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  • UNMISS SRSG briefing the Security Council on the current situation in South Sudan. Source: UNMISS

    Is peace possible in South Sudan?

    The crisis in South Sudan is now daily in the news. The extensive media reporting on the human suffering and the tireless efforts of NGOs, the UN and other humanitarian agencies to help captures for the world the dire situation. But what is the cause of this deepening crisis...
  • Have we forgotten about Eastern Ukraine?

    At the Minsk Summit, on the 11th of February 2015, the leaders of Russia, Ukraine, Germany, and France agreed to an immediate and full ceasefire in the Ukrainian districts of Donetsk and Luhansk and its fulfillment as of midnight, on the 15th of February 2015. A complete pull-out of...
  • Keep your friends close

    In what some will see as the latest step in the political ladder to Cold War version 2.0, Russia has been denied a place on the UN’s Human Rights Council after the UN General Assembly failed to vote for it as one of 14 new members. Brazil, China, Cuba,...
  • Did the Paris Climate “Honeymoon” end in Bonn?

    The United Nations climate talks held in Bonn concluded on 26 May. They aimed to discuss the implementation of the December 2015 Paris climate agreement and set up a road map to the next major negotiations to be held in Morocco next winter. The euphoria generated in Paris seemed to...
  • Lives for Sale: Saudi Arabia and the Arms Trade

    In January this year a leaked UN report by a panel of experts on the situation in Yemen confirms that at least 119 airstrikes by the Saudi forces have been targeting civilians. Médecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) have been first hand witnesses as a number of their medical facilities have been attacked repeatedly. The fact...
  • Abortion as a Human Right

    Abortion is never an easy topic to address, and the level of access to it (if at all) is usually something that each country largely regulates and controls on its own, without much outside intervention and consequences. Until now! Ruling on a historic case brought before the United Nations Human...
  • Citizens of Nowhere: the Rohingya of Myanmar

    Ethnic cleansing. Genocide. Terrorism. These are some of the terms that have been used to describe the actions being perpetrated against the Rohingya people, not only in Myanmar but in the surrounding countries where they have been subjected to continuous victimisation. The plight of the Rohingya was once again...
  • Economic and Social Costs of GBV

    Studies and calculations about the economic and social costs of GBV have been around for the past four decades. Beyond the debates around methodology and actual figures, these costing exercises have contributed to raising the awareness about GBV as a phenomenon that reaches beyond victim and perpetrator independently of...
  • Dystopian climate future: how to avoid it?

      Climate action planning strategies and debate has been riddled with shortsighted perspective, describing a future in terms of 2050 and at most 2100. But what is our legacy? How will humanity pass to be known in the long-term history? Futuristic world has been portrayed, in movies, as dystopian...
  • Women Rights Movement: A Journey Through Time

    Women’s issues captured attention only in 1962, when the United Nations (UN) General Assembly asked the women’s commission to prepare a report on the role of women in the social and development plans. The reasoning behind this was that economic and social development would enhance women’s status. As a...
  • Water Photo: World Bank/Allison Kwesell

    Water in Detroit: a matter of Human Rights

    It all began with the bankruptcy of the city of Detroit, officially filed last year on July 18, the largest of its kind in U.S. history. The  city, once known as the capital of automobile industry, suffered, like many other cities in the US and all over the world, the effects of the...
  • Opening Ceremony General Assembly

    69th General Assembly of the United Nations Kicks Off

    In New York, in the renovated hall of the General Assembly, the leaders of the 193 member countries are called to debate on main topics of the global agenda. Is this history in the making? The General Debate of the 69th regular session of the UN General Assembly started...
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    Record number of women in UN Security Council

    The United Nations Security Council has long been a bastion for men selected to represent their countries on what many consider to be the Organization’s most powerful body. But now, women ambassadors are filling over a third of the Council’s 15 seats, making history at the venerable institution and...
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    We Are not Immune

    What are the consequences of the increase of the deaths of journalists and humanitarian workers in unstable environments to international aid and policies? We are not immune. With World Humanitarian day happening just two days ago, the recent kidnapping of two Italian girls in Syria and the very sad...
  • Peace Drones

    United Nations are increasingly deploying drones in peacekeeping missions Drones is the common name for the Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV), aircrafts characterized by the absence of a human pilot on board. Their flight and their “actions” are controlled by the computer on board under the remote control of a...
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