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For the First Time in History, There is Full Gender Parity in the Top Leadership of the United Nations


There are forty-four most senior positions in the United Nations system, excluding the Secretary General himself.

Will Rohingya Refugees Actually Return to Myanmar Without the Promise of Full Rights as Citizens?

Myanmar and Bangladesh are moving forward with a controversial plan to repatriate more than 650,000 Rohingya Muslims, who fled a military crackdown that began late August.

PODCAST: Lidia Bastianich is a celebrity chef, restauranteur and refugee

Lidia Bastianich is a chef, restauranteur, cookbook author, TV personality, entrepreneur and for the purposes of this conversation, most importantly a refugee.

PODCAST: Robert Malley, New President of the International Crisis Group

Robert Malley is the new president and CEO of the International Crisis Group. The International Crisis Group provides the public and policymakers with analysis of conflicts and potential ways out of conflict around the world.

The Number of Refugees and Migrants Coming to Europe is Now Dropping. Here’s Why


Two years after sparking an unprecedented humanitarian and political crisis, the largest influx of refugees and migrants into Europe since World War II has finally slowed down, according to the International Organization for Migration (IOM).

What it Means that Hundreds of Thousands of Salvadorians Will Lose Their “Temporary Protective Status” in the US

This week the Trump administration announced it is revoking the temporary status held by hundreds of thousands of Salvadorans, setting a deadline of 2019 for their deportation.

Here’s How Every Country in the World Ranks on Gender Equality


On January 1st, 2018, Iceland became the first country in the world to make pay inequality illegal.  Companies that cannot prove pay equality will be fined close to $500 a day that the gap continues to exist.

PODCAST: What Big Data Can Teach Us About Terrorism

At the very end of last year I had the opportunity to moderate a panel at the United States Institute of Peace that served as the launch of a new report called the Global Terrorism Index.  This is a one-of-its kind quantitative examination of the impact of terrorism around the world.

Map of the Day: The Places Where the UN Warns of Major risks to Food Security in the Next Three Months

Today’s map comes from the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization. It is part of the FAO’s early warning system that seeks to forecast where food insecurity will be most acute in the coming months.

Protests in Iran started over the price of eggs. Will they end with the toppling of the Islamic Republic?

Iran is in the midst of its most significant protest and popular uprising since 2009, when the so-called Green Revolution was quashed by the government.

Will the Trump Administration Upend Decades of US Policy and Cut Relief Aid to Palestinian Refugees?

Is the United States about to cut off American funding for the UN agency that provides humanitarian aid for Palestinian refugees?

Thousands of Refugees are Stuck in Indefinite Detention on Remote Islands Off the Coast of Australia. This Lawyer Is Trying to Free Them

The government of Australia has a particularly harsh — many consider illegal — policy of sending any refugee or asylum seeker who arrives by boat to remote detention centers in Papua New Guinea and the island nation of Nauru. They do so without exception.

Meet the US Youth Observer to the UN

Munira Khalif is the US Youth Observer to the United Nations. This is a position created in partnership between the State Department and the United Nations Association of the United States to help give youth a voice in official and semi-official diplomatic settings.

9 Stories that will Drive the Global Agenda in 2018

From potential nuclear armageddon to a new global compact on migration, and much in between– UN Dispatch presents our annual year-in-preview of key stories and trends to watch in 2018   Will the Security Council Stay Unified on North Korea?

Podcast: A Lopsided Vote Against the United States Portends Big Changes At the United Nations

On Thursday, December 21 the UN General Assembly overwhelmingly approved a resolution condemning the United States’ decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

UN Vote on Jerusalem Tests the Power of Trump’s Threats and Ultimatums

The UN General Assembly is scheduled to vote on a resolution today condemning the American decision to formally declare Jerusalem the capitol of Israel.

The Well Respected UN High Commissioner for Human Rights is Leaving Because His Job Has Become Impossible

The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad al Hussein is resigning his post next year.

The Omission of “Climate Change” from the New US National Security Strategy Could Have Broad Diplomatic Consequences

Earlier this week, Donald Trump put out a National Security Strategy that made no mention of climate change.

PODCAST: How the The International Committee for the Red Cross Shapes World Affairs

The International Committee for the Red Cross/Red Crescent, otherwise known as the ICRC, is a singularly unique international organization.

A UN Human Rights Official Examined Poverty in the United States. His Findings Hit Hard

As one of the wealthiest countries in the world, the United States might seem a strange destination for an official visit from Philip Alston, the UN Special Rapporteur on Extreme Poverty and Human Rights.


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