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Early Marriage: what is the right age?

What is the right age for a girl to become a woman? “The transformation of gender relations in the developing world is the greatest social revolution of our era, and we need to keep that in mind in everything we do” Dr. John Coonrod, Executive Vice President of The Hunger Project. In a barren region of southern Ethiopia, 13-year-old Dhaki worries about whether she will be pregnant as a result of her husband – 11 years her senior – forcing himself upon her last night, and whether her neighbours heard…

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Price of Peace – UN

"We the Peoples of the United Nations Determined to save succeeding generations from the scourge of war, which twice in our lifetime has brought untold sorrow to mankind, and to reaffirm faith in fundamental human rights, in the dignity and worth of the human person, in the equal rights of men and women and of nations large and small, and to establish conditions under which justice and respect for the obligations arising from treaties and other sources of international law can be maintained, and to promote social progress and better…

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The UN and The Queen

Will the Queen’s visit to the UN influence the quest for world unity and peace? Or do actions speak louder than words? Whenever you make a trip to Buckingham Palace, regardless of the day, month or year, American accents are always the most prominent intonation to be heard outside the palace, as eager tourists from the States excitedly ogle the British Monarch’s abode. With such devoted enthusiasm, wonderment and intrigue many Americans hold of the British royal family, it was little wonder that New Yorkers were excitedly distracted by the…

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Poverty in Morocco

As the unevenness in wealth grows in Morocco, the age of excess needs to be replaced by an age of equality. If I was given a Dirham every time a Moroccan person picked up my two young sons and kissed them lovingly on the cheek during our recent five-day visit to Marrakesh, I would probably have made enough money to buy myself a "meat tagine" at one of the more up-market restaurants in the city. Touching and kissing fair-haired children, I am told by particularly enthusiastic and friendly local, is…

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Scandal of Pregnancy Mortality

The “scandal” surrounding child-birth deaths. Who is letting women and our future generations down? The joy a woman feels when she first finds out she is pregnant is quickly surpassed by natural feelings of apprehension. Not only about the prospect of looking after a helpless, newborn baby, but more so,  fear about the birth, with one morbidly frightening question lying deep in an expectant mothers overactive imagination, “will I die during labor?” Surely these thoughts are insane, absurd and paranoid, as in the 21st century mother mortality during child birth…

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Making the Law Work for Everyone

The specter of poverty, and the resultant suffering from want and fear, have been realities for so long that poverty is often deemed to be a natural and inevitable part of the human condition. In earlier times, when the struggle merely to survive was paramount for most people, this conclusion seemed reasonable, perhaps even unavoidable. In our era however, we have every possibility to make economic opportunity broadly available. In the last six decades, more wealth has been created than in all previous history. No longer can it be argued…

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UNICEF and MDG’s

Are UNICEF and the UN Millennium Development Goals (MDG's) on target for providing a better future for children? Assuming the post of United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) sixth Executive Director on 1 May 2010, Mr. Anthony Lake ‘reassuringly’ pledged on his first day in office to help the world’s children “inherit a better tomorrow”. Words however are always easier than actions, promises easier than proceedings, and one cannot help but wonder, somewhat dubiously, exactly how Mr. Lake and UNICEF intend to accomplish such an audacious but imperative pledge. Being an…

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Brand-Naming the Political-UN

“If the United Nations is a country unto itself, then the commodity it exports most is words.” Esther B. Fein. “In the 21st century, I believe the mission of the United Nations will be defined by a new, more profound awareness of the sanctity and dignity of every human life, regardless of race or religion. Mr. Kofi Annan is a Ghanaian diplomat, seventh Secretary-General of the United Nations and Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, 2001. I have been both a participant and a facilitator in a local senior citizens workshop to…

Read more about the article Leveraging CSR to Achieve MDGs
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Leveraging CSR to Achieve MDGs

Trans-national businesses (TNs) have the opportunity to contribute directly to specific national development goals, in the short term and achieving targets under the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) in the medium to long terms. In such an investment negotiating environment, opportunities will be created to enable governments in developing Commonwealth member States to leverage Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Inclusive Business (IB) strategies of multi-national companies to create "Triple Wins" for investors, governments and communities. A myriad of social and environmental concerns can be found under the umbrella of CSR or IB…

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UN Population and Development

The United Nations states: “The International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) was held in Cairo, Egypt, from 5 to 13 September 1994. Delegations from 179 States took part in negotiations to finalize a Programme of Action on population and development for the next 20 years… The ICPD draft Programme of Action builds upon the World Population Plan of Action adopted at the 1974 World Population Conference in Bucharest, and the 88 recommendations for its further implementation approved at the International Conference on Population in Mexico City in 1984.” View…