Site Meter 2006 - Page 40 of 79 - UN DispatchUN Dispatch | Page 40

Yearly Archives: 2006

World’s Poorest Nations at a “Critical Moment of Transition”

unctad.gif BBC: “The 50 least developed countries, most of which are in Africa, lack the means to compete in a rapidly globalising world, says the UN’s Unctad agency. Unctad’s latest report says aid should be used to make poorer economies more productive and boost wealth creation. READ MORE

| Leave a comment

Annan Calls for Immediate End to Fighting Between Israeli and Hezbollah Forces

CNN: U.N. chief Kofi Annan called on Thursday for an immediate end to the fighting between Israeli and Hezbollah forces. The secretary-general blamed Hezbollah for triggering the crisis and accused it of holding Lebanon hostage with its campaign against Israel.

“While Hezbollah’s actions are deplorable and, as I’ve said, Israel has a right to defend itself, the excessive use of force is to be condemned,” Annan told the U.N. Security Council.” READ MORE

| Leave a comment

Top Rights Official Warns Against the Killing of Civilians

“The UN’s top human rights official issued a strong warning yesterday that killings of innocent civilians in Lebanon and Israel could amount to war crimes.

“International humanitarian law is clear on the supreme obligation to protect civilians during hostilities,” said UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Louise Arbour. “This obligation is also expressed in international criminal law, which defines war crimes and crimes against humanity.” [More] READ MORE

| Leave a comment

Supporting the UN Mission to the Middle East

Watching the President’s comments this week complaining “about [UN Secretary General Kofi Annan's] approach to the crisis, and for holding the view of many leaders [at the G-8 summit] that Israel and Hamas and Hezbollah should ceasefire and hash out their differences,” one might think that the President is upset about the role that the UN is playing in the current crisis in the Middle East. Nothing could be further from the truth. Monday afternoon White House Press Secretary Tony Snow clarified the President’s position saying that he “has been supportive from the very start of the U.N. mission to the region.” READ MORE

| Leave a comment

UN: 14,338 Civilians Died Violently in Iraq in First Six Months of 2006

“United Nations officials said they had based their figures on tallies provided by two Iraqi agencies: the Ministry of Health, which tracks violent deaths recorded at hospitals around the country; and Baghdad’s central morgue, where unidentified bodies are delivered, a vast majority of which met violent deaths.

Each agency issues death warrants for the bodies it receives, government officials say, and there is no overlap between the two populations of victims.” [Full story] READ MORE

| Leave a comment

UN Delegation Presents Cease-Fire Ideas to Israel

“U.N. diplomat Terje Roed-Larson says a U.N. delegation has presented Israel with “concrete ideas” on ways to end the violence between Israel and Hezbollah.

Roed-Larson met with Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni in Jerusalem, Tuesday. Roed-Larson said a political framework is necessary to end hostilities.” [More] READ MORE

| Leave a comment

Diplo Tweets