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    Can Good Governance Become a Global Development Goal?

    by  • October 28, 2014 • 
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    British Prime Minister David Cameron had two clear messages when he spoke at a post-2015 global development goals forum on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly last month. The first was his emphatic view that the General Assembly panel’s proposal for 17 Sustainable Development Goals with 169 associated “targets” was too unwieldy...

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    Islamists Systematically Destroying World Heritage Sites in Syria and Iraq

    by  • October 29, 2014 • 
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    The Syrian Directorate General of Antiquities and Museums has been assessing damage to various sites, including the ancient city of Basra, a World Heritage Site. The Omari Mosque, above, has suffered extensive damage.

    Beyond the horrific executions, the deadly assaults on Christian and Yazidi communities and the displacement of hundreds of thousands of people fleeing towns to avoid their terror, fighters of the Islamic State movement sweeping through Syria and Iraq are deliberately demolishing or damaging ancient historical sites in some of the world’s oldest towns and...

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    A UN Agency Keeps Its Promise to Provide On-Site Child Care

    by  • October 20, 2014 • 
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    Theresa Panuccio, the author and tktk of the Food and Agriculture Organization, in Rome, with Mia, a participant in the agency's on-site child-care center.

    ROME — A much-anticipated child-care center opened at the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization’s headquarters here on Sept. 1, taking up to 60 children from 3 months to 3 years old. In doing so, the agency is making good on a long-overdue promise to its staff members as well as carrying out recommendations from an independent evaluation...

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