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    New Human Rights Council Members Include China and Saudi Arabia

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

    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 Vietnam. [...]

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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 • 2 Comments

    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 work [...]

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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 • 2 Comments

    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 draw [...]

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    The Importance of Recruiting Midwives

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

    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 of [...]

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    At Masq, Burlesque Mixed With a Notable Kitchen

    by  • September 15, 2013 • UN EATS • 

    Masq Restaurant and Lounge

    At long last, there’s a burlesque hall right down the street from the United Nations. I just go there for the food, of course. “From live music and always plenty of room to dance, to Dinner Theatre featuring Coney Island Side Shows, Burlesque and Soulful Singing, our entertainment is always eclectic and fun!” boasts the venue’s [...]

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    The Arms Trade Treaty Attracts 67 Signers So Far

    by  • June 4, 2013 • Disarmament, General Assembly, Peace and Security • 

    Romanian ambassador to the UN

    The creation of the Arms Trade Treaty, which aims to control the international trade of conventional weapons and reduce “human suffering,” marks a solid achievement for the United Nations this year in its primary role of securing peace worldwide. And so it went to great lengths on June 3 to promote the success at special [...]

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    Far-Reaching Changes Remake the UN Food and Agriculture Organization

    by  • May 13, 2013 • Humanitarian Aid, UN Agencies, World Bank • 

    An olive oil plant in Tunisia

      BERLIN — The fight against hunger became a primary goal of the United Nations system early on. In 1943, United States President Franklin D. Roosevelt convened an international conference that reached agreement on the founding of the Food and Agriculture Organization, and two years later, on Oct. 16, 1945, only days before the founding [...]

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