Challenges Raised at “Beijing + 20”

Thousands of women gathered in New York March 2-20, 2015 for the 59th session of the Commission on the Status of Women. Having as theme “Beijing + 20,” the session had as its main focus the implementation of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, both the progress achieved and the challenges that remain. (more…)

What is the price of inaction?   

In early February, I attended the first week of meetings at the 53rd Commission for Social Development at the UN.  It was a rich and wonderful experience as people gathered from around the world to talk about what is needed in the world today.  Ban Ki Moon addressed the group by calling for global action: (more…)

Global Citizenship: a Utopian Idea?

“Your Christ is Jewish, your car Japanese, your pizza Italian, your democracy Greek, your coffee Brazilian, your vacation Turkish, your numbers Arabic, your alphabet Latin. Only your neighbor is a foreigner.” (from a poster seen on the walls of Berlin in 1994)