Tag: World Government

UN chief launches new disarmament agenda ‘to secure our world and our future’

“The United Nations was created with the goal of eliminating war as an instrument of foreign policy,” Secretary-General António Guterres said, unveiling his new agenda, entitled, Securing Our Common Future, at the University of Geneva, in Switzerland.“But seven decades on, our world is as dangerous as it has ever been,” he warned.“Disarmament prevents and ends […]

Palestinians ask international court to investigate Israel

Accusing Israel of systematic crimes, including apartheid in the occupied territories, Palestinians on Tuesday urged the International Criminal Court to open an investigation that could ultimately lead to charges against Israeli leaders.Israel immediately slammed the Palestinian move as “legally invalid.”ADVERTISINGThe referral seeks an investigation into Israeli policies in the West Bank, east Jerusalem and Gaza […]

KUNA : Trump, Guterres to discuss UN reform, North Korea, Syria at White House

President Donald Trump will be meeting with UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres at the White House to discuss UN reform, North Korea, and Syria. According to the White House announcement, the meeting “will reaffirm the commitment of the United States to improving the efficiency and effectiveness of the United Nations”. The two will discuss several issues […]

Charges of Censorship as U.N. Press Freedom Day Event Is Called Off

transparent and democratic societies.” By the end of day, though, a United Nations group was itself facing accusations of censorship.The group, the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations, “postponed” a panel discussion marking World Press Freedom Day and acknowledged asking a participant to alter a video presentation that had singled out countries with heavy restrictions on […]

U.N. chief agrees to participate in North, South Korea peace efforts

United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres has accepted South Korean President Moon Jae-in’s request to participate in verifying the closure of North Korea’s main nuclear test site, and turning the demilitarized zone into a peace zone.Spokesman Kim Eui-kyeom told reporters Tuesday the South Korean president held a 30 minute phone call with the U.N. secretary […]

Syria: western nations seek to bypass Russian veto at UN

Western nations want to end the months-long paralysis at the United Nations over Syria by referring the issue of chemical weapons use to the entire UN general assembly, where Russia’s security council veto would not apply.The idea is to draw on a rarely used route first established in the cold war to transfer responsibility for […]

The United Nations of China: A vision of the world order

China’s participation in the United Nations system is often viewed through a succession of single lenses: its use of the veto over the last few years (less often than Russia, but more than Western permanent members of the UN Security Council); its financial contribution (now the second largest, but this is a simple consequence of […]

The U.N. Battens Down the Hatches for Hurricane Bolton

The Trump administration’s relations with the United Nations are in trouble again. U.N. officials are justifiably nervous of incoming national security adviser John Bolton. The Bush administration’s pugilistic representative in Turtle Bay in 2005 and 2006 once quipped that “it wouldn’t make a bit of difference” if 10 stories of the organization’s headquarters building disappeared. […]

US steps up threat to quit UN rights body as 5 new anti-Israel resolutions pass

UNITED NATIONS — The United States warned Friday that it was losing patience and again threatened to quit the UN Human Rights Council after the Geneva-based body adopted five resolutions condemning Israel.US Ambassador Nikki Haley said in a statement that the council was “grossly biased against Israel,” noting that it had adopted only three resolutions […]

Corker: Trump ‘Likely Will Move Away From’ Iran Deal in May

Senate Foreign Relations Committee chairman Bob Corker said on Sunday that he expects President Donald Trump to withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal in May if progress is not made to fix it by then.When Trump waived certain nuclear-related sanctions on Iran in January, he warned that he would not do so again at the […]