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    No Room for LGBT Rights in the New UN Development Goals

    by  • May 17, 2015 • Development, LGBT, Sustainable Development Goals • 2 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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    For Elephants in Zimbabwe, a Deeply Troubling Present and Future

    by  • March 17, 2015 • Africa, Climate and Environment • 
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    An elephant in its natural habitat in the Kariba area of Zimbabwe, August 2014. TRISHULA PATEL

    HARARE, Zimbabwe — Elephants across the African continent face poaching, loss of habitable land and food supplies and culling. When World Wildlife Day was marked this month, the United Nations General Assembly discussed wildlife crime across the globe, including the threat to elephants, which are declining in number throughout Africa. Here in Zimbabwe, they...

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    Will Statisticians Get the Last Word on the UN’s New Development Goals?

    by  • March 9, 2015 • Sustainable Development Goals • 1 Comment
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    n Burkina Faso , as part of the Project for the consolidation of peace and governance in the Sahel , UNDP implements activities to strengthen the resilience of communities and improve the livelihoods of the most vulnerable , with the financial support Government of Japan. A Kienséré village of Mouhoun , Dédougou , drilling now offers access to clean water . Credit: UNDP Burkina Faso

    There are three things you need to know about the negotiations over the United Nations’ next set of global development goals, which will be adopted by world leaders at the General Assembly this September and remain in effect for the next 15 years: Almost everybody agrees that the proposed 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)...

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    Controversy Stirs Over Sam Kutesa, Candidate for UN General Assembly President

    by  • June 2, 2014 • Africa, General Assembly • 
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    Sam Kutesa

    Milton Allimadi wants Sam Kutesa, Uganda’s foreign minister, not to become the next president of the 69th session of the United Nations General Assembly, starting in September, when its annual meeting begins with heads of state attending worldwide, including in past years President Barack Obama. Allimadi, who was born in Uganda and is the...

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    New Human Rights Council Members Include China and Saudi Arabia

    by  • November 12, 2013 • General Assembly, Human Rights • 
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    Human Rights Council vote 2013

    The United Nations General Assembly has elected 14 new members to three-year terms on the 45-member Human Rights Council, which is based in Geneva. The new countries to serve on the council, starting on Jan. 1, 2014, are Algeria, Britain, China, Cuba, France, Macedonia, Maldives, Mexico, Morocco, Namibia, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa and...

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    The International Criminal Court Fends Off ‘Ferocious’ Attack, Prosecutor Says

    by  • September 28, 2013 • Africa, Human Rights, ICC, International Justice, Middle East, Security Council • 1 Comment
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    Fatou Bensouda, ICC prosecutor

    The International Criminal Court’s chief prosecutor – Fatou Bensouda – was busy in New York this week, rallying support for the court on the sidelines of the 68th United Nations General Assembly annual debate. The Gambia native, who succeeded Luis Moreno-Ocampo, an Argentine, to head the  prosecutor’s office, talked exclusively to PassBlue about her...

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    Where’s the Money? Funds for Millennium Development Goals Lag

    by  • September 25, 2013 • Africa, Asia, Development, General Assembly, Health and Population • 1 Comment
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    Garbage dump in Bamako, Mali

    With 827 days to go until the 2015 deadline for the Millennium Development Goals — the United Nations’ flagship agenda for global development — the buzzword at the General Assembly’s annual opening debate in New York this week was “acceleration.” A clear sense of urgency dominated many talks, particularly as the world body prepares to...

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    The Importance of Recruiting Midwives

    by  • September 22, 2013 • General Assembly, Health and Population, Women's Issues • 
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    Afghan midwives

    About 350,000 women die while pregnant or giving birth every year, up to 2 million newborns die within the first 24 hours of life, and 2.6 million stillbirths occur annually says the United Nations Population Fund. A push to train more midwives worldwide and to increase their role in preventing the persistently high number...

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