Lt. William Abbott was driving along a highway southeast of Zwedru when he noticed a woman who had just given birth on the side of the road. She was almost 10km from the nearest clinic and desperately needed assistance. The peacekeeper did not think twice about helping her. For Abbott, a UN Military Observer based in Zwedru, it was all part of a day’s work.
“If you tell me there are problems, we’ll come here and fix them.” That’s what he told one local, and that’s the motto he works by.
Abbott, from the US Navy, is checking out this month after having completed a six-month mission in Zwedru. Read More
On September 12, Nerissa Cook, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for International Organization Affairs will participate in the launch of the U.S. Coalition of Cities Against Racism and Discrimination.
The U.S. Department of State, in conjunction with the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), is committed to working with our global partners to fight against racism, xenophobia, and other forms of discrimination and is pleased the U.S. Conference of Mayors has partnered with UNESCO to establish the U.S. Coalition of UNESCO’s Cities Against Racism and Discrimination. By joining the Coalition, mayors across the United States will sign on to a Ten Point Action to address racism and discrimination in their cities and these Ten Points will be announced during the launch. The launch of the U.S. network will take place during Mayors’ Empowerment Week, hosted by the city of Birmingham to commemorate the civil rights movement 50 years after the bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church.
If you are age 18 to 25, and have an interest and passion for international affairs, civic engagement, and youth issues, you could qualify for this once in a lifetime chance to see the United Nations in action — in person. The U.S. Youth Observer will travel to New York, interact with the U.S. delegation and other youth representatives from around the world — and then share their experiences to their peers and the rest of the world. Read More