Biodiversity: A Pledge, Now Action.

Featured Image: Photo by Jeevan Katel on Unsplash. In the early hours of 19 December 2022, the delegates to the U. N. Convention on Biodiversity (COP 15) reached an agreement on a Biodiversity Framework after 12 days of intense negotiations.  The theme
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Ongoing Armed Conflicts and the Need for Stronger Track Two Efforts.

Featured Image: Photo by Levi Meir Clancy on Unsplash.   The continuing armed conflict in Ukraine and the likelihood that the conflict will drag on through the winter, the 11th year of the armed conflict and repression in Syria, the renewal of
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U.N. Human Rights Council Focus on Iran.

Featured Image: Ebrahim Raisi By Nasim Online, CC BY 4.0 <https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0>, via Wikimedia Commons. On 24 November 2022, the United Nations Human Rights Council held a Special Session on the human rights situation in Iran.  A Special Session is the highest form
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Dark Clouds Over Eastern Congo.

Featured Image: Photo by Flow Clark, Unsplash. As if there were not already enough tensions in the Democratic Republic of Congo (RDC), there is a renewal of fighting since mid-October in the province of North Kivu, Goma being the central city.  The current
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What I would say if I could. Protest symbols in China.

Featured Image: Photo by Nuno Alberto.  Unsplash An empty white page held high has become the symbol of protest in the manifestations currently spreading to different parts of China.  Just as the cry “Women-Life- Liberty “, women cutting their long hair in
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Democratic Republic of Congo: Increasing Tensions and Danger of Violence.

Featured Image: Movement militiamen M23 and Type 85 heavy machine gun. By Al Jazeera English, CC BY-SA 2.0 <https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0>, via Wikimedia Commons. Despite the presence of some 14,000 United Nations peacekeepers (Monusco) in the Democratic Republic of Congo (RDC), instability continues to
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U.N. Highlights Rape as a War Weapon in Ukraine.

Image Featured: Photo by Melanie Wasser,  Unsplash  Pramila Patten, the United Nations Human Rights Council Special Rapporteur on sexual violence in times of conflict reported mid-October 2022 that rape is increasingly used in the armed conflict in Ukraine as a weapon to
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War-related Famine: Action Needed.

Featured Image: Photo by Megan Thomas on Unsplash. In a 11 November 2022 presentation to the Paris Peace Forum, David Beasley, Director of the United Nations World Food Programme warned that there are real dangers of famine in countries currently in armed conflict
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Convention on the Rights of the Child: The Vital Role of NGOs.

Featured Image: Photo by Yannis H on Unsplash. When the Convention on the Rights of the Child was unanimously adopted by the United Nations General Assembly on 20 November 1989; governments took a major step forward in establishing a framework of world law to protect
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