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June 23, 2017
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UN study says global population will break 8B by 2023
The world's population will break the 8 billion mark in 2023 and approach 10 billion by 2050, according to the United Nations’ annual population survey. More than half of the growth is expected to occur in sub-Saharan Africa, where fertility rates remain higher than the global average.
The Guardian (London) (6/21),  The Herald (Zimbabwe)/The Associated Press (6/23) 
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UN watchdog: Illicit drugs posing new threats
The global market for illegal drugs is thriving, and an increase of amphetamines and synthetic drugs pose new threats to communities in Asia, according to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime. The UN is urging countries to implement a "balanced response" to drug offenses, emphasizing treatment more than punishment.
Voice of America (6/22),  The Guardian (London) (6/22) 
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Health & Development
UN Rights Council to investigate DRC killings, torture
The United Nations Human Rights Council has approved a resolution to investigate killings and other human rights abuses in the central part of the Democratic Republic of Congo. UN rights chief Zeid Ra'ad al-Hussein said government militia forces in the region are committing ethnically motivated attacks on civilians.
The Daily Mail (London)/Reuters (6/23),  Star Tribune (Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minn.) (tiered subscription model)/The Associated Press (6/23) 
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Women & Girls
UN Women head: Ad industry stalling gender equality
Advertisements relying on persistent stereotypes of women as domestic laborers or scantily clad sex objects are blocking progress toward gender equality, said Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, executive director of United Nations Women. Ads "create a role model that people look up to, even mimic and try to be like," she said.
Thomson Reuters Foundation (6/22) 
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Climate and Energy
WMO: Record heat waves driving drought, famine, displacements
Extreme temperatures in the past two months have broken records in the US, Europe, the Middle East and North Africa, according to the World Meteorological Organization. Record heat waves could bring more droughts, famine or food insecurity, and population displacement.
Inter Press Service (6/23) 
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Peacekeeping and Security
UN votes to ask for ICJ ruling on Chagos Islands dispute
Members of the United Nations General Assembly have approved a request to have the International Court of Justice weigh in on a dispute between the United Kingdom and former British colony Mauritius over the legal status of the Chagos Islands. The UK has promised to return control over the islands to Mauritius in the future, but has not specified a date.
The New York Times (free-article access for SmartBrief readers) (6/22),  The Guardian (London) (6/22) 
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UN Radio
Too few aid groups can stay in war zones, say relief chiefs
UN Radio (6/22) 
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UN Dispatch
"The latest World Population Facts and Figures Were Just Released By the UN"
UN Dispatch (6/22) 
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@UNFoundation: @UNESCO Chief deplores destruction of iconic mosque and minaret in Iraq's #Mosul. Learn more: http://bit.ly/2t35S1Z
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