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How's Leo Following In Angelina's Footsteps?

The Huffington Post UK | Rachel McGrath | Posted 17.09.2014 | UK Entertainment

Leonardo DiCaprio is the latest A-lister to land a role with the UN after it was announced that he will work as a Messenger Of Peace. The ‘Wolf ...

Humanitarian Heroes: Important to Us All

Michael Møller | Posted 19.08.2014 | UK
Michael Møller

Across the world, there are 108 million people in need of humanitarian assistance, with more people displaced by violence than ever before. These people have had their lives torn apart by war and natural disaster, and many are starving and in dire need of shelters and medical assistance. Most of them are women and children.

Reform the UN Now

Valdemar Alsop | Posted 11.08.2014 | UK Politics
Valdemar Alsop

This isn't to kick sand over the UN. What Woodrow Wilson started with the League of Nations, and what became the United Nations, is our first real go in history of international peace. We haven't had WW3 yet.

Why Aren't People on the Streets for North Korea?

Benedict Rogers | Posted 06.08.2014 | UK
Benedict Rogers

Why aren't people on the streets in protest at North Korea's crimes in large numbers, the way they are over Gaza or were over the war in Iraq? Why isn't there a mass public movement, of the kind that helped bring down apartheid in South Africa? Why aren't Bono, Richard Gere, George Clooney and Angelina Jolie doing anything to bring the North Korea cause into our hearts and homes?

US Issues Rare Rebuke Of 'Appalling' Israeli Attack On School

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 04.08.2014 | UK

UPDATE Israel Withdraws Most Forces As latest Ceasefire Begins The United States has issued an uncharacteristically severe rebuke to Israel for the...

Ten Killed In Attack On UN School In Gaza

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 03.08.2014 | UK

At least 10 people are reported to have been killed in a strike on a UN-run school that housed Palestinian refugees. The school, in Rafah in the so...

South Sudan - Children Swim in the Fetid Water as They Have Nowhere Else to Play

Barbara Jackson | Posted 31.07.2014 | UK
Barbara Jackson

I am very proud of CARE's work in Bentiu, but it is not enough. We need to do so much more - it is our obligation, our commitment, and it is the right of the people of South Sudan to receive our and other support at this critical time.

Meanwhile, In Syria, The Country Has Its Bloodiest Week

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 25.07.2014 | UK

As Israeli missiles lay waste to Gaza, Hamas rockets fly and innocents die in civilian planes downed in eastern Ukraine, Syria has slipped even furthe...

Incredible Picture Of The Gaza Conflict Taken From The ISS

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 24.07.2014 | UK Tech

This incredible picture of Gaza was tweeted on Wednesday by astronaut Alexander Gerst, who is currently on board the International Space Station orbit...

The Obligation to End Preventable Deaths and a Stunted Childhood Is a Responsibility We All Bear

Dame Tessa Jowell | Posted 16.08.2014 | UK Politics
Dame Tessa Jowell

Six out of the world's ten fastest growing economies in the world are in Africa, but their potential will not be realised without long-term improvements to education, health and the opportunity for women to give birth in environments free from violence. The further prize is increased productivity and economic growth.

NATO Warns Ukraine Against Using Army

David Morrison | Posted 04.08.2014 | UK Politics
David Morrison

Not before time, it appears, the West is reining in its clients in Kiev and urging them to refrain from using the Ukrainian army to put down opposition in the east of the country. Good sense has prevailed at last in Western capitals and further bloodshed will hopefully be avoided in Donetsk and Lugansk.

Is This the Ecuador Government's Way of Mocking the UN?

David Hill | Posted 04.08.2014 | UK Politics
David Hill

There was a reason Ecuador's president, Rafael Correa, chose to announce his support for an initiative to forgo exploiting the Tiputini, Tambococha and Ishpingo oil fields under the Yasuni National Park - home to indigenous peoples and one of the most biodiverse places on earth - on 5 June 2007: 5 June, today, is the United Nations' 'World Environment Day.'

Cocaine in Your Water? It Could Be Much Worse

Fleur Anderson | Posted 28.07.2014 | UK
Fleur Anderson

Traces of cocaine in our tap water, screamed recent newspaper headlines in the UK. It's alarming, despite reassurances that these are miniscule amounts that pose no risk. But imagine the headlines were about deadly pathogens like E. coli or cholera, and that even these miniscule amounts could harm adults and kill children.

Why #BringBackOurGirls Isn't Just Another Slacktivism Campaign

Asher Wren | Posted 28.07.2014 | UK Tech
Asher Wren

Unlike hashtag campaigns that have come and gone before, #BringBackOurGirls has unified a global audience and, apart from a microscopic percentage of Boko Haram supporters, the whole world is behind the message, if not the means, of the campaign. Hashtag campaigns about everything from Orca captivity, to gay marriage, to Invisible Children; even the #YesAllWomen hashtag have all divided national and global opinions (rightly or wrongly) where #BringBackOurGirls has united the world's population in solidarity.

Field Diary: Unicef School Bags, a Symbol of Hope in War-Torn Aleppo

Hamida R. Lasseko | Posted 20.07.2014 | UK
Hamida R. Lasseko

During my visit to the Unicef-supported Basic Education School for displaced grade one to four children at the Aleppo University I met a number of confident, upbeat children, not shy to ask tough questions... As a mother, I could not hold back my tears when a young girl got up and asked me: "When will this war end?"

Widespread Fraud in Iraqi Elections

Struan Stevenson MEP | Posted 08.07.2014 | UK Politics
Struan Stevenson MEP

The conclusion must be that this election - the first to take place in Iraq since the withdrawal of American troops - has been significantly corrupted to the point where the result, when it finally emerges, will almost certainly be fraudulent.

Visible, in Your Face Sexism? In Britain?

Stephanie Davies-Arai | Posted 18.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Stephanie Davies-Arai

The Sun, doubtless because 'Page 3' had received special reference from Ms Manjoo, hauled in Feminist Uber-Lad herself, Louise Mensch, who, under the charming headline Shut it Sister, indignantly took the 'we don't even stone our girls here' line to new ludicrous heights with this question: 'What about Bosnia, where rape was a national institution?'

Sexism In Britain Is 'In-Your-Face', Says UN

Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 15.04.2014 | UK

The UN's spokeswoman on violence against women has blasted the "pervasive" and "routine" sexist culture in the UK. Rashida Manjoo said there is a "...

In 25 Years as an Aid Worker I Have Never Witnessed This

Judy Leigh-Moore | Posted 10.06.2014 | UK
Judy Leigh-Moore

I have been an aid worker for over 25 years. In that time I've witnessed and experienced events and horrors that are beyond most people's imaginations. But I don't think I have ever felt the mixture of emotions that hit me recently as I boarded a tiny plane to take me out of the city of Malakal in South Sudan, back to the relative safety of the capital Juba.

Remember Those Without Taps and Toilets

Catarina de Albuquerque | Posted 09.06.2014 | UK
Catarina de Albuquerque

The rows upon rows of tents and caravans in Jordan's Zaatari refugee camp represent one of the world's most complicated challenges when it comes to water and sanitation.

An Inspiring Orphan From Syria, Stepping Into Her Mother's Shoes

Dana Sleiman | Posted 03.06.2014 | UK
Dana Sleiman

I first met Hala at a tented settlement in central Bekaa, East Lebanon. She had been here for a year, one in a million refugees who have fled Syria. They call her 'the orphan'; her tomboy walk and winter hat make her easy to spot. She speaks with a disturbing nonchalance; a hardness, common amongst many refugees I have met. Her hair is falling out.

Dr Rowan Williams Blames Western Lifestyles For Climate Change

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 30.03.2014 | UK

The former Archbishop of Canterbury has blamed Western modes of living for climate change, just hours before a UN report is expected to reveal the sca...

Getting Aid Where It's Needed Most

Fleur Anderson | Posted 24.05.2014 | UK
Fleur Anderson

WaterAid is calling on governments to double the amount of aid going to water and sanitation. But whatever is spent, it should be targeted at those communities that need it the most, where it can do the most good for the most people.

Saudi Arabia Accepts Recommendation to 'Abolish' Male Guardianship System

Nabila Pathan | Posted 21.05.2014 | UK Politics
Nabila Pathan

As a precursor to Saudi Arabia's report on its commitment to significant Human Rights advances at the 25th session of UN Human Rights Council, Saudi's Deputy Minister of Labor for International Affairs, featured on Newsnight this week to boast the key aspects of the report with a focus on "holistic" steps on achieving female empowerment. But a failure to confirm the lifting of the driving ban for women, even after three pushy prompts by Jeremy Paxman, made it clear that "holistic" does not include an overturn on the ban.

Talking Periods on Women's Day

Alex Kent | Posted 07.05.2014 | UK
Alex Kent

Hygiene, sanitation and water are critical issues for woman and girls,and must be included in the post-2015 gender debate. Without these crucial, but often ignored rights, women will continue to be discriminated against. Period.