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    US justice chief blasts militant secularists National Motorsports Appeals Panel upholds penalty to Mike Wallace Watch BTS 2020 speech at the United Nations General Assembly © Provided by INSIDER BTS attends the 2020 Grammys. Steve Granitz/WireImage/Getty Images BTS delivered remarks on Wednesday at the 75th United Nations General Assembly. The group spoke to future generations, contextualized within the current moment of the COVID-19 pandemic. In the speech, BTS delivered a message of persistence and hope, speaking about their own struggles with loneliness and creativity during the pandemic. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. On Wednesday, BTS spoke at the 75th United Nations General Assembly, delivering a message of hope and reassurance to encourage people to continue living...
    BTS attends the 2020 Grammys. Steve Granitz/WireImage/Getty Images BTS delivered remarks on Wednesday at the 75th United Nations General Assembly. The group spoke to future generations, contextualized within the current moment of the COVID-19 pandemic. In the speech, BTS delivered a message of persistence and hope, speaking about their own struggles with loneliness and creativity during the pandemic. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. On Wednesday, BTS spoke at the 75th United Nations General Assembly, delivering a message of hope and reassurance to encourage people to continue living on despite current hardships.  The group was invited to speak by the Group of Friends of Solidarity for Global Health Security, which was founded by South Korea in 2020...
    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The Latest from the U.N. General Assembly (all times EDT): 8:15 p.m. The president of Africa’s most populous country, Nigeria, is calling for the “uninhibited supply of safe and effective coronavirus vaccines for all.” African nations have been outspoken in seeking the equitable distribution of any COVID-19 vaccine, while watching anxiously as some of the world’s richest countries strike deals with pharmaceutical companies to secure millions of doses of potential vaccines. President Muhammadu Buhari warns that if the United Nations can’t marshal an inclusive response to the pandemic, then it “would have failed in its core mission of giving expression, direction and solution to the yearnings of the international community.” The U.N.’s health agency,...
    The United Nations is marking its 75th anniversary as the post-World War Two global order which created it is on shaky foundations. Multilateralism is in serious disarray, as the former UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon has observed. President Donald Trump's America First foreign policy has seen the US thumb its nose at multilateral agreements from the Paris Climate accord to the Iran nuclear deal, while China is visibly positioning itself as the new supporter of the United Nations. But growing Chinese influence comes at a price, and if Beijing is devoting more money to fund UN agencies like the World Health Organization then it will want more say as a result. The UN Secretary General...
    President Trump speaks during the 75th annual U.N. General Assembly, which is being held mostly virtual amid the coronavirus pandemic, as seen on Tuesday, September 22, 2020. United Nations / Handout via Reuters United Nations — Laying down the diplomatic gauntlet, President Trump referred to the "fierce battle against the invisible enemy — the China virus" in a full throttle attack on China, as he spoke by video to the U.N. General Assembly's general debate that began Tuesday amid the coronavirus pandemic. "We must hold accountable the nation which unleashed this plague onto the world: China," Mr. Trump said. China's President Xi Jinping's video message was part conciliation, part push-back. China has "no intention to fight either a Cold...
    VIDEO7:0007:00Pres. Trump calls on world to 'hold China accountable' for Covid-19 pandemic during U.N. addressNews Videos NEW YORK — President Donald Trump on Tuesday called on world leaders at the United Nations to "hold China accountable" for the coronavirus pandemic. Trump, a frequent critic of the U.N., slammed the Chinese government and the World Health Organization for the deadly virus and the social and economic fallout from the health crisis. "The Chinese government and the World Health Organization, which is virtually controlled by China, falsely declared that there was no evidence of human-to-human transmission. Later, they falsely said people without symptoms would not spread the disease," Trump said in a recorded speech from the White House. The WHO is a...
    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The Latest from the UN General Assembly (all times EST): 10 a.m. WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump says the United Nations must hold China “accountable” for failing to contain the coronavirus, which has killed about 200,000 Americans and nearly 1 million around the world. Trump is accusing China of not sharing timely information with the world on the new disease in a taped address to the virtually gathered United Nations General Assembly. Trump says: “The United Nations must hold China accountable for their actions.” Trump is also using his address to tout a pair of recent international accords he helped to broker— one between Kosovo and Serbia and the other between the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain...
    By The Associated Press UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The Latest from the UN General Assembly (all times EST): 10 a.m. WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump says the United Nations must hold China “accountable” for failing to contain the coronavirus, which has killed about 200,000 Americans and nearly 1 million around the world. Trump is accusing China of not sharing timely information with the world on the new disease in a taped address to the virtually gathered United Nations General Assembly. Trump says: “The United Nations must hold China accountable for their actions.” Trump is also using his address to tout a pair of recent international accords he helped to broker— one between Kosovo and Serbia and the other between the...
    Bob Hennelly September 21, 2020 11:00PM (UTC) Every campaign pitch is at its root a narrative, a story line about the ebb and flow of our history that acts as the orientation for the vote that is upon us. The candidate whose story line captures the most people is the one that prevails in November. For Trump's base, the Make America Great Again cult, our nation achieved its zenith in the post–World War II era, when a white family could be supported by a single breadwinner. For them, Donald Trump was just on the verge of a restoration of those halcyon days when the Chinese unleashed the coronavirus and wrecked what he called the "greatest economy in history."  : And...
    (CNN)This year's gathering of the global elite at the UN General Assembly (UNGA) has been cramped by Covid-19: World leaders won't flock to New York, opting instead for a virtual speech fest. Gone will be the diplomatic pull asides, the lobbying, the power lunches and cocktail parties. But that also means Donald Trump will miss the last turn of his first term as US President at the hallowed green granite UN podium, from which generations of world leaders have lectured the world.Just two years ago Trump stood at that lectern and stunned world leaders telling them what a great job he was doing. "In less than two years, my administration has accomplished more than almost any administration in the history...
    United Nations (CNN)What if the world's most powerful people threw a gigantic international party and no one showed up? This week is the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) -- normally the Super Bowl of international diplomacy. But thanks to a global pandemic, make that "digital diplomacy" without star players in the corridors at UN headquarters in New York. It's also the historic 75th anniversary of the United Nations, but the massive crowds, handshakes, and kisses on the cheek will be gone during the annual frenetic diplomatic bash. "The COVID-19 pandemic is a crisis unlike any in our lifetimes, and so this year's General Assembly session will be unlike any other, too," said host UN Secretary-General Antomio Guterres at a press...
    It’s not much of an exaggeration to say that Siddharth Chatterjee owes his life to the United Nations. His Hindu father was a refugee from what is today Bangladesh. Young Siddharth grew up with the chaos of the 1947 partition of India and Pakistan as his history, but the security of U.N. assistance programs as his cradle. At 3 years old, the boy was diagnosed with polio. Yet the quick intervention of a doctor and the U.N.’s polio eradication program – one of the young global institution’s first health initiatives – helped him recover. At 6, a proud Siddharth marched off to school sporting a backpack marked UNICEF, for the U.N. agency dedicated to promoting children’s welfare. And years later,...
    United Nations, Sep 17 . .- The United Nations Organization will hold a summit on Friday in which a score of heads of State will participate to discuss the challenges and progress in the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), with the objective of “keeping hope alive,” announced the UN Deputy Secretary General, Amina Mohammed, on Thursday. “We come together to keep hope alive and to ensure that the actions we need are taken to drive the changes that have to happen to bring about better reconstruction through the framework of the SDGs, which have never been more relevant,” Mohammed said in a news conference. The 2030 SDGs constitute an ambitious United Nations plan that replaces the...
    By Michelle Nichols UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Long-simmering tensions between the United States and China have hit boiling point at the United Nations over the coronavirus pandemic, spotlighting Beijing's bid for greater multilateral influence in a challenge to Washington's traditional leadership. Chinese President Xi Jinping has accelerated his U.N. power play as President Donald Trump's disregard for international cooperation led to the United States quitting global deals on climate and Iran and leaving the U.N. Human Rights Council and the World Health Organization, diplomats say. "There's definitely, in my mind, a battle for the soul of the U.N. going on," said a senior European diplomat, speaking on condition of anonymity, adding that Trump's "America First" policy has been "damaging because...
    WENDAKE, QC, Sept. 13, 2020 /CNW Telbec/ – The Assembly of First Nations Quebec-Labrador (AFNQL) wishes to mark, as it does every September 13, the anniversary of the adoption by the United Nations General Assembly of the Declaration recognizing and affirming the rights of Indigenous Peoples. We cannot rewrite history, but we have a duty to at least try to understand it and not repeat historical injustices. The Declaration can help all of us do this, it has an undeniable value. For example, when Premier François Legault states that his government is reluctant to recognize the Declaration because it is afraid of “giving” First Nations a veto over Quebec’s economic development, he is wrong. It is not about giving rights, but...
    U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said that the coronavirus pandemic has exposed that the world’s patriarchy has only hurt everyone else. “The #COVID19 pandemic is only demonstrating what we all know: that millennia of patriarchy have resulted in a male-dominated world with a male-dominated culture which damages everyone — women, men, girls & boys,” Guterres said at a town hall last month with young women from civil society organizations. The #COVID19 pandemic is demonstrating what we all know: millennia of patriarchy have resulted in a male-dominated world with a male-dominated culture which damages everyone – women, men, girls & boys.-- @antonioguterres https://t.co/ppSUGLr2Wx pic.twitter.com/krT6HkQil6— United Nations (@UN) September 6, 2020 He said during the event that the policies of a...
    “If civilization had been left in female hands we would still be living in grass huts”, Camille Paglia once famously said. But the United Nations didn’t get the memo: The #COVID19 pandemic is demonstrating what we all know: millennia of patriarchy have resulted in a male-dominated world with a male-dominated culture which damages everyone – women, men, girls & boys. — @antonioguterres https://t.co/ppSUGLr2Wx pic.twitter.com/krT6HkQil6 — United Nations (@UN) September 6, 2020 No, really. According to the United Nations, the “millennia of patriarchy” which gave us, among many other things, the Greek and Roman philosophers, Christianity, the Taj Mahal, Habeas Corpus, the art of the Renaissance, the collected works of Shakespeare and Goethe, Johann Sebastian Bach, penicillin, central heating, air conditioning,...
    Strengthens Commitment to Sustainability and Diversity SAN FRANCISCO, Sept. 02, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Today, The RealReal (Nasdaq: REAL)—the world’s largest online marketplace for authenticated, consigned luxury goods—announced it is joining the United Nations (UN) Global Compact, the world’s largest corporate sustainability initiative. Alongside thousands of global brands (including fashion industry heavyweights such as Burberry, Hermes, Kering and LVMH), The RealReal will uphold and implement the UN Global Compact’s 10 universally accepted principles related to human rights, labor, environment and anti-corruption into its overall strategy and operations. “We share the common belief with the UN Global Compact that business should be a force for good,” said Julie Wainwright, CEO of The RealReal. “Joining this group of leaders from so many...
    Richard Phillips August 29, 2020 2:31PM (UTC) This article originally appeared on The Globalist. For all of his bombast, under the leadership of Donald J. Trump the United States has actually grown more and more to resemble a developing nation. As it happens, the onset of the pandemic tore the mask off all of the rot that had been festering just below the surface of U.S. politics and society. Donald J. Trump, backed by his Republican Party, is the very face of this decline, which manifests itself in five epic failures. : Failure 1: The great giveaway to the rich The first reason that the United States is rapidly transforming itself into a developing nation is that its President has...
            by Kaylee Greenlee  Members of the Islamic State have reportedly attempted to use the coronavirus pandemic to their advantage, increasing propaganda and attacks, a United Nations counter-terrorism official announced Monday. Since ISIS reportedly began to rally in Syria and Iraq this year, there has been an increase in threats made to conflict zones and a decrease in threats to peaceful zones experiencing coronavirus related lock-downs and restrictions, Head of the U.N. Office of Counter-Terrorism Vladimir Voronkov said. The coronavirus pandemic has reportedly made it difficult to continue counter-terrorism operations, though Voronkov said he is unsure how ISIS’s recruitment and fundraising endeavors have changed under the group’s new leader, Amir Muhammad Sa’id Abdal-Rahman al-Mawla. “This pandemic environment raises...
    Savannah Rychcik August 25, 2020 0 Comments Former United States Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley declared on Tuesday while racism exists in the United States, the nation as a whole is not racist. The host of “Good Morning America” George Stephanopoulos noted Haley discussed the nation’s “racial divide” during her speech at the Republican National Convention on Monday night. Stephanopoulos mentioned Haley’s criticism of Democrats and her claim, suggesting they called America a “racist country.” He explained Democrats denounced patterns of “systemic racism.” Stephanopoulos asked Haley if those barriers exist and what has President Donald Trump done to address them. Haley pointed to Former President Barack Obama and Democratic vice presidential nominee Kamala Harris as examples of how the nation has...
    The United Nations Security Council last week rejected a U.S. effort to extend a 13-year-old embargo on Iran imports and exports of conventional weapons, including aircraft and tanks in and out of the Middle Eastern country. Permanent members China and Russia - who have veto power - verbally rejected the endeavor in advance, while of the 15 countries in the UN Security Council, only the Dominican Republic joined the U.S. in backing the overture. Prominent U.S. allies Britain, Germany and France abstained from the vote. The years-long embargo is set to expire Oct. 18, so what exactly does the failure to extend it mean? It was seemingly a doomed effort from the beginning. The U.S. proposition to extend the arms embargo would...
    United Nations, Aug 17 . .- Israel denounced this Monday to the UN an alleged recent infiltration into its territory by “terrorists” from Hezbollah and defended that if the United Nations mission in the area (UNIFIL) is not capable of preventing this type of operation, its continuity should be questioned. The Israeli delegation sent a letter about the episode to the United Nations Security Council, which is precisely this month discussing the extension of the UNIFIL mandate, which Israel and the United States want to modify. “The role of UNIFIL is to prevent these types of operations and to prevent Hezbollah from turning southern Lebanon into its own terrorist base. If UNIFIL is unable to fulfill this mission, then its...
    An ex-financial firm CEO who paid $850,000 to get his children into elite universities has described life behind bars as 'torture' as he pleads to be released from jail. Douglas Hodge, 62, an ex-Pimco boss, pleaded guilty last fall to paying $850,000 in bribes over an 11-year period to ensure his four children were accepted into the University of Southern California and Georgetown University. He arrived at a federal prison in Otisville, New York, on June 23 and is now demanding that he be allowed to serve the rest of his nine-month sentence at home. Douglas Hodge (pictured), 62, an ex-Pimco boss, pleaded guilty last fall to paying $850,000 in bribes over an 11-year period to ensure his four children...
    Secretary of State Mike Pompeo introduced a plan Wednesday dubbed the “Clean Network” program, which aims to guard the privacy of American citizens and companies from the Chinese Communist Party. Pompeo also extended an offer for other nations and companies to join the United State’s effort, writing on Twitter, “The U.S. expands the Clean Network by launching 5 new Clean initiatives–Clean Carrier, Clean Store, Clean Apps, Clean Cloud & Clean Cable–to secure Americans’ most sensitive information from the CCP’s surveillance state. We call on freedom-loving nations and companies to join us.” The U.S. expands the Clean Network by launching 5 new Clean initiatives–Clean Carrier, Clean Store, Clean Apps, Clean Cloud & Clean Cable–to secure Americans’ most sensitive information from the CCP’s...
    Mr. Dustin Liu, a candidate for a Master’s in Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, will advance youth engagement at the United Nations as the ninth annual UNA-USA Youth Observer to the UN. WASHINGTON, Aug. 3, 2020 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ — The United Nations Association of the USA (UNA-USA) announced today Mr. Dustin Liu as the ninth annual UNA-USA Youth Observer to the United Nations. Liu is currently a candidate for a Master’s in Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. He was selected from a competitive pool of more than 200 applicants from across the United States. In this role, Liu will connect young people to the work of the UN and represent youth voices at the UN...
    United Nations (CNN)Nothing says diplomacy more than a hearty handshake. Touching, embraces, and cheek-to-cheek kisses represented daily life in the corridors and at receptions in the world arena of diplomacy: the United Nations in New York. Now, Covid-19 is striking at the heart of the United Nations itself. And many diplomats, some speaking to CNN on condition of anonymity, believe that the old ways of doing business may be changed forever by the pandemic.It's been a struggle on the world's highest diplomatic stage. How do you practice the fine arts of diplomacy when the conference rooms sit empty, meetings are via Zoom, and the entire staff is working from home?"Obviously diplomacy needs contact. it needs presence," said Secretary General António...
    Donald Trump campaigned on the claim that the United States was not respected in the world. That it was being laughed at. That other nations considered our country “weak.” Three hundred years and one utterly failed pandemic response into Trump’s administration, the world really is laughing at us. Polls show that 64% of people around the world have “no confidence” in Trump as U.S. leader, and even that is being held down by Trump’s approval ratings among worldwide fascists. We are absolutely seen as “weak”—and rightly so. The Washington Post’s latest write-up notes a variety of factors, all of them well-known at this point. The U.S. response to the COVID-19 pandemic has been absolutely catastrophic—an incompetent farce blending fascist administration assurances that all is...
    They're laughing at you, Donald. Donald Trump campaigned on the claim that the United States was not respected in the world. That it was being laughed at. That other nations considered our country "weak." Three hundred years and one utterly failed pandemic response into Trump's administration, the world really is laughing at us. Polls show that 64% of people around the world have "no confidence" in Trump as U.S. leader, and even that is being held down by Trump's approval ratings among worldwide fascists. We are absolutely seen as "weak"—and rightly so. Campaign Action The Washington Post's latest write-up notes a variety of factors, all of them well-known at this point. The U.S. response to the COVID-19 pandemic has been...
    Beijing's 'coercive conduct' in the South China Sea has been slammed by Australia's Foreign Minister and Defence Minister ahead of high level talks in Washington DC.  Defence Minister Linda Reynolds and Foreign Minister Marise Payne will travel to the United States capital on Sunday for the AUSMIN talks where they will meet with their American counterparts.  Senators Payne and Reynolds have flagged China's actions in Hong Kong along with internet hacking and fake news as other issues ahead of next week's meeting, according to The Australian.  Warships and fighter jets of Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Navy take part in a military display in the South China Sea April 12, 2018. Picture taken April 12, 2018  Foreign Minister...
    With COVID-19 infections rapidly accelerating around the world and containment policies faltering in some countries, a new United Nations report is proposing that developing nations re-purpose budgets to provide the poor with a minimum guaranteed income to motivate them to stay home. “The idea of the partial containment or smart containment strategies is precisely to keep people at social distancing,” said George Gray Molina, a chief economist with the United Nations Development Program and one of the report’s authors. “What we find is that the incentives are not working in the right way,” he added. “The incentive is actually pressuring people to go out to the marketplace every morning, and that’s what we’re seeing: This massive spread that has been...
    Despite long being under a cloud of controversy for its human rights record – from the treatment of ethnic minorities to the muzzling of critics, all of which was amplified in the past year – China continues to climb the ranks as a human rights leader in the United Nations. On April 1, it was no fool's trick that China scored a spot on the U.N.'s Human Rights Council panel, which is in charge of choosing human rights monitors globally. Then on April 27, in the throes of a controversy over its handling of the coronavirus and its questionable relationship with the World Health Organization (WHO), China was appointed chair for selecting the upcoming Special Rapporteur, or "U.N. expert on free speech." That...
    United Nations, Jun 15 (EFE) .- The United Nations warned on Wednesday of the danger of an eventual “massive leak” of crude from the Yemeni oil tanker SAFER loaded with 1.14 million barrels and abandoned since 2015 on the Yemeni coast that could cause an environmental and humanitarian catastrophe. The post The UN warns of "danger" of a "massive leak" oil in the Red Sea appeared first on Analogik.
    Officials have revealed a new “journey corridor” list, with travelers from 59 nations — including France, Germany, Italy and Spain — and 14 British Abroad Territories no longer having to self-isolate for 14 times on arrival. The checklist, which arrives into effect on July 10, will open overseas vacation to English holidaymakers immediately after 4 months of lockdown, just in time for the peak vacation period, presented there are no limits in location at the locations.“The federal government is pleased that it is now safe to ease these actions in England and has released travel corridors for some nations around the world and territories,” the UK’s Department for Transportation reported Friday in a statement. “This applies to all vacation...
    Don't worry. We won't be seeing him for a long time. The reason that Donald Trump, Mike Pence, and everyone else in the White House keep talking about Trump’s move to ban travel from China is because it was effectively the only thing that Donald Trump did in an attempt to slow the spread of COVID-19 in the United States. However, the travel restrictions that Trump put into place on Feb. 2 were not just too late to halt a virus that was already spreading inside the United States, they were also laughably lax. Under Trump’s “ban,” any U. S. citizen or relatives of a U. S. citizen fly directly from the most affected areas of China straight into the United States....
    “The Council cannot simply expect Iran to act in good faith,” Pompeo defended in a video conference intervention before the highest decision-making body of the United Nations. Iran will hold a Damocles sword over the economic stability of the Middle East, endangering nations like Russia and China that depend on stable energy prices, “he said. The Security Council held a virtual meeting today to discuss the latest report by United Nations Secretary-General Antoóio Guterres on the implementation of the arms embargo and other restrictions still in force under the nuclear agreement. With information from EFE and López-Dóriga Digital
    The UN is investigating a video circulating on the Internet in which it is seen how a man and a woman have sex inside an official vehicle of the organization, a spokesman said on Friday. “We are surprised and deeply concerned about what is seen on the video,” said spokesman Stéphane Dujarric, in response to questions from journalists. “The behavior you see is abhorrent and goes against everything we stand for and everything we have been working to achieve in terms of combating the misconduct of UN personnel,” he added. The recording shows a woman in a red dress who appears to be having sex with a man who is sitting in the back seat of a white SUV with...
    Click here to read the full article. Over the course of four decades, a United Nations peacekeeping force has established permanent residency on Lebanese soil. Despite more than three hundred fatalities and millions of dollars of international funds, their exit strategy is as ambiguous as is their record of success.  In August 2020, the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon’s (UNIFIL) mandate and budget will be up for renewal, and statements from the U.S. Ambassador to the UN Kelly Craft and United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres have suggested that major changes may be on the horizon. The Iranian-back Hezbollah has clearly found this prospect alarming. Prime Minister Hassan Diab, whose political viability is beholden to Hezbollah, has asserted no changes...
    The covid-19 pandemic will accelerate the transition from fossil fuels to renewables, which will increase the demand for raw materials such as lithium and cobalt, offering opportunities but also risks for producing countries, according to a United Nations report. “Investment in clean energy is increasing at a rate of 600,000 million dollars a year, while that of fossil fuels has decreased by 400,000 million so far in 2020,” said the presentation of the report.
    An immersive and interactive extended reality campaign spanning Then, Now, and Next as part of an on-going global conversation around shaping the future during the 75th anniversary of the United Nations. WASHINGTON, June 23, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — The United Nations Foundation and ARTECHOUSE, a leader in technology driven art innovation, have joined forces for the United Nations (UN) 75th anniversary and are inviting you to Voice Our Future through an unprecedented, extended reality experience premiering on June 26th for UN Charter Day on the ARTECHOUSE app. It is free to download on the App Store and Google Play. This project is supported by the UN Foundation’s long-time partner, Verizon. NEXT The Voice Our Future app consists of three extended-reality experiences – it augments...
    Breaking News — United Nations, June 23 . .- The Ministry of Justice of Spain was this Tuesday one of the seven institutions in seven countries awarded by the UN on the occasion of its Day for Public Administration. The Spanish Ministry was recognized for its project “Digital Justice: a 360º vision of security”, a program to improve the administrative management of judicial processes through new technologies. In addition, initiatives were awarded in South Korea, Portugal, Brazil, Mexico, Bangladesh and Botswana. The United Nations Organization commemorated its Public Administration Day this year with a virtual event dedicated specifically to the work of public employees during the coronavirus pandemic. “From front-line health care workers and public health officials to teachers,...
    The United Nations Foundation and United Nations Association will stream “The Little Lantern Ballet©” at 2pm, June 27th, 2020. SAN FRANCISCO, June 23, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Presidio Dance Theatre’s “The Little Lantern Ballet©” has been selected by the United Nations Association and United Nations Foundation as the culminating event in the 75th anniversary celebration of the signing of the UN Charter, on June 27th, 2020. On June 26th, the United Nations Association SF and United Nations Foundation will host a live streamed reading of its Charter. The following day, June 27th, the UNA-SF Partners, United Religions Initiative and Grace Cathedral, will host an interfaith service at Grace Cathedral, followed by a screening of “The Little Lantern Ballet©.” Both events will...
    The United Nations received some strong criticism from U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo over a resolution passed by the organization’s controversial Human Rights Council targeted the United States. The HRC’s resolution criticized America’s alleged problem with policing and race, Fox News reported, even though the council itself ignores egregious human rights abuses from some of the countries that sit on the council. “The United Nations Human Rights Council, now comprised of Venezuela and recently, Cuba and China, has long been and remains a haven for dictators and democracies that indulge them,” Pompeo said in a statement, Fox reported. “It is a grave disappointment to those genuinely seeking to advance human dignity. Even so, the Council’s decision to vote yesterday...
    The United Nations faced widespread backlash on Friday after its Office at Geneva defended Antifa, a far-left extremist organization that President Donald Trump has sought to designate as a terrorist organization, from allegations that it is a domestic terrorist organization. U.N. Geneva tweeted: “UN #HumanRights experts express profound concern over a recent statement by the US Attorney-General describing #Antifa and other anti-fascist activists as domestic terrorists, saying it undermines the rights to freedom of expression and of peaceful assembly in the country.” The tweet from the U.N. comes after the organization appointed communist China to its Human Rights Council, despite the fact that China has millions locked up in concentration camps, engages in forced organ harvesting, has a surveillance state...
    Sophie Wessex has made an impassioned speech via video link at a United Nations (UN) event to highlight that sexual violence in the home or during conflicts is likely to have 'risen substantially' since lockdown began. Speaking in an address to a UN forum on the International Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict, Sophie called on the world to listen to the needs of survivors. In her address, the 55-year-old royal said: 'Since the pandemic began, the number of cases of sexual violence across conflict settings and in domestic settings are very likely to have risen substantially. Addressing the UN via video link, the 55-year-old royal said sexual violence in domestic settings and conflict zones were...
    GENEVA (AP) — African nations have prepared a draft resolution at the U.N.’s top human rights body that singles out the United States and would launch intense international scrutiny of systemic racism against people of African descent in the wake of recent high-profile killings of blacks by American police. The draft text, a copy of which was obtained by The Associated Press, could become the centerpiece for an urgent debate hastily scheduled for Wednesday for the Geneva-based Human Rights Council. RELATED: In unusual move, US embassies in Africa speak up on Floyd It calls for a commission of inquiry — the rights body’s most powerful tool to inspect human rights violations — to look into “systemic racism” and alleged violations...
    The United Nations  Human Rights Council agreed Monday to debate the allegations of systemic racism and police brutality in the United States. “It is time for the United Nations to step up & act decisively to help end systemic racism against people of African descent & other minority groups.” — UN Senior African leaders on role of the UN in efforts to #FightRacism. https://t.co/fUUHD6T7GD pic.twitter.com/N9DBuYpch9 — United Nations (@UN) June 15, 2020 The decision came at the request of Burkina Faso on behalf of African countries after the death of George Floyd, according to Reuters. (RELATED: Starbucks To Let Employees Wear ‘Black Lives Matter’ Attire After Originally Banning It) “We think it is a moment to really discuss this issue,...
    Huge protests in response to the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis on May 25 have been taking place not in the United States, but in countries all over the world — from Australia to Italy to Brazil to South Africa. And Floyd’s family and attorneys, according to Law & Crime reporter Colin Kalmbacher, have filed a “urgent appeal” to the United Nations and asked for recommendations on ways in which the U.S. can make reforms in police work. In a four-page letter addressed to the UN Working Group of Experts on People of African Descent, they described the killing of George as “torture” and an “extrajudicial killing” and listed some of the reforms they would like to see —...