United Nations

Happiness Matters More Than Wealth, Say Majority of People

Dr Mark Williamson | Posted 19.05.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Mark Williamson

For too long, we've defined progress mainly in economic and material terms. It's now time for a new vision for the 'good society' - where we put wellbeing ahead of wealth and focus more on the things that really matter.

Russell Brand Just Got To Speak At The UN

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 20.03.2014 | UK

Comedian and actor Russell Brand has delivered a flamboyant plea at a United Nations gathering to bring an end to arrest and punishment of drug-users....

Happy International Day of Happiness - How to Celebrate?

Simon Goddard | Posted 17.05.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Simon Goddard

The UN's recent focus on happiness came at the request of Bhutan, which is now famous for choosing to forgo GDP as a way of measuring its country's wealth in favour of Gross National Happiness. The UN has agreed that happiness should be used as a way of measuring development.

It's Time to Reclaim Happiness

Dr Mark Williamson | Posted 14.05.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Mark Williamson

Everywhere we look the story is the same: buy and achieve these things and then you'll be happy. But remember, you'll then need to keep getting more in order to stay happy and keep up with your peers. And if they start to get ahead then just keep consuming! On and on we go in a mindless and seemingly endless cycle.

War in Reverse: Drugs, Consensus and Killing

Damon Barrett | Posted 14.05.2014 | UK
Damon Barrett

Today the fighting is as intense as it has ever been but it is right at this moment that the war on drugs may be coming to an end. What we are seeing now at the UN in Vienna, over half a century since the 1961 Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs was adopted, is the breakdown of the all-important consensus.

Bringing Meaning to My Work

Ana Tzarev | Posted 12.05.2014 | UK Entertainment
Ana Tzarev

"Why?" It is a question that others always ask of us, and that, as artists, we continually ask of ourselves. Words are a good place to begin, but so much gets lost the moment we begin to write or speak. This is why I paint.

Almost Four Years on, One Syrian Family's Painful Testimony on Life as a Refugee in Jordan

Justin Byworth | Posted 10.05.2014 | UK Politics
Justin Byworth

Three years ago, a group of school-children scrawled political graffiti on a wall in the remote Syrian town of Daraa. Their subsequent arrest and torture was the spark that ignited the civil war now ravaging Syria and devastating the lives of so many of its 22 million people. This civil war is now thought to have spawned the world's worst humanitarian crisis.

Let's Make Education a Reality for Every Girl and Woman

Pauline Rose | Posted 09.05.2014 | UK
Pauline Rose

One of the rewards of helping to track global education over the past decade has been watching progress in getting more girls into school. But as we mark International Women's Day, I'm more conscious than ever that the glass is still not even half full: 31 million girls have never set foot inside a classroom, and half of them are unlikely ever to do so.

International Women's Day - No More Flowers, Please: Time for the UK to Put its Own House in Order

Fiona Hotston Moore | Posted 04.05.2014 | UK
Fiona Hotston Moore

International Women's Day is an official holiday in Azerbaijan, amongst 27 countries. Unfortunately, it is also an unofficial one for many women in the UK, those who would prefer to be working but cannot afford to do so, largely because of child care issues.

What Has The UN Been Smoking?

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 06.03.2014 | UK

The United Nations has release a report claiming that legalising cannabis poses a "grave danger to public health and well-being". Recent months h...

Reign of Terror Continues in Northern Sri Lanka

Edward Mortimer | Posted 04.05.2014 | UK Politics
Edward Mortimer

Five years after the civil war ended in Sri Lanka, Sri Lankan security forces are still committing crimes against humanity - including rape, sexual vi...

Kim Jong Un Accused Of Crimes Against Humanity, But Don't Be Put Off...

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 19.02.2014 | UK

According to a recent UN report, the North Korean leader Kim Jong un presides over a system of secret kwanliso death camps, which house more than 100...

Jessica Elgot

UN Fears That Next Generation Could Have Worse Nutrition Than Parents

HuffingtonPost.com | Jessica Elgot | Posted 15.02.2014 | UK

The United Nations is concerned that this generation of children could be less well-nourished than the previous, living in developed nations hit by de...

Syria Peace Talks On Verge Of Collapse

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 15.02.2014 | UK

Peace talks in Geneva between the Assad regime and the main factions of the Syria opposition are on the verge of collapse, after government representa...

My 25-Year Long Mission for Social Justice and Poverty Eradication

Albina Du Boisrouvray | Posted 12.04.2014 | UK
Albina Du Boisrouvray

As the founder of FXB International, a non-governmental organisation dedicated to lifting people out of extreme poverty, and its FXBVillage programme, my mission was to provide a solution to the key drivers of extreme poverty through a holistic and self-sustaining approach.

An Analysis of the Criticism By the United Nations of the Vatican Over Child Abuse - And the Vatican's Reaction to It

Keith Porteous Wood | Posted 14.04.2014 | UK
Keith Porteous Wood

States that ratify the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, as has the Vatican - or technically its diplomatic name, the Holy See (HS) - are subject to 5 yearly examinations by the Committee on the Rights of the Child.

Drop Everything You're Doing and Join Your University's Model UN Team

Wassim Cornet | Posted 08.04.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Wassim Cornet

For those who worry this festival of negotiations may be too politics-oriented, worry not: there has recently been a sharp increase in less conventional Model UN conferences, which deal with subjects ranging from organised crime in 1920s Chicago to Magellan's first voyage.

140 Million Girls and Women with Mutilated Genitals

Davinder Kumar | Posted 07.04.2014 | UK
Davinder Kumar

FGM needs to be put on political centre stage. It needs the hashtags, the likes, the virals to bring the silent suffering of millions out in public discourse. Until such time 140 million girls and women will continue to be told that their genitals have been cut and mutilated to make them "clean" and "beautiful".

Coalition Rage At 'Partisan' UN Call To End Bedroom Tax

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 04.02.2014 | UK Politics

United Nations investigator Raquel Rolnik's report on UK housing, in which she calls on the government to scrap the bedroom tax, has been attacked by ...

Another Massacre of Rohingya - Another Failure to Act

Tun Khin | Posted 05.04.2014 | UK
Tun Khin

How many more massacres will have to happen before the UN, USA and UK are forced to face up the fact that they will have to act?

The Global Learning Crisis Is Costing $129Billion a Year

Pauline Rose | Posted 30.03.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Pauline Rose

Worldwide, millions of children are failing to learn the basics. Children who already face disadvantage - girls, the poor, the disabled those in rural areas, are being hit the hardest.

Why Davos Has Left Me With the Feeling That 2014 Is the Year the World Can and Must Rise to the Climate Challenge

Christiana Figueres | Posted 29.03.2014 | UK
Christiana Figueres

The mood, ambition and announcements at the World Economic Forum in Davos has left me feeling more energized and confident than ever that 2014 will be the year when the world can and must come together to meet the growing challenge of climate change and seize the opportunities manifest in a transition to a low carbon economy.

What Happened When Syria's Warring Parties Met For The First Time In Three Years?

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK

They entered through separate doors, then sat around a u-shaped table in a room wrought with tension, and spoke to each other only through a UN repres...

Businesses Can't Afford to Ignore Climate Change Any Longer

Peter Bakker | Posted 23.03.2014 | UK Politics
Peter Bakker

Yes, we need to talk about jobs and growth and inequality, but businesses can't afford to ignore climate change any longer. Business holds many of the technologies and solutions that can create the transformation the world needs. And the business case to do so is strong. Business must now scale up the implementation of these solutions.

Syria's Conflict In Numbers

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK

The numbers from the Syrian conflict can seem overwhelming in their magnitude. Here, we have identified the key figures that tell the story of the...