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UN Women's Agency Proposal Moving Faster than Expected

In a speech that took even insiders by surprise, UN Special Envoy for HIV/AIDS in Africa, Stephen Lewis, announced yesterday that a high-level UN Panel will recommend the creation of a new UN Agency for Women. The recommendation by the High-Level Panel on UN Reform would pave the way for the proposal for a new agency to be submitted to the UN General Assembly, where approval is considered likely.

2006 Commitment to Development Index Launches

I am pleased to announce the release of the 2006 edition of the Commitment to Development Index. Each year the CDI rates and ranks 21 rich countries on how much their policies help or hurt poorer nations. The CDI assigns scores in seven policy areas (foreign aid, trade, investment, migration, environment, security, and technology), with the average being the overall score.

CGD Workshop Explores Economic Performance of the World's Youngest Democracies

Twenty experts in development from the academic and policy communities gathered at CGD on Monday 12 June to assess the economic performance of the world’s youngest or “third wave” democracies. The purpose of the discussion was to consider under which economic conditions these democracies are most likely to consolidate--or to backslide and even reverse--and to discuss what the international community can do to support these new democracies.

Cutting off Its Nose to Spite Its Face: U.S. Undermining the United Nations

In a sharply worded speech Tuesday in New York, UN Deputy Secretary-General Mark Malloch Brown took the Bush administration and Congress to task for a self-defeating approach to the United Nations. Even as they turn to the UN to accomplish a variety of indispensable tasks, he complained, U.S. political leaders fail to defend the world body from scurrilous attacks from the likes of “Rush Limbaugh and Fox News.”

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