Latest Updates

Last fall, with the launch of our UN Senior Leadership Appointments Dashboard, we were able to quantify the “halting progress” on gender parity at the UN. We are pleased to announce that we have updated the dashboard to include all the data from the year 2020—and that the progress continues. While this article highlights some of our key headlines from 2020, we encourage you to explore the updated dashboard and the varied analysis it offers.

The 2021 Practitioners Workshop on Conflict Early Warning/Early Action will take place virtually 18-21 May. This year’s workshop will bring more visibility to specific advancements in the conflict and violence early warning and early action (EWEA) fields, with the idea to share global lessons from different actors and offer specific skills-building opportunities.

May 18, 2021
People wear face masks to prevent the spread of coronavirus as they travel on the metro amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

2021, we all hope, will be the year of recovery. If COVID-19 vaccines are rolled out at scale, including in the developing world, global economic recovery will be large. But that in itself ensures neither that all countries will be included in the recovery, nor that all people within each country will see the gains. A rising tide, as we have seen only too well since US president John F. Kennedy first used the phrase in 1963, does not lift all boats.

Apr 02, 2021
Sarah Cliffe, Karina Gerlach, Leah Zamore
Multilateral Reform
The IMFC Governors governors during the IMF/World Bank Meetings. (IMF Photograph/Stephen Jaffe)

This policy paper outlines a series of opportunities and challenges for constructive partnership among the IFIs and the UN in fragile states. This paper applies these lessons to the specific issue of fuel subsidy reform, a policy option under consideration to manage mounting fiscal pressure in countries as diverse as Sudan and Lebanon. Relatively low international fuel prices present an opportunity, while at the same time, struggling households and fuel-dependent industries hit hard by the pandemic seek increased government support.

Mar 29, 2021
Sarah Rose, Mark Plant
Financing
Multilateral Reform

Nearly two years after the Islamic State’s (IS) fighting forces were dislodged from their final hideout in Baghouz, Syria, the northeast (NE) region remains highly insecure. Numerous state actors with a stake in the future of Syria either maintain a troop presence in the NE or are providing financial and logistical support to proxies or other non-state actors. The resulting conflicts paint a worrying picture for the future of the NE and its residents.

Mar 22, 2021
Hanny Megally , Jasmine M. El-Gamal
Middle East, Syria

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