October 2013

Georgette Gagnon of UNAMA

Will Afghan Women Survive in 2014? A UN Expert Relays the Fears

LONDON — Georgette Gagnon’s job in Afghanistan as the country representative for the United Nations high commissioner for human rights may sound like an impossible mission, given the country’s notorious instability and flagrant abuse of women’s rights. Yet it is not so much the pending Western troop withdrawal in 2014 that unnerves Afghan women, in …

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Fazle Hasan Abed, founder of BRAC

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

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. The …

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Master of Science in Humanitarian Studies at Fordham University
Coffee urns in UN cafeteria

The UN Cafeteria: Is Change on the Way?

  Good news for the captive followers of the United Nations cafeteria: Help may be on the way. The UN is selecting a new outfit to run its food services in New York, including the main cafeteria, the Delegates Dining Room and the catering of outside events held in the private rooms clustered around the …

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Monticello, a Unesco World Heritage Site

The US Could Soon Lose Its Voting Ability at Unesco

The United States may be ineligible to vote in Unesco’s November elections to choose members of the agency’s executive board and the next director-general, among other major matters, because the US stopped paying its dues as a member in October 2011. Unesco, formally called the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, is known for its …

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Angela Kane, UN high representative for disarmament affairs

The Woman Who Opened Syria for UN Inspectors

Angela Kane has covered a lot of territory for the United Nations, but one of her toughest jobs in a career spanning more than three decades may be negotiating with Syria to begin the still-uncertain process of destroying the chemical weapons that President Bashar al-Assad only recently denied he had. “It wasn’t easy,” Kane said …

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Master of Science in Humanitarian Studies at Fordham University
Blood pressure taken in Buenos Aires

For Women Over 50, the Top Killers Remain Heart Disease and Cancer

Regardless of a country’s wealth, cardiovascular diseases and cancers are the most common cause of death for women over age 50, says a new report from the World Health Organization. In developing countries, these deaths occur at earlier ages than in the rich world. Moreover, tobacco-related deaths in certain Western countries have doubled for this …

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Master of Science in Humanitarian Studies at Fordham University

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