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The Violence In Myanmar Yet Again Highlights The Inability Of The International Community To Address Conflict

Steve Valdez-Symonds | Posted 19.09.2017 | UK
Steve Valdez-Symonds

The shocking escalation of violence of the Myanmar army directed at the Rohingya population in that country yet again highlights an inability of the international community to prevent and address repression and conflict. More than 400,000 people have been forced to flee to neighbouring Bangladesh in barely three weeks. The Rohingya have suffered systematic discrimination in Myanmar for decades. Now the army is targeting their homes and villages, burning them to the ground.

Taking Forward Control: Strengthening International Cooperation Is In UK National Interest

Ben Donaldson | Posted 07.06.2017 | UK Politics
Ben Donaldson

The global commitment to international cooperation has seldom been more in doubt. The feeling of being left behind by globalisation is not just a developing world phenomenon. In the West, people are dissatisfied and political parties are quick to capitalise. Not least, because embracing this trend has led to electoral advantage for some, at least in the short-term.

Sixth Formers Go To The United Nations To Discuss Gender Stereotyping - Meet The Next Generation Of Feminists

Rachel Wibberley | Posted 10.04.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Rachel Wibberley

Gender stereotyping continues to be strongly evident in all aspects of girls' lives, with societal views and lack of awareness conditioning young girls to behave in a certain way in order to fit the mould of how a girl "should" be.

Trump's Assault On Climate Change Is Capitalism At Its Worst: Civil Society Must Resist

Ewan Somerville | Posted 29.03.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Ewan Somerville

The beast of capitalism has slid under most noses for too long, but now it is exhibited within the White House for all to see. Trump and his team are not 'maniacs', the world has not 'gone mad'. No these people know exactly what they are doing, and they love such escapist labels. It is precisely us, civil society, that must stop them in their tracks with this loud and clear message: you may have ruled the world until now, but no longer.

The Syrians Campaigning For Justice For Those 'Disappeared' By Assad

Nicola Cutcher | Posted 23.03.2017 | UK
Nicola Cutcher

The Syrian regime has consistently refused access to independent international monitors to inspect their detention facilities. Amnesty International and other groups have been calling for action on this, and for the regime to publish names of detainees, their whereabouts and what has happened to the bodies of those who have died. It's now been one year since our bus journey. Many of the Syrians on that bus still have photographs of their missing loved ones displayed on their Facebook profiles. They are still waiting for news of their disappeared.

When Extinction Knocks, There Are No Second Chances

Yury Fedotov | Posted 01.03.2017 | UK
Yury Fedotov

Each day brings more news of wildlife massacres and forest destruction. As we look to build the alliances necessary to tackle the poachers and to develop the policies to educate and enlighten, we should appreciate that there are no second chances.

The Language Martyrs: Celebrating International Mother Language Day

Thaslima Begum | Posted 22.02.2017 | UK
Thaslima Begum

February 21st 1952, Dhaka. The fallen bodies of students and teachers lie scattered amid a campus-turned-battlefield, as tear gas lingers in bloody ha...

How To Stop The Rising Tide Of Death In The Mediterranean

Jens Pagotto | Posted 23.01.2017 | UK
Jens Pagotto

The number of people who died trying to reach Europe by crossing the Mediterranean has reached an all-time high and is becoming comparable to what Médecins Sans Frontières is used to seeing in warzones, with the UN Migration Agency recording at least 5,079 deaths last year.

Why Aleppo's Evacuation Was No Such Thing

Alicia Kearns | Posted 28.12.2016 | UK
Alicia Kearns

Aleppo is not an evacuation of communities from danger to a place of refuge. It is the forced displacement of civilians from their homes. The point-blank shooting of civilians dragged from their homes by Regime soldiers and militias as reported by the UN. This is no evacuation, this is ethnic cleansing... The world has watched on as ethnic cleansing took place in Syria. We should be ashamed. The people of Aleppo continue to suffer, but does the world continue to care?

On International Day to End Violence Against Women We Can't Ignore The Plight of Bi-Sexual Women

Melantha Chittenden | Posted 25.11.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Melantha Chittenden

We cannot and must not ignore the different rates of violence between sexualities as they speak to the root causes of violence against all women. The disproportionate violence experienced by bisexual women would suggest that it is often the objectification and sexualisation of women that is the root cause of the violence used against us.

Playing to win in the most important game in town

Peter Bakker | Posted 14.11.2016 | UK Politics
Peter Bakker

While it may sometimes feel like the ground is moving beneath our feet, there's one fundamental shift underway that is cause for hope rather than alar...

Cyprus Peace Process: Failure To Launch?

Yeshim Harris | Posted 02.11.2016 | UK Politics
Yeshim Harris

CYPRUS PEACE PROCESS: FAILURE TO LAUNCH? Will a settlement be in line with EU constitution in absence of compliance with the mandatory EU Gender Act...

At The UN, Every Day Is Staff Day

Yury Fedotov | Posted 25.10.2016 | UK
Yury Fedotov

There is so much more to the United Nations here in Vienna than fountains and flagpoles. Venture down the hallways and corridors of the Vienna Inter...

Words Of Caution On Freedom Of Religion Or Belief

Andrew Copson | Posted 19.10.2016 | UK
Andrew Copson

As a humanist I very much defend, uphold and rely on the human right to freedom of religion or belief. I do, however, want to offer a few words of caution as well...

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.

A 17-Year-Old Girl Is Running The UN Today

The Huffington Post | Louise Ridley | Posted 11.10.2016 | UK

More than 250 girls around the world are taking over the jobs of presidents, mayors, head teachers and business leaders in a 24-hour stunt to call for...

Sport And The Sustainable Development Goals: New Methods of Engagement

Angus Berry | Posted 26.09.2016 | UK Sport
Angus Berry

Published a year ago now, the UN's 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) offer the world a framework around which global development can rally. The new goals offered, for the first time, a truly north to south appreciation of the issues and challenges facing the world today.

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...

The six reasons we need to push on with water and sanitation for all

Barbara Frost | Posted 20.09.2016 | UK
Barbara Frost

It's hard to believe that already a year has elapsed since the UN agreed a set of new global promises to leave a safer, healthier, cleaner and more pr...

Why have countries committed to development targets they might never reach?

Aaron Benavot | Posted 14.09.2017 | UK Politics
Aaron Benavot

It seems a strange decision for any country, let alone all, to sign up to a global commitment they know they will never reach. End Hunger? Eradicate p...

UN Anti-Tobacco Meeting Seeks to Ban High-Ranking Government Officials

Yaël Ossowski | Posted 10.08.2017 | UK
Yaël Ossowski

It is unclear how many delegates may be banned from the conference or whether the media will be able to report on the proceedings, but public health advocates have already brought up possible decisions which are likely to be implemented in November.

Ensuring That No One Is Left Behind: A View on an Inclusive World in 2030

Dr Ion Jinga | Posted 23.07.2017 | UK
Dr Ion Jinga

Motto: "We can redream this world and make the dream come real. Human beings are gods hidden from themselves". Ben Okri, The Famished Road (winning ...

The EU: More Important Than Nato

Federico Moscogiuri | Posted 09.06.2017 | UK Politics
Federico Moscogiuri

I am Italian by birth, but I have lived in the UK for nigh on 23 years. I have been working, paying taxes and doing voluntary work in this country for 16 of those. My wife is British, and both of my children were born here. The UK is the place that I and my family call home.

Celebrating UN Peacekeepers

Baroness Anelay | Posted 28.05.2017 | UK Politics
Baroness Anelay

There may be obstacles on the way to reaching our peacekeeping goals, but we are more committed and determined than ever to overcome them in order to ensure peacekeeping delivers for the UK and the wider world.

Confusion Grows as UN Grills UK on Its Child Rights Record

Professor Aoife Nolan | Posted 24.05.2017 | UK Politics
Professor Aoife Nolan

Ms Thewliss' efforts to focus attention on this issue are admirable. However, if the work of UN human rights bodies like the Committee is to be effective, then it is incumbent on both those who would use them - and those who report on them - to get the facts right.