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International Community Facing ‘Historic Opportunity’ To Address Needs Of Women, Girls

U.S. Department of State’s “DipNote”: A Pivotal Moment for Women and Girls Catherine Russell, U.S. ambassador-at-large for global women’s issues, and Anne Richard, assistant secretary of state for the Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration, discuss the challenges women and girls face around the world and highlight some of the…

U.N. Reaffirms Commitment To Ebola Response, Sends Advance Team To Liberia

The U.N. News Centre reports on U.N. actions in response to the Ebola outbreak. U.N. News Centre: U.N. General Assembly underlines ‘strong commitment’ to bolster response to Ebola outbreak “As an Ebola outbreak of ‘unprecedented nature and scope’ continues its spread through Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone, the United Nations…

WHO Experts Advise Against Travel, Trade Bans On Ebola-Affected Countries

Reuters: WHO experts advise against travel or trade bans on Ebola-hit Africa “Independent health advisers to the World Health Organization (WHO) have assessed that there should be no general ban on travel or trade with countries reeling from an Ebola epidemic in West Africa, the U.N. agency said on Monday…”…

President Obama To Discuss Ebola During U.N. Meeting This Week

VOA News: Obama Goes to U.N. With Islamic State, Ebola on Agenda “President Barack Obama will head to the United Nations General Assembly this coming week with two missions: to rally international support for a coalition against Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria and to back his plan to…

World Bank’s Jim Kim Says Ebola ‘Surprised Everyone’

Agence France-Presse: World Bank chief says Ebola took the world by surprise “The devastating Ebola outbreak caught the world off guard, World Bank President Jim Yong Kim said Friday as he questioned the international community’s readiness to respond to other pandemics. ‘This has surprised everyone. None of us thought that…

Ebola Educators’ Murders Show Mistrust Of Authority In Rural West Africa, WHO Says

Reuters: Killings in Guinea show mistrust in Africa Ebola fight: WHO “The killing in Guinea of eight people trying to educate locals about Ebola showed how much rural populations in West Africa mistrust authorities after years of instability and conflict, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Friday…” (Nebehay/Miles, 9/19).

U.S., World Leaders To Attend U.N. Climate Summit This Week

News outlets discuss issues surrounding the U.N. Climate Summit, which takes place Tuesday in New York, including a climate-related march and reports released ahead of the meeting. NPR: All Eyes On Obama, World Leaders At Climate Change Summit “The forecast calls for picture-perfect weather Tuesday in New York City as…

U.N. Urged To Renew Women’s Rights Focus In Post-2015 Agenda

News outlets report on a special session of the U.N. General Assembly being convened to mark the 20th anniversary of the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) held in Cairo in 1994. The Guardian: Activists urge renewed women’s rights focus as U.N. meets in New York “A landmark conference…

Innovative Financing Puts Oil Revenues Toward Child Nutrition In Congo

Reuters: Interview: U.N. entrepreneur taps African oil for child health “Republic of Congo has become the first country to agree to divert part of its oil revenues towards childhood nutrition, a victory for ‘innovative financing’ to help the world’s poorest, [UNITAID] creator Philippe Douste-Blazy said in an interview…” (Miles, 9/19).

Somalia Facing New Threat Of Famine Amid Violence

Reuters: Three years after Somali famine, new hunger crisis looms “…The United Nations said this month more than a million people in this war-ravaged country were struggling to meet daily nutritional needs. The roughly 130,000 people displaced from their homes this year alone are bearing the brunt of the crisis…”…

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