EU to Give $335 Million for Palestinian Refugees

The European Union has reaffirmed its support for the UN agency helping Palestinian refugees (UNRWA).

Two senior EU officials in Brussels on Wednesday signed a joint declaration on EU support for UNRWA with the agency’s Commissioner General.

Under the agreement, the EU will provide $335 million up to 2016.

The EU contribution to the UNRWA General Fund will [...]

Palestine Adopts UN Treaties to End Torture and Discrimination

 

From today, the State of Palestine is bound by international human rights standards, having brought into force five treaties, with two others coming into effect in July.

The treaties include the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women and the Convention on the [...]

Two Foreign UN Workers Were Killed At Galkayo Airport

Two foreign UN workers were shot dead at Galkayo airport in Puntland, Somalia. They were one Briton and one French working for the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) based in Kenya but had regular visit to Somalia.

A soldier serving as the security guard at Galkayo main Airport shot and killed the two [...]

UN Year Year: Boycott Israel

2014: International Year of Solidarity With the Palestinians. The United Nations today launched the International Year of Solidarity with the Palestinian People, with senior officials urging that the observance be used to redouble efforts to achieve a durable peace between Israel and Palestine.

Just some weeks into 2014, the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement [...]

2014: International Year of Solidarity With the Palestinians

Credit- UN DPI

UNIS – The United Nations today launched the International Year of Solidarity with the Palestinian People, with senior officials urging that the observance be used to redouble efforts to achieve a durable peace between Israel and Palestine.

“The coming year will be crucial to achieving the two-State solution,” Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson said [...]

Farewell of Iranian Ambassador Soltanieh

I was surprised to be invited to the farewell reception for Ambassador Ali Asghar Soltanieh, the Representative of the Islamic Republic of Iran to the IAEA and the International Organizations at the UN in Vienna, an invitation which I accepted.

I have known the Ambassador for several years now for his reasoned speeches at the IAEA [...]

UN Rights Chief Presses Egypt on Morsi Detention

النمسا تودع د. الوزير وترحب بالسفير القادم
المفوضية العليا تسأل أين مرسي وعلى أي أساس قانوني تم إعتقاله

Reuters – The top United Nations human rights official has asked Egypt’s interim government to explain why the army detained elected President Mohamed Morsi and his close aides and whether it plans to put them on trial, a U.N. [...]

2013 UN World Drug Report: Alarming Rise in New Drugs

The Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND), the United Nations office on drugs and crime (UNODC) today launched for the first time in Vienna the 2013 World Drug Report. The event marks the first step on the road to the 2014 high-level review by the Commission on Narcotic Drugs of the Political Declaration and [...]

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