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    For the UN Human Rights Office, a Major Restructuring Worldwide

    by  • May 3, 2015 • WORLDVIEWS • 2 Comments
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    Zeid Ra'ad al-Hussein, photographed by Jean-Marc Ferré

    The United Nations human-rights machinery is making its most radical overhaul since the creation of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights more than two decades ago. A recent announcement by Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein of Jordan, the High Commissioner, indicates that the Office will have a vastly increased field presence, a larger...

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    Haitians’ Rights Were Violated Over Cholera Outbreak, UN Experts Assert

    by  • April 20, 2015 • WORLDVIEWS • 
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    In September 2014, four United Nations human-rights experts wrote to Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon alleging that the UN had violated human rights through the cholera epidemic in Haiti, which broke out in October 2010. This is the first time that an allegation letter — a formal complaint procedure typically used against governments — has been...

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    Applying a Global Treaty on Gender Equality to American Cities

    by  • April 10, 2015 • WORLDVIEWS • 
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    WASHINGTON, D.C. — Every year at the United Nations, the Commission on the Status of Women brings together an impressive array of global leaders to publicly state their support for gender equality. This year’s meeting, occurring in March, was no different, with 8,000 attendees reiterating their support to ending gender inequality and discrimination around...

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    Russia Maneuvers to Block Benefits for LGBT Employees of the UN

    by  • March 22, 2015 • WORLDVIEWS • 
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    A new policy affecting the dependents of United Nations staff members in same-sex marriages could be overturned in a vote by the General Assembly’s Fifth Committee on Tuesday. The new policy being challenged signifies a small step toward eliminating discrimination in the UN. Overturning it would be a major step backward for equal treatment...

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    Netanyahu’s Scorched-Earth Campaign Destroys US Plea for Bilateralism

    by  • March 19, 2015 • WORLDVIEWS • 
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    Benjamin Netanyahu’s desperate 11th-hour election strategy has left in tatters the main United States argument for aggressively protecting Israeli interests in the Middle East peace process, a development that will most likely weaken the Obama administration’s already strained fervor for shielding Israel in international diplomatic battles. A new dynamic will surely surface in the...

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    Can’t the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict Be Resolved?

    by  • March 11, 2015 • WORLDVIEWS • 
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    A Palestinian inspects the remains of a house after an Israeli air strike, July 2014. SHAREEF SARHAN

    After the failure of United States mediated peace talks, the Gaza-Israel war and the recent tensions in Jerusalem, the prospects for a near-term settlement to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict have reached an all-time low. Given those conditions, it is useful and perhaps productive to revisit and reconsider the fundamental solutions for resolving the conflict. Numbers,...

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    The UN Environment Program, Influential but Lacking Power

    by  • February 5, 2015 • WORLDVIEWS • 
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    A sandstorm in Kabul.

    BERLIN — The history of the United Nations Environment Program is illustrative in two respects: it reflects the changing importance of environmental issues within the UN system and it demonstrates that dedicated people in a UN organization can master the difficult task of implementing an ambitious mandate without sufficient political status, funds and personnel...

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