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International News from Stanford University - 2016

News Item How Can the World Manage a Historic Climate Agreement?

Last week, the Paris Agreement, a global climate pact 23 years in the making, officially put into force unprecedented requirements for reducing emissions that fuel global climate change.

Now, representatives of 196 countries are in Marrakesh, Morocco, through Nov. 18 to hash out details of managing the pact and ensuring all signatories meet the goals they committed to, not only cutting carbon output but also financing adaptation in developing countries and other objectives (Paris Agreement highlights).

News Item American India Foundation Symposium addresses maternal and newborn health in India

As long-awaited rain streamed down outside, several hundred physicians, entrepreneurs and philanthropists gathered inside the medical school’s Li Ka Shing Center for Learning and Knowledge last week to make inroads on a persistent, troubling problem: Hundreds of thousands of newborns and mothers continue to die each year in India.

News Item A Chinese Entrepreneur Builds a Bridge to the U.S. Through Language

When Yi Wang returned to his homeland of China from the U.S. in 2011, he soon found a way to marry the cultures of the two countries in a business startup. With a classmate and a friend, both of whom worked for high-tech Silicon Valley firms, he cofounded a company that helps people learn English through a speech-recognition app that encourages community and competition among its users.

News Item Study explores impact of “India’s medical miracle” on newborn and infant survival

Last year we shared the story of “India’s medical miracle” — an emergency medical system, known as GVK EMRI (Emergency Management and Research Institute), that began as a group of 14 ambulances and grew to a fleet of more than 10,000 vehicles in just a decade.

News Item Choices for Syrian children

As a direct result of the single worst humanitarian crisis of our time, the protracted Syrian Civil War, at least ½ a million people have been killed, including at least 50,000 children. Six years into the Civil War, Syrian children — a particularly vulnerable group — now have several options at their disposal, assuming they stay alive. They are the following.