August 2013

Bolivian Women in Oruro

For Many Latin American Women, Abuse Never Lets Up

Latin American and Caribbean nations have pulled ahead of most other developing regions on numerous measures of economic growth and human progress in recent years. The region has one of the world’s lowest poverty levels; hunger has been reduced to under 5 percent of the regional population; primary school enrollment rivals that of rich nations; …

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Master of Science in Humanitarian Studies at Fordham University
Robert Mugabe, president of Zimbabwe

World Tourism Meeting Goes Ahead in Zimbabwe

The timing couldn’t be more awkward. The United Nations World Tourism Organization is holding its most important global gathering this year at Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe, from August 24 to 29, barely out of the shadow of a July 31 Zimbabwean national electiondeclared fraudulent by the defeated opposition and condemned as not credible by governments …

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A Kenyan in the UN rose garden

A UN Garden, Sweet With Fair Roses

Set discreetly within the 17-acre compound of the United Nations on the East River, about 1,550 roses grow and bloom year after year. The UN roses, flowers with imaginative names, are donated by All America Rose Selections, a nonprofit group dedicated to the cause of “exceptional roses.” They consist of hybrid teas, floribundas, grandifloras and …

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Master of Science in Humanitarian Studies at Fordham University
Sudanese police women in North Darfur

Why UN Peacekeeping Falls Far Short of Female Soldiers

Since Security Council resolutions began demanding more significant attention to roles for women in conflict areas and the peace-building that follows, much of the discussion has justifiably centered on protection of civilians, because women and their children suffer most in war and dislocation. Less attention has been paid to the woeful numbers of women in …

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Li Yong, director-general of Unido

Unido: What Does Its Future Hold?

At the end of 2012, Britain withdrew its membership from the United Nations Industrial Development Organization, or Unido, the most recent of several major donor countries (including the United States and Canada) to do so. Although it has had strong support from many developing countries, Unido has for many years been regarded with skepticism by …

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Dag Burger

A New Cafe, Worthy of Dag’s Plaza

Dag Hammarskjold never had it so good — the plaza, that is, and not the late great United Nations secretary-general. After years of putting up with mediocre cafes in one of the city’s most pleasant outdoor spots, a tree-shaded stretch of 47th Street between First and Second Avenues, members of the UN community and other …

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Samantha Power

From Rice to Power at the United Nations

President Obama’s choice of Samantha Power to become the next United States ambassador to the United Nations and her recent confirmation by the Senate sends a strong, positive signal to all human-rights defenders. “As one of our country’s leading foreign policy thinkers, Samantha knows that our nation’s interests are advanced with strong and principled American …

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Master of Science in Humanitarian Studies at Fordham University
An Afghan refugee from Helmand Province

More Afghan Civilians Die as Foreign Forces Exit

After recording an encouraging drop in civilian casualties in 2012, the United Nations mission in Afghanistan now fears those gains may be reversing, based on the numbers of deaths and injuries already recorded in the first six months of 2013.Casualties have risen 23 percent over the same period in 2012, according to the UN’s midyear …

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