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UN Wire September 13, 2013 -Child mortality halved since 1990, UN report says

September 13, 2013
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Child mortality halved since 1990, UN report says
Globally, childhood deaths have been cut in half since 1990, says a report from UNICEF, the World Health Organization and World Bank. While countries in eastern and southern Africa have successfully reduced child deaths by 50% or more, those in west and central Africa have not. UNICEF estimates that 6.6 million children younger than 5 died last year mainly from malaria, pneumonia and diarrhea. ABC News/The Associated Press (9/13), The Guardian (London) (9/13), Thomson Reuters Foundation (9/13)
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UN Dispatch
"The UN released a major new report [Thursday] showing immense progress in the fight against child mortality." UN Dispatch (9/12)
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United Nations
UN affirms Syria has signed chemical-weapons ban treaty
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon confirms that Syria has signed the 1992 international treaty banning use of chemical weapons. Meanwhile, Lakhdar Brahimi, UN special envoy for Syria, is meeting jointly with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov today in Geneva about restarting Syrian peace talks. International Business Times (9/13), Reuters (9/13), Reuters (9/13)
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Health & Development
Report: Developing countries should focus on domestic growth
Poor countries must improve incomes at home through better wages, tax collection, social services and lending services, says a report from the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development. Economic policies based on cheap exports no longer are viable avenues to development, the report argues. The Guardian (London) (9/13)
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Women & Girls
Head of UN Women to seeks collaboration on women's issues
Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, the head of UN Women, plans to work collaboratively with UN members and agencies and outside groups for gender equality throughout the world. UN Women will seek to "strengthen the mechanisms and options" available to help women achieve equality, she says. Lexington Herald-Leader (Ky.)/The Associated Press (9/13)
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Climate and Energy
Draft UN climate report to highlight worsening risks
A draft United Nations report on climate change will indicate areas that have "very limited adaptive capacity" by using the color purple. The color will indicate temperature increases of 2 degrees Celsius or more over existing levels. Some of those vulnerable areas are glaciers, coral reefs and small-island countries. Reuters (9/13)
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Peacekeeping and Security
U.S., Russia to meet again to discuss Syria peace talks
The U.S. and Russia have agreed to continue discussions about peace in Syria this month in New York. Meanwhile, Syria is reportedly scattering its chemical-weapons stockpile, observers say. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (9/13), Reuters (9/13), The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model) (9/12)
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