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Yearly Archives: 2009

It’s the Last Day for 2009 Charitable Donations – Can I Make a Suggestion?

It’s been a rough year for a lot of us. Personally, we’ve seen jobs lost, promotions deferred, unemployment, uncertainty, and unease. Globally, we’re facing climate change, terrorism, and long, bloody wars. We’ve had a lot to face, and no one knows when it will get better. If you can read this, though, you are better off than most people on this planet. You’re literate, you have internet access, and you’ve got leisure time to spend reading blogs. You can probably give a little bit and be part of making things better.

 

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Sixty Ways the UN Makes a Difference

I just saw this link on twitter – it’s old, but I thought it was a great end of year reflection: 60 Ways the UN Makes a Difference. In the midst of global financial crisis, climate change, and rapid globalization it’s easy to forget just how much the United Nations is part of our global history. Of the sixty ways, these are six of my favorite:

 

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Number of Afghan Returnees Down in 2009

A new UN report shows that he number of returning Afghan refugees fell significantly in 2009 compared to 2008. The UN Refugee Agency says the drop is attributable to insecurity and limited economic opportunities for returning refugees.  From the UN News Center:

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Drug Resistant Malaria is Getting Worse

The Thai-Cambodian border is the epicenter for new malaria strains. It’s the result of poorly regulated pharmaceutical sales, an early switch to artemisinin-based drugs, and a landscape that breeds plenty of mosquitoes. READ MORE

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UN Urges Thai Government to Cease Return of Hmong

The UN Refugee Agency called on the Thai Government to cease the forced repatriation of Hmong refugees to Laos. READ MORE

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Peacekeeper Abuse – a Follow Up

The UN’s Conduct and Discipline website now has a new section. Called “Statistics,” it will make public the aggregate data on peacekeeper abuses. It’s an impressive demonstration of transparency – or at least it will be. The data isn’t up there yet.

Here’s what the statistics page says at present:

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