Unicef urges UK to lead on tackling ‘epidemic’ of violence against children | Global development | theguardian.com

Flickr - DFID - UK Department for Internationa...

Flickr – DFID – UK Department for International Development – Children pictured at a UNCHR food distribution point in Liberia (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

English: United Nations postage stamp

English: United Nations postage stamp (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This article from the Guardian is well worth a read. Check it out!

via Unicef urges UK to lead on tackling ‘epidemic’ of violence against children | Global development | theguardian.com.

Personally, I struggle that the UK is expected to lead on this cause, rather than UNICEF.

In recent years, the effectiveness of the United Nations’ agencies’ in achieving their objectives has been increasingly open to question. Indeed, the UN seems to have lost it’s status and prestige. Part of the problem is that the UN has been hijacked by likes of political Islam. Meanwhile, UN budgets are not subjected to austerity measures, and there are probably too many bureaucrats.

Of course, there is an epidemic’ of violence against children. Yesterday, this blog cited the story of a teacher raping a four year old child in India. I fear that part of the problem is that UNICEF itself may well not have been sufficiently effective? Surely, it’s time to increase the front-line staff, in UN agencies, and reduce the bureaucracy?In times of austerity, surely the UN must deliver more for less?

Thoughts?

Beautiful Bagan Myanmar (Burma) – Part 1

dralfoldman:

Looking back, this is worth a read. It’s one of our most popular travel blogs.

Originally posted on Discover the Orient:

Bagan, Burma

Bagan, Burma (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

English: Shwezigon, Bagan, Myanmar Швезигон, Б...

English: Shwezigon, Bagan, Myanmar Швезигон, Баган, Мьянма (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Bagan, Burma

Bagan, Burma (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

English: Bagan, Myanmar. Bagan became a centra...

English: Bagan, Myanmar. Bagan became a central powerbase of the mid 11th century King Anawrahta who unified Burma under Theravada Buddhism. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Bagan, Burma

Bagan, Burma (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

We were sorry to say farewell to Mandalay, as we checked out of  hotel  thanking the staff for a pleasant stay. Our car took us  to the Mandalay airport for a short flight to Bagan. It was an early start and we were in Bagan airport by 8.00 AM. We were transferred to our hotel on Mount Popa, an extinct volcano, also now a nature reserve and a national park. We had the afternoon at leisure, which was very pleasant given the stunning views from our vantage point on the mountain, the kind of view where you stare at the…

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