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UN Turns 70

Ban Ki-moon | Posted 10.29.2015 | Politics
Ban Ki-moon

National flags are a mark of pride and patriotism in every country around the world. But there is only one flag that belongs to all of us. That blue flag of the United Nations was a banner of hope for me growing up in wartime Korea.

UN "Whistleblower" or UN OHCHR Spokesperson?: The strange story of Gallianne Palayret

Bea Edwards | Posted 10.20.2015 | World
Bea Edwards

Last year, French peacekeepers in the Central African Republic reportedly sexually abused boys who were trying to subsist at a camp for those displaced by a brutal, ongoing conflict.

Militants Launch Deadly Attack On Mali Hotel Used By UN

Reuters | Charlotte Alfred | Posted 08.07.2015 | World

  BAMAKO, Aug 7 (Reuters) - Suspected Islamist militants attacked a hotel in central Mali used by U.N. staff, killing at least six people, takin...

How to Smear a United Nations Whistleblower

Bea Edwards | Posted 06.16.2015 | World
Bea Edwards

After the first article about the child sex abuse scandal in the Central African Republic (CAR) involving French troops appeared, a UN Spokesperson sounded off to a journalist about Kompass.

UN: Sex Exploitation By Peacekeepers Strongly Underreported

AP | CARA ANNA | Posted 06.11.2015 | World

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Members of a U.N. peacekeeping mission engaged in "transactional sex" with more than 225 Haitian women who said they needed to...

Charlotte Alfred

Life Inside A UN Base Where Thousands Shelter From South Sudan's War | Charlotte Alfred | Posted 06.09.2015 | World

JUBA, South Sudan -- When South Sudan's bloody civil war broke out in December 2013, tens of thousands of people fled for their lives to United Nation...

Dying in Darfur: President Obama's Forgotten Promise

Tom Andrews | Posted 06.14.2015 | World
Tom Andrews

President Obama made a promise to the people of Darfur: "We can't say 'never again' and allow it to happen again. As President of the United States, I don't intend to abandon people or turn a blind eye to slaughter." Well, Mr. President, that's exactly what's happening.

Ukraine Calls For UN Peacekeepers To Observe Cease-Fire

Reuters | Posted 02.19.2015 | World

(Reuters) - Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has called for U.N. peacekeepers to be deployed to monitor a ceasefire in east Ukraine, a proposal th...

Building a Stronger Liberia After Ebola

Karin Landgren | Posted 03.22.2015 | World
Karin Landgren

At this juncture, Liberia must address the factors that made it possible for Ebola to spread so quickly -- including the deep mistrust among Liberians, weakly-functioning social services, poor accountability and an overly centralized government.

Can Bosnia's Army Save the World?

Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey | Posted 02.16.2015 | World
Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey

Soldiers, officers and police that fought against each other two decades earlier are now working together in UN and NATO operations to keep or deliver peace.

Does the UN See US "Institutionalized Discrimination" in the Wake of Ferguson?

Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey | Posted 01.25.2015 | World
Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey

The Ferguson grand jury decision not to criminally prosecute a police officer in the shooting of an unarmed young black man has reached the Geneva HQ of the UN Office of Human Rights Chief Prince Zeid, but the consequences will be felt globally and probably with indefinite impact.

Progress in Haiti: A Period of Rebuilding, Training and Transition

Peter Yeo | Posted 12.30.2014 | Impact
Peter Yeo

As we think ahead to Haiti's future, everything depends on maintaining peace and security, and creating an environment to attract investors and jobs for the country's incredibly young workforce.

9 UN Peacekeepers Killed In Attack On Convoy In Mali

Reuters | Posted 12.03.2014 | World

* Peacekeepers from Niger killed by gunmen on motorbikes * Deadliest attack yet on U.N. force in Mali * French, U.N. tar...

UN: We Need Women Peacekeepers To Obtain Peace

The Huffington Post | Eleanor Goldberg | Posted 06.12.2014 | Impact

Obtaining stability and security in conflict zones could be as simple as getting more women involved in the peace process, according to the United Nat...

South Sudan: Will It Turn Into Another Somalia?

Evelyn Leopold | Posted 02.23.2014 | World
Evelyn Leopold

Two and a half million people died before South Sudan, the world's youngest nation, became independent in July 2011. But in just one week, fighting spread among former liberation leaders, thrusting the country into the cusp of a civil war.

Stop Endless International Welfare

Richard Grenell | Posted 10.22.2013 | World
Richard Grenell

It is imperative that UN diplomats and permanent members of the Security Council understand there needs to be a peace to keep or a political will to support before launching a new operation. And before renewing an existing peacekeeping mandate, there must be progress made.

Syrian Rebels Release UN Peacekeepers

AP | ALBERT AJI | Posted 07.12.2013 | World

DAMASCUS, Syria — Syrian rebels on Sunday released four Filipino U.N. peacekeepers they abducted last week in a dramatic incident that prompted ...

Morocco and US Must Not Let Recent Spat Harm Their Historic Friendship

Craig Considine | Posted 07.10.2013 | Politics
Craig Considine

Both countries should remain in harmony and continue to be worthy companions as they embark on stabilizing a region in which they both have security interests.

When Peacemakers Become Perpetrators: Kathryn Bolkovac Introduces The Whistleblower at the UN

Lia Petridis Maiello | Posted 04.21.2013 | Politics
Lia Petridis Maiello

Kathryn Bolkovac had a passion for representing an institution that symbolizes the culture of peace, humanity and international justice like no other in the world. After living up to the moral standards set by the very same institution, her career in international law enforcement ended in April 2001.

Mali: The Case for US Action

John Tirman | Posted 03.26.2013 | World
John Tirman

The disfavor for intervention among American politicians and the public is understandable and a good restraint. But occasionally making a stand against atrocity and extremism, particularly when it's in danger of spreading, is a worthy goal for a great power. Mali just might be the place.

Blasphemy Day -- Because We Can!

Edward Falzon | Posted 12.01.2012 | Politics
Edward Falzon

As long as we condemn a video before we condemn a violent reaction to it, we'll always be bestowing power upon those who wish to pass the kind of anti-blasphemy law being pitched at the UN.

Carrying The Torch For Peace

Peter Yeo | Posted 09.26.2012 | World
Peter Yeo

As over 10,000 of the world's greatest athletes convene in London for the 2012 Olympic Games, three stand out to me for their triumphs in rising from histories of war and conflict to represent their nations with pride.

PMSC Not Ready for U.N. Prime Time

David Isenberg | Posted 09.10.2012 | Politics
David Isenberg

For many years now, private military and security contractor (PMSC) advocates have argued that utilization of PMSC in United Nations peace operations offers an alternative to doing nothing or trying to organize a frequently dysfunctional U.N.-sponsored, often ill-equipped and organized intervention.

The Father's Day Card You Need to Sign

Peter Yeo | Posted 08.15.2012 | Parents
Peter Yeo

As I look at my two sons and count the innumerable blessings they have brought to my life, I cannot help but be reminded of these families who will not be together on Sunday.

On Its Birthday, U.N. Peacekeeping Gives Back

Peter Yeo | Posted 07.30.2012 | World
Peter Yeo

For six decades, these men and women -- most recognizable in their blue helmets -- have been responsible for restoring stability where terror lived.