June 2013

Alcinda Abreu, environment minister of Mozambique

It’s Down to Latin America v. Africa to Lead UN Women

After several months of public speculation at the United Nations, two candidates are now in tight contention for the executive director post of UN Women, the main agency tasked with promoting the treatment and rights of women worldwide since it began operating in January 2011. Rebeca Grynspan, 57, is one contender. Since 2010, she has …

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A Tale of Sierra Leone and Striving for Transparency

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 of …

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Afghan children visiting the US

A Less Peaceful World, Marginally

Over the last year, the world has become a less peaceful place, and although the rate of decline was not tremendous, the deterioration has been steady since 2008, says a new report, the Global Peace Index. The factors behind the negative trend include a rise in the number of internal conflicts, a widening gap in …

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Malians-bathing-in-Gao

The Real Test of Mali? Holding a Presidential Election in July

BAMAKO, Mali — Here in the capital, far from the fight against the Al Qaeda-linked Islamist militants in the north of the country, people are still overwhelmingly supportive of the French military intervention, which began early this year to oust the jihadists. They are also still comfortable with the presence of French and African-led troops …

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Master of Science in Humanitarian Studies at Fordham University
Jody Williams, Nobel Peace Prize laureate

Make Peace Not War, Activists Push at the UN

  A lifeless baby lies on the ground. Half of a woman’s face has been blown off. A mother screams in a hospital after losing her son because of inadequate medication. A text fills the big white screen: global military spending amounts to $1.7 trillion a year. Less than a fifth of that would pay …

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Tsuneo Nishida, Japanese ambassador to the UN

Japan’s Take on Peace, Human Rights and the UN

Tsuneo Nishida, the Japanese ambassador to the United Nations, spoke recently on his country’s positions on peace and security, disarmament, human rights and UN reform. Japan, which is the world’s third-largest economy and second-biggest contributor (after the United States) to the UN’s general budget, is planning to run for an elected seat on the Security …

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Vocational training center north of Amman, Jordan

Today’s Youth, Facing Mostly Grim Futures

No group in the global population has more at stake after the Millennium Development Goals‘ deadline of 2015 than children and young people. That would seem obvious, but predictions vary widely on what kind of a world these young people will inherit and how they are prepared for whatever happens. The Population Reference Bureau, with …

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Master of Science in Humanitarian Studies at Fordham University
G20 meeting at the Kremlin

The G20 vs. the UN Development System: Two Rivals Heat Up

The Group of 20 nations is more capable of replicating development success models than the United Nations manages to do within its own development ranks, representing a major challenge to the UN system and its second-most important agenda item after the maintenance of peace and security. The G20 also represents other challenges to the UN …

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M23 troops in Bunagana, Congo

Britain Steps Into the Battle Against War Rapists

LONDON — When Angelina Jolie and William Hague traveled to the Democratic Republic of the Congo in March, the Hollywood star and the British foreign minister naturally attracted attention. But what they came for — to announce a plan by the British government to bring war rapists to justice — might have been met with …

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Collecting firewood at the Kanyaruchinya IDP camp, Congo

Congolese Women Grow More Demanding of Local Governments

A global women’s organization with wide experience in peace-building recently brought together scores of prominent women from six African nations to take well-defined steps for dealing with the root causes of the persistent sexual violence occurring in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Declaring that peace in eastern Congo could bring peace to the entire Great Lakes area of …

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Susan Rice, US ambassador to the UN

Susan Rice Leaves the UN as Samantha Power Is to Be Nominated

Susan E. Rice, the United States ambassador to the United Nations and a member of President Obama’s Cabinet, will become the country’s national security adviser, replacing Tom Donilon, 58, who has resigned, as expected. Rice’s new position will not require approval from the Senate. Obama will announce that Samantha Power, 42, is to be nominated …

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Master of Science in Humanitarian Studies at Fordham University
Romanian ambassador to the UN

The Arms Trade Treaty Attracts 67 Signers So Far

The creation of the Arms Trade Treaty, which aims to control the international trade of conventional weapons and reduce “human suffering,” marks a solid achievement for the United Nations this year in its primary role of securing peace worldwide. And so it went to great lengths on June 3 to promote the success at special …

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