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The Subtle Diplomatic Genius of the Paris Climate Talks

At most large institutions, process can influence outcomes. In other words, how decisions are made often shape the actual substance of the decisions.

Thirsting for a Paris Deal in Timor Leste

Every morning in the sparsely populated region of Baguia, high in the mountains of Timor-Leste, women and children rise hours before dawn.

A Paris Climate Talks Primer: What You Need to Know About the UN Climate Confab

The Paris Climate talks kick off in just a few short weeks. On November 30, president Obama and many other heads of state are going to start weeks of negotiations that if all goes according to plan, will usher in a new kind of international climate change regime.

COP 21 Kicks Off

More than 140 heads of state head to Paris today to kick off the most important international climate conference in a generation.

Why the Top UN Women’s Rights Official Wants You to Wear Orange

Ed note. This is a special op-ed from UN Women Executive director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka to mark International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women and the launch of the Orange the World campaign to raise awareness about violence against women.  Across the world, violence against women and girls remains one of the most serious—and the most tolerated—human rights violations, both a cause and a consequence of gender inequality and discrimination.

Why HIV Rates are Soaring in Russia

Russia is very close to its millionth registered HIV infection; 986,657 people have been registered as infected.

Promising New AIDS Stat: Number of People with HIV on ARVs Doubles

Nearly 16 million people with HIV are now on life-saving an antiretrovirals, says a new report from UNAIDS.

Ebola Was Eliminated from Liberia. Now It’s Back.

A fifteen-year-old boy named Nathan Groote, died of Ebola in Liberia today. It’s the first Ebola death in the country since July.

USA Slaps Sanctions on Burundi Officials

This follows a series of warnings from US officials about the deteriorating situation. It is the most direct intervention in the Burundi crisis yet from the US government.

Scotland Welcomes Syrian Refugees

  Last Tuesday the Scottish public woke up to a message on the front page of The National  — ‘To the first refugees fleeing war-torn Syria who will at arrive at Glasgow Airport today, we’d just like to say: Welcome to Scotland’.

Episode 88: Rabia Chaudry

Rabia Chaudry is best known for bringing the irregularities surrounding the murder conviction of Anand Syed to the attention of This American Life reporter Sarah Keonig, who then turned the saga in into the wildly popular Serial podcast.

Ebola Re-Emerges in Liberia

This outbreak could be linked to individuals deemed to have been cured from ebola, suggesting that the virus can live on in individuals for month after symptoms lapse.

A Disgusting Fact about Toilets

  Picture an enemy that almost exclusively kills children. Well, sometimes it kills children. Sometimes it just maims them by depriving them of nutrition, damaging their brains, and keeping them from growing to their full height.

Mali Attacks–What We Know So Far

Gunmen stormed an upscale hotel in Bamako, Mali today, apparently killing several people and taking hostages.

Four Balkan Countries Shut Their Borders

Thousands of people are stranded without any assistance. “Most nations along Europe’s refugee corridor abruptly shut their borders Thursday to those not coming from war-torn countries such as Syria, Afghanistan or Iraq, leaving thousands desperately seeking a better life in the continent stranded at Balkan border crossings…Macedonia, Serbia, Croatia and Slovenia weren’t allowing in so-called economic migrants whose countries aren’t shattered by war.

Syria Diplomacy After the Paris Attacks: Is a Dayton-Style Peace Accord in the Works?

Could the horrible attack in Paris might provide the kind of exogenous shock to the international system that could unstick international diplomacy on Syria?

Boko Haram Strikes Again — Child Used As Suicide Bomber

This modus operandi has been used by the group before. It looks as if Boko Haram is stepping up its offensive in the heart of Nigeria.

Can the UN Help Broker a Syria Ceasefire?

For the first time in years, there is actual momentum towards an international political solution to the Syria conflict.

James P. Grant Saved Millions upon Millions of Children Around the World. So Why Isn’t He a Household Name?

James P. Grant is not a household name. But he most certainly should be. Grant lead UNICEF from 1979 until his death in 1995, and as Nick Kristof once wrote he “probably saved more lives than were destroyed by Hitler, Stalin and Mao combined.” He was a powerhouse in the UN bureaucracy and on the international stage.

The Last Known Ebola Patient in Africa Has Recovered

At this rate, ebola will have been fully contained before the start of 2016.  ”The last known Ebola patient in Guinea, a 21-day-old baby girl, has recovered at a treatment centre in the capital, Conakry, health officials say.A spokesman for Guinea’s Ebola co-ordination unit said two tests on the baby had been negative.