United Nations

'Aquaman' calls for action with rousing UN speech

Speaking at the UN review of the SAMOA Pathway, a roundtable discussion on Small Island Developing States in New York, the ocean activist and well known actor delivered a rousing six minute speech to global leaders.

Representing island nations, he told the meeting small island countries have led the way in sounding a global alarm on the state of the earth and its seas.

Momoa said innovation and creativity have perceivably elevated humans to the most powerful beings in the world.

UN urges Indonesia to protect Koman

They also urged Indonesia to protect people's rights to peaceful protest and those reporting on protests in West Papua, and to ensure access to the internet

Earlier this month a police warrant was issued for Ms Koman, who is believed to be in Australia, after police claimed she spread fake news online.

Indonesian authorities have blamed disinformation and Papuan independence activists for a recent wave of protests in the region

Top United Nations official 'forced himself on me'

She alleged she was offered a promotion if she accepted an apology from the man and claimed that the organisation failed to take her complaint seriously.

In an exclusive interview with CNN, Martina Brostrom accused a UN assistant secretary general, Dr. Luiz Loures, of grabbing her in a hotel elevator, forcibly kissing her and trying to drag her to his room during a conference in 2015. He denies the allegations.

Nauru to develop national Gender Policy

The Minister for Home Affairs, Education, Land Management and Health, Charmaine Scotty said the policy will be applied across government departments and mainstreamed into policies and laws.

Scotty informed the 62nd session of the Commission on the Status of Women at the UN that Nauru will introduce Gender Responsive Budgeting to ensure that the national budget allocations are equal and optimally applied so output is the same for both men and women.

The right to sufficient shelter

This right is recognised every first Monday of October by the United Nations as the World Habitat Day.

It reflects on the state of human settlements and their right to sufficient shelter.

For this year, the World Habitat Day is sharing the date with the International Day of Non-Violence, also observed by the UN.

This day is also a global observance that promotes non-violence through education and public awareness.

It is annually held on October 2 to coincide with renowned Indian leader Mahatma Gandhi’s birthday

UN officially notified of US intention to withdraw from Paris climate pact

The notification came two months after President Donald Trump announced his intention to leave the accord.
 
“As the Secretary-General said in a statement on 1 June 2017, the decision by the United States to withdraw from the Paris Agreement is a major disappointment for global efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and promote global security,” said UN Spokesman Stéphane Dujarric in a note sent  to correspondents.
 

Global Day of Parents passed quietly

This was publically declared in 2012, September 17, and from then on, June 1 has annually been recognised as the Global Day of Parents.

It’s not a day restricted to one’s biological parents but an opportunity to appreciate parents and parental figures for the vital role they play in the development of families.

Global Day of Parents highlights and promotes effective parenting.

According to the UN, this observance recognises parents as vital in providing protection and positive development for their children.

More North Korea sanctions? They haven't worked so far

The U.N. Security Council has been trying for more than a decade to stifle North Korea's nuclear weapons program with little success: Nuclear tests and missile launches have continued.

Sanctions imposed so far range from restrictions on the arms trade and financial services to a ban on North Korea's business of exporting statues of foreign leaders.

Here are five key areas where the U.N. has taken action since 2006, when North Korea carried out its first nuclear test:

 

Weapons

Syria civil war: UN calls emergency talks after 'gas attack'

The attack on a rebel-held town brought furious international reaction, with the US and other powers blaming the Syrian government for the deaths.

Officials in Damascus deny using any such weapons.

The attack will overshadow a conference in Brussels at which 70 donor nations will discuss aid efforts in Syria.

Delegates want to step up humanitarian access for thousands of civilians trapped by fighting.

Syria's civil war has raged for more than six years with still no political solution in sight.

UN seat remains long-term goal for Cook Islands

New Zealand had knocked back the government's aspirations for a seat, saying it was not an option if the Cook Islands wanted to retain New Zealand passports for its people.

The Cook Islands 'free association' relationship with New Zealand leaves Wellington responsible for defence and foreign policy and while the Cook Islands had separate membership of some UN agencies it was represented by New Zealand at the main international body.