Wednesday, 7 August 2013

UN WIRE AUGUST 7, 2013

August 7, 2013
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OCHA's Amos proposes steps to help get aid to Syrian civilians
United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs Undersecretary-General Valerie Amos is seeking the UN Security Council's assistance with getting aid into Syria. Amos is suggesting 30 measures including pauses in fighting for humanitarian purposes, cross-border deliveries and prior notice of military offensives, according to a confidential document. "[A] genuine political process is urgently needed to avert a further deterioration of the humanitarian situation in Syria and neighboring countries," Amos wrote. Reuters (8/6)
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UN Dispatch
"The new US Permanent Representative to the United Nations officially presented her credentials to the Ban Ki Moon [Monday]. [Tuesday] morning, she represented the USA at the Security Council for the first time." UN Dispatch (8/6)
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UN, Security Council can help resolve regional disputes, says Argentina's president
Argentine President Cristina Fernandez, who was in charge of a United Nations Security Council meeting this week, said that working with the UN and the Security Council can help countries find solutions to regional and internal conflicts. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said that "we have to work harder on swift response and long-term prevention" regarding regional conflicts. The Miami Herald (free registration) (8/6)
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Health & Development
Pace of change puts emphasis on innovation in humanitarian aid
Change appears to be happening more rapidly and is affecting how humanitarian aid groups function, especially when it comes to technology, observers say. Humanitarian workers are expected to "take risks, collaborate, innovate, do better over-the-horizon-analysis and anticipation," says Allegra Baiocchi of the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs. Technology is creating opportunities for financing and new ways to assist populations. IRINNews.org (8/6)
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Donors need a new approach in working with business
To promote development, donors need to engage with business in new ways, writes William Smith of the Overseas Development Institute. Businesses generate development by creating jobs and purchasing goods and services, among other actions. Donors need to ask how they can assist businesses in leading people out of poverty, Smith writes. Devex.com (free registration)/Overseas Development Institute (8/7)
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Climate and Energy
Warmer weather is becoming a "new normal," report says
The past year was among the warmest on record and trends indicate that the Earth's climate is reaching a "new normal," according to the 2012 State of the Climate report edited by the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The report says that the change is the result of factors including a rise in greenhouse gases. Thomson Reuters Foundation/Reuters (8/6)
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Peacekeeping and Security
Diplomatic efforts fail to reach political settlement, Egypt's president says
Diplomatic efforts to broker a political settlement between the interim Egyptian government and supporters of Mohamed Morsi have failed, said interim President Adly Mansour. Meanwhile, Qatar's foreign minister said that the release of imprisoned Muslim Brotherhood members could help move the talks forward. Reuters (8/7), Reuters (8/7), Reuters (8/6)
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UN Foundation and Better World Campaign
The United Nations Foundation partners with The Millennial Trains Project to support civic-minded young entrepreneurs
The United Nations Foundation yesterday announced a new partnership with The Millennial Trains Project (MTP) to promote social change during a transcontinental train trek across America. Founded in 2012, MTP leads transcontinental train journeys that empower enterprising and civic-minded millennials, aged 18 to 34, to advance new ideas and implement projects that serve and benefit local communities. The inaugural train journey across America departs San Francisco on Aug. 8, with stops in Salt Lake City, Denver, Omaha, Chicago and Pittsburgh before arriving in Washington, D.C., on Aug. 17. Read more.
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FP2020 calls for membership applications to the Market Dynamics Working Group
Family Planning 2020 (FP2020) yesterday announced an open, international call for applications to its fourth and final working group. The goal of the Market Dynamics Working Group is to improve the availability, affordability and variety of quality family planning methods in target countries. Applications should be submitted online by Friday, Sept. 6, 2013, at 5 p.m. EDT. Read more.
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