United Nations

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

Chidi Odinkalu | Posted 25.03.2015 | 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 24.03.2015 | 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 23.03.2015 | 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 20.03.2015 | 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 13.03.2015 | UK Politics

Stephen O'Brien had his campaign literature designed and ready to go. Fortunately the printers had not rolled before the call came from the Un...

20 March 2015: Time to Take Happiness More Seriously

Hans Zomer | Posted 10.03.2015 | 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 09.03.2015 | 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 26.02.2015 | 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 30.01.2015 | 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 28.01.2015 | 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.

Ending Sexual Violence in Conflict by Empowering Women

Felicity Gerry | Posted 09.02.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Felicity Gerry

To end sexual violence in conflict, there needs to be more women in senior positions within the UN and other international organisations, more female ambassadors to the UN; and more women in the police and military.

On Human Rights Day We Need to Look at Whether We Are Failing Children in England?

Paola Uccellari | Posted 09.02.2015 | UK
Paola Uccellari

Maybe Human Rights Day, 25 years after the promises in the UNCRC were made, is the time to reclaim children's human rights, when children need them.

A Political Apprenticeship: What Winston Churchill Taught Harry Truman

Philip White | Posted 07.02.2015 | UK Politics
Philip White

The two men couldn't have been more different. One was born in a magnificent palace, the other in a humble farmhouse. One had been in politics for 40 years, the other was a relative newcomer. One was lauded as his country's greatest Prime Minister. The other was derided as an accidental President...

Syria's Refugees Not Hoping for a White Christmas This Year

Matthew Frost | Posted 01.02.2015 | UK
Matthew Frost

Only a week ago, I sat squashed into a tent filled with a family of fourteen Syrian refugees in the Bekaa Valley in Lebanon - surprised that even that much body heat could not thaw the freezing cold I felt...

Russell Brand Re-Branded

Aaron Vallely | Posted 02.02.2015 | UK Politics
Aaron Vallely

Brand has not all the answers, nor does he claim to, but he has heart, sense, influence, and energy. Brand has re-Branded himself, and now he is re-Branding politics and activism, then selling it to young people so they will understand better that their society and its future is in their hands

This UN Rapporteur Has A Very Rude Word To Describe UK's Attitude To Migrants

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 03.12.2014 | UK

The idea that British culture is under threat from migration is "fantasy" and "bullshit", a senior United Nations official has said. Francois Crepe...

UN Suspension Of Food Assistance To Syrian Refugees Will Be 'Disastrous'

AP | Posted 01.12.2014 | UK

The United Nations World Food programme on Monday suspended a food voucher program serving more than 1.7 million Syrian refugees, citing a funding cri...

Please, No More Awards for Tony Blair

Robin Lustig | Posted 28.01.2015 | UK Politics
Robin Lustig

As it happens, I'm not one of those who believe that Blair is evil incarnate. I met him on only a handful of occasions during his time as prime minister, and I was always left with the impression of a man possessed of almost messianic certainty that he was put on earth to make it a better place and rid it of bad people. I do believe that he made an appalling error of judgement in backing President Bush's decision to invade Iraq in 2003. It was an error that involved the UK in one of the biggest foreign policy blunders of recent times...

Which Ex-Partner Would End Up In Prison According to This New Law?

Sacha Wise | Posted 24.01.2015 | UK
Sacha Wise

Our voice often stays silent. Often, we try not to be heard stepping on eggshells constantly. This is an emotional abusive relationship, where we love to the point of brokenness and then want to scream out loud from the anguish that is usually turned on mute.

We Must Create Cultures of Peace, Not Simply Stop Violence

Emma Fulu | Posted 24.01.2015 | UK
Emma Fulu

andhi said that, "There is no way to peace, peace is the way." And in our daily lives, be it at home, at work or at play, we can all make an effort to live in more positive and peaceful ways. That will contribute to a future free from violence.

Is Engaging Men and Boys the Magic Bullet for Ending Violence Against Women and Girls or a Step Backwards?

Emma Fulu | Posted 23.01.2015 | UK
Emma Fulu

I say ending violence against women and girls requires all of us - men and boys, women and girls, governments, communities and activists. I genuinely believe that we have a common goal. And I genuinely believe that we can work together in a way that does not reassert male power over women, that keeps women and girls at the centre, and focuses on transforming gender inequality rather than just adding men and boys.

Student In Paris With Links To North Korean Regime Escapes Kidnapping Bid

AP/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 22.11.2014 | UK

A North Korean student with family ties to the regime escaped a kidnapping bid in Paris, where he was studying, and is now in hiding, a French source ...