On the International Day, the UN chief urges the world to address the “precarious and unjust conditions” that migrants can face, noting that many risk their lives at sea while attempting to seek sanctuary only to be met by incarceration instead of empathy and necessary protection.
Today, migration-related phenomena can affect both the international security of states and the human security of people. UNU’s Valeria Bello explains why this complex issue should not be tainted by prejudice.
Statelessness can place people among the most vulnerable, disenfranchised and impoverished within a society. It is crucial, therefore, to ensure that stateless persons are included in the development of global goals relating to human development, poverty eradication and access to rights.
While other tools such as visa policy, border controls, prevention of illegal employment and removal of unauthorized migrants have frequently been examined, the legalization of irregular immigrants through regularization programmes has received less attention.
Spotlighting a journey that is a subject of growing public and policy concern, a recent ‘theatre reportage’ performance offered a look at dangerous Mediterranean Sea crossings through the lens of migrants themselves.
Sri Lanka has done much toward promoting health and education opportunities for women. Yet several factors keep the country from translating these achievements into female economic participation.
As governments of 195 countries approved the final document of the COP20 climate negotiations in Lima in the early hours of 14 Dec., activists protested about what they viewed as watered-down results outside the venue where the summit was held.
Around the world scores of projects aimed at reducing carbon emissions or helping communities adapt to climate change are being paid for, at least partially, by a new type of financing.
At the just-ended World Parks Congress, UNU’s Robert Blasiak was struck by the story of how, with the melting of permafrost, archaeologists and the people of Greenland are faced with an impossible challenge — prioritizing what artefacts to save when every item is beyond valuation.
In the heart of Shanghai, where modernization and urban renewal mix with traditional everyday practices, equal access to toilets could depend on coexistence of alternative sanitation systems.
UNU Senior Policy Adviser John de Boer discusses the need for comprehensive assessment of development gaps and sound measurements of success if we are to establish realistic and effective Sustainable Development Goals.
Sixty years ago, the world agreed to protect stateless people, but around 10 million people are currently denied a nationality. This revealing photo essay illustrates why a new campaign aims to end the devastating legal limbo of statelessness.