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17.11.2016

UN Women Launches 16-Day ‘Orange the World’ Initiative

UN Women Launches 16-Day ‘Orange the World’ Initiative

By Santo D. Banerjee for InDepthNews. On November 25, the United Nations and civil society commemorate the International Day to End Violence against Women. That same day, UN Women – the global champion for gender equality – will kick off 16 days of global activism, until December 10, to halt… »

30.10.2016

Historic vote at the UN means nuclear weapons will be illegal in 2017

Historic vote at the UN means nuclear weapons will be illegal in 2017

Last week something historic happened at the United Nations. Despite enormous pressure from the United States, 123 nations, all with equal standing at the UN General Assembly, voted to start a process in 2017 to negotiate a ban on nuclear weapons.  Why isn’t this news circulating like wildfire?  Why… »

27.10.2016

UN votes to outlaw nuclear weapons in 2017

UN votes to outlaw nuclear weapons in 2017

The United Nations today adopted a landmark resolution to launch negotiations in 2017 on a treaty outlawing nuclear weapons. This historic decision heralds an end to two decades of paralysis in multilateral nuclear disarmament efforts. At a meeting of the First Committee of the UN General Assembly, which deals with… »

12.09.2016

People key to Ecuador’s Sustainable Development Goals

People key to Ecuador’s Sustainable Development Goals

Viewpoint by Nelsy Lizarazo, for InDepthNews. I visited to San Pablo 15 years ago and it was clearly the poorest neighbourhood of Portoviejo, the regional capital of Manabí Province. Then, there was no drinking water. Families could not even imagine the possibility of free basic education for all, and secondary… »

26.08.2016

Peace Boat to Visit New York City: October 20-21

Peace Boat to Visit New York City: October 20-21

This fall, the world’s largest passenger ship sailing around the world for peace, sustainability and innovation is coming to New York City for two days as part of Peace Boat’s 92nd Global Voyage for Peace. An award-winning international non-profit organization, Peace Boat is currently developing an “Ecoship”- the world’s first… »

23.08.2016

Electing a new UN chief: a woman, an East European or who?

Electing a new UN chief: a woman, an East European or who?

By J Nastranis for InDepthNews. Ahead of the third straw poll – an upcoming game of musical chairs – on August 29, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has made public his preference for a woman to replace him as the head of the United Nations. “It’s high time now” for a female… »

23.08.2016

August 29 reminds of the UN’s unfinished agenda

August 29 reminds of the UN’s unfinished agenda

By Ramesh Jaura for InDepthNews. For the seventh year in succession, the world would commemorate on August 29 the International Day against Nuclear Tests, which would coincide with the 25th anniversary of the closure of the Semipalatinsk Nuclear Test site the central Asian republic of Kazakhstan inherited from the Soviet… »

19.08.2016

Doctors Without Borders evacuating hospital staff from Yemen

Doctors Without Borders evacuating hospital staff from Yemen

Doctors Without Borders (MSF) has said it was evacuating its staff from Yemen following an air strike that killed 19 people at a clinic. The Saudi-led coalition expressed regret and proposed a meeting with the charity. MSF said it was withdrawing its staff from hospitals it supports in volatile northern… »

28.07.2016

‘We All Have to Do What We Can’ to Prevent Sexual Exploitation and Abuse – Jane Holl Lute

‘We All Have to Do What We Can’ to Prevent Sexual Exploitation and Abuse – Jane Holl Lute

Human Wrongs Watch UNITED NATIONS, 26 July 2016 – The United Nations has a “zero tolerance” policy towards sexual abuse by anyone working under the blue flag. The matter is one of such weight for the Organization that earlier this year, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon appointed Jane Holl… »

22.07.2016

Germany, UN push for new Syria peace talks

Germany, UN push for new Syria peace talks

German Foreign Minister Steinmeier and UN Special Envoy Staffan de Mistura are attempting to reinvigorate peace talks between warring factions in Syria. A new round of talks could begin as early as August. “The current situation in Syria is anything but satisfactory,” said German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said in… »

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