On World Environment Day, UN officials highlight need to ensure sustainability of resources

On World Environment Day, UN officials highlight need to ensure sustainability of resources

Posted by on Jun 5, 2012 in News, United Nations | No Comments

UN News Centre 5 June 2012 – Marking World Environment Day, United Nations officials today highlighted the need for a change in thinking and approach to ensure the sustainability of the Earth’s resources as the world population grows. “Sustainability entails providing opportunity for all by balancing the social, economic and environmental dimensions of development. We […]

UN refugee agency warns of worsening global displacement over next ten years

UN refugee agency warns of worsening global displacement over next ten years

Posted by on Jun 1, 2012 in News, Refugees, United Nations | No Comments

UN News Centre The number of displaced persons worldwide will significantly grow over the next ten years due to factors such as conflict, natural disasters and climate change, according to the flagship publication of the United Nations refugee agency, launched today, which stresses that international solidarity is needed to address the issue. “The world is […]

Taylor Sentencing Only a Step Toward Justice; More People Should be Prosecuted and Reparations Paid to Victims

Taylor Sentencing Only a Step Toward Justice; More People Should be Prosecuted and Reparations Paid to Victims

Posted by on May 31, 2012 in Africa, Laws of War, News, United Nations | No Comments

Published in Amnesty International (New York) – Amnesty International today issued the following comments about the 50-year sentence imposed on former Liberian President Charles Taylorby the Special Court for Sierre Leone for aiding and abetting war crimes. “The criminal prosecution of Taylor should resonate with those in Syria, Sudan, and elsewhere where other heinous crimes […]

Joint UN-Arab League envoy urges Syrian President to take ‘bold steps’ to end violence

Joint UN-Arab League envoy urges Syrian President to take ‘bold steps’ to end violence

Posted by on May 30, 2012 in News, United Nations | No Comments

UN News Centre 29 May 2012 – In a meeting with the Syrian President, Bashar Al-Assad, the Joint Special Envoy of the United Nations and the League of Arab States on the Syrian Crisis, Kofi Annan, today stressed that a peace plan, put forward in March, cannot succeed without “bold steps” to stop the violence […]

Joint UN-Arab League envoy arrives in Syria at ‘critical’ moment in crisis

Joint UN-Arab League envoy arrives in Syria at ‘critical’ moment in crisis

Posted by on May 29, 2012 in News, United Nations | No Comments

UN News Centre 28 May 2012 – The Joint Special Envoy of the United Nations and the League of Arab States arrived in the Syrian capital on Monday at what he called a “critical” moment in the crisis, just days after the massacre of men, women and children that has sparked widespread condemnation. The visit […]

Security Council strongly condemns massacre of civilians in Syria

Security Council strongly condemns massacre of civilians in Syria

Posted by on May 28, 2012 in News, United Nations | No Comments

UN News Centre 27 May 2012 – The Security Council, meeting in an emergency session on Sunday, added its voice to the condemnation by United Nations officials of the recent massacre of men, women and children in the Syrian village of Houla. The Council was briefed in a closed-door session by Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations […]

UNHCR steps up aid in South Sudan camp as population tops 35,000

UNHCR steps up aid in South Sudan camp as population tops 35,000

Posted by on May 26, 2012 in Africa, News, Refugees | No Comments

UNHCR JUBA, South Sudan, May 25 (UNHCR) – The UN refugee agency is expanding aid operations for refugees in South Sudan’s Yida camp, whose population has swollen to more than 35,000 people. People arriving at Yida cite worsening security and humanitarian conditions in the Nuba Mountains of Sudan, where they fled from. An average of […]

Gold miners call British firm to account

Gold miners call British firm to account

Posted by on Apr 21, 2012 in Business, Development, News | No Comments

Published in: The Independent Anglo American is being taken to court for nor protecting its workers in South Africa from dangerous dust A British gold mining firm is to appear in the High Court next month, accused of exposing workers in South Africa to life-threatening diseases caused by dust in the mines. More than a […]

Corporate accountability and protecting human rights

Corporate accountability and protecting human rights

Posted by on Apr 20, 2012 in Americas, Environment, News | No Comments

By Tariq Jeeroburkhan Published in: Rabble.ca Last Friday in Ottawa, I saw the way Parliament Hill is supposed to work. Representatives from all across Canada came together in one room to discuss and debate questions and matters of great importance to this country with legal legislation in mind, both existing and proposed. The atmosphere was […]

Mary Robinson and John Ruggie call on EU Foreign Ministers to make human rights central to trade and investment in Myanmar

Mary Robinson and John Ruggie call on EU Foreign Ministers to make human rights central to trade and investment in Myanmar

Posted by on Apr 20, 2012 in Business, Development, News | No Comments

Institute for Human Rights and Business 20 April 2012 Next week European Union Foreign Ministers will meet to discuss easing economic sanctions on Myanmar (Burma) in response to dramatic changes in the country following recent elections. In a letter sent todayto all EU Foreign Ministers, Mary Robinson, former President of Ireland and United Nations High […]

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