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Development

  •  March 7, 2013 
57th Commission on the Status of Women at the UN
Thousands of women worldwide flock to the Commission on the Status of Women’s conference at the United Nations every March, and this year is no exception, for good reason: the theme is eliminating and preventing all violence against women and girls. Violence is a phenomenon that all females can relate to day after day, …
  •  February 12, 2013 
The metro in Cologne, Germany
BRUSSELS — George Gershwin certainly would not have been inspired to write a symphonic tone poem about an American academic on sabbatical attempting to interpret European reactions to the United Nations. Ten years ago, Robert Kagan wrote that “Americans are from Mars and Europeans from Venus.” Perhaps, but not regarding the UN. After years …
  •  February 5, 2013 
Refugees in Burkina Faso
RIO GRANDE, Puerto Rico — The line used to be clearer between rich and poorer nations when discussions turned to a country’s ideal population size. In the industrial global north and the tiger economies of East Asia, family sizes shrank steadily over decades and economies grew. Small was good. In poorer countries, fertility often …
  •  January 21, 2013 
Turkana farmers in Kenya
With the start of a new year, the eradication of hunger remains one of the world’s biggest challenges. Despite decades of aid work and development, overall world hunger remains at a serious level, and 20 countries have alarming or extremely alarming levels, says the Global Hunger Index for 2012. At the top of the …
  •  October 4, 2012 
A mall in Manila
While the recent global financial crisis has affected numerous targets meant to measure progress on the Millennium Development Goals, the blow might logically be expected to fall heaviest on No. 8, which calls for global partnerships in aid, trade, debt relief and the sharing of new technologies. Surprisingly, given financial constraints, there have been …
  •  May 4, 2012 
UNDP in Washington
After six years as director of the United Nations Information Center in Washington, D.C., Will Davis is now leading the UN Development Program’s office in the capital, promoting the agency’s interests among constituents at Congress, the White House, nonprofit groups and the media. He joined the agency in January. Rodney Bent, a former senior …

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