Tag Archives: United Nations

No Surprise: Russia Vetoes Resolution on Ukraine

New York, N.Y.  A view of the Security Council as Vitaly I. Churkin, Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation to the U.N., vetoes a draft resolution which declared the planned referendum on independence for Ukraine’s Crimea region illegal and urged countries not to recognise the results. The resolution, drafted by the United States delegation, came [...]

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U.N. Denounces ‘Draconian’ Anti-Gay Law in Nigeria

New York, N.Y.  The United Nations human rights chief today voiced her alarm at a “draconian” new law in Nigeria that further criminalizes lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people, organizations and activities, as well as people who support them. “Rarely have I seen a piece of legislation that in so few paragraphs directly violates [...]

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On International Day: Respect Migrants, Reject Xenophobia

New York, N.Y.  To mark International Migrants Day, the United Nations family is calling on people and Governments everywhere to reject xenophobia and embrace migration as a key enabler for equitable, inclusive and sustainable social and economic development. Migrant workers in India cook a meal. Photo: World Bank/Curt Carnemark. “Let us make migration work for the [...]

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Human Rights Day: U.N. Declaration’s 20th Anniversary

New York, N.Y.  Honoring human rights activism, including the legacy of Nelson Mandela, senior UN officials today mark Human Rights Day calling for greater political will and resources to implement laws and standards designed to promote and protect the rights and dignity of all people everywhere. Commemorating the 20th anniversary of the UN Human Rights [...]

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Remembering World Leader Nelson Mandela, Father of South Africa

Johannesburg, South Africa.  The world remembers thought leader and hero Nelson Mandela who was born on July 18, 1918 and who served as President of South Africa from 1994 to 1999.  He has passed this day. A South African anti-apartheid revolutionary and politician, he was the first black South African to hold the office, and [...]

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Int’l. Volunteer Day: Ban Highlights Youth as Change Agents

New York, N.Y.  “There are more than 1.2 billion youth in the world today, with incredible potential to tackle challenges and act as agents of change,” he said in his message for the Day, observed annually on 5 December. “When young people volunteer, the opportunity provides them with valuable life and job skills; it strengthens their capacity [...]

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Youth Envoy for U.N. Palestine Refugee Agency on Hope

New York, N.Y.  From a “tougher than tough” life in a Gaza refugee camp to winning the title of this year’s “Arab Idol”, Mohammad Assaf told reporters at United Nations Headquarters today that he will “never forget his roots” and, as a beacon of hope for all Palestinian people, he will continue to promote peace, [...]

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Universal Children’s Day: U.N. says Child Violence Hobbles Progress

New York, N.Y.  The agenda will succeed the anti-poverty Millennium Development Goals (MDG) programme adopted by a UN Summit in 2000 and scheduled to end in 2015. The J. Luce agrees that all children have the right to live free from violence. Photo UNICEF/NYHQ2012-1124/Shehzad Noorani, Liberia, 2012. “Every day, millions of children are affected by [...]

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Much Ado Over the Freedom to Love–LGBT bias rears ugly head over upcoming Pink Dot event in Singapore

Film: Cameroon’s Response to ‘Born This Way’

‘Children of the Night’ Focuses on Human Sex Trafficking in U.S.

Trip into Rural Haiti to Visit “Little Miss Moses”

Step Forward For Orphans Day Held in Washington

Curiator: What is the Art You Care About?