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Addis Ababa, November 2018. The African Union launches its own Peace Fund with the aim to ensure predictable financing for peace and security activities in Africa. paulkagame/flickr

How member states and partners impede the African Union’s quest for financial autonomy

Wavering commitment in African capitals and the continued attractiveness of the African Union to external funders risk stalling the crucial path to financial autonomy.
A line of Syrian refugees crossing the border of Hungary and Austria on their way to Germany Hungary Central Europe September. Mstyslav Chernov

What good does the Global Forum on Migration and Development do?

International institutions make up a stage on which States vehemently and openly denounce world problems and suffering while they actually have no intention to act.
UN troops come close to being above the law. Peter Macdiarmid/PA Archive

When UN peacekeepers commit atrocities, someone has to act

Sexual exploitation, child abuse, corruption and torture. These are just some of the many crimes committed by United Nations peacekeepers. Such abuses have the potential to undermine and even delegitimise…
So good, they gave it a Nobel Peace Prize (2007) IPCC

Explainer: what is the IPCC anyway, and how does it work?

The latest climate change assessment from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the IPCC, is due to arrive this weekend. This will be the fifth comprehensive assessment report (AR5) prepared by…
WHO Director-General Dr Margaret Chan called for assistance in reforming the WHO at the 64th World Health Assembly. WHO

Australia’s role in reforming the World Health Organisation

The World Health Organisation (WHO) remains the most important player in global health despite growing problems with its structure and funding. Australia is in an excellent position to help modernise the…
The World Health Organisation is the undoubted leader in global health but faces a crisis of leadership. US Mission Geneva

Truth to power: reforming the World Health Organization

The World Health Organisation has a vital role to play in global health but 65 years after it came into being, it’s plagued by ossified structures that prevent it from exercising the flexibility it needs…

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