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ICC Movement in Darfur

Yesterday, a group of international legal scholars and human rights activists sent a letter to the UN Security Council, urging Sudan to hand over two indicted war criminals, whom it has thus far shielded from prosecution. It seems that the ICC is on the same page. The Sudan Tribune reports:

The prosecutor of the ICC Luis Moreno-Ocampo said in prepared remarks at the twelfth diplomatic briefing that his office is working with unspecified countries to trace the whereabouts of Ahmed Haroun, state minister for humanitarian affairs.

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Ocampo said that he is pushing world countries to assist in the arrest of the Darfur war crime suspects including those who are not members of the court.

“Our principal objective is to make sure that the issue of enforcement of the arrest warrants is not put off the agenda of relevant international meetings” he said.

This will hopefully accelerate the slow process — the two men were indicted over a year ago — of bringing the perpetrators of the Darfur genocide to justice. Unfortunately, the reach of the ICC’s current ambitions remains constricted. The arrest warrants should carry the weight of international obligation, but — due to Khartoum’s persistent obstructionism and a paucity of international will — Moreno-Ocampo seems backed into a defensive position. Instead of staking out a more affirmative role for his office, he must work to fight for the issue to remain on the agenda at all.

Moreno-Ocampo’s efforts should be praised, but he certainly could use some help — starting with the Member States that he has explicitly called on to aid the monitoring and prosecution processes.

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ICC Movement in Darfur

Yesterday, a group of international legal scholars and human rights activists sent a letter to the UN Security Council, urging Sudan to hand over two indicted war criminals, whom it has thus far shielded from prosecution. It seems that the ICC is on the same page. The Sudan Tribune reports:

The prosecutor of the ICC Luis Moreno-Ocampo said in prepared remarks at the twelfth diplomatic briefing that his office is working with unspecified countries to trace the whereabouts of Ahmed Haroun, state minister for humanitarian affairs.

[skip]

Ocampo said that he is pushing world countries to assist in the arrest of the Darfur war crime suspects including those who are not members of the court.

“Our principal objective is to make sure that the issue of enforcement of the arrest warrants is not put off the agenda of relevant international meetings” he said.

This will hopefully accelerate the slow process — the two men were indicted over a year ago — of bringing the perpetrators of the Darfur genocide to justice. Unfortunately, the reach of the ICC’s current ambitions remains constricted. The arrest warrants should carry the weight of international obligation, but — due to Khartoum’s persistent obstructionism and a paucity of international will — Moreno-Ocampo seems backed into a defensive position. Instead of staking out a more affirmative role for his office, he must work to fight for the issue to remain on the agenda at all.

Moreno-Ocampo’s efforts should be praised, but he certainly could use some help — starting with the Member States that he has explicitly called on to aid the monitoring and prosecution processes.

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Even More Iraqis Are Displaced Than Previously Estimated

A short AP dispatch provides an update on the number of internally displaced Iraqis, which had heretofore most often been reported as about 2.2 million.

Aid groups including U.N. agencies say nearly 2.8 million Iraqis are now uprooted within their country.

Iraqi authorities, the Red Cross and U.N. agencies working in Iraq say they have recorded an increase of 300,000 displaced people so far this year largely due to better methods for registering displacement.

The International Organization for Migration says more than 1 million displaced Iraqis lack adequate food and shelter. A similar number are without regular income or employment.

In addition to those displaced within Iraq, more than 2 million Iraqis have fled the country and are living as refugees abroad.

It bears reminding that it is the UN Assistance Mission in Iraq that has led the efforts to care for — and return to their homes, when possible — these almost 5 million displaced Iraqis. This is a pretty impressive feat for a mission currently operating with just a tiny staff; the UN refugee agency only recently increased its personnel in Baghdad from two to five.

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Even More Iraqis Are Displaced Than Previously Estimated

A short AP dispatch provides an update on the number of internally displaced Iraqis, which had heretofore most often been reported as about 2.2 million.

Aid groups including U.N. agencies say nearly 2.8 million Iraqis are now uprooted within their country.

Iraqi authorities, the Red Cross and U.N. agencies working in Iraq say they have recorded an increase of 300,000 displaced people so far this year largely due to better methods for registering displacement.

The International Organization for Migration says more than 1 million displaced Iraqis lack adequate food and shelter. A similar number are without regular income or employment.

In addition to those displaced within Iraq, more than 2 million Iraqis have fled the country and are living as refugees abroad.

It bears reminding that it is the UN Assistance Mission in Iraq that has led the efforts to care for — and return to their homes, when possible — these almost 5 million displaced Iraqis. This is a pretty impressive feat for a mission currently operating with just a tiny staff; the UN refugee agency only recently increased its personnel in Baghdad from two to five.

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“You’ve Got to Have Faith to Build a Better World”

The UN Foundation has teamed up with the United Methodist Church and Lutheran World Relief in a new, $200 million effort to combat malaria deaths in in Africa. Full release after the jump.
UN Foundation Launches Global Partnership to Help End Malaria Deaths

United Methodist Church and Lutheran World Relief to Lead Initiative to Raise $200 Million

April 1, 2008 (NEW YORK) – Today, telling the United Nations General Assembly that “you’ve got to have faith to build a better world,” Ted Turner launched a new global effort, led by the People of the United Methodist Church (UMC) and Lutheran World Relief (LWR), to raise $200 million to fight malaria in Africa. The new initiative, organized by the United Nations Foundation, will:

— Educate and mobilize the UMC and LWR’s combined constituency of more than 20 million people concerned about malaria and related diseases of poverty;

— Provide financial support to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria;

— Support malaria prevention and health system strengthening efforts; and

— Advance the churches’ on-the-ground health missions.

“In today’s interdependent world, we can’t successfully address the great global challenges unless businesses and NGOs, philanthropic leaders and the faith community work together. This groundbreaking new partnership, which we have developed with generous support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, will take our malaria prevention efforts to an entirely new level,” Turner, chairman of the United Nations Foundation, said. “Our collective efforts demonstrate resolve across faiths, countries, and sectors to stamp out malaria.”

Turner was joined at the UN General Assembly’s special thematic session on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) by Bishop Janice Huie of the United Methodist Church and youth leader Chad Amour, on behalf of Lutheran World Relief. The MDGs are eight goals slated to be achieved by 2015 that respond to the world’s main development challenges, including poverty, children’s health, empowerment of women and girls, and combating HIV/AIDS.

“Lutheran World Relief is incredibly honored to be joining in this important effort to combat malaria,” said LWR President John Nunes. “By bringing together the power, unity, and passion of 8 million Lutherans, we know we can have a significant impact on one of the world’s most debilitating diseases. We are so appreciative of the United Nations Foundation for their work to marshal attention and resources toward the goal of containing malaria and for including LWR as a key partner in the effort.”

“Some say that envisioning a world without poverty is naive. I say that accepting a world of rampant poverty is cowardly. Some say that poverty alleviation hasn’t produced enough results. I say that we just haven’t tried hard enough,” Turner said. “Stopping malaria will go a long way toward giving people in poor and rich countries alike new hope and confidence that we can succeed in the fight against poverty and realize the MDGs.”

“This partnership will make a difference across our churches and across the world,” said Bishop Huie. “We have worked with the UN Foundation on the groundbreaking Nothing But Nets Campaign and we’re honored to work with them and the Lutherans to eliminate malaria deaths in Africa. We are also excited about the energy, enthusiasm, and drive that our more than 12 million members worldwide will bring to this important endeavor.”

In addition to this faith-based partnership, the UN Foundation’s Malaria Partnership Initiative includes efforts to strengthen health systems (through the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria and the Measles Initiative), build grassroots constituencies through the award-winning Nothing But Nets campaign, and work with Roll Back Malaria on global advocacy efforts.

About the United Nations Foundation

The United Nations Foundation champions the United Nations and is a platform that connects people, ideas, and capital to help the UN solve global problems. Through our campaigns and partnerships, the UN Foundation makes it easy for individuals, businesses, and non-governmental organizations to work with the UN on key global challenges. The UN Foundation is a public charity. For a complete listing of UN Foundation grants and programs or to learn more about the United Nations Foundation, visit www.unfoundation.org.

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“You’ve Got to Have Faith to Build a Better World”

The UN Foundation has teamed up with the United Methodist Church and Lutheran World Relief in a new, $200 million effort to combat malaria deaths in in Africa. Full release after the jump.
UN Foundation Launches Global Partnership to Help End Malaria Deaths

United Methodist Church and Lutheran World Relief to Lead Initiative to Raise $200 Million

April 1, 2008 (NEW YORK) – Today, telling the United Nations General Assembly that “you’ve got to have faith to build a better world,” Ted Turner launched a new global effort, led by the People of the United Methodist Church (UMC) and Lutheran World Relief (LWR), to raise $200 million to fight malaria in Africa. The new initiative, organized by the United Nations Foundation, will:

— Educate and mobilize the UMC and LWR’s combined constituency of more than 20 million people concerned about malaria and related diseases of poverty;

— Provide financial support to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria;

— Support malaria prevention and health system strengthening efforts; and

— Advance the churches’ on-the-ground health missions.

“In today’s interdependent world, we can’t successfully address the great global challenges unless businesses and NGOs, philanthropic leaders and the faith community work together. This groundbreaking new partnership, which we have developed with generous support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, will take our malaria prevention efforts to an entirely new level,” Turner, chairman of the United Nations Foundation, said. “Our collective efforts demonstrate resolve across faiths, countries, and sectors to stamp out malaria.”

Turner was joined at the UN General Assembly’s special thematic session on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) by Bishop Janice Huie of the United Methodist Church and youth leader Chad Amour, on behalf of Lutheran World Relief. The MDGs are eight goals slated to be achieved by 2015 that respond to the world’s main development challenges, including poverty, children’s health, empowerment of women and girls, and combating HIV/AIDS.

“Lutheran World Relief is incredibly honored to be joining in this important effort to combat malaria,” said LWR President John Nunes. “By bringing together the power, unity, and passion of 8 million Lutherans, we know we can have a significant impact on one of the world’s most debilitating diseases. We are so appreciative of the United Nations Foundation for their work to marshal attention and resources toward the goal of containing malaria and for including LWR as a key partner in the effort.”

“Some say that envisioning a world without poverty is naive. I say that accepting a world of rampant poverty is cowardly. Some say that poverty alleviation hasn’t produced enough results. I say that we just haven’t tried hard enough,” Turner said. “Stopping malaria will go a long way toward giving people in poor and rich countries alike new hope and confidence that we can succeed in the fight against poverty and realize the MDGs.”

“This partnership will make a difference across our churches and across the world,” said Bishop Huie. “We have worked with the UN Foundation on the groundbreaking Nothing But Nets Campaign and we’re honored to work with them and the Lutherans to eliminate malaria deaths in Africa. We are also excited about the energy, enthusiasm, and drive that our more than 12 million members worldwide will bring to this important endeavor.”

In addition to this faith-based partnership, the UN Foundation’s Malaria Partnership Initiative includes efforts to strengthen health systems (through the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria and the Measles Initiative), build grassroots constituencies through the award-winning Nothing But Nets campaign, and work with Roll Back Malaria on global advocacy efforts.

About the United Nations Foundation

The United Nations Foundation champions the United Nations and is a platform that connects people, ideas, and capital to help the UN solve global problems. Through our campaigns and partnerships, the UN Foundation makes it easy for individuals, businesses, and non-governmental organizations to work with the UN on key global challenges. The UN Foundation is a public charity. For a complete listing of UN Foundation grants and programs or to learn more about the United Nations Foundation, visit www.unfoundation.org.

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