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U.N. Documents Show Syrian President’s Efforts To Cut Off Food Supplies To Rebel-Held Areas

Foreign Policy: Exclusive: U.N. Docs Expose Assad’s Starvation Campaign in Syria “Internal United Nations documents show modest improvements in the delivery of desperately needed food inside rebel-controlled areas of Syria. But the documents also point to a mass exodus of Syrians into areas controlled by President Bashar al-Assad in part…

Continued Violence In S. Sudan Exacerbating Humanitarian Crisis, Food Insecurity

News sources report on continuing violence and the resulting humanitarian crisis in South Sudan. Agence France-Presse: Gunmen storm S. Sudan U.N. base, wound dozens of civilians “Gunmen stormed a U.N. base in South Sudan Thursday, wounding dozens of civilians from a rival tribe in an ‘unprovoked’ attack before peacekeepers fought…

Ebola Death Toll Rises In West Africa

News outlets report on the rising death toll from West Africa’s Ebola outbreak. Associated Press: West Africa’s Ebola outbreak has claimed 137 lives “The World Health Organization says an Ebola virus outbreak in West Africa has claimed 137 lives. The disease, typically found in Central or East Africa, has infected…

GPEDC Meeting Opens In Mexico City With Calls For Renewed Partnership

News outlets discuss the Global Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation (GPEDC) meeting taking place this week in Mexico City. Devex: GPEDC high-level meeting opens in Mexico City “Over 1,500 heads of state, government officials and leaders from international development organizations, businesses, civil society and foundations gathered on Tuesday in Mexico…

U.N., Aid Agencies Ask for $274M To Help CAR Refugees

News outlets report on relief agencies’ pleas for additional humanitarian aid funding for Central African Republic (CAR). New York Times: Central African Republic: Aid Sought for Those Fleeing Unrest “The United Nations refugee agency said Wednesday that it was working with 14 other humanitarian relief groups to seek $274 million…

IRIN Analysis Examines Prospects Of Eliminating Extreme Poverty By 2030

IRIN: Analysis: Can the world really end poverty by 2030? “The slogan ‘make poverty history’ has been used by development pundits and pop star philanthropists for years. Now, in a bid to turn words into deeds, it is being discussed as a universal global target to be met within a…

Multi-Sector Partnerships Essential To Address Nutrition, Hunger In Development Goals

Huffington Post: Partnerships Are Essential to Addressing Nutrition and Post-2015 Development Goals Marc Van Ameringen, executive director of the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition “…[P]artnerships are essential in mobilizing support and investment to address malnutrition globally, and it is critical that the new sustainable development goals reflect this priority. ……

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).