Thursday, 15 August 2013


August 15, 2013
UN Wire
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UN Security Council urged to help stabilize Central African Republic
United Nations envoys asked the Security Council on Wednesday to provide financial, logistical and technical support to the African Union to help it stabilize the Central African Republic. CAR is descending into chaos, which threatens its neighbors, UN aid chief Valerie Amos said. The Security Council said in a statement that it would look at "all potential options" to bring stability to CAR. Reuters (8/14), The Guardian (London) (8/14), BBC (8/15)
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Above the Fold
Quote of the Day
@UNFoundation: Uganda tries to mandate polio vaccination in order to stop the disease from spreading from nearby Somalia and Kenya:
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UN Dispatch
"There’s a mystery disease ravaging communities in East Africa, and even the world's best epidemiologists can't figure out where it's coming from. The neurological disease, which was first documented in Uganda in 1950, is suddenly increasingly prevalent in parts of South Sudan, Tanzania and northern Uganda. About 4,000 cases and 500 deaths have been reported in the region since 2003." UN Dispatch (8/15)
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UN chemical-weapons inspectors to leave for Syria
The United Nations chemical-weapons team will leave "imminently" for Syria following negotiations with the Syrian government. The team will be in Syria for as long as 14 days to investigate alleged chemical weapons use at three sites, said UN deputy spokesman Eduardo del Buey. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon sees the investigation as "an important deterrent" against the use of chemical weapons, del Buey said. Reuters (8/14), The Washington Post (tiered subscription model)/The Associated Press (8/14)
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Health & Development
Researchers examine barriers to clean-cookstove adoption
Encouraging the adoption of clean cookstoves requires an examination into the social, cultural, behavioral aspects of cooking and energy usage, according to research by the Stockholm Environment Institute. "Our method is trying to get a more sophisticated understanding of how people make judgments and trade-offs, and using that to say, 'OK, what would make the most sense?' " said SEI research fellow Aaron Atteridge. Thomson Reuters Foundation (8/15), Al Jazeera (8/14)
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Global partnership on aid flounders from lack of support
A global partnership aimed at enhancing aid delivered to developing countries showed promise when it was launched in 2011 at Busan, South Korea. But lack of support, including funding, is undermining the organization's health, writes Mark Tran. Experts say stronger support from political leaders and a revamped strategy could help revive the group. The Guardian (London)/Poverty Matters blog (8/15)
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Why gauging development deliverables is so difficult
Determining why some foreign aid projects succeed while others fail requires a number of factors to be considered, writes Kevin Watkins, executive director of the Overseas Development Institute. In addition to performance management, "we also need to turn the spotlight on the political forces and power relationships that deliver poor-quality services and perpetuate high levels of inequality," Watkins argues. (free registration)/Overseas Development Institute (8/15)
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Peacekeeping and Security
Protests continue in Egypt after deadly crackdown
Supporters of ousted Egyptian president Mohammed Morsi held demonstrations again in Cairo and Alexandria today following a government crackdown on Wednesday that left more than 525 dead. The government has established a state of emergency and has said Morsi will be detained for 30 days. Reuters (8/15), Al Jazeera (8/15), The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (8/14), Reuters (8/15), Inter Press Service (8/15)
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Budget Analyst, Business Services and Budgets (2 openings) United Nations Foundation Washington, DC

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