We Need to Act Now to Protect our Communities From the Devastating Effects of Flooding

Frank Kelly | Posted 07.02.2012 | Home
Frank Kelly

Businesses have a responsibility to protect their staff in flood-prone regions, and also safeguard their assets so profits are not needlessly lost due to extreme weather events. In addition, individuals need to take some responsibility - flooding can affect anyone, and there are simple measures to take to ensure your home and belongings are safe from this uncertain future.

Democratic Republic of Congo: Failed but Hopeful

Onika Adeneye | Posted 05.02.2012 | Home
Onika Adeneye

For the second time in 40 years the Democratic Republic of Congo has gone to the polls. Over the years, The DRC has been blighted by militia violence, corruption and political failures earning the label of a "failed state".

A West London Tweetup with Eastern Promise

Mark Hillary | Posted 31.01.2012 | UK Tech
Mark Hillary

Over two years ago now I started the Ealing Tweetup in London. It's a regular social media get-together in west London that has always been marked out from the usual social media fan-boy events by involving people who are not involved in the IT industry. It is true, real people do use Twitter.

Camp Ashraf: A Human Tragedy for Christmas?

Abbas Rezai | Posted 28.01.2012 | Home
Abbas Rezai

The issue of Ashraf is on the agenda of EU's Foreign Minister Council this Thursday, 1 December. What position they take will be crucial for the fate of the 3000 refugees in Ashraf who could see their last Christmas if Iraq fulfils its commitment to Tehran to eliminate them

Durban: As Storm Clouds Give Way to Clear Skies, Is There Real Reason for Optimism?

Asad Rehman | Posted 28.01.2012 | Home
Asad Rehman

We've had nearly 20 years of negotiations under the UN Climate Convention, and this is now the seventh year that countries have met to discuss ways of cutting greenhouse gas emissions after 2012. The pledges currently on the table are so weak they will lead to 5°C global warming that will cause catastrophic climate change threatening the lives and livelihoods of millions of people. How did it come to this?

Five Gabala Principles Point Way to Rio+20

Leyla Aliyeva | Posted 27.11.2011 | UK
Leyla Aliyeva

Recently I outlined my support for the United Nations Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon, and his aim for more young people to be included in crucial discussions on major policy issues such as sustainability and our global fight against climate change.

The Democratic Governments and UN Leaders should take urgent actions to prevent a massacre at Camp Ashraf in less than 40 days

Hossein Abedini | Posted 25.11.2011 | UK Politics
Hossein Abedini

On Friday 18 November, the Government of Iraq (GoI) orchestrated in coordination with the Iranian regime's embassy in Iraq a despicable show outside Camp Ashraf, home to 3400 Iranian opposition members, portrayed as a "massive demonstration" by Iraqi citizens calling for the expulsion of Ashraf residents from Iraq.

On World Toilet Day, Businesses Need to Urgently Invest in Sanitation

John Nuttall | Posted 17.01.2012 | UK
John Nuttall

Proper sanitation and hand washing is the answer to child mortality in Togo, it is the starting point for the success of every other development programme that UNICEF work on. But before that we need to modernise the thinking of an entire nation. There's no point building toilets if they are not then used.

Stop Another Bloodbath at Camp Ashraf , Before it is Too Late...

Naghmeh Rajabi | Posted 16.01.2012 | UK
Naghmeh Rajabi

The time for talking on this subject is over. We are facing a major humanitarian disaster. If nothing is done to prevent another attack, a far worst catastrophe should be expected, and the people of Iran who are a nation holding their breath for a democratic change, will hold those capable of doing something about this situation, completely responsible, for the murder of their brothers and sisters at Camp Ashraf.

UN Palestinian Statehood Vote: Britain Will Abstain, Hague Tells Commons

Huffington Post UK | Michael Rundle | Posted 09.01.2012 | UK Politics

The UK will abstain on a UN vote on Palestinian statehood, Foreign Secretary William Hague has told the Commons. The announcement came after Hague...

How Dr Amna Tillisi is Taking Medical Aid to Libya

Helena Williams | Posted 08.01.2012 | Home
Helena Williams

The first female gynaecologist on the ground, Tillisi helped establish an obstetrician clinic for women within just 48 hours of being there - and explains the dire need the camp was in for an authoritative woman's presence in the camp.

Stop Another Deadly Attack Against Camp Ashraf

Naghmeh Rajabi | Posted 05.01.2012 | UK
Naghmeh Rajabi

Camp Ashraf and its residents are a symbol of freedom for many Iranians, young and old; and helping to save an Ashrafi's life, is recognising and respecting the value of a human's life, and understanding and accepting freedom as a god-given right to every man, woman and child on this planet.

Iraq's License to Kill

Abbas Rezai | Posted 03.01.2012 | Home
Abbas Rezai

Have you ever heard of someone be given an official deadline to be killed? Imagine you are sitting in your home and you are told by the government: in less than two months we will attack and kill you. And you have nowhere to go. That's exactly what seems to be happening with the 3400 inhabitants of Camp Ashraf, an Iranian opposition camp 60 miles northeast of Baghdad.

Why the UNESCO Membership is About More Than Palestinian Independence

Joel Braunold | Posted 01.01.2012 | UK
Joel Braunold

More than any other UN agency, UNESCO has the ability to further this conflict by reclassifying different sites in the West Bank to ignore their Jewish heritage. If they do this, they will make the painful compromises that the Jews of Israel need to make even harder to get to.

Unesco Admits Palestinians As Members Despite US Funding Threat

Huffington Post UK | Michael Rundle | Posted 31.12.2011 | UK

Unesco has become the first United Nations agency to accept a Palestinian bid for full membership. The General Conference vote at the agency's Pari...

World's 'Seven Billionth' Child Born In Philippines

Huffington Post UK | Posted 30.12.2011 | UK

A baby born in the Philippines has been chosen as the world's symbolic 'seven billionth person' by the United Nations. Danica May Camacho was deliv...

Rio+20: An Opportunity to Secure a Sustainable Future

Leyla Aliyeva | Posted 20.12.2011 | UK
Leyla Aliyeva

Earlier this year the UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-Moon, said young people needed to be included in national delegations to UN meetings, including next year's increasingly crucial Rio+20 conference.

Fewer Humans, More Humanity?

John Guillebaud | Posted 02.12.2011 | UK
John Guillebaud

80 million more births than deaths (equalling the current population of Egypt or Germany) are added each year to the 7000 million that will be here on earth this coming October 31st.

Can Women Count on the UK?

Gauri van Gulik | Posted 28.11.2011 | UK Politics
Gauri van Gulik

Cameron needs to prove that he is serious about supporting women's rights, abroad and at home. He has to show that there will be no negotiations without women at the table, and that women are crucial no matter where they live, and no matter what their backgrounds.

Violence In Afghanistan On The Rise, Says UN

BBC | Posted 28.11.2011 | UK

There has been a 39% rise in violent incidents in Afghanistan so far this year compared with the same period last year, a UN report says. In the pa...

UN Vote - American People, or American Elite?

Pippa Bartolotti | Posted 24.11.2011 | UK Politics
Pippa Bartolotti

The UN speeches from Palestine and Israel last Friday apparently meant little to Americans, where media coverage of any kind has been scanty. Neverthe...

Supporting Upgrade in Palestine's Status

Hannah Weisfeld | Posted 25.11.2011 | UK Politics
Hannah Weisfeld

To break from a mould of support that was created 63 years ago with the advent of the State of Israel represents a paradigm shift within not just Jewish communities, but also the wider international community.

Abbas Submits Proposal For Palestinian Statehood To The UN

Posted 23.11.2011 | UK

Mahmoud Abbas, the Palestinian leader, has submitted a formal proposal to the United Nations for Palestinian statehood, a bid that is expected to fail...

Palestine: What Now?

Joel Braunold | Posted 23.11.2011 | UK
Joel Braunold

With a week of non-stop op-eds offering different views of the goings on in Turtle Bay, it's time to focus on practical, real-world solutions if we are still dedicated to the Two State Solution.

Justice Secretary Clarke Denies Access to Justice for Victims of Corporate Abuse

Lisa Nandy | Posted 21.11.2011 | UK Politics
Lisa Nandy

In questions to the Justice Secretary last week, Ken Clarke accused the UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination of being 'disingenuous' for claiming that his proposals would make it more difficult for victims of human rights abuse by British-based multi-nationals to gain access to justice.