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Fulfilling the promise

On a straw mat on a hot day in the courtyard of a Buddhist pagoda in 1992 was the first time I understood the mighty reach of the Universal…


Safe migration in a world on the move

On the occasion of the International Migrants Day, let us not forget the millions of migrants in different parts of the world, from Lake Chad Basin or the Mediterranean Sea to Europe.  


A human rights-based response to the Rohingya crisis

I joined the Bangladesh Human Rights Commission in afact-finding visit, and arriving in the refugee camps, the scale of the crisis is immediately apparent.  


Human rights and drug control: We must provide solutions that leave no one behind

“Stand up for human rights” – the theme of this year’s International Human Rights Day – should resonate with Member States that have committed to strengthen cooperation to implement the drug control…  


Fighting impunity for human rights abuses

Ensuring accountability for violations in the Central African Republic through the Special Criminal Court  


Fulfilling the promise

On a straw mat on a hot day in the courtyard of a Buddhist pagoda in 1992 was the first time I understood the mighty reach of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.  


Fighting corruption for global peace, development and security

9 December is the International Anti-Corruption Day, which provides an opportunity to re-affirm our commitment to fight corruption.  


How progress on AIDS shapes the road to universal health coverage

At the turn of the millennium, only 625,000 people worldwide had access to HIV treatment. Millions died slow painful deaths because lifesaving drugs weren’t available to those that needed them. Cost…  


Winning hearts and minds in ungoverned spaces

The tragic spate of attacks in Western Europe, the Sahel, and most recently in Mogadishu, Somalia, have all targeted at the very heart of capital cities and densely populated urban centers. In…  


Basic services are key to stabilizing Libya

The call was grim and urgent. Worsening power cuts had knocked out electricity at a hospital in southern Libya, leaving kidney patients without the dialysis that had been keeping them alive. After…  


Inclusive electoral processes: A pathway to more peaceful societies

Sustainable Development Goal 16 calls on UN Member States to promote responsive, inclusive, participatory and representative decision-making, and to build effective, accountable and transparent…  


The subtle flutter of peace

Recently I was invited by the Government of Colombia to an event in Cesar, in the north of the country, in a beautiful place called La Paz. In the presence of President Juan Manuel Santos, a woman…  


Communities can be role models for sustainable development

The United Nations, governments, civil society, business, thought leaders and media gathered in New York on 17 September to celebrate the winners of the Equator Prize 2017. The 15 prize winning…  


Making “women’s work” count

Over the next few months, the 12,000 employees based at Apple’s headquarters in Cupertino, California will complete their move to an extravagant new campus. The “spaceship,” covering 2.8 million…  


Powering west Mosul’s water plants

Mosul was one of the last major holdouts in Iraq of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), who took control of the city in mid-2014. The military campaign to liberate the city started in…  


Every day is our day

When 9 August approaches, as an indigenous woman, I tend to ask myself, what does it mean for there to be an International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples on the calendar? If 9 August is…  

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