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My Experience As UK Youth Delegate To The UN General Assembly

Takyiwa Danso | Posted 17.10.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Takyiwa Danso

Young people have always been leading campaigns without the permission of world leaders. The only way to make this change sustainable is to establish strong partnerships with decision-makers across all levels and develop a mutual respect for youth voices.

Russia: 'We Support An Eastern European Woman For Secretary-General'

Ben Donaldson | Posted 05.10.2016 | UK
Ben Donaldson

The 1 for 7 Billion campaign will continue to campaign for a fair, open process that will boost the legitimacy and mandate of the UN's Secretary-General, leading to, we hope, an improvement in the Organisation's vital role in delivering life-saving work across the globe.

Poverty Fixation Will Not Solve Global Turmoil - Increasing Opportunity Is Key

Simon O'Connell | Posted 30.09.2016 | UK
Simon O'Connell

With this knowledge, and with courage and honesty, we must build on the rhetoric of the New York meeting to identify practical solutions. In today's globalised world, where instability in one place can affect stability in another, we must find ways for all individuals to access opportunity, so they can contribute and achieve irrespective of where they were born.

9 Inspiring Quotes From #HeForShe

The Huffington Post | Sophie Gallagher | Posted 21.09.2016 | UK Lifestyle

Emma Watson has launched a new initiative in the #HeForShe campaign as part of a UN General Assembly this week, focusing on gender equality in univers...

For Refugee Children, Education Cannot Wait

Tanya Barron | Posted 19.09.2016 | UK
Tanya Barron

Education is essential to protecting children on the move. It improves girls and boys wellbeing, and ensures they have the skills and knowledge needed to help rebuild their societies after conflict. Education truly cannot wait, and we need action for all children out of school. This week, the world has that chance. Let's make sure we take it.

The Race for the Next UN Secretary General - First Round

Dr Ion Jinga | Posted 21.04.2017 | UK
Dr Ion Jinga

The World needs a UN Secretary General able to lead the organization through an extraordinary array of global challenges, in a time when there is no substitute for the United Nations legitimacy. The race has just had its first round.

Why I Oppose the Criminalisation of Drug Use in the Name of Protecting Children

Damon Barrett | Posted 14.04.2017 | UK Politics
Damon Barrett

It seems to me that a question we have to grapple with, no matter where we live and what the circumstances, is whether the criminalisation of drug use and possession among adults is justifiable on the grounds of protecting children. I think it's not.

About Irregular Migration, Refugees, Terrorism and Sustainable Development

Dr Ion Jinga | Posted 24.11.2016 | UK Politics
Dr Ion Jinga

On 19 November, the President of the UN General Assembly convened an informal meeting to consider ways for a comprehensive response to the global huma...

Human Rights, the Sustainable Development Goals and Business: A Shared Responsibility

Cherie Blair | Posted 25.09.2016 | UK
Cherie Blair

On Friday 25 September, world leaders will meet for the UN General Assembly in New York to launch the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). One major achievement that should not go unnoticed is that the promotion of human rights is infused throughout the 17 new goals and 169 targets. This marks a major shift in our approach to the role of human rights in driving sustainable development. Development must be about more than just measures of poverty and increasing financial resources - it must be about advancing human dignity.

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

Ian Richards | Posted 15.02.2015 | 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...