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    Is a Better UN System Possible? Global Experts Respond to an Independent Survey

    by  • May 26, 2014 • Development • 
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    Members of the Ekal Nari Shakti Sangathan, a network that promotes the rights of widows. GAGANJIT SINGH/UN WOMEN

    An unusual survey of 3,400 people worldwide who know the United Nations has found strong support for some basic rethinking over the next decade on the organization’s work in development. Among the recommendations, over two-thirds of respondents suggested adding more nongovernmental representatives to governing bodies and better consolidating both organizational representation and programs in...

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    To End Deep Inequalities, Say Doyle and Stiglitz, Create a Ninth Development Goal

    by  • May 7, 2014 • Development, Millennium Goals, Poverty, Responsibility to Protect • 
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    A girl holds an umbrella near the port in Guinea-Bissau's capital Bissau

    Two leading international policy experts at Columbia University are calling for more action from individual governments to address inequalities within their borders, in effect adding a bold new goal to the eight measurements of progress reflected in the Millennium Development Goals. Their proposal comes as debate swirls around what the United Nations needs to...

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    Solving Bangladesh’s ‘Living Wages’ Problem Demands Global Support

    by  • March 18, 2014 • Development, Millennium Goals, Women's Issues • 
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    Garment workers in Bangladesh

    The dialogue on living wages has come a long way since the Rana Plaza collapse in Bangladesh that killed more than 1,000 people in 2013, but there will be no solution to the living wage problem until all parties involved work together, a diverse group of panelists agreed at a panel on the topic,...

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    Women, Girls and Their Sexuality in the Next MDGs

    by  • March 13, 2014 • Development, Millennium Goals, Women's Issues • 
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    Midwifery students in Uganda

    The future global development agenda must include a standalone goal for gender equality, and United Nations member states, who will have the final say on the successor to the Millennium Development Goals, should not use culture or ideology as an excuse for failing to include sexual and reproductive rights of women and girls among...

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    The UN Has Lost the Aid-Effectiveness Race: What Is to Be Done?

    by  • March 5, 2014 • Development, Humanitarian Aid • 
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    A UN-supported market in Lebanon.

    Recent events have confirmed that the United Nations has a deep reservoir of good will worldwide. But its reputation is undermined by the ineffectiveness of its development assistance. UN agencies could improve their performance by implementing effective evaluations. However, the UN cannot be judged solely on the basis of its development assistance because the...

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    Jan Eliasson Explains His Role as No. 2 at the UN

    by  • January 19, 2014 • Deputy Secretary-General, Development, Peace and Security • 
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    Jan Eliasson, deputy secretary-general of the UN

    Jan Eliasson has been the deputy secretary-general of the United Nations since July 2012, the second in command after Ban Ki-moon. Eliasson, 73, is a former Swedish foreign minister and was ambassador to the United States twice, among other foreign postings. He was also president of the UN General Assembly and a key UN...

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    World Bank, WHO and Japan Seek Full Health Coverage in All Nations

    by  • December 23, 2013 • Development, Health and Population, World Bank • 
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    The World Bank is setting measurable targets for universal health care coverage for all people of the world. Here, schoolgirls play soccer in a flooded field in Bangladesh. STEPHAN BACHENHEIMER

    While Americans quarrel over the Affordable Care Act — Obamacare — much of the rest of the world has established or is moving toward universal health care for all citizens, and the World Bank is taking a lead in setting measurable targets for meeting that goal as a priority in human development. “The quest...

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    Bangladeshi Pioneer Invests in Women From the ‘Ultra-Poor’

    by  • October 27, 2013 • Asia, Development, Women's Issues • 1 Comment
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    Fazle Hasan Abed, founder of BRAC

    Fazle Hasan Abed runs the world’s largest nongovernmental development organization. He has garnered numerous international prizes, honorary degrees, very important friends and a British knighthood. Yet in the United States, Abed’s successes, won through a creative self-help program centered on mothers and their families, are virtually unknown. So here is his story, and BRAC‘s....

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