United Nations

By Voting Today for Recognition of Palestine, MPs Will Vote for Equality and for Peace

Richard Burden | Posted 13.10.2014 | UK Politics
Richard Burden

By affirming without ambiguity that both Israelis and Palestinians have equal rights to statehood, international recognition of the State of Palestine can help break this impasse. That is why another amendment tabled by Jack Straw and other senior MPs makes clear that by voting for recognition today MPs will contribute to securing a negotiated two state solution.

Emma Watson's Feminism: Some Women's Work Is Priceless

Monica Sarkar | Posted 09.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Monica Sarkar

Although she is absolutely right, not all countries measure gender equality on a pay scale. In many communities in India, for example, a housewife is seen as being of equal value to a breadwinner, or priceless. And for any feminist approach to work effectively in the country, it needs to recognise the distinct values upheld by such cultures.

Learning From the United Nations General Assembly 2014

Toyin Ojora-Saraki | Posted 03.10.2014 | UK
Toyin Ojora-Saraki

As we've learnt from the MDGs, progress cannot occur in silos. We need to learn from each other, we need to educate each other, and we need to work together to achieve real change.

Natasha Bedingfield and My Strange Day Inside the UN Climate Summit

Joe Ware | Posted 03.10.2014 | UK Politics
Joe Ware

The inside of the UN Climate Summit in New York last week was a strange place. I arrived expecting to spend the day hearing sombre heads of state outline what their nations would be doing to tackle climate change. I didn't expect to end the day watching a performance by British pop hit, circa 2005, Natasha Bedingfield.

10,000 Civilian Deaths In Iraq This Year

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 02.10.2014 | UK

The full devastation wrought upon Iraq by the Islamic State, also known as ISIL, was detailed in a UN report published on Thursday, highlighting a “...

Why Sri Lanka's Detention of Mrs Balenderan Jayakumari Is So Sinister

Callum Macrae | Posted 01.10.2014 | UK
Callum Macrae

Mrs Jeyakumari and her daughter were well known activists who had been among the crowds which mobbed British prime minister David Cameron when he visited the former war zone in Jaffna in November last year. Three months later Mrs Jeyakumari sent me a video address in which she warned that she was being followed and harassed as a result of her campaign.

'ISIS And Hamas Are Branches Of The Same Poisonous Tree'

AP/Huffington Post UK | Posted 30.09.2014 | UK

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu compared his country's recent bombing campaign in Gaza to the US-led strikes against militants in Iraq and S...

Broken Chair and Nuclear Bans

Michael Møller | Posted 29.09.2014 | UK Politics
Michael Møller

One cannot pass by the broken chair with indifference, particularly in light of the newly designated 'International Day for the Elimination of Nuclear Weapons'. This symbol now reminds us that we can be in the driver's seat when we really want to.

The Yoga of Optimized Desire Can Save Earth From its End

Preetam Kaushik | Posted 29.09.2014 | UK
Preetam Kaushik

When a consumerist turns away from the shelves of supermarket, with just about how much he/she needs, and does not fall prey to hoarding, the chain collapses to a moderate one. This way, nature won't see an enemy in man. And, that will be the path to earth's redemption.

Brits Back Bombs

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 26.09.2014 | UK

The British public has had a change of heart - now the majority of Brits would back UK airstrikes against Islamic State targets in both Iraq and in Sy...

Feminism Proudly Presents: Emma Watson Vs Internet Trolls

Sophie Bauer | Posted 25.09.2014 | UK Politics
Sophie Bauer

By now everyone will have heard, or at least heard of, Emma Watson's speech launching the UN Women's HeForShe campaign. Gender equality and sexual and...

Campaign Has Pushed Education to the Top of the World Agenda

Dr Patrick Roach | Posted 25.09.2014 | UK
Dr Patrick Roach

Today is the culmination of a year-long campaign which has brought the messages of millions of teachers from across the world all the way to the UN General Assembly.

Britain Must Not To Be 'Frozen With Fear' In Confronting ISIS

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 24.09.2014 | UK

British warplanes are poised to join international air strikes on the Islamic State terror group in Iraq after David Cameron told the United Nations t...

I Am Not an Inadvertent Feminist

Mike Niles | Posted 24.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Mike Niles

It is unfair to blame any stigma around the feminist movement solely on the media representation of an archetypal feminist. I don't believe a true feminist hates men - they simply aspire to live life on a level playing field. Women should have equal pay. Men should have their parental value equally compensated. Equality gaps exist for both sexes ergo both sexes have a motivation to achieve parity.

Obama Promises To Dismantle Islamic State 'Network Of Death'

AP/Huffington Post UK | Posted 24.09.2014 | UK

Declaring the world at a crossroads between war and peace, President Barack Obama vowed at the UN on Wednesday to lead a coalition to dismantle an Isl...

The F Word: Emma Watson and the Aftermath

Rae Mullins | Posted 24.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Rae Mullins

Emma's set out the direction we need to head in, but in order to genuinely permeate our society's consciousness on the gender issue for good, we need to re-tune our media's frame of reference. Just think how many girls came to know of Emma's addressing the UN via an article dominated by images of her outfit...

Ukip Are Really Angry That Islamic State Are Distracting From Their Conference

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 24.09.2014 | UK Politics

Ukip politicians have reacted with fury to the hint of a potential recall of parliament on Friday, with several even suggesting that David Cameron wil...

It's Make or Break on Climate Change for Ban Ki-moon, "Secretary-General of the People"

Paul Cohen | Posted 23.09.2014 | UK Politics
Paul Cohen

Sunday saw the largest mobilisation of climate activists and the general public calling for urgent action on climate change in history. The numbers were truly astounding, with over 2,000 events across the globe. More than 40,000 people took part in London and 100,000 in New York, including United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

The Last Time A British PM Did This David Cameron Was 12

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Jessica Elgot | Posted 23.09.2014 | UK

David Cameron and Iran's president will meet for the fist time in decades in New York later, as Britain bids to gain support from the hostile nation t...

Reclaiming the F Word: In Defence of Feminism

Rachel Thompson | Posted 22.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Rachel Thompson

Feminism is getting a rebrand, and we are all brand consultants. By reclaiming the F word, we are active participants in the future of gender equality. By changing perceptions of the word, we encourage more people to become feminists and we move further towards achieving true equality.

How Can We Make Women Count When the Numbers Don't Add Up?

Simon Cooke | Posted 21.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Simon Cooke

By investing to make contraception available to every woman who wants it, improving access to safe abortion where it's legal and making sure that medical care is readily available when things go wrong we can make a real difference. It's not rocket science - even for someone still relatively new to the development sector like me.

The UN Must Radically Alter Strategy in Fight Against Ebola

Sophia Salenius | Posted 19.09.2014 | UK
Sophia Salenius

The UN Security Council meets today in New York, where national governments hope to formulate a coordinated response to the unfolding crisis in West Africa. The United Nations will only be able to contain Ebola by adopting a hi-tech disease management system.

Troubled Waters in Kashmir

Rita Pal | Posted 16.09.2014 | UK
Rita Pal

In 2010, a little known report predicted the catastrophic 2014 Kashmir floods. Greater Kashmir wrote wrote "Highly placed sources in the state gover...

The Results Of This Poll Are A 'Huge Embarrassment' For The PM

The Huffington Post UK | Charlotte Meredith | Posted 10.09.2014 | UK

In a "huge embarrassment" for the Prime Minister, the vast majority of Tory MPs don't think manmade climate change is a real issue, a shocking new pol...

The United Nations Reject Mental Health as a Priority?

Danny Bowman | Posted 04.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Danny Bowman

Mental health the big talking point in the world from the United States to us back at home in the UK. We seem to be united on thinking it should be a priority, so why have the United Nations cut it off their radar?