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March 9, 2016
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UN's Grandi questions legality of EU-Turkey refugee deal
The United Nations high commissioner for refugees is concerned that an agreement between the EU and Turkey, which would allow asylum-seekers into the EU and send refugees back to Turkey, would violate international law. "I am deeply concerned about any arrangement that would involve the blanket return of anyone from one country to another, without spelling out the refugee protection safeguards under international law," Filippo Grandi said. The Guardian (London) (3/8), The Associated Press (3/8)
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"A Very Bad Plan to Send Refugees Back to Turkey" UN Dispatch (3/9)
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Ban: UN has taken steps toward gender equality
Gender equality is "a firm policy" at the United Nations, says UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. Areas where global improvement is needed include maternal mortality and sexual abuse in conflict. "[W]e can only address these problems by empowering women as agents of change," Ban says. Inter Press Service (3/8), The Independent (London) (tiered subscription model) (3/9)
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Health & Development
Kathy Calvin: SDGs call for empowering women, girls
The Sustainable Development Goals are important for the world but especially for women and girls, writes United Nations Foundation President and CEO Kathy Calvin. "Girls and women are at the heart of every goal because empowering girls and women is essential to poverty alleviation and sustainable development," she argues. Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model) (3/8)
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UN Women's Mlambo-Ngcuka: Women need equal pay, opportunity
Besides offering equal pay, businesses need to "[m]ake it possible for women to rise up in the company, reach senior management and make sure that there’s a strategy for that to happen," says Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, UN Women executive director. Fortune (3/8)
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Climate and Energy
UN plan on aviation emissions hits roadblock
Disagreement over tactics is hindering the International Civil Aviation Organization's plan to make aviation emissions carbon-neutral starting next decade. ICAO will hold a special session in April to discuss the plan. Reuters (3/9)
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N. Korea leader: Scientists have shrunk nuclear warheads
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un claims that his country has developed miniaturized nuclear warheads that can be attached to ballistic missiles. BBC (3/8)
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Dangerous to leave issue of human rights "undecided" in Burundi UN Radio (3/8)
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