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    From Brahimi to Ramos-Horta, a 15-Year Peacekeeping Quest

    by  • June 23, 2015 • WORLDVIEWS • 
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    Italian troops in the UN mission in Lebanon, called Unifil, en route to the blue line in southern Lebanon. PASQUAL GORRIZ

    SYDNEY, Australia — In August 2000, Lakhdar Brahimi, a prominent United Nations diplomat from Algeria, submitted his landmark review on UN peacekeeping to the secretary-general at the time, Kofi Annan. The previous year had been crucial for peacekeeping. The retrenchment of the mid-90s had subsided and a new era of peacekeeping activism had begun. Missions were...

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    At the UN’s Food and Agriculture Agency, Saving Energy and Reducing Waste

    by  • June 1, 2015 • WORLDVIEWS • 
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    ROME — The Food and Agriculture Organization is actively mitigating and adapting to climate change in the agriculture sector — crops, livestock, forestry and fisheries. Our own headquarters here in Rome and regional offices are also making environmental and social changes. This work attests to our active participation in the corporate environmental responsibility movement...

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    On Peacekeeping Day, a Time to Begin Making Crucial Changes

    by  • May 29, 2015 • WORLDVIEWS • 
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    The wreath-laying ceremony this year, an annual rite, to honor United Nations peacekeepers. Ban Ki-moon, the UN secretary-general, is at center. MARK GARTEN/UN PHOTO

    BIRMINGHAM, England — Today is International Day of United Nations Peacekeeping — a day to acknowledge and celebrate the hundreds of thousands of men and women who work in UN peace missions across the world. Despite not being mentioned in the UN Charter, peacekeeping has become an essential mechanism for maintaining peace and security...

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    Saudi Arabia, a Serious Rights Abuser, Seeks Human Rights Council Presidency

    by  • May 14, 2015 • WORLDVIEWS • 
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    Saudi Arabia wants to be the next president of the United Nations Human Rights Council, the UN’s main human-rights body and based in Geneva. Tribune de Genève confirmed that the country, a grave human-rights abuser, is lobbying for its turn at the top of the human-rights table. The election should take place in December...

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    The Philippines’ Population Boom Will Hurt Its Economic Boom

    by  • May 12, 2015 • WORLDVIEWS • 
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    Flooding in Manila. JOE PENNEY

    DAVAO, Philippines — An Asian country with more than 100 million people, spread over 7,000 islands, the Philippines is probably best known for two things: the boxer and native son, Manny Pacquiao, who just lost a big fight, and devastating typhoons that periodically sweep across the country, leaving widespread death and destruction in their...

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    After a Notable UN Career, Sending Young Women to University in Burkina Faso

    by  • May 10, 2015 • WORLDVIEWS • 
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    Sophie, a midwifery student

    SAINT-QUAY-PORTRIEUX, France — My wife, Kathryn, was against it from the beginning. “You’ll have no time for yourself,” she said. In a sense, she was right. Five years after starting a nongovernment organization that supports women’s higher education in Burkina Faso, I spend three to four hours a day on the computer running an...

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