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International Women’s Day

From Reuters AlertNet: "Education, leadership crucial for refugee girls and women, says UNHCR on International Women's Day - The UN refugee agency is marking International Women's Day today with activities involving refugee women worldwide, with a special focus on refugee girls and women in education and leadership.... Meanwhile, a plethora of activities are taking place around the world to mark International Women's Day, ranging from skills training competitions to women's health workshops, seminars on girls' education, discussions on the role of women returnees, and even attempts by men to ease women's burden."
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Tsunami After Effects

"A United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) report released last month said the tsunami had dislodged hazardous materials in Somalia, which for years had been used as a dumping ground by other countries for their nuclear waste. The report said the dumping was made easier by the break down of law and order in Somalia after the overthrow of military dictator Mohamed Siad Barre in 1991." Full Story
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Bush Names John Bolton as UN Ambassador

Washington Post: "Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, who announced the nomination, alluded to Bolton's reputation when she noted that "some of our best ambassadors" to the United Nations have been those with "the strongest voices," such as Jeane Kirkpatrick and Daniel Patrick Moynihan." Secretary-General Annan welcomed the choice: "United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today warmly congratulated John Bolton on his nomination to be the next United States Permanent Representative to the world body and looks forward to working with him on UN reform, among other issues." Bloggers react: Digby Mr. Minority Echidne The Corner (Rich Lowry)
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UN Dispatch in ‘Washington Whispers’

UN Dispatch a été mentionné dans Washington Whispers: "The [UN] foundation," says spokeswoman Debra DeShong, "is getting the truth out." And it's doing that on the critics' turf: Internet blogs. "This is the newest and most influential media, and the right wing really does it well," she says. "It's like beating back a wave with a hammer." But hammering away they are, with the blog www.undispatch.com, Internet ads, and now a campaign to get U.N. backers on radio and TV to debate the critics. "We're acting like a real campaign to talk up the United Nations," says DeShong. The bashers aren't backing off. "A pro-U.N. blog?" asks Jed Babbin, pundit and author of the anti-U.N. Inside the Asylum. "I'm surprised it isn't in French."
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Kofi Annan Statement on Sudan

New York, 7 March 2005 - Secretary-General's statement on Sudan: The members of the Security Council came to see me this morning, at my request, to discuss Sudan. I asked them to come and see me because I am worried that we are not moving fast enough to deal with the appalling situation in Darfur. There have been a lot of efforts on the humanitarian side, and by the African Union on the security side, which go in the right direction. But they are not enough. We keep getting reports which show that the killing and raping and burning are still going on. I was glad to hear from Council members that they hope to have a new resolution in the course of this week, which will include agreement on a mechanism for holding individuals accountable for these dreadful crimes. That is good. We must send a clear message that the world is not going to tolerate them.
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1000s Could Die Due to Nepal Transport Shutdown

UN News Center: "Warning that an additional 12,000 Nepalese children could die annually without access to vaccines, Vitamin A and de-worming drugs held up in a transport shutdown, the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) has called on all parties in the conflict in the Himalayan kingdom to help facilitate supplies."
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On the Road: Blogging the Women & AIDS Tour – Part 2

Empower Women, Save Lives: Women & AIDS U.S. Tour March 5, 2005 GUEST BLOGGERS Laura Rogers: Director of Advocacy & Communications/Global Health, UNF Jessica Bernstein: Communications Associate, UNF "No one is a random person in the fight against AIDS," Michaelle Soliman told the junior and senior classes of Stratford High School in Nashville, Tenn. yesterday. "Everyone matters and everyone has power." Michaelle confided to the sometimes rowdy 160 high schoolers that she had lost both of her parents to AIDS when she was a child in Haiti. That's why at age 24 she works in the capitol of Haiti to educate young people about the disease and to try to keep them HIV negative. She is one of the four amazing women participating in the seven-day, five city public education tour sponsored by the Global Coalition on Women and AIDS. We stood off to the side, truly impressed that for the 20 minutes these young women were ready to share, every young person in the audience was ready to listen. Their stories made it clear that AIDS is not only an issue in Indonesia and Haiti, but also at Stratford High School in Nashville, TN. Kids asked questions about how to keep themselves safe, how it feels to live with a killer disease, and how AIDS changes lives.
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WP: U.S. Drops Abortion Issue at U.N. Conference

The Washington Post reports: "The Bush administration abandoned an antiabortion initiative on Friday in the face of overwhelming opposition at a U.N. conference on women's rights. The move came at a critical stage in the two-week meeting of 130 countries and 6,000 representatives of women's rights groups, who gathered to assess women's progress in the decade after a 1995 summit on women in Beijing. It paved the way for the unanimous adoption of a declaration reaffirming support for a 150-page platform of action for achieving women's equality that was adopted in Beijing. "