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I've been attending the second annual UN Forum on Business and Human Rights in Geneva. The Forum this year had more than 1,700 people from business, civil society, unions, academia and the UN system meeting to discuss progress on the UN Guiding Principles and share learning. I've been trying to figure out what it tells us about the progress of what many still call the Ruggie process.

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Today marks the start of the 16 Days of Activism against Gender Violence, which focuses for 2013 on the theme of militarism. The past year has seen the British Government and others make sexual violence as a weapon of war a political priority as never before – with a particular focus on seeking prosecutions to end impunity for such crimes.

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After decades of rule characterised by dictatorship, patronage and violence, in 2010 young people in the Arab world began to rise up and demand a new kind of politics. Women played their part as leaders and participants, and were not spared the backlash – suffering arrests, sexual harassment and even death. Though many commentators have warned that the Arab Spring is turning into an Autumn or Winter, with human rights rolled back and hopes for change dashed, CARE International’s research presents a more complex picture. As the dust continues to settle, there are both challenges and opportunities to expand the role women play in shaping the forces that affect their lives. The continuing upheaval in Egypt suggests that failures to address the root causes of the uprising and open up politics to new actors may not be sustainable over the long term.

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The UK Government has a lot to do to ensure companies pursue their core business responsibly. The current BIS Department consultation on Corporate Responsibility is an opportunity to come up with much clearer and more effective measures to get business to recognise the benefits of responsible behaviour and to build a framework that enables companies to be responsible. It also has to address the many companies who will drag their heels.

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After the annual meeting of the world’s largest and most important body for agreeing international food and nutrition security policy, Larissa Pelham questions on World Food Day whether NGOs really have a voice in the process.

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As world leaders gathered yesterday in New York for the high-powered UN General Assembly, the governments of Canada, Croatia, Denmark, France, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Republic of Korea, Senegal, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, the United States and over 100 other countries launched a new ‘Declaration of commitment to end sexual violence in conflict’. Why now and what does it mean?

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Perhaps, you're hoping to break into the development sector, or you are looking for a career change from the private sector? Maybe you want to build your CV while completing your post graduate studies or want to learn more about the world of microfinance and influencing policy makers? If so, an internship in the Advocacy and Policy Team at CARE UK might be just what you are looking for. Here are five reasons why we think you should apply:

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