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    Was America’s Attack on Syria Legal? An Asian Expert’s View

    by  • April 26, 2017 • Disarmament, Middle East, Security Council, Syria, US Foreign Relations, WORLDVIEWS • 

    The images of civilians, particularly children, being asphyxiated by chemical substances and dying in Idlib Province of Syria on April 4 were a game changer. Judging that the chemical attack was carried out by the Syrian government, the United States, two days later, attacked Syria’s Shayrat airbase with 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles. The US...

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    Nikki Haley: Don’t Forget LGBTI Rights at the UN Security Council

    by  • April 17, 2017 • Human Rights, LGBT, US-UN Relations, WORLDVIEWS • 

    WASHINGTON, D. C. — Nikki Haley, the United States ambassador to the United Nations, has articulated an ambitious blueprint for the American presidency of the UN Security Council this month. One pillar of the US approach will be what she called an “unprecedented” thematic session on human rights to enable the achievement of international peace and...

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    Trump’s Defunding of the UN Population Fund Will Punish Poor Women

    by  • April 6, 2017 • Africa, US Foreign Relations, US-UN Relations, WORLDVIEWS • 2 Comments

    I met Dr. Solomon Orero in 2008 at a ceremony where he was honored for his heroic work in reproductive health in Kenya by the Feminist Majority Foundation. I was heavily involved, since 2002, in 34 Million Friends of the United Nations Population Fund, which asked for one dollar from 34 million Americans to...

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    Female Drug Users Face Harsh Stigmatization: Global Drug Report

    by  • April 3, 2017 • Gender-Based Violence, Health and Population, WORLDVIEWS • 

    For the first time in almost 50 years, the International Narcotics Control Board, an independent body of the United Nations drug-control system, has included a thematic chapter on women and drugs in its 2016 annual report. This substantive inclusion of a gender perspective in discussing international drug policies is a step forward. Yet it...

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    The UN Pension Fund’s Leaders Must Go

    by  • March 30, 2017 • UN pension fund, WORLDVIEWS • 3 Comments

    The General Assembly resolution passed in December could not have been clearer: the United Nations pension fund has failed to deliver on both the investment side, led by Carol Boykin, and the secretariat side, led by Sergio Arvizú. The resolution came on the heels of critical reports documenting massive foreign-exchange losses, low investment income...

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    Advice to António Guterres: A Leaner UN Could Be a Better UN

    by  • March 27, 2017 • Secretary-General, US-UN Relations, WORLDVIEWS • 

    GENEVA — Whether or not he is a fan of Chinese characters, António Guterres will have to discover the double meaning of a crisis as opportunity. United Nations corridors on First Avenue in New York are buzzing with anxiety about the possibility of impending cuts in funding from the United States, with hints from...

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    Syrian Women on the Opposition Side Play a Direct Role at Peace Talks

    by  • March 23, 2017 • Gender-Based Violence, Syria, WORLDVIEWS • 

    GENEVA — As the latest round of the United Nations-led Syrian peace negotiations gets underway here, Syrian women activists are demanding — and playing — a central role. Achieving the goal of a democratic, inclusive Syria, in light of the country’s decades-long history of patriarchy is not easy. Many Syrian men — and some...

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    UN Secretary-General Guterres: Please Protect Our Pension Fund

    by  • March 2, 2017 • Secretary-General, UN pension fund, WORLDVIEWS • 4 Comments

    United Nations staff members and retirees, concerned for many years about low-investment performance by our $54 billion pension fund and unprecedented delays in benefit payments, welcomed the adoption last December of a General Assembly resolution that allayed worries about attempts to privatize the fund. The resolution reaffirmed that UN financial rules and regulations remain the...

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