What to Expect at the UN’s First Migration and Refugee Summit Meeting

How do you solve the refugee and migrant crisis? At the United Nations, which has by default inherited the pressing problem of the biggest movement of people from their homes since the end of World War II, you hold meetings, conferences, panel discussions, produce “outcome documents,” give speeches, promise to do more and weep, curse … Read more

It’s Time to Pay Teachers Better, Unesco Emphasizes

Teacher and class in Niger.

What can be done to educate the 250 million children, mostly in South Asia, West Asia and sub-Saharan Africa, who lack basic reading and math skills by the time they reach adulthood? The answer to this global learning crisis, a new United Nations report says, is that governments must spend more money to provide quality education … Read more

‘I Am the Same Malala,’ the 16-Year-Old Pakistani Proclaimed at the UN

Malala Yousafzai

Malala Yousafzai, the 16-year-old Pakistani girl who was shot in the head nine months ago by the Taliban for attending school, spoke to nearly 500 young people at the United Nations Malala Day Youth Assembly on July 12, her birthday. She told the audience that the attack changed nothing in her life, except that “weakness, … Read more

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Top New UN Assignments, and Syria Deputy Envoy Leaving

Adama Dieng, the registrar of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, has been named the United Nations secretary-general’s special adviser on the prevention of genocide. Dieng, a Senegalese, replaces Francis Deng of Sudan, who has been in the post since 2007 as an under secretary-general and is a nonresident senior fellow at Brookings Institution in … Read more

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