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    Peace Wins a Place in Several New UN Development Goals

    by  • August 29, 2015 • WORLDVIEWS • 
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    Grave of Starokostiantyniv Serhiy Bondarchuk, Euromaidan, May 2104

    A key new element in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development that will be adopted formally in late September at the United Nations is the inclusion of goals and targets that go beyond the traditional development objectives of the Millennium Development Goals and address social transformation more broadly. In particular, the new framework singles...

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    The UN’s Global Compact: Ending ‘Business as Usual’?

    by  • July 28, 2015 • WORLDVIEWS • 
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    Global Compact

    Imagine a world in which promoting women’s empowerment in the workplace were as important to companies as ensuring high profit margins or preventing the degradation of water supplies. Such was the imaginative thrust of Kofi Annan’s 1999 speech to the World Economic Forum in Davos. In its wake, the United Nations Global Compact, the...

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    Special Envoys: Viceroys of the UN

    by  • July 21, 2015 • WORLDVIEWS • 
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    Sigrid Kaag

    SYDNEY, Australia — As with most innovations at the United Nations, the genesis of the concept of the special representative, or special envoy, of the secretary-general can be traced back to Dag Hammarskjold, the UN secretary-general. Special envoys were dispatched earlier than the Hammarskjold era; they included Folke Bernadotte, a Swede, and his successor,...

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

    by  • June 23, 2015 • WORLDVIEWS • 1 Comment
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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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