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UN Wire September 16, 2013 - Rockets armed with sarin used in Syria, UN report says

September 16, 2013
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Rockets armed with sarin used in Syria, UN report says
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon revealed the UN chemical-weapons team's findings on Syria to the Security Council today. Sarin-loaded rockets were used, according to the report, which did not release a determination of who used the chemical weapons. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (9/16), Reuters (9/16), ABC News (9/15), The Washington Post (tiered subscription model) (9/16)
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UN Dispatch
"The Security Council will offer its support for the deal, and the Secretary General is tasked with coming up with plans to send weapons inspectors back to Syria, this time to contain and destroy the stockpiles." UN Dispatch (9/16)
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Somalia's progress remains "precarious," UN envoy says
Somalia has made progress in building the foundation of a credible state, but the country continues to need support, says Nicholas Kay, the United Nations special representative to Somalia. "We cannot afford to lessen our focus or investment -- despite the many competing claims for our attention in the rest of the world," Kay says. Sabahi (U.S. Africa Command) (9/13), The Atlantic online (9/13)
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Health & Development
Post-2015 goals need to be "clear, concise," MDG architect says
The post-2015 development goals need to be focused and achievable, says Jan Vandemoortele, one of the creators of the Millennium Development Goals. "If it is not clear, concise and measurable, it will be neglected by everyone tomorrow," he argues. EurActiv.com (9/16)
Disabled need access to disaster risk, relief information
The disabled can do a better job of preparing for disasters and preventing deaths if they have access to information about disaster risks and relief, experts say. "People with disabilities must be seen not as passive recipients of humanitarian care, but rather, as equal participants in disaster risk reduction," the news service IRIN writes. IRINNews.org (9/16)
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Climate and Energy
Local context is key to sustainable-energy programs
Sustainable-energy programs need to consider local habits and context if they are to be successful, write Sarah Wykes and Ben Garside. Programs "must be adaptable" if they are to benefit the people that need energy the most, they argue. The Guardian (London)/Poverty Matters Blog (9/16)
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Peacekeeping and Security
Syrian chemical-weapon plan is reached by U.S., Russia
The U.S. and Russia agreed on Saturday on steps to remove Syria's chemical-weapons arsenal by the middle of 2014. Today, the U.S., U.K. and France met to craft deadlines for those steps, while Russia is calling for Syrian rebels to be compelled to the negotiating table. Thomson Reuters Foundation/Reuters (9/14), Reuters (9/16), The Guardian (London)/Reuters (9/16), ABC News/The Associated Press (9/16)
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