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The UN General Assembly Is Stuck in Negotiations... Over When to Take Its Holidays

Ian Richards | Posted 16.12.2014 | UK
Ian Richards

The final vote needs to take place before Christmas, because it's a local holiday at our New York office and many others. The irony is that while the General Assembly's delegates have no plans to make Christmas a global UN holiday, they have still chosen it as a good time to go on vacation.

Why Nick Clegg Is Right on Drug Policy

John Collins | Posted 27.05.2014 | UK Politics
John Collins

Nick Clegg's timely recent intervention on the failures of the global war on drugs, and advocacy of an alternative strategy, is an important call to arms that other political leaders should heed.

How the UN General Assembly Can Make Itself Relevant to the Key Challenges of the 21st Century

Dirk Jan van den Berg | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK
Dirk Jan van den Berg

Unusually, the UN General Assembly (GA) has been in media headlines in recent days. In response to recent spying allegations, German and Brazilian di...

Why Happiness Should Be a Global Priority

Richard Layard | Posted 18.05.2013 | UK Politics
Richard Layard

Happiness means the quality of life as each person experiences it. This is a key outcome in itself and is an important measure of success for any country, regardless of the level of economic development. It tells us whether people are leading lives they find satisfying and fulfilling.

Can New UN Resolution Help Countries Move Towards Universal Health Coverage?

Louise Holly | Posted 11.02.2013 | UK Politics
Louise Holly

Governments have finally recognised their responsibility to urgently scale up efforts towards universal coverage of affordable and quality healthcare services especially for the poorest.

Israel Reacts To UN Vote By Withholding Tax Transfer

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 02.12.2012 | UK

Israel has rejected the United Nations' vote on Palestinian statehood and announced it will withhold a £75m tax transfer in retribution, reports the ...

Hague Warns Israel Over Plans For 3,000 New Settlements

The Huffington Post UK | Charlie Lindlar | Posted 01.12.2012 | UK

The foreign secretary, William Hague, has urged Israel to reconsider its plans to expand settlements on the West Bank over fears the move will undermi...

Change My Mind: Will A UN Vote On Palestinian Statehood Undermine The Peace Process?

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 28.11.2012 | UK Politics

Reports in the press suggest the UK government is preparing to recognise Palestine as a state in its own right. Foreign secretary William Hague is...

Time for a Palestinian State on the Ground, Not on Paper

Toby Greene | Posted 27.01.2013 | UK Politics
Toby Greene

In all likelihood on Thursday afternoon the UN General Assembly will agree to the request of Palestinian Authority president Mahmoud Abbas to change the status of Palestine at the UN from observer entity to non-member state. Aside from the Palestinians having to print a new set of headed note paper, what will this achieve? Unfortunately, for ordinary Palestinians, the answer is very little.

Why Netanyahu's Cartoon Bomb Should Be Taken Seriously

Toby Greene | Posted 28.11.2012 | UK Politics
Toby Greene

Netanyahu will hope his speech further galvanises the already considerable international efforts to pressure Iran through sanctions and diplomacy to stop enrichment, at least to the 20% level. Netanyahu knows that the international community is keen to prevent Iran getting a bomb, but also to prevent Israel from resorting to military action.

We Can't Afford to Ignore Half the Population

Cherie Blair | Posted 26.11.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Cherie Blair

Out of a global population of some seven billion people, 50% of us are women. The world's women represent 40% of the workforce and are over 50% of the world's university students. Despite this significant contribution, women continue to face many formal and informal barriers that hinder their potential.

Syrian Forces 'Fire On Funeral'

Posted 18.02.2012 | UK

Syrian security forces fired tear gas and bullets during a funeral for demonstrators killing one in the capital Damascus, according to reports on Satu...

UN Condemns Syria Violence

Posted 16.02.2012 | UK

The UN General Assembly has backed resolution calling for an end to the violence in Syria, and for President Bashar al-Assad to leave power. 137 co...

Bypassing the Russian Veto Over Syria

Nehad Ismail | Posted 04.04.2012 | UK
Nehad Ismail

Frantic diplomatic negotiations are still underway at the UN Security Council to agree a watered-down resolution on Syria that would secure a yes vote...

Ban Ki-moon, the man With a Mission, Comes of age

Mark Seddon | Posted 20.11.2011 | UK Politics
Mark Seddon

Sir Brian Urquhart, one of the oldest surviving senior UN staff members, reminded us recently that a former Secretary General of the UN, Dag Hammarskjold, had once said

Olivia Williams

'We Have To Recognise Palestinian Desperation' Ex-UN Ambassador Says

HuffingtonPost.com | Olivia Williams | Posted 25.11.2011 | UK

US envoys, flanked by Tony Blair and Catherine Ashton, the EU high representative for foreign affairs, headed over on a diplomatic mission to head off...

Abbas' Recognition Bid Sells out Palestinians

Kieron Monks | Posted 05.11.2011 | UK Politics
Kieron Monks

September's UN General Assembly vote on Palestinian independence is turning into a minefield for embattled President Mahmoud Abbas. Already he is losing allies, outraged at the course he has chosen.