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Winnie Byanyima Appointed to UN High-Level Panel On Women’s Economic Empowerment

Winnie Byanyima Appointed to UN High-Level Panel On Women’s Economic Empowerment

Oxfam International Executive Director Winnie Byanyima says she is “honored” at her appointment by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon to the first-ever High-Level Panel on Women’s Economic Empowerment. The Panel seeks to “mobilize concrete actions aimed at closing economic gender gaps that persist around the world”. It will provide guidance to implement the 2030 Agenda […]

Race for Next UN Secretary-General Taking Shape

Race for Next UN Secretary-General Taking Shape

  Four of the six declared candidates hail from the Balkans with the former Yugoslav countries hedging that strong trade links with Russia, as well as EU membership in the case of Croatia and Slovenia, and EU accession status, in the case of Macedonia and Montenegro, could see them bridge the West-Russia divide in the UN […]

Amadou Mahtar Ba Named to UN High-Level Women’s Empowerment Panel

Amadou Mahtar Ba Named to UN High-Level Women’s Empowerment Panel

Amadou Mahtar Ba, AllAfrica’s co-founder and executive chair, has been appointed to the United Nations’ first-ever High-Level Panel on Women’s Economic Empowerment. The establishment of the panel was announced on January 21 in Davos, Switzerland, by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. The panel will provide recommendations for the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development […]

Replace female genital mutilation with new rites of passage, says UN chief

Replace female genital mutilation with new rites of passage, says UN chief

New, unharmful rites of passage should replace female genital mutilation, said U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon  after new data showed there were more victims of the custom than previously estimated. The call by the U.N. Secretary-General was heard by diplomats, campaigners and survivors gathered at the U.N. headquarters in New York to mark the International Day […]

Rape charges hang over U.N. peacekeepers in Africa

Rape charges hang over U.N. peacekeepers in Africa

BANGUI, Central African Republic — Sitting under a mango tree on the outskirts of this capital city, Abdou Mbone, 58, says U.N. peacekeeping troops raped his wife, Halima, before leaving her dead body in the street a year ago. Mbone’s wife had gone to purchase food for dinner before realizing that Christian militias were in the neighborhood fighting Islamic […]

Outlook for Syria peace talks still ‘cloudy’: U.N.

Outlook for Syria peace talks still ‘cloudy’: U.N.

The United Nations Syria envoy Staffan de Mistura is very keen to hold a new round of peace talks after big powers agreed on a “cessation of hostilities”, a U.N. spokesman said on Friday, but plans to reconvene the negotiations were still “cloudy”. De Mistura abruptly suspended a first round of talks on Feb. 3, […]