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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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    Pope Francis and Peacemaking

    by  • December 21, 2014 • WORLDVIEWS • 
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    The Roman Catholic Church has always been diverse. The New Testament reveals that differences of opinion, practices and orientations have been part of Christianity’s experience since its beginning. The billion-plus Catholics today are not the same as the few hundred Jewish disciples that were contemporaries of Jesus of Nazareth. Yet the tension between innovation...

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    How Do Early-Modern Christian Conflicts Differ From Muslim Ones Now?

    by  • December 3, 2014 • WORLDVIEWS • 1 Comment
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    Demonstrators in Erbil  requesting urgent humanitarian assistance and protection of Yezidis; august 2014; in the region

    Is the conflict in the contemporary Muslim world so unusual, given that Christians were doing similar things 400 to 500 years ago? Is it really a phenomenon that involves “Muslims,” or is it more a matter of conflicts peculiar to a particular region? To what extent are the stakes in the conflict “religious,” as...

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    Next Best in 2016? The UN Secretary-General Must Be a Reformer

    by  • December 9, 2014 • WORLDVIEWS • 
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    Ban Ki-moon, the United Nations secretary-general. His term ends in 2016, and possible successors are already lining up. Here, he speaks at the Business and Investment Forum in Vienna, November 2014. AMANDA VOISARD/UN PHOTO

    GENEVA — For only the second time — the first was in 1996 — the electoral campaigns for the American president and the United Nations secretary-general are running in parallel. Both promise to be long and protracted. Each already has a growing slate of presumptive candidates pounding flesh and employing lobbyists. But the next...

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    To Stop Maternal Deaths, Nations Must Provide Women Quality Health Care

    by  • November 21, 2014 • WORLDVIEWS • 
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    Aminata Bangaé taking a contraceptive pill in the CSPS Health and Social Promotion Center of Moaga

    The Human Rights Council passed its fifth resolution on preventable maternal deaths and pregnancy complications recently, reaffirming the steadfast commitment of the United Nations toward eliminating preventable maternal deaths. Led by Burkina Faso, Colombia and New Zealand, the resolution was passed unanimously by the council in Geneva. The resolution urges countries to adopt human...

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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 • 2 Comments
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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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