Thursday, 24 September 2009

Security Council meeting on non-proliferation and disarmament

Filed under: Disarmament,News Watch Blog — story spotted by Catherine Morris @ 08:51 PDT

At 9:15 EDT, President Obama is chairing a Security Council meeting on non-proliferation and disarmament. You can follow the proceedings on channel 3 of the UN Webcast. The Times is reporting that U.S. delegation expects a unanimous vote in favor of a resolution strengthening the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty…

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Obama at the UN | F William Engdahl comments

Filed under: News Watch Blog — story spotted by Catherine Morris @ 08:50 PDT

Engdahl: Obama’s speech to the UN left out his reversal of Bush missile policy in Poland and Czech Rep.

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UN agency unveils plans to support staging of elections in Burundi

Filed under: Africa files — story spotted by Catherine Morris @ 08:49 PDT

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has announced it will manage a $44 million fund to promote the peaceful staging of presidential, parliamentary and local elections next year in Burundi, which was been wracked by ethnically-based strife for decades.

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BURMA – Junta Up to Its Old Tricks, Plays with the West

Filed under: Human Rights,Myanmar,Peaceworkers in the news — story spotted by Catherine Morris @ 08:45 PDT

BANGKOK – Having released more than 7,000 prisoners in the last few days as part of the preparations for next year’s planned polls, Burma’s military rulers are up to their old tricks, according to Burmese activists and human rights groups.

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Global campaign has planted 7 billion trees

Filed under: Environment — story spotted by Catherine Morris @ 08:44 PDT

The campaign to plant seven billion trees has achieved its goal, the United Nations announced Tuesday. 7.3 billion trees have been planted in 167 countries since the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) launched the initiative in 2006. The effort aimed to sequester vast amounts of carbon from the atmosphere while generating benefits for human populations and wildlife.

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Goldstone Gaza War Full Document: It is the details that everyone should read and debate

Filed under: Middle East — story spotted by Catherine Morris @ 08:44 PDT

This is the full Goldstone Report on the War in Gaza, including all aspects of the war, its aftermath, full documentation of Hamas’ violations, crimes by the IDF, recommendations, reparations, as well as a review of what happened inside Israel during the war. It is over 500 pages of documentation and represents a powerful statement of truth from a man who has been at the forefront of the most important truth commissions in modern times. This is a good place to start in terms of future documentation of all violence in this conflict, Jewish and Arab, and a good model to build upon in terms of what exactly needs to happen to prevent such tragedies in the future. It is the details that everyone should read and debate.

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The General Assembly and the Responsibility to Protect: “The Devil will be in the Details”

Filed under: News Watch Blog — story spotted by Catherine Morris @ 08:44 PDT

This post will therefore focus upon the Responsibility to Protect doctrine or, “R2P”, as it has become known (for earlier posts on the R2P see here). This post considers the most recent institutional development which R2P has been subjected to- the General Assembly’s July 2009 Thematic Debate on R2P.

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UN General Assembly Week 2009: What to Watch | Links

Filed under: Books, reports, sites, blogs — story spotted by Catherine Morris @ 08:43 PDT

My sympathies are with those who have to drive anywhere in Manhattan this week as the General Assembly gets underway. In past years I have experienced the privilege of being inside the security cordon and also the inconvenience of being outside it. But now we can all experience being inside the main public events through the UN Webcast! The link is here (real player installation needed). If you are wondering what to watch for, Mark Leon Goldberg has a useful guide over at Foreign Policy…

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BANGLADESH: Glimmers of Hope Amid an Elusive Peace

Filed under: gender,Human Rights,Peaceworkers in the news — story spotted by Catherine Morris @ 08:35 PDT

Sultana Kamal dreams of a country “where every single citizen will live in democracy, in equality” and where everyone has “equal share to resources and opportunities.” Fulfilling this dream has been her lifelong advocacy as a human rights advocate.

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In fractured Lebanon, starting reconciliation at a young age

Filed under: children and youth,Peaceworkers in the news — story spotted by Catherine Morris @ 08:27 PDT

Joun, Southern Lebanon – Some Lebanese, especially those with a sense of irony, like to share an American traveller’s impressions of their homeland on the eastern Mediterranean:

William Thomson noted that Lebanon’s religions and sects—there are 18 recognised ones in a country smaller than Connecticut—share a country but little fraternal feeling…

Breaking such deeply embedded and historical suspicions is no easy task, but Search for Common Ground (SFCG), an international non-governmental organisation (NGO) specializing in conflict resolution, has launched a nationwide, grassroots initiative to train schoolteachers in techniques to mediate and resolve classroom disputes among Lebanese youths…

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Most Venezuelans Say Government Threatens Democracy

Filed under: News Watch Blog — story spotted by Catherine Morris @ 08:22 PDT

The majority of people in Venezuela say that the government led by president Hugo Chávez is threatening the country’s democracy, according to a poll by the Venezuelan Institute for Data Analysis (IVAD). 56.7 per cent of respondents agree with this view, while 39.2 per cent disagree.

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Political competition produces better politicians

Filed under: News Watch Blog — story spotted by Catherine Morris @ 08:20 PDT

Political competition may produce better governance. This column shows that Italian politicians shirk less when they are from a more closely contested district. But it’s not simply a re-election incentive – parties are more likely to choose qualified candidates rather than loyalists to run in contestable district, therefore putting better politicians in office.

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Most People in 24 Countries Say Democracy is Important

Filed under: News Watch Blog — story spotted by Catherine Morris @ 08:19 PDT

The vast majority of people in 24 different countries want to live under a democratic government, according to a global poll by WorldPublicOpinion.org. 67 per cent of all respondents say it is important to live in a country that is governed democratically, while an additional 23 per cent say this is somewhat important.

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The Streets Speak: Colombian Graffiti Artists Have their Say

Filed under: Art of Peacework — story spotted by Catherine Morris @ 08:17 PDT

Recent political graffiti from the streets of Bogotá provides creative commentary on militarism, US military bases, President Álvaro Uribe and extrajudicial military killings.

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500 global business leaders call for 50-85% cut in emissions by 2050

Filed under: Business, Human Rights, Environment,Environment — story spotted by Catherine Morris @ 07:58 PDT

In a statement issued today, more than 500 business leaders have called for “an ambitious, robust and equitable global deal” on climate change.

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Conflict Resolution Interactives collection at CREducation.org

Filed under: Books, reports, sites, blogs,children and youth,Dispute resolution and negotiation — story spotted by Catherine Morris @ 07:28 PDT

In preparation for Conflict Resolution Day (October 15th in 2009), Kathleen Doyle (CREducation.org Program Manager) and I (CREducation.org Developer and Webmaster) have put together a fun set of interactive games on the theme of conflict resolution and peace.

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Caritas.org Peacebuilding Web Toolkit for Trainers

Filed under: Books, reports, sites, blogs — story spotted by Catherine Morris @ 07:23 PDT

The Catholic relief organization Caritas has developed a nice collection of training materials designed to support Peacebuilding activities. The Peacebuilding Web Toolkit for Trainers is organized into a set of Resource Kits…

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