• General Assembly

     

    An African Elected Head of the Inter-Parliamentary Union

    by  • March 21, 2014 • Africa, General Assembly, Governance • 

    Martin Chungong of IPU

    The Inter-Parliamentary Union has elected Martin Chungong of Cameroon as its secretary-general, the first African and the first non-European to lead the organization in its 125-year history. Chungong, a former member of the Cameroonian parliament, has been the Inter-Parliamentary Union’s deputy secretary-general under Anders Johnsson, of Sweden, who officially retires on June 30. Chungong has also been director of programs [...]

    Read more →
     

    UN Decolonizers Strive Again for Puerto Rican Independence

    by  • February 18, 2014 • Caribbean, General Assembly, Latin America, US-UN Relations • 

    Old San Juan, PR

    DORADO, Puerto Rico — Year after year, decade after decade, the United Nations General Assembly’s special committee on decolonization has taken up the issue of Puerto Rico’s status as a dependent commonwealth of the United States. Puerto Rico is self-governing but without the full representation in Washington enjoyed by the 50 American states or the [...]

    Read more →
     

    New Human Rights Council Members Include China and Saudi Arabia

    by  • November 12, 2013 • General Assembly, Human Rights • 

    Human Rights Council vote 2013

    The United Nations General Assembly has elected 14 new members to three-year terms on the 45-member Human Rights Council, which is based in Geneva. The new countries to serve on the council, starting on Jan. 1, 2014, are Algeria, Britain, China, Cuba, France, Macedonia, Maldives, Mexico, Morocco, Namibia, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa and Vietnam. [...]

    Read more →
     

    Where’s the Money? Funds for Millennium Development Goals Lag

    by  • September 25, 2013 • Africa, Asia, Development, General Assembly, Health and Population • 2 Comments

    Garbage dump in Bamako, Mali

    With 827 days to go until the 2015 deadline for the Millennium Development Goals — the United Nations’ flagship agenda for global development — the buzzword at the General Assembly’s annual opening debate in New York this week was “acceleration.” A clear sense of urgency dominated many talks, particularly as the world body prepares to draw [...]

    Read more →
     

    For UN Member Nations, ‘Vulnerability Is a Global Phenomenon’

    by  • September 24, 2013 • General Assembly • 

    Hassan Rouhani

    The annual United Nations debate of the 68th General Assembly got off to a contentious start on Sept. 24 with pointedly worded but divergent speeches by Brazil’s president, Dilma Rousseff, and Barack Obama, the president of the United States. The two countries traditionally kick off the annual debate, held every September in New York for [...]

    Read more →
     

    The Importance of Recruiting Midwives

    by  • September 22, 2013 • General Assembly, Health and Population, Women's Issues • 

    Afghan midwives

    About 350,000 women die while pregnant or giving birth every year, up to 2 million newborns die within the first 24 hours of life, and 2.6 million stillbirths occur annually says the United Nations Population Fund. A push to train more midwives worldwide and to increase their role in preventing the persistently high number of [...]

    Read more →
     

    The Arms Trade Treaty Attracts 67 Signers So Far

    by  • June 4, 2013 • Disarmament, General Assembly, Peace and Security • 

    Romanian ambassador to the UN

    The creation of the Arms Trade Treaty, which aims to control the international trade of conventional weapons and reduce “human suffering,” marks a solid achievement for the United Nations this year in its primary role of securing peace worldwide. And so it went to great lengths on June 3 to promote the success at special [...]

    Read more →
     

    Poverty Experts Want New Thinking on Development Goals

    by  • June 3, 2013 • Africa, Asia, Development, General Assembly, Women's Issues • 1 Comment

    A colonial-era home in Bolama, an island off Guinea-Bissau

    If 2015 comes and goes with a significant number of Millennium Development Goals failing to meet their targets, questions will abound over whom or what to blame. There will also be skepticism over reports that a few of the goals have already been met with 100 percent success. In general, specialists in development have already [...]

    Read more →

    Will the Next Secretary-General Come From Eastern Europe?

    by  • April 4, 2013 • General Assembly, Secretary-General, WORLDVIEWS • 

    Vuk Jeremic, president of UN General Assembly, left; Giulio Terzi di Sant'Agata, Italy's foreign affairs minister; Cesare Maria Ragaglini (center), ambassador of Italy to the UN.

    Last week, former British Foreign Secretary David Miliband announced plans to move to New York to head the International Rescue Committee, a leading humanitarian organization. In his new position, Miliband is likely to be a powerful voice in debates over crises such as that in Syria. His decision may have inspired some envy at the [...]

    Read more →