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July 3, 2014

Problems and progress with command and control in UN peacekeeping missions

by Grace Segers

The Permanent Mission of Ireland to the United Nations hosted a panel on July 3, 2014, entitled “UN Command and Control Arrangements: Progress, Challenges, Opportunities.” The purpose was to discuss the successes of command and control (C2) arrangements of UN peacekeeping operations, while also highlighting issues and proposing solutions to remedy any flaws. The event was moderated by Mr. Adam Smith, Senior Fellow and Head of the IPI Center for Peace Operations.

One of the first speakers was Mr. Herve Ladsous, Under-Secretary-General of the UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO), who referenced a 2012 DPKO evaluation of ...

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July 3, 2014

Youth and activists come together for innovation at UNICEF Activate Talks

Activate Talks logoby Catherine Warren

At UN Headquarters on Tuesday, June 10th UNICEF Activate Talks hosted an event to discuss "Innovative Approaches to Advocate for Child Rights." UNICEF hosts Activate Talks to bring together innovators, experts and thought leaders to illustrate innovations that are able to bring progress on big issues that "vulnerable and marginalized" children face in every country. Chris Fabian, a co-director of UNICEF's Innovation Unit introduced Tuesday's Activate Talk saying that the world is broken and the problems causing the brokenness "can be fixed by a grouped of people that think in the same way."

The "Innovative ...

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July 1, 2014

High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development

by Christina Gore

Monday marked the start of a seven daylong discussion on sustainable development at the United Nations. This forum focuses on finding an integrated approach to developing in a way that is environmentally, economically, and socially sustainable. This may seem like an impossible task, but as Nelson Mandela once said, “It always seems impossible until it is done.” Most of the panelists and delegates who spoke today about the post 2015 development agenda were positive in regards to the outcome of this forum. Many noted that this is a pivotal moment in which we can help to create ...

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June 13, 2014

Why religious leaders matter

by Grace Segers

 On June 11, Catherine Warren and I attended an Interfaith Leaders Conference at the United Nations headquarters. The forum was sponsored by the Permanent Mission of Burundi to United Nations and The Connected Hearts, Inc., and featured religious and NGO leaders, including the famous Rev. Al Sharpton. They discussed the topic “Why religious leaders matter towards zero exploitation of women and children 2030 Agenda.” The panel was moderated by Taj Hamad, Secretary General of the Universal Peace Foundation.

The forum began with opening remarks by the Ambassador of Burundi to the UN, His Excellency Heremenglide Niyonzoma. H ...

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June 10, 2014

End the targeting of civilians in Sudan!

Based on a press release provided by Crisis Action

The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) joined 45 other organizations providing humanitarian assistance or supporting peace efforts in Sudan, to write to the UN Security Council, the African Union Peace and Security Council and the League of Arab States demanding an end to the “targeting of civilians by the Government of Sudan and associated armed militia” and an independent investigation of recent attacks.

The letter notes that the recent bombing by the government  has reached an intensity that is “unprecedented” in the history of the conflict in South Kordofan which reached ...

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