Tuesday, 13 August 2013


August 13, 2013
UN Wire
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Ban: Armed drones are subject to international law
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon reiterated the UN's position that armed drones need to operate within international law in a speech today at the National University of Science and Technology in Islamabad. "This is a very clear position of the United Nations. Every effort should be made to avoid mistakes and civilian casualties," he said. Ban, who is on a two-day visit to Pakistan, also urged Pakistan and India to work to resolve their differences peacefully. Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (8/13), LiveMint.com/The Wall Street Journal (India)/Press Trust of India (8/13), DAWN Media Group (Pakistan)/The Associated Press/Associated Press of Pakistan (8/13), PolicyMic (8/12), The Express Tribune (Pakistan) (8/13)
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Above the Fold
Quote of the Day
@UNFoundation: "@SocialGood Summit meetups are happening around the globe. Join one in your community or sign up to host your own: http://bit.ly/1eGG75r"
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UN Dispatch
"South West Africa is in the midst of the worst drought experienced in 30 years. Namibia is ground zero for this crisis. This video from UNICEF offers shows how communities in one region are struggling to cope, and argues that climate change is the likely cause of this suffering." UN Dispatch (8/12)
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What Brazil can bring to the Security Council
The United Nations must respond to challenges in innovative ways, writes Simon Adams, executive director of the Global Centre for the Responsibility to Protect. Brazil, which seeks a permanent seat on the UN Security Council, has a commitment to human rights and experience with Responsibility to Protect that could make a difference, he argues. "A better world and a reformed UN are both possible, but it will require grit and determination to achieve either," Adams writes. The Huffington Post/The Blog/O Estado de S. Paulo (8/12)
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Health & Development
The metrics of development need to be rethought
Economic measures such as gross domestic product need to be revamped because they "represent a dramatic oversimplification of wellbeing," Terra Lawson-Remer writes. "This debate is evolving quickly and the policy implications of what we measure and how we measure it are profound," she argues. Council on Foreign Relations online/Development Channel blog (8/12)
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Women & Girls
Income equality will empower Colombia's women, adviser says
Colombia can reduce teenage pregnancy and domestic violence by supporting women's rights and employment opportunities, says Nigeria Renteria, the nation's presidential adviser on gender equality. "We think that improving opportunities for women to earn an income can help reduce rates of violence against women because it brings them economic independence," she says. Thomson Reuters Foundation (8/13)
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Peacekeeping and Security
Egyptian police step into clashes of pro-government, pro-Morsi demonstrators
Egyptian police moved to break up clashes today between backers of deposed president Mohammed Morsi and supporters of the interim government. Meanwhile, liberal Egyptians are calling for the government to break up pro-Morsi demonstrators' camps. BBC (8/13), The Washington Post (tiered subscription model) (8/12), Reuters (8/13)
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Sudan supplies arms to Syrian rebels as al-Qaida's influence grows
Western officials say Sudan is sending weapons to rebels in Syria via Qatar although the Sudanese government denies the claims. Meanwhile, an al-Qaida affiliate from Iraq reportedly is extending its presence among Syrian rebels. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (8/12), The Washington Post (tiered subscription model) (8/12)
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