United Nations

  • Western Envoys Walk Out on Lavrov Speech to UN Rights Forum

    March 02, 2022

    In protest over Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, more than 100 diplomats from over 40 Western countries and allies walked out of Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov’s speech to the U.N. human rights forum.

  • WHO Calls for Stronger Global Role as U.S. Proposes New Pandemic Fund

    February 18, 2022

    With a new pandemic fund arriving from the U.S., the World Health Organization is calling for an increased global presence and role when it comes to heath as WHO director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus called for the organization to have « a unique mandate, unique technical expertise and unique global legitimacy. »

  • Reuters: U.N. Propose to Pay Nearly $6 Million to Taliban for Security

    December 28, 2021

    According to Reuters, Depite Taliban leader and Interior Ministry chief Sirajuddin Haqqanithe being under United Nations (U.N.) and United States (U.S.) sanctions and wanted by the FBI, the U.N has proposed to pay nearly $6 million the Taliban Interior Ministry staff to subsidize the monthly wages of Taliban fighters guarding U.N. facilities.

  • Nursing Unions File Complaint to the U.N. over TRIPS Waiver

    November 30, 2021

    Nursing unions from 28 countries and territories have filed a complaint to the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, urging the United Nations to investigate how the actions of the EU and other high-income countries that have opposed a temporary TRIPS waiver at the World Trade Organization have « breached their obligations to guarantee the right to physical and mental health of everyone ».

  • UN-Backed Banker Alliance Announces “Green” Plan to Transform the Global Financial System

    November 10, 2021

    At the COP26 conference, an “industry-led and UN-convened” alliance of financial institutions announced a new plan to overhaul the role of global and regional financial institutions in order to “transform” the global financial system.

  • World Bank and IMF Face Long-term Damage After Data Rigging Scandal

    October 13, 2021

    A World Bank external investigation finding that IMF leadership applied "undue pressure" on staff for changes boasting China's business climate ranking could negatively impact the strength and reputation of international financial institutions.

  • UN Secretary-General Details a Vision for Improved Global Outcomes

    September 22, 2021

    In a report titled "Our Common Agenda," UN Secretary-General Guterres calls for renewed global solidarity, a new social contract rooted in human rights, an improved global commons, and global public goods.

  • UN to Report on Xinjiang Human Rights Despite Lack of Access

    September 15, 2021

    Michelle Bachelet, who is the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights expressed regret at having failed to secure a visit to Xinjiang three months after saying she planned to verify reports of China's alleged violations against Uyghurs and other minority groups but will go ahead with the publication of an independant report based on available evidence.

  • UN Chief Urges Leaders to “Think Big,” with UN Playing Lead Role

    September 13, 2021

    UN Secretary-General Guterres has set out his vision for the future of global cooperation in a new report released  at a recent meeting of the General Assembly entitled, Our Common Agenda, outlining an approach that would herald a new era for multilateralism, in which the UN would be the platform for collaboration.

  • UN Chief Urges Taliban to Protect Afghan Lives, Implement « Inclusive » Government

    August 18, 2021

    Following the Taliban’s takeover in Afganistan, U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres urged the Taliban to exercise “utmost restraint” to protect Afghan lives and allow humanitarian assistance to reach those in need, continuing with a statement agreed by all 15 members of the Security Council that called for the immediate cessation of all hostilities and « a new government that is united, inclusive and representative. »

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