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    France and the UN Pressured to Act on Troops’ Sex Abuse in Central Africa

    by  • June 6, 2015 • Africa, Gender-Based Violence, UN Agencies • 1 Comment
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    The M'Poko camp, in Bangui, for internally displaced people in the Central African Republic, photographed in 2014 and where the sex abuse by international peacekeepers apparently occurred. CATIANNE TIJERINA/UN PHOTO

    The uproar over accusations that French soldiers assigned to peacekeeping had sexually abused about a dozen boys in the Central African Republic from late 2013 through mid-2014 has shifted focus from the apparent behavior of the soldiers to the role the United Nations played in dealing with the allegations. The French soldiers were not...

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    Making the Case for a Greater US Presence in UN Peacekeeping

    by  • June 2, 2015 • Africa, Peace and Security, UN Peacekeeping, US-UN Relations • 
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    A female police officer for UN peacekeeping. LOGAN ABASSI

    United Nations peacekeeping needs new kinds of tools and troops to counter the demands posed by forces waging catastrophic wars beyond the control of governments and without even a semblance of adherence to the most rudimentary ethical rules of combat or international war crimes laws. The urgent need to rethink and retool peacekeeping, already...

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    Recent Senior Appointments at the UN Show Stubborn Gender Gap

    by  • June 4, 2015 • GOINGS-ON • 1 Comment
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    Maj. Gen. Michael Lollesgaard of Denmark, the new force commander in Mali.

    A roundup of new high-level appointments announced by the United Nations in the last three months runs the usual gamut from special envoys to new heads of agencies. These new senior appointments, made by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, show a continuing preponderance of men over women, with the latest roundup revealing a startling ratio of 18...

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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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    No Room for LGBT Rights in the New UN Development Goals

    by  • May 17, 2015 • Development, LGBT, Sustainable Development Goals • 4 Comments
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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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