The four countries called for an “early reform” of the UN Security Council and enhanced role for developing countries as major contributors to the UN.
Among the most pressing issues expected to be discussed during the annual meeting is the humanitarian crisis and escalation of violence in Myanmar.
Michael Sharp, an American, and Zaida Catalan, a Swede, were killed on March 12th while carrying out investigations in central Congo.
Iran says new US sanctions breach the agreement it reached in 2015 with the United States, Russia, China and three European powers.
Antonio Guterres called the attacks “horrifying” and said deliberately targeting civilians was a violation of human rights and “may constitute a war crime”.
UN secretary-general Antonio Guterres maintains that he has had multiple meeting with the leaders of both countries to bring them to the negotiating table.
Trump wants to cut US diplomacy and aid budgets by about a third, or nearly $19 billion. This includes cutting some $1 billion from UN peacekeeping funding.
Trump has said the US share of UN budgets was “unfair” and has proposed an unspecified reduction in funding for the world body and its agencies.
UN chief Guterres warns the state department that the cutting of funds to the UNDP could have “devastating effects” on women and girls.
Haley’s brief speech fell short of introducing innovations to confront rights violations or prevent them in places such as Syria, Burundi and Myanmar.
They claim that they were abused by members of peacekeeping forces and that the help and support that they were promised by UNICEF never came.
The UN peacekeeping mission in Haiti has been dogged by controversies, including the introduction of cholera to the island and sexual abuse claims.
The UN chief has a tough task ahead, especially with Donald Trump at the helm in the US.
The 19-year-old became a global symbol of the fight for girls’ education after being shot in Pakistan’s Swat valley in 2012 for opposing Taliban restrictions on female education.
The cut marks US President Donald Trump’s first move to curtail funding for the UN and its agencies.
Michael Sharp, a US citizen, and Zaida Catalan, a Swedish national, had been in a group of experts monitoring a sanctions regime imposed on Congo by the UN Security Council when they disappeared in Kasai Central province.
“It is only normal for criminals to pressure and attack those who advocate the cause of their victims,” Rima Khalaf wrote in the resignation letter.
If the US cuts its funds to the UN, it will come at a time when the number of people needing organisational assistance has peaked since records began.
Israel’s UN ambassador condemned the report, calling it ‘despicable’ and an attempt to tarnish the only democracy in the Middle East.
Nearly 3.3 million people in Yemen – including 2.1 million children – are acutely malnourished, the UN says. They include 460,000 children under age of five with the worst form of malnutrition, who risk dying of pneumonia or diarrhoea.
In 2017, the struggle to define same-sex marriage and LGBTQI rights as they appear in the Declaration of Human Rights is growing increasingly fierce.
Vitaly Churkin served his country for more than four decades, fiercely defending its interests, but with elegance and a calibrated touch of sarcasm.
Most of Trump’s positions go against the principles accepted by the UN. The new secretary-general will have to try to find areas of mutual concern to work with the new US administration.
The newly appointed US ambassador to the UN’s comments came after Trump said on Wednesday that he was open to ideas beyond a two-state solution.
While the team would not be able to prosecute by itself, the idea is to prepare files for future prosecution that states or the ICC in the Hague could use.
Former Palestinian prime minister Salam Fayyad is no longer under consideration after the US objected to his appointment, showing that divisions over Palestine still run deep at the world body.
Speaking to reporters at the UN headquarters, ambassador Nikki Haley said US expects its allies to back the country; otherwise “we’re taking names,” she said.
West African armies halted operation Restore Democracy after the country’s new president, Adama Barrow took oath Thursday at The Gambia’s embassy in Senegal.
Two days before Trump takes office, Chinese President Xi Jinping said China will build a ‘new model’ of relations with the US.
On January 12, Guterres will open and chair a conference with the Greek and Turkish Cypriot leaders and Cyprus’ three guarantors aimed at reuniting the Mediterranean island.
With Donald Trump assuming office on January 20, the UN Security Council might be in for a greater political shift than the usual rotation of non-permanent members.
Turkey and Russia brokered the ceasefire which came into effect on December 30 and has mostly held but not altogether halted fighting in the country.
Ban Ki-moon ended his ten years as UN secretary-general at midnight on New Year’s Eve – dropping the ball at New York’s Times Square.
Guterres emphasised the urgency of addressing the plight of refugees and displaced populations, calling out richer nations for their negligence.
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One of the most elusive problems that the new UN chief will inherit will be the Israel-Palestine conflict – unresolved despite 50 years of negotiations and unimplemented Security Council resolutions.
Guterres has pledged to personally help broker peace in various conflicts and reform the 71-year-old world body to become more effective.
Antonio Guterres said the world must re-establish international protection for refugees coming from war zones such as Syria, but it would not be easy as developed countries were turning to nationalist agendas.
The ‘Responsibility to Protect’ was set up to avoid mass killings, but is limited because the member nations can only intervene when “a country is unable or unwilling to protect its own population”
As the former UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Guterres could promote a more unified approach to helping the displaced.