Overall, the impact of UNSC resolution 2334 condemning Israel’s occupation is likely to be greater than it would have been if Tel Aviv had not reacted so petulantly.
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.
The truce deal, brokered by Russia and Turkey and welcomed by the UN Security Council, has been repeatedly violated since it began, with warring sides trading the blame.
There is a general consensus that the resolution is only recommendatory since it was passed under Chapter VI of the UN charter, but studying the nature of the resolution proves otherwise.
After President-elect Trump criticised the working of the United Nations, tensions are set to boil over
The speech, less than a month before Obama leaves office, is expected to be the administration’s last word on a decades-old dispute that Kerry had hoped to resolve during his four years as America’s top diplomat.
Benjamin Netanyahu has been unrelenting in his criticism of Obama over what he condemned as its “shameful” decision not to veto a UNSC resolution on Israeli settlements.
In 2011, the Obama administration vetoed a UN resolution describing Israel’s settlements as illegal. In his final month in office, the president has reversed himself. And thereby hangs a tale.
The resolution condemned the “construction and expansion” of Israeli settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem.
Proposed by France, the resolution calls for “unimpeded access” to East Aleppo in order to ensure the safety of evacuees and those that remain in the city.
Videos posted on social media showed bearded men with guns cheering and shouting “God is great” after torching the green buses before they were able to reach the villages.
After evacuations from war-torn Aleppo were obstructed, the UN will vote on Sunday on a resolution to allow its own officials to facilitate the evacuation process.
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.
The central issues to be resolved in the conflict include borders between Israel and a future Palestinian state, the fate of Jewish settlements in the West Bank, the fate of Palestinian refugees and the status of Jerusalem.
Some 850,000 of those people are besieged by government forces, the UN said, while the rest are trapped by ISIS militants and other armed groups.
The inquiry has already found that Syrian government forces were responsible for three chlorine gas attacks and that ISIS militants had used mustard gas.
If Trump administration withdraws troops from South Korea and secures a peace treaty ending war on the peninsula, it could lead to normalising relations with North Korea.
The UN’s announcement to make comic book figure Wonder Woman as its new mascot has drawn criticism from women around the world.
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”
According to the UN Charter, a state can use force against another state if authorised by the UNSC, if it is a matter of self-defence or if the other state has invited it to do so.
Guterres must know the world we live in today more globally and more intimately than many a former minister or executive.
The North is believed to be ready for another nuclear test at any time and there has been speculation it could mark the October 10 anniversary of the founding of its Workers’ Party with another underground detonation.
The ongoing conflict in Syria is just one of the many challenges that Guterres will face as the world’s top diplomat.
Neither an embargo nor 4000 additional troops will cure the political divisions among South Sudan’s leadership, which lie at the heart of the conflict.
Chinese embassy spokeswoman said China had a “clear and consistent” position of opposing North Korea’s development of nuclear weapons.
In an address to the UN General Assembly, North Korean foreign minister Ri Yong Ho described his country’s nuclear weapons as “a righteous self-defence measure” against “constant nuclear threats of US.”
US Deputy National Security Adviser Ben Rhodes, said that Obama had no plans to pursue a new Israeli-Palestinian peace initiative before leaving office.
US officials said two Russian warplanes were in the skies above the aid convoy at the exact time it was struck on Monday, but Russia has denied charges.
In Perilous Interventions, Hardeep Singh Puri, an astute observer of the limits of the ‘responsibility to protect’ doctrine, explores the failure of the UNSC on several accounts, especially in Libya.
North Korea has been testing nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles at an unprecedented rate this year.
The discouragement of the women candidates has drawn a lot of flak from the campaign to elect a woman as the next UN secretary general, which has questioned the council’s ability to ‘bring the UN into the twenty-first century’.
Letters between Nehru and India’s ambassador in the US shed light on his stand that while India was “certainly entitled to a permanent seat in the security council,” it would be dangerous for this to come at the cost of China.
The ambitious goal of having a woman UN chief seems to have been forsaken.
Ukrainian UN ambassador alleged that Russia had amassed more than 40,000 troops in Crimea and on the Ukrainian border, which “may reflect some very bad intentions”.
The ballistic missile, launched on Wednesday, landed in or near Japanese-controlled waters. It is the latest in a series of launches by the isolated country in defiance of UN Security Council resolutions.
The firm, which operates in conjunction with a British counterpart, took the decision after considering its “business and geopolitical principles.”
The former Portuguese prime minister came out on top in a recent UNSC straw poll, despite there being some groundswell for the next UN chief to meet at least one of two criteria – being an east European or a woman.
The UN has made the secretary-general race more transparent than before, however the ultimate decision will be made through closed-door secret ballots in the Security Council.
A memo questioned Britain’s veto-power after the country withdrew police officers from the peacekeeping mission in South Sudan without consulting the UN.
North Korea has test-fired a series of ballistic missiles in recent months, in defiance of UN Security Council.