What Do UN Staff Members Want From the Next Secretary-General?

While the United Nations approaches a major change at the top in selecting a new secretary-general for the next five years and conflicts across the globe continue to erupt, criticisms of UN management seem only to grow. The topic of management skills of the next secretary-general came up repeatedly during the public hearings held by … Read more

Betting on a Data Revolution to Help Manage UN Development Goals

The United Nations is positioning itself to turn the vast amount of digital data generated by users all over the world into a key source of information to help write and track the goals for the post-2015 development agenda. The aim is to seize for development purposes data generated by individuals through digital networks, cellphone … Read more

 

The UN Leaves Women’s Rights Defenders in the Cold

For all its words about human rights and women’s issues, the United Nations has so far given lukewarm political support to defenders of gender rights worldwide — particularly women who defend women’s rights, a dangerous occupation in many regions. These women generally work in challenging circumstances, and their hard-won victories, by their own accounts, suffer … Read more

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The New War on Drugs: Regulation From Cultivation to Consumption

Cocaine bales on USS Nicholas

The first day this year began with one of the most surprising achievements in the push against the prohibition of drugs in the United States. In Colorado, thousands of people bought cannabis legally after decades of harsh restrictive laws since the so-called war on drugs had been put in place in the 1980s by President … Read more

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