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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 [...]

The Dangerous End of INF

(WEBPUBLICAPRESS) – NEW YORK - The US is out of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Force missile treaty with Russia, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says. The US immediately announced plans to start testing a new missile, DW (Deutsche Welle) reported.
 US and Russia trade blame for ending INF treaty 

The United States formally withdrew from the landmark Intermediate-Range Nuclear Force pact [...]

UNRWA Donor Backlash

By Thalif Deen – UNITED NATIONS - The UN Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), which has been undermined by a sharp cut in US contributions, has been embroiled in a scandal that threatens to jeopardize its very future.
A report from the Ethics Office has found “credible and corroborated” evidence that the senior management of UNRWA engaged [...]

António Guterres Op-Ed

By António Guterres - Following are extensive extracts from the UN Secretary-General’s remarks at Security Council Briefing on Peacebuilding and Sustaining Peace: Strengthening Partnerships for Successful Nationally-owned Transitions on July 18, 2019. (prepared by IDN)
NEW YORK (IDN-INPS) – United Nations special political missions and peacekeeping operations are some of our most effective tools to promote and maintain international [...]

“Encouraging progress” but behind UN goals

By Shanta Roy – NEW YORK (IDN) – When a High-Level Political Forum
(HLPF) concluded its four-day ministerial meeting assessing the current status of the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), one irrefutable fact stood out: despite “encouraging progress”, many of the goals were lagging far behind in their implementation since they were adopted by the General Assembly [...]

Why West is Abandoning Refugee Convention

By Thalif Deen – UNITED NATIONS  - With the rise of rightwing nationalism, primarily in the Western world, an increasingly large number of countries are not only abandoning multilateralism but also violating international treaties and conventions signed and ratified in a bygone era.
The most blatant is the violation of the 1951 Refugee Convention, which has been [...]

Will a Global Fund Help Deliver UN’s Development Agenda

By Thalif Deen – UNITED NATIONS  - The United Nations, which has been tracking both the successes and failures of its highly-ambitious Agenda for Sustainable Development, has warned that “progress has been slow” in many of the 17 Goals after four years of implementation.
Described as “a global blueprint for dignity, peace and prosperity for people and [...]

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