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The Stigma Surrounding HIV and AIDS

Scott Forbes | Posted 12.11.2013 | UK
Scott Forbes

How would you react if someone told you they were HIV positive? Would you treat them the same as any other person? Would you still hug them without thinking twice? Would you take a sip from their glass of Coke? It sounds harsh, but unfortunately a negative stigma has developed around HIV that causes many people to react with fear towards anyone who tests positive.

Abolish the Bedroom Tax?

Kathleen Kelly | Posted 11.09.2013 | UK Politics
Kathleen Kelly

It's no surprise that media coverage of the UN Special Rapporteur's press conference today has leapt on a recommendation to abolish the spare room subsidy, also referred to as the 'bedroom tax'. If only it were all that simple...

We Can Prevent Violence Against Women, but We Need to Talk to the Men Too

Emma Fulu | Posted 09.11.2013 | UK
Emma Fulu

Violence against women often appears to be so pervasive and complex that it seems insurmountable. But it is preventable. For the first time, a new UN study on men and violence includes data from men themselves, across a number of countries, that tells us why some men use violence against women and how this can be prevented... We must address power imbalances between men and women and promote ways of being a man that value respect, non-violence and equality. This is possible.

Syria, UN and Military Intervention

Sajid Suleman | Posted 06.11.2013 | UK Politics
Sajid Suleman

The civil war in Syria is at a critical juncture with alleged use of chemical weapons and threats of foreign military intervention. If there is to be an international response, it must come from the United Nations and not individual States taking the law into their own hands.

Tread Carefully: The Perils of US Intervention

Harry Brown | Posted 31.10.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Harry Brown

Now, it is all but certain that President Obama is to conduct some form of military intervention in light of the use of chemical weapons on the Syrian population perpetrated by the Assad Regime. This week marks an important phase in the build up to a possible humanitarian intervention.

The West Must Press for Syria's Warring Parties to Sit Down and Negotiate an End to War

Julien Barnes-Dacey | Posted 30.10.2013 | UK Politics
Julien Barnes-Dacey

Any hope of stemming the tragic loss of life in Syria today rests on finding a political way out of the civil war. Given enduring domestic and regional support for both parties there is, quite simply, little to no prospect of one side emerging victorious despite the maximalist aims of both parties.

A Refugee Child Who Has Touched My Heart

Sybella Wilkes | Posted 25.10.2013 | UK
Sybella Wilkes

For over two years, many of these children have had their lives interrupted and have often had to miss school for long periods of time. Many have escaped horrors no child should witness.... Despite all they have been through, these resilient children have inspired so many around them. These photos portray some of the many children who have touched the hearts of UNHCR staff.

The Week That Was: The Young Generation

Carla Buzasi | Posted 24.10.2013 | UK
Carla Buzasi

Another week, another round of exam results for Britain's teens. There were fewer photographs of girls jumping in the air, that particular penchant of the UK press seems reserved for A-Level results day only, but the 600,000 picking up their GCSE grades prompted just as many debates about standards and grades.Thousands of miles away, a tragic milestone was passing for another generation of children as the UN marked the millionth child forced to flee Syria and its escalating civil war...

The Kurdish Revival?

Gary Kent | Posted 22.08.2013 | UK Politics
Gary Kent

The public outrage led to Prime Minister John Major taking the lead in establishing a no-fly zone over the safe haven of Iraqi Kurdistan. It was a triumph for humanitarian intervention which was not, as it happened, sanctioned by the UN. It saved the Kurds.

Images Lay Bare Destruction Of Syria's Largest City

Posted 07.08.2013 | UK

New images have laid bare the destruction caused by the Syrian civil war in the country's largest city. Satellite images from human rights organisa...

Syrian Civil War- Rebels Have Little Hope Left

Max Sobell | Posted 28.09.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Max Sobell

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's victory over the rebels seems almost assured now. Over two years ago with all the revolutionary thought of the Arab Spring, the Syrian Civil War began and today it is estimated that over 100,000 have died in the conflict and more than one million refugees created.

Desmond Tutu Would Prefer Hell Over Homophobic Heaven

The Huffington Post | Chris York | Posted 27.07.2013 | UK

Desmond Tutu has said he would rather go to hell than worship a homophobic god. The retired archbishop was speaking at the United Nations' launch o...

Welcome to Syria - Land of Anguish and Despair

Jehangir Malik | Posted 21.09.2013 | UK
Jehangir Malik

Abdul said they had lost loved ones from three generations of their family, and showed us a framed picture of his late wife, daughter, son and four grandchildren - all casualties of this brutal war. I was almost speechless. What words of comfort can you offer to a bereaved elderly man like Abdul Karim breaking down with grief.

From Che To Nelson: Here's 4 Memorable UN Speech Moments

Posted 12.07.2013 | UK

Malala Yousafzai, the schoolgirl who hit the headlines after she was shot in the head by Pakistani Taliban, will address the United Nations on Friday ...

Support, Don't Punish, on 'World Drug Day'

Jason Reed | Posted 26.08.2013 | UK Politics
Jason Reed

As the UN celebrated the rather insidious International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking, a day that has in the past been malevolently marked by executions, a counter voice resonated across the globe thanks to the Support Don't Punish campaign.

Inside the Historic Global Treaty to Regulate the $85Billion Arms Trade

Anna Macdonald | Posted 24.08.2013 | UK
Anna Macdonald

Ten years ago, when I, along with colleagues from many countries around the world launched the Control Arms campaign, we had a simple message for governments: the arms trade is out of control and ordinary people around the world are suffering at the rate of one death every minute, with millions more forced from their homes, suffering abuse and impoverishment.

'Deplorable' Attack On UN Somalia Compound Kills 16

PA/ The Huffington Post UK | Posted 19.06.2013 | UK

An attack on a United Nations compound in Somalia by Islamist militants that left at least 16 people dead was "utterly indefensible", Foreign Secretar...

Reflecting on the Bonn Climate Talks: A Letter to my Son

Kit Vaughan | Posted 18.08.2013 | UK Tech
Kit Vaughan

You see, Alfred, as the earth warms, the global climate system is spiraling out of control, becoming less stable and increasingly unpredictable. The world's weather is becoming increasingly erratic. In short, the very basis of our societies - a stable and predictable climate - is now rapidly changing beyond our control.

The Conversation - Professor Nutt on Cannabis and Psychedelics

Jason Reed | Posted 11.08.2013 | UK Politics
Jason Reed

David Nutt, Professor of Neuropsychopharmacology at Imperial College London and Chair of the Independent Scientific Committee on Drugs, has eloquently criticised the 'scientific censorship' imposed by the UN single conventions that restricts and chokes the study of controlled substances such as cannabis, MDMA and psilocybin in medicine.

Why Wait to Design a Better World for All?

Henriette Kolb | Posted 03.08.2013 | UK
Henriette Kolb

Last week, the UN High Level Panel issued its recommendations for a framework to replace the Millennium Development Goals after they come to an end in 2015.

Elies Ortiz: A Pioneer in Social Justice

Lorenzo Belenguer | Posted 26.07.2013 | UK
Lorenzo Belenguer

The Industrial Revolution brought migrants to the cities in search of a better future. They lived in slums in poor conditions. Many men and women, who...

Sri Lanka's 'Three Brothers' Pass Up the Chance of Lasting Peace

Paul Reynolds | Posted 24.07.2013 | UK
Paul Reynolds

Why has the international community - especially former colonial power Britain, key stakeholder India, and major investor China - failed to create a framework of incentives for peace ?

Darfuris Need Peace Before Reconstruction

Olivia Warham | Posted 13.07.2013 | UK Politics
Olivia Warham

This week Darfur 10 - a campaign led by a coalition of NGO's including Waging Peace - petitioned the British government to help stop the violence. It is a clear reminder that although we should remember the hundreds of thousands who have already lost their lives, the international community must be reminded of those still suffering the consequences of this decade long conflict.

How to Sell Fake Bomb Detectors - Psychology Explains How James McCormick Succeeded for So Long?

Dr Raj Persaud | Posted 03.07.2013 | UK
Dr Raj Persaud

How was it possible that a former electrical salesman could bank up to £60m selling something found to be utterly useless - based on a novelty £13 golf ball finder - for over a decade to security forces, including Governments, police and the UN?

World Malaria Day: International Community Needs To Sustain Commitment To Tackle Malaria

Lynne Featherstone | Posted 24.06.2013 | UK Politics
Lynne Featherstone

The UK will not stand on the sidelines while millions suffer from this entirely preventable and treatable disease. It's time for the international community to come together yet again and keep up their commitments. We need another decade of action against malaria. The prize could be another million lives saved.