• Governance

    Women Compete in Burkina Faso’s Presidential Contest, a First for the Nation

    by  • November 29, 2015 • Africa, Governance • 
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    These Burkina Faso voters leave a polling station

    OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso — This small but determined West African country voted on Sunday in its first presidential election since its last president, Blaise Compaoré, was ousted in October 2014. He had ruled the country for 27 years and was finally pushed out by a grass-roots opposition movement. Although the front-runner, Roch Marc Kaboré,...

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    Societal Breakdown? Bold Legislators Face Harassment and Persecution Worldwide

    by  • October 22, 2015 • Governance • 
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    PIERRE ALBOUY/IPU

    In Iraq and more than a dozen diverse other nations, from Malaysia to Eritrea to Venezuela, members of national legislatures face persecution or personal risks as the development machinery of the United Nations often places its hopes on national parliaments to act on behalf of people they represent. The Inter-Parliamentary Union, or IPU, announced...

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    The Situation for Women and Girls Around the World? Stark.

    by  • September 24, 2015 • Governance, Health and Population, Latin America, Middle East, Poverty, Sustainable Development Goals, Women's Issues • 4 Comments
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    Rwanda woman

    As the United Nations prepares to formally accept the new Sustainable Development Goals at midday at a summit meeting on Friday, here is a close look at one of the main resources that helped inform the long debate on creating the goals — the UN Development Program’s Human Development Report for 2014. What do...

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    In West Africa, Guinea’s Relative Stability Is About to Be Tested With Elections

    by  • May 26, 2015 • Africa, Governance, Peace and Security • 
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    Alpha Condé, presidential candidate in Guinea in 2010, an election he won. JOE PENNEY

    Yet another nation — this time in West Africa — is experiencing violence related to elections. In Guinea, protests have been flaring as demonstrators rally against the delay of local elections in the country. Violence erupted in the capital, Conakry, earlier in May, with supporters of the opposition calling for President Alpha Condé’s resignation....

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    The Post-2015 Goals: People Around the World Talk Back

    by  • January 25, 2015 • Development, Governance, LGBT, Sustainable Development Goals, Women's Issues • 2 Comments
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    Men guide camels on a bridge through traffic in Niamey, Niger, September 18, 2013.

    Advocates offering some alternative ideas and a few dissenting views on the Sustainable Development Goals on track to be adopted by the United Nations at a special session later this year are convening on Jan. 26 in New York to air opinions from all major developing regions on this critical new proposed set of...

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    2015: A Year of Potential Landmarks for the UN

    by  • January 13, 2015 • Governance, LGBT, Sustainable Development Goals, Women's Issues • 5 Comments
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    The view of a helicopter floating above the Peruvian Andes during UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's trip to the country in December 2014 for the climate change conference. MARK GARTEN/UN PHOTO

    By almost every measure, this year will be monumental for the United Nations. The organization will be 70 years old and that will inspire, as anniversaries always do, a lot of stocktaking, analysis and, of course, criticism. Past stumbles will get attention and an army of  “reformers” will offer prescriptions for the future. In...

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    Illegal Money Transfers From Developing Nations Nearing $1 Trillion

    by  • December 17, 2014 • Governance, News Bits, World Bank • 1 Comment
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    Guinea money

    A nonprofit research organization based in Washington, D.C., estimates that in 2011 — the latest data available — $946.7 billion flowed out of developing countries in various illegal ways, including diversions by corrupt officials and businesses as well as through tax evasion, terrorist transfers and cash moved across borders in the suitcases of traffickers....

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    Burkina Faso’s People, Opposing an Autocrat, Feel Let Down by the UN

    by  • November 5, 2014 • Africa, Governance, Secretary-General, Security Council, US Foreign Relations • 
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    Compaoré

    The fast-moving people-power coup that ousted a longtime leader of the landlocked West African country of Burkina Faso took not only powerful nations and international institutions by surprise — including the United Nations, France, the United States, the African Union and African regional groups — but also the Burkina protesters themselves. The demonstrations started...

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    Shadowy Militias Spread Terror in Rural Myanmar

    by  • October 7, 2014 • Asia, Governance, Myanmar, UN Office on Drugs and Crime • 
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    Wirathu

    He is a young man whose name or exactly where he lives in the Burmese countryside cannot be published because he fears retribution when he returns to Myanmar from a visit to the United Nations headquarters. Speaking in English, learned from books and private tutors, he details the harsh treatment people away from major...

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