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On Timor, Australia looks like it’s denying an impoverished neighbour its birthright

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This week’s conciliation talks in The Hague give Australia a new chance to do the right thing by the new country to help it secure its future Ben Saul Australia and Timor-Leste start conciliation talks in The Hague on Monday in an effort to resolve their bitter legal dispute over maritime boundaries – and $40bn of… Source: On Timor, Australia looks like it’s denying an impoverished neighbour its birthright | Ben Saul | Opinion | The Guardian Read More »

Australia attempts to derail UN plan to ban nuclear weapons

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Diplomats force a vote on a report to begin negotiations on a ban in 2017 that had been expected to pass unanimously Australia has attempted to derail a ban on nuclear weapons at a UN meeting on disarmament, by single-handedly forcing a vote on a report that had been… Source: Australia attempts to derail UN plan to ban nuclear weapons | World news | The Guardian Read More »

World Humanitarian Day: Some Things to Consider

As we celebrate World Humanitarian Day on 19 August let us reflect that while international respect for humanitarian principles have regressed in recent years, the impetus and momentum created by the UN’s World Humanitarian Summit offers an opportunity for progress. Let us grasp this opportunity before it is too late. The world is experiencing a series of compounded, prolonged and increasingly conflict-based humanitarian crises. In 2015, over 125 million people required daily emergency food, water and shelter for… Source: World Humanitarian ... Read More »

Peace, Sex and Violence in Mindanao

Strong women’s participation in the Mindanao peace process in the Philippines has been hailed as an international success story. However, lasting peace requires a greater focus on sexual and reproductive health to overcome the post-conflict marginalisation of vulnerable women and girls. According to a UN Women study, between 1990 and 2011 across 31 peace processes that the UN was involved in, women represented just 2 per cent of chief mediators, 4 per cent of witnesses and signatories, and 9 per ... Read More »

UN commissioner criticizes Bulgaria on refugee policies

The UN high commissioner for human rights raised concern on Aug. 11 about Bulgaria s policies and practices relating to migrants and refugees.. Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein’s remarks came in a written statement after the second of two visits to Bulgaria by his staff in the past eight months… Source: UN commissioner criticizes Bulgaria on refugee policies – INTERNATIONAL Read More »

Syria conflict: UN says water and power cuts threaten two million

Children in the Syrian city of Aleppo are at “grave risk” of disease unless water supplies are immediately repaired, the UN children’s agency says. The United Nations says an immediate pause in fighting is needed to allow the water and electricity networks to be fixed… Source: Syria conflict: UN says water and power cuts threaten two million – BBC News Read More »

Cyprus to inform UN on Turkey’s latest threats regarding EEZ

Cyprus’ Foreign Ministry has started moving on its action plan in dealing with the new Turkish warnings regarding the third licensing round in the island’s Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ). On Tuesday the Ministry reported that they would be sending a letter to the United Nations (UN) Secretary General, Ban Ki-Moon, on the matter… Source: Cyprus to inform UN on Turkey’s latest threats regarding EEZ | News Read More »

UN members reject concrete refugee resettlement target

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Negotiators’ statement omits promise to move 10% of refugees to developed world but praises shared responsibility principle World leaders are set to reject a concrete target for the number of refugees that should be resettled within developed countries, dashing hopes of a solution to the world’s unprecedented displacement crisis… Source: UN members reject concrete refugee resettlement target | World news | The Guardian Read More »

Yemen rebels reject UN peace plan

Yemen rebels on July 31 rejected a peace plan proposed by the United Nations which had already been accepted by the government, saying that any settlement must first tackle a unity administration. “What was presented by the (UN) envoy was no more than just ideas for a solution to the security aspect, subject to debate like other proposals,” a statement from the rebel delegation in Kuwait said… Source: Yemen rebels reject UN peace plan – MIDEAST Read More »

The Other People Opposed To Kevin Rudd’s UN Bid

Feeling bad for Kevin Rudd? The men held on Manus Island aren’t too worried that Rudd’s last shot at glory has gone down in flames, writes Max Chalmers. For perhaps the first time, and almost certainly the last time, Eric Abetz and the people detained on Manus Island agree on… Source: The Other People Opposed To Kevin Rudd’s UN Bid – New Matilda Read More »

Mistreatment of juveniles in Northern Territory detention could be classed as torture: UN expert

The mistreatment of juvenile detainees in the Northern Territory could amount to torture and is “very worrisome”, a UN expert on torture has said. Four Corners this week aired footage showing teenagers being tear-gassed, physically assaulted, forcefully stripped naked, shackled and hooded in Territory prisons and youth detention centres between 2010 and 2015… Source: Mistreatment of juveniles in Northern Territory detention could be classed as torture: UN expert – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) Read More »

My Name is Kevin And I’m Here to Save the World

Kevin Rudd has asked the Australian government to nominate him for United Nations Secretary-General. The former Labor leader’s nomination is fraught with difficulties as those already in the race, including former New Zealand Prime Minister Helen Clark, former UN climate chief Christina Figueres and several candidates from Eastern Europe, make his prospects slim. Foreign Minister Julie Bishop confirmed on Monday that former Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has asked to be nominated as a candidate to be the next United Nations Secretary-General. Some ... Read More »

UN Debate

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Who will be the next Secretary General of the UN?.. What is the UN? Founded in 1945 after the Second World War ended, the UN is guided by the principles in its Charter – primarily maintaining international peace and security. The organisation has six official languages including Chinese and Russian, and is funded by its 193 member states. As well as striving to maintain peace, the UN promotes sustainable development, protects human rights, upholds international law and delivers humanitarian aid… ... Read More »

Unicef urges Coalition to resettle asylum seeker children from Nauru by end of year

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Nicole Breeze says Australia’s offshore processing system is ‘in crisis’ and Coalition should appoint minister for children.. The UN’s children’s agency has called on the Turnbull government to commit to a timetable that would see all asylum seeker and refugee children off Nauru by the end of the year… Source: Unicef urges Coalition to resettle asylum seeker children from Nauru by end of year | Australia news | The Guardian Read More »

Fighting flares again in South Sudan capital after UN demand for restraint

Heavy fighting erupted again in South Sudan’s capital on July 11 a day after the U.N. Security Council told rivals President Salva Kiir and Vice-President Riek Machar to rein in their forces and end days of violence that have left scores dead.. A Reuters witness saw two helicopters overhead firing apparently in the direction of Machar’s political and military headquarters. Residents reported tanks on the street. A U.N. official said heavy gunfire had erupted around U.N. bases again… Source: Fighting ... Read More »

UN condemns internet access disruption as a human rights violation

The United Nations Human Rights Council has passed a non-binding resolutioncondemning countries that intentionally disrupt citizens’ internet access. The resolution builds on the UN’s previous statements on digital rights, reaffirming the organization’s stance that “the same rights people have offline must also be protected online,” in particular the freedom of expression covered under article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights… Source: UN condemns internet access disruption as a human rights violation | The Verge Read More »