United Nations

David Miliband Lauds Germany's Response To The Syrian Refugee Crisis

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 03.09.2015 | UK Politics

NEW YORK -- Former British Foreign Secretary David Miliband lauded the leadership show by Germany in response to the Syrian refugee crisis on Wednesda...

UN To Investigate British Government Over Human Rights Abuses

The Huffington Post UK | Kathryn Snowdon | Posted 30.08.2015 | UK

The United Nations is due to visit the UK to investigate whether the government's welfare reforms have led to “grave or systematic violations” of ...

Save Syria Out of Self-Interest

Hilary Stauffer | Posted 25.08.2015 | UK
Hilary Stauffer

If governments and policymakers won't commit to finding a lasting political, diplomatic and military solution to Syria's unrest because it is 'the right thing to do', perhaps they can be provoked into action out of inherent selfishness.

UN Security Council Hears The Horrors Facing Gay People Under Islamic State

The Huffington Post UK | Sarah Ann Harris | Posted 25.08.2015 | UK

The United Nations Security Council has discussed LGBT rights for the first time in its 70 year existence, in what the US ambassador described as a "s...

Accountability Should Be About Delivering the Right Outcomes for People, Not About Completing a Predesigned Project

Simon O'Connell | Posted 18.08.2015 | UK
Simon O'Connell

The problem is, in the today's world, we are faced with a plethora of diverse crises, emergencies, disasters and conflicts. Population growth, political and power structure changes, urbanisation, resource scarcity and climate change mean the humanitarian system is creaking under the strain - overstretched and underfunded.

Humanitarians Helping to Unite Nations

Baroness Emma Nicholson | Posted 18.08.2015 | UK
Baroness Emma Nicholson

Last summer the workloads of every single man and woman in our team almost doubled overnight as a huge stream of desperate families fled from the terrorists of Islamic State. That stream became a river that is still flowing to this day.

A Migrant Was Given An International Superstar's Twitter Account To Share His Story

The Huffington Post UK | George Bowden | Posted 19.08.2015 | UK

Australian singer-songwriter Cody Simpson has donated his Twitter account to a Syrian refugee to highlight the extraordinary efforts made to leave the...

Achieving Sustainable Development That Leaves No One Behind

Dr Nawal Al-Hosany | Posted 13.08.2015 | UK
Dr Nawal Al-Hosany

As the UAE Government joins global policymakers at the UNGA and COP21, the Zayed Future Energy Prize will continue to identify and reward the businesses, organisations, schools and individuals that may define the success of global commitments on the future of sustainability.

Yemen: Proxy War and War by Proxy

Alistair Burnett | Posted 09.08.2015 | UK
Alistair Burnett

Iraq and Syria get most of the headlines in western media given the current focus on the threat from Islamic State to European and American interests and citizens, as well as the direct involvement of western military forces in the campaign against IS. But there's also a war going on in Yemen...

Gavelling the Goals: Job done ... now the work begins

Helen Morton | Posted 03.08.2015 | UK
Helen Morton

The road from Rio, in June 2012, has been difficult to navigate. But it has also been creative, and, ultimately, constructive. We now have a set of 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that will shape how we view, and do, development for the coming decade and beyond. So, what are the wins?

Raising More Tax Requires Investment in Civil Society

Hans Zomer | Posted 27.07.2015 | UK Politics
Hans Zomer

We must not allow a situation to arise where the focus is merely on increasing government income, without ensuring adequate accountability mechanisms are in place to ensure the tax money raised is spent wisely. And as we know only too well from our experience in Ireland, a healthy civil society is absolutely vital in that regard.

Arnold Schwarzenegger Has This To Say About Climate Change

The Huffington Post UK | Kathryn Snowdon | Posted 22.07.2015 | UK

Arnold Schwarzenegger said 'Hasta La Vista' to the myth that climate change is “science fiction” as he urged world leaders to join the battle to s...

A Chance for a Global Tax System That Works for All - Not Just the Richest

Adriano Campolina | Posted 14.07.2015 | UK
Adriano Campolina

A just and global solution to the problems of international taxation is required if developing countries are to realise economic self-sufficiency. But if developing countries cannot have a meaningful voice in global tax rules, then they have every justification for going their own way.

Time for the UK to Keep Its Promises on Global Tax Reform

Charlie Matthews | Posted 13.07.2015 | UK
Charlie Matthews

If Justine Greening was to change the UK's position on a global tax body, it would not only increase the chances of a successful agreement at Addis, but also generate a huge amount of goodwill which she could use to ensure greater progress on the UK's other priorities, such as gender equality.

Telling a Global Story - World Leaders Must Turn Words Into Action

Rosanne White | Posted 12.07.2015 | UK
Rosanne White

It is time for all UN Member States to step up and shoulder some of the load, a message that over 20million people from across the globe are shouting out loud and clear to their governments as part of the action/2015 campaign.

2015: Time to Invest in Our Global System

Natalie Samarasinghe | Posted 29.06.2015 | UK Politics
Natalie Samarasinghe

This time the world has institutions, practices and early-warning systems in place to encourage more far-sighted policy-making. Political leadership, however, remains trapped in national agendas, or smaller. Unless that changes, unless governments - and the publics to whom they are accountable - embrace the need to use and refresh those institutions, we will have learnt nothing from the previous, and finite, eras of peace.

The Trade in Instruments of Torture Must Be Stopped

Jude Kirton-Darling | Posted 26.06.2015 | UK Politics
Jude Kirton-Darling

If the EU is to be serious about its opposition to torture and the ill-treatment of human beings it must put its full might behind effective, comprehensive and adaptable controls on the instruments of torture. We believe that the legislation currently under debate in the Parliament can do this: we just need the political will to see it through.

A Frightening Warning Of A Fresh HIV Epidemic In The Next Five Years

The Huffington Post UK | Kathryn Snowdon | Posted 25.06.2015 | UK

The HIV epidemic could rebound dramatically resulting in "catastrophic" consequences if countries fail to increase funding and widen access to drugs w...

Climate Change: Threat or Opportunity for Health?

Peter Byass | Posted 23.06.2015 | UK
Peter Byass

If we eat locally produced healthy food, we reduce carbon emissions and protect ourselves from the risks of various chronic diseases. So each one of us has a challenge - for the sake of the planet and for future generations - to claim the the co-benefits of reducing carbon emissions and improving our health.

Hacktivism to Balaclava Punk: Protest Must Be Protected in All Its Forms

Thomas Hughes | Posted 22.06.2015 | UK
Thomas Hughes

Protest is increasingly going digital. Whether it is using the internet to organise and report physical acts of protest, using online space as a platform on which to take action, or targeting online infrastructure itself: across the world, people are taking their right to protest online.

The Four Reasons Why All Eyes Should Be on Addis Next Month

Graham Gordon | Posted 17.06.2015 | UK
Graham Gordon

2015 is a crucial year for our world. The challenge that lies ahead is this: to reach consensus at three UN meetings that will deliver meaningful change for people living in poverty and protect the environment in which we all live.

In Celebration of Freedom and Justice

Dr Ion Jinga | Posted 17.06.2015 | UK Politics
Dr Ion Jinga

Sealing the Magna Carta was a major event in the journey of democracy. Justice and freedom are at the foundation of our society and it is our duty to act in their defense when the legal international order is challenged. By doing so, we pay tribute to all those who have developed the rule of law to protect us against injustice and abuse of power.

Defending the Right to Health

Olivia Murphy | Posted 17.06.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Olivia Murphy

Talented health professionals from across the world are our greatest hope for realising the universal right to health in an increasingly challenging world. For this to happen, equitable access to global health training is essential. For if WHO is to be a truly global guardian of health, its workforce, and thus its interns, must be global too.

Why So Quiet? No Internet in Venezuela?

Sophie Bauer | Posted 10.06.2015 | UK Politics
Sophie Bauer

The other day I received a message from a friend clearly appalled by my poor Facebook presence since moving to Uruguay. 'Why so quiet, what no internet in Venezuela?', it read. Marvellous.

#WorldOceansDay: From Vast Underwater Cities To Suburban Artificial Reefs

The Huffington Post UK | Nitya Rajan | Posted 08.06.2015 | UK Tech

Today is officially World Oceans Day - a day set aside by the UN to 'appreciate, protect and restore our oceans and their resources.' As people ar...