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The second Forum on Financing for Development

Written by Eric Pichon, From 22 to 25 May, the United Nations headquarters in New York will host the second Forum on Financing for Development (FfD forum). This event will gather a variety of stakeholders: governments, local authorities, civil society organisations and international institutions. FfD forums are part of the follow-up process agreed in 2015 … Continue reading

António Guterres, United Nations Secretary-General: a strong reformist agenda in difficult times

Written by Ionel Zamfir, The election António Manuel de Oliveira Guterres became the new Secretary-General (SG) of the United Nations on 1 January 2017, following an election process that was unprecedentedly transparent, including public debates with the ten candidates. His election raised much hope that he would be able to tackle the difficult challenges confronting … Continue reading

How does the EU promote sign languages?

In reference to sign languages, citizens contact the European Parliament requesting information on the status of sign languages at EU level, the actions taken to promote it and how its interpretation works in the EU institutions. The United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (the Convention), ratified by the European Union on … Continue reading

International Day of Persons with Disabilities

Written by Nicole Scholz, Each year, 3 December marks the International Day of Persons with Disabilities. The day was proclaimed by the United Nations (UN) in 1992 to promote awareness and mobilise support. The 2016 theme, ‘achieving 17 goals for the future we want‘, highlights the sustainable development goals (SDGs) and their role in creating a more … Continue reading

World AIDS Day 2016 – Hands up for #HIVprevention

Written by Nicole Scholz, Every year, 1 December marks World AIDS Day, proclaimed by the United Nations (UN) in 1988, aiming mainly at raising awareness. This year’s specific theme is ‘Hands up for #HIVprevention‘. In the global campaign timeline leading up to World AIDS Day 2016, nine weekly topics were highlighted: use of condoms as a means … Continue reading

International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women

Written by Rosamund Shreeves, This year’s International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women on 25 November marks the start of a new campaign to end gender-based violence across Europe. The European Commission has chosen the international day to launch a year of focused action to combat violence against women in 2017. The package of … Continue reading

The European Council and EU efforts to strengthen the partnership with the United Nations on crisis management

Written by Suzana Elena Anghel, In June 2016, the European Council ‘welcomed’ the presentation of the Global Strategy for the European Union. One element in the strategy is the recognition of the United Nations’ central role in maintaining international stability, and a call for an integrated EU approach to conflicts and crises. It is thus … Continue reading

Radicalisation, extremism and terrorism: Words matter

Written by Marc Hall, in cooperation with Patryk Pawlak and Clare Ferguson, Terrorism is considered a serious threat to internal security by European governments, particularly in light of the attacks in Paris and Brussels. It is also one of the policy areas where a large majority of citizens would like to see more European involvement. … Continue reading

Negotiating a new UN climate agreement: Challenges for the Paris climate change conference

Written by Gregor Erbach A new international agreement to combat climate change is due to be adopted in December 2015 at the 21st Conference of the Parties (COP21) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). The current climate agreements commit developed countries to take climate action, but not developing countries, some of … Continue reading

Refugee status under international law

Written by Ionel Zamfir Over the past few years, the number of migrants requesting international protection has increased exponentially. The Geneva Convention on refugees and its subsequent Protocol entitle refugees to international protection, most importantly to the right not to be returned to their home countries. However, they define refugees in a restrictive manner, thus … Continue reading

Reform of the United Nations [What Think Tanks are Thinking]

Written by Marcin Grajewski As the United Nations celebrates its 70th anniversary and its General Assembly holds its annual September sessions, the need to overhaul the organisation is widely recognised, but the differing national interests of its most powerful members hinder any major reform. Proposals concern most UN activities, from the composition and decision-making in … Continue reading

Droit international : les règles d’acquisition et de retrait de la nationalité

Written by Fanny Fontaine Le pouvoir discrétionnaire traditionnellement reconnu aux États en matière d’acquisition et de retrait de la nationalité n’est pas sans limite. Plusieurs principes développés par le droit international et la jurisprudence encadrent cette prérogative étatique : l’obligation d’éviter et de réduire les cas d’apatridie ; l’interdiction de la privation arbitraire de nationalité … Continue reading

World AIDS Day 2014: Closing the gap

Written by Nicole Scholz Every year, 1 December marks World AIDS Day. It was proclaimed by the United Nations in 1988 and is probably the most recognised of all international health days. Its main aim is to raise awareness. It’s an opportunity for people around the globe to unite in the fight against HIV/AIDS, show their solidarity … Continue reading

UN Convention on Children’s Rights: 25 years on

Written by Naja Bentzen 6 language versions available in PDF format 25 Jahre Übereinkommen der Vereinten Nationen über die Rechte des Kindes Convención de las Naciones Unidas sobre los Derechos del Niño: 25 aniversario Convention des Nations unies relatives aux droits de l’enfant: 25 ans plus tard Convenzione delle Nazioni Unite sui diritti dell’infanzia: a 25 … Continue reading

Universal Children’s Day 2014

Written by Conall Devaney 20 November 2014 is Universal Children’s Day. This annual event is promoted by the United Nations, with member countries encouraged to raise awareness of issues which specifically effect children such as potential infringements on their basic rights, access (or lack of) to education and both the physical and psychological abuse which many … Continue reading

Indonesia: human rights situation

Written by Jacques Lecarte Indonesia has the potential to become a model emerging democracy that respects human rights nationally and supports universal human rights standards across the world. Achieving this will require newly elected President Joko Widodo to take a firm stand to protect the human rights of Indonesia’s marginalised groups – including religious minorities, … Continue reading

Rwanda: 20 years after the genocide – what are the lessons of the past?

In 1994, from April to July, nearly 1 million Rwandans, mostly from the Tutsi minority, were massacred by the Rwandan army and civilians encouraged by an extremist Hutu government. Although a warning was sent as early as 11 January by General Romeo Dallaire, then head of the UN forces in Rwanda, the United Nations failed … Continue reading

Crisis in Central African Republic: the EU response

Long viewed as a fragile state, the Central African Republic (CAR) is now confronted with a deep political, security and humanitarian crisis, which reached a peak in December 2013. The EU is the main donor to CAR and has stepped up its humanitarian and development aid in response to the crisis. An escalating crisis The … Continue reading

The Arms Trade Treaty: ratification and beyond

6 language versions available in PDF format Vertrag über den Waffenhandel: Ratifizierung und weitere Schritte El Tratado sobre el Comercio de Armas: su ratificación y más allá Traité sur le commerce des armes: ratification et perspectives Trattato sul commercio di armi: ratifica e passi successivi Traktat o handlu bronią: ratyfikacja i okres po ratyfikacji The … Continue reading

Afghan opium production reaches record high

Afghan opium production increased by 49% in 2013, reaching a record high. According to the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), potential production was even higher, limited only by unfavourable weather conditions, while eradication efforts diminished. The drug trade helps sustain the military conflict and, with presidential elections in 2014 as well as the … Continue reading

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