Some 49 poor countries, primarily in Africa, risk social or political instability if efforts aren't made to provide well-paying jobs for the underemployed, warns a United Nations Conference on Trade and Development report. UNCTAD recommended focusing on investments that allow countries to develop products from natural resources and to create more labor-intensive industries.
Iran wants uranium enrichment to be included in any agreement reached with the six global powers, Julian Borger and Saeed Kamali Dehghan write. The six countries "acknowledge that they will have to accept some degree of Iranian enrichment as a fait accompli in any interim agreement," they write.
The U.S. is proposing sanctions against the Central African Republic in an effort to halt violence in that country, says U.S. envoy to the United Nations Samantha Power. On Wednesday, the U.S. promised $40 million to help support African Union peacekeepers in the nation.
The United Nations appeal for relief assistance has raised $129 million of the $301 million target set by UN relief chief Valerie Amos. Meanwhile, UNICEF says 1.7 million children were displaced by Typhoon Haiyan. The young "are particularly vulnerable to a range of risks including potential exploitation, abuse and even trafficking," says UNICEF's Pernille Ironside.
With little time left in this round of United Nations climate change talks, poor and rich countries continued to offer differing plans on how to tackle rising global temperature with little sign of consensus. Today, six observer groups -- Greenpeace, Friends of the Earth, Oxfam, WWF, ActionAid and the International Trade Union Confederation -- left Warsaw in protest of the lack of progress.