Newsmakers: Conversations with people making UN news

People feel very strongly that the international community has abandoned them, that we are not doing as much as we can to bring an end to the [Syria] crisis.28 March 2013

The conflict in Syria is a messy war; not just a very violent and tragic war for the civilian population. So, having the possibility to access people is our most urgent priority.14 March 2013

I think I’d like to be remembered as an exemplary international civil servant – if there is such a thing. No, take out exemplary. As a good international civil servant, because I think it’s very important.26 February 2013

I had a wonderful time working for the UN. It was quite difficult sometimes, but it was what I wanted to do... I loved the job, I believed in it. I still believe in it.26 February 2013

Family planning is probably the most important intervention you can give to liberate a woman’s energy and life.19 February 2013

I have to speak for them. I have to make sure that their stories are told. I have to be able to make sure that they have the opportunity to rebuild their lives...01 February 2013

We have to get new donors into this endeavour. We’re not going to get the additional monies that we need from the donors that we currently have who are maxed out in many instances.14 January 2013

There is still a long way to go [in Myanmar]. There are still a lot of things that could go wrong. But I think, on the whole... it’s a glass half full rather than half empty.03 January 2013

Women, participating actively, will help find the best solutions for the challenges that the world is facing today, from the economic recovery to the food crisis, to the energy crisis, to climate change.03 December 2012

There is no evidence that to be prepared you need a lot of money. Some of the poorest countries in the world that are used to living with disasters have really made enormous progress.19 November 2012

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