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Exciting movements are underway in and around the United Nations for those of us concerned with issues of peace, and the global agendas seeking to operationalize, and realize, new frameworks and revitalized agendas to ensure a better world for all. Over the last year we have seen significant movements to assess and reorient United Nations’ efforts towards greater commitments to sustaining peace and preventing conflict, as signified in April 27, 2016, twin Security Council/General Assembly Resolutions. We have also seen the adoption of new global development framework – Transforming our World: The 2030 Agenda for...

Exciting movements are underway in and around the United Nations for those of us concerned with issues of peace, and the global agendas seeking to operationalize, and realize, new frameworks and revitalized agendas to ensure a better world for all. Over the last year we have seen significant movements to assess and reorient United Nations’ efforts towards greater commitments to sustaining peace and preventing conflict, as signified in April 27, 2016, twin Security Council/General Assembly Resolutions. We have also seen the adoption of new global development framework – Transforming our World: The 2030 Agenda for...

Let’s hope old habits don't get in the way of what is truly in the interests of people affected by conflict and crisis

World leaders will be gathering in Istanbul, Turkey this week during the World Humanitarian Summit; a first time event since the inception of the United Nations. Officials from conflict-affected countries will be there, trying to share what they go through, and listening carefully to what will be decided.

The Secretary General of the UN (UNSG) has submitted a call for One Humanity - Shared Responsibility; a reminder to the world of the preamble of the...

Let’s hope old habits don't get in the way of what is truly in the interests of people affected by conflict and crisis

World leaders will be gathering in Istanbul, Turkey this week during the World Humanitarian Summit; a first time event since the inception of the United Nations. Officials from conflict-affected countries will be there, trying to share what they go through, and listening carefully to what will be decided.

The Secretary General of the UN (UNSG) has submitted a call for One Humanity - Shared Responsibility; a reminder to the world of the preamble of the...

Apr 1, 2016

The message of the  g7+group of conflict-affected and fragile countries is clear.Solutions to conflict and poverty only work when they are nationally-owned and led . That might seem obvious, but the international community has learned the hard way that externally-imposed priorities do not add up to peace and sustainable institutions that drive development.
 
The New Deal for Engagement in Fragile States is a set of partnership principles for ending conflict and poverty. Agreed by the g7+ member countries, it commits them to goals for inclusive politics, security, justice, laying the foundations for economic growth, and collecting revenues to provide...

Apr 1, 2016

The message of the  g7+group of conflict-affected and fragile countries is clear.Solutions to conflict and poverty only work when they are nationally-owned and led . That might seem obvious, but the international community has learned the hard way that externally-imposed priorities do not add up to peace and sustainable institutions that drive development.
 
The New Deal for Engagement in Fragile States is a set of partnership principles for ending conflict and poverty. Agreed by the g7+ member countries, it commits them to goals for inclusive politics, security, justice, laying the foundations for economic growth, and collecting revenues to provide...

Mar 1, 2016

The proverb, “Give a man a fish and feed him for a day; teach him to fish and feed him for life” is old, but the emphasis on helping countries to help themselves, and fund their own development, has increased lately. Although I am not sure whether there have ever really been hungry people sat helplessly by well-stocked fisheries, many countries do have untapped tax potential.

The motive behind promoting “self-reliance” may be the current financial crisis (fewer fish?) or the acceptance that poverty eradication and public services are the ultimate responsibility of the domestic state; if others really want...

Mar 1, 2016

The proverb, “Give a man a fish and feed him for a day; teach him to fish and feed him for life” is old, but the emphasis on helping countries to help themselves, and fund their own development, has increased lately. Although I am not sure whether there have ever really been hungry people sat helplessly by well-stocked fisheries, many countries do have untapped tax potential.

The motive behind promoting “self-reliance” may be the current financial crisis (fewer fish?) or the acceptance that poverty eradication and public services are the ultimate responsibility of the domestic state; if others really want...