• About Barbara Crossette

    Barbara Crossette is a fellow of the Ralph Bunche Institute for International Studies at the Graduate Center of CUNY as well as the United Nations correspondent for The Nation. She is also a board member of the Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

    Previously, Crossette was the UN bureau chief for The New York Times from 1994 to 2001 and before that its chief correspondent in Southeast Asia and South Asia. She is the author of "So Close to Heaven: The Vanishing Buddhist Kingdoms of the Himalayas," "The Great Hill Stations of Asia" and a Foreign Policy Association study, "India Changes Course," in the Foreign Policy Association's "Great Decisions 2015."

    Crossette won the George Polk award for her coverage in India of the assassination of Rajiv Gandhi in 1991 and the 2010 Shorenstein Prize for her writing on Asia.

    As Conditions Worsen in Humanitarian Crises, Aid Workers Also Feel the Pain

    by  • January 26, 2016 • Development, Humanitarian Aid • 
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    Ebola in Guinea

    The images of refugees washing up, living or dying, on the southern shores of Europe leave no humanitarians unmoved. Behind those images and others from Asia, Africa and Latin America are scores of mostly unseen relief and aid workers whose efforts to meet crises are being squeezed to the point of triage. Militants have...

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    A New Commission to Focus on Women’s Rights Gaps in the Global Goals

    by  • January 11, 2016 • Health and Population, LGBT, Women's Issues • 
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    tktktkt Our community health workers in Afghanistan travel around on foot, to take family planning information directly to people's doorsteps.

    A respected medical journal and a leading American population research and policy organization have teamed up to create a commission to fill gaps and turn vague promises in the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals into real gains for women’s sexual and reproductive health and rights. The initiative, sponsored by the London-based journal The Lancet...

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    Report Damns the UN for Its Response to Sex Abuse Cases in Central Africa

    by  • December 17, 2015 • Africa, Gender-Based Violence, Human Rights, UN Peacekeeping • 
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    Marie Deschamps

    A strongly worded independent report released Dec. 17 condemned the United Nations for bungled and deceptive responses to reports of sexual abuse of children by primarily French peacekeepers in the Central African Republic in 2014. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon expressed his “profound regret” and accepted blame for the organization’s systemic failures. The report implicated at...

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    Climate Accord Adopted: An Historic Moment for the Earth and the UN

    by  • December 12, 2015 • Climate and Environment • 
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    François Hollande, president of France; Laurent Fabius, foreign minister of France; and Ban Ki-moon, United Nations secretary-general.

    In a show of solidarity few environmental advocates would have predicted confidently a decade ago, 195 nations, facing the realization that global warming poses a potentially cataclysmic threat to the world, agreed on Saturday, Dec.12, to a timetable and national commitments for the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, the main cause of climate change....

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    Now the Hard Part Begins on Global Climate Talks

    by  • December 7, 2015 • Climate and Environment • 
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    FABIO NASCIMENTE/GREENPEACE

    The second and supposedly final week of negotiations on curbing greenhouse gas emissions, amid now-measurable climate change, began on Monday at the COP21 in Paris with a draft global accord on the table. It is, however, littered with hundreds of bracketed words indicating that hard bargaining, and no doubt compromises, lie ahead. Especially vexing,...

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    Climate Talks Produce a New Draft Accord and More Hope

    by  • December 9, 2015 • Climate and Environment • 1 Comment
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    John Kerry

    With barely two days left to reach an international agreement on reducing greenhouse gas emissions to slow global warming, a new version of the draft agreement was released Wednesday in Paris. But outstanding disputes remain over how much nations will be prepared to reduce the use of fossil fuels, which emit the most carbon...

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