United Nations

Compassion's Take on the Sustainable Development Goals

Philip Lymbery | Posted 05.10.2015 | UK
Philip Lymbery

Last week the United Nations launched its Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), a set of 17 aims included in a new 15 year plan. This plan aims to end poverty and hunger by 2030 and achieve a host of other truly worthy objectives such as gender equality.

Parallel Universes Collide: Drug Control and Human Rights at the UN

Ann Fordham | Posted 05.10.2015 | UK
Ann Fordham

Next April's important UNGASS is an opportune moment to align these parallel universes and ensure that global drug policy genuinely has the promotion and protection of human rights at its centre. The devastating human rights violations committed in the name of drug control must end. We will be judged by history.

Will Vladimir Putin Save the World?

David Spencer | Posted 05.10.2015 | UK Politics
David Spencer

There has been precious little to praise about the regime of Vladimir Putin in recent years. His actions in stoking civil war in Ukraine and annexing the Crimea region is criminal under international law, his crackdown on political opposition and dissenting voices has seen numerous state-sponsored and the oppression that can be experienced in Russia by ethnic and religious minorities, and the LGBT community, is shocking and criminally under-reported here in the west.

Russia Opens a Window of Opportunity in Syria

Alistair Burnett | Posted 05.10.2015 | UK Politics
Alistair Burnett

In the fog of claim and counter claim over the real target of Russian air strikes in Syria one thing is clear: Russia's direct intervention is intensifying the war and that means even more civilian deaths and more refugees fleeing to neighbouring states and Europe.

What Are the SDGs and Why Should You Care?

Emma Fulu | Posted 01.10.2015 | UK
Emma Fulu

Its easy to be a little skeptical but hard not to be inspired by the ambition and potential of these unprecedented goals. Personally I think this represents a great leap forward and makes me hopeful about what we can achieve collectively in the next fifteen years. Remember, these are your Goals. Every single one of you.

Ali Mohammed Al-Nimr And Four Other Activists Saudia Arabia Has Locked Away

The Huffington Post UK | Eve Hartley | Posted 30.09.2015 | UK

Saudi Arabia, a leading representative of the five-member UN Human Rights Council panel, made headlines in August for beheading more people than the I...

Paul Vale

Justine Greening: Foreign Aid Is Keeping Our Country Secure And Opening New Markets

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Vale | Posted 05.10.2015 | UK Politics

NEW YORK -- A loud bang of the gavel at the United Nations on Friday marked the start of a hugely ambitious 15-year-plan to improve the planet on a sw...

Global Goals; Achievable for All?

Helen Morton | Posted 28.09.2015 | UK Politics
Helen Morton

17 years. The average time that a refugee is displaced from their home. Following that logic, the babies of Za'atari refugee camp in Jordan, won't return to their home country, Syria, until they are adults.

Facebook Founder Wants To Bring The Internet To Refugee Camps

The Huffington Post UK | Kathryn Snowdon | Posted 27.09.2015 | UK Tech

Facebook founder, Marc Zuckerberg, has announced plans to help the United Nations introduce the internet into refugee camps. Speaking at the United...

Hear Our Voices - Young Africans Decry Poor Quality Education

Charles Mwangi Waituru | Posted 25.09.2015 | UK Politics
Charles Mwangi Waituru

Just two weeks ago a young Kenyan volunteer called Felix Owino was invited to London to represent African youth at the first ever Youth Summit hosted ...

Don't You Find It Overwhelming?

Emma Fulu | Posted 23.09.2015 | UK
Emma Fulu

People always ask me how I can work on violence against women? "Isn't is depressing?" they say. On my way to South Africa last week for the Sexual Violence Research Initiative Forum - the largest international conference on violence against women and girls in the Global South - the flight attendant said to me, "Don't you find it overwhelming?" For me, I wonder how I could not work on this issue.

Shakira Speaks Out: 'Children Should Not Pay The Price Of War'

The Huffington Post UK | Eve Hartley | Posted 23.09.2015 | UK

Colombian pop star Shakira has met with United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to discuss the importance of providing funding for early childhoo...

Reflections as a New Education Era Dawns

Aaron Benavot | Posted 22.09.2015 | UK
Aaron Benavot

This week the new goal and targets for education from now until 2030 will be set in stone. Here, we present some initial thoughts about the beginnin...

This Week Changes Everything

Adam Stones | Posted 22.09.2015 | UK
Adam Stones

This week sees one of the most important events in Earth's recent history, so please pay attention... On Friday, world leaders will gather at the UN to ratify the 17 Global Goals for Sustainable Development, and set a path for 2030 to eradicate poverty, tackle inequality and fix climate change. Yep, it's pretty significant.

Great Expectations: The United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

Dr Ion Jinga | Posted 21.09.2015 | UK Politics
Dr Ion Jinga

With 17 sustainable development goals (SDGs) and 169 targets set for the period 2016-2030, the 2030 Agenda could become a triumph for multilateralism, if it will be followed by concrete implementation. Great expectations reclaim great responsibilities. It is up to our political leaders to move towards that vision, through a spirit of global solidarity.

Will the Sustainable Development Goals Make a Difference?

Ian Scoones | Posted 21.09.2015 | UK
Ian Scoones

Lessons show that sustained transformations to sustainability require political coalitions across groups through mobilisation across sites and scales. If the SDGs are to have meaning, it is this new politics that will make the difference - not getting hung up on the many goals or targets.

How Facebook's Dislike Button Could End Poverty

Rachel Lees | Posted 18.09.2015 | UK Tech
Rachel Lees

The global public have spoken. In our desire for an opportunity to 'show empathy' and in recognition that 'not every moment is a good moment' (to quote Facebook's head honcho Mark Zuckerberg) the social media giant is 'working on it'. Our ability to 'dislike' at the click of a thumb is on the horizon...

Opportunities Amidst the Migration Crisis

Gibril Faal | Posted 17.09.2015 | UK
Gibril Faal

In August 2015, there were about two million Syrian refugees in Turkey and they make up about 25% of the population of Lebanon. Even with the highest ...

How Young People Are Saving the World

Philip Goodwin | Posted 17.09.2015 | UK
Philip Goodwin

Last Saturday I had the privilege of attending the first ever Youth Summit in London, organised by the UK government's Department for International De...

Yeezus 2020 and the Art of Diplomacy

Zahid Ayden | Posted 10.09.2015 | UK Politics
Zahid Ayden

Since 1984 the MTV Video Vanguard Award also known as the Lifetime Achievement Award is given to musicians who have had a profound effect on MTV c...

David Miliband Lauds Germany's Response To The Syrian Refugee Crisis

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 03.09.2015 | UK Politics

NEW YORK -- Former British Foreign Secretary David Miliband lauded the leadership show by Germany in response to the Syrian refugee crisis on Wednesda...

UN To Investigate British Government Over Human Rights Abuses

The Huffington Post UK | Kathryn Snowdon | Posted 30.08.2015 | UK

The United Nations is due to visit the UK to investigate whether the government's welfare reforms have led to “grave or systematic violations” of ...

Save Syria Out of Self-Interest

Hilary Stauffer | Posted 25.08.2015 | UK
Hilary Stauffer

If governments and policymakers won't commit to finding a lasting political, diplomatic and military solution to Syria's unrest because it is 'the right thing to do', perhaps they can be provoked into action out of inherent selfishness.

UN Security Council Hears The Horrors Facing Gay People Under Islamic State

The Huffington Post UK | Sarah Ann Harris | Posted 25.08.2015 | UK

The United Nations Security Council has discussed LGBT rights for the first time in its 70 year existence, in what the US ambassador described as a "s...

Accountability Should Be About Delivering the Right Outcomes for People, Not About Completing a Predesigned Project

Simon O'Connell | Posted 18.08.2015 | UK
Simon O'Connell

The problem is, in the today's world, we are faced with a plethora of diverse crises, emergencies, disasters and conflicts. Population growth, political and power structure changes, urbanisation, resource scarcity and climate change mean the humanitarian system is creaking under the strain - overstretched and underfunded.