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'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...

Ban Ki-moon in London: Inspiring Youth

Alex Ratcliffe | Posted 11.02.2016 | UK
Alex Ratcliffe

Copyright UNA-UK/Ed Thompson London's Central Hall Westminster was filled to its 2,000 seat capacity on last Friday, 5 February, to welcome Ban Ki-m...

A Cloud of Despondency

Toby Cadman | Posted 08.02.2016 | UK
Toby Cadman

On 5 February 2016 the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention ruled on a Communication filed on behalf of the exiled Editor-in-Chief of Wikileaks. It ruled that since his arrest on 7 December 2010 he had been held arbitrarily. The Working Group recommended that the UK immediately release him and that he should be afforded the right to compensation.

UN Expert Writes Eloquent Argument AGAINST His Own Panel's Julian Assange Decision

The Huffington Post UK | Jack Sommers | Posted 05.02.2016 | UK

The lone dissenter on the UN group that held Julian Assange was being "arbitrarily detained" blamed the WikiLeaks founder for his predicament and said...

Twitter Is 'Arbitrarily Detained' By People Mocking The UN's Decision On Assange

The Huffington Post UK | George Bowden | Posted 05.02.2016 | UK

A UN panel's finding that WikiLeaks founder and Ecuadorian Embassy resident Julian Assange has been "arbitrarily detained" has been thoroughly ridicul...

Assange Attacks 'Insulting' UK Response To His UN Support

The Huffington Post UK | Eve Hartley & Jack Sommers | Posted 05.02.2016 | UK

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has condemned the "insulting" British government response to the UN ruling that he is being "arbitrarily detained" by...

Rethinking Social Development in the Contemporary World

Dr Ion Jinga | Posted 28.01.2016 | UK
Dr Ion Jinga

In January 1977, the UN Commission for Social Development (CSocD) met in Geneva for its 25th session, under the chairmanship of Romania. It was an imp...

We Must Collaborate to Solve the Refugee Crisis

Jasvir Singh | Posted 26.01.2016 | UK
Jasvir Singh

Collaboration is key to the solution, and if we fail to work together on the current refugee crisis, we could find ourselves dealing with much greater humanitarian issues and societal challenges throughout Europe in the near future.

Remembering 'The Forgotten Crisis'

Yasmin Khatun Dewan | Posted 24.01.2016 | UK
Yasmin Khatun Dewan

The international response to what took place and what continues to take place is both a travesty and injustice. Hundreds of thousands of Innocent men, women and children fled to neighbouring countries such as Chad and Cameroon but more than 600,000 people remain displaced inside the country with many trapped inside enclaves they cannot escape.