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GAZA (CNN) -- UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has called for an independent inquiry into Friday's violence in Gaza that left at least 17 Palestinians dead and more than 1,400 injured. Guterres made his comments late Friday before an emergency UN Security Council meeting to address the issue.
Agenda Item Seven, the only standing item directed at a specific country, requires the examination of Israel's human rights record at each of the Council's three annual sessions. Most other issues of humanitarian concern are brought up under Agenda Item 4. Because of this skewed system, the Council ...

A UN Security Council committee has blacklisted 27 ships, 21 shipping companies and one individual on Friday, over alleged smuggling of oil and coal to North Korea. The sanctions were imposed at the request of the US, AFP reported. Thirteen of the ships are North Korean oil tankers and cargo ...
Otiko Djaba takes fight against domestic violence and women issues to UN ... She revealed that participants at the UNCSW were encouraged to make free education key to increase access for females with issues of widowhood rites, witchcraft accusations, taboos and all negative and harmful ...
The now former UN undersecretary-general for political affairs warned that many of the leaders of UN member countries are pulling away from diplomacy. ... Feltman said he told the North Koreans, "Your problem isn't just with the US, it's with the entire world," citing the unity of the Security Council, ...
A United Nations negotiator leading talks to end a decades-old dispute over Macedonia's name says progress is being made between Greek and Macedonian officials but difficult issues remain. UN envoy Matthew Nimetz, who helped put together a deal in 1995 that enabled the Balkan state to join the ...

UNITED NATIONS, March 29 (Xinhua) -- China has played an essential role in resolving the Korean Peninsula issue, two United Nations (UN) top ... "I believe that in this world where, unfortunately so many problems lack solutions, I think there is an opportunity for a peaceful solution to something that ... hail
The third round of Turkey-Pakistan consultations on the UN related matters were held in the Turkish capital Ankara on Wednesday. According to a press release issued by Pakistan's Embassy in Ankara, the two sides discussed issues ranging from the UN Security Council reforms to human rights ...
As deepening economic woes force thousands of Venezuelans to flee the crisis-gripped country, the United Nations on Tuesday issued guidance on treating the population as "refugees," while the head of the UN World Food Programme (WFP) warned that the outflow into neighboring countries such ...
The event drew nearly 500 moms eager to discuss the issues now at the forefront of the modern women's movement. Amy Holson-Schwartz, who brought her 9-month-old daughter, said equal legislative representation is a key issue. "Without equal representation, we're not going to get equal pay," she said.
Jillian Kilfoil was chosen to be a part during this year's UN commission between March 12 to 16, where the focus will be on issues and challenges facing ... Kilfoil said that it will be interesting to share her perspective but with all the other international voices on the issue she is excited to hear what others ...
UNITED NATIONS — The head of the U.N. agency promoting equality for women says the global spotlight on sexual harassment and abuse and the ... Even in Iceland, which comes closest and has the “highest levels of consciousness about gender equality, violence against women is a problem, and ...
“Our responsibility as UN Women is to help member states to set standards on these issues,” she says. “This year is [focused on] rural women, but we will bring this issue — we are going to be able to show how what is happening in Hollywood happens in an even more intense and more devastating way in ...
Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un impersonators pose during the Opening Ceremony of the 2018 Winter Olympic Games. ... It's not just that Trump hasn't been able to nail down deals on domestic issues like healthcare, trade issues like NAFTA, or foreign policy issues like the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
John Knox, the UN special rapporteur on human rights and the environment, said the momentum for such a move – which would significantly raise the global prominence of the issue – was growing along with an awareness of the heavy toll being paid by those fighting against deforestation, pollution, land ...
Villagers watch folk artists perform a street play on the issue of child marriage and the evils of it, at the village square, in Jamua block of the Giridih district of ... “In 2016 alone, 43 million children across 63 countries required humanitarian assistance,” Kate Gilmore, UN Deputy High Commissioner for Human ...
The UN says "collective punishment of civilians is simply unacceptable" as the Syrian regime forces continue their brutal military offensive in the rebel-held area of Eastern Ghouta. The UN said in a statement on Sunday that it was "deeply concerned" for the safety and protection of millions of civilians across ...

UN Special Representative on Cyprus Elisabeth Spehar will inform Secretary-general Antonio Guterres on the Cyprus problem's current situation this week in New York. She is set to outline the current standing of the Cyprus issue at the UNHQ, following her contacts with President Nicos Anastasiades and ...
If not through medical problems, it is through war, it is through hunger. In the end death is the destiny for many people.' U.N. issue blank Syria statement, say words can't describe horror faced by children. Smoke rises after Assad Regime forces carried out an airstrike over Arbin town of the Eastern Ghouta ...
The Cook Islands government will not be raising the issue of a seat at the United Nations when New Zealand's prime minister visits next month. The Cook ... Jacinda Ardern is due to visit Rarotonga on March 6 and the Cook Islands Finance Minister, Mark Brown, said a number of issues would be raised.
The United Nations has expressed its outrage at the escalating violence in Syria's East Ghouta by releasing a blank statement - because "no words will do justice to the children killed, their mothers, their fathers and their loved ones". The symbolic message from Unicef's regional director Geert Cappalaere ...
"Racial idolatry is a mental health issue" he added, which "manifests itself in so many ways, even in our politics." The head of the Chicago-based Rainbow PUSH Coalition, which fights for social change, Mr. Jackson ran for President as a Democratic Party candidate in 1984 and in 1988, and pointed ...
The new document addresses governments' implementation of an article under the Convention against Torture that deals with non-refoulement – a ban on expelling, returning (“refouling”) or extraditing a person to another State where he or she could face torture, according to the Office of the UN High ...
Russian Minister for Emergency Situations has hosted today a working meeting with David Beasley, Executive Director of the UN World Food Programme (WFP). During the talks, the officials discussed pressing issues of international humanitarian assistance and closer cooperation for global food security.
Liberia's UN Envoy Presents Africa's Position On Global Migration Issues ... Ambassador Brown concluded by assuring of Africa's readiness to play its part in addressing migration issues, but cautioned that implementation of the Global Compact will require optimal utilization of existing financial instruments ...
The area of East Ghouta experiences its deadliest day in three years with almost 100 killed as UNICEF issues a blank statement saying it "no longer has words to describe" the suffering. UNICEF issued a statement with blank quotes. (Credit: ABC licensed). The UN children's fund UNICEF has issued a ...
The way to "fix aid", he said, was to put in place mandatory reporting between aid agencies, the UN and host governments whenever there was an accusation against an aid worker. "That accusation, particularly on the child sex issue, must be transferred back to their home country when countries have child ...
Although China formally adopted a foreign bribery law to comply with the UN Convention Against Corruption in 2011, it has done "next to nothing to enforce it," says Spalding. He adds: "The hope ... "But as China becomes a partner in the world community, these issues are going to become more important.".
The Breakthrough Mindset: 5 Keys For Exponential Innovation To Solve Global Problems ... With the backing of the world's biggest sustainable business platform, the UN's 10,000-company Global Compact and the Generation Foundation, we visited and interrogated some of the most disruptive innovators ...
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Raad al-Hussein (2nd L) meets with Indonesia's President Joko Widodo (R) at the Presidential Palace in Jakarta, Indonesia Feb 6, 2018. (Photo: ... Zeid said he had raised the LGBT issue when he met Indonesian President Joko Widodo on Tuesday.
GENEVA (Reuters) - U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is to launch a major push for disarmament talks covering everything from nuclear and ... The U.S. official said the problem was political will and the fact Russia - with whom tensions have risen over issues ranging from Russian involvement in ...
UNITED NATIONS: Pakistan has again raked up the Kashmir issue at the UN Security Council and accused it of "selectively" implementating its resolution on ... "The Council should therefore periodically review implementation of its resolutions, especially on longstanding issues like the Jammu and Kashmir ...
The editors of the Scott catalogs each month assign catalog numbers to new issues from the United States, United Nations and postal services from around the world ... New Scott numbers for worldwide stamps are given in the Scott New Listings Update in the expanded monthly issue of Linn's Stamp News.
While the 2009 manual was initially met with controversy, according to Christopher Castle, head of UNESCO's Health and Education section, it “quickly ... But some also expressed fears that the U.N. guidelines would fall on deaf ears in some countries unless accompanied by additional financing to support ...
A United Nations' review of human rights topics in Israel has issued 240 recommendations, including that it end settlement expansion. Israel said it would need time to review 232 recommendations made by individual countries in the Human Rights Council working group in Geneva. It "noted" eight ...
NATO's secretary-general Jens Stoltenberg expressed his support towards Macedonia's efforts to join NATO during a speech in Macedonian Parliament, Thursday. “There is still much hard work to be done,” Stoltenberg added. “That means, of course, resolving the issue of your country's name. It's an issue ...
A United Nations panel in a new report has concluded that Iran violated a UN arms embargo by directly or indirectly providing missiles and drones to Shi'ite rebels in Yemen, backing up accusations made repeatedly by the United States. According to excerpts of the report obtained by diplomats and media ...
Not disheartened by India's vote against Israel at the UN General Assembly on the issue of Jerusalem, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has expressed hope that bilateral ties would receive a further boost during his milestone visit to the country. India in December voted in favour of the UN General ...
President Donald Trump was accused of using "hate-filled, vile and racist" language in the Oval Office after he reportedly attacked immigrants coming to the United States from "s---hole countries". Mr Trump denied making the comments about immigrants from Africa, Haiti and El Salvador, saying he had ...
12 January 2018 – The United Nations human rights office on Friday called on the authorities in Tunisia to ensure that protestors are not arrested in an arbitrary manner, and that all those detained are treated with full respect for their due process rights and other fundamental guarantees. “We are closely watching the ...
Netanyahu's visit also comes at a time when roughly 1,000 villages and towns in India have witnessed protests led by Islamic clerics against Israel and the United States on the issue of Jerusalem, but more of that later. Some writers, like Ram Madhav of Bharatiya Janata Party, credited Narendra Modi for ...
“But resorting to military solutions and to violence is not the way to resolve these problems.” The UN envoy was speaking at a joint press encounter yesterday with 'Somaliland's' Foreign Minister, Saad Ali Shire, after having met with 'Somaliland's' President Muse Bihi Abdi – their first meeting since the latter ...
The UN chief underscores: “The basic challenge before us is to maximize the benefits of migration rather than obsess about minimizing risks: we have a clear body of evidence revealing that, despite many real problems, migration is beneficial both for migrants and host communities in economic and social ...
“There is no magic recipe for eliminating extreme poverty, and each government must make its own good faith decisions. But at the end of the day, particularly in a rich country like the USA, the persistence of extreme poverty is a political choice made by those in power. With political will, it could readily be ...
"Once member states and bureaucracy are involved, there is little chance left to lead, and issue needs to be taken with that if an effective UN system is seriously wanted," Bach, now secretary general of the Danish Red Cross, said. Bach cited conflicts in Syria and Ukraine as examples in which subordinate ...
NEW YORK, February 7, 2018 (WAFA) – The Palestine question is linked to the history of the United Nations and is one of the longest unresolved issues on its agenda, the UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said on Monday. “As we all know, the question of Palestine is inextricably linked with the ...
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres (C, front) attends a United Nations Security Council meeting on the situation on the Korean Peninsula at the UN ... "Yet contrary to expectations, multilateral cooperation on pressing issues like climate change and migration has continued, as other states have ...
In a major diplomatic setback to the United States and President Donald Trump, 128 countries voted in favor of a UN General Assembly resolution rejecting ... This included India, which voted against the United States and carried forward New Delhi's principled position on the issue – a month before Israeli ...
Tehran rejected on Tuesday accusations against it, saying that it did not attend Sunday's UN vote because of the “politicization” of the international ... Qassemi's remarks did not help resolve the controversy in Iran over the Rohingya vote and the issue made headlines across the country on Tuesday.
On December 21, 128 out of 193 United Nations member states voted for a motion that rejects U.S. President Donald Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital. In sharp contrast, only nine member states, including the United States and Israel, were against it, while 35 countries abstained ...


 

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