"Warfare is disruptive. The economist Paul Collier likes to call it 'development in reverse.' And one of the way that war erases hard fought social and economic development gains is by interrupting children's schooling."
The world will run out of freshwater unless more is done to make water supplies more secure, says United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. Post-2015 development goals need to include "a set of goals for sustainable development, water and biodiversity," Ban says.
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is urging the speedy arrival of a UN peacekeeping force in the Democratic Republic of Congo after clashes between DR Congo troops and M23 rebels. "Considering what has happened, I think we must expedite the deployment so they will be fully responsible as soon as possible," Ban says.
Increased violence in southern Syria is reducing the number of refugees crossing into Jordan, says the United Nations refugee agency. Meanwhile, Turkey announced a monthlong closure of a key border crossing with Syria.
Indian aid workers have been issued guidelines on how to address the health of women and girls after natural disasters. The guidelines were developed by the United Nations Population Fund and show aid workers how to reduce sexual violence, the transmission of HIV and maternal and child mortality.
"For decades, organizations such as the World Food Program (WFP) have been donating millions of tons of food to populations in need. While the value of giving food to starving people is not debatable, models of food aid procurement and distribution have been criticized."