Protecting Women & Girls in Crisis

Sir Peter Westmacott | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK
Sir Peter Westmacott

Worldwide, one in five women will become a victim of rape or attempted rape in their lifetime. Women and girls are even more at risk in crisis situations, particularly flood, famine, and conflict.

Momentum for Change: How a Groundswell for Climate Action Is Building

Christiana Figueres | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK
Christiana Figueres

One of the most rewarding parts of my job is seeing the enormous groundswell of activities underway across the world designed to address climate change. They are driven by thousands of people, often in partnership with business, governments and industry, to provide climate change solutions for their cities and communities...

'Passionate about human rights? You'd never know it'

Izza Leghtas | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK
Izza Leghtas

Is the UK a passionate defender of human rights? Given the way senior members of the government have attacked them in recent months, you wouldn't thin...

EU-China Relationship Could Hold Key to Global Climate Deal

Adam Matthews | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK
Adam Matthews

The 19th United Nations annual Climate Change Conference begins in Poland on November 11. This will be an important step, although only a step, along the path toward securing by the end of 2015 a comprehensive global treaty that must set the world on a path to a low carbon future.

One Chapter of War in DRC May Be Over, But What Now for Peace?

Maria Lange | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
Maria Lange

In the longer term, peace in DRC also requires its government to undertake effectively and in good faith its commitments under this framework, including key structural governance and security sector reforms, and create the conditions for the national oversight mechanism to function effectively...

A City Surrounded by Conflict Struggles to Cope Under Weight of Displacement

Mougabe Koslengar | Posted 24.10.2013 | UK
Mougabe Koslengar

In contrast to the rural areas, the parts of the city I saw looked normal, with no damage to buildings. People moved around and there was a bustling market like in any city. The city's infrastructure is creaking, however, due to the huge influx of displaced families.

The US-Iranian-Syrian Diplomatic Dance

Dan Smith OBE | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
Dan Smith OBE

The destruction of Syrian chemical weapons (CW) has started. In a breakthrough moment in Iran-US relations, the two Presidents talked on the phone and the foreign ministers sat down to discuss Iran's nuclear programme. Though the connection has received little comment in the western news media, these two welcome developments are deeply linked and close to inter-dependent.

Britain Is Failing Victims of Female Genital Mutilation

Tess Finch-Lees | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Tess Finch-Lees

A few weeks ago, Betty caused controversy by speaking out about the disturbing prevalence of FGM in the UK. She maintains that it's not uncommon for babies and young girls to be taken overseas to be "stitched up" or attend "cutting parties" in the UK, where group rates are offered to reduce costs.

As IPCC Launches Landmark Study, Is the Tide Turning on Tackling Climate Change?

Andrew Hammond | Posted 01.10.2013 | UK
Andrew Hammond

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released last Friday the most comprehensive ever study on global warming. The landmark report, prepared by more than 200 scientists over two years, concludes that global temperatures could rise by up to 4.8 Celsius (8.6 Fahrenheit) by the end of this century compared to pre-industrial levels, but could potentially still be held to 0.3 C (0.5 F) with deep, speedy cuts in emissions.

Over 110 States Agree to Tackle Sexual Violence in Conflict - Perhaps International Solidarity Isn't Dead After All?

Howard Mollett | Posted 27.11.2013 | UK Politics
Howard Mollett

It goes without saying that preventing sexual violence in conflict is not an easy task. The declaration adopted yesterday represents an important step at the political level, which should not be sniffed at. Yet how it translates into action in the DRC peace process, and in funding for those working to prevent and respond to this violence on the ground, will be the test of its rhetoric.

Education Transforms

Pauline Rose | Posted 18.11.2013 | UK Politics
Pauline Rose

People around the world know that education is the key to a better life. Voters from over 190 countries who responded to the United Nations My World survey said providing a good education for all was the best way to build a better world. There's a huge gap between that goal and reality, however: 250million children are still being denied a chance to learn the basics.

UN Mission Assesses Humanitarian Needs in Syria's Dara'a City

Mohamad Kanawati | Posted 19.09.2013 | UK
Mohamad Kanawati

I was part of a Unicef team that joined with five other UN agencies on a recent humanitarian assessment mission to Syria's south. The aim was to assess the situation in Dara'a, deliver emergency supplies, and meet with partner agencies.

Think Twice Before Ordering a Slice of Traditional Values

Agnes Callamard | Posted 12.11.2013 | UK Politics
Agnes Callamard

Traditional values have no place in the international human rights framework. They mask an insidious agenda to obscure and legitimise discrimination. The international community must not allow momentum to build that will further entrench this dangerous narrative, which threatens to erode international human rights protection.

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...