Congress voted in 2010 to create a new federal health program for police officers, firefighters, construction workers and others who worked at Ground Zero in the immediate aftermath of 9/11; hundreds are suffering from cancer, respiratory illnesses and other maladies. Previous riders banning federal funding to perform most abortions and blocking the use of local and federal funding for abortions in the District of Columbia, as well as one blocking abortions for federal prisoners, will remain in force. Republicans did win a modest reduction in funding for the United Nations Population Fund, an organization that has been accused of supporting abortions abroad a charge the organization denies.
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According to al Dahab the 11 year old was woken by the commotion outside and went to see what was going on. “When my son Ahmed saw them, he couldn’t tell that they were soldiers because it was dark,” he said. “He asked them ‘Who are you?’ but the men shot him.
Development cannot be sustainable if it does not address the challenge of climate change, United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki moon told Member States today as he opened a High Level Event on Climate Change convened in New York by the President of the UN General Assembly, Sam Kutesa.”Let us always remember that climate change and sustainable development are two sides of the same coin, with two mutually reinforcing agendas,” the UN chief explained to delegations gathered for the event.Just months ahead of the next Conference of the Parties (COP) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), which will take place in Paris, today event has been convened in support to the process that will ultimately result in an agreement intended to succeed to the landmark Kyoto Protocol on reducing greenhouse gas emissions.Among the participants, Academy Award winning actor and long time conservationist Robert Redford, and 15 year old indigenous climate activist Xiuhtezcatl Roske Martinez, are expected to join the broad call for action to energize multilateral cooperation on climate change. Raised in the Aztec tradition, Mr. Roske Martinez is Youth Director of a non profit organization called Earth Guardians.Keynote speakers are expected to include, Anote Tong, President of Kiribati, Mogens Lykketoft, Speaker of the Parliament of Denmark and President elect of the 70th session of the General Assembly, Manuel Pulgar Vidal, Minister of the Environment of Peru, President of COP20, and Laurent Fabius, Minister of Foreign Affairs of France, President of COP21.”Adoption of a transformative post 2015 development agenda in September, achieving a successful outcome from the upcoming Third International Conference on Financing for Development and concluding a global climate change agreement will be monumental milestones towards improving the livelihoods of people around the world,” Assembly President Kutesa summarized.But a climate change agreement in Paris will not be the end point, observed the Secretary General: “it must be a turning point in how the world collectively responds to the defining challenge of our time,” he stressed.”Today, we have come together to take stock of what we have pledged, what we have delivered, and what else we must do to ensure that world leaders and their governments adopt an ambitious, universal agreement in December.”Journey towards bold climate action is therefore at a “critical moment”, he stated.The Secretary General welcomed a number of recent achievements, such as the fact that the world three biggest economies China, the European Union and the United States have “placed their bets” on low carbon, climate resilient growth, while the two biggest emitters of greenhouse gases announced ambitious climate actions.