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Rohingya women engaged in the production of masks in UN Women-AAB Multi-Purpose Women Centre to protect their community  from COVID-19 and earn an income to support their families.

A group of human rights experts, including CIC's Leah Zamore, co-drafted a statement outlining 14 human rights principles for protecting migrants, refugees, and other displaced persons during and after COVID-19. The principles, which over a thousand legal scholars have signed since late April, have been highlighted by the International Organization on Migration and quoted by the United Nations secretary-general. They are reprinted in full here.

Jun 26, 2020
Humanitarian Crises
Protesters hold a banner above Nathan Phillips Square in Toronto, April 2020

With economies around the world suffering the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, the global public wants governments to adopt bold approaches in response—and polls from a range of countries show that large majorities believe their actions have not been strong enough. This briefing examines global polling data showing that policies previously deemed “radical” are now garnering widespread support in many countries.

Jun 25, 2020
Leah Zamore, Ben Phillips
Peacebuilding Commission Meets on 2020 Review of Peacebuilding Architecture

This options paper consolidates key recommendations for operationalizing the prevention agenda in light of the United Nations' 2020 peacebuilding architecture review. The paper examines options to increase national demand for prevention approaches, opportunities to build and consolidate the UN system’s expertise on prevention, and options to increase cross-pillar approaches, which are critical to the success of prevention initiatives. 

Jun 23, 2020
Paige Arthur, Céline Monnier
Peace Operations
Progress in meeting the gender parity goals across the United Nations is now much easier to monitor than before, but it is nevertheless surprisingly difficult to access data on demographic and other factors for senior appointments made in the past, or to monitor current appointments in real time. CIC is working with NYU's Center for Global Affairs to automate the data collection process and develop a visually compelling database sharing information about senior appointments over the last 25 years.