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The UN Wants to Eradicate Extreme Poverty by 2030 - Let's Make Sure It's Up to the Task

Ian Richards | Posted 21.09.2014 | UK Politics
Ian Richards

Ending extreme poverty or getting an agreement to reduce climate change means creating complex trade-offs between the interests of countries, companies and citizens and civil society. It involves detailed forecasts, legal texts and new ideas that will galvanise negotiators to agreement. It means putting the UN back in a position of international leadership.

Our Youth Hate Themselves

Anna Moody | Posted 10.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Anna Moody

I see trouble ahead...don't you? Our children are heading into the abyss of low self-esteem and self-loathing at a startling rate. Let's assess the recent incident in Magaluf. One young woman and 23 young men involved in a sexual act in public. I have read various viewpoints in the newspapers.

Not An Onion Headline: North Korea Complains To The UN's Ban Ki Moon About Seth Rogen Comedy

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 11.07.2014 | UK

Hey, remember when North Korea got all uppity about the new Seth Rogen and James Franco comedy? “A wanton act of terror and act of war… absolu...

Oscar Pistorius and Gun-Violence: No Happy Endings

Alex Ratcliffe | Posted 30.08.2014 | UK
Alex Ratcliffe

Once upon a time, everyone loved a happy ending. In a world with endless conflict, with the increased glorification of guns and violence, the question for parents and for young people today is: how do we get to that happy ending?

UK Government Utterly Fails to Communicate About Climate Change

Bob Ward | Posted 29.08.2014 | UK Politics
Bob Ward

The UK Government displayed breath-taking complacency in its formal response this week to a report by MPs that criticised the way in which climate change is being communicated to the public.

The Obligation to End Preventable Deaths and a Stunted Childhood Is a Responsibility We All Bear

Dame Tessa Jowell | Posted 16.08.2014 | UK Politics
Dame Tessa Jowell

Six out of the world's ten fastest growing economies in the world are in Africa, but their potential will not be realised without long-term improvements to education, health and the opportunity for women to give birth in environments free from violence. The further prize is increased productivity and economic growth.

Aid to Education Has Fallen by 10% Since 2010

Aaron Benavot | Posted 10.08.2014 | UK Politics
Aaron Benavot

Humanitarian aid makes up only a small share of the external financing for education: The sector received only 2% of humanitarian appeals in 2013 - a long way from the modest 4% target set by the UN last year.

It IS #TimeToAct But What Do We Do?

Emma Fulu | Posted 10.08.2014 | UK
Emma Fulu

We owe it to ourselves, and to women and girls worldwide, not to turn away. And thankfully I hear the voice of the world saying enough. People of all nationalities are bringing to light what has historically been one of the most silent and hidden human rights abuses of our time. For this I am grateful and proud.

Climate Change Is Disturbing The Graves Of Buried Second World War Soldiers

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 07.06.2014 | UK

The remains of at least 26 Japanese soldiers from World War II have been washed away on the Marshall Islands due to rising sea levels in the Pacific O...

Reaction to Kirstie Allsopp's 'Ditch University and Have a Baby By 27'

Rose Taylor | Posted 04.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Rose Taylor

I am a firm believer in doing whatever is right for you in life with regards to career decisions and when to start a family, there should be no rules or guidelines, and no one should be frowned upon for their choices in life. As a result, it is no wonder that I disagree with Kirstie Allsopp's 'advice' to young girls about having a baby by 27 and ditching university.

Syria Is the Biggest Refugee Crisis in the World... And It's Not Going Away

David Morrissey | Posted 03.08.2014 | UK
David Morrissey

The Syria crisis may have fallen off the news agenda, but it hasn't gone away. Every month around 100,000 Syrians become refugees. Again and again I was told the humanitarian situation is extremely fragile and critically underfunded, but there was enormous praise for Jordan - not a rich country by Middle Eastern standards, yet it is showing great generosity towards the Syrian people. This is an international crisis on an epic scale. It's a matter of global responsibility - Jordan and the other countries neighbouring Syria should not be bearing the brunt of this alone.

Chemical Weapons: Why Isn't Anyone Being Held Accountable?

Sheryn Omeri | Posted 30.07.2014 | UK Politics
Sheryn Omeri

In a recent press release, the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) referred to Tuesday's attack upon its experts and UN inspectors in Syria as a "blatant attempt to prevent the facts being brought to light." ...

Drug Use Is Not a Sustainable Development Issue - The War on Drugs Certainly Is

Damon Barrett | Posted 25.07.2014 | UK Politics
Damon Barrett

If drugs issues are to be included in the SDG targets then ideas must come from official, considered sources, including NGO consultations. They must be based on what is really happening, and real solutions, not the same discredited fantasies of the past. Drug use is not a sustainable development issue. The war on drugs certainly is.

Jumping Syria's Aid Queue: Solving Syria's Aid Conundrum

Tam Hussein | Posted 22.07.2014 | UK
Tam Hussein

The problem of aid delivery in Syria has become so grave that the UN is pressing the Syrian government to allow more aid to pass through Turkey to reach what it estimates to be 3.5 million people who have been isolated and cut off from any form of humanitarian relief.

UN: 'The Scene at First Light Was Devastating'

Frances Harrison | Posted 16.07.2014 | UK
Frances Harrison

New photographs have emerged five years after the end of the civil war in Sri Lanka showing the aftermath of government attacks on a United Nations food distribution centre inside the war zone.

Experts Can't Keep Up With The Boom In Legal Highs

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 20.05.2014 | UK

The number of legal highs, which are outside international control, is growing at an "unprecedented" rate, with almost 350 new designer drugs identifi...

Scientists Accused Of Turning Into 'Activists' Over Global Warming

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 16.05.2014 | UK

Scientists have been accused of confusing their role as impartial observers with green activism after a paper challenging predictions about the speed ...

UN To Debate Killer Robots, Because That's A Thing Now

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 12.05.2014 | UK Tech

The United Nations is to debate the legality, necessity and usefulness of killer robots. But the informal meeting will not culminate in binding pol...

Is Rohingya Genocide In Burma Being Ignored ?

Tun Khin | Posted 05.07.2014 | UK
Tun Khin

Legal experts, academics, and NGOs working in Burma identified key elements of genocide which are taking place there. These included denying Rohingya legal existence and right to nationality; access to medicine, food, and other basic necessities to sustain life...

Maliki Manipulating Iraqi Elections

Struan Stevenson MEP | Posted 21.06.2014 | UK Politics
Struan Stevenson MEP

The events of recent weeks have once again proved that through grasping all the levers of State power, the Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Al-Maliki is trying to influence and change the outcome of the election in his own favour.

Sri Lanka - UN Inquiry Just the Start of a Long Road to Justice

Frances Harrison | Posted 12.06.2014 | UK
Frances Harrison

Sri Lankan human rights activists campaigned hard for an independent international commission of inquiry into war crimes during the end of the conflict in 2009. Last month members of the UN Human Rights Council did finally vote to set up an inquiry. To many governments it looks as if the issue of accountability is now being dealt with by the UN and they can put their minds at rest and move on.

Fossil Fuels 'Leading To Catastrophic Climate Change'

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 13.04.2014 | UK

Campaigners have demanded the world moves away from using fossil fuels ahead of a major international report on preventing climate change. The late...

Only By Working Together Can We Make Sure the Voices of Street Children Are Heard

David Schofield | Posted 11.06.2014 | UK
David Schofield

There are many millions of children living or working on the streets. They are found in every continent and every country. But whether they live in Mumbai, Manchester or Mexico City, they can face many of the same daily risks and lack of opportunities often going unseen and unheard.

Rest Easy Everybody! Climate Change Is a Fiendish Leftie Conspiracy

Ed O'Meara | Posted 08.06.2014 | UK Comedy
Ed O'Meara

The feeling is that it's all a big conspiracy by Green Technology business interests or Communists or Politically Correct people, or whoever it is that they're currently feeling narky with. I'm quite amazed that no one has yet linked Climate Change propaganda with a plot to impose Shariah Law, but I assume it will only be a matter of time.

Afghanistan: Humanitarian Needs Remain Great

Sir John Holmes | Posted 08.06.2014 | UK Politics
Sir John Holmes

Afghanistan is entering a new phase after the Afghan people went to the polls with so much enthusiasm a few days ago. Whatever the result of the election, with NATO troops continuing their withdrawal, it is clear that the burden of responsibility for the country now rests with the Afghans themselves. However, it is vital that the international community do not lose interest, and that western governments in particular do not now consider their responsibility to the Afghan people to be over.