Tuesday, 30 July 2013

UN News Wire

July 30, 2013
UN Wire
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UN Women's Mlambo-Ngcuka: Women must be at the center of fight against poverty
UN Women head Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka says women must be at the forefront of efforts against poverty if countries wish to meet development goals. Education is key to achieving the goals, she argues. "Education for me is a cross-cutting priority. It is the equalizer, not only for girl-children but for all the women who need second chances," Mlambo-Ngcuka says. The Guardian (London) (7/30)
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UN Dispatch
"Will the hasty, poorly organized election [in Mali] yield a winner with no real democratic mandate who will 'lack the necessary legitimacy' (according to Tiebile Drame, former foreign minister) and merely be a face for accountability for the international community? Or will the vote of 'unquestionable legitimacy' (according to the head of the EU Observer Mission in Mali) produce a leader who is capable of not only rebuilding the country, but also finding a path towards peace with the Tuareg rebellion?" UN Dispatch (7/29)
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UN must act "decisively" to halt Syrian civil war, Pinheiro says
Paulo Pinheiro, head of the International Commission of Inquiry on Syria, urged the United Nations General Assembly on Monday to take decisive steps to stop the civil war in Syria. "There is an international obligation to do what you must to bring this war to a close," Pinheiro argued. Voice of America (7/29), Yahoo/The Associated Press (7/29)
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Health & Development
Don't crowd out smaller investments, says UNCTAD official
Small and medium-size investments should be encouraged because they can help countries create a sustainable economy, writes James X. Zhan of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development. Overhauling regulatory environments geared toward the largest projects would help the modest ones succeed, he argues. The Guardian (London) (7/30)
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USAID food-security projects focus on 3 African countries
The U.S. Agency for International Development is creating two Feed the Future Innovation Labs to help relieve food insecurity in Ethiopia, Niger and Senegal through better technologies and techniques for small farmers as well as improved policies and investments. Those countries "have large populations of food insecure and hungry people. Focusing on those countries makes a lot of sense," says Oxfam International's Eric Munoz. Inter Press Service (7/27)
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Women & Girls
Afghan process could undermine women's rights, UN committee says
The United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women says that entrenched patriarchal attitudes are putting women's rights at risk in Afghanistan. The Afghan government says women will be included in the upcoming peace process, but the UN group is concerned that women's rights will be reduced after foreign troops depart in 2014. Thomson Reuters Foundation (7/29)
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Peacekeeping and Security
EU envoy visits Morsi; dialogue sought to end Egypt's unrest
EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton met with deposed Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi, who is in good health, she said. Interim Vice President Mohamed ElBaradei said the government hopes to peacefully "disband the demonstrations in different parts of the country and go into a serious dialogue" with the opposition. BBC (7/30), Al Jazeera (7/30), The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (7/29)
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UN Radio
Food and water main concerns at Za'atari camp in Jordan. UN Radio (7/29)
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