OpEd: modernizing calculations for official development assistance has resulted in stronger support for the SG’s development agenda.

Recovery efforts on Fiji, after Cyclone Yasa swept through the island nation aided by the United Nations Development Program’s Pacific Office, January 2021.
The United Nations Development Program’s Pacific Office offered recovery help after Cyclone Yasa swept through the island nation of Fiji, January 2021. The author of this essay explains how modernizing calculations for official development assistance to the UN has resulted in stronger support for the secretary-general’s development agenda.

Exclusive interview with Vijay Nambiar, a special adviser to Kofi Annan & Ban Ki-moon, charged with following events in Burma/Myanmar.

The military of Burma/Myanmar, called the Tatmadaw, celebrating Armed Forces Day in 2021 and its Feb. 1 coup over the democratically elected government. WIKIPEDIA

These Latin American women are being informally mentioned as potential candidates to run for SG, most likely for the five-year term starting in 2027.

Silvia Rucks, a Uruguayan who is the United Nations resident coordinator in Chile, July 30, 2018.

OpEd: A source of the migration influx from Central America is “America’s indiscriminate and criminal meddling” in that region.

Vice President Kamala Harris is now in charge of resolving the migration problem at the United States-Mexico border. The author, a US historian, argues that one source that has been driving the migration influx from Central America is “America’s indiscriminate and criminal meddling” in that region over seven-plus decades. A caravan of migrants reaching Mexico, above, in November 2018. RAFAEL RODRIGUEZ/IOM

This Week @UN, our summary highlighting the most important news from Turtle Bay.

Mahamat Saleh Annadif, the head of the UN mission in Mali, said of the recent massive assault on Chadian peacekeepers: “The vigorous response shown by the peacekeepers based in Aguelhok following the complex terrorist attack of this morning, April 2, deserves to be written down in gold letters in the history of UN operations.”

OpEd: A 2018 agreement is “gaining space in the Latin American agenda.” The only problem is, Brazil has not ratified it.

An image 3 people in traditional dress who took part in a 2019 meeting of indigenous people which drew thousands, in Brazil.

Ageism, a new study finds, is “prevalent, ubiquitous and insidious” and not getting enough global attention.

In Brooklyn, N.Y., a cafe on the Coney Island boardwalk draws people of all ages, soaking up the sun in the pandemic, October 2020. JOHN PENNEY

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