• About Amy Lieberman

    Amy Lieberman is a freelance journalist based in New York City. She reports mostly on UN headquarters news when she is not working abroad. In the last several years, she has reported from Bangladesh, Cambodia, Colombia, Guatemala, Mexico, Nepal and Thailand. Lieberman is a graduate of Macalester College in St. Paul, Minn. For more information, go to www.amydlieberman.com

    The Lethal Effects of Arms on Women

    by  • March 25, 2013 • Peace and Security, Women's Issues • 2 Comments
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    Stop rape in conflict event Colombia

    ­ The $100- to $120-billion international arms trade in 2012 intensified the internal conflicts in Colombia and the Democratic Republic of the Congo but also brought guns into homes in these countries, where men turned them against women. That was the message that the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom brought to an...

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    The Masterminds Behind Security Council Resolutions

    by  • March 14, 2013 • Africa, Peace and Security, Security Council, US-UN Relations • 7 Comments
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    Security Council Meeting on the situation in Cyprus

    The United Nations Security Council bases its resolutions on agenda items as varied as the renewal of a peacekeeping force mandate in Haiti to responding to a missile launching in North Korea. With resolutions’ language often dense legalese that recalls, recognizes, emphasizes, demands and, at times, condemns and deplores the issue at hand, the...

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    Gender Parity in Upper-Level UN Jobs Remains Elusive

    by  • December 14, 2012 • General Assembly, Secretary-General, Women's Issues • 4 Comments
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    Ban Ki-moon of the UN

    This year, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has so far appointed 55 people to high-level positions. Twelve of the appointees, nearly 22 percent, are women, filling roles like the special representative for children and armed conflict and the executive director of the World Food Program. Some of the people Ban appointed include Zainab Hawa...

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    The New Normal? Severe Weather Battering Cities

    by  • November 14, 2012 • Climate and Environment • 2 Comments
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    Flood in Congotown, Liberia

      Latin America and the Caribbean have always faced the threat of hurricane intensely, but with new weather extremes related to climate change occurring amid growing urban populations, the lethal mix is bound to cause more damage and deaths every year. Urban planners are not even close to being prepared. Consider the recent havoc...

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    The UN General Assembly Takes Up a Once-Taboo Topic

    by  • October 12, 2012 • Africa, General Assembly, Women's Issues • 4 Comments
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    Nepali woman dancing

      A growing movement within the United Nations to ban female genital mutilation globally has led to the first resolution to be written on the issue in the General Assembly’s Third Committee, which will vote on the matter this month. Two Francophone countries in West Africa, Burkina Faso and Benin, have proposed the draft...

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    UN Security Council to Study Child Soldier Use in Colombia

    by  • June 28, 2012 • Child soldiers, Human Rights, Security Council • 7 Comments
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    Farc

    BOGOTÁ — Two longstanding Colombian armed groups are cited in the United Nations secretary-general’s annual “list of shame” released this month, enumerating parties who use children in armed conflict, among other related human-rights abuses. The country’s two major antigovernment guerrilla groups, the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or Farc, and the National Liberation Army (Eln),...

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