Thursday, 1 August 2013

UN WIRE - AUGUST 1, 2013

August 1, 2013
UN Wire
News covering the UN and the world

Top Story
Syria will allow UN chemical-weapons team into country
Syria will allow a United Nations team to visit the country to investigate alleged use of chemical weapons. The UN team will be visiting three sites including Khan al-Assal, outside of Aleppo. The team will be leaving for Syria "as soon as possible," said the office of UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. BBC (7/31), The New York Times (tiered subscription model)/The Associated Press (7/31)
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Above the Fold
Quote of the Day
@ShotAtLife: .@GirlsGoneChild kicks off Day 1 of #Blogust with her beautiful post on why milestone matter at every age
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UN Dispatch
"Although gender norms are clearly undermining men's health worldwide, key international organizations continue to disregard the problem or address only those issues that are specific to girls and women when devising strategies to improve global health. The Global Health Initiative, for example, uses American-taxpayer money to offset the 'gender-related inequalities and disparities [that] disproportionately compromise the health of women and girls.' " UN Dispatch (7/31)
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United Nations
How the UN can move forward on humanitarian needs
The United Nations is being lauded for its response in recent years as humanitarian needs have increased, writes Anna Jefferys. In moving forward, she argues, the UN should address issues including changing membership of the humanitarian community, accountability and letting government take the lead on resilience programs. (7/31)
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HRC candidates discuss human rights challenges
In July, the seven candidates for the United Nations Human Rights Council discussed the challenges ahead and how they would address them as HRC members. The candidates are France, Macedonia, Maldives, Mexico, Uruguay, South Sudan and the U.K. The UN General Assembly will elect members on Nov. 12. The InterDependent (7/31)
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Health & Development
Millennials are ready to tackle humanitarian challenges
More than 600 millennial entrepreneurs and philanthropists from 70 countries attended the Nexus Global Youth Summit held at the United Nations in late July. They are optimistic about the future and want to alleviate "extreme poverty, hunger [and] lack of accessible sanitation in developing countries," writes Evan Kirkpatrick. Their discussions emphasized progress made and the use of pop culture to raise awareness of social ills, he reports. Forbes (7/31)
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Why development can't afford to ignore politics
Development groups need to work on human rights and governance issues in countries receiving aid, writes Isobel Coleman. Economic outcomes can't be improved if these issues are being ignored, she argues. Council on Foreign Relations online/Development Channel blog (7/30)
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Peacekeeping and Security
Egyptian government wants protesters removed from encampments
The Egyptian government has told police to remove pro-Morsi demonstrators from their encampments in Cairo. The protesters have repeatedly refused to disperse and say they will continue with their sit-ins, says the BBC. BBC (8/1), The Washington Post (tiered subscription model) (7/31)
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Community Manager, mHealth Alliance United Nations Foundation Washington, DC
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