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A Netanyahu Victory Would Be Bad News for Peace and the Rule of Law

Foreign Policy - Thu, 05/03/2020 - 12:55
If he leads the next government, the prime minister is likely to annex much of the West Bank and deepen attacks on judicial independence.

Erdogan and Putin Meet Over Syria

Foreign Policy - Thu, 05/03/2020 - 12:01
The Syrian government offensive in Idlib has raised the stakes for Turkey and Russia.

Europe’s Morality Is Dying at the Greek Border

Foreign Policy - Thu, 05/03/2020 - 10:28
The EU refused to prepare for a predictable rekindling of the migration crisis—and is now responding with deadly force.

Javier Pérez de Cuéllar praised as ‘accomplished statesman’ who had ‘profound impact’ on the world

UN News Centre - Thu, 05/03/2020 - 07:34
Javier Pérez  de Cuéllar, the fifth United Nations Secretary-General, praised for his ability to foster dialogue and for leading the Organization through a turbulent decade, has passed away at the age of 100.  

Trump Loyalist Appointed to Oversee Relations With U.N., World Health Organization

Foreign Policy - Thu, 05/03/2020 - 00:08
The appointment of White House aide Sean Doocey could douse hopes of change for a battered and bruised State Department bureau.

Violent extremism prevention ‘only effective’ if human rights are enshrined

UN News Centre - Wed, 04/03/2020 - 23:40
Many global programmes aimed at countering violent extremism have negative impacts on human rights and may even ‘foster radicalization’ rather than preventing it, an independent UN human rights expert warned on Wednesday.

U.S.-Taliban Peace Deal Under Fire

Foreign Policy - Wed, 04/03/2020 - 23:19
Airstrikes against Taliban forces threaten to undermine a pact that may be already coming apart.

Syria: UN food relief agency ‘doing everything we can’ to reach Idlib civilians

UN News Centre - Wed, 04/03/2020 - 23:03
Difficult winter weather conditions, road congestion and military manoeuvres are restricting humanitarian aid delivery to desperate civilians in the Syrian province of Idlib, where a Government operation to weed out extremists has uprooted nearly one million people since December. 

Human rights defenders, too often left defenceless themselves – UN expert

UN News Centre - Wed, 04/03/2020 - 22:04
Human rights defenders working in conflict and post-conflict situations need to be given greater recognition, protection and support, an independent UN expert said on Wednesday, in his latest report to the Human Rights Council in Geneva. 

Coronavirus update: UN scales back major conference

UN News Centre - Wed, 04/03/2020 - 20:51
The organizing committee of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW), a major UN conference scheduled to take place in March, has decided to cut the event down to a one-day meeting, citing current concerns surrounding the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus.

Deadlock broken, South Sudan on road to ‘sustainable peace’, but international support still key

UN News Centre - Wed, 04/03/2020 - 19:57
Positive developments in South Sudan have “moved the country further along the road to sustainable peace”, the top UN official there told Security Council members on Wednesday.

Coronavirus COVID-19 wipes $50 billion off global exports in February alone, as IMF pledges support for vulnerable nations

UN News Centre - Wed, 04/03/2020 - 18:47
The extent of the damage to the global economy caused by novel coronavirus COVID-19 moved further into focus on Wednesday as UN economists announced a likely $50 billion drop in worldwide manufacturing exports in February alone.

Yemen: UN Population Fund stresses women’s needs, amidst world’s worst humanitarian crisis 

UN News Centre - Wed, 04/03/2020 - 17:25
Intense clashes in Yemen’s Al Hazam City, this month have caused massive displacement with an estimated 1,800 families forced to flee their homes, according to a flash update from UN humanitarian coordination office, OCHA.  


Le Monde Diplomatique - Wed, 04/03/2020 - 16:29
Bien que ce monde soit rétréci aux dimensions, dit-on, d'un « village planétaire », aucun lien ne saurait exister, à première vue, entre les mouvements de grève qui ont paralysé les services publics en France et la décision prise par le gouvernement brésilien d'expulser la banque Mellon. Ces deux (...) / , , - 1987/02

World remains a ‘violent, highly discriminatory place’ for girls

UN News Centre - Wed, 04/03/2020 - 02:15
Twenty-five years after the historic Beijing women’s conference in China – a milestone in advancing equal rights – violence against women and girls is not only common, but widely accepted, a new UN report revealed on Wednesday.

‘We can’t stop COVID-19 without protecting health workers’: WHO chief

UN News Centre - Tue, 03/03/2020 - 23:47
A shortage of protective equipment is endangering health workers worldwide, warned the World Health Organization (WHO) on Monday, citing “severe and mounting disruption to the global supply” caused by “rising demand, panic buying, hoarding and misuse”.

‘Critical’ window of opportunity closing fast in Iraq, Security Council hears

UN News Centre - Tue, 03/03/2020 - 21:18
Political leaders in Iraq will have to “step up to the plate” and prioritize national interests if the country is to realize a more just and prosperous future, the top UN official there said in the Security Council on Tuesday. 

DR Congo: With Ebola on the wane, UN agencies prepare to combat coronavirus

UN News Centre - Tue, 03/03/2020 - 20:00
After more than a year of battling an Ebola virus outbreak that killed more than 2,200 people, UN officials are “cautiously optimistic” that the epidemic in the northeast Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) will soon be history as the country gears up to face the emerging threat of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). 

De la complaisance pour Somoza à l'offensive contre les sandinistes

Le Monde Diplomatique - Tue, 03/03/2020 - 19:27
En décrétant le 1er mai, à Bonn, l'embargo total contre le Nicaragua, le président Reagan a franchi, au nom de la défense des libertés, un nouveau pas dans l'escalade. Cette hostilité ouverte prend tout son sens lorsqu'on la compare à l'extraordinaire compréhension dont Washington fait preuve à l'égard (...) / , - 1985/06

Greater progress needed to ensure safe return of displaced Rohingya: UN refugee agency chief

UN News Centre - Tue, 03/03/2020 - 18:31
UN agencies together with the Bangladesh authorities have appealed for $877 million to support hundreds of thousands of Rohingya refugees from Myanmar, where conditions are still not conducive for their safe return, UN refugee agency chief Filippo Grandi said on Tuesday.