While top US diplomats have privately backed a weapons ban amid the bloody civil war in South Sudan, a new report indicated that US National Security Advisor Susan Rice is chiefly responsible for stalled attempts at an arms embargo in the oil-rich nation.
The UN has dedicated a separate meeting to anti-Semitism, citing a global rise in violence against Jews. About half of UN member states attended, with surprise speakers such as the Saudi ambassador, who equated anti-Semitic crimes with Islamophobia.
Washington has played the role of instigator throughout the entire Ukrainian conflict, said Russia’s envoy to the UN, Vitaly Churkin. He added that Kiev authorities have not taken any steps to start dialogue with the militia in eastern Ukraine.
A leading Islamic organization has called on the United Nations to make “contempt of religions” illegal. The group also urges followers to continue peaceful protests against images of Prophet Mohammed and says the West should do more to protect Muslims.
Earth is slipping towards the “danger zone” as humanity has crossed four of nine environmental phases, so-called planetary boundaries, bringing closer potentially “irreversible changes,” a high-profile study claims.
Given the UN’s acceptance of Palestinian ratification of major international treaties, it’s difficult to see how Western countries can continue to hold out on recognizing the existence of a Palestinian State.
Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu condemned the attacks in France during the Paris march on Sunday, while adding there should be no double standards as to denouncing attacks on Muslim mosques and standing up against Islamophobia.
Angela Merkel’s policy towards Russia can be explained by her potential desire to become the next UN chief, an ambition which can only be met by following a “policy of appeasement” towards Washington, foreign affairs columnist Nebojsa Malic says.
Eastern Ukraine is nearing a humanitarian catastrophe, as residents struggle to get food and medicine, rights group Amnesty International told Reuters. The UN refugee watchdog added that the elderly in the region could be severely hit by Kiev’s policies.
Palestine will join the International Criminal Court on April 1, announced UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Tuesday. The Palestinians will be able to sue Israel for war crimes, a move the Israeli administration has consistently opposed for decades.
The EU's foreign policy chief called Israel’s move to freeze the transfer of Palestinian tax revenues a violation of the Oslo Accords, urging the nation to renew the payments. She advised both sides to refrain from steps that might escalate the situation.
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has announced he has been discussing plans with Jordan to resubmit a bid for the establishment of a Palestinian state to the UN Security Council after a similar resolution failed to pass last week.