United Nations

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.

Climate Change Is Here, And No One Is Immune, Report Warns

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 01.04.2014 | UK

No one is immune to the impact of climate change, which is fuelling war, hastening natural disasters, causing the extinction of species and threatens ...

'Killer Robots': A New Era of Warfare?

Isabelle Younane | Posted 30.05.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Isabelle Younane

Lethal Autonomous Robotics (LARs). This emerging breed of technology will be able to select a target, aim and fire with no intervention from human beings beyond programming and deployment. War could be about to get a lot cheaper, a lot less bloody... and a lot more frequent.

Why Nick Clegg Is Right on Drug Policy

John Collins | Posted 27.05.2014 | UK Politics
John Collins

Nick Clegg's timely recent intervention on the failures of the global war on drugs, and advocacy of an alternative strategy, is an important call to arms that other political leaders should heed.

15 Years on From Serbia - Why Does the UN Still Exist?

Marko Kasic | Posted 25.05.2014 | UK Politics
Marko Kasic

I have no standing in passing judgement on the actions of those entrusted with making enormously difficult decisions, most of which are far beyond my comprehension. However, I do believe I am entitled, just like every other person, to ask the question of why the UN has not been sacked?

UN Week: What Was Trending on Social Media?

Nikita Malik | Posted 21.05.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Nikita Malik

I was live on AlHurra TV-MBN on the 25th of September 2013 discussing the role of the Middle East in UN week. Alhurra is a United States-based Arabic-...

Falling Awake: The Power of Silence in a Frenetic World

Dr Anthony Seldon | Posted 21.05.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Anthony Seldon

At 2pm GMT, all young people of school age fall totally silent for two minutes. Wherever they are, at school, at home, outside, in towns or fields, they all stop whatever they are doing, and fall completely still.

Taking International Day of Happiness Into Work

Nic Marks | Posted 20.05.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Nic Marks

Today is the International Day of Happiness, a day set aside by the UN to recognise that the "happiness and well-being of all peoples" is a fundamental goal of development. This year, as it falls on a workday, it begs the question of whether happiness and well-being are issues that organizations should take seriously.

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.