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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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    Can Europe Get Its Act Together to Influence the Post-2015 Agenda?

    by  • June 24, 2014 • WORLDVIEWS • 
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    A Malian with a French flag, during the military intervention in 2013. JOE PENNEY/REUTERS

    BONN — As the open working group on the new sustainable development goals is nearing its last session in mid-July, the European Commission adopted a communication on June 2, outlining Europe’s priorities for the post-2015 development agenda. This work is part of the European Union’s effort to make a substantive contribution in shaping the...

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    The OPCW Should Recommend Sanctions Against Syria for Missing Deadline

    by  • June 13, 2014 • WORLDVIEWS • 
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    A chemical weapons inspector working for the United Nations arrives back at The Hague after a trip with others to Syria in August 2013.
Samples they collected were also on the plane.

    The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons has removed more than 80 percent of the world’s declared stockpile of chemical weapons through its oversight of the Chemical Weapons Convention, but the Syrian case has posed a serious challenge to the organization’s effectiveness on compliance and enforcement. Since Syria will most likely not complete...

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    For Afghanistan to Thrive, Rural Women Need Economic Opportunities

    by  • June 4, 2014 • WORLDVIEWS • 
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    Afghan women learning to plant strawberries, a high-value crop. GRACIANA DEL CASTILLO

    A virtuous circle of peace, stability and prosperity will not be possible in Afghanistan if the large majority of women continue to be marginalized. A major concern of the international community in the post-2014 period is to ensure that some of the gains that women living in urban places have experienced since 9/11 are...

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    To Better Prosecute Sexual Violence Crimes, Look to World War II

    by  • May 28, 2014 • WORLDVIEWS • 
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    Jean-Pierre Bemba

    LONDON — Crimes of sexual violence consistently result from large-scale conflict and war around the world. Rape and enforced prostitution, among other gender-based crimes, are used as a tool to enhance violence and domination and to spread fear among civilians. Whether systematic or isolated in nature, such acts leave devastating physical and psychosocial wounds...

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    In Kurdistan and Beyond, Honor Killings Remind Women They Are Worthless

    by  • May 6, 2014 • WORLDVIEWS • 1 Comment
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    A Kurdish woman in Erbil, Iraq.

    KURDISTAN, Iraq — For many women in Kurdistan, life is anything but honorable. We have come to this autonomous region in northern Iraq as social anthropologists to research violence against women — particularly, honor killings — by interviewing local experts, including United Nations personnel. We were told by a Kurdish man here that women...

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    The World Trade Organization: Seeking a Fair Balance of Interests

    by  • April 16, 2014 • WORLDVIEWS • 
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    WTO conference in Bali 2013

    Working most of the time, far away from the attention of the world public, an international organization was recently in the limelight: the World Trade Organization. After lengthy negotiations on liberalization measures in world trade, which started in 2001 and dragged on because of considerable differences of opinion between the developed and the developing...

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