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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.

Left Behind: Why the Global HIV Response Is Failing People Who Use Drugs

Rick Lines | Posted 28.07.2016 | UK
Rick Lines

This admirable pledge, which comes with a promise to 'leave no-one behind', will remain no more than a slogan. People who use drugs are being left behind and only a major injection of political courage, backed up by a redirection of the necessary resources away from drug control and into harm reduction, will change this.

The Reality of the Drone War in Pakistan

Mohsin Tanveer | Posted 27.07.2016 | UK Politics
Mohsin Tanveer

Yes drone attacks violate human rights - but the US has also made it clear that they are in a state of war with terrorists. What this means is that the law of war governs their actions - not the law of peace. It might be a good idea to get a grip on those concepts and develop a legal justification as to why the law of peace operates.

Sustainable Development Goals Go

Christian Friis Bach | Posted 26.07.2016 | UK
Christian Friis Bach

In these days, while UN member States meet in New York to assess progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals a new game, Pokemon Go, has been r...

The Republic of Korea Partners With Unesco for Stronger Cultural Industries in Uganda

Salma Zulfiqar | Posted 21.07.2016 | UK
Salma Zulfiqar

With East Africa rapidly emerging as one of the the world's creative and entrepreneurial hotspots, UNESCO is launching a new project in Uganda on 27 July to strengthen the country's cultural industries and the skills of creative professionals.

Breaking the Silence on the UN Stage

Katrina Syran | Posted 13.07.2016 | UK Politics
Katrina Syran

June 2016 and nations united in Geneva for a highly energized conference to bring power to empowered women. Speakers and influencers from all over th...

In the Eye of the Storm: Being a Rights Lawyer in China Today

Sir Geoffrey Nice | Posted 12.07.2016 | UK
Sir Geoffrey Nice

July is often Beijing's hottest month. The humidity is draining. Sometimes a thunderstorm breaks through the oppressive heat, for a while... But for those outside the country, the risk is surely less. On the anniversary of the crackdown we might ask ourselves, could we be doing more to stand with legal professionals in China?

How the Disunity Amongst UN Agencies Is Failing Syria

Roger Hearn | Posted 11.07.2016 | UK
Roger Hearn

This situation is deplorable - there needs to be a United Nations that can develop and implement immediate and critical decisions that focus on saving lives not careers or the competing interests of different UN agencies.

Stopping Blair Trashing International Law Means Justice Can Come

Jem Bendell | Posted 07.07.2016 | UK Politics
Jem Bendell

The Chilcot Report confirms what most British people knew in the lead up to the invasion of Iraq in 2003. Despite the misleading jingoism of tabloid n...

There Is Life After Brexit

Dr Ion Jinga | Posted 05.07.2016 | UK
Dr Ion Jinga

The result of the UK referendum on the European Union membership came as a shock to Europe and the World. As someone who lived for twelve years in Bru...

Remain of the Days - Why Brexit Broke My Heart

Lynne Parker | Posted 27.06.2016 | UK Politics
Lynne Parker

My remaining days as a European are sadly numbered. I have just spent the last week away on business in Italy and Germany as a guilt-free Europhile. I was still in Germany when the EU Referendum results were announced and at breakfast in my hotel I felt like I had to apologise on behalf of Great Britain for the ghastly reality of Brexit.

Invisible Women Let's Come Together to Support Widows Around the World

Lord Loomba | Posted 24.06.2016 | UK
Lord Loomba

Today I ask you to do the opposite - to share the message around the world that this cannot continue. For too long, the plight of widows and their families has been ignored, not talked about, not acted upon. Let's change that together.

Cucumbers? Blame the UN

Christian Friis Bach | Posted 21.06.2016 | UK
Christian Friis Bach

As the UK referendum on Brexit approaches I feel obliged to stand forward and confess. The European Union is often criticized for dealing with ridiculous things such as the shape of cucumbers: banning the curved ones and imposing straight ones on farmers and consumers alike.

Rwanda's Creative Industries Policy takes Shape through the Diversity of Cultural Expressions

Salma Zulfiqar | Posted 21.06.2016 | UK
Salma Zulfiqar

''It's really important to have creativity to solve challenges in society, especially following our troubled past. We have to be creative to find solu...