be launched by oil, gas firms
Oil and gas companies BP, Total, Royal Dutch Shell, Eni, Repsol, Saudi Aramco and Statoil are expected to announce the creation of a renewable energy investment fund Friday, sources say. The companies are seeking a more active role in reducing global warming.
Reuters (11/2) 
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UN tech office to open information embassy in San Francisco
The United Nations Office of Information and Communications Technology (Unite) aims to partner with US West Coast technology firms to advance the Sustainable Development Goals and other UN efforts. Unite will open an innovation embassy in San Francisco to foster increased cooperation between the UN and tech firms. (free registration) (10/31) 
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Peacekeeping and Security
Russia blames West, rebels for failure of Syrian peace talks
Syrian peace talks have been put on hold indefinitely due to continued rebel activity and Western support of the rebels, says Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu. Russia and Syria have suspended airstrikes on Aleppo but plan to resume them Friday.
Reuters (11/1),  The New York Times (free-article access for SmartBrief readers) (11/2),  The New York Times (free-article access for SmartBrief readers) (11/1) 
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UN Radio
Violence against journalists increases "systematically" over past decade
UN Radio (11/2) 
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UN Dispatch
"Air Pollution is Probably Much More Dangerous Than You Think. Especially for Kids"
UN Dispatch (11/2) 
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@UNFoundation: What it does it take to go from literally nothing to the creation of a mid-sized city? #WithRefugees
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