United Nations

The UN General Assembly Is Stuck in Negotiations... Over When to Take Its Holidays

Ian Richards | Posted 16.12.2014 | 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 11.12.2014 | 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 10.12.2014 | 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 09.12.2014 | 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 04.12.2014 | 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 06.12.2014 | 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 28.11.2014 | 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 25.11.2014 | 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 24.11.2014 | 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 23.11.2014 | 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 ...

The UN Sustainable Development Goals Will Not Succeed Without an Emphasis on Economic Growth

Paul Collier | Posted 21.11.2014 | UK
Paul Collier

In a little more than one month negotiations to finalise the framework of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for eradicating poverty will begin. For this to be a meaningful process, the goals have to be credible and to focus on those priorities which can make a difference to the lives of those who reside in poor countries around the world.

UN Threatens Human Rights Probe, North Korea Threatens Nuclear Test

The Huffington Post UK/AP | Charlotte Meredith | Posted 20.11.2014 | UK

North Korea's brutal regime, accused of committing crimes against humanity including the extermination, starvation and enslavement of its population, ...

UN To Vote On Referring North Korea To War Crimes Court

AP | Posted 18.11.2014 | UK

An anxious North Korea will see Tuesday how the boldest effort yet to bring its leaders to account for alleged crimes against humanity will move forwa...

Fatal Attraction: Brownfield's Flexibility Doctrine and Global Drug Policy Reform

Damon Barrett | Posted 18.11.2014 | UK Politics
Damon Barrett

For governments, in an effort to avoid political controversy, the four pillars may seem attractive. For those who support drug policy reform they may seem progressive. But this is no win for drug policy reform or progress towards policies grounded in evidence and human rights.

Sexual Violence Against Women - Solving the Problem (Part Two)

Jessica Chan | Posted 11.11.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Jessica Chan

I think it is vital that we involve those directly at the centre of the issue - we must include women in discussions, and even in leadership roles, centred on the issue of sexual violence against women.

Sexual Violence Against Women - Understanding Sexual Violence (Part One)

Jessica Chan | Posted 11.11.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Jessica Chan

Sexual violence is a specifically reprehensible form of violence, and includes rape and any other attack of a sexual nature perpetuated against both males and females. Its repercussions can be iniquitous, and may include acute and physical repercussions for survivors and witnesses. Human trafficking can also lead to sexual violence, and I will be discussing the issue of 'modern slavery' in this article. I will also highlight the brutal effects of sexual violence in conflict.

This Girl And 10 Million Others Like Her Don't Officially Exist

Huffington Post UK/PA | Louise Ridley | Posted 04.11.2014 | UK

At least ten million people worldwide are currently stateless, and a baby is born with no nationality every ten minutes, according to a UN report whic...

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

Richard Burden | Posted 13.12.2014 | 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 08.12.2014 | 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 03.12.2014 | 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 03.12.2014 | 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 “...