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    No Room for LGBT Rights in the New UN Development Goals

    by  • May 17, 2015 • Development, LGBT, Sustainable Development Goals • 1 Comment
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    Amina Mohammed

    Before this year ends, the United Nations will have committed itself and its 193 member governments to a new 15-year development strategy to be hailed as a blueprint for ending poverty, expanding social justice and strengthening equality. Equality for whom is the question. Missing by deliberate design from the new plan, called the Sustainable...

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    Has Russia Dashed All Hopes for a Female Secretary-General?

    by  • April 30, 2015 • General Assembly, Secretary-General, US-UN Relations, Women's Issues • 
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    Vitaly Churkin, Russia’s ambassador to the UN

    Has Russia put the kibosh on the chances that the next secretary-general of the United Nations will be a woman? As Vitaly Churkin walked ramrod-straight in his dark suit to a working-group discussion at the UN on the process of selecting the next secretary-general, he acted as if he owned the place. Some might...

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    Minding Your Pronunciations and Protocols at That ‘Women’s Conference’ [Video]

    by  • March 26, 2015 • Gender-Based Violence, Women's Issues • 
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    Extremism event. LAURA E. KIRKPATRICK

    Are you wondering what happened at that “women’s conference at the United Nations,” as one (male) writer at The New York Times called it? Here is a recap of things to think about from the annual Commission on the Status of Women, held March 9-20, assessing how women’s rights and related gender issues are...

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    An Independent Report on Sexual Abuse Cases by UN Peacekeepers Surfaces

    by  • March 16, 2015 • Peace and Security, UN Peacekeeping, Women's Issues • 1 Comment
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    United Nations peacekeepers participating in a ceremony at the mission in South Sudan.

    A report commissioned by the United Nations but never made public — which studied sexual exploitation and abuse committed by UN peacekeepers — has been released online by AIDS-Free World, a nonprofit organization founded by two former UN officials, Stephen Lewis and Paula Donovan. The report, written by an independent three-person team, was based...

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    At the UN’s Yearly Meeting on Women, Scrutinizing the Slow, Patchy Gains on Equality

    by  • March 8, 2015 • Gender-Based Violence, Women's Issues • 
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    Bangladesh women carry bundles of sticks. SCOTT WALLACE/WORLD BANK

    Two decades after the world’s largest gathering of women adopted an ambitious plan to improve if not legalize gender equality, women are marginally better off in many walks of life, depending on the country and urban versus rural regions. Progress has been documented across a range of categories, but setbacks have spoiled overall advances....

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    New UN Senior Personnel Appointments Show Gap in Gender Parity

    by  • February 17, 2015 • GOINGS-ON • 2 Comments
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    Atul Khare of India

    Important new senior personnel appointments announced so far in 2015 by the United Nations secretary-general, Ban Ki-moon, range from peacekeeping operations to trade and development, with other candidates named to deal with preventing tuberculosis worldwide and eradicating Ebola in West Africa. The nationalities of the new appointees include an Indian, a Bulgarian, three Americans,...

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    What Matters Most in Choosing the Next UN Chief? Politics, Geography and Maybe Gender

    by  • January 21, 2015 • Secretary-General, Security Council, US-UN Relations • 
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    Ban Ki-moon, his wife, Yoo Soon-taek, meet with former Secretary-General Javier Pérez de Cuéllar in Lima, Peru.

    The post of United Nations secretary-general may or may not be “the world’s most impossible job,” as its first occupant, Trygve Lie, a Norwegian, once described it. In any case, UN members must choose a successor to Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon well before the close of 2016. Some potential candidates are already campaigning for the...

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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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    The UN Development Program: A New Crisis or a New Opportunity?

    by  • June 10, 2014 • WORLDVIEWS • 1 Comment
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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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    Major New Staff Appointments at the UN and Departures

    by  • June 16, 2014 • GOINGS-ON • 
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    Maria Eugenia Casar

    Ban Ki-moon, the United Nations secretary-general, has appointed at least a dozen new people to high-level positions — including five women — primarily in Africa in the last few months, while the organization also loses some executives. Three new force commanders have been named for various peacekeeping missions as well. At Unicef, Anthony Lake,...

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