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Troops Mass in Fought-Over City, Raising Fear of New Violence in Congo

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Witnesses reported that truckloads of Rwandan soldiers recently crossed the border and were camped within 20 miles of Goma, which was captured last month and briefly occupied by rebels.
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WHO | How can disaster risk reduction help save lives?

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Online Q&A on how can disaster risk reduction help save lives.
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Epidemics after Natural Disasters - - Emerging Infectious Disease journal - CDC

The relationship between natural disasters and communicable diseases is frequently misconstrued.
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Water Privatization: Let’s Cut the Hysteria

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  In an editorial published this week in Nature, Frederick Kaufman, a journalism professor at the City University of New York, cries out against the perils of a global water futures market.
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Cash Flows in Water Deals

The newest wave for cash-strapped cities seeking money: Tapping their water. But moves to privatize municipal water systems are spurring concerns over quality and loss of public control over valuable resources.
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This House would privatize the supply of water.

This is a great overview on the issue of water privatization from a debate site called idebate.com.  There are lots of links for more information as well.

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UN Report: Rwanda Commanding Congo Rebel Force

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UN report says Rwandan military commanding, supporting Congo rebel force...
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Syrian Kurds flee to Turkey in terror

Syrian Kurds flee to Turkey in terror | Model UN | Scoop.it

With nothing but the clothes on their backs, grandparents, women and children rushed to the border and, when their numbers turned to thousands, Turkish soldiers opened the gates and offered them refuge.

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UN News - Citing Syria and Mali, deputy UN chief highlights impact of Security Council unity

UN News - Citing Syria and Mali, deputy UN chief highlights impact of Security Council unity | Model UN | Scoop.it
United Nations Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson said today that the lack of a “strong” UN Security Council resolution on the Syrian conflict “weakened” UN efforts to find a peace formula – while also highlighting UN progress following Council...
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As with So Many Other Human Rights, Indigenous Peoples Suffer Disproportionate Violations of Right to Safe Water, Sanitation, Permanent Forum Told

As with So Many Other Human Rights, Indigenous Peoples Suffer Disproportionate Violations of Right to Safe Water, Sanitation, Permanent Forum Told | Model UN | Scoop.it
As with So Many Other Human Rights, Indigenous Peoples Suffer Disproportionate Violations of Right to Safe Water, Sanitation, Permanent Forum Told...
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Water and Development — Global Issues

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This section of the globalissues.org web site looks at the importance of water and how we are using and wasting it.
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Water privatization - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Water privatization is a short-hand for private sector participation in the provision of water services and sanitation, although sometimes it refers to privatization and sale of water resources themselves (see water trading). As water services are seen as such a key public service, water privatization is often controversial. Even the figures about how many people receive water from the private sector: One source claims that 909 million people were served by "private players" in 2011 globally, up from 681 million people in 2007. This figure includes people served by publicly owned companies that have merely sourced out the financing, construction and operation of water or wastewater treatment plants to the private sector.[1] The World Bank estimated the urban population directly served by private water operators in developing countries to be much lower at 170 million in 2007.[2] Among them only about 15 million people, all living in Chile, are served by privately owned utilities, the remainder being served by privately managed, but publicly owned companies under concession, lease and management contracts.

Proponents of private sector participation argue that it has led to improvements in the efficiency and service quality of utilities. It is argued that it has increased investment and has contributed to expand access. They cite Manila, Guayaquil in Ecuador, Bucharest, several cities in Colombia and Morocco, as well as Côte d'Ivoire and Senegal as success stories.[2][3][4] Critics however, contend that private sector participation led to tariff increases and has turned a public good into a private good. They quote the aborted privatizations in Cochamamba, Bolivia, and Dar es-Salaam, Tanzania, as well as the still privately managed water systems in Jakarta and Berlin as failures.[5][6][7][8] Water privatization in Buenos Aires, Argentina and in England is cited by both supporters and opponents, each emphasizing different aspects of these cases. Statistical studies comparing public and private utilities show little difference in performance between them.[9][10][11][12][13]

Privately owned water utilities were common in Europe, the United States and Latin America in the mid- and late 19th century. Their importance gradually faded away until the early 20th century as they proved unable to expand access and publicly owned utilities became stronger. A second global dawn of private water utilities came in the early 1990s in the aftermath of the Thatcher privatizations in England, the fall of communism and the ensuing global emphasis on free market policies. The World Bank and the International Monetary Fund played an important role in this process through the conditionality of their lending. However, some water privatizations failed, most notably in 2000 in Cochabamba, Bolivia, paving the way for a new pragmatism and a reduced emphasis on privatization.

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255Bitra-031103.pdf

This is a document from the World Bank comparing the performance of private and public water services in Chile.

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Defining Peacekeeping Downward: The U.N. Debacle in Eastern Congo

Defining Peacekeeping Downward: The U.N. Debacle in Eastern Congo | Model UN | Scoop.it
As the people of Goma fled rebels, they were greeted by the sight of U.N. peacekeepers--fleeing ahead of them. How peacekeeping is failing in Eastern Congo.
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Annan's Peace Plan for Syria

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Kofi Annan, Joint Special Envoy for the United Nations and the League of Arab States, drew up this six-point peace plan for Syria. It was submitted to the UN in March 2012 and on March 27 the Syrian government accepted the proposal.
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Ordering More Airstrikes, Syria Calls French Recognition of Rebels ‘Immoral’

Ordering More Airstrikes, Syria Calls French Recognition of Rebels ‘Immoral’ | Model UN | Scoop.it
France is seeking to inject momentum into an effort to build a viable opposition to hasten the end of the civil war, but the United States has yet to recognize the new alliance as Syrians’ sole representative.
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