December 2012

Papua New Guinea women broadcaster and journalist

Women, Storm Sentinels of the South Pacific

When hugely damaging natural disasters strike in developing nations, many deaths occur because warnings and lifesaving advice do not reach people in the path of violent storms, floods or other threats. Decades of calls for better communications and disaster preparedness could not prevent 130,000 people from dying in Bangladesh in a 1991 cyclone, nearly 300,000 …

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Young girls in Sierra Leone about to be circumcised

UN and US Congress Act to Curtail Female Cutting Globally

Only four days before Christmas, when many minds were fixated on the year-end holidays, two important steps were taken almost unnoticed to combat female genital mutilation globally, raising hopes that millions of girls might be spared the excruciatingly painful and harmful yet persistent practice. In what Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called “historic” UN action, the General …

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Tamil Tiger cadres loading up in Sri Lanka

Deep Flaws in UN Response to Sri Lanka Include R2P Failure

The United Nation’s internal report on its role during the final stages of the prolonged civil war in Sri Lanka was unusually critical of the Secretariat and highlighted major shortcomings in the UN’s response to the fighting. The report, which was leaked to the BBC days before its official release on Nov. 15, forced top …

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Master of Science in Humanitarian Studies at Fordham University
Wooden decorative dolls from Austria at the UN Gift Center.

Holiday Gifts Reduced at the UN: Pick Your Country

The United Nations Gift Center is relocating, along with the UN post office and bookstore, to the Dag Hammarskjold Library building by April or May for the continuing renovation of the UN, including the lower lobby area. The gift shop, post office and book store will still be accessible to the public in their new …

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Ban Ki-moon of the UN

Gender Parity in Upper-Level UN Jobs Remains Elusive

This year, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has so far appointed 55 people to high-level positions. Twelve of the appointees, nearly 22 percent, are women, filling roles like the special representative for children and armed conflict and the executive director of the World Food Program. Some of the people Ban appointed include Zainab Hawa Bangura …

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Susan Rice, US ambassador to the UN

Susan Rice, US Ambassador to the UN, to Stay Put for Now

President Obama announced that Susan Rice, US ambassador to the United Nations, has asked to have her name removed from consideration for US secretary of state. Hillary Clinton, who holds the position now, said she was leaving the post in 2013. “For two decades, Susan has proven to be an extraordinarily capable, patriotic, and passionate …

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Master of Science in Humanitarian Studies at Fordham University
Master of Science in Humanitarian Studies at Fordham University
Michelle Bachelet, the UN Women chief, in Jaipur, India, on Oct. 4, 2012

Chilean Voters Want Michelle Bachelet Back Home

A series of opinion polls in recent months in Chile show that Michelle Bachelet, the executive director of UN Women, is still the most popular Chilean politician three years after her four-year term as the country’s president ended. Reports from Chile say that across the political spectrum, party officials are assuming she will be returning …

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US Senate Women

Why the International Women’s Rights Treaty Matters

The time has come for the United States to ratify the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women, commonly known as Cedaw, particularly after women voters asserted themselves so effectively in recent US elections. The convention obliges signatories to “ensure the full development and advancement of women” and expressly extends its …

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Amaze restaurant Midtown NYC

Fussing With New Fusion

What are we to think about a place named Amaze Fusion and Lounge? Its Web site says that “Amaze’s atmosphere, which complements and attracts a fashion, music and entertainment clientele, takes you off the busy streets of Manhattan and transcends you to the middle of the Asian culture.” But that doesn’t really seem to be …

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