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UN Catch-Up Dateline Geneva – ‘Smart’ killer drones, drought and domestic workers’ worsening plight

In this week’s 15-minute podcast, we enter the murky world of so-called intelligent drone strike technology and concerns about their proliferation in an interview with the UN Institute for Disarmament Research. Also, an alert over Africa’s third COVID wave, a new UN report likening drought to a new pandemic and a warning over the plight of millions of domestic workers, from the UN labour agency ILO. Also, we’ll have closing comments from regular guest, Solange Behoteguy Cortes.

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News in Brief 9 July 2020

  • Climate pledges ‘in jeopardy’ amid global temperature rise forecasts
  • Refugees in Africa ‘more vulnerable than ever’ amid COVID supply chain and funding disruption
  • Drone strikes ‘in self-defence’ risk destabilising world security: UN expert
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All drone strikes ‘in self-defence’ should go before Security Council, argues independent rights expert

The growing use of weaponised drones risks destabilising global peace and security and creating a “drone power club” among nations, that face no effective accountability for deploying them as part of their “war on terror”, a senior UN-appointed independent rights expert said on Thursday.

Breakthrough drone-powered mosquitos: “absolutely no impact” on other species

A technological breakthrough, whereby radiation-treated mosquitos are released by drone to limit the spread of diseases such as malaria and Zika, will not have any damaging effect on other wildlife.

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FEATURE: Does drone technology hold promise for the UN?

Drone technology appears to be taking off at the United Nations, with unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) being used for various purposes, including in humanitarian, development and peacekeeping operations.

Innovators, UN discuss using tech to tackle world’s challenges

From drones dropping food and medicines, to handheld devices that can diagnose Ebola with a drop of blood - the latest technological advances are converging to make the “unthinkable happen.”

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Drones to help protect civilians of South Sudan

Unmanned-drones used for civilian protection could be taking to the skies of South Sudan following changes to the UN mission’s mandate there.

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