Archive for November 15th, 2015

15/11/2015

‘Security Council Reform Vital for More Effective Organization’, Nobel Peace Laureate Martti Ahtisaari

Human Wrongs Watch

13 November 2015 – “Old tools and approaches are not always enough to solve current complex crises.” This is according to former Finnish President and United Nations envoy Martti Ahtisaari, who highlights the importance of reforming the Security Council, as he reflects on the UN’s 70th anniversary in a new book published for the occasion.

To coincide with the 70th anniversary of the founding of the UN, Rizzoli publishers have released The United Nations at 70: Restoration and Renewal, a book that celebrates in words and photographs both the Organization itself and its landmark headquarters on the eastern edge of midtown Manhattan.

The book opens with a foreword by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, who looks back on the accomplishments of the UN, and an introductory essay, ‘Personal Reflections on the United Nations at Seventy,’ by Ahtisaari, who has served the world body in many roles.

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15/11/2015

Global Threat, Global Response

Human Wrongs Watch

By Federico Mayor and Roberto Savio*

14 November 2015 (Other News) – The world can no longer be bloodied and frightened by a group of fanatics capable of committing the most horrible crimes. A reaction worldwide, which not only has the real and moral strength to act with firmness and diligence now, but allows to know the causes in order to prevent recurrence in the future, is urgently necessary.

Federico Mayor Zaragoza

Federico Mayor 

Roberto Savio

Roberto Savio

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It is clear that partial and scattered actions are not efficient. So is it has been a colossal mistake to weaken the UN system replacing it by plutocratic groups (G.7, G.8, G.20) and to undertake military actions, without at least the consent of the Security Council.

It is essential a great alliance, leaving aside for the moment aspects and differential criteria, acting together to solve challenges facing all countries without exception.

Along with terrorism, extreme poverty causes thousands of deaths every day and leads many human beings, helpless, to abandon their places of origin and trying to arrive, in a terrible emigration, which generates more feelings of hate,  because of lto ack of solidarity, to countries that today are characterized by confusion, disorder and improvisation.

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15/11/2015

UN Condemns ‘Despicable’ Terrorist Attacks in Paris

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Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the United Nations Security Council have condemned the “despicable” terrorist attacks carried out on 13 November 2015 in various locations in and around Paris, and Ban has demanded the immediate release of the numerous individuals reportedly being held hostage in the Bataclan theatre.

View of Paris, France, from UNESCO headquarters. UN Photo/Mark Garten

In a statement issued by his spokesperson, the Secretary-General condemned the “despicable” multiple attacks that took place in the French capital.

Though the situation remains fluid, media reports have suggested that a national state of emergency has been called in the wake of multiple shootings throughout Paris, including at the Bataclan arts centre in the 11th arrondissement, which appears to be one of four venues attacked and where dozens of people are reportedly being held hostage.

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15/11/2015

UN Security Council Strongly Condemns Terrorist Attacks in Beirut – 43 Killed, Over 200 Injured

Human Wrongs Watch

13 November 2015 – The United Nations Security Council has strongly condemned the terrorist attack on 12 November in the Beirut suburb of Burj al-Barajneh that killed at least 43 and injured more than 200 people.

A wide view of the Security Council in session. UN Photo/Devra Berkowitz (file)

A wide view of the Security Council in session. UN Photo/Devra Berkowitz (file)

In a press statement, the Council’s 15 members expressed their deep sympathy and condolences to the families of the victims, as well as to the people and Government of Lebanon. They also wished a speedy recovery to those injured.

Underlining the need to bring perpetrators, organizers, financiers and sponsors of these reprehensible acts of terrorism to justice, the Council urged all States, in accordance with their obligations under international law and relevant Security Council resolutions, to cooperate actively with the Lebanese authorities in this regard.

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