• Special Report


    Japan’s Take on Peace, Human Rights and the UN

    by  • June 14, 2013 • Asia, Human Rights, Peace and Security, Special Report • 1 Comment

    Tsuneo Nishida, Japanese ambassador to the UN

    Tsuneo Nishida, the Japanese ambassador to the United Nations, spoke recently on his country’s positions on peace and security, disarmament, human rights and UN reform. Japan, which is the world’s third-largest economy and second-biggest contributor (after the United States) to the UN’s general budget, is planning to run for an elected seat on the Security [...]

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    Nations Reject Gender Violence, but the Suffering Endures

    by  • March 27, 2013 • Special Report, Women's Issues • 4 Comments

    Nepal flash mob

    The 57th session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women ended in mid-March more with a sigh of relief than with jubilation. The commission, comprising 45 national delegations, managed to reach a final agreement (which it could not do last year) without losing ground on women’s rights that had been gained, at [...]

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    Signals of Greater Times Buoy Developing Nations

    by  • March 13, 2013 • Africa, Asia, Development, Health and Population, Millennium Goals, Special Report • 10 Comments

    A displaced person in Mali.

    For the developing world, the news in the 2013 United Nations Human Development Report is almost all good. (More on that “almost” later.) The title of the report, The Rise of the South: Human Progress in a Diverse World, sets the tone. New players with global clout, increased South-South trade and investment, strengthening regional institutions [...]

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    ‘God Bless the Republic of Nauru and God Bless the United Nations’

    by  • September 28, 2012 • General Assembly, Special Report, Women's Issues • 1 Comment

    Cristina Fernandez, president of Argentina

    Many diplomats spoke their piece – if not rambled – at the newest United Nations General Assembly session this week, delivering speeches by at least 120 heads of state on a revolving door of themes. Yet in this sometimes theatrical, often wearying annual event held in New York, no one ranted along the lines of [...]

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    How Bad Is It? The UN Development System Needs an Overhaul

    by  • July 17, 2012 • Development, Special Report • 6 Comments

    Voters in Libya

    The clamor for United Nations reform has not stopped since its first days in 1945. Although ideas for changing the UN rise and fall each year, the newest calls for an overhaul involve development, one of the largest sectors of the world body’s system. With a Kafkaesque bureaucracy consisting of at least 30 agencies and [...]

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