Investing in programs that enable Africa children to receive an education and access to medical care is crucial to the continent's well-being, writes Philippe Cori, a UNICEF director for the EU. "As Europe's own experience demonstrates, investments in early childhood care, good nutrition, a quality public health system and safety nets to protect the most vulnerable, are the foundations that lead to stable, inclusive and prosperous societies," he argues.
Armed groups in the Central African Republic are believed to be using proceeds from illegal diamond sales to fund their activities, say neighboring countries Cameroon and Chad, which are tightening border security.
The United Nations Security Council has begun work on a resolution to authorize a UN peacekeeping force for the Central African Republic that could be deployed by Sept. 15. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is seeking sanctions for individuals fostering violence in CAR, and he warned that armed groups won't be tolerated. Meanwhile, the UN refugee agency is trying to move 19,000 Muslims in the country to safety.
The United Nations is stepping in to help distribute food and water to the needy in Myanmar after aid groups left the country after last week's riots. Separately, the UN Population Fund is concerned that Myanmar's ongoing census isn't allowing Rohingya to declare their ethnicity on the forms.
The World Bank will increase over 10 years annual loans for middle-income countries such as Brazil and China from $15 billion to $28 billion. "If we are going to help developing countries end extreme poverty and boost shared prosperity, we have to provide them with more financial resources, more solutions-based knowledge, and help leverage more private-sector investment," says Jim Yong Kim, head of the World Bank.