Ian Richards
Ian Richards is a development economist at the United Nations, from the UK and Sri Lanka. He blogs in his capacity as a staff representative, on the many challenges the UN faces around the world as it seeks to reform itself and deliver more on what member states ask of it.

Entries by Ian Richards

UN Workers on the Frontline Against Extremism in Iraq

(3) Comments | Posted 21 August 2014 | (16:20)

"Father, how far are they from Baghdad?" asks Husam's 14 year-old son as he sees the military helicopters fly overhead, bringing the injured back from battle.

It's a question that makes him very uncomfortable. The "they" is the ISIS, otherwise known as Daash or Islamic State, and reputed to have...

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Those Who Kill UN Staff in Gaza Must Be Held Accountable

(4) Comments | Posted 7 August 2014 | (00:00)

Over the past four weeks the world has watched a humanitarian tragedy unfold in Gaza. For UN staff like me it has been particularly tough. Nine of our schools have been attacked, 11 of my colleagues have been killed.

They include Ahmed Mohamed Mohamed Ahmed, a school principal, Inas...

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The UN Wants to Eradicate Extreme Poverty by 2030 - Let's Make Sure It's Up to the Task

(2) Comments | Posted 23 July 2014 | (00:00)

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has two and a half years left at the helm of the organization.

When asked in a recent interview what he wished for his legacy, he said, "that by 2030 we will have eradicated extreme poverty". He also hoped that by the end...

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Ten Years After the Baghdad Bombing the UN Must Do More to Protect Its Workers From Deadly Attacks

(5) Comments | Posted 19 August 2013 | (13:44)

Today marks the tenth anniversary of the tragic bombing of the United Nations building in Baghdad in which 22 people died, among them 15 UN staff members. The Baghdad attack is seen as a turning point for the UN, which had not realised until then that its workers could become...

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