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We need an Olympic effort on climate change

The Olympics offers us a time of hope, a time for mutual understanding, a time for goodwill and peace. But as all eyes turn toward PyeongChang for the…


Winning hearts and minds in ungoverned spaces

The tragic spate of attacks in Western Europe, the Sahel, and most recently in Mogadishu, Somalia, have all targeted at the very heart of capital cities and densely populated urban centers. In…  


Powering west Mosul’s water plants

Mosul was one of the last major holdouts in Iraq of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), who took control of the city in mid-2014. The military campaign to liberate the city started in…  


Brussels conference on Syria: Placing resilience at the forefront of the international response

The 2016 London Conference on Supporting Syria and the Region drew world leaders from around the globe and raised more than US$10 billion dollars in pledges to address one of the largest,…  


Tackling the crisis in the Lake Chad Basin

Last May, the U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations (USCFR) organized a briefing session on the situation in the Sahel region of Africa. During the session UNDP stressed the need for broad,…  


Addressing radicalization and violent extremism through climate action

Climate change and violent extremism will be two of the major threats to the stability of states and societies in the next decades. In many countries in the continent (Mali, Nigeria, Somalia, South…  


Climate plans aren’t just for the environment

After last year’s successful adoption of the Paris Agreement, climate negotiators and activists are now on their way to Morocco. Marrakesh will host the 2016 climate summit, COP22, which has been…  


Africa’s unique vulnerability to violent extremism

Africa bears the brunt of lives lost, economies ruined, and relationships fractured by terrorism. It is the continent where al-Qaeda launched its war against the United States in 1998, by bombing the…  

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