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Blog Notes Impact Of Fossil-Fuel Industry On U.N. Climate Negotiations

Alicia Pawluk, a medical student at the University of Manchester, argues in the PLOS “Speaking of Medicine” blog that fossil-fuel producers have too much influence over U.N. climate negotiations. “Rising sea levels, warmer global temperatures, and extreme weather events will all have a widespread global effect. International governmental measures must…

Insecurity Hinders Humanitarian Response In Northern Nigera

IRIN: Humanitarian response gap grows in northern Nigeria “Humanitarian needs are mounting in northern Nigeria, where Boko Haram attacks have displaced 350,000 people since 2013, 290,000 of them internally; the rest are sheltering in Cameroon, Chad, and Niger. But the national response is inadequate and the international response minimal due…

U.N., Aid Officials Call For Cross-Border Humanitarian Access In Syria

Reuters: Aid officials call for swift cross-border access in Syria “United Nations and independent aid officials called on Saturday for swift agreement to allow supplies from Turkey into northeastern Syria, a move that would mark a small step towards implementing a U.N. demand for cross-border humanitarian access…” (Evans, 3/15).

Cameroon Struggles To Keep Up With Influx Of CAR Refugees

IRIN: CAR refugees overwhelm Cameroon “Up to 130,000 refugees have fled from the Central African Republic (CAR) to Cameroon, many of them wounded from attacks, dehydrated or traumatized, say local officials and aid workers, who are struggling to cope with the speed of the influx…” (3/12).

U.N. Official Says Nigeria’s Ban On Same-Sex Marriage May Harm Public Health

Agence France-Presse: U.N. rights chief slams Nigeria ban on gay marriage “The U.N. rights chief, Navi Pillay, Thursday said Nigeria’s recent ban on same-sex marriage violated human rights and the nation’s constitution. … President Goodluck Jonathan had in January approved a bill banning gay marriage and same-sex partnerships that sparked…

Conflict-Torn South Sudan Could Face Famine, U.S., E.U. Envoys Warn

Agence France-Presse: War-torn South Sudan facing ‘spectre’ of famine: U.S., E.U. envoys “South Sudan faces possible famine if warring forces continue to flout a ceasefire deal, U.S. and E.U. envoys warned Thursday, after almost three months of raging conflict left thousands dead…” (Fortin, 3/13).

U.N. Releases Guidelines On Puberty Education In Developing Countries

News outlets report on the U.N. release of guidelines promoting puberty education. TIME: U.N. Sets Guidelines for How Developing Countries Should Teach Puberty “… [F]or the first time, UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific & Cultural Organization) — in partnership with sanitary product maker Procter & Gamble — is releasing a…

Food Insecurity In Senegal Could Worsen, IRIN Reports

IRIN: An alarming outlook for Senegal’s hungry “The number of food insecure in the Sahel is expected to grow from 11.3 million in 2013 to more than 20 million in 2014, mainly due to an increase in cases in northern Nigeria, northern Cameroon, and Senegal…” (3/12).

UNAIDS Ready To Join Lawsuit Challenging Uganda’s Anti-Homosexuality Law

BuzzFeed: UNAIDS Is ‘Prepared’ To Join Lawsuit Against Uganda’s Anti-Homosexuality Act, Top Official Says “Luiz Loures, deputy director of UNAIDS and assistant secretary general of the United Nations, said Wednesday that UNAIDS is ready to join a lawsuit filed in a Ugandan court on Tuesday challenging the country’s Anti-Homosexuality Act…”…

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