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Natalia Kanem

Natalia Kanem

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Natalia Kanem is Executive Director of the United Nations Population Fund.

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  1. Supporting Sexual and Reproductive Health Is Good Business
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    Supporting Sexual and Reproductive Health Is Good Business

    Jul 12, 2024 Natalia Kanem argues that investing in employees’ well-being will help companies attract and retain top talent.

  2. Backsliding on Maternal Mortality
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    Backsliding on Maternal Mortality

    May 25, 2023 Natalia Kanem urges governments to take immediate, proven steps to ensure that childbirth is a time of life, not death.

  3. Preserving Women’s Bodily Autonomy
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    Preserving Women’s Bodily Autonomy

    Jul 1, 2021 Natalia Kanem calls attention to the consequences of impaired sexual and reproductive health services during the pandemic.

  4. Winning the War Against Maternal and Child Deaths
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    Winning the War Against Maternal and Child Deaths

    May 21, 2020 Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, et al. fear that the COVID-19 crisis will halt – or reverse – recent progress in protecting mothers and children.

  5. The Economic Benefits of Family Planning
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    The Economic Benefits of Family Planning

    Jul 25, 2018 Natalia Kanem says access to contraception is a basic human right that can empower women and transform countries.

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    How the G20 Could Help Eliminate Hunger and Extreme Poverty

    Kevin Watkins urges the group’s members to harness their economic and political power to advance shared development targets.
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    A Hillbilly Elegy for Ukraine and the West

    Carl Bildt considers the disastrous implications of US vice-presidential nominee J.D. Vance’s worldview.
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    We Are All Biomass

    Slavoj Žižek sees our shared environmental predicament as a stronger basis for solidarity than appeals to compassion.
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    Mordecai Kurz on market power, Big Tech, antitrust, and more

    Mordecai Kurz explains how technology firms abuse patent law to establish and preserve monopolies, criticizes the US Supreme Court’s approach to market power, sheds light on the relationship between innovation and inequality, and more.
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    Biden Rejects the Drug of Power

    Nina L. Khrushcheva

    Joe Biden's decision to drop out of the presidential race reflects a humility that is far more likely to be found among democratic leaders than authoritarians. But as Donald Trump has shown – with his efforts to overturn the 2020 election and his vow to be a dictator “on day one” – such humility is never guaranteed.

    praises the US president for stepping aside to let a younger candidate take over.
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    Impunity for Authoritarians Fuels Political Violence

    Maciej Kisilowski explains why allowing corrupt leaders to evade justice can stoke public fear and discontent.
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    As Disinformation Thrives, Democracy Dies

    Nishant Lalwani, et al. argue that increased aid for independent media is necessary to defend press freedom in the developing world.
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    The Dead Hand of Neoliberalism Is Blocking Green Growth

    Laura Carvalho sees rich countries pursuing industrial strategies while poorer countries are prevented from following suit.
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    Will the Democrats Win After Biden’s Withdrawal?

    Richard Haass

    US President Joe Biden’s decision to drop out of the 2024 presidential race has revived the Democrats’ chances of victory. Given the profound differences between the two parties, it is difficult to exaggerate just how much is at stake when Americans vote this November.

    explains how the new Democratic nominee could get out from under the shadow of an unpopular president.

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