U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has announced that the United Nations is changing its LGBT policies: The Secretariat will now fully recognize same-sex marriages of all its staff members and also provide full benefits to its employees, regardless of whether their home country recognizes marriage equality.
In her first reference to whistleblower Edward Snowden’s case, UN Human Rights Chief Navi Pillay has called on all countries to protect the rights of those who uncover abuses and stressed the need to respect the right for people to seek asylum.
Had Edward Snowden exposed the dirt of the Taliban, he would have been standing behind the lectern in New York at the UN hall on Friday, July 12. Whoever drafted Malala’s speech was taking no chances because they wanted a cinematic moment from a “mind-controlled victim” of the elite according to an Indian writer.
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Thursday together with Her Majesty Queen Margrethe II, Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt, Minister for Foreign Affairs Villy Søvndal and Minister for Development Cooperation Christian Friis Bach officially opened the UN City in Copenhagen. The ceremony officially opened both Campus 1 and Campus 2, but was held in Campus 1.
Secretary-General of the United Nations Ban Ki-moon has criticized Israel’s settlement expansion in the occupied West Bank, calling the move a “violation of international law.” The UN chief is deeply concerned about Israel moving forward with a plan to build more than 1,000 new illegal units in two West Bank settlements.
The United Nations has turned down Russia’s offer of sending troops to the Golan Heights to replace the Austrian peacekeepers that are withdrawing from the region.
Austria, UNDOF’s largest contingent, to be pulled after fierce fighting between pro-Assad forces and rebels at border crossing; only Indian and Filipino peacekeepers remain.
The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) on Friday announced to grant the gold medal of the Felix Houphouet-Boigny Peace Prize to French President Francois Hollande in recognition of his peace efforts in Africa.
An independent UN investigator said that the majority of the foreign-backed opposition militants who are fighting the Syrian government don’t want democracy.
Russia will not be supporting the new 'obviously biased' UN resolution seeking approval from the U.N. General Assembly due to its unilateral plan for Syria with the single purpose of regime change, said the statement, adding it ignores "regional and political implications of such a scenario."
The United Nations has criticized the U.S. government for maintaining its detention center in the illegally occupied Guantánamo Naval Base, despite assurances, including President Barack Obama, it would be closed.