Updates from the UN

A principled humanitarian with promising views on prevention to become next UN Secretary-General

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As Mr. Guterres is set to become the next UN Secretary-General when Ban Ki-Moon steps down at the end of the year, many assumptions are drawn based on his past as former head of UN’s refugee agency. Indeed, Guterres’ time in the UN has earned him a reputation a well-regarded leader and principled diplomat who did not shy away from standing up for humanitarian values and Human Rights, even...
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Pledging conference for the UN’S Peacebuilding raises only half of its target

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By Minna Hojland and Kofi Dakinah Last week, a conference was held to raise funds for the UN’s Peacebuilding Fund (PBF), a fund that Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon established in 2006 to provide quick and catalytic support for peacebuilding projects in countries emerging from conflict. Yet, even though the UN Member States time and again stress their support for peacebuilding and...
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News from the Peacebuilding Commission and developments in West Africa

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The Peacebuilding Commission, the UN body designed to assist countries emerging from conflict in building peace, has had a number of interesting meetings the past weeks. GPPAC monitors the activities of the Peacebuilding Commission in New York and in the six African countries it is active in, and provides analysis and information on the website Together for a Better Peace . For...
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Early warning and economic, social and cultural rights

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Representatives from the UN’s Office of the High Commissioner of Human Rights (OHCHR) in Geneva were in New York on June 28th to speak about the linkages between violations of economic, social and cultural rights and the emergence of conflict. The meeting, hosted by QUNO, was based on the OHCHR’s recent report called Early warning and economic, social and cultural rights. The findings...
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UN elects five new members of the security council and next president of the General Assembly

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Bolivia, Ethiopia, Kazakhstan and Sweden new members of the Security Council - Netherlands and Italy proposes split term This week, the UN’s member states elected five new non-permanent members of the Security Council on June 28th. In a prolonged and narrow voting session, the 193 member states elected Bolivia, Ethiopia, Kazakhstan and Sweden as new members of the Security Council...
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