As Sixth Committee Ends Session, Approving 15 Draft Resolutions without Vote, Speakers Decry Lack of Progress on Crimes against Humanity Text

18 Nov

Concluding its seventy-sixth session today, the Sixth Committee (Legal) upheld its tradition of consensus and approved without a vote 15 draft resolutions, along with a draft decision and a draft letter, marking the end of 29 socially distanced meetings over which members met — together but apart — to consider the evolving face of international law in a world still in the grips of the COVID‑19 pandemic.

Despite Election to 14 Seats in Somalia’s Upper House, Women’s Full Inclusion Crucial for Peace, Development, Briefers Tell Security Council

17 Nov

Welcoming the completion of recent elections to the Upper House of Parliament in Somalia, a senior United Nations official in that country, along with an official of the African Union and a civil society representative, told the Security Council that more must be done to ensure the full inclusion and representation of women in the country’s political system, while also highlighting the serious threat by armed groups to Somalia’s security.

‘Solutions Journalism’ Offers Press More Constructive Role in Covering Conflict, Panellists Say, as International Media Seminar on Middle East Peace Concludes

17 Nov

Media experts called for the broader application of solutions journalism — an approach focusing on problem-solving responses to reporting on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict — as the 2021 International Media Seminar on Peace in the Middle East concluded today.

Third Committee Approves 6 Drafts on Human Rights in Iran, Syria, Ukraine amid Separate Calls to Abolish Country-Specific Texts, Uphold Rule of Law

17 Nov

The Third Committee (Social, Humanitarian and Cultural) approved six draft resolutions today, five of which focused on country-specific situations, while the last drew attention to the precarious conditions of refugees, returnees and displaced persons in Africa.

Innovative Ways Needed to Overcome Growing Divergence in Non-Proliferation Regime, Speakers Say, as General Assembly Considers Atomic Energy Agency’s Annual Report

17 Nov

Delegates called for innovative ways to foster cooperation in overcoming growing divergence in the non-proliferation arena, as the General Assembly took up the annual report of the International Atomic Energy Agency alongside a related draft resolution.

Abandoning Afghanistan Now, amid Humanitarian Crisis, Would Be ‘Historic Mistake’, Special Representative Tells Security Council

17 Nov

Urgent steps must be taken to address the looming humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan and stave off economic collapse, speakers in the Security Council said today, as delegates expressed concern about the recent uptick in terrorist attacks and reports of human rights violations.

Speakers Support Proposals for Education Grants, Hardship Duty Station Allowances, as Fifth Committee Considers Annual Report on United Nations Common System

16 Nov

Recognizing employees as the United Nations most valuable asset, delegates today urged the International Civil Service Commission (ICSC) to ensure working conditions are fair and equitable and the Organization can retain a competent, dynamic and motivated workforce, as the Fifth Committee (Administrative and Budgetary) considered the Commission’s proposals for the coming year.