By Martin Khor*
GENEVA (IDN) - A fresh mandate has been given to the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) to continue the scope of its present activities as well as to take on some new issues in the next four years.
This was the main result of the UNCTAD's ministerial conference (known as UNCTAD XIII) that ended in Doha (Qatar) on April 26, 2012. It came after a huge battle between developing and developed countries that went on for several months, first at Geneva (where the UN organisation is located) and then at Doha.
By Eva Weiler
BONN (IDN) - Defining the path for a new global climate change agreement is one of the five crucial areas in which progress needs be made in 2012, according to ministers and high-level officials who gathered for an informal meeting on May 4-5 in Bonn, the seat of the secretariat of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) which, with 195 countries, has near universal membership.
By Ramesh Jaura
BERLIN (IDN) - The international community acknowledged Germany's commitment to sustainable development as representatives of about 100 countries, gathered in Panama City at the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES), decided on April 19 to base the global research body's Secretariat in Bonn.
By Jaya Ramachandran
GENEVA (IDN) - The Group of 77 – comprising 132 developing nations – and China are keen to reinvigorate the development agenda of the multilateral trading system and build consensus on policy approaches to cope with the current global economic downturn and the fragility of certain developed economies which could trigger another global economic crisis.
By Jaya Ramachandran
BRUSSELS (IDN) - A high-profile think-tank is pleading for assigning a critical role to the UN within a framework of far-reaching proposals aimed at averting "another civil war" after NATO's withdrawal of combat forces at the end of 2014.
By Richard Johnson
IDN-InDepth News Report
GENEVA (IDN) - Both the troops loyal to the former ruler Muammar Gaddafi and the forces that fought to oust him committed crimes against humanity and war crimes, reports the United Nations-mandated commission of inquiry that probed human rights abuses in Libya.
By Kalinga Seneviratne
SINGAPORE (IDN) - Ever since China, along with Russia, vetoed a UN Security Council (UNSC) resolution on Syria on February 4 there has been a lot of criticism in the western media of China's role. Several reports are suggesting that China is playing an irresponsible game of self-interest in responding to the Arab uprisings and the issue of Iran's nuclear ambitions.
By Jamshed Baruah
BERLIN (IDN) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon vowed to revitalize "the global disarmament and non-proliferation agenda in the field of nuclear and other weapons of mass destruction" when he spelt out beginning of the year his vision for the second term at the world body's helm. He is now doing his utmost to turn the vision into reality.
By Jutta Wolf
BERLIN (IDN) - Less than one week before the Rio+20 conference from June 20 to 22 in Brazil to commemorate the historic Earth Summit twenty years ago, the United Nations will grant a 'Land for Life Award' to honour initiatives aimed at sustainable land development.
By Bernhard Schell
AMMAN (IDN) – The United Nations (UN) has strongly criticised Israeli plans for relocating Bedouins in the desert and semi-desert region of Negev as well as decades of promotion of Jewish settlements in the West Bank and in Palestinian neighbourhoods in East Jerusalem.
By Richard Johnson
GENEVA (IDN) - A significant step in preparations for the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development in the Brazilian city of Rio de Janeiro was taken as delegates from UN agencies, member states and various civil society organisations concluded three days of deliberations on the draft outcome document.