Ultimately, each country must approach LGBT issues in its own way and through its own structures. No single uniform approach is possible, or even to be desired.
The meaning of practice needs to be reinterpreted. The focus on cognitive thinking and technical skills underlying this problem-program-implementation-assessment action-framework needs to give space to a skill-set capable of actually building lasting trust and reciprocal altruism between key development actors.
In environments where peacekeepers are directly targeted, where widespread violence is ongoing, or where thousands of civilians need protection from unthinkable acts of violence, peacekeeping operations must remain fit for purpose. Our missions require well-trained and skilled troops from a broad array of countries. When crises erupt, they must be ready to deploy more quickly.
Today, the Earth got a little hotter and a little more crowded.
The Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) at The Hague has announced that in July it will be holding the first hearing on the 2013 arbitration case the Philippines filed against China questioning the legal validity of China's '9-dash line' claim over the South China Sea.
It's hard to be shocked by anything that happens in the Middle East, but this act of chutzpah comes close: Saudi Arabia is lobbying to head the United Nations Human Rights Council when the current German president's term expires at the end of this year, according to Le Tribune de Genève.
International media did not broadcast this important and moving ceremony, but camp residents and leaders used the power of still photography and social media to communicate thousands of words that demanded to be heard.
Kagame previously commanded the rebel forces that ended the 1994 Genocide and became President in 2000. Under his leadership, Rwanda has transformed from a broken nation into one of the safest, most productive and stable economies in Africa.
What will end the hunger and suffering in Syria is a peace treaty. That miracle appears far off today. But, until we can find this elusive peace, we cannot forget the plight of the Syrian people.
Hillary Rodham Clinton's announcement for entering the race to become the first female President of the United States has seen increasing calls to address a critical gender imbalance in world leadership.
Each disaster carries its own unique challenges and the way in which the humanitarian system responds must be specifically tailored to the context. The April 25 and May 12 Nepal earthquakes is a salient reminder of this.
In spite of declarations to pursue reform following South Sudan's secession from Sudan in 2011, the political landscape in Sudan has remained bleak, with the government of Omar al-Bashir continuing to repress the country's marginalized populations.
2015 is a year filled with tremendous opportunity to lift children, communities, and families out of extreme poverty and to make great strides in tackling climate change. It's also a year marked by a temporal rarity -- a leap second.
This week, the Sierra Club is participating in the second annual United Nations Sustainable Energy for All Forum in New York, a forum bringing together key world actors advocating for sustainably to address the problem of energy poverty worldwide.
There has been a tremendous amount of support from the international community, with USAID working to bring close to 50 tons of supplies, and Chinese and Indian disaster response teams mobilizing only a day after the quake.
The UN will officially announce the SDGs in September--that timeline is set. It is clear from the most recent round of discussions, however, that a host of problems and differences of opinion remain.