Tag: United Nations

UN says special envoy to Yemen stepping down

The U.N. has announced that its special envoy to Yemen is stepping down after four years of efforts at a peaceful political transition in the Arab world’s poorest country fell apart amid a Shiite rebel uprising and Saudi-led airstrikes.   A statement late Wednesday said Jamal Benomar “has expressed an interest in moving on to […]

Does Obama’s UN carbon pledge threaten much more US economic pain?

The Obama Administration’s pledge of 26 to 28 percent cuts in U.S. carbon emissions by 2025 is coming  under heavy fire from business and scientific experts, who charge the radical goals were not backed up by any concrete planning, likely to cause energy-intensive industries to flee the country at a heavy cost in jobs, and […]

Author: Vatican aligns with U.N. on ‘world governance’

The Vatican’s “Protect the Earth, Dignify Humanity” conference April 28, which will feature U.N. General-Secretary Ban Ki-moon, aims “to elevate the debate on the moral dimensions of protecting the environment” and build “a global movement across all religions for sustainable development and climate change.”   Thomas Horn, co-author with Cris Putnam of “Petrus Romanus: The […]

France set to propose new Palestinian state resolution at UN

The French effort will be based on three steps: first French diplomats will present a draft resolution to the UN Security Council, a step which requires US acquiescence that it will not exercise its veto; second an international peace conference will be held; and the third step will be for France, along with other European […]

Palestinians want UN timetable to ‘end Israeli occupation’

US President Barack Obama has said he will reassess US policy toward Israel following Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s comment before last month’s election that he would not allow the establishment of a Palestinian state on his watch. That could be a possible sign that Washington would no longer shield Israel in the Security Council. […]

Palestinians want leverage on Israel in international court

The Palestinians formally joined the International Criminal Court on Wednesday, as part of a broader effort to put international pressure on Israel and exact a higher price for its occupation of lands sought for a Palestinian state.   Beyond seeking war crimes charges against Israel at the court, the Palestinians want the U.N. Security Council […]

US raises prospect of Israel UN isolation

A year ago, these questions would have been near unthinkable. Protecting Israel from critical resolutions at the Security Council has long been a central pillar of US Middle East policy.   But so rapid has been the deterioration of relations between the Obama administration and Netanyahu government that America’s protective shield is now up for […]

Oslo accords are dead

The Oslo Accords are dead and the Palestinian Authority leadership is about to ask the UN Security Council to recognize a Palestinian state in the pre-1967 lines, a senior Fatah official said on Tuesday.   Othman Abu Gharbieh, a member of the Fatah Central Committee, told the Palestinian daily Al-Quds there would be no return […]

Yemen on verge of total collapse, UN human rights chief warns

Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein called on all sides to protect civilians. Mr Zeid expressed shock at a coalition air strike on a camp for internally displaced people in northern Yemen on Monday, which left at least 19 dead. He also condemned attacks by rebels and allied army units on three hospitals. The UN says at […]

UN, Red Cross alarmed over Yemen casualties in airstrikes

Saudi-led airstrikes pounded Yemen’s Shiite rebels for the sixth day Tuesday, destroying missiles and weapons depots controlled by the rebels as international aid organizations expressed alarm over the high civilian casualties from the strikes and the violence roiling the country.   The airstrikes’ campaign by Sunni Arab states, which began last Thursday, is meant to […]