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UNESCO: Countering Violent Extremism & Safeguarding Cultural Heritage
Blog | 05/14/2018
Have you ever gone hiking in the Grand Canyon? Or visited the Great Wall of China? What about strolled in the Old City of Dubrovnik? You might be wondering what these landmarks have in common given their diverse geography. Spoiler alert: Each has been designated by UNESCO as a World Heritage site. Originally born in response to World War II and anti-Semitic rhetoric, UNESCO is a UN specialized agency that works to build peace and foster international cooperation through initiatives in education, science and culture. But in addition to its work with World Heritage Sites, UNESCO puts into practice actions that advance U.S. national security interests and complement U.S. military efforts to bring stability and democracy to volatile regions and counter the rise of terror groups.
The UN Security Council is visiting Rohingya refugee camps this month – these are the 3 issues they should focus on – The National Discourse
In the News, News | 05/02/2018
Since the onset of the conflict in 2017, 700,000 Rohingya have fled escalating violence in Myanmar. As the UN Security Council visits refugee camps in Bangladesh this week, BWC's Micah Spangler highlights three issues he hopes they will focus on.
A New Front in the Fight Against Human Trafficking
Blog | 05/02/2018
There is a new UN partner in the fight against international human trafficking and it’s an agency you might never have heard of before: the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO). The ICAO is a UN specialized agency that defines the regulations and standards of international aviation to ensure safety, security, and efficiency in air travel. It is because of the universal standards set by the ICAO that a pilot can land an airplane in any location in the world without learning a different system of rules each time. The existence of global aviation standards assures safety to the traveling public and allows mail, goods, and products to be efficiently transported around the globe.
On the Front Lines of Humanitarian Aid: Midwives Providing Lifesaving Care to Rohingya Refugees
Blog | 04/23/2018
In the heart of what many consider the world’s largest refugee camp, four midwives stand ready to spring into action. A year ago, this refugee camp didn’t exist. Last summer, the Rohingya, an ethnic Muslim minority from western Myanmar, began flooding across the country’s border with Bangladesh.
UN Women: Unlocking Progress for Gender Equality Worldwide
Blog | 04/18/2018
The United Nations system is comprised of the UN, which is headquartered in New York, and more than 30 affiliated organizations—known as programs, funds, and specialized agencies—with their own membership, leadership, and budget processes. In a new series, we’re taking a look at the UN entities that play an integral part of the UN’s mission to promote global peace and prosperity. First up: UN Women.
Liberia’s Ambassador to the US, Lois Brutus, cites recent peaceful transfer of power as a success of @UNPeacekeeping and a sign of great hope for a brighter tomorrow. https://t.co/uOmOS8HFkz
The role of the U.S. is key to make sure we can achieve significant progress on @unpeacekeeping missions like South Sudan - @Lacroix_UN #PK70 #USUN
We can do more and we can achieve our goals but we need to be together, says @Lacroix_UN on the future of @UNpeacekeeping. #PK70
.@unpeacekeeping is a tool, not a silver bullet - @Lacroix_UN discussing the successes of Peacekeeping on #CapitolHill. #PK70 https://t.co/D747bOZoKT
Peacekeeping is not a silver bullet. But we can look at recent successes of @UN missions in West Africa as a sign that it works. - @davidcicilline https://t.co/BpM92AzvKT