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Solomon Islands’ record on women’s rights to face scrutiny

Posted by CID sourced from Scoop on 29 October 2014

The record of the Solomon Islands on women’s rights will be examined by the UN Committee on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW).

Education must be protected from the forces of privatization

Posted by CID sourced from Scoop on 29 October 2014

“Education is not a privilege of the rich and well to do; it is an inalienable right of every child,” the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the right to education "calls again for all Governments to meet their basic obligation to provide free, high quality primary education for all".

UN expert voices deep concern about right to life in Iran

Posted by CID sourced from Scoop on 29 October 2014

Citing a ‘Surge’ in Executions, UN Expert Voices Deep Concern About Right to Life in Iran. The increasing numbers of people being executed, including individuals believed to be under 18 at the time of offending, more has to be done.

Blackwater spotlight need for treaty on private security

Posted by CID sourced from Scoop on 29 October 2014

The United Nations working group on the use of mercenaries has appealed for stronger global regulations of private security, saying the conviction of Blackwater contractors shows the need for all private security personnel to be held accountable for international human rights and humanitarian law violations.

Finding Ebola's 'patient zero'

Posted by CID sourced from The Guardian on 29 October 2014

Heartache and stigma is what you find in the Guinean village where a two-year-old’s death is believed to have marked the start of an epidemic that has claimed more than 4900 lives. The other side of the epidemic is seen in this article, showing the economic effects on the village known as ground zero.

CWS appeals for help to Stop Ebola

Posted by CID sourced from CWS on 29 October 2014

Press release from Christian World Service announcing the launch of an appeal to support church and community efforts to stop the spread of the deadly Ebola virus.

UNICEF cautions child poverty rates are “stagnating” in New Zealand

Posted by CID sourced from UNICEF on 29 October 2014

An international report by UNICEF has found that child poverty rates in New Zealand have barely changed since 2008, despite similar sized countries significantly reducing child poverty during the recent recession.

Strange bedfellows? NGO–corporate relations in international development: an NGO perspective

Posted by CID sourced from Development Studies Research on 29 October 2014

If NGOs are to develop relationships with the private sector that are beneficial for both them and the communities they work with, they must bring their systems and policies for private sector engagement up to date with the new realities. This article discusses the relationship between NGOs and the private sector, assesses the risks and areas for improvement.

Investing in sustainable agriculture by converting farms to 'beyond organic'

Posted by CID sourced from The Guardian on 28 October 2014

A San-Francisco based fund aims to target conventional farms and make them sustainable while providing high returns to investors. Can it work?

UN releases handbook on human rights to water and sanitation

Posted by CID sourced from iisd on 28 October 2014

The UN Special Rapporteur on the human right to safe drinking water and sanitation has released a handbook that gives guidance on how to implement the human rights to water and sanitation, which are treated as separate rights, and provides examples of good practice.

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