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UN's Guterres: Syria at "tipping point" as refugees top 1 million

The number of Syrian refugees has exceeded 1 million and is expected to keep rising, straining relief organizations and neighboring countries. "If the world does not act now, we might soon face an explosion that no international response could manage. This must not be allowed. The Syrian crisis is now at a tipping point," writes Antonio Guterres, United Nations high commissioner for refugees. Promised aid funding has been slow in arriving, writes Caroline Gluck of Oxfam. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (3/6), The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (3/5), CNN (3/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

'We need strong commitment and action to end violence against women and girls.' -Michelle Bachelet, @UN_Women #CSW57"


The issues of 300,000 so-called 'spoiled' ballots is becoming a central question in Kenya's contentious national elections.

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  • Ban: Sanctions against North Korea needed
    The U.S. and China have drafted sanctions against North Korea designed to prevent that country's nuclear program from progressing further. The sanctions,in part, focus on North Korea's financial transactions. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called the sanctions necessary, and Russia is also supporting them. The Wall Street Journal (3/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • DR Congo needs UN intervention unit, Ban says
    Adding a special forces unit to the United Nations peacekeepers in the Democratic Republic of Congo is needed to halt M23 rebels, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told the UN Security Council, which is expected to approve the force. "The security situation remains fragile -- and demands urgent actions," Ban says, who will also name a special envoy to the country. The Washington Post/The Associated Press (3/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • UN Foundation a beneficiary of "Half the Sky" game on Facebook
    Half the Sky Movement: The Game launched Monday on Facebook and educates players about empowering women while raising funds to help women through the United Nations Foundation and other groups. The game is an extension of the book and documentary, "Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide," created by journalists Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn. FastCoExist (3/4), The Huffington Post (3/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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    The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria is revising its grant-making model to improve the flexibility and predictability of funding while encouraging increased communication. "With more open dialogue between cooperative partners, we can more effectively confront and ultimately defeat these terrible diseases," writes Dr. Mark Dybul, Global Fund's executive director. The Huffington Post (3/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Kenyans use texts to keep election peace
    The Kenyan group Sisi Ni Amani has embraced new media as a way to help keep the peace during Monday's elections. The group sent out text messages urging calm in response to reports of unrest or violence at the polls. Quartz (3/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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