Former Peace Corps Volunteers Reach Out to Help New Refugees in US

    by  • October 23, 2016 • Migration, WORLDVIEWS • 


    BERLIN — The former Tempelhof Airport here has quickly become Germany’s biggest center sheltering refugees in the last year. Decades earlier, the site had gained fame for the Luftbrücke — the air-bridge serving Allied transport planes in 1948-1949 to ferry tons of supplies everyday to beleaguered West Berliners isolated by the Soviet Union, which encircled...

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    The Right to Abortion and to Education: Legal Safety Nets for Girls Caught Up in War

    by  • October 10, 2016 • WORLDVIEWS • 

    Afghan school girl Mette Bastholm/HELMAND PRT/CREATIVE COMMONS

    Rape is prevalent in many armed conflicts around the world today. Government security forces, nonstate militias and violent extremists use rape as a weapon of war. Women and girls are disproportionately targeted for such attacks and many endure the foreseeable biological consequence of rape: pregnancy. Rape of women and girls affects their legal rights...

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    Don’t Forget: Our Forests Are Valuable and We Live There

    by  • September 1, 2016 • WORLDVIEWS • 

    Villagers near the Kanha National Park in Madhya Pradesh, India, where people coexist with the tiger population. ALLAN HOPKINS

    HONOLULU — Conservation organizations dedicated to protecting the world’s biodiversity hot spots often fail to take into account why the forests are still standing. Often, it is the indigenous people who have lived there since time immemorial who protected and preserved these lands. This is a crucial issue that the major conservation organizations must address...

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    Personalities Can’t Be Ignored in Candidacies for UN Secretary-General

    by  • August 16, 2016 • WORLDVIEWS • 3 Comments

    Irina Bokova with President François Hollande of France,  at Unesco general conference in November 2015. N. HOUGUENADE/UNESCO

    What personal qualities are needed to become a successful United Nations secretary-general? The 2016 campaign to select a new leader features many novelties in the UN’s history: an official list of candidates, public job interviews by the General Assembly and informal panel debates in London and New York. Civil society coalitions and the current...

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    A Sorry State of Affairs: Ban Ki-moon Has No Climate Plan for UN

    by  • August 2, 2016 • WORLDVIEWS • 

    A sandstorm, or huboob, in El Fasher, North Darfur, Sudan, where the UN has a peacekeeping mission. ADRIAN DRAGNEA/UNAMID

    How green is the United Nations’ own environmental policies? Shepherding the Paris climate agreement to conclusion in December 2015 has been a major achievement of Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. The agreement got more than 190 states to commit to hold the increase in the global average temperature to below 2 degrees centigrade, above pre-industrial levels....

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    Why Feminists Shouldn’t Say the Next UN Secretary-General Must Be a Woman

    by  • July 26, 2016 • WORLDVIEWS • 4 Comments

    Natalia Gherman

    Twitter proved more effective than papal smoke signals in getting out the results of the first straw poll of candidates aspiring to be the ninth secretary-general of the United Nations. This is one reason that although some confidentiality is desirable in what is currently a recruitment process rather than an election, the 1 for...

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    How the UN Public Information Office Works

    by  • July 25, 2016 • WORLDVIEWS • 

    A UN secretary-general candidates' town hall was held in the General Assembly on July 12, 2016. EVAN SCHNEIDER/UN PHOTO

    BERLIN — From the beginning, the member states of the United Nations understood the great significance of efficient communication: in resolution 13(I) of Feb. 13, 1946, the General Assembly established the Department of Public Information in the Secretariat and emphasized: “The United Nations cannot achieve the purposes for which it has been created unless...

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