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IPCC Report Warns World Must Work To Reduce Climate Change

News outlets discuss the release of a new report from the U.N.-backed Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change urging nations to take action on climate change. Christian Science Monitor: U.N. climate report: Window closing for lowest-cost solutions “If countries hope to achieve their economic aspirations without pushing the global climate system…

Global Leaders Discuss WASH Inequality At Summit

Inter Press Service: ‘Sanitation for All’ a Rapidly Receding Goal “World leaders on Friday discussed plans to expand sustainable access for water, sanitation, and hygiene, focusing in particular on how to reach those in remote rural areas and slums where development projects have been slow to penetrate…” (Tullo, 4/12).

Flood, Earthquakes In Solomon Islands Strain Food Supplies, Health Response

News outlets report on a flood and two earthquakes that hit the Solomon Islands this month. Agence France-Presse/GlobalPost: Solomons flood victims ‘terrified’ after quakes “A series of powerful earthquakes off the Solomon Islands sparked panic in evacuation centers filled with victims of an earlier flood but apparently caused no serious…

U.N. Must Be Held Accountable For Cholera In Haiti

Wall Street Journal: The U.N., Cholera and Responsibility Stanley Alpert, an attorney representing Haitian plaintiffs in a lawsuit against the U.N. “Imagine if the United Nations killed thousands on the streets of New York. Or London. Or Paris. And sickened nearly a million more. Would the U.N. claim it was…

2 HPV Vaccine Shots, Instead Of 3, Sufficient For Cancer Protection, WHO Says

The Guardian: Two shots of HPV vaccine against cervical cancer enough, says WHO “Reaching a greater number of girls in developing countries with the HPV vaccine that can prevent most cases of cervical cancer has just become more feasible. The World Health Organization’s expert advisory group said that two shots…

International Community Must Do More To Help Restore Peace In CAR

The Washington Post published two opinion pieces regarding conflict and the resulting humanitarian crisis in Central African Republic (CAR). Washington Post: Central African Republic needs immediate help Ban Ki-moon, U.N. secretary general “…Like its stranded airport refugees, [CAR] is in dire need of a ticket out of its misery. ……

44 Developing Countries Commit To Accelerating WASH Efforts

Devex: Developing countries, partners renew WASH pledges “Up to 44 developing countries and their partners committed on Friday to accelerate efforts to provide basic sanitation to 2.5 billion people and clean drinking water for another 750 million across the globe. At the Sanitation and Water for All high-level meeting in…

UNICEF Calls For Increased Investment In Syria’s Children

The Guardian: Syria’s children need guaranteed funding to prevent a ‘lost generation’ “The crisis in Syria, which has left 5.5 million children in need of urgent educational and psychological support, will become an even greater humanitarian catastrophe if the international community does not come up with three years’ guaranteed funding,…

U.N., U.S., E.U. Call For Action On South Sudan; U.N. Official Expelled From Sudan

News outlets report on the humanitarian situation in Sudan and South Sudan. Devex: UNFPA chief’s expulsion: Another humanitarian crackdown in Sudan? “The international aid community was dealt another blow this week in Sudan, when the government ordered the head of the U.N. Population Fund to leave the country…” (Ravelo, 4/11).…