(WEBPUBLICAPRESS) New York — The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra’ad al Hussein warns the entire human rights system is under attack, stoked by fears of terrorism, and xenophobic rhetoric by populist politicians. The High Commissioner presented his annual report on the state of human rights around the world to the UN Human Rights [...]
By Thalif Deen - UNITED NATIONS - The United Nations has frequently been accused of vociferously preaching gender empowerment and women’s rights to the outside world — but failing miserably to practice what it preaches in its own political backyard.
The charge is usually made against the 193-member General Assembly, which has elected only three women as presidents [...]
(WEBPUBLICAPRESS) New York – United Nations are closely following the recent developments in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and in the Western Balkans in general, Stephane Dujarric, chief UN spokesperson told Webpublicapress in a response to our UN correspondent (read here in Bosnian language).
President of Macedonia Georgi Ivanov has refused to give a mandate [...]
By John J. Metzler - UNITED NATIONS — “More than 20 million people in South Sudan, Somalia, Yemen and northeast Nigeria are going hungry, and facing devastating levels of food insecurity,” warned UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres.
In a stunning and passionate plea for famine relief in the drought and conflict ridden regions, Guterres stressed, “We’re facing a tragedy; [...]
(WEBPUBLICAPRESS) New York – The United Nations has blamed both sides in the Yemen conflict for violence that has made food deliveries all but impossible across hard-hit areas. It also condemned the recruitment of child soldiers, Radio Deutsche Welle (RDW) reported.
UN aid chief Stephen O’Brien on Tuesday cancelled a visit to Taez, Yemen’s third city, [...]
By Rodney Reynolds - WASHINGTON DC – The 193-member UN General Assembly is to hold two key sessions – in March and in June – in what is expected to be a do-or-die attempt towards the elimination of nuclear weapons worldwide.
“Whether 2017 will be the year that sees nuclear weapons being banned or whether the effort [...]
By Patricia Espinoza* BERLIN (IDN-INPS) – Climate change is a security issue. Our current refugee crisis, when seen through the lens of climate change, brings this into sharp focus. And the security community, which is renowned and revered for their ability to assess and address future threats, understands that our current crisis pales in comparison to [...]
(WEBPUBLICAPRESS) UNITED NATIONS — United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warned Wednesday that 20 million people in four countries face famine unless the international community steps in to prevent it.
“The situation is dire,” Guterres told reporters. “Millions of people are barely surviving in the space between malnutrition and death, vulnerable to diseases and outbreaks, forced to kill [...]
(WEBPUBLICAPRESS) New York – The Russian ambassador to the United Nations, Vitaly Ivanovich Churkin, died suddenly in New York on Monday morning the Russian Foreign Ministry reported.
The news of Mr. Churkin’s death came as a shock for UN reporters gathered at the daily press briefing. Deputy UN Spokesperson Farhan Haq was advised by the Egyptian [...]
By Thalif Deen | UNITED NATIONS – Pointing out an example of the hierarchy of political power at the United Nations, a former Nigerian ambassador once told a group of reporters of an encounter at an international gathering in Africa when he ran into one of his friends who had returned from a visit to New York.