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45 UN members — but not South Korea — back harsh resolution on North Korean rights, missiles

By John J. Metzler - UNITED NATIONS — Though out of the limelight for nearly a year, North Korea’s quiet and covert push for intercontinental ballistic missile capability along with the communist regime’s continuing political crackdown on its own population has not abated.
While tough American diplomacy has pressured Kim Jong-Un’s regime from firing long-range missiles and testing its [...]

With the UN Security Council in Paralysis Are there New Hopes for Rohingya Muslims

By Thalif Deen – UNITED NATIONS – The 15-member UN Security Council (UNSC) stands virtually paralyzed in the face of genocide charges against the government of Myanmar where over 730,000 to one million Rohingya Muslims have been forced to flee to neighboring Bangladesh since a 2016 crackdown by Myanmar’s military.
A team of U.N. investigators has [...]

Can Artificial Tech Help Resolve Food Crisis

By Thalif Deen | UNITED NATIONS  - When UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres made a global appeal for “zero hunger” on World Food Day last month, he provided some grim statistics rich in irony: more than 820 million people do not have enough to eat, he said, while two billion people are overweight or obese.“It is unacceptable that [...]

How to break the silence about victims of sexual violence from the wars in former Yugoslavia: What the United Nations can do?

By Erol Avdovic – (story in Bosnian on – here) – In April this year, at the proposal and significant push by the German government, the United Nations (UN) Security Council passed the resolution (No. 2467) on sanctioning sexual violence in conflict zones.
On behalf of Germany, which is currently a non-permanent member of the Security [...]

Deen – UN is Looking for Billion Here a Trillion There

By Thalif Deen - UNITED NATIONS  - A Republican US Senator of a bygone era was once quoted as saying “a billion here, a billion there, and pretty soon you’re talking about real money.”
And, not surprisingly, at the UN, when it comes to the implementation of its 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the financial targets keep moving – [...]

UN H. Rights Council – Selects Poor Record States

By John J. Metzler - UNITED NATIONS — You can’t make this up. Venezuela, a state marred by widespread human rights abuses, one whose government has created humanitarian violations and then callously blocked international humanitarian aid, has won a contested seat on the UN’s Human Rights Council in a three-way race for two seats.
Nicolas Maduro’s Bolivarian Republic of [...]

UN Women Is Criticized for Appearing to Take Sides on Decriminalizing ‘Sex Work’

By Barbara Crossette, PassBlue - NEW YORK (IDN) – A group of civil society organizations is warning that a growing global movement to decriminalize and rebrand prostitution as “sex work” could lead to more, not less, violence against the world’s most vulnerable women and girls.
The critics are petitioning UN Women, which is leading a review of the results of the 1995 Fourth World [...]

UN’s 75th Anniversary Shadowed by Right-Wing Nationalism, Widespread Authoritarianism & Budgetary Cuts

By Thalif Deen – UNITED NATIONS  - When the six much-ballyhooed high-level UN meetings concluded late September, there were mixed feelings about the final outcomes.
And civil society organizations (CSOs), who were mostly disappointed with the results, are now gearing themselves for two upcoming key climate summit meetings: COP25 in Santiago, Chile in December and COP26 [...]

UN May Run Out of Money

By Thalif Deen – UNITED NATIONS  - The UN’s smoldering cash crisis, which has threatened staff salaries and payments to vendors, has triggered strong reactions and rattled the over 6,400 staffers who work in the 39-storeyed Secretariat building in New York.
The proposed cuts in spending, which also cover about 37,500 UN staffers worldwide, excluding over [...]

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 [...]

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