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Ban Ki-moon has called on world leaders to emulate Mandela’s example to bring peace and protect people in 2014.“I can think of nothing I would rather see in 2014 than for world leaders to emulate his example in upholding their moral and political responsibilities,” said the Secretary-General at his end-of-year press conference on Monday.

You and me both, Ban.

united-nations:

Ban Ki-moon has called on world leaders to emulate Mandela’s example to bring peace and protect people in 2014.

“I can think of nothing I would rather see in 2014 than for world leaders to emulate his example in upholding their moral and political responsibilities,” said the Secretary-General at his end-of-year press conference on Monday.


You and me both, Ban.

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humanrightswatch:

UN: Start International Talks on ‘Killer Robots’

Governments should agree this week to begin international discussions in 2014 on fully autonomous robot weapons, with a view to a future treaty banning the weapons.

As technology races ahead, governments need to engage now in intensive discussions on the potential dangers of fully autonomous weapons,” said Mary Wareham, arms division advocacy director at Human Rights Watch and coordinator of the Campaign to Stop Killer Robots. “Deliberations about killer robots need to include nongovernmental groups, and be underpinned by a clear sense of urgency and purpose if they are to result in concrete action.”

Fully autonomous weapons – also called “lethal autonomous robots” or “killer robots” – have not yet been developed, but technology is moving toward increasing autonomy. Such weapons would select and engage targets without further intervention by a human.

Read more.

Sans commentary as brain is still exploded.

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internationalwomensinitiative:

'100 Women: Zainab Bangura says father wanted her to marry at 12

Zainab Bangura, the UN special representative on sexual violence in conflict, has told the 100 Women conference that great strides have been made in the position of women - in politics, business and daily life - over the past 100 years, but there is more to be done.

She spoke of her own experience in Sierra Leone where she and her mother were thrown out by her father after she refused to be married off aged 12.

She said: “We must have access to education, we must be fully represented in politics… we must be equal under the law.”’

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“In a world of global migration, who is taking care of the rights of migrants?” asked a UN human rights expert recently. Speaking at the UN General Assembly, UN special rapporteur Francois Crepeau called for the creation of a UN body to address global migration issues. 

YES!

united-nations:

“In a world of global migration, who is taking care of the rights of migrants?” asked a UN human rights expert recently. Speaking at the UN General Assembly, UN special rapporteur Francois Crepeau called for the creation of a UN body to address global migration issues.

YES!

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united-nations:

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon wants to hear your views on justice and why it matters. A report capturing views shared will be presented to the UN General Assembly – so have your say on the rule of law at http://blogs.un.org/ruleoflaw

Another great outreach/survey by the UN. Click and contribute!

united-nations:

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon wants to hear your views on justice and why it matters. A report capturing views shared will be presented to the UN General Assembly – so have your say on the rule of law at http://blogs.un.org/ruleoflaw

Another great outreach/survey by the UN. Click and contribute!

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unicef:

UN Messenger of Peace Stevie Wonder at the UN General Assembly. Find out why yesterday’s event on the rights of people with disabilities was so historic:
Video: http://youtu.be/rsFFSOKfh3s
Story: http://www.unicef.org/media/media_70456.html


Fantastic!

unicef:

UN Messenger of Peace Stevie Wonder at the UN General Assembly. Find out why yesterday’s event on the rights of people with disabilities was so historic:

Video: http://youtu.be/rsFFSOKfh3s

Story: http://www.unicef.org/media/media_70456.html

Fantastic!

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crisisgroup:

Obama-Rohani Handshake at UN Holds Promise Amid Danger | Indira A.R. Lakshmanan & Kambiz Foroohar
Next week’s United Nations gathering in New York offers Presidents Barack Obama and Hassan Rohani the chance to take a symbolic step beyond the hostility and distrust that have infused three decades of U.S.-Iran relations.
A breakthrough in the dispute over Iran’s nuclear program and U.S.-backed economic sanctions is possible because of the new Iranian leader’s campaign to make over Iran’s image, marked by moves including the release of political prisoners and an exchange of letters with Obama.
Even a handshake between Obama and Rohani during the opening week of the UN General Assembly would be a milestone as the first direct encounter between the two nations’ leaders since relations ruptured during the 1979 Iranian revolution and U.S. embassy hostage crisis. It also would present risks and rewards for both sides.
FULL ARTICLE (Bloomberg)
Photo: Rob Young/Flickr

This is why the UN is awesome; this is what it is for - to better establish peace between states! Not for intervening in Syria, not for threatening sovereignty. Yeah! Go, United Nations.

crisisgroup:

Obama-Rohani Handshake at UN Holds Promise Amid Danger | Indira A.R. Lakshmanan & Kambiz Foroohar

Next week’s United Nations gathering in New York offers Presidents Barack Obama and Hassan Rohani the chance to take a symbolic step beyond the hostility and distrust that have infused three decades of U.S.-Iran relations.

A breakthrough in the dispute over Iran’s nuclear program and U.S.-backed economic sanctions is possible because of the new Iranian leader’s campaign to make over Iran’s image, marked by moves including the release of political prisoners and an exchange of letters with Obama.

Even a handshake between Obama and Rohani during the opening week of the UN General Assembly would be a milestone as the first direct encounter between the two nations’ leaders since relations ruptured during the 1979 Iranian revolution and U.S. embassy hostage crisis. It also would present risks and rewards for both sides.

FULL ARTICLE (Bloomberg)

Photo: Rob Young/Flickr

This is why the UN is awesome; this is what it is for - to better establish peace between states! Not for intervening in Syria, not for threatening sovereignty. Yeah! Go, United Nations.

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un-library:

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MY World is a global survey for citizens led by the United Nations and partners. It asks individuals which 6 of 16 possible issues they think would make the most difference in their lives. The aim is to capture people’s voices so that global leaders can be informed as they shape the new…

Sweet baby unicorns! This is a social researcher’s dream!

Go to http://www.myworld2015.org/, take the survey, and then marvel at the interactive, comparative infographic - comparing your top 6 issues with the global top issues, your country’s top issues, males top issues, females top issues across age ranges and HDI levels.

Oh, thank you, UN library; I could spend hours looking at your data… *drool*

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Gunmen ambushed a United Nations peacekeeping team on Saturday in Sudan’s western region of Darfur, killing seven and wounding another 17 in the deadliest ever single attack on the international force in the country.

The joint African Union-UN peacekeeping force, dubbed Unamid, was established to protect civilians in Darfur, but also contributes to security for those providing humanitarian aid, verifying agreements, political reconciliation efforts and promoting human rights.

Truly international civil service: honouring fallen comrades in service of peace.

from the Guardian.

This post doesn’t warrant personal reflection, but I’ve found the position I’d like with the UN - Humanitarian Affairs Officer; for the most part, you spend 2 years in the field and 2 in Geneva, Nairobi, or New York. I cannot help but feel pangs of guilt and sorrow when I see job openings for this position, as they are possibly the jobs of my fallen comrades. Each time UN personnel are killed in the field, I feel a deep sense of sorrow and reflect on the value of dying in the name of peace that so few voice as valuable and desirable. And I am at a loss for words.

See also this video of Eddie Izzard with UNICEF in a Syrian refugee camp. Give if you can.

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…a situation of this nature does not need an individual, it needs an organization like the United Nations to mediate. We must understand the seriousness of this situation.

The United States has made serious mistakes in the conduct of its foreign affairs, which have had unfortunate repercussions long after the decisions were taken. Unqualified support of the Shah of Iran led directly to the Islamic revolution of 1979. Then the United States chose to arm and finance the [Islamic] mujahedin in Afghanistan instead of supporting and encouraging the moderate wing of the government of Afghanistan. That is what led to the Taliban in Afghanistan.

But the most catastrophic action of the United States was to sabotage the decision that was painstakingly stitched together by the United Nations regarding the withdrawal of the Soviet Union from Afghanistan. If you look at those matters, you will come to the conclusion that the attitude of the United States of America is a threat to world peace.

Because what [America] is saying is that if you are afraid of a veto in the Security Council, you can go outside and take action and violate the sovereignty of other countries. That is the message they are sending to the world. That must be condemned in the strongest terms. And you will notice that France, Germany Russia, China are against this decision. It is clearly a decision that is motivated by George W. Bush’s desire to please the arms and oil industries in the United States of America. If you look at those factors, you’ll see that an individual like myself, a man who has lost power and influence, can never be a suitable mediator.

Nelson Mandela: The U.S.A. Is A Threat To World Peace

84-year-old Madiba in a 2009 Newsweek interview speaking on Bush, Iraq and U.S. foreign policy.

(via dynamicafrica)

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united-nations:

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon traveled by train to Washington, DC, on Thursday to take part in World Bank meetings on education, poverty reduction and more.Tune in on Friday between 11:00 a.m.-12:10 p.m. EDT (15:00-16:10 GMT) when he and World Bank President Jim Kim hold an interactive online conversation on ending poverty.Details: http://bit.ly/ittakes419Photo: Ban Ki-moon is seen here with UN Peacekeeping chief Hervé Ladsous and Oscar Fernandez-Taranco from the UN’s Department of Political Affairs.

My field research leads me to interesting new places, and one of those places in November was the World Bank. After interviewing a handful of anonymous staff and affiliated NGOs, I learned there is a real [something] brewing around Dr Kim’s leadership. It appears many people are/were anxiously awaiting more details on his shifting the Bank’s focus to poverty alleviation.
Without giving away too many spoilers, one of my research findings is that you are successful as the head of a global organisation IF you are able to make your agenda the global agenda.
See? See how Dr Kim is developing that here?
I must say, this is probably good news for Ban. With the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) reaching their end-goal period in 2015, Ban (if reappointed as Secretary-General) will need to redefine the goals of the UN since former Secretary-General Kofi Annan introduced the MDGs as the world’s new agenda. 
And poverty reduction/alleviation sounds good to me! If you can get it in a dual package between the UN and the World Bank, you’re that much more likely to be seen as a effective executive head.
Well done, Dr Kim.

united-nations:

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon traveled by train to Washington, DC, on Thursday to take part in World Bank meetings on education, poverty reduction and more.

Tune in on Friday between 11:00 a.m.-12:10 p.m. EDT (15:00-16:10 GMT) when he and World Bank President Jim Kim hold an interactive online conversation on ending poverty.

Details: http://bit.ly/ittakes419

Photo: Ban Ki-moon is seen here with UN Peacekeeping chief Hervé Ladsous and Oscar Fernandez-Taranco from the UN’s Department of Political Affairs.

My field research leads me to interesting new places, and one of those places in November was the World Bank. After interviewing a handful of anonymous staff and affiliated NGOs, I learned there is a real [something] brewing around Dr Kim’s leadership. It appears many people are/were anxiously awaiting more details on his shifting the Bank’s focus to poverty alleviation.

Without giving away too many spoilers, one of my research findings is that you are successful as the head of a global organisation IF you are able to make your agenda the global agenda.

See? See how Dr Kim is developing that here?

I must say, this is probably good news for Ban. With the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) reaching their end-goal period in 2015, Ban (if reappointed as Secretary-General) will need to redefine the goals of the UN since former Secretary-General Kofi Annan introduced the MDGs as the world’s new agenda.

And poverty reduction/alleviation sounds good to me! If you can get it in a dual package between the UN and the World Bank, you’re that much more likely to be seen as a effective executive head.

Well done, Dr Kim.

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united-nations:

More than five million Syrians have been forced to flee their homes and more than 70,000 have died, including thousands of children. In the name of all those who have suffered, the United Nations top humanitarian officials have joined together to call on governments to find a political solution. Read and share their joint message: “Enough.”  ©UNHCR/A. Branthwaite/Oncupinar refugee camp, Turkey

united-nations:

More than five million Syrians have been forced to flee their homes and more than 70,000 have died, including thousands of children. In the name of all those who have suffered, the United Nations top humanitarian officials have joined together to call on governments to find a political solution.

Read and share their joint message: “Enough.”


©UNHCR/A. Branthwaite/Oncupinar refugee camp, Turkey

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un-library:

12 February 2013 – The United Nations Security Council is holding an emergency meeting to discuss possible collective action after the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) announced it had conducted its third nuclear test, an action condemned by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and other…

you’re doing it right, UN.

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Greece must improve detention conditions for migrants – UN experts

A group of United Nations independent experts today stressed that Greece must improve the conditions of detention for migrants and effectively implement recent legislation to enhance screening procedures for asylum-seekers.
“In most detention facilities visited by the Working Group, the conditions fall far below international human rights standards, including in terms of severe overcrowding,” stressed one of the members of the Working Group on Arbitrary Detention, Vladimir Tochilovsky.

See also, Special Rapporteur on racism Mutuma Ruteere says, ‘Spain must make fighting racism and xenophobia a priority’, particularly,

Spanish authorities must show leadership in the fight against racism and xenophobia in the country, an independent United Nations expert said today, adding that, against a backdrop of pervasive unemployment, the Government must ensure vulnerable groups such as immigrants are not blamed for the nation’s economic woes.

photo courtesy of UN News

Greece must improve detention conditions for migrants – UN experts

A group of United Nations independent experts today stressed that Greece must improve the conditions of detention for migrants and effectively implement recent legislation to enhance screening procedures for asylum-seekers.

“In most detention facilities visited by the Working Group, the conditions fall far below international human rights standards, including in terms of severe overcrowding,” stressed one of the members of the Working Group on Arbitrary Detention, Vladimir Tochilovsky.

See also, Special Rapporteur on racism Mutuma Ruteere says, ‘Spain must make fighting racism and xenophobia a priority’, particularly,

Spanish authorities must show leadership in the fight against racism and xenophobia in the country, an independent United Nations expert said today, adding that, against a backdrop of pervasive unemployment, the Government must ensure vulnerable groups such as immigrants are not blamed for the nation’s economic woes.

photo courtesy of UN News

Independent UN inquiry determines Israeli settlements in serious violation of Geneva convention.

The report states that Israel is committing serious breaches of its obligations under the right to self-determination and under humanitarian law.
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“In compliance with Article 49 of the Fourth Geneva Convention, Israel must cease all settlement activities without preconditions,” said Christine Chanet, chair of the three-member inquiry.

photo courtesy of UN News, which is also available as a free app that I highly recommend.

Independent UN inquiry determines Israeli settlements in serious violation of Geneva convention.

The report states that Israel is committing serious breaches of its obligations under the right to self-determination and under humanitarian law.

“In compliance with Article 49 of the Fourth Geneva Convention, Israel must cease all settlement activities without preconditions,” said Christine Chanet, chair of the three-member inquiry.

photo courtesy of UN News, which is also available as a free app that I highly recommend.

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