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9/21/2018

President Donald Trump has launched a new national cybersecurity strategy, walking back Obama-era guidelines and allowing offensive cyberactions with fewer restrictions, national security adviser John Bolton said. Details of the strategy will be made available to the public soon, but goals include securing critical infrastructure, creating a "superior cybersecurity workforce" and enhancing cyberstability.

9/21/2018

A report in The Lancet found more than half of the 193 United Nations member states that signed on to the Sustainable Development Goals blueprint will fail to reach targets to reduce premature deaths from cancer, cardiovascular disease, chronic respiratory disease and diabetes by 2030. The goals include 17 target categories in areas such as poverty, hunger, quality education, good health and well-being.

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9/21/2018

Continued diplomacy and negotiations between the US and North Korea are critical to denuclearizing the Korean peninsula, says United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres. Guterres welcomed commitments made during talks between North and South Korean leaders but says "concrete action" is needed.

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9/21/2018

More investigation of and funding for climate-related migration is necessary to protect vulnerable populations, according to a report by a UN task force on displacement. "The UN currently lacks a system-wide lead, coordination mechanism, or strategy on disaster displacement, including related to climate change," the report says.

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9/21/2018

Twenty-nine funders pledged $4 billion -- including $600 million the Hewlett Foundation committed last December -- over the next five years toward climate action. "It's important that the decision-making be local, it's important that the economic benefits be local, and it's important that these solutions work for all of our issues," said Angela Adrar, executive director of the Climate Justice Alliance.

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Hewlett Foundation
9/21/2018

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres marked today's International Day of Peace with a global call for efforts to facilitate lasting peace by ending hunger, poverty, inequality and oppression. "It is time all nations and all people live up to the words of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which recognizes the inherent dignity and equal and inalienable rights of all members of the human race," Guterres said.

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9/21/2018

A "renewed commitment" to global values and rules, along with greater "political will," is needed if the world is to achieve development goals set out for 2030, warns United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres as the UN General Assembly begins its 73rd session. He says financial constraints and a lack of coordination could hamper progress and reform efforts.

9/21/2018

A report by the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women says Kyrgyzstan is systemically violating human rights by failing to protect women and girls from abduction, sexual assault and forced marriage. The committee is calling for officials in the country to strengthen laws and enforcement surrounding sexual violence.

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9/21/2018

Julia Rhodes Davis, chairwoman of Vote.org, says the organization may not always keep an all-female board composition, but "for right now it's working really, really well." She says she looks at the experiment in board composition as an "incubator" that can "foster early-stage ideas and provide extra resourcing around the things that are most vulnerable at startups like infrastructure, and funding, and access to networks and access to know-how."

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Salon
9/21/2018

Nonprofit grant makers and recipients can expand their reach and better support the communities they aim to serve by overcoming mistrust and other issues, write Matthew Forti of the One Acre Fund USA and Dave Peery of the Peery Foundation. Most issues between the two parties are related to money, feedback, connections and exit strategies, they write.

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