September 2013

Samantha Power

At Long Last, the UN Security Council Unites on a Syrian Resolution

In rare action-packed diplomacy at the United Nations, a draft resolution was agreed on Sept. 26 by the five permanent members of the Security Council, reinforcing the plan made earlier in the month between Russia and the United States to dismantle Syria’s chemical weapons arsenal, after Syria agreed to join the Chemical Weapons Convention. Yet …

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Garbage dump in Bamako, Mali

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

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 draw …

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Master of Science in Humanitarian Studies at Fordham University
Rosario, Carite in the Philippines

The Post-2015 UN Development Agenda

One of the success stories of the United Nations has been its capacity to serve as a forum to agree on global development goals. They include not only those set in the UN Development Decades, but also in the series of UN conferences convened since the 1970s and particularly the series of summits that started …

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Afghan midwives

The Importance of Recruiting Midwives

About 350,000 women die while pregnant or giving birth every year, up to 2 million newborns die within the first 24 hours of life, and 2.6 million stillbirths occur annually says the United Nations Population Fund. A push to train more midwives worldwide and to increase their role in preventing the persistently high number of …

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Radislav Krstic

Nobody Wants This Bosnian Serb War Criminal

Radislav Krstic was indicted on Oct. 30, 1998, by the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia for his role in the July 1995 Srebrenica massacre in Bosnia-Herzegovina. Krstic was the deputy commander and chief of staff of the Bosnian Serb Army from October 1994 to July 1995, when he was promoted to major general …

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Master of Science in Humanitarian Studies at Fordham University
Masq Restaurant and Lounge

At Masq, Burlesque Mixed With a Notable Kitchen

At long last, there’s a burlesque hall right down the street from the United Nations. I just go there for the food, of course. “From live music and always plenty of room to dance, to Dinner Theatre featuring Coney Island Side Shows, Burlesque and Soulful Singing, our entertainment is always eclectic and fun!” boasts the venue’s …

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UN SG meets with Mayor of Vienna

Ban Ki-Moon’s Life on Sundays

Ban Ki-moon, 69, has been the secretary-general of the United Nations since 2007. A South Korean, Ban spent his childhood in a war-torn country and later experienced its rebirth as an industrial power in Asia. His job never stops, so on Sundays he works, taking calls on his BlackBerry and responding to queries from his …

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Samantha Power, US Envoy to the UN, Shames Russia for Impasse

Samantha Power, the United States ambassador to the United Nations, pointed a finger straight at Russia for crippling the Security Council in doing its job to secure peace in Syria as the White House continues its intense political campaign to use force against the government of Syria. It is trying to rally support to respond …

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Master of Science in Humanitarian Studies at Fordham University
UN entryway

New York City and the UN: Cool but Useful Partners

As most people know, the United Nations headquarters rests on a prime slice of New York City real estate along the East River, stretching from East 42nd to East 48th Streets on First Avenue. The UN agreed to adopt the site as its home as a second-best option in 1946, after acquiring a suburban campus …

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Ban Ki-moon

The UN Awaits Results of Chemical Weapons Analysis From Syria

  In the daily unfolding drama behind the recent investigation by a United Nations team on the use of chemical weapons in Syria, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced today that all biomedical and environmental samples gathered by the inspectors “at sites of possible chemical weapons use in Syria” will arrive at designated laboratories in Europe …

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New Development Goals, Plus Ça Change?

“If we want things to change, some things will have to stay as they are.” This inversion of Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa‘s aphorism summarizes a key finding of a recent global survey on the future development goals. A select group of development commentators favors maintaining most of the familiar Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) after 2015. …

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