Stories written by Sudeshna Chowdhury

Part of Indian Heritage Site Bulldozed for a Road

The village of Hampi located in India's southern state of Karnataka has long been an attraction for tourists from all over the world.

Q&A: Armed Groups Find a Payday in Wildlife Trafficking

In a recent report to the U.N. Security Council, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon acknowledged the possibility of poaching as a threat to not just wildlife or endangered species, but to the greater stability and peace in general.

WHO’s Iraq Birth Defect Study Omits Causation

A long-awaited study on congenital birth defects by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Ministry of Health (MOH) in Iraq is expected to be very extensive in nature.

Children of Conflict

Malala Yousafzai and Muhammad Qasim have a lot in common.

Seven candidates attend event related to UNHRC elections

Only seven candidates running for  membership in the Geneva-based U.N.  Human Rights Council (UNHRC) this year showed up during an event Tuesday, which provided a platform for candidates to outline their plans and commitments towards protection of human rights as well as their vision for membership.

Activists Preserve a Part of Syria’s Revolution

For the small town of Kafranbel in Syria, the old saying "a pen is mightier than a sword" still rings true. Every week in Kafranbel, protesters draw posters, write banners and demonstrate against the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

Q&A: World Needs a Plan for Expected Waves of Climate Refugees

Untold thousands dead and thousands more stranded or missing - these are the latest figures from various reports on the devastation caused by flash floods in the Indian state of Uttarakhand.

Population Dynamics Central to Sustainable Development, Says U.N. Chief

Jotham Musinguzi, a doctor from Uganda and the International Islamic Centre for Population Studies and Research (IICPSR), a research centre based in Egypt, were the recipients of the 2013 United Nations Population Award.

Q&A: Through “My Afghanistan”, Rural Afghans Share Their Stories

A bomb blast on a road. A suicide attack near a grocery store. Such is the uncertainty for ordinary men and women in Afghanistan, where daily life is still marred by violence.

Illegal Drugs Threaten Security of Nations, Warns U.N. Chief

Ilegal drugs threaten stability and security of nations worldwide, said Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon during a panel discussion  Wednesday to commemorate the International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking.

Arab Americans Aim at Preserving New York’s Little Syria

A brick red, six-story tenement house, St. George Melkite Church and a community house in desperate need of repair are nearly all that remain of a once thriving Arab-American community in downtown New York City.

World Needs New Indicators for Assessing Education

Addressing the United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s Global Education First Initiative (GEFI), a programme aimed at improving the quality of education worldwide, a group of panelists at the United Nations Tuesday highlighted the urgent need to tackle what they called the global learning crisis by improving the quality of learning in schools as well as ensuring children all over the world have access to quality education.

Adding Billions to the World’s Population

A report released Thursday by the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN DESA) predicts that the current world population will increase from 7.2 billion to 8.1 billion in 2025—an increase of almost one billion in 12 years.

Q&A: “The U.N. Is Too Slow to Respond to Crisis”

As the situation in Myanmar deteriorates, thousands of Rohingyas have fled the country in search of a safe haven.

Creating political Will is the biggest challenge, say experts

The word Hiroshima instantly conjures up images of nuclear mushroom clouds, toxic fumes, wreckages of buildings, charred bodies, death, devastation and destruction.

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