UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres warned today about the serious consequences of a cut in the financial aid from the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA). Continue reading
A leaked copy of the text requests all UN member states to refrain from moving their diplomatic missions to Jerusalem, according to Al Jazeera. It went on to affirm “that any decisions and actions which purport to have altered, the character, status or demographic composition of the Holy City of Jerusalem have no legal effect, are null and void and must be rescinded in compliance with relevant resolutions of the Security Council.”
However, in an attempt to maintain neutrality, the draft resolution excludes pinpointing the United States, saying it “deeply regrets recent decisions regarding the status of Jerusalem.”
The move, intended to keep the United States from slamming its veto gavel at the Security Council, upset Palestinian diplomats who wanted the U.S. government named outright in the text, Al Jazeera reported.
Unesco has declared Cuba’s Punto Cubano country music, also known as “punto guajiro,” an “intangible” cultural heritage.
In doing so, the Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage – currently gathered on Jeju island in South Korea – is officially recognizing the genre as an important part of Cuba’s cultural heritage.
Punto Cubano comprises the poetry and music of Cuban peasants, and consists of a melody featuring a voice singing ten verses with a rhyming scheme.
The United Nations, along with dozens of other aid groups, are raising alarm at the blockade imposed on Yemen by the the U.S.-backed, Saudi-led coalition there, saying Thursday it could lead to “the largest famine the world has seen for many decades.
The United States is threatening to use its “considerable military forces”against the Democratic People’s Republic of North Korea, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said at the U.N. Security Council on Wednesday.
The security council session convened to discuss the international response to the DPRK’s launch of a successful ballistic missile test earlier this week, which Haley said “shows that North Korea does not want to be part of a peaceful world.”
Speaking at the session, Haley said that the DPRK’s “actions are quickly closing off the possibility of a diplomatic solution. The United States is prepared to use the full range of our capabilities to defend ourselves and our allies. One of our capabilities lies with our considerable military forces. We will use them if we must.”
The U.N. Security Council is set to hold a behind-closed-doors meeting Tuesday to discuss the current political situation in Venezuela for the first time since protests began in the South American nation over six weeks ago, heightening already sharp political tensions.
UNCTAD Secretary General to Make Work Visit to Cuba.
Havana, Jun 10.- The Secretary General of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (Unctad), Mukhisa Kituyi, will make a work visit to Cuba from June 18 thru 21, 2016, reported the Cuban Foreign Ministry.
UN: Next GA President to Foster Development.
United Nations, Jun 14 (Prensa Latina) The fulfilment of the Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development will be the priority for the next president of the General Assembly of the United Nations in its 71st Period of Sessions, stated Peter Thomson (Fiji Islands) after being elected for the post Monday.