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August | 2013 | DESANews - United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs

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Food, Energy and Cities discussed online with DESA experts

As a way to bring United Nations reports closer to the general public, eight experts from DESA held a Facebook chat on 25 July to promote the recently launched World Economic and Social Survey 2013. Here are some of the questions and issues raised from all around the globe and an overview of the report. ... Read more about August | 2013 | DESANews - United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs

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Business Green: Branson and Zeitz launch 'Plan B for Business' - The B Team

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James Murray
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Sir Richard Branson and Puma chairman Jochen Zeitz have today launched a major non-profit group, dubbed The B Team, with the view to promoting a new set of progressive business values that “prioritise people and planet alongside profit”. ... Read more about Business Green: Branson and Zeitz launch 'Plan B for Business' - The B Team

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UN panel calls for end to extreme poverty by 2030

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Edith m. Lederer
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UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- A high-level U.N. panel recommended an ambitious roadmap Thursday to tackle the world's major challenges, from climate change to equality for women, with a key goal of ending extreme poverty everywhere by 2030. ... Read more about UN panel calls for end to extreme poverty by 2030

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A One-Stop Shop for Water Worries

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Rachel Nuwer
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Water, or the lack thereof, is one of the defining challenges of the 21st century. As temperatures rise and droughts become more frequent, the threat of dwindling water resources worries not just environmentalists and governments but companies and their investors, too. ... Read more about A One-Stop Shop for Water Worries

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Map of the Day: The World You Want, After 2015 | UN Dispatch

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Mark Leon Goldberg
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The United Nations and partners have launched an interesting exercise to poll the world’s citizens on their top priorities, policies and views as world leaders shape a global development agenda to replace the Millennium Development Goals, which expire in 2015.

They are calling this project MY World, and it includes an interactive web page, SMS, platform, telephone and offline survey to target as many people as possible around the world to weigh in on their top priorities. (It’s in all six official UN languages, naturally.) ... Read more about Map of the Day: The World You Want, After 2015 | UN Dispatch

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Averting Climate Change May Cost $700 Billion a Year

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Alex Morales
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About $700 billion a year of new spending on renewable power, low-carbon transport and energy efficiency is needed to meet the United Nations goal to cap temperature rises, a report for the World Economic Forum showed.

That cash is needed in addition to the $5 trillion a year countries must spend on infrastructure for agriculture, transport, power and water through 2020, according to a report released today by the consultant Accenture Plc (ACN) for the forum’s Green Growth Action Alliance. ... Read more about Averting Climate Change May Cost $700 Billion a Year

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UN: Developing countries face higher risks from mercury

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A marble of mercury is seen after an illegal gold-washer found gold in the river in Ouanary, French Guiana on April 18, 2010. Communities in developing countries are facing increased health and environmental risks linked to mercury exposure, the United Nations Environment Programme said.

Communities in developing countries are facing increased health and environmental risks linked to mercury exposure, the United Nations Environment Programme said Thursday. ... Read more about UN: Developing countries face higher risks from mercury

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Child deaths fell below 7 million in 2011 but 19,000 boys and girls under 5 still die daily

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UNITED NATIONS — The number of children under the age of five who die annually fell below 7 million in 2011, but the U.N. children’s agency says about 19,000 boys and girls are still dying every day from largely preventable causes.

A report released Wednesday night by the United Nations Children’s Fund said that four-fifths of under-five deaths last year occurred in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia. ... Read more about Child deaths fell below 7 million in 2011 but 19,000 boys and girls under 5 still die daily

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