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    A UN Agency Keeps Its Promise to Provide On-Site Child Care

    by  • October 20, 2014 • WORLDVIEWS • 
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    Theresa Panuccio, the author and tktk of the Food and Agriculture Organization, in Rome, with Mia, a participant in the agency's on-site child-care center.

    ROME — A much-anticipated child-care center opened at the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization’s headquarters here on Sept. 1, taking up to 60 children from 3 months to 3 years old. In doing so, the agency is making good on a long-overdue promise to its staff members as well as carrying out recommendations from an independent evaluation...

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    Syrian Peace Activists Assert Their Political Role With New UN Envoy

    by  • October 13, 2014 • WORLDVIEWS • 
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    Staffan de Mistura

    Staffan de Mistura, the new United Nations special envoy to Syria, made his first visit to Damascus in his post in September. He met with, among others, members of the Syrian Civil Coalition, a lobby of civil society organizations, activists and initiatives that seeks to influence decision-makers regarding policies and resolutions to transform the...

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    Climate Change and World Population: Still Avoiding Each Other

    by  • September 16, 2014 • WORLDVIEWS • 1 Comment
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    Demonstrating the use of a condom to women at a Marie Stopes family planning clinic in Nigeria.

    Despite their intimate relationship, climate change and world population are still not talking to each other. The lack of meaningful dialogue has persisted for decades, with both seeming to deliberately ignore the significance, relevance and impact of the other. With the simultaneous convening on Sept. 22 of a special session of the United Nations...

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    Will Women’s Reproductive Rights Be Dropped in the Post-2015 Agenda? 

    by  • July 17, 2014 • WORLDVIEWS • 
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    Uganda

    The United Nations’ post-2015 development agenda is the next phase of the Millennium Development Goals, which provided a 15-year road map to tackle poverty and foster development in the world’s poorest countries. But as putting together the new agenda moves forward, it is becoming clear that the critical needs of women may be pushed...

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    The UN Development Program: A New Crisis or a New Opportunity?

    by  • June 10, 2014 • WORLDVIEWS • 
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    Helen Clark of UNDP

    GENEVA — For those with longer memories, the latest dip in resources for the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and the staff cutbacks and restructuring announced by its administrator, Helen Clark, in May are merely the onset of another cycle, just in time for the agency’s 50th anniversary but part of its history since...

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    Can Europe Get Its Act Together to Influence the Post-2015 Agenda?

    by  • June 24, 2014 • WORLDVIEWS • 
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    A Malian with a French flag, during the military intervention in 2013. JOE PENNEY/REUTERS

    BONN — As the open working group on the new sustainable development goals is nearing its last session in mid-July, the European Commission adopted a communication on June 2, outlining Europe’s priorities for the post-2015 development agenda. This work is part of the European Union’s effort to make a substantive contribution in shaping the...

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    The OPCW Should Recommend Sanctions Against Syria for Missing Deadline

    by  • June 13, 2014 • WORLDVIEWS • 
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    A chemical weapons inspector working for the United Nations arrives back at The Hague after a trip with others to Syria in August 2013.
Samples they collected were also on the plane.

    The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons has removed more than 80 percent of the world’s declared stockpile of chemical weapons through its oversight of the Chemical Weapons Convention, but the Syrian case has posed a serious challenge to the organization’s effectiveness on compliance and enforcement. Since Syria will most likely not complete...

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    For Afghanistan to Thrive, Rural Women Need Economic Opportunities

    by  • June 4, 2014 • WORLDVIEWS • 
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    Afghan women learning to plant strawberries, a high-value crop. GRACIANA DEL CASTILLO

    A virtuous circle of peace, stability and prosperity will not be possible in Afghanistan if the large majority of women continue to be marginalized. A major concern of the international community in the post-2014 period is to ensure that some of the gains that women living in urban places have experienced since 9/11 are...

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    To Better Prosecute Sexual Violence Crimes, Look to World War II

    by  • May 28, 2014 • WORLDVIEWS • 
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    Jean-Pierre Bemba

    LONDON — Crimes of sexual violence consistently result from large-scale conflict and war around the world. Rape and enforced prostitution, among other gender-based crimes, are used as a tool to enhance violence and domination and to spread fear among civilians. Whether systematic or isolated in nature, such acts leave devastating physical and psychosocial wounds...

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