• Ban Ki-moon receives the Seoul Peace Prize in South Korea on Oct. 29, 2012, with his wife, Yoo Soon-taek.

    Ban Ki-moon’s Turbulent UN Years, in His Own Words

    by  • September 21, 2016 • 2 Comments

    With a cease-fire in Syria collapsing around him and bombs destroying precious relief supplies intended for the hungry, traumatized survivors of relentless government attacks on the once grand city of Aleppo, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon used his last speech to open a UN General Assembly debating season to lash out at the government...

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    Celebrating Children's Day at Chaoyang Project Hope School in Beijing. ALAN YE/CREATIVE COMMONS

    Six Asian Nations Lead in Seriously Skewed Sex Ratios at Birth

    by  • September 28, 2016 • 

    An unprecedented imbalance in sex ratios of more boys than girls being born is seriously underway in six Asian countries. As the imbalances spread across reproductive and marriageable age groups, the well-being of those Asian nations, which together represent nearly two-fifths of the world’s population, is threatened. The unusually high sex ratios at birth...

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    Theresa May, center, with Jan Eliasson, deputy secretary-general of the UN, left, and Ban Ki-moon, secretary-general, right. ESKINDER DEBEBE/UN PHOTO

    What World Leaders Said — and Left Out — at the UN Refugee-Migrant Meeting

    by  • September 19, 2016 • 

    At the inaugural United Nations Summit for Refugees and Migrants in New York City on Sept. 19, dozens upon dozens of speakers said their piece on the contentious subject of migratory flows concerning the world. But few offered specific ways to solve the global problem of people who are moving in desperate, sometimes deadly...

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    Targeted Attacks and Curbs on Media Rising in South Asia

    by  • September 15, 2016 • 

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    The countries of South Asia, stretching from Afghanistan to the Burmese border, have enjoyed a large measure of press freedom, with relatively few long interruptions, since the days of British colonialism. Recently, however, reports of episodes of violence and intimidation of journalists have been emerging across the region, where India is the dominant power....

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    A New Year at the UN: Getting Serious About Global Disorder?

    by  • September 12, 2016 • 

    DAVOS/SWITZERLAND, 28JAN11 - Angela Merkel, Federal Chancellor of Germany captured after the session 'Revitalizing Global Trade' at the Annual Meeting 2011 of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, January 28, 2011.Copyright by World Economic Forum swiss-image.ch/Photo by Sebastian Derungs

    Government leaders from around the world are gathering in New York for the opening on Tuesday of the 71st session of the United Nations General Assembly, an event haunted by momentous crises demanding undivided attention and action from all member countries. Responses in both the General Assembly (whose powers are limited) and the Security Council...

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