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UN Talk Radio Day: Dennis King

bobking.jpg Continuing UN Talk Radio Day coverage... As Alan and Kerri are setting up in the corner, Greenfield has got Susan Myers, Executive Director of the UN Foundation's New York office, on the hook, and Joe Madison is talking to Dennis King, Senior Technical Advisor on Polio Eradication at UNICEF, which has, in partnership with the Global Polio Eradication Initiative, reduced the occurrence of polio worldwide by 99 percent. In fact, only four polio endemic countries remain -- Afghanistan, Nigeria, Pakistan, and India. Considering that the Initiative has the tools to completely eradicate polio (like the UN did with smallpox in 1977), Madison wanted to know what needs to be done now. King responded that it "needs to be an issue that [local authorities] want to solve." He continued to say that the virus has been isolated to "very discrete geological and cultural pockets" with "high illiteracy rates" and a populace that is "suspicious of outside initiatives." Some have suggested that this is fueled by the anti-Western sentiments of some radical imams. The four remaining endemic countries have tough-to-reach pockets of Muslim populations.
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UN Talk Radio Day: Susan Myers and Stephan Dujarric

Continuing UN Talk Radio Day coverage... We now have two shows going on here at once, Sam Greenfield from Air America and Joe Madison, the "Black Eagle," from WOL in Washington, D.C. Greenfield is interviewing Stephan Dujarric, Deputy Communications Director of the UN. Dujarric is talking about the broad reach of the United Nations and its demonstrated competency solving challenges with which the public might not always know it's engaged. Dujarric said, "What people need to realize is that UNICEF is the UN." He went on to say that we all now face "problems that know no borders, and, unless they are dealt with in a collective matter," they won't be solved. Dujarric, also a former Spokesman for former Secretary-General Kofi Annan, was then asked to compare the current and former SGs. The main difference, he said, is that Kofi Annan spent his life in the UN system (and was the first SG to do so). In contrast, Ban Ki-moon served as the foreign minister of South Korea, which has a "very specific history living under the threat of nuclear annihilation." New perspectives, he says, are always good for a "dusty old bureaucracy" like the UN. Madison is talking with Susan Myers, Executive Director of the UN Foundation's offices in NY, who is discussing the UN Foundation's story and the Nothing But Nets campaign.
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Live from the UN: Talk Radio Day

talkradio.jpg Today, the UN Foundation, in partnership with Talkers Magazine and Talk Radio News Service, is hosting the second annual "Talk Radio Day at the UN." Throughout the day, 20 U.S.-based radio show hosts from across the country will air their shows live from the UN headquarters in New York, and UN Dispatch will be here to cover it. Sam Greenfield from Air America is already broadcasting...
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What are the Root Causes of Conflict?

Long before Susan Rice was Obama's pick for UN Ambassador, she contributed this piece to UN Dispatch. Originally published May 31, 2007. by Susan Rice, a Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution seemacrpf.jpgWhen Americans see televised images of bone-thin African or Asian kids with distended bellies, what do we think? We think of helping. For all the right reasons, our humanitarian instincts tend to take over. But when we look at UNICEF footage or a Save the Children solicitation, does it also occur to us that we are seeing a symptom of a threat that could destroy our way of life? Rarely. In fact, global poverty is far more than solely a humanitarian concern. In real ways, over the long term, it can threaten U.S. national security.
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Video: Former Head of UNFPA Nafis Sadik

Nafis Sadik.jpg Nafis Sadik, formerly the Executive Director of the UN Population Fund (UNFPA), now serves as Special Adviser to the Secretary General and Special Envoy for HIV/AIDS in Asia. We sat down with Dr. Sadik recently to discuss the connection between population, women's reproductive health, and security.
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Posts on Peace

Throughout May and in coordination with the Price of Peace campaign, UN Dispatch will present "Posts on Peace," a month of insights on conflict and its causes, whether it be political instability, culture clash, poverty, or climate change. We will feature posts by thought leaders, contributors to other popular blogs, and our own in-house bloggers. The first Post on Peace, an interview with former U.S. Ambassador to the UN Andrew Young, is up in the Delegates' Lounge to the right. Please stop by regularly, use our new "Email" feature to send posts to your friends and colleagues, and sign up for our new weekly updates. And, over the course of the month, if a particular post strikes a chord with you or you have an insight on conflict in general,

and participate in the discussion.

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Video: Former U.S. Perm Rep Andrew Young

Andrew Young.jpg Andrew Young, who also served as a Representative in the U.S. Congress, a top aide to Martin Luther King Jr., and the Mayor of Atlanta, was appointed the U.S. Ambassador to the UN by President Carter in 1977. We sat down with Ambassador Young recently to discuss his thoughts on the UN and how his early years formed his philosophy on conflict and its resolution.
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National Malaria Awareness Day

by Elizabeth McKee
Director, Nothing But Nets
Nigeria 149.jpg Today, April 25th, is the first time the United States will officially observe National Malaria Awareness Day. The President is hosting an event at the White House to commemorate what has been celebrated by the rest of the world as Africa Malaria Day since 2001. A forgotten disease that was eradicated in the United States, malaria affects over 500 million individuals a year, killing a child in Africa every 30 seconds.