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Beyond Abbas and Oslo

Last month, Mahmoud Abbas, the President of the Palestinian Authority, announced before the United Nations General Assembly that the twenty-year effort to establish a Palestinian state through the Oslo process had failed. This declaration was long overdue. Show More Summary

How Can We Talk About the Rights of Women if Girls are Killed in Abortion and Infanticide?

Sunday, 11th October 2015 marked the International Day of the Girl Child.  Perhaps the saddest aspect of this day is the fact that it’s still needed.  When the United Nations General Assembly first designated the Day in December, 2011, the plan was to recognise the rights of girls around the world, and the unique challenges that […]

The Leading Internet Freedom Technology (LIFT) Initiative: Scaling Up U.S. Leadership to Promote Human Rights Online

On the margins of the 70th high-level meeting of the United Nations General Assembly, I was delighted to share the stage at City University of New York’s Ralph Bunche Institute with seven leading Internet freedom activists and technologists, and with Ambassador Samantha Power, the U.S.

Eurasian Economic Union Will Receive 'Observer Status' in UN

The Eurasian Economic Union will receive “observer status” in the UN General Assembly on October 19, Russian Presidential Aide Yuri Ushakov said Monday.

What Will It Take to Educate Every Kid in the World? 

At the most recent General Assembly, the United Nations rolled out the new Sustainable Development Goals, an ambitious blueprint to eradicate extreme poverty by the year 2030. The SDGs replace the Millennium Development Goals that helped...Show More Summary

Faith in the Girl Child

Today is the International Day of the Girl Child. The United Nations General Assembly adopted this day in December 2011, declaring by formal Resolution 66/170 that 11 October is the International Day of the Girl Child. There's a dual theme: the rights of girls, and the unique challenges girls face around the world. Show More Summary

Climate could create the next refugee crisis

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Even though battling climate change was added as one of the new sustainable-development goals during the recent session of the United Nations General Assembly, the organization’s definition of a refugee has remained focused on people escaping persecution, excluding climate change as a factor. But...

THE REAL OBAMA DOCTRINE:  Niall Ferguson charts Mr. Obama’s disastrous foreign policy in the Wall S…

THE REAL OBAMA DOCTRINE:  Niall Ferguson charts Mr. Obama’s disastrous foreign policy in the Wall Street Journal: The same fuzzy thinking informed Mr. Obama’s speech at the U.N. General Assembly last week, in which he first said he wanted to “work with other nations under the mantle of international norms and principles and law,” but […]

The Power of the Adolescent Girl: Vision for 2030

(Meeting the Girl Advocates in New York on the 26th September 2015) Attending the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) summit in New York is an amazing opportunity that the Wellbeing Foundation Africa (WBFA) and I have been honoured to accept for the fourth year in a row. Show More Summary

Israel, Iran trade barbs at U.N. disarmament panel meeting

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Israel and Iran exchanged sharp criticisms at a meeting of the U.N. General Assembly's disarmament committee on Friday, accusing each other of being a major destabilizing force in the Middle East.

This Woman Will Likely Be The Next UN General Secretary.

You probably don’t know about this particular thread of international diplomacy on the global agenda, not least during the recent UN General Assembly in New York. Yet it’s not a secret. The louder-noise issues naturally dominated headlines – Syria, Ukraine, ISIS – and obscured the backroom buzz. The matter I [...]

Israeli Palestinian conflict: Another Intifada ?

By:George S. Hishmeh For the second time in two months the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, now almost in its 50th year, has been neglected by key international leaders — at the UN General Assembly, which met last month in New York, and during Pope Francis’ first visit to the United States. Neither US President Barack Obama nor […]

Strengthening families affected by the AIDS epidemic

Last month, world leaders came together at the United Nations General Assembly to endorse 17 new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and a roadmap to end some of the world's greatest challenges--poverty, inequality and climate change--within the next 15 years. Show More Summary

Russia Continues to Frustrate Everyone (Except Assad) in Syria

During his speech at the U.N. General Assembly last month, Vladimir Putin said it was essential that the international organization band together, World War II–style, and fight the terrorist group gaining power and influence in the Middle East — the Islamic State.  However, the Russian president also noted that he... More »

Sweden on Target to Become First Fossil Fuel-Free Nation on Earth

Sweden’s Prime Minister Stefan Löfven recently declared at the U.N. General Assembly that his country would become “one of the first fossil-free welfare states in the world.” How can this nation of 10 million people make this a real...

SHOCKED, SHOCKED. AT RICK’S? GAMBLING? SHOCKED: Former U.N. General Assembly president charged with …

SHOCKED, SHOCKED. AT RICK’S? GAMBLING? SHOCKED: Former U.N. General Assembly president charged with bribery.

10 Tweets That Show Why the World's Top Diplomat Has to Be a Woman

Last week, the good and the great descended on New York for the annual United National General Assembly (UNGA). One of the main topics being discussed in the corridors and cafes of the United Nations is the question of who will be chosen...Show More Summary

A Few Thoughts on Israel at the UN

Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu recently spoke at the UN General Assembly meeting on behalf of the Jewish state.

Reimagining Abbas’ speech at the UN General Assembly

Rida Abu Rass shares the speech she wishes Mahmoud Abbas had given at the UN last week. It includes: "We did our best to accommodate the Israeli need for a state alongside us, but the geopolitical reality that Israel created renders this solution impossible. Show More Summary

Ex-U.N. General Assembly head, five others face U.S. bribery case

NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. authorities charged a former president of the United Nations General Assembly, a billionaire Macau real estate developer and four others on Tuesday for engaging in a wide-ranging corruption scheme.

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