United Nations




Antonio Guterres elected new UN Secretary-General - BBC: LINK ¤ B B C

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  • "the 193-member United Nations General Assembly unanimously appointed Portuguese Antonio Guterres"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "as the ninth Secretary-General of the world body for five years beginning Jan. 1, 2017"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "Mr. Guterres, 67, who led the UN Refugee Agency UNHCR for 10 years, was chosen from among 13 candidates"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • Guterres: "the international community's first priority is to be able to end the conflict in Syria"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "and to use this momentum to address all the other conflicts that are interlinked"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "people across the globe have to work together to achieve a safer future"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "I hope people will understand that it's better to put aside different opinions, different interests and to understand"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "that there is a common, vital interest"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "because that is absolutely central if you want to live in a world where a minimum of securities are established"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "where people can live a normal life"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "Guterres pledged to act as an "honest broker" and said he would take a humble approach in trying to deal with global issues"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "with human dignity at the core of his work"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "the problems of today's complex world can only inspire a humble approach"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "one in which the Secretary General alone neither has all the answers, nor seeks to impose his views"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "one in which the Secretary General makes his good offices available, working as a convenor, a mediator, a bridge-builder and an honest broker"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "to help find the solutions that benefit everyone involved"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "co-operation for the common good, and shared responsibility for people and the planet"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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who will be the next UN Secretary-General to replace Ban Ki-moon ? - Telegraph: LINK ¤ TELEGRAPH

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  • "this is the first time, that the UN Secretary General is chosen with a modicum of transparency:"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "ten of the 12 candidates took part in live televised debates"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "the first seven holders of the post - including Ban - have all been selected through a byzantine system of horse-trading behind closed doors"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "by the five permanent members of the security council - the US, France, Britain, China, and Russia"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "many diplomats say that this five states would prefer a "secretary" rather than a "general""

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "the 193-member UN General Assembly has sought to lift a veil of secrecy that has surrounded the election of the UN chief for the past 70 years"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "by requiring public nominations and holding campaign-style town hall events with each candidate"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "to drag the selection process out of the shadows and into the full light of public accountability"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "the search for a worthy successor to Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon - who steps down at the end of 2016"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "has sparked a push by more than a quarter of the 193 UN states for the world body's first female leader"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "the council hopes to agree on a candidate by October 2016"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Helen Clark enters the Race for the UN Secretary General - the Guardian: LINK ¤ the GUARDIAN

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  • "Helen Clark, the former Prime Minister of New Zealand and the current head of the UN Development Programme"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "has entered the race to succeed Ban Ki-moon as Secretary General of the United Nations"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "her high-profile entry into the competition is certain to increase pressure among the power brokers of the UN to appoint a woman as the leading face of diplomacy on the global stage"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "Clark said, the UN must be made fit for purpose"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "the position of Secretary General is about giving a voice to 7 billion people"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "who look to the UN for hope and support"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "as the head of the UN Development Programme (UNDP), which she has led for the past seven years, she has proven herself to be a tough administrator who has cut budgets in her area"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "and is able to withstand pressures of single states"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "when asked whether she would seek to reduce the power of the five permanent members of the UN security council"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "Clark gave a diplomatic answer. "I acknowledge the importance of the P5, as I acknowledge the importance of every member state""

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "the General Assembly, in which all 193 member states are represented"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "is not ( yet ) the World's Parliament"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "the main question is: how to build a stabile, long-term international world order"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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NSA targets World Leaders for US geopolitical Interests
- WikiLeaks: LINK ¤ WIKILEAKS

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  • "we publish highly classified documents showing that the US National Security Agency"

 

 

 

 

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  • "bugged a private climate change strategy meeting"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "between UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon and German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "singled out the Chief of Staff of UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) for long term interception targetting"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "singled out the Director of the Rules Division of the World Trade Organisation (WTO), Johann Human, for long term interception"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "stole sensitive Italian diplomatic cables detailing how Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu implored Italy's Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi to help patch up his relationship with US President Barack Obama"

 

 

 

 

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  • "intercepted top EU and Japanese trade ministers discussing their secret strategy and red lines"

 

 

 

 

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  • "to stop the US "extorting" them at the WTO Doha rounds (the talks subsequently collapsed)"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "explicitly targetted five other top EU economic officials for long term interception"

 

 

 

 

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  • "explicitly targetted the phones of Italy's ambassador to Nato and other top Italian officials for long term interception"

 

 

 

 

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  • "and intercepted details of a critical private meeting between then French president Nicolas Sarkozy, Merkel and Berlusconi"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "some of the intercepts are classified "top-secret comint-gamma" and are the most highly classified documents ever published by a media organization"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon's private meetings over how to save the planet from climate change were bugged by a country intent on protecting its largest oil companies"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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global Order
- Kofi Annan: LINK ¤ PROJECT SYNDICATE

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  • "around the world, personal liberty, human rights, and democracy are at risk"

 

 

 

 

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  • "even in countries that have embraced democratic ideals"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "globalization may have delivered many benefits, but it has also eroded the capacity of societies to determine their own destinies"

 

 

 

 

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  • "many modern challenges - including tax avoidance, organized crime, climate change"

 

 

 

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  • "international migration, and financial flows, both licit and illicit - have one thing in common:"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "the traditional instruments of a sovereign state"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "have become inadequate to manage them"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "preventing the most harmful consequences of climate change"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "requires solidarity and cooperation"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "the world desperately needs brave leaders who can take the long view"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "in a world where power ebbs and flows, it is in everyone’s interest"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "to adhere to a fair system of rules"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "that respect both national sovereignty and individual rights"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "the heads of the world’s historical powers need to recognize that it is in their interest"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "to follow the rules"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "and to allow rising states to help write these rules"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "the UN Security Council must be enlarged"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "and developing countries should be given greater voting rights in the Bretton Woods institutions:"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "the IMF and the World Bank"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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almost half of the World's Food thrown away
- the Guardian: LINK ¤ the GUARDIAN

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  • "as much as half of all the food produced in the world"

 

 

 

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  • "equivalent to 2bn tonnes"

 

 

 

 

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  • "ends up as waste every year"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "the UK's Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) blames the "staggering" new figures in its analysis on"

 

 

 

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  • "unnecessarily strict sell-by dates, buy-one-get-one free"

 

 

 

 

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  • "and Western consumer demand for cosmetically perfect food"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "along with poor engineering and agricultural practices"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "inadequate infrastructure and poor storage facilities"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "in the UK as much as 30% of vegetable crops are not harvested"

 

 

 

 

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  • "due to their failure to meet retailers' exacting standards on physical appearance"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "while up to half of the food that is bought in Europe and the US"

 

 

 

 

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  • "is thrown away by consumers"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "550bn cubic metres of water is wasted globally in growing crops that never reach the consumer"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "this is food that could be used to feed the world's growing population"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "as well as those in hunger today"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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UN: reduce Food Waste dramatically with simple Acts - the Guardian: LINK ¤ the GUARDIAN

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  • "requesting smaller portions at restaurants"

 

 

 

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  • "freezing leftovers and donating to food banks can help make a difference"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "says the UN-led "think, eat, save: reduce your foodprint campaign""

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • UN Under Secretary General and UNEP executive Director, Achim Steiner:

 

 

 

 

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  • "in a world of 7 billion people, set to grow to 9 billion by 2050"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "wasting food makes no sense"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "economically, environmentally and ethically"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • José Graziano da Silva, FAO Director General: "together, we can reverse this unacceptable trend and improve lives"

 

 

 

 

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  • "in industrialised regions, almost half of the total food squandered, around 300m tonnes annually, occurs"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "because producers, retailers and consumers discard food that is still fit for consumption"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "this is more than the total net food production of sub-Saharan Africa"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "and would be sufficient to feed the estimated 870 million people hungry in the world"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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UN Treaty on regulating global Arms Sales
- New York Times
: LINK ¤ the NEW YORK TIMES

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  • "the United Nations General Assembly voted overwhelmingly to approve a pioneering treaty"

 

 

 

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  • "aimed at regulating the enormous global trade in conventional weapons"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "for the first time linking sales to the human rights records of the buyers"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "although implementation is years away and there is no specific enforcement mechanism"

 

 

 

 

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  • "proponents say the treaty would for the first time force sellers to consider how their customers will use"

 

 

 

 

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  • "the weapons and to make that information public"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "the treaty, which took seven years to negotiate, reflects growing international sentiment"

 

 

 

 

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  • "that the multibillion-dollar weapons trade needs to be held to a moral standard"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "the treaty calls for sales to be evaluated on whether the weapons will be used"

 

 

 

 

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  • "to break humanitarian law, war crimes, or organized crime"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "finally we have seen the governments of the world come together and say "Enough !""

 

 

 

 

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  • "said Anna MacDonald, the head of arms control for Oxfam International, one of the many rights groups that pushed for the treaty"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "it is time to stop the poorly regulated arms trade"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "it is time to bring the arms trade under control"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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60th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights - US cable - 2008: LINK ¤ 08USUNNEWYORK1177

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  • "the UN General Assembly (UNGA) marked"

 

 

 

 

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  • "the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) in New York"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "speakers agreed that while much had been achieved since the adoption of the UDHR"

 

 

 

 

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  • "much remained to be done"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "and the UN needed to respond to new challenges"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "presented by the global financial, food and energy crises"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "climate change"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "and the widening gap between the rich and the poor resulting in higher poverty levels"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "speakers focused on "new" human rights"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "including the right to development"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "and the right to water"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "they emphasized that equal attention needed to be given"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "to economic, social and cultural rights"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "as to civil and political rights"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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UN Habitat:
World of Slums growing - US cable - 2009:
LINK ¤ 09STATE69219

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  • "72% of urban populations in sub-Saharan Africa "live" in slums"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "the Executive Director of UN Habitat Tibaijuka noted four critical areas for policy-makers and donors to address:"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "land administration and tenure"

 

 

 

 

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  • "financial innovations"

 

 

 

 

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  • "municipal and city planning"

 

 

 

 

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  • "and water and sanitation"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "if unchecked and neglected"

 

 

 

 

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  • "slum urbanization would have adverse implications on a given country's health and development potential"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "significantly diminishing any possibility of hope or positive growth for a country"

 

 

 

 

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  • "in particular its youth"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Hunger Report - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations: LINK ¤ F A O

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  • "1.02 billion hungry People"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "world leaders have reacted forcefully to the financial and economic crisis and succeeded in mobilizing billions of dollars in a short time period"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "the same strong action is needed now to combat hunger and poverty"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "said FAO Director General Jacques Diouf"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "the rising number of hungry people is intolerable"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "we have the economic and technical means to make hunger disappear"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "what is missing is a stronger political will to eradicate hunger forever"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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UN beschließen erstes globales Abkommen über Waffenhandel - der Standard:
LINK ¤ der STANDARD

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  • "nach jahrelangen Verhandlungen haben die Vereinten Nationen"

 

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  • "erstmals einen weltweit gültigen Vertrag zur Regulierung des Waffenhandels verabschiedet"

 

 

 

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  • "dem Abkommen zufolge sollen die Mitgliedsstaaten künftig"

 

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  • "keine Waffen mehr an Staaten verkaufen, die damit möglicherweise gegen Menschenrechte verstoßen"

 

 

 

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  • "UNO-Generalsekretär Ban Ki Moon würdigte das Waffenhandelsabkommen als eine "historische diplomatische Leistung""

 

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  • "Ban forderte alle Regierungen auf, den Vertrag zu ratifizieren"

 

 

 

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  • "größte Exporteure von Rüstungsgütern sind die USA, Russland, Deutschland, Frankreich und China"

 

 

 

 

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Palästinenserstaat seit langem überfällig - UN-Chef Ban Ki-moon:
LINK ¤ der STANDARD

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  • "eine sehr wichtige Lektion ist, dass der Status quo keine Option ist"

 

 

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  • "wir müssen den Nahost-Friedensprozess wieder in Gang bringen"

 

 

 

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der Standard: "teilen Sie den Aufruf der Arabischen Liga zu einer vollständigen Aufhebung der Blockade des Gazastreifens ?"


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  • "dazu habe ich immer wieder aufgerufen, und darauf arbeiten die UN hin"

 

 

 

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  • "es ist wichtig, Präsident Abbas und seiner Behörde volle politische und finanzielle Unterstützung zukommen zu lassen"

 

 

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  • "damit er mit den Israelis in einen Dialog eintreten"

 

 

 

 

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  • "und die Zwei-Staaten-Lösung realisiert werden kann"

 

 

 

 

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  • "ein palästinensischer Staat ist seit langem überfällig"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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UNITED NATIONS
- Wikipedia EN:
LINK ¤ UNITED NATIONS

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  • "the United Nations - UN - is an intergovernmental organization to promote international co-operation"

 

 

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  • "its objectives include maintaining international peace and security"

 

 

 

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  • "promoting human rights, fostering social and economic development"

 

 

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  • "protecting the environment, and providing humanitarian aid in cases of famine, natural disaster, and armed conflict"

 

 

 

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  • "member states: 193"

 

 

 

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  • "the principal organs: the General Assembly (the main deliberative assembly)"

 

 

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  • "the Security Council (for deciding certain resolutions for peace and security)"

 

 

 

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  • "the Economic and Social Council - ECOSOC - assists the General Assembly in promoting international economic and social co-operation and development"

 

 

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  • "the Secretariat (for providing studies, information, and facilities needed by the UN)"

 

 

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  • "and the International Court of Justice (the primary judicial organ)"
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