United Nations

Tony Blair Quits Middle East Peace Envoy Role

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Jack Sommers | Posted 27.05.2015 | UK Politics

Tony Blair is to step down as Middle East envoy for the Quartet of powers after eight years in the role. The former prime minister will quit the ro...

Healthy Lives Mean Smarter Kids, Period

Hervé Verhoosel | Posted 07.05.2015 | UK
Hervé Verhoosel

Every year, the lives of 453,000 children under the age of 5 are taken globally due to malaria, and that number is magnified when looking at Africa, where a child dies every minute because of the disease. These figures shed light on the scale of the issue, but they don't tell the whole story.

The Real Reason Labour Won't Do a Deal With the SNP

Mark Flanagan | Posted 28.04.2015 | UK Politics
Mark Flanagan

Ed Miliband has made it clear, on numerous occasions, he won't get into bed with Nicola Sturgeon. In fact some of his most passionate responses have come when dealing with this question. We now know Russell Brand has more chance of securing a cabinet position as there is clearly a very good chance he and Ed have at least shared a bed.

Nepal Earthquake: Sending Shockwaves Through My Family

Purna Kumar Shrestha | Posted 28.04.2015 | UK Politics
Purna  Kumar Shrestha

It took two very anxious hours to make contact with my family. It was my 24 year old nephew who rang to inform me that my immediate family were all safe. As I was speaking to him on the phone there was an aftershock, which was very strong. I could hear in his voice how incredibly scared and afraid he was and I tried to reassure him from thousands of miles away.

A Foundation for Disasters?

Lord Michael Hastings | Posted 22.04.2015 | UK
Lord Michael Hastings

The Sendai Declaration may not be what people hoped for. It was, however, an agreement made by UN member states which, despite cynicism, means something. I believe the Sendai Declaration created a foundation and a meaningful if incomplete agreement is more of a foundation than a rejected solution.

Too Narrow a Focus on Finance, Not Enough on People

Philip Goodwin | Posted 21.04.2015 | UK
Philip Goodwin

I'm in New York this week to engage in the Post 2015 development process first hand. I know I'm not alone when I say that the process to agree a new agenda for the fight on global poverty is confusing and impenetrable. This week's focus is on financing and implementation. It's the "who's-going-to-pay?" and "how's-it-going-to-happen?" parts of the puzzle.

What Kind of Happiness Are You Seeking?

His Holiness Karmapa Thaye Dorje | Posted 13.04.2015 | UK Lifestyle
His Holiness Karmapa Thaye Dorje

How much do we really know about happiness? From a Buddhist perspective, all sentient beings, including animals, seek happiness. We have a subconscious instinct to seek happiness - even though many of us don't have a clear idea what it is, or how to achieve it...

Match in Progress

Debbie Lye | Posted 08.04.2015 | UK Sport
Debbie Lye

As a former Chair of the UN Working Group on Sport for Development and Peace I wonder what, if anything, has sport contributed to the progress of the human and social MDGs? And how is that momentum continuing?

Which Way Is Nicole Kidman Going To Go?

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 07.04.2015 | UK Entertainment

Nicole Kidman is the latest star to run into controversy by appearing in a big-budget ad for a corporation with deep pockets. Nicole was named the...

UN Debates on Drugs: "There Must Be No New Thinking and No New Ideas"

Ann Fordham | Posted 01.04.2015 | UK
Ann Fordham

A growing number of governments believe that current drug control leads to disastrous consequences for human rights, public health, citizen security and sustainable livelihoods, and that it has to be modernised.

Caroline Frost

'Suits' Actress Applauds The Flawed Women Winning On TV

HuffingtonPost.com | Caroline Frost | Posted 01.04.2015 | UK Entertainment

‘Suits’ actress Meghan Markle is convinced the lead character in the hit legal drama is an example of a sea change in attitude towards women and c...

Why We All Need to Own the 'V' Word

Philip Goodwin | Posted 31.03.2015 | UK
Philip Goodwin

This says to me that we need to take volunteering out of the margins and into the mainstream. We in the sector have a once-in-a-generation opportunity to redefine volunteering for the next few decades at least.

Nigeria's Elections: Deciding the Fate of a Young Democracy

Chidi Odinkalu | Posted 25.05.2015 | UK Politics
Chidi Odinkalu

Unquestionably the most closely-fought in Nigeria's turbulent history, Nigeria's presidential elections on 28th March offer both promise and peril for Africa's most populous country.

If Debate Is Silenced We Risk More Violence in the Name of Religion

Thomas Hughes | Posted 23.05.2015 | UK
Thomas Hughes

States must do more than simply say the right things at the UN; agreeing to Resolution 16/18 is one thing, but the test will be whether it is followed up with action to protect freedom of expression and freedom of religion or belief for all people.

My Experience as an Ebola Responder

One Young World | Posted 23.05.2015 | UK
One Young World

This piece is by Dr. Freeman Osonuga. Freeman is a One Young World Ambassador from Nigeria. He is the Founder and Executive Director of Heal The Wor...

Let's Work Together on International Day of Happiness

Nic Marks | Posted 19.05.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Nic Marks

There is a huge body of research that says that not only do good relationships contribute significantly towards people's happiness at work, but also helps people become more resilient in the face of every day stresses and frustrations.

Ned Simons

Tory MP Turned UN Humanitarian Chief: Foreign Aid A 'Moral Imperative'

HuffingtonPost.com | Ned Simons | Posted 13.04.2015 | UK Politics

Beyond The Ballot is The Huffington Post UK's alternative take on the General Election, taking on the issues too awkward for Westminster. It f...

20 March 2015: Time to Take Happiness More Seriously

Hans Zomer | Posted 08.05.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Hans Zomer

Friday 20 March is World Happiness Day. This is the third time that the world is being asked to mark a day dedicated to the pursuit of happiness - World Happiness Day was celebrated for the first time in 2013, following a decision by the United Nations General Assembly in July 2011.

For Zlatan

Marko Kasic | Posted 06.05.2015 | UK Sport
Marko Kasic

Zlatan does not know who I am. There is no reason why he should. But then, without Football, the world would not know who Zlatan is. Football, genius and valour have granted him an opportunity to catalyse a movement bigger than the game. Bigger than the UN. Bigger than Zlatan.

Indonesia's Executions: Drugs Diplomacy in a Diplomatic Crisis?

Damon Barrett | Posted 27.04.2015 | UK Politics
Damon Barrett

The ambassador of Indonesia will make his allotted intervention at the beginning of the Commission meeting with the usual self-congratulatory script that most governments will follow. So it always proceeds. But it will be all the more difficult to stomach this year. It takes just one representative to stand up and walk out to make a diplomatic statement far greater than any consensus resolution.

Who are you going to Trust?

Michael Møller | Posted 01.04.2015 | UK
Michael Møller

When we lose someone's trust, we realize we have taken it for granted. And once lost, it is close to impossible to regain. Trust binds our world tog...

Hollywood Arrives at the UK's House of Commons

Julia de Cadenet | Posted 29.03.2015 | UK
Julia de Cadenet

It is now time for Parliamentarians to start backing more education in animal welfare in the school curriculum at home and abroad. Ignorance does no favours for companion animals or vulnerable people especially as there is now a proven link between animal and human cruelty.

These Space Images Could Be Best yet

The Huffington Post UK | Thomas Tamblyn | Posted 26.01.2015 | UK Tech

2015, if you weren't aware, is the United Nations' International Year of Light. It is a global recognition of the importance that light plays in our w...

The Sustainable Development Goals Must Be Rooted In Reality, Not Rhetoric

Toyin Ojora-Saraki | Posted 16.03.2015 | UK
Toyin Ojora-Saraki

Over the course of 2015, the international community will be refining and defining the Sustainable Development Goals. The 17 target areas of the SDGs have been widely agreed upon, but it is now time to turn these target areas into a workable set of goals.

The UN General Assembly Is Stuck in Negotiations... Over When to Take Its Holidays

Ian Richards | Posted 15.02.2015 | UK
Ian Richards

The final vote needs to take place before Christmas, because it's a local holiday at our New York office and many others. The irony is that while the General Assembly's delegates have no plans to make Christmas a global UN holiday, they have still chosen it as a good time to go on vacation.