United Nations

The Doublespeak of Nuclear Disarmament

Dr Kate Hudson | Posted 03.02.2014 | UK Politics
Dr Kate Hudson

It's easy to say you want a world without nuclear weapons. Nearly everyone does: even David Cameron. It's like saying there should be no global poverty: the hard part is taking action to do something about it.

Why Kofi Annan Is Wrong About National Self-Interest and Climate Change

John Bunzl | Posted 02.02.2014 | UK Politics
John Bunzl

Annan and others should stop talking about the national interest as if it were an insurmountable barrier to cooperation. By thinking differently about the national interest and how different issues could be combined to produce win-win outcomes for all nations, we could expect more decisive action, not just on climate change, but on a whole range of global issues, thus transforming national self-interest into a powerful driver for global solutions.

Giving Birth in Sierra Leone: Not Just Women's Stuff

Robin Lustig | Posted 31.01.2014 | UK
Robin Lustig

Sierra Leone should be one of the most prosperous countries in West Africa, with its diamonds, iron ore and bauxite reserves. Yet, the vast majority of its people live in grinding poverty, and the country has the fourth highest maternal mortality rate in the world. On health, though, it is making progress.

Argentina Threatens To Imprison Oil Executives On Falklands

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 29.11.2013 | UK

Argentina has threatened fines, confiscations, and prison sentences for oil executives who operate from the Falkland Islands, claiming new exploration...

Post-Warsaw, Why We Must Now Redouble Efforts to Secure a Global Climate Deal by 2015

Adam Matthews | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK
Adam Matthews

Warsaw revealed some serious divisions amongst groups of countries, and the language used became ever more heated. Indeed, the negotiations may well have raised the curtain on what will be some very difficult discussions when countries come forward with their 'contributions' from the end of next year.

Why I am Supporting International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women

Karen Ruimy | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Karen Ruimy

It's a sad fact that violent abuse is more often than not suffered behind the closed doors of the family home, indeed HALF of all women who die from homicide are killed by a current or former partner... This has got to stop, and yes, we do have the power to help our sisters through education and support.

Naming the Perpetrators: Male Violence Against Women and Children

Louise Pennington | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK
Louise Pennington

Let's stop pretending that fatal male violence against women are isolated events; or that fatal male violence is somehow distinct from non-fatal male violence. If we truly want to eliminate male violence against women and children, then we need to start contextualising male violence within a culture that classes women as sub-human.

Greenpeace Activists Freed By Russian Regime After International Tribunal

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 22.11.2013 | UK

The six Britons held by the Russian state over charges relating to a Greenpeace protest have been granted bail, with five of the six released on Frid...

Catching Fire: National Interest and the Central African Republic

Alexandra Buskie | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK Politics
Alexandra Buskie

Time is of the essence. Early action could make the difference between dampening an escalating sectarian conflict and allowing it to blaze unbound. If the international community is unmoved by moral arguments, then surely the security consequences of this situation persuade.

Saving Mothers' and Babies' Lives in DRC

Robin Lustig | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK
Robin Lustig

When Agnes Lunkembesa gave birth to her ninth child, she decided enough was enough. But although she knew perfectly well how babies were made, she had no idea how to stop them being made.

Forestry Deal Is Key to Protecting the Planet

Adam Matthews | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK
Adam Matthews

Over the first week of the UN climate change negotiations in Poland we have seen the alarming results of studies showing increased decline of tropical forests. It is clear from newly available data from satellite monitoring stations that there are now growing areas being deforested as a result of illegal logging, agriculture and mining.

Gen Y Can Influence Change in Leadership and Governance

Charles Oliver | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK
Charles Oliver

Youth unemployment levels cannot be wholly improved without effective policy by national governments, nor education in our schools that needs to adapt to the requirements of the 21st century. Arguably, global business will struggle to become more responsible without an element of legislative steer too.

Philippines: "We Can Stop This Madness"

Richard Reoch | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK
Richard Reoch

In an undiplomatic, tearful outburst at the current UN Climate Change conference, The Philippines representative told delegates their meetings have been called "an annual gathering of carbon-intensive useless frequent flyers." Judging by the successive failure of these international gatherings to reverse humanity's disastrous trajectory, many observers would agree with that frank assessment.

Countries With Poor Human Rights Records Win Seats... On UN Human Rights Council

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 13.11.2013 | UK

China, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Vietnam, Cuba and Algeria have won seats on the U.N. Human Rights Council. The questionable admissions have unsurprisi...

Momentum for Change: How a Groundswell for Climate Action Is Building

Christiana Figueres | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK
Christiana Figueres

One of the most rewarding parts of my job is seeing the enormous groundswell of activities underway across the world designed to address climate change. They are driven by thousands of people, often in partnership with business, governments and industry, to provide climate change solutions for their cities and communities...

The Solution Is Not the Problem

Josh Simons | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Josh Simons

I want to tell you two stories. They are very different. But together they make one coherent point, rarely discussed in our media: the solution to the grinding Israel-Palestine conflict is not the problem...

'End This Climate Change Madness'

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 12.11.2013 | UK

The Philippines' UN representative has made an emotional plea to the world to end "climate change madness" on behalf of his typhoon-ravaged countr...

One Chapter of War in DRC May Be Over, But What Now for Peace?

Maria Lange | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
Maria Lange

In the longer term, peace in DRC also requires its government to undertake effectively and in good faith its commitments under this framework, including key structural governance and security sector reforms, and create the conditions for the national oversight mechanism to function effectively...

China: An Economic Miracle Generously Seasoned with Aggression

Preetam Kaushik | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK
Preetam Kaushik

With about 1.4 billion mouths to feed, and the number growing every day, Chinese aggression can well be looked on humanitarian grounds too. But then, that would take an entirely different mindset that's removed from black and white approach. When it comes to China, grey seems to be the theme color. And the color grey comes in, probably, a million shades here.

The Lampedusa Tragedy - Why Eritreans Risk Everything

Meron Semedar | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK
Meron Semedar

On 3 October 2013, a boat carrying an estimated 500 migrants, many of them Eritreans under the age of 40, capsized less than one kilometer from the island of Lampedusa, Italy. It is estimated that just 155 passengers survived. A week later in the early hours of October 11, another boat was capsized 60 kilometers off the same island killing another 30 people.

87 Niger Migrants Die Of Thirst, Bodies Eaten By Jackals

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 31.10.2013 | UK

The bodies of 87 people, severely decomposed and partly eaten by jackals, have been found by rescue workers in the Sahara, after their vehicles broke ...

US Should End Its Cold War Stance on Cuba

Lee Brown | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
Lee Brown

When the UN votes on the US blockade of Cuba this week, the US is likely to face opposition from nearly every other government in the world. But, if past experience is any guide, the US will simply ignore this. It will continue exacting unnecessary suffering on the Cuban people through a cruel and counter-productive policy.

The Scourge of Slavery Lives On

Harry Brown | Posted 25.12.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Harry Brown

For many years, the Western media has shied away from highlighting that slavery still exists in the world, preferring less resonating terms such as "forced labor" and "human trafficking."

UN Warns The Netherlands Over Blacked-Up Christmas Character

Posted 23.10.2013 | UK

This article was amended after publication to replace 'Santa Claus' with 'Sinterklaas' in the second paragraph The Netherlands has been warned by t...

LOOK: UN's Powerful New Ads Use Google To Prove Reality Of Sexism

Huffington Post UK | Posted 20.12.2013 | UK Tech

A new advertising campaign by UN Women has used Google to make its argument. The campaign is designed to highlight the massive gender inequalities ...