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New Millennium Goals beyond 2015

New Millennium Goals beyond 2015

 

Deutsche Welle

 

6 August 2012

The UN has appointed a high-level panel to advise on the global development agenda beyond 2015 when the Millennium Development Goals are expected to be achieved. The panel's first meeting will take place in September.

Nuclear Mirage? Assessing Civilian Nuclear Programs Across the Middle East

Nuclear Mirage? Assessing Civilian Nuclear Programs Across the Middle East

 

 

By Yoel Guzansky and Gallian Lindenstrauss

 

6 Aug 2012

 

Many states across the Middle East have embarked upon civilian nuclear projects. While Iran is widely regarded as the catalyst for this development, Yoel Guzansky and Gallian Lindenstrauss suggest that the region’s states are more concerned with developing programs that benefit their people than fending off a looming security challenge.

 

Syria crisis: UN General Assembly to vote on resolution

Syria crisis: UN General Assembly to vote on resolution

 

BBC News

3 August 2012

 

The UN General Assembly is due to vote on a resolution that condemns the Security Council for failing to stop the violence in Syria.

The text is not legally binding but is intended to increase pressure on the council to take action.

Amnesty: 'World did too little too late in Syria'

Amnesty: 'World did too little too late in Syria'

Deutsche Welle

2 August 2012

 

The Syrian regime's brutality radicalized the opposition and escalated the civil war, says Donatella Rovera of Amnesty International. She spoke to DW after spending several weeks undercover in Aleppo.

DW: Ms. Rovera, in Aleppo and the surrounding area you saw the government abusing power in several different ways. You even saw how the health system could be used as a weapon.

Annan Quits Syria Role

Annan Quits Syria Role 

 

Kofi Annan said Thursday he will quit his high-profile role as special envoy to Syria at the end of the month, delivering blistering criticism of world powers' failure to unite to stop the country's…

Kofi Annan resigns as Syria envoy

Kofi Annan resigns as Syria envoy

The Guardian

2 August 2012

International disarray over the bloody crisis in Syria has been starkly underlined when the UN envoy Kofi Annan announced that he was resigning because of the failure of what he said had become a "mission impossible".

The former UN secretary general said it had been a "sacred duty" to take up the position five months ago to try to find a solution to the conflict. But growing militarisation and a lack of unity among world powers had changed the circumstances.

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