United Nations

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...

Jessica Elgot

Warning Against Syria Military Intervention By Top UN Official

HuffingtonPost.com | Jessica Elgot | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK

One of the UN's most senior leaders has warned against Western intervention in Syria, drawing on her experience as prime minister of New Zealand when ...

Vatican Grilled By UN On Child Sex Abuse By Clergy

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK

The Vatican is being grilled publicly for the first time over its record of sexual-abuse cases against children and the alleged cover-ups protecting p...

Emma Thompson And Colin Firth Demand Cameron Offer Safe Haven For Syrian Refugees

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK

Syria's growing number of refugees have found some unlikely champions in the form of British actors Emma Thompson and Colin Firth. The British Hollywo...

Disaster Unfolding in the World's Forgotten Prison Camp

Ben Acheson | Posted 15.03.2014 | UK
Ben Acheson

What would life be like in a prison camp? We can postulate about dirty, cramped conditions but few of us will ever experience anything remotely resembling such an ordeal. It is even hard to imagine. The only given is that we would live in hope of being liberated from our nightmare. We would expect to be rescued as quickly as humanly possible.

UN Calls For World To Do More As Concerns Mount For Syrians

The Huffington Post | Paul Carmichael | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK

United Nations aid chief Valerie Amos has expressed concern for people cut off by months of fighting by government and rebel forces in Syria and calle...

Plane Sent For Stranded Brits As Violence Flares In South Sudan Capital

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 19.12.2013 | UK

An aeroplane is on its way to South Sudan to evacuate Britons from the war-torn country, the Foreign Office (FO) has said. Fighting has spread thro...

We Three Kims of Orient Are: Time to End North Korea's Reign of Terror

Benedict Rogers | Posted 15.02.2014 | UK
Benedict Rogers

Two years into Kim Jong-Un's reign, and a week after the execution of Jang Song-thaek, it is time to unseal the stone-cold tomb in which North Korea's regime has entrapped itself, end the misery, and hold the dictators to account.

Central African Republic Teeters on the Brink of Catastrophe

Justin Forsyth | Posted 15.02.2014 | UK
Justin Forsyth

I have just returned from a week in the Central African Republic (CAR). I was shocked by what I witnessed. Dead bodies littering the streets. Children shot and injured in the fighting. Hundreds of thousands of families driven into the bush by fear, living out in the open with no food or shelter. In the capital, thousands huddled around a monastery frightened for their lives. I will never forget the fear in the eyes of the children I met.

Iran and the West: From Nuclear Nightmares to Facebook Friends?

Ben Acheson | Posted 14.02.2014 | UK Politics
Ben Acheson

Nuclear apocalypse has been avoided. Iran has agreed to curb its nuclear activity. That's what they tell us anyway. Let's not get ahead of ourselves; even if Iran's cooperation is genuine, world leaders and their Iranian counterparts are not about to hold hands, hug it out or start tweeting funny cat memes to each other.