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Claude Forthomme
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In his early twenties, David Sheen left his job as a graphic designer to find a more fulfilling life. While..
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Can new Forest ecosystems be designed and developed to provide the same type of stable and seasonal revenue as Croplands?  Hilly..
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Hope is the last thing to die out...Let's hope the ICC survives its critics!
A world without war. That was the dream of the United Nations’ founding fathers. They had lived through World War II and..
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Discussions in Egypt this month have concluded the creation of a new trade zone in Africa, involving 26 countries on..
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Toronto is one of the most multicultural cities in the world, growing quickly and offering something for everyone. This dynamic..
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Frida Kahlo’s life ended before it began. Redefining beauty through her art and attitude, Frida becomes increasingly relevant in our..
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Thanks for the comment, Chloé, and I hope my next post will clarify this and I'm grateful to you for asking this question! ECOSOC is a UN commission that oversees all the work done by the 40+ UN specialized technical agencies operating on the ground in developing countries wherever there's a need for help and technical transfer/know how. UNESCO covers and seeks to harmonize the work of all those agencies, from WHO in the field of public health to FAO in the rural sector, and includes such outliers as the AIEA involved, as you know, in nuclear oversight. The field of action of the UN is incredibly broad while the G-20 is merely a group of government officials - financial heads and political heads, depending on the kind of meeting, and relying on a very small secretariat to prepare their meetings agenda and background documentation. They don't do anything except talk and exchange ideas about this or that issue. And sometimes perhaps agree on doing something together, provided they can find the money to do it and obtain the agreement of their own respective parliaments.

The difference with the UN is unbridgeable - these are two distinct animals. To begin with, the UN's personnel is extremely large by comparison to the G-20 and it is active on the ground, with financing from UN members countries (that pay their membership dues) and from the private sector (for example, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation). So, at ECOSOC, meetings are not intended just for talk but to try and oversee what happens in the field as UN agencies go ahead and run assistance projects and programmes. ECOSOC has the task of keeping all that world-wide field activity (that takes place in many countries that in fact do not belong to the G-20) within the boundaries of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) that have been agreed to by the UN General Assembly (GA) in New York in 2000 (this guiding framework of "goals" will be now rediscussed in New York in September at the upcoming GA since the MDGs are ending in 2015 and have to be re-conducted in the form of Sustainable Development Goals, as you know).

However the work of the G-20 is not totally lost on ECOSOC and does have echoes there: some of the same governments are very active in both and of course they work to the same agenda (their own!). But I'm getting ahead of my next post here! 
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In the era of mass consumption and waste, it is no surprise that humans would theoretically need 1.5 worlds to..
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economist, writer; artist ; journalist and blogger
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painting, cooking
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  • writer, painter, blogger, 2005 - present
  • United Nations agency: FAO; Harper & Row Editor; Washington University lecturer in economics; Coca Cola marketing expert
    1979 - 2004
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Stockolm - Paris - New York - Chicago - Cairo - Moscow - Bogotà - Brussels
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Economist, Writer, Poet, Painter and Food Lover
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A Columbia University graduate, Claude is an economist with a 25 year career at the UN Food and Agriculture Organization where she rose in the ranks, from project evaluation officer to Regional Representative for Europe and Central Asia. Since 2004, she is a delegate of the Order of Malta to the three Rome-based UN Agencies (FAO, World Food Programme and IFAD). Before her UN experience, she had worked in banking, publishing, journalism, college teaching and marketing. 

She is also a writer of fiction books, in Italian under the pen name Claude Bonanno and in English under the pen name Claude Nougat.  And following in the footsteps of her mother, a successful portraitist (name: Ruyters) in New York in the 1960s, Claude also paints. She is a member of Artistes Indépendants (Paris) and has participated in 15  shows so far,  including 2 personal in Paris and Rome. 

Contributor to Publishing Perspectives and several other online publications. She is Co-Editor of Impakter.

She is married and lives in Italy.

Education
  • Columbia University
    Economics
  • Barnard College
    Economics
  • French Lycée Par Correspondance
    High School
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Happy Independence Day! ....and the rockets red glare, the bombs bursting in air gave proof through the night that our flag was still there.