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Good morning, this is Pip. As the world commemorates twenty years since the 11 September attacks in New York this week, we’re hearing why we urgently need a new counterterrorism approach – as recent events in Afghanistan have tragically shown.

In other news, we’re getting the latest from the WTO, as states ready themselves for another round of fisheries talks after the summer break. And we’re checking in on a UN meeting on biological weapons that’s due to wrap up on Wednesday.

Also today, we’re returning to drought-hit Chile for the second part of our article looking at how women activists are leading the fight to reclaim the country’s water for local communities.

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Pip Cook


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A view of the south reflecting pool at the National September 11 Memorial at ground zero in New York, August 2011. (EPA/Justin Lane)

🚧 Counterterrorism at a crossroads in Afghanistan. Twenty years on since the 11 September terrorist attacks, counterterrorism is still not succeeding even in its limited aims to stem terrorism, as the events in Afghanistan have shown, says Khalid Koser, executive director of the Global Community Engagement and Resilience Fund (GCERF). He calls for a new approach – one where the underlying factors are properly understood.

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🎣 WTO gears up for marathon fisheries talks. Member states will this week pick up where they left off before the summer break in trying to secure a long-awaited fisheries deal before year-end. Ambassador Santiago Wills, chair of the talks, wants a clean text to present at the 30 Nov- 3 Dec ministerial conference. The WTO is under pressure to show it can deliver, having failed to secure any meaningful multilateral agreements in several years.

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☠️ An expert meeting on biological weapons will conclude on Wednesday. The expert session has been looking at ways to improve cross-border cooperation and knowledge sharing to combat the risk of biological weapons and support the growth of peaceful biological sciences and technology. The talks are in preparation for the Biological Weapons Convention between member states in November.


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Next in our series, the water we share

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👩🏻‍🤝‍👩🏽 Women in charge. Rural communities worldwide are often the first to lack access to drinking water and sewage. In Chile, they’ve taken matters into their own hands and have set up community-run water management systems. Around 1,900 of these organisations provide water for two million rural inhabitants and nearly half of them are led by women.

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