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    Why Would Anyone Want This Job? The WHO Prepares to Elect a New Chief

    by  • April 24, 2017 • Africa, Asia, Health and Population, Sustainable Development Goals, UN Agencies, US Foreign Relations, US-UN Relations • 

    GENEVA — In late May by secret paper ballot, all 194 member states of the World Health Assembly that have paid their dues will cast their votes for one of three final candidates in the first-ever election of the planet’s top doctor: the director-general of the World Health Organization. The candidates are Tedros Adhanom...

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    A Poverty-Easing Plan to Help Displaced People and Their Host Countries

    by  • December 9, 2016 • Development, Humanitarian Aid, Middle East, Migration, Refugees, World Bank • 

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — One year ago, almost 1 percent of the world’s population, about 65 million people, had been forcibly displaced from their homes. That is a population size that would constitute a nation larger than Britain or would be the world’s 21st-largest country. But instead of creating their own country, the majority of the...

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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 • 

    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

    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 • 2 Comments

    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

    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 • 

    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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    World Bank, WHO and Japan Seek Full Health Coverage in All Nations

    by  • December 23, 2013 • Development, Health and Population, World Bank • 

    While Americans quarrel over the Affordable Care Act — Obamacare — much of the rest of the world has established or is moving toward universal health care for all citizens, and the World Bank is taking a lead in setting measurable targets for meeting that goal as a priority in human development. “The quest...

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    Could European Social Democracy Happen in Bangladesh?

    by  • December 11, 2013 • WORLDVIEWS • 

    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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    So You Want to Be a Furnace Cleaner? Nyet!

    by  • November 11, 2013 • Women, World Bank • 

    Belarus stadium

    If you are an aspiring snowmobile driver in Kazakhstan and happen to be a woman, you’re out of luck. The same goes for operating cranes at sea, among other labor-intensive jobs in the country, which bans women from dozens of such positions. It could be worse. In Russia alone, women are barred from 456...

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    Bangladeshi Pioneer Invests in Women From the ‘Ultra-Poor’

    by  • October 27, 2013 • Asia, Development, Women • 

    Fazle Hasan Abed, founder of BRAC

    Fazle Hasan Abed runs the world’s largest nongovernmental development organization. He has garnered numerous international prizes, honorary degrees, very important friends and a British knighthood. Yet in the United States, Abed’s successes, won through a creative self-help program centered on mothers and their families, are virtually unknown. So here is his story, and BRAC‘s....

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    Where’s the Money? Funds for Millennium Development Goals Lag

    by  • September 25, 2013 • Africa, Asia, Development, General Assembly, Health and Population • 1 Comment

    Garbage dump in Bamako, Mali

    With 827 days to go until the 2015 deadline for the Millennium Development Goals — the United Nations’ flagship agenda for global development — the buzzword at the General Assembly’s annual opening debate in New York this week was “acceleration.” A clear sense of urgency dominated many talks, particularly as the world body prepares to...

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    A Tale of Sierra Leone and Striving for Transparency

    by  • June 26, 2013 • Africa, Development, Governance, Humanitarian Aid, Peace and Security, Security Council • 1 Comment

    Britain, the world’s major center for investment in the extractive industries, is reviving the international debate on how open management of mining can prevent conflicts. The issue was raised in a Security Council meeting on June 19, after a seven-year hiatus on the subject in that setting. It was also discussed at the Group...

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    Poverty Experts Want New Thinking on Development Goals

    by  • June 3, 2013 • Africa, Asia, Development, General Assembly, Women • 1 Comment

    A colonial-era home in Bolama, an island off Guinea-Bissau

    If 2015 comes and goes with a significant number of Millennium Development Goals failing to meet their targets, questions will abound over whom or what to blame. There will also be skepticism over reports that a few of the goals have already been met with 100 percent success. In general, specialists in development have...

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