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UNESCO Pulls The Plug on “Dictator Prize”

UNESCO’s executive board puts the controversial Obiang prize on hold, indefinitely.

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Two Thirds of Benin Under Water

Severe flooding hits Benin, Cameroon, Niger and Nigeria.  Welcome to the next big humanitarian crisis.  But after Hait and Pakistan, will there be enough money for emergency relief for the region?

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Inclusive Growth & Employment in Africa

On September 22, high-profile members of the Africa Commission gathered in New York to talk about the importance of inclusive growth and employment in accelerating the achievement of the MDGs.

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Dancing in the Dark: The Danger of Letting Business Lead on Climate Protection

In a candid session on energy and the environment at the Clinton Global Initiative yesterday, the world’s lead climate negotiator Christiana Figueres explained why her organization, the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCC), had made so little progress in establishing international climate protection regulations.

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Dispatch from a Divided Sudanese Frontier Town

How one small border town is a bellwether for the way relations between north and south are headed as the South Sudan independence referendum approaches.

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Scenesetter for the UN’s upcoming MDGs Summit

An audio transcript of a press conference in which our friends at the UN Foundation preview next week’s UN summit on the Millennium Development Goals.

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