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World Humanitarian Summit: Drowning ... In Silence

Helen Morton | Posted 25.05.2016 | UK Politics
Helen Morton

The image of Aylan Kurdi, the Syrian toddler washed ashore on a Turkish beach, is one of the most resonant of our times. A picture that changed the pi...

Confusion Grows as UN Grills UK on Its Child Rights Record

Professor Aoife Nolan | Posted 23.05.2016 | UK Politics
Professor Aoife Nolan

Ms Thewliss' efforts to focus attention on this issue are admirable. However, if the work of UN human rights bodies like the Committee is to be effective, then it is incumbent on both those who would use them - and those who report on them - to get the facts right.

World Humanitarian Summit: A Humanitarian Contribution to Peace Is the Missing Piece of the Puzzle

Harriet Lamb | Posted 23.05.2016 | UK
Harriet Lamb

What do you have as your screensaver? While some companies allow staff to revel in their favourite sunset snap or their kids pulling hideous faces, others provide the screensavers to focus minds on the top priorities.

Calling on the Private Sector to Help Reinforce Creative Industries

Salma Zulfiqar | Posted 23.05.2016 | UK
Salma Zulfiqar

Strengthening partnerships with the private sector is the focus for the International Fund for Cultural Diversity (IFCD) as it enters a new era. The ...

No More Excuses - Provide Education to All Forcibly Displaced People

Aaron Benavot | Posted 20.05.2016 | UK Politics
Aaron Benavot

By the GEM Report and the UNHCR Education Section Days before the World Humanitarian Summit, we have jointly released a new policy paper, 'No more ...

Getting the Facts Straight on West Papua

Benny Wenda | Posted 20.05.2016 | UK
Benny Wenda

Life in West Papua is very hard. We do not enjoy the freedoms that people in many democratic countries get to experience. We cannot raise our national...

Muslim Countries Block LGBT Groups From Crucial Aids Summit

The Huffington Post | Sarah Harris1 | Posted 18.05.2016 | UK

More than 50 Muslim states have blocked 11 gay and transgender organisations form attending a key United Nations meeting on ending Aids. Some 51 state...

Beyond Bureaucracy: The Aftermath of UNGASS

Amanda Feilding | Posted 11.05.2016 | UK
Amanda Feilding

The UNGASS was a disappointment to both progressives and hardliners alike. Whilst we may decry the small progress in the outcome document, we can find solace in the fact that an increasing number of countries seem intent on acting unilaterally outside the UN Drug Conventions. Principled non-compliance may start to become the norm.

'Dignity First' and Other Key Lessons From the Nepal Earthquake

Giulia Vallese | Posted 24.04.2016 | UK
Giulia Vallese

So what does dignity look like to female earthquake survivors? It means being able to maintain personal hygiene through sanitary pads, clean clothes, soap, toothpaste, flashlights and other essentials provided to women and girls via UNFPA's trademark Dignity Kits, about 560,000 thousand of which were distributed in the first few months following the quake...

Was a UN Human Rights Expert's Criticisms of the UK Just 'Meddling'?

Allan Hogarth | Posted 25.04.2016 | UK Politics
Allan Hogarth

There are many more examples that demonstrate that we live in a world where the actions of our Government can be used to justify the erosion of rights and the crushing of criticism and dissent. The UK mustn't indulge in further episodes of bad-example setting. Here it should take on board Mr Kiai's findings and aim to find solutions that navigate between the security of the state and its citizens, whilst enshrining and protect their freedoms of association and assembly.

The Race for the Next UN Secretary General - First Round

Dr Ion Jinga | Posted 21.04.2016 | UK
Dr Ion Jinga

The World needs a UN Secretary General able to lead the organization through an extraordinary array of global challenges, in a time when there is no substitute for the United Nations legitimacy. The race has just had its first round.

How Long Can Civil Society Be Ignored?

George McBride | Posted 17.04.2016 | UK
George McBride

The UN is becoming increasingly irrelevant in the drug policy debate as wealthy countries act unilaterally to bring about changes in their own countries, undermining the UN Drug Conventions but leaving them in place, unchanged.

The Case For Rethinking Everything You've Been Told About The War On Drugs

The Huffington Post | Jack Sommers | Posted 17.04.2016 | UK

We've barely had time for introductions, but already Johann Hari is reeling off tips about Britain's war on drugs for me to investigate. Do I want to ...

Why I Oppose the Criminalisation of Drug Use in the Name of Protecting Children

Damon Barrett | Posted 13.04.2016 | UK Politics
Damon Barrett

It seems to me that a question we have to grapple with, no matter where we live and what the circumstances, is whether the criminalisation of drug use and possession among adults is justifiable on the grounds of protecting children. I think it's not.

SNP Gets UN Boost For International Muslim Women’s Summit

The Huffington Post | Graeme Demianyk | Posted 12.04.2016 | UK Politics

The Scottish National Party is trying to orchestrate an international summit to ensure Muslim women are not ignored in efforts to tackle terrorism and...

Women's History Month: The Forgotten Women of Syria

Thaslima Begum | Posted 31.03.2016 | UK
Thaslima Begum

Syrian refugee women are facing serious human rights violations, exploitation and gender-based violence on a daily basis.

End Impossible Choices, Choose Humanity

Hervé Verhoosel | Posted 31.03.2016 | UK
Hervé Verhoosel

Impossible choices are being made every day by more than 125 million people affected by crises and natural disasters. In fact, we are in the midst of the worst large-scale humanitarian crisis of our lifetime. Not since World War II have more people around the world been in desperate need of assistance as a direct result of ongoing conflict and violence.

Why the Poor Pay Most for Life's Most Basic Essential

Barbara Frost | Posted 22.03.2016 | UK
Barbara Frost

Since we marked the first UN-declared World Water Day in 1993, the world has made incredible progress. Yet there remain more than 650million people in the world without access to clean water, who are faced with a daily struggle involving long dangerous walks or expensive black-market vendors, just to get water that is likely neither clean nor safe to drink.

Women Raped In Lieu Of A Salary By South Sudan Army

The Huffington Post | Paul Vale | Posted 11.03.2016 | UK

The government of South Sudan allowed pro-government soldiers and militia to rape female civilians during last year’s civil war, according to a harr...

For Peace in Syria, Arbitrary Detention Must End

Gareth Bayley | Posted 08.03.2016 | UK
Gareth Bayley

In Syria, massive and systematic violence continues to take place out of sight, in centres of detention away from the war's frontlines. The release of arbitrarily held detainees, including women and children, would be an opportunity to signal a desire to change the status quo and to demonstrate a real willingness to solve the conflict politically.

Talking to Students about United Nations

Dr Ion Jinga | Posted 04.03.2016 | UK
Dr Ion Jinga

Henry Kissinger once wrote: "No foreign policy - no matter how ingenious - has any chance of success if it is born in the minds of a few and carried i...

A Catastrophic Failure in Syria: Why It Is Time to Admit That the International Community Cannot Deal With Conflict

Roger Hearn | Posted 02.03.2016 | UK
Roger Hearn

As the Director of the UN Agency working with Palestinian refugees in Damascus at the start of Syria's crisis followed by three years leading Save the Children's regional Syria response, I have seen firsthand the results of global political failure and the compromised humanitarian response. It is time to say enough.

One Billion Reasons to End Violence Against Children

Susan Bissell | Posted 02.03.2016 | UK
Susan Bissell

We know that preventing violence won't just make life better for children around the world, it will be critical to making progress for children in all areas - including ending poverty, providing access to education and promoting gender equality. Together we can prevent violence against children - 1 billion of the world's children are crying out for it. If we don't act now, who will?

Two Years on From UN Report on North Korea's Crimes Against Humanity, It's Time to Act

Benedict Rogers | Posted 22.02.2016 | UK Politics
Benedict Rogers

Two years ago today, the United Nations published the most authoritative and comprehensive analysis of the world's most closed, and most cruel, regime...

Language in School: If You Don't Understand, How Can You Learn

Aaron Benavot | Posted 19.02.2016 | UK Politics
Aaron Benavot

How a country chooses the language for its education system is not an easy process. The decision is usually influenced by multiple factors: colonial h...