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Posts Tagged ‘UN’

Observations of an Expat: Brexit Goes Nuclear

PA photo   By Tom Arms The EU is worried about losing their American nuclear umbrella. The UK is worried about losing their European market and their seat at the European top table. Britain has nuclear weapons. The EU has markets. Is there a fit?

Kashmir: Born to Fight

Mukesh Gupta/Reuters   By Muhammad Shoaib Khan If you want to see heaven on earth, then you should visit the land of beauty, aka Kashmir. This land of beautiful sceneries, with fresh water rivers and lush green trees is situated in the north of Pakistan. It is considered a Paradise, a dream place for living. […]

NAFTA, the State Department and USAID

Evan Vucci/AP   By Cynthia M. Lardner   What the Trump Administration Needs to Learn about Soft Power

Child Marriage: Solving the consequences and policing the right policies

By Ebi Robert   A sure way to achieve peace is respect for human rights –                       Child marriage is malice to Humanity.

Kenya and South Sudan must reveal fate and whereabouts of two abducted

By Male Daniel A United Nations expert group on enforced disappearances has called on the governments of Kenya and South Sudan to reveal the fate of two South Sudanese men who were abducted in Kenya last month.

Senior UN human rights official condemns deplorable rights situation in South Sudan

Andreea Campeanu/Reuters   By Male Daniel The UN Assistant Secretary-General for human rights, Andrew Gilmour, at the end of his four-day visit to South Sudan over the week called for those committing cimes of atrocity in the country to be held accountable.

Sri Lanka & UNHRC Session – March 2017

Dinuka Liyanawatte   By Thambu Kanagasabai   Will Justice for Tamils be Delayed for Denial?

Aid providers in South Sudan appeal for $1.6 billion

F.Noy/UN   By Male Daniel The organization for the coordination of humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) in South Sudan stated that humanitarian organizations operating in the war torn country would need approximately US$1.6 billion to provide life-saving assistance and protection to 5.8 million people across South Sudan in 2017.

NATO’s Importance to the Security of the United States

By Cynthia M. Lardner   A Conversation with Jamie Shea, NATO’s Deputy Assistant Secretary General for Emerging Security Challenges

Starvation looms for 6 million children in Horn of Africa

Feisal Omar/Reuters   By Katy Migiro Hunger, malnutrition and death threaten 6.5 million children in the impoverished drylands of Somalia, Ethiopia and Kenya due to back-to-back droughts, a charity has stated, with spring rains also predicted to be poor.

No justice in South Sudan after July rapes and killings

Jok Solomun/Reuters   By Magdalena Mis The United Nations rebuked South Sudan on Monday for failing to pursue justice after grave human rights abuses — including killings and gang rapes — committed during an explosion of violence in the capital Juba in July.

With crises set to worsen, what are aid groups’ priorities for 2017?

Antonio Parrinello/Reuters   By Umberto Bacchi After a year of record humanitarian needs, 2017 looks set to be even more challenging for aid agencies as they brace for the fallout from protracted conflicts and other escalating crises.

Hunger: How You Can Help

By Cynthia M. Lardner Hunger is a globally endemic problem impacting global stability and impeding peace. As President Barack Obama stated, “Hunger, disease and poverty can lead to global instability and leave a vacuum for extremism to fill. So instead of just managing poverty, we must offer nations and people a pathway out of poverty. […]

Venezuela: Time to Prevent Another Syria

John Moore/AFP   By Cynthia M. Lardner   Comparing and Contrasting Venezuela and Syria   The world stands by in horror watching the Syrian War crisis unfold in the news. Now with over 150 countries, paramilitary groups and terrorist groups involved, there is no answer to the question of how to create peace. The harsh […]

Renewed recruitment in South Sudan an indicator all parties preparing for conflict

Peter Louis   By Peter Louis Members from a United Nations commission on human rights for South Sudan on Wednesday gave press a briefing on their ten day vist to report on the country’s worsening condition.

The Southern Cone

By Ricardo Swire Argentina, Chile, Uruguay and the tip of Brazil make up the Southern Cone. Argentinian counter-narcotics teams battle South America’s second largest domestic cocaine market after Brazil.

Renewable Energy & Environmental Governance: Creating a Sustainable Pakistan

AP photo   By Zeeshan A. Shah Most emerging nations carry additional environmental challenges, battling with the food, water and energy crisis also.

Sudan: Evidence of chemical weapons used to kill hundreds including children in Darfur

Benjamin Lowy   By Amnesty International An Amnesty International investigation has gathered horrific evidence of the repeated use of what are believed to be chemical weapons against civilians, including very young children, by Sudanese government forces in one of the most remote regions of Darfur over the past eight months.

Office of Missing Persons, Sri Lanka: Upholding or Denying Justice?

Lakruwan Wanniarachchilakruwan Wanniarachchi/AFP   By Thambu Kanagasabai Sri Lanka ranks second in the list of countries after Iraq to record the largest number of disappearances with unofficial estimated numbers of about 90,000 since the 1980s. From these disappearances, enforced or involuntary disappearances are reported to be around 65,000.

Horrors of War: Growing violence against women during conflict

Stuart Price/UN   By Anant Mishra   Introduction   Violence against women during conflicts is an issue we have been witnessing for decades, and unfortunately is an issue which we continue to witness even today.

Justice, Security and Rule of Law: God Bless, Not Bash, America

By Cynthia M. Lardner   Prologue   Having been an American expat living in the Netherlands for a year now, I have listened to vociferous criticism of the United States. There seems to exist an international sentiment that the U.S. is singularly responsible for resolving every conflict and handling every crisis. One recent article went […]

Observations of an Expat: Hope of millions vs Fear of Millions

Rodi Said/Reuters   By Tom Arms The figures are staggering. 65.3 million are currently forcibly displaced from their homes. Half of them are children. That figure from the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees is the highest since records began and has doubled over the past ten years.

Tears of Shame

By Zeeshan A. Shah   If you wish to thrive for 100 years, then educate your Children  – Dalai Lama     In a recent UN report on Sustainable Development Goals –SDGs, Pakistan has been identified as having one of the worst indicators in Education Development. It has saddened many of us to know that […]

Genocide and Ethnic Cleansing

Guang Niu   By Cynthia M. Lardner Genocide and ethnic cleansing, forms of Scientific Racism, have been around since the beginning of time. Since the Holocaust, various conventions and treaties have been entered into making genocide a crime and ethnic cleansing a crime against humanity. International tribunals have been created, at great expense, to acknowledge […]

Sustainable energy for all: Overcoming challenges in energy for under-developed economies

By Anant Mishra Introduction Almost 30 years ago, the concept of sustainable energy was still in its infancy, unexplored, undiscussed and relatively without a use. In other words, the concept of renewable energy received no attention from the political leaders or the policy makers then.

How Ethiopia sustains a growing engagement in international affairs

  Fanuel Lakew interviews Professor Costantinos Berhutesfa

Healing America’s Racial Divide

By Cynthia M. Lardner Deep-seated hatreds, prejudices and inequities as to African-Americans have divided America since the days of slavery. The United States has never accepted responsibility and atoned for the vestiges of slavery, with prejudice and the disparate treatment of African Americans continuing to this very day despite civil rights legislation dating back to […]

South Sudanese fleeing violence cross into Uganda

F Noy   By Gloria Nakiyimba The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) confirmed that a total of 2,959 refugees crossed into Uganda from South Sudan on Friday and throughout the weekend.

UN calls on DRC to defuse political situation ahead of elections

By Darell Maurice The head of the United Nations mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo (MONUSCO) last week urged the Congolese authorities to “defuse” the situation in order to create favorable conditions for political dialogue in the remaining months before President Joseph Kabila‘s term comes to an end.

UN cuts peacekeepers in DRC by 2000

  By Sylvain Muyali Despite calls from the Democratic Republic of the Congo for greater numbers to be withdrawn, the fifteen member United Nations Security Council adopted a resolution for 2000 troops to be cut from the 20,000 strong UN MONUSCO peacekeeping force.