For UN Member Nations, ‘Vulnerability Is a Global Phenomenon’

Hassan Rouhani

The annual United Nations debate of the 68th General Assembly got off to a contentious start on Sept. 24 with pointedly worded but divergent speeches by Brazil’s president, Dilma Rousseff, and Barack Obama, the president of the United States. The two countries traditionally kick off the annual debate, held every September in New York for … Read more

Schools Fail the Youngest Where Population Grows the Fastest

Congolese children in an unfinished classroom at a primary school near the Kahe refugee camp in Goma, North Kivu Province.

Optimists in many developing countries are convinced that their expanding youth populations will be engines of economic growth in coming decades. They call this the “demographic dividend.” Social scientists and demographers in those same nations, however, are usually more wary of the future, as they focus on how those children, on whom so much hope … Read more

Timbuktu Treasures at Risk

Sankoré Mosque, Timbuktu, Mali

[scrollGallery id=2] The recent military coup in Mali not only severed the country in two, but also put valuable artifacts in the northern ancient city of Timbuktu at risk. The desert enclave, where Islamic civilization thrived centuries ago near the Niger River, was invaded by Tuareg rebels and Islamic extremists soon after the March 22 … Read more

Palestine Swept in as a Full Member of Unesco

Unesco voted today at its Paris headquarters to admit Palestine as the 195th member to the organization, seriously risking the chance that the agency will lose tens of millions of dollars immediately in contributions from the United States, its biggest donor. The agency also voted in South Sudan as the 194th member. Unesco is popularly … Read more

 

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