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The Syria Crisis at Three Years

Sima Bahous | Posted 03.15.2014 | Politics
Sima Bahous

This week the Syria crisis reached another ominous milestone, passing the three-year mark with no clear sign of an end to the death, destruction and suffering that have plagued the Syrian people since 2011.

International Women's Day: Sexual Violence and 'Honor Inequality' in India

Siddharth Chatterjee | Posted 03.07.2014 | Impact
Siddharth Chatterjee

March 8 is an important day in the calendar, but it is rendered meaningless by the grim reality that India is still a state where the rights of women remain vastly unequal; where institutions work to assist those who have money and influence, but remain utterly impervious to the misery of millions of women.

Tackling Violence Against Women and Girls: An Urgent Priority

Helen Clark | Posted 01.25.2014 | Impact
Helen Clark

Today is the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women -- a day which reminds us that violence against women continues to be destructive and pervasive. Ranging from domestic violence and child marriages to the use of rape as a tactic of war, violence against women kills as many women between the ages of 15 and 44 as cancer, is a grave assault on many more women and girls and imposes high economic and social costs on societies.

Lebanese Journalists Trained to Cover/Uncover Corruption

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 06.21.2013 | Media
Magda Abu-Fadil

It's a very ambitious plan that will require a gargantuan effort on journalists' part given the stakes involved, as members of parliament and ministers are not obliged to divest themselves of business interests.

Somalia's Best Bet?

The Huffington Post | Clare Richardson | Posted 09.29.2012 | World

After 21 years of civil war and a 2011 drought that triggered what was called the "worst humanitarian disaster in the world" at the time, Somalia at l...

Every Voice Matters

Carolyn S. Miles | Posted 11.24.2012 | Impact
Carolyn S. Miles

He doesn't run a large company, lead a government agency or record the music he so loves on a major label. But 8-year-old J.D. Malkin has quite a voice.

Zach Carter

Obama's Trade Position Panned By U.N. For Protecting High Drug Prices

HuffingtonPost.com | Zach Carter | Posted 06.01.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Two major United Nations organizations warned world leaders on Thursday to avoid restrictive free trade agreements that may threaten pub...

Rio Dialogues Part I: WHY Should I Even Care?

Elischia Fludd | Posted 05.28.2012 | World
Elischia Fludd

In the big lead up to Rio+20, the community concerned about sustainable development is all a-buzz. But critics note that the level of civil society input lacks luster.

"One Day on Earth" Film Premieres at U.N. and Around World

Jim Luce | Posted 06.24.2012 | Entertainment
Jim Luce

'One Day on Earth' is a living time capsule of who we are. We have much to fix -- but we have more going for us, it seems, than not.

2011 Human Development Index

Posted 01.03.2012 | World

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) published its annual Human Development Index on Wednesday, painting a grim picture of the prospects fo...

Gender Equality and Social Justice: Why Foreign Assistance Matters

Rep. Jim Moran | Posted 12.28.2011 | Politics
Rep. Jim Moran

I hate to see our Congress turning away from the rest of the world. That's not who we are as a people, and as a nation. Our values give hope to women and men struggling against poverty, discrimination and oppression everywhere

Eighteen Months After the Earthquake: A Return to Haiti

David Weiss | Posted 10.04.2011 | Impact
David Weiss

I returned to Haiti and was astonished by the progress that I saw. There remains a monumental amount of work to do but it is important to understand that the contrast between now and three months after the earthquake is night and day.

Opportunities for Economic and Political Inclusion in the Arab Spring

Helen Clark | Posted 08.03.2011 | World
Helen Clark

There are moments when historic, transformational change is possible. This is one of those moments in the Arab States.

Jobs, Equity and Voice: Why Both Economic and Political Inclusion Matter in the Arab World

Helen Clark | Posted 06.07.2011 | World
Helen Clark

In both Tunisia and Egypt, we have longstanding programs to advance human development. We are now working with the national authorities on support for their countries' next steps.

Stop That Feminist Viral Statistic Meme

Philip N. Cohen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Philip N. Cohen

That thing you might have heard, about women's work, income and property ownership -- it's not true. (And yes, I really am a feminist.) If you're a f...

Connected Arab Youth Are the Secret to Present Uprising

Daoud Kuttab | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Daoud Kuttab

The Arab youth of today are connected and determined to take part in deciding their own future. Understanding them and giving them an opportunity to share in power is the only logical way to help find solutions.

The World Bank Steps in to Save the Day??

Tina Gerhardt | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Tina Gerhardt

Cancún, Mexico - As climate change increases, the World Bank is stepping up its funding for developing nations. On the agenda at this year's COP 16, ...

Cancún Opens for GREEN Business, but REDD Will Destroy Indigenous Forest Cultures

Subhankar Banerjee | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Subhankar Banerjee

How would anyone who is supporting REDD feel if they're evicted from their home -- it's been happening a lot in U.S. with the real-estate collapse and no one likes it. So why would we support REDD?

Can Women and Technology Save the UN Development Goals?

Daniel Hernandez | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Daniel Hernandez

We're behind on our 15-year goal to reduce world poverty by half by 2015, yes. But breakthrough technologies and a focus on women's empowerment may allow us to catch up and save lives as never before.

Show Me the Money!

Dennis Whittle | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Dennis Whittle

The International Aid Transparency Initiative (IATI) was an example of an initiative that created unprecedented transparency at the United Nations. But it didn't start out that way.

First 'Davos' for Women's International Development Held in NYC

Jim Luce | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Jim Luce

The Cecilia Attias Foundation for Women (CAFW) hosted its first "Dialogue for Action" last week in New York City. In short, the event dedicated to he...

Film Shown at U.N. Donor Conference on Collapse of Haiti's Presidential Palace

Jim Luce | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Jim Luce

Port-au-Prince, Haiti. The film "Thirty-Five Long Seconds: Haiti's Deadly Earthquake" was screened recently as part of the recent Donor's Conference ...

Haiti Reconstruction: Ambitious, Precarious Plans (Update)

Evelyn Leopold | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Evelyn Leopold

It is a formidable task, with as much chance of failure as success, to rebuild a country under plans resembling Plato's Republic in the Caribbean. But first people have to be kept alive.

Criminally Negligent Homicide: The Legacy of Wealthy Nations That Allows Millions to Die

Dan Silverstein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Dan Silverstein

Two award-winning reporters have collaborated on a new book entitledEnough: Why the World's Poorest Starve in an Age of Plenty. It is a page turner. Unless you simply don't give a damn, this is a must read.

Honduras: Term Limits When Governments Benefit People

Nelson P. Valdes | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Nelson P. Valdes

Congress and Courts belong to the rich and powerful who also control the military in cooperation with the Pentagon. Washington provided aid.