Why Feminists Shouldn’t Say the Next UN Secretary-General Must Be a Woman

    by  • July 26, 2016 • WORLDVIEWS • 1 Comment

    Natalia Gherman

    Twitter proved more effective than papal smoke signals in getting out the results of the first straw poll of candidates aspiring to be the ninth secretary-general of the United Nations. This is one reason that although some confidentiality is desirable in what is currently a recruitment process rather than an election, the 1 for...

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    How the UN Public Information Office Works

    by  • July 25, 2016 • WORLDVIEWS • 

    A UN secretary-general candidates' town hall was held in the General Assembly on July 12, 2016. EVAN SCHNEIDER/UN PHOTO

    BERLIN — From the beginning, the member states of the United Nations understood the great significance of efficient communication: in resolution 13(I) of Feb. 13, 1946, the General Assembly established the Department of Public Information in the Secretariat and emphasized: “The United Nations cannot achieve the purposes for which it has been created unless...

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    Reparations for Wartime Sexual Violence in Colombia: Moving Past Good Enough

    by  • July 18, 2016 • WORLDVIEWS • 

    Members of the FARC peace delegation, Camila Cienfuegos and Isabela Sanroque, February 2015, Havana, Cuba. FARC/FLICKR

    BOGOTA, Colombia — As the peace treaty grows closer to fruition after the historic cease-fire agreement was reached recently between the Colombian government and the armed guerrillas known as FARC-EP, it is important to try to clarify the scale of sexual violence that took place during the 50-year conflict. It is also crucial to know...

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    As the WHO Elects a New Leader, Can the Organization Redo Itself?

    by  • June 24, 2016 • WORLDVIEWS • 1 Comment

    ©OPS/OMS Sebastián Oliel

    GENEVA — Diplomacy in the World Health Organization looms larger than it should because it covers not only relations between its secretariat and member states but also relations among the organization’s seven major offices, each with a politically elected head. As the WHO prepares to elect its next director-general to replace Margaret Chan of...

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    Female Politicians in Africa Face Threats After They Leave Office

    by  • June 13, 2016 • WORLDVIEWS • 

    Joyce Banda

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — The world celebrates women political leaders when they ascend, but what happens after they leave office and their lives are threatened? Don’t we have a duty to protect? Take the case of Joyce Banda, a former president of Malawi. Since leaving office, Banda has found herself in the cross-hairs of the...

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    UN Bureaucracy? No, Thanks

    by  • May 14, 2016 • WORLDVIEWS • 12 Comments

    Participants at the

    After more than 30 years of service, I retired from the United Nations as an assistant secretary-general, Special Adviser on Environment and Peace Operations, at the end of 2015, but to officially conclude my tenure with the UN, there was bureaucratic paperwork to contend with, to which Bartleby the Scrivener, Melville’s reluctant clerk, might...

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