United Nations.

If America's First, Who Should Be Second?

Natalie Samarasinghe | Posted 28.03.2017 | UK Politics
Natalie Samarasinghe

To put America first, Mr Trump must put the UN second. Channeling the far-sighted leadership of UN founding father Franklin D. Roosevelt is the best way to make America great again.

Why Parliament Must Acknowledge The UN International Day For The Elimination Of Racial Discrimination

Dawn Butler | Posted 21.03.2017 | UK Politics
Dawn Butler

Today is the U.N. International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination and for the first time in history, Parliament will have the important opportunity to acknowledge this day. I am proud to be leading the debate. We have come a long way in the fight against racism and intolerance but we still have a long way to go.

Are You A Global Citizen?

Nicholas Mazzei | Posted 20.03.2017 | UK Politics
Nicholas Mazzei

British, European and American politicians will have to manage groups who see the world in very different ways, protect their jobs and enable them to live their lives in a rapidly changing, digital economy where success means less barriers to travel and trade. Trump and Brexit won their elections on the back of declarations to protect those who see their future within a less open state, that they can recreate the world before globalisation and that international free trade has damaged their lives. It's a gamble which is unlikely pay off.

Somalia Is On The Brink Of Another Catastrophic Famine, But Where Is The Urgent Response?

Awo Tarabi | Posted 19.03.2017 | UK
Awo Tarabi

Somalis all over are looking for ways to send aid back home, turning to traditional tribal networks to seek out those most in need. With images of starving children with sunken cheeks and hollow eyes circulating the Somali diaspora community, the pressure to act now is critical. We cannot stand by and wait for another 260,000 lives to be lost and only then realise, we could have done something. But by then, once again, it would be too little, too late. The time to act is now.

Is The West Failing To Uphold Their Response To Protect (R2P) Commitmnt

Lewis Barton | Posted 08.03.2017 | UK Politics
Lewis Barton

Western states have always prioritised domestic responsibilities over international ones, as all countries do. However, the gap between these responsibilities has never seemed so wide. Recent political events seem to suggest a possible cultural shift when it comes to Western states becoming embroiled with an international crisis.

Democracy And Protecting Our Inalienable Rights: Education Is Crucial

Alex Ratcliffe | Posted 27.02.2017 | UK
Alex Ratcliffe

Dr Moshe Kantor, head of the European Jewish Congress , in his moving comments on Holocaust Day commemorations last month, said: "It's crucial that we...

Terrorism And Critical Infrastructure

Dr Ion Jinga | Posted 16.02.2017 | UK
Dr Ion Jinga

Protection of Critical Infrastructure has become a priority issue for states, in reaction to the growing risks posed by terrorism. All governments rec...

Actions, Not Words, Will Help North Korea's Refugees

James Burt | Posted 13.02.2017 | UK
James Burt

Displacement and suffering have shaped the human landscape of the Korean peninsula. Annexed in 1910 and occupied until 1945 by the Empire of Japan, be...

Why The UN's Global Goal On Gender Equality Matters In The UK

Katharine Sacks Jones | Posted 09.02.2017 | UK
Katharine Sacks Jones

If we get this right, it is women at the sharpest end who most stand to benefit. But of course gender inequality benefits us all. We are all stronger when we are more equal. And equality has to mean leaving no one behind.

7 Horrifying Details From Inside Syria's 'Human Slaughterhouse' Revealed

The Huffington Post | Kathryn Snowdon | Posted 14.02.2017 | UK

Horrifying details have been released from inside a Syrian “human slaughterhouse” where up to 13,000 prisoners have been tortured and executed in ...

Denial, And What It Tells Us About Today's Human Rights Battles

Benedict Rogers | Posted 06.02.2017 | UK Politics
Benedict Rogers

Denial was an inspiration and a challenge to me on many levels. It is a reminder that when we step up and fight injustice, instead of taking the more comfortable option of 'settling', then as long as we are willing to work hard, conduct painstaking research, develop careful strategy and build a strong team, we can indeed win.

Violent Extremism In Prisons: Behind Bars, But Not Locked Up

Yury Fedotov | Posted 25.01.2017 | UK
Yury Fedotov

No simple cure exists; but while the violent extremists seek to groom recruits, we also have time to promote dignity and humanity and to set prisoners on the path to their communities and to never looking back. This journey begins with the creation of fair and just prison systems.

Kashmir: The Unresolved Crisis

Julie Cooper | Posted 20.01.2017 | UK Politics
Julie Cooper

If the Prime Minister truly wants us to be a global outward looking country, she needs to look at the global impact the continued uncertainty over Kashmir's future is having and encourage all sides to resume talks. We cannot continue to champion our freedoms here at home whilst allowing them to be deprived to people abroad.

Ways To Make Your Holiday More Sustainable

Georgina Wilson-Powell | Posted 12.01.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Georgina Wilson-Powell

2017 has been dubbed the year of sustainable tourism and development by the UN's World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO). No longer a quirky aside or limited to the odd off-grid eco-lodge, going green when going abroad is where it's at.

Theresa May Slaps Down US Over Israel, Gets Slapped Down Back

The Huffington Post | Christopher York | Posted 30.12.2016 | UK

Theresa May has been given short shrift from the US after distancing herself from outgoing president Barack Obama’s hardline stance on Israel. In c...

"Without Your Help We Will Die": Why The People Of Mosul Need Our Help

Melanie Ward | Posted 22.12.2016 | UK
Melanie Ward

"All of my friends have been killed," Abdullah* tells me. I'm in Khazer Camp for Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs), 30 km east of Mosul in Iraq. Abd...

Never Again: A Prayer, A Promise, A Vow

Toby Cadman | Posted 19.12.2016 | UK
Toby Cadman

We can and we should provide both if the decades-long international system of protection of civilians and regulation of warfare is to have any meaning. It is urgent to ensure the safe passage of civilians in Eastern Aleppo according to International Law; and it is imperative to investigate the responsibility for the crimes that have already been committed.

Out of date textbooks put sustainable development at risk.

Aaron Benavot | Posted 15.12.2016 | UK Politics
Aaron Benavot

Today, we've launched a new study into secondary school textbooks around the world, continuing our focus on the content of education, which we began i...

'Are You Incapable Of Shame?' US Ambassador Launches Blistering Attack On Russia Over Aleppo

The Huffington Post | Christopher York | Posted 14.12.2016 | UK

The US ambassador to the UN has launched a blistering attack on those responsible for the slaughter in the Syrian city of Aleppo. Addressing Russia at...

Enforced Disappearance In Bangladesh And The Lack Of Accountability

Toby Cadman | Posted 12.12.2016 | UK
Toby Cadman

The international community, through the UN, or indeed any other avenue, must be urged to address these concerns; Bangladesh cannot be allowed to become another 'never again', and the international community would do well to heed Moliere's advice, whether it wishes to acknowledge it or not, 'we are responsible for what we do not do'.

Rohigya - Let There Not Be Another Genocide

Qari Asim | Posted 12.12.2016 | UK
Qari Asim

The minority of Myanmar, known as the Rohingya, is being violently attacked with impunity and driven from their homes. The mass killings, setting of human beings on fire and raping of women and young children is being carried out against the Rohingya minority in the Rakhine state of Burma, but the dreadful plight of the Rohingya is going unnoticed by world at large.

Women Of The World Unite! (And Men Too)

Jemma Wayne | Posted 09.12.2016 | UK Politics
Jemma Wayne

But we have come too far to go backwards. We have woken to the notion that consent and respect must be entrenched in the way we treat both girls and boys from the very beginnings. And whether it is in media, in schools, in our homes, or on the streets, we must all speak out loudly against the small, 'harmless' transgressions that ultimately put women at risk. We must not return to slumber.

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.