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Peace and Tolerance

By Ramesh Jaura - BERLIN | NEW YORK (IDN) –  “Let’s Build a Culture of Peace,” exhorted Nobel Peace laureates in an urgent call to “all countries and organizations of the world, their leaders and citizens“, at the 17th World Summit in Mérida, the capital of the Mexican state of Yucatán.
“In the midst of the current challenges of [...]

US Restrain and Deterrence

By John J. Metzler - UNITED NATIONS — In the wake of Iranian initiated missile/drone attacks which significantly crippled the Saudi Arabian petroleum industry and threatened to bring the Persian Gulf region closer to the brink of a military confrontation, the Trump Administration and its allies have pursued a tough but decidedly restrained policy of deterrence rather than [...]

Populist Strongman in UN

By Thalif Deen – UNITED NATIONS – The United Nations is an institution which promotes multilateralism and preaches some of the basic tenets of multiparty democracy and liberalism, including the rule of law, universal human rights, free speech, civil liberties, the rights of refugees and freedom of the press.
But, paradoxically, the first four speakers during [...]

You’ve Stolen My Dreams

(WEBPUBLICA) UNITED NATIONS / New York – A UN climate summit drawing 60 world leaders has opened in New York. Activist Greta Thunberg delivered not just words but an impassioned plea for action.
Teenage activist Greta Thunberg delivered a sharp rebuke to world leaders on Monday for their inaction addressing the existential crisis of climate change.

“You come to us young [...]

UN on Carbon Pollution Temperatures & Climate

(WEBPUNLICA) NEW YORK – UNITED NATIONS — Leaders from government, business, and civil society today announced potentially far-reaching steps to confront climate change at the United Nations Secretary-General’s Climate Action Summit in New York.
As carbon pollution, temperatures, and climate destruction continue to rise, and public backlash mounts, the Summit has offered a turning point from [...]

As Climate Crisis Worsens & Poverty Rises, UN Appears Off-Track on Development Agenda

By Thalif Deen - UNITED NATIONS – The two key goals in the UN’s development agenda are the eradication of extreme poverty and hunger by 2030.
But most of the world’s developing nations, currently fighting a losing battle against rising poverty and hunger –and suffering from the devastating impact of climate change– are likely to miss the [...]

High Seas Treaty Heading To Troubled Waters

By Thalif Deen – UNITED NATIONS – The world’s high seas, which extend beyond 200 nautical miles, are deemed “international waters” to be shared globally– but they remain largely ungoverned.
“It’s a jungle out there”, remarks one diplomat, describing a virtually lawless wide-open ocean which has steadily undergone environmental destruction, including illegal fishing and overfishing, plastics [...]

Is UNICEF’s Goodwill Envoy Messenger of ill-Will

By Thalif Deen – UNITED NATIONS  - When two-time Wimbledon tennis champion Boris Becker, a UNICEF goodwill ambassador, refused to make a commitment not to play in South Africa, a country blacklisted for its apartheid policies, the UN children’s agency stripped him of the prestigious title, back in October 1987.

“I will be 20 years old [...]

Will Sanctions Undermine 1947 US-UN Treaty

By Thalif Deen - UNITED NATIONS  - When Yassir Arafat was denied a US visa to visit New York to address the United Nations back in 1988, the General Assembly defied the United States by temporarily moving the UN’s highest policy making body to Geneva– perhaps for the first time in UN history– providing a less-hostile [...]

Geneva Convention Faces Major Challenges

By Martin Kuebler (DW) – The Geneva Conventions, the foundation of international humanitarian law, were adopted 70 years ago in the aftermath of World War II. With the changing nature of warfare and modern challenges, are they still relevant?

In 2019, seven decades after the adoption of the Geneva Conventions, the treaties that “contain the most important rules [...]

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