According to the Greek Reporter, the United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres told the UN Security Council on Tuesday 16/4/2018 that he was pressing for a bid to restart negotiations on reuniting Cyprus, nearly two years after talks collapsed. Guterres submitted a progress report to the security council on the UN mission to mediate between the two sides, writing that: “It is my hope that the ongoing consultations will lead to a return to negotiations, to which I could devote the full weight of my good offices, with the aim of reaching a lasting resolution of the Cyprus issue.” UN Chief to Push for Cyprus Unification Talks, Despite “Low Expectations” I guess if at first you don’t succeed then try, try, try, try, try, try…again. Who needs Brexit when you have the Cyprus Talks, ever decreasing circles that go round and round until the talks disappear in order to reappear again with nothing changed but with a dream that the result will … [Read more...] about United Nations To Open Cyprus Talks Again!
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While details are yet to be worked out, the visit is likely to take place in May. Secretary-General Guterres said that he looked forward to visiting Fiji. The visit will provide him with an opportunity to personally view the variety of approaches and programmes that are being implemented by Fiji. It will generate momentum for the 2019 Climate Summit. Both leaders discussed the need for greater urgency by the world’s leaders in tackling climate change issues. Mr Bainimarama also told Secretary-General Guterres that the Pacific region was leading the world on many fronts in both depth and pace of actions. He further discussed on the need for robust discussions and serious actions in mitigating climate change in preparations for Climate Summit in September and also COP25. Fiji’s Prime Minister spoke at the General Assembly this week on the need for more pace and depth in actions being undertaken by countries to reach 1.5 degrees. Mr Bainimarama also met with the United Nations … [Read more...] about United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres To Visit Fiji
A week ago, the UN Special Rapporteur on Extreme Poverty and Human Rights, Philip Alston, presented his preliminary report on UK poverty. Not a UN official, Alston was appointed by the Human Rights Council, an intergovernmental UN body the UK is a member of, as an independent advisor to monitor poverty and human rights globally. The Special Rapporteur visits countries and makes recommendations as part of his mandate. He requires an invitation from the government and he only visits two countries per year. Alston and his team spent months reading a record number of written submissions from UK-based academics, civil society and individuals. No other mission from a UN independent expert had generated so much interest anywhere in the world. I saw Alston in action in Newcastle and in London. I bear witness to the fact that he had an acute understanding of the issues prior to his arrival. He had done all the necessary research, but he needed to hear what poverty, inequality and austerity felt … [Read more...] about Poverty in Britain: The power of the United Nations is in your hands
Amber Rudd has accused the United Nations of launching a political attack on the British Government after an envoy published a damning report into the scale of poverty in the UK. The new Work and Pensions Secretary said comments made by Professor Philip Alston, the UN’s Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights, were “wholly inappropriate”. Ms Rudd criticised Prof Alston for the "extraordinary political nature of his language" after he took aim at Government benefit cuts and said 14 million people in the UK were living in poverty. He claimed Universal Credit waiting times had “plunged people into misery and despair” and that levels of destitution could be “obviated very easily” if... To continue reading this article Start your free trial of Premium Access all Premium articles Subscriber-only events Cancel any time Free for 30 days then only £2 per week Try Premium Access one Premium article … [Read more...] about Amber Rudd accuses United Nations of political attack on UK Government over damning poverty report
United Nations Secretary-General sent a video message on the international day to end impunty for crimes against journalist. ''In just over a decade, more than a thousand journalists have been killed while carrying out their indispensable work. Nine out of ten cases are unresolved, with no one held accountable. Female journalists are often at greater risk of being targeted not only for their reporting but also because of their gender, including through the threat of sexual violence. This year alone, at least 88 journalists have been killed. Many thousands more have been attacked, harassed, detained or imprisoned on spurious charges, without due process. This is outrageous. This should not become the new normal. When journalists are targeted, societies as a whole pay a price. On this day, I pay tribute to journalists who do their jobs every day despite intimidation and threats. Their work – and that of their fallen colleagues -- reminds us that truth never dies. … [Read more...] about When journalists are targeted, societies as a whole pay a price։ United Nations Secretary-General