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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 • 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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