• Education

    These Female Students in Bangladesh Want the Power Seat at the UN

    by  • October 1, 2017 • Asia, Education, Nikki Haley Watch • 1 Comment

    If you want to understand how Donald Trump’s America is being perceived by women in the global South, my students are a good place to start. I teach international relations at an all-female liberal arts college in Chittagong, Bangladesh, which follows a Western curriculum and is attended by 700 enthusiastic young women from 16...

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    How Can CUNY and the UN Revolutionize Education for All? By Working Together

    by  • July 4, 2017 • Education, Sustainable Development Goals, WORLDVIEWS • 1 Comment

    An important meeting on global education with a dozen education ministers from across the world was held at the United Nations headquarters last week. As the meeting unfolded, we were sitting in our office a few miles away, across the East River in Brooklyn, at the New York City College of Technology, part of...

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    Who’s on the Security Council? New York City Junior Ambassadors Tour the UN

    by  • March 17, 2017 • Education, Security Council, UN Diplomats, UN-NY Relations • 

    They have years to go before they could conceivably sit in the Security Council seat as the United States ambassador to the United Nations, participate in a high-level summit on refugees or cast a vote for their country in the General Assembly. But for a select group of New York City students, the ways...

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    Timbuktu’s Ancient Manuscripts Are Being Saved but Not Translated

    by  • February 7, 2017 • Africa, Education, Unesco • 2 Comments

    TIMBUKTU — Down the road from the 700-year-old iconic Djinguereber mosque in this north-central Malian city lies the Al Qadi library, a private, family-owned collection holding hundreds of manuscripts from nearly a millennium ago. The manuscripts are priceless treasures of African history that experts say cover a range of topics, from minute religious law disputes...

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    Educators on the UN Denounce Trump’s Crackdown on Refugees

    by  • January 28, 2017 • Education, Human Rights, Middle East, Migration, Refugees, Syria, US Foreign Relations • 

    More than 700 educators and students, meeting at United Nations headquarters in New York recently, called on the international community to protect refugees’ lives, encourage countries to take in “large numbers of refugees and migrants” and do more to ensure they get an education and are protected from sexual and gender-based violence. Acting as...

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    Goodbye, Obama: A West African’s Loving Farewell

    by  • January 9, 2017 • Africa, Education, US Foreign Relations, WORLDVIEWS • 2 Comments

    ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast — The 2008 United States presidential election was an incredible time for me, here in West Africa. The election contributed to shaping my leadership skills and affected the course of my life. I used to take part in events at the US Embassy in Abidjan, our country’s commercial capital, as a...

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    Young US Graduates Falter in Knowledge of World Affairs, a Survey Finds

    by  • October 7, 2016 • Education • 

    In a crucial political year when candidates’ knowledge — or ignorance — of international affairs and foreign policy are topics among public debate in the United States, a new survey of what young Americans of college age, many of them first-time voters, really know about the world produced some sobering findings. The joint survey, commissioned...

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    John Kerry Celebrates Diversity (and His Niece) at UN School Graduation

    by  • June 4, 2016 • Education, US Foreign Relations • 1 Comment

    For the class of 2016 at the United Nations International School in Manhattan, graduation on June 2 was a special event, held in the United Nations General Assembly Hall. The speaker was Secretary of State John Kerry, who seized the moment in a turbulent, narrowly focused political year in the United States to praise...

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    Failing Public Schools Spur Global Boom in Private Education

    by  • May 16, 2016 • Education, India, Sustainable Development Goals, Unesco • 

    Chinese Children

    While governments bask in data showing that the development goal of universal access to primary education has largely been achieved, attention is turning to what that really means in the classroom. Educators and human-rights advocates question whether acceptable standards are being met in many schools, as evidence mounts of the proliferation of private education...

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    In UN Refugee Camps, Sports Soothe Trauma for Children

    by  • January 27, 2016 • Education, Gender-Based Violence, Health and Population, Refugees • 1 Comment

    Somali Refugees in Kenya

    “Sport is the only area of human existence that has achieved universal law,” said Thomas Bach, the president of the International Olympic Committee when he announced that elite athletes who were refugees could compete in the 2016 Olympics under that flag. “Regardless of where in the world we practice sport, the rules are the...

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    A New UN Nutrition Program Financed by Africans for Africans

    by  • November 10, 2015 • Africa, Development, Education, Health and Population, Women • 1 Comment

    African foreign ministers attending the Unitlife launch at the UN

    The first United Nations development aid program financed solely by African countries for their own benefit was announced recently at the UN headquarters in New York. Unitlife, which was presented as world leaders convened at the 70th session of the UN General Assembly, will tax the sale of oil, gold and other natural resources...

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    Finding True Power for Women and Girls: The UN Goals’ Toughest Task

    by  • October 27, 2015 • Africa, Asia, Education, Sustainable Development Goals, Women • 

    Challenged by the staggering agenda of the Sustainable Development Goals, which aim to abolish most of the world’s ills within 15 years, research organizations, advocacy groups and objective demographers had begun to do the math well before the goals were adopted globally in September 2015. Success or failure rests on complex equations with interlinked or...

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    Rights of Girls, a Politically Loaded Issue, May Sink in the New UN Development Goals

    by  • September 8, 2015 • Development, Education, Sustainable Development Goals • 

    When member countries of the United Nations agreed to the Millennium Development Goals 15 years ago, advocates for stronger rights for women and girls were disappointed as governments (and the Vatican) balked at reasserting the bold promises of the international conferences of the 1990s in Cairo and in Beijing. Later campaigns, inside and outside...

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    Saving Scholars Who Become Victimized in the Middle East

    by  • August 20, 2015 • Education, Middle East, Unesco • 

    Khalid al-Asaad, an internationally recognized Syrian scholar of antiquities, was beheaded by ISIS on Aug. 18 for refusing to disclose the location of archeological treasures apparently removed for safekeeping from Palmyra, one of the Middle East’s most important archeological landmarks and a Unesco World Heritage Site in Syria. This latest tragedy inflicted by ISIS highlights...

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    Rising Attacks and Cultural Obstacles Denying Education for Girls

    by  • February 13, 2015 • Education, Gender-Based Violence, Human Rights, Sustainable Development Goals • 1 Comment

    In the few months remaining before a new set of development goals are set to be adopted in the United Nations to replace the Millennium Development Goals, specialists in many fields will be drilling down into why some of those MDGs have fallen short — sometimes far short — of their aspirations, especially in...

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    Spreading the Word About the UN in Classrooms

    by  • June 26, 2014 • Education • 

    Bill Yotive’s job is to educate young students all over the world on how the United Nations functions and to teach them about its current agenda on global affairs. His work requires capturing youngsters’ attention, which can naturally drift, so Yotive must grab the moment and make it last. Yotive is a manager in...

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