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UN WIRE Mon, Oct 28, 2013 - Chemical-weapons experts receive Syria's destruction plan ahead of schedule

October 28, 2013
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Chemical-weapons experts receive Syria's destruction plan ahead of schedule
The United Nations and Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons inspection team received Syria's chemical-weapons destruction plan three days before the deadline. UN-OPCW experts expect to visit the remaining four of 23 sites by Friday. BBC (10/27), The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (10/27)
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@UNFoundation: “Twitter is telling us what it is we’re about to be told,” @CorinaDuBois on the power of social media during disasters. #DigitalDiplomacy
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UN Dispatch
" 'Aid from the top 15 global donors -- all from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development's (OECD) Development Assistance Committee (DAC) – is estimated to reach US$127 billion by the end of 2013, reversing the aid declines of the last two years, according to projections from the Australian National University's Development Policy Centre.' " UN Dispatch (10/25)
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UN's Amos wants Security Council to press Syria on humanitarian aid
Valerie Amos, the United Nations humanitarian aid chief, said the Security Council needs to do more to get aid into Syria. "I call upon all members of the council to exert influence and take the necessary action to stop this brutality and violence," she said. Reuters (10/25), The Washington Post (tiered subscription model) (10/26)
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Security Council will hold emergency session on DR Congo violence
The United Nations Security Council will hold an emergency session today to discuss the renewed conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo between government troops and M23 rebels. A UN peacekeeper was killed there this past weekend. Google/Agence France-Presse (10/27), Reuters (10/28), ABC News/The Associated Press (10/28)
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Health & Development
WHO mobilizes to defuse polio "time bomb" in Syria, region
The World Health Organization is gearing up polio-immunization efforts for 10.5 million children in the Middle East. "The virus is the kind of virus that finds vulnerable populations and the combination of vulnerability and low immunization coverage, that is a time bomb," said Dr. Bruce Aylward of WHO. "There is a real risk of this exploding into an outbreak with hundreds of cases." The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (10/25), The InterDependent (10/24), The News International (Pakistan) (10/28), Google/Agence France-Presse (10/27)
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Climate and Energy
EU urged to take bold stance on climate goals for 2030
European business and environmental officials are asking the EU to implement energy and climate policy changes to reduce carbon emissions. The group is also seeking reforms to the EU's Emissions Trading System. Reuters (10/28)
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Peacekeeping and Security
Clashes in and around Syrian capital as UN-Arab League envoy arrives
United Nations-Arab League envoy Lakhdar Brahimi is in Syria to meet today with President Bashar al-Assad and Foreign Minister Walid al-Muallem to gain support for proposed peace talks. Meanwhile, fighting is occurring in the Damascus area between Syrian government troops and rebels. Al Jazeera (10/28), Reuters (10/27), The Washington Post (tiered subscription model) (10/25), The Guardian (London)/The Associated Press (10/26)
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