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    The UN’s Support of Midwifery and the Serious Gaps That Remain

    by  • December 21, 2015 • Africa, Health and Population, Sustainable Development Goals, UN Agencies, Women's Issues • 
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    The world faces a shortage of midwives, who could crucially cut the maternal death rate. Here, Cambodians training to be midwives, in an Australian financed program at the Technical School for Medical Care in Phnom Penh. CHRISTOFFE GARGIULO

    Midwifery is one of the world’s most ancient vocations, its practitioners playing a prominent role dating back to the Bible. In much of the world, midwives continue to play an important role in maintaining the health of women and newborns. It should come as no surprise, then, that investments in this occupation, according to...

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    Peace Wins a Place in Several New UN Development Goals

    by  • August 29, 2015 • WORLDVIEWS • 1 Comment
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    Grave of Starokostiantyniv Serhiy Bondarchuk, Euromaidan, May 2104

    A key new element in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development that will be adopted formally in late September at the United Nations is the inclusion of goals and targets that go beyond the traditional development objectives of the Millennium Development Goals and address social transformation more broadly. In particular, the new framework singles...

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    The 10 Youngest Nations by Population? They’re Mainly in Africa

    by  • February 10, 2015 • Africa, Health and Population, Poverty, Women's Issues • 
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    Men toss squash onto the banks of the Niger River in Niamey, Niger, September 18, 2013. REUTERS/Joe Penney (NIGER - Tags: SOCIETY)

    While the graying population around the world is rising in countries like Japan and South Korea, along with much of the United States and Europe, other parts of the world — primarily Africa — are experiencing the opposite situation, with young people claiming the majority. The contrast between oldest and youngest populations can be...

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    Illegal Money Transfers From Developing Nations Nearing $1 Trillion

    by  • December 17, 2014 • Governance, News Bits, World Bank • 1 Comment
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    Guinea money

    A nonprofit research organization based in Washington, D.C., estimates that in 2011 — the latest data available — $946.7 billion flowed out of developing countries in various illegal ways, including diversions by corrupt officials and businesses as well as through tax evasion, terrorist transfers and cash moved across borders in the suitcases of traffickers....

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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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    Poverty Stalks Eastern European and Central Asian Countries

    by  • March 11, 2014 • Asia, Poverty, World Bank • 
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    A family in Macedonia is making coffee using a Primus stove after a power outage

    The world’s most abjectly poor people are most often — too often, they say — illustrated by faces from South Asia or sub-Saharan¬†Africa, where numerically, the majority of the global poor live. A new interactive report from the World Bank moves the focus north, to eastern European countries and Central Asia, where scores of...

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    Jan Eliasson Explains His Role as No. 2 at the UN

    by  • January 19, 2014 • Deputy Secretary-General, Development, Peace and Security • 
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    Jan Eliasson, deputy secretary-general of the UN

    Jan Eliasson has been the deputy secretary-general of the United Nations since July 2012, the second in command after Ban Ki-moon. Eliasson, 73, is a former Swedish foreign minister and was ambassador to the United States twice, among other foreign postings. He was also president of the UN General Assembly and a key UN...

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    Obscured by a Diplomatic Dispute, Slavery Persists in India

    by  • January 13, 2014 • Asia, Human Trafficking, Women's Issues • 
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    Indian villagers participating in IPEC

    Over the last year, as India and the United States headed for an impasse over how to deal with an Indian deputy consul-general in New York indicted for visa fraud for bringing a domestic worker into the country — and then abusing the employee’s rights — numerous reports were emerging on the prevailing extent...

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    Could European Social Democracy Happen in Bangladesh?

    by  • December 11, 2013 • WORLDVIEWS • 
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    Rana Plaza in Dhaka

    Over the last year, the terrible working conditions in Bangladesh’s garment factories have made headlines around the world. The Tazreen Factory fire, in which more than a hundred people were killed, was followed quickly by the collapse of another factory at Rana Plaza, a catastrophe that killed more than 1,100 workers. Responses by Western...

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