United Nations.

A Critical Nexus: Water, Development And Security

Dr Ion Jinga | Posted 25.11.2016 | UK
Dr Ion Jinga

An ancient Chinese proverb says: "Not only can water float a boat, it can sink it also". Indeed, water can be productive and destructive at the same t...

Amidst The Chaos, Seeds Of Hope: The United Nations, the Sustainable Development Goals, And World Good Will

Alex Ratcliffe | Posted 22.11.2016 | UK
Alex Ratcliffe

What can we do? We can will our time, money and attention towards this, this quality in human nature, in our own natures, in these institutions, and the untold and unsung millions working for the greater good. Thus, we and our children may yet see the time when the phoenix rises from the ashes. So, do take that thought into your day with your morning coffee. Where there's a will, we may still find the way.

Will The US Continue To Lead?

Natalie Samarasinghe | Posted 17.11.2016 | UK Politics
Natalie Samarasinghe

On 8 November, it was announced that Donald Trump will be the next President of the United States. He will lead a country that was pivotal to the founding of the United Nations in 1945, and which remains crucial to its success today.

Has The UN Failed British Disabled People?

Simon Stevens | Posted 09.11.2016 | UK Politics
Simon Stevens

But when most activists and so-called representatives of people with impairments do actually believe we are naturally inferior beings who belong on the scrapheap, of course this piece of hate speech masked as a report is being hailed as a victory, another step forward towards the final eugenic solution to end having to see poverty once and for all.

In-tray For The New President: Saving Yemen

Keith Vaz | Posted 08.11.2016 | UK Politics
Keith Vaz

As we entered November, the people of the Western world were thinking of Hilary Clinton's emails, Donald Trump's surge in the polls and possibly even Christmas presents. Meanwhile, the people of Hodeida, Yemen were drinking seawater and eating grass to stay alive.

The Central African Republic And Its Legacies Of Abuse

Yasmin Khatun Dewan | Posted 02.12.2016 | UK
Yasmin Khatun Dewan

The French mission in the Central African Republic is over. The official ceremony marking its end took place earlier this week. I have been investigat...

We Must Act Now To Secure The Collective Future Of The World's 10-year-old Girls

Dr Babatunde Osotimehin | Posted 02.11.2016 | UK
Dr Babatunde Osotimehin

In some parts of the world, age 10 can be a time of exploration, rapidly expanding horizons and new possibilities. But in other parts of the world, it...

The World Is Looking Away While People in Aleppo Are Slaughtered

Robin Lustig | Posted 28.10.2016 | UK Politics
Robin Lustig

Too often the world looks the other way when thousands of people are being slaughtered. Action must be taken and the violence must be stopped. To say something is difficult is not sufficient, and to turn away is immoral.

At The UN, Every Day Is Staff Day

Yury Fedotov | Posted 25.10.2016 | UK
Yury Fedotov

There is so much more to the United Nations here in Vienna than fountains and flagpoles. Venture down the hallways and corridors of the Vienna Inter...

What Is Going On In Ethiopia?

Charlotte Allan | Posted 20.10.2016 | UK
Charlotte Allan

The athlete looked up at the sky when he crossed the finish line, and made an X shape above his head with his wrists. The stadium cheered, a new moment in history was made. Later when he took to the podium with 'Ethiopia' written across his top to collect a medal for the marathon he had run, he made the gesture again.

White Smoke Over The Security Council

Dr Ion Jinga | Posted 10.10.2016 | UK
Dr Ion Jinga

Traditionally, when white smoke comes over the Vatican in St Peter's Square, Rome, it is the sign that the College of Cardinals has elected a new Pope...

We Are Failing Refugees Everywhere

Amy Agnew | Posted 07.10.2016 | UK
Amy Agnew

In September, there were two summits that were supposed to turn the tide of the refugee crisis. World leaders came together; first, for the UN Summit for Refugees and Migrants, and, second, for the US Summit for Refugees hosted by Barack Obama. We were told that they were going to change the way the world helps the 65 million people in the world that are forcibly displaced.

Russia: 'We Support An Eastern European Woman For Secretary-General'

Ben Donaldson | Posted 05.10.2016 | UK
Ben Donaldson

The 1 for 7 Billion campaign will continue to campaign for a fair, open process that will boost the legitimacy and mandate of the UN's Secretary-General, leading to, we hope, an improvement in the Organisation's vital role in delivering life-saving work across the globe.

Somalia: Moving Out Of The Shadows Of War And Poverty And On The Road To Stability

Yasmin Ahmed | Posted 26.09.2016 | UK
Yasmin Ahmed

For over two decades, Somalia was known as a failed state- a state lacking effective government, controlled by warlords and terrorists and plagued by frequent phases of natural and man-inflicted disasters.

British Ambassador Accuses Russia Of War Crimes In Syria

The Huffington Post | Steven Hopkins | Posted 26.09.2016 | UK

British ambassador Matthew Rycroft accused the Syrian regime of president Bashar Assad and his Russian allies of war crimes during heated debates at t...

On Save North Koreans Day, It's Time To End North Korea's Total Denial Of Human Rights

Benedict Rogers | Posted 23.09.2016 | UK Politics
Benedict Rogers

Freedom of religion or belief is widely violated around the world, in various ways - through violent persecution or imprisonment of religious minorities, discriminatory or restrictive laws, or incitement to hatred. Authoritarian regimes, religious extremists and criminal gangs are among those who flagrantly abuse freedom of religion or belief...

This Week's UN Refugees Summitry: A Missed Opportunity?

Alistair Burnett | Posted 21.09.2016 | UK
Alistair Burnett

The next few days provide an opportunity to make the step change the UNHCR has prematurely hailed in the way governments, working together, could make life easier for refugees and reduce the strain on the countries currently bearing the brunt. This requires collective political will and individual leadership from the government heads gathered in New York, but, as things stand, the odds are this chance is going to be missed.

Addressing Large Movements Of Refugees And Migrants

Dr Ion Jinga | Posted 16.09.2016 | UK
Dr Ion Jinga

On 19 September, the United Nations will host a high-level summit to address large movements of refugees and migrants, with the aim to better coordina...

Why have countries committed to development targets they might never reach?

Aaron Benavot | Posted 13.09.2016 | UK Politics
Aaron Benavot

It seems a strange decision for any country, let alone all, to sign up to a global commitment they know they will never reach. End Hunger? Eradicate p...

Education needs to fundamentally change if we are to reach our global development goals

Aaron Benavot | Posted 06.09.2016 | UK Politics
Aaron Benavot

The new Global Education Monitoring (GEM) Report by UNESCO, released this morning, shows the vast potential for education to propel progress towards a...

General Public Should Have A Say In Electing The New UN Head

Mohsin Tanveer | Posted 05.09.2016 | UK
Mohsin Tanveer

We are about to elect a new secretary-general for the United Nations. But, 'we the people', despite our prominence at the opening of the UN Charter, have almost nothing to do with filling one of the most important public posts in the world; nor, indeed, will the successful candidate be compelled to look after the interests of the world's seven billion people.

South Sudan Crisis: A Failure Of A Half-Hearted International Community?

Alistair Burnett | Posted 15.08.2016 | UK
Alistair Burnett

Responsibility for the unfolding disaster in South Sudan can also be laid at the door of the international community. The United States, for instance, was instrumental in pushing for its independence, but was not prepared for the long term commitment required to build a functioning state.

Meet the Young People in the UK Changing Their World on Youth Day

Alex Kent | Posted 15.08.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Alex Kent

Today, on International Youth Day, we're celebrating the world's largest ever youth population - now 1.8 billion strong, and the amazing impact that young people are having. 2016 has been a huge year of challenge, change and opportunity, especially here in the UK. Never has the energy of young people more relevant.

UN Anti-Tobacco Meeting Seeks to Ban High-Ranking Government Officials

Yaël Ossowski | Posted 11.08.2016 | UK
Yaël Ossowski

It is unclear how many delegates may be banned from the conference or whether the media will be able to report on the proceedings, but public health advocates have already brought up possible decisions which are likely to be implemented in November.

Burma's Rohingya Need International Help Now More Than Ever

Tun Khin | Posted 11.08.2016 | UK
Tun Khin

Report after report have concluded that multiple violations of international law are being committed against the Rohingya. No government can say they don't know what is going on. It is to their shame that they allowed it to carry on.