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Global conventional arms trade pact is poised for passage

The disarmament committee of the United Nations General Assembly, with the support of the U.S., approved a resolution Wednesday paving the way for passage of a UN conventional arms trade treaty as early as March. The treaty would require countries to adopt export controls already in place in the U.S. and would not infringe on domestic sales and ownership, diplomats said. Reuters (11/7), The Hill/Global Affairs blog (11/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

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    Next month's meeting of the World Conference on International Telecommunications provides an opportunity to make strides toward Internet access for the two-thirds of people still offline. The United Nations "must lead this effort. Otherwise, the alternative is siloed, scattered discussions –- which would put a brake on expanding connectivity to the communities that need it most," writes Hamadoun Touré, head of the UN's International Telecommunication Union. (11/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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    Observers say Susan Rice, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, is most likely to succeed Hillary Clinton as U.S. secretary of state. Other leading candidates are Sen. John Kerry, head of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Tom Donilon, U.S. national security adviser. Bloomberg Businessweek (11/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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    Women are gaining power across Africa, but it "remains to be seen whether the increasing visibility ... translates to better prospects for women on the continent," writes Hannah Pool. Two African women recently won the Nobel Prize, and there have been other high-profile gains: Joyce Banda became president of Malawi, Fatou Bensouda was named chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court and Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma was chosen as the first woman to lead the African Union. The Guardian (London)/The Women's Blog With Jane Martinson (11/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • World faces rapid temperature boost by 2100
    The world's average temperature will increase by six degrees Celsius -- or about 10.8 degrees Fahrenheit -- by 2100 unless governments and businesses dramatically reduce their carbon emissions, a study from PricewaterhouseCoopers warns. Total emissions must be reduced by more than 5% per year through 2050 to keep climate change to just 2 degrees Celsius, the study found. "Governments and businesses can no longer assume that a two-degree warming world is the default scenario," the report warns. BusinessGreen (U.K.) (11/5), Grist (11/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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Peacekeeping and Security
  • Malala shooting mastermind is in hiding
    Mullah Fazlullah, the Pakistani militant accused of organizing the shooting of schoolgirl Malala Yousafzai, is reportedly in hiding in the Konar and Nuristan provinces of eastern Afghanistan. The number of insurgent fighters finding refuge in the country's border regions has increased in recent years. The Washington Post (11/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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