UNCCW chair dismisses threat of robot takeover | Guterres: Mediterranean security depends on international cooperation | UNHCR presses Japan to up refugee acceptance
November 20, 2017
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UNICEF Children's Day report warns of bleak future for some
Violent conflicts, poor governance and financial crises have prompted a drop in the quality of life for children in 37 countries, and one child in 12 faces a bleaker future than they would have 20 years ago, according to UNICEF's World Children's Day report. The theme for this year's day is #KidsTakeOver, encouraging children to help address issues faced by their less fortunate peers.
Deutsche Welle (Germany) (11/20),  The Independent (London) (tiered subscription model) (11/20) 
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UNCCW chair dismisses threat of robot takeover
Experts met last week at the United Nations Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons to discuss potential limits on the development of autonomous weapons, with some countries calling for an outright ban. CCW chair Amandeep Gill dismissed concerns about robots taking over, saying "humans are still in charge."
News (Australia) (11/20),  The Guardian (London)/Agence France-Presse (11/17) 
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Health & Development
UNHCR offers to assist Myanmar in processing Rohingya citizenship
The United Nations Refugee Agency is prepared to assist Myanmar in the processing and verification of Rohingya citizenship if the country will agree to repatriate more than 600,000 Rohingya who fled to Bangladesh since August, says UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi.
Nikkei Asian Review (Japan) (tiered subscription model) (11/20),  Business Insider/Reuters (11/20) 
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Women & Girls
UN rights panel warns North Korean women face discrimination, violence
Women in North Korea are underrepresented in many areas of the workforce and denied access to education, and many face domestic violence, sexual assault and malnutrition, according to the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women. The committee also found that penalties for many crimes against women in North Korea have been reduced.
U.S. News & World Report/Reuters (11/20) 
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Climate and Energy
190 countries agree to boost climate efforts as UN conference closes
The annual United Nations climate conference closed last week with an agreement from 190 countries to ramp up efforts to address climate change by 2020. The conference "underlined that support for the Paris agreement is strong and that the journey upon which the world has embarked is an unstoppable movement supported by all sectors of society, across all parts of the globe," says Patricia Espinosa, executive secretary of the UN Climate Change secretariat.
The Guardian (Nigeria) (11/20),  Carbon Brief (U.K.) (11/19) 
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Peacekeeping and Security
UN pushes Syrian groups to end civilian targeting as summits begin
Escalating violence targeting civilians in Syria has severely wounded or killed dozens of people in the past few days, and UN coordinator for humanitarian and development affairs in Syria, Ali al-Zaatari, is urging all sides to protect civilians. Two summits -- one between Russia, Turkey and Iran and one among groups who oppose Syrian President Bashar al-Assad -- will be held this week in an effort to end Syria's civil war.
Zee News (India)/Agence France-Presse (11/19),  The Guardian (London) (11/20) 
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"New set of tools" needed for modern peacekeeping: Dallaire
UN Radio (11/19) 
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UN Dispatch
"Is "Pluralism" the Next Big Agenda-Setting Term of Art in Global Affairs?"
UN Dispatch (11/17) 
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