Kazakh Efforts Lead To UN Declaration On Nuke Free World

The Central Asian Republic of Kazakhstan is widely acknowledged as an unrelenting champion of nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation. The country’s latest accomplishment is the resolution adopted by the UN General Assembly along with the Universal Declaration on the Achievement of a Nuclear-Weapon-Free World. President Nursultan Nazarbayev proposed such a Declaration at the first Nuclear Security … More Kazakh Efforts Lead To UN Declaration On Nuke Free World

Israeli PM accuses UN’s top official of “encouraging terror”

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday accused the UN chief of “encouraging terror” after Ban Ki-moon said he could understand Palestinian frustration at Israel’s occupation and that it was natural to resist. “The comments of the UN Secretary General encourage terror,” Netanyahu said in a statement. “There is no justification for terror.” Earlier on … More Israeli PM accuses UN’s top official of “encouraging terror”

Ukraine Calls on U.N. To Send Peacekeepers to War-Torn East

Ukraine has proposed a series of measures to the U.N. for the resolution of the conflict in the country’s east, including a request to consider sending a U.N. peacekeeping mission. Vladimir Yelchenko, Ukraine’s permanent representative to the U.N. presented U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon with several proposals on how the international community can assist in regulating … More Ukraine Calls on U.N. To Send Peacekeepers to War-Torn East

Could the Era of Immunity for UN Personnel Be About to End?

The U.N. peacekeeping force in south Lebanon (UNIFIL) has handed over a local staff member accused by Lebanon’s authorities of spying for Israel. UNIFIL spokesman Andrea Tenenti said the man “was in the UNIFIL compound when authorities requested him.” As such, the U.N. authorities had to decide whether to turn him over to the Lebanese … More Could the Era of Immunity for UN Personnel Be About to End?

Leaked emails show UAE shipped weapons to Libya, violated UN resolution

The United Arab Emirates shipped weapons to its allies in Libya in violation of a UN resolution and with the apparent knowledge of the US government, according to leaked Emirati emails shared with the New York Times this week. The emails also make it clear that the United Nations was aware of a potential conflict of … More Leaked emails show UAE shipped weapons to Libya, violated UN resolution

UN sends more peacekeepers, drones to Central Africa

The United Nations is sending hundreds of extra peacekeepers and its first drones to the Central African Republic to bolster security ahead of elections next month, a UN official said Tuesday. The December 27 elections are shaping up as a test of the country’s progress in its political transition after the bloodletting that followed the … More UN sends more peacekeepers, drones to Central Africa

International System Will Collapse If State’s Territorial Integrity Not Respected

Spain’s Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy, on the anniversary of the country’s membership of the UN, underlined that Spanish legality is firmly entrenched in the international legal system. That is why, Rajoy added, “those who do not respect the Spanish Constitution must be aware that they are also attacking the same legal foundations of the international … More International System Will Collapse If State’s Territorial Integrity Not Respected

Activists Calling for a Ban on ‘Killer Robots’ Raise Alarm Over an Uncertain Threat

The year is 2050. A fighter jet roars across the sky, zeroing in on targets in enemy territory somewhere in the Middle East. But the targets are really a group of farmers holding hoes and rakes, which the jet identifies as guns. Within minutes, it fires a series of rockets, killing all of them. The jet is pilotless, and the … More Activists Calling for a Ban on ‘Killer Robots’ Raise Alarm Over an Uncertain Threat

Egypt set for election to UN Security Council for sixth time

Egypt is among five countries set to be elected to the UN Security Council on Thursday, taking seats alongside the US and Russia amid tensions over various foreign interventions in the Syrian conflict. Egypt, Japan, Senegal, Ukraine and Uruguay are running unopposed for five non-permanent seats on the 15-member council after regional groupings put them … More Egypt set for election to UN Security Council for sixth time

Ukraine Expected to Win UN Council Seat and Face Russia

Diplomats expect no surprises in Thursday’s elections for new members of the Security Council but there will almost certainly be some fireworks when Ukraine joins the U.N.’s most powerful body, where arch opponent Russia has a permanent seat. This year’s election is uncontested — five candidates for five seats as non-permanent members. The only requirement … More Ukraine Expected to Win UN Council Seat and Face Russia