Friday, October 14, 2016
NEW YORK, Oct 14 (IPS) - United Nations' apex forum, the General Assembly elected the next Secretary-General yesterday by acclamation rubber-stamping the recommendation of the Security Council (SC). I am appalled by the choice of 15 members of the Security Council of another man following eight others in 70 plus years of UN's existence as if only men are destined to lead this global organization.
Thursday, October 13, 2016
ROME, Oct 13 (IPS) - The new UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, who takes office on January 1, arrives with strong credentials -- both as a former Prime Minister of Portugal and an ex-UN High Commissioner for Refugees.
Wednesday, October 12, 2016
LONDON, Oct 12 (IPS) - A recent study supported by the government of Finland has found widespread misconceptions regarding what drives people to join Islamist militant groups like Boko Haram.
Tuesday, October 11, 2016
UNITED NATIONS, Oct 11 (IPS) - UN peacekeepers were reportedly unable and, at times, unwilling to respond effectively to violent clashes in Juba, South Sudan in July 2016 according to a new report by the Center for Civilians in Conflict (CIVIC).
Monday, October 10, 2016
AIDA CAMP, West Bank, Oct 10 (IPS) - Over almost five decades of Israeli occupation, the number of Palestinian refugees has grown with every generation, saturating basic services in the 19 camps that are home to about 200,000 people in the West Bank run by the United Nations.
Friday, October 07, 2016
CALUCO, El Salvador, Oct 07 (IPS) - A basketball court in this small town in western El Salvador was turned overnight into a shelter for some two dozen families forced to flee their homes after a recent escalation of gang violence.
Friday, October 07, 2016
UNITED NATIONS, Oct 07 (IPS) - The Human Rights Foundation (HRF) and the UN Watch have called on UN member states to oppose the bids of some of the major human rights abusing governments from joining the Human Rights Council (HRC).
Thursday, October 06, 2016
ADDIS ABABA, Oct 06 (IPS) - It took Eritrean journalist Estifo seven years to save up enough money to pay a fixer to get him and his family from the capital, Asmara, to the shared border with Ethiopia. After they crossed the border by foot, they turned themselves in to the Ethiopian authorities and claimed asylum as refugees.
Wednesday, October 05, 2016
UNITED NATIONS, Oct 05 (IPS) - The UN has only limited access to Jebel Marra, the location in Sudan where Amnesty International alleges Sudanese government forces have used chemical weapons, UN Peacekeeping Chief Herve Ladsous said here Tuesday.
Tuesday, October 04, 2016
ROME, Oct 04 (IPS) - When the United Nations elaborated its latest report on the impact of what it calls "the dramatic shift towards urban life," it tried to draw a balanced portrait of both the opportunities and the challenges of the fact that 1 in 2 world inhabitant already lives in urban areas and what this implies.
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