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Driven by Hate? What We’ve Gotten Wrong about Children and Terrorism

New UNU research is challenging the traditional thinking which asserts that children who join armed groups are also motivated by anti-social tendencies, ideology and negative emotions.

How the 2020 Tokyo Olympics Can Be a Pilot for Global Sustainability

The Olympic Games offer an enormous opportunity to showcase how global events can ensure sustainable practices. But how can Japan ensure that the 2020 Tokyo Olympics hit the sustainability mark on consumer waste and recycling?

14 Peacekeepers Were Killed in Congo — UN Response May Make Things Worse

After UN peacekeepers in Congo suffered their worst attack in recent history, an intensified UN offensive would likely make the situation even more risky.

Is Collusion the Future of Global Politics?

Recent allegations of collusion between Russian organised crime and American politicians are surprising. But perhaps they shouldn’t be. Around the world, the lines between politics and organised crime are blurring.

On Universal Access to Antiretroviral Drugs: Insights from Brazil

As we mark World AIDS Day, and strive to end the AIDS epidemic by 2030, the experience of Brazil could offer guidance on how to improve access to antiretroviral drugs in developing countries.

Lessons for EU to Protect Against Next Cyber Attack

Three steps that can help governments safeguard their data systems and citizens against future cyber-attack threats such as the recent WannaCry and Bad Rabbit malware outbreaks.

European Commission Employs Double Standards in Spain

As the Catalan crisis diminishes social trust in the Spanish justice system, it is an opportunity for the EU Commission to activate its rule-of-law framework and verify to what extent Spanish authorities have affected mechanisms to safeguard the rule of law.

China’s Fight Against Desertification Should Not Be Done at the Cost of Water Security

For decades, China has successfully implemented afforestation programmes to counter desertification. But, while planting more trees will reduce erosion, it is also worsening China’s water crisis.

Let’s Be Critical About Infrastructure

A recent spate of natural disasters serves as a reminder that communities must be better prepared for disruptions of critical infrastructure such as electricity and water service, which can go off-line in a matter of minutes and impact millions of lives.

How Cities in South-East Asia Are Acting on the SDGs Ahead of Their National Governments

While government mandates for implementing the Sustainable Development Goals are expected to eventually “trickle down” to cities, a group of frontrunner cities is creating progress on the ground ahead of national instructions.

A Starting Point to Solve the Global Water Crisis

As we reach the two-year mark of the Sustainable Development Goals, a new policy support system could provide a clear starting point for governments to set clear paths to achieving water-related targets.

Sanitation Wins Must Not Become Safe Water Losses

Efforts to end open defecation through rapid installation of low-cost pit latrines must be cautious of the potential impacts on groundwater and human health.

What Mekong Delta Communities Can Teach Us About Access to Safe Water

Despite the immense scale of freshwater systems at the centre of SDG 6, ensuring availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all will require an approach that scales up from communities to better understand how water is used in daily life.

Global Environmental Change Is Creating Immobility “Traps”

In recent years, we have begun to understand how environmental change influences migration. Indeed, environmental change often magnifies the drivers of migration, and may exacerbate political tensions or further deterioration of economic conditions. Show More Summary

A Heavy Weight

The mortality and morbidity burdens of non-communicable diseases constitute a major public health crisis that undermines and threatens to reverse decades of socioeconomic development in low- and middle-income countries.

Point-based Immigration Doesn’t Add Up

As the Trump Administration promotes a proposal to cut legal immigration to the United States using a ‘merit’-based points system, a closer look at current research demonstrates overwhelmingly positive economic impacts of US immigrants and their families.

Strengthening UN Sanctions

UNU Policy Adviser Rebecca Brubaker offers five recommendations for reinforcing UN sanctions as the Security Council seeks to bolster its "formidable instrument for global peace and security".

Japan Violating Anti-smoking Treaty by Bowing to Tobacco Industry, Expert Says

According to UNU expert Obijiofor Aginam, if Japan doesn’t ban smoking in indoor public spaces ahead of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics it could be singled out for violating an international treaty on tobacco control.

Left Out to Dry? Gender and Fisheries on Lake Tanganyika

Examining value chains of small-scale fisheries in Tanzania reveals gender-based division of labour, and the socioeconomic impacts of discrimination and of undervaluing the roles traditionally taken on by women.

The Ultimate Deal: US Presidents and the Allure of Peace in the Middle East

Trump is only the most recent in a long line of US presidents who have overestimated their ability to manage the Israeli-Palestinian conflict — a role requiring deep engagement with the conflict's details and an acute understanding of the regional political dynamics and constraints.

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