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    The UN’s First Feminist, Peg Snyder, Describes Her Brilliant Career

    by  • March 22, 2016 • Africa, Development, Women's Issues • 
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    Peg Snyder

    As the Commission on the Status of Women convenesĀ to tackle 21st-century feminist issues, Margaret Snyder — “Peg” to almost everyone who has met her — can take a long view of the history of women in the United Nations system, the hurdles they overcame and the changes they have made. Best known as the...

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    The European Migrant Crisis: Can Development Agencies Do Better?

    by  • February 4, 2016 • Development • 
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    A volunteer life-guard helps a young girl out of the sea after the boat she used along with her family and other Afghan refugees to cross part of the Aegean from the coast of Turkey to Lesbos crashed on a rock off the island's coast.

    The unprecedented influx of refugees and migrants to Europe has increased the visibility of the longstanding nexus of migration, development and security. The emphasis on terrorism and national security is understandable but myopic if the essential benefits of migration and development are to be realized. The United Nations will host three key meetings on...

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    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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    All in Africa: The World’s 13 Highest-Mortality Countries

    by  • January 6, 2016 • Africa, Development, Health and Population, Poverty, Women's Issues • 1 Comment
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    M'Poko camp in Central African Republic

    Despite remarkable reductions in mortality, 13 sub-Saharan African countries — 1 out of every 20 people in the world — have yet to achieve life expectancies at birth of 55 years, the global average attained a half century ago. These highest-mortality countries, with Somalia leading the list, are more than 15 years behind the...

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    A Monastery’s Farm in Burkina Faso Feels the Impacts of Climate Change

    by  • December 5, 2015 • Africa, Climate and Environment, Development, Health and Population • 
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    KOUBRI, Burkina Faso — More than 2,500 miles away from this village, world leaders met recently in Paris to try to save the earth from severe climate change and its deadly effects. Here in West Africa, people in rural communities scrape together livelihoods in a region that is extra-vulnerable to drought and hunger, problems...

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    A New UN Nutrition Program Financed by Africans for Africans

    by  • November 10, 2015 • Africa, Development, Education, Health and Population, Women's Issues • 1 Comment
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    African foreign ministers attending the Unitlife launch at the UN

    The first United Nations development aid program financed solely by African countries for their own benefit was announced recently at the UN headquarters in New York. Unitlife, which was presented as world leaders convened at the 70th session of the UN General Assembly, will tax the sale of oil, gold and other natural resources...

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    Can the UN’s SDGs Live Up to the Hype?

    by  • October 10, 2015 • Development, Sustainable Development Goals • 
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    At a luncheon to promote the new global goals, people from the private sector mingled with heads of state. Here, Angela Merkel of Germany, Ban Ki-moon of the UN, and Bono, the singer. KIM HAUGHTON/UN PHOTO

    When the United Nations’ member states gave final approval at a special General Assembly session on Sept. 25 to the new global development policy, they were making a commitment to the most wide-ranging and ambitious plan ever attempted by the organization. Now the hard part begins as experts struggle to decide how to measure...

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    The Heart of Pope Francis’s Speech at the UN: Don’t Look Past the Poor

    by  • September 25, 2015 • Development, General Assembly, Poverty, Secretary-General, Women's Issues • 2 Comments
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    Pope Francis

    Pope Francis spread his gospel of not forgetting the poor at the United Nations on Friday morning, where he spoke in his native Spanish to the 193 member delegations and heads of state gathered before him at the General Assembly Hall. It was his first appearance at the UN during his first trip to...

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    Rights of Girls, a Politically Loaded Issue, May Sink in the New UN Development Goals

    by  • September 8, 2015 • Development, Education, Sustainable Development Goals • 
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    Darfur

    When member countries of the United Nations agreed to the Millennium Development Goals 15 years ago, advocates for stronger rights for women and girls were disappointed as governments (and the Vatican) balked at reasserting the bold promises of the international conferences of the 1990s in Cairo and in Beijing. Later campaigns, inside and outside...

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    The Sustainable Development Goals May Be in Place, but Dissent Was Apparent

    by  • June 14, 2015 • Development, General Assembly, Sustainable Development Goals • 
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    On the island of Bolama, off the coast of Guinea-Bissau in West Africa. JOE PENNEY

    It’s all over but the shouting. But the shouting is still loud, and it’s mostly about the indicators. And the indicators, ultimately, may be all that matters about the United Nations’ new Sustainable Development Goals. After more than two years of complex, contentious negotiations, the essential content and most of the actual text of...

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