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A new independent analysis of how the United Nations should deal with the wide-ranging challenges plaguing Afghanistan is likely to be debated privately in the Security Council on Nov. 28. Although the Taliban are unequivocal in their contempt for human …

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Every year, women’s equal roles in peace talks are highlighted in October at the United Nations. This time, the women, peace and security agenda, as it’s known, got attention outside the UN, near the steps to its main entrance on …

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As we celebrate Women’s Equality Day, on Aug. 26, Afghanistan sits in stark contrast to much progress elsewhere in the world. It’s clear that the country is going backward and that the prospects for equality for Afghan women and girls …

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LAGOS — When Hilda Bassey broke the Guinness World Record for the longest cooking marathon by an individual, she had no real professional cooking experience. Though steeped in Nigerian food culture, she had not gone to cooking school. Her main …

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Fatima Gailani, a pre-eminent Afghan woman activist, believes that engagement with Taliban is essential, but that doesn’t imply recognition. She says: “In my religion, in my national interest, …

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For the disarmament agenda to progress, its machinery needs to be revisited. Current efforts by the Conference on Disarmament — the United Nations body tasked with negotiating treaties on weapons control — have stalled for almost 30 years because agreement …

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The coup in Niger in late July sent shockwaves in West Africa and far beyond. Besides enormous consequences from the crisis in the region, it could also have a “negative impact” on the current withdrawal of the UN peacekeeping mission …

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This week, the UN secretary-general castigates Russia for its murderous attacks on children in Ukraine; and countries move to save marine biodiversity in a new treaty. You are reading This Week @UN, summarizing the most pressing issues before the organization. The …

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The phrase “gender apartheid” is used in a new United Nations report describing the continuing grave violations of the rights of women and girls in Afghanistan. The goal of using the term, the experts who wrote the report say, is …

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In that light, the essayists argue that the UN’s tools and concepts “require urgent updating to keep pace with the changing nature of violent conflict and other global dangers” and outline how such ambitions can be achieved. JOHN PENNEY/PASSBLUE In …

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This week, the UN secretary-general introduced his policy agendas on peace, AI and the “integrity” of digital platforms, while in the Security Council, Mali told the UN to withdraw its peacekeeping mission from the country immediately. You are reading This Week …

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Thankfully, many women judges have escaped Afghanistan with the help of the International Association of Women Judges and other organizations and governments. Sixty-eight women judges still desperately need sanctuary. I am deeply concerned for the safety of women who, like …

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BUFFALO, N.Y. — On Mother’s Day weekend in the United States, families across Buffalo were commemorating a mass shooting of exactly one year ago. Occurring at the only supermarket in the city’s Masten District, the massacre killed 10 people and …

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This week, the UN’s humanitarian arm jumped in to help mitigate the disaster at Ukraine’s Kakhovka dam, while back in New York City, the UN secretary-general tweeted on June 7, as daylight darkened ominously: “At our @UN Headquarters in New …

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A new review of the United Nations’ gender architecture appears ready to weaken the organization’s ability to achieve gender equality, particularly at the country level. Conversations with former UN staff, UN Women personnel and gender equality advocates have informed our …

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