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Sep 11, 2014

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Date: Thu, Sep 11, 2014 at 9:29 AM
Subject: UN's Robinson: Momentum building toward climate pact



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UN's Robinson: Momentum building toward climate pact
The upcoming Climate Summit should spur action toward a climate change pact next year, says Mary Robinson, United Nations climate envoy. "I think we need to talk in terms of transformation, of change -- it's not business as usual with a bit of green attached. That won't do it," she argues. Thomson Reuters Foundation (9/11)
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@UNFoundation: One year. One campaign. One billion people. Uplifting new UN video traces @free_equal campaign for LGBT equality: unfe.org/first-year
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UN Dispatch

"More than 800,000 people commit suicide each year." UN Dispatch (9/10)
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UN official: Refugee population is straining Cameroon
Cameroon is facing a humanitarian and food crisis as hundreds of thousands of civilians from Nigeria and Central African Republic seek refuge in the country. "This situation is creating a lot of problems for the host communities and also for the government," says Ndeye Ndiougue Ndour, a representative of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. Voice of America (9/11)
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Health & Development

Ebola crisis shows need for sustainable health care programs
The global response to Ebola is overlooking the need for developing a health care infrastructure for the longer term, says Ezekiel Emanuel. "One of the big issues of this outbreak is [that] people don't trust the health care system. They view going to the health care system as sort of consigning someone to die," he argues. Knowledge@Wharton (9/3)
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Climate and Energy

WMO: Ozone layer is bouncing back
The world's ozone layer is recovering and could return to its 1980 benchmark level by 2050, says the World Meteorological Organization. The recovery shows the phasing out of ozone-depleting chemicals is a successful method for restoring the ozone layer. Voice of America (9/10), Responding to Climate Change (U.K.) (9/11)
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Climate Summit can spur investment in climate action
The financial sector will be key to making action against climate change a reality, write Nick Robins and Simon Zadek. "Financing climate action can in large part be driven by the direct interests of national, business and individuals," they argue. The Guardian (London) (9/11)
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Peacekeeping and Security

OPCW: Chlorine gas used in Syria "systematically and repeatedly"
Evidence shows that chlorine gas was likely used in attacks on rebel-held villages this year, says the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons. BBC (9/10), The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (9/10)
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Stock-taking event to reflect on new development goals UN Radio (9/11)
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