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May 13, 2014
theweekmagazine:

United Nations is hosting a four-day summit about ‘killer robots’
Apparently nervous that the completely fictional movie Transformers could suddenly happen in real life, the United Nations is hosting a four-day session to prevent a nightmare scenario in which killer robots take control of the world.

There’s more than meets the eye to the United Nations, apparently.

theweekmagazine:

United Nations is hosting a four-day summit about ‘killer robots’

Apparently nervous that the completely fictional movie Transformers could suddenly happen in real life, the United Nations is hosting a four-day session to prevent a nightmare scenario in which killer robots take control of the world.

There’s more than meets the eye to the United Nations, apparently.

22:57 // 4 months ago
February 5, 2014
17:40 // 7 months ago
November 18, 2013

UN Secretary-General: “We must break the taboos” on sanitation

  • 2.5B the number of people lack access to proper sanitation worldwide—a huge issue that U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon is trying to draw attention to by declaring Tuesday to be World Toilet Day. Stop laughing: It’s not a laughing matter. source
21:56 // 10 months ago
November 9, 2013
I can tell you, without any exaggeration, we not only narrowed differences but we made significant progress. There’s no question in my mind that we are closer now.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry • Speaking on the status of negotiations with the Iranian government, aimed at preventing them from creating a nuclear weapon (Iran maintains their nuclear program is for civilian purposes). The talks went on for three days. and according to Kerry, they were encouraging, but the sides, representing Iran, the five permanent members of the UN Security Council (China, France, Russia, the United States, and the United Kingdom) and Germany ended their rendezvous in Geneva tonight with no deal in place. Negotiations are planned to resume November 20th. France, according to Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius, is opposed to the current nature of a proposed deal, which he termed a “fool’s deal” — similar opposition to that voiced by Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu. source
20:46 // 10 months ago
October 9, 2013

New lawsuit lays blame for Haitian cholera outbreak on the UN

  • 650K Haitians have been confirmed to be suffering from cholera since October 2010, with more than 8,300 dying as a result; a staggering number in an island nation which hasn’t faced such an outbreak in over a century. Advocates for victims of Haiti’s cholera outbreak have now filed suit against the United Nations, demanding that the organization formally accept responsibility for the outbreak, which they say was caused by sewage contamination from peacekeepers’ barracks. The U.N. says it remains dedicated to eradicating the threat of cholera in Haiti once more, but has suggested that diplomatic immunity shields the organization from prosecution on the grounds of negligence. source
16:15 // 11 months ago
September 24, 2013
Iran’s nuclear program, and for that matter, that of all other countries, must pursue exclusively peaceful purposes. Nuclear weapons and other weapons of mass destruction have no place in Iran’s security and defense doctrine. Our national interests make it imperative that we remove any and all reasonable concerns about Iran’s peaceful nuclear program.
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani • Speaking on Iran’s nuclear ambitions, an expectedly hot topic within his address to the United Nations today. Rouhani struck a considerably more conciliatory and cooperative tone in his remarks than was customary throughout his predecessor’s tenure — for his anti-American and Israeli rhetoric, as well as his history of Holocaust denial, officials from the U.S. had made a habit in recent years of walking out on speeches by the Iranian president. That was not the case today, however, as while Rouhani defended Iran’s right to enrich uranium for non-weapons purposes, this is a considerable change in tone. Although President Obama spoke to the UN just hours later, the two heads of state reportedly did not meet. source
20:21 // 12 months ago
August 26, 2013
16:16 // 1 year ago
August 7, 2013
16:11 // 1 year ago
July 13, 2013
Thousands of people have been killed by terrorists and millions injured - I am just one of them. Malala Day is not my day - today is the day of every woman, every boy and every girl who have raised their voice for their rights.

16-year-old education advocate MALALA YOUSAFZAI, during an address to the United Nations Youth Assembly on Friday.  The U.N. had declared July 12 “Malala Day.”

(via The Telegraph)


You can watch the full video of Malala Yousafzai’s amazing speech here.

17:19 // 1 year ago
June 30, 2013
united-nations:

Take a look at this UNHCR map of refugee data. Discover data on countries of origin and asylum for states across the world, stretching as far back as 1960, and build a picture of how the world’s refugee community has changed over the last 50 years.
Interact with the map here: http://rfg.ee/mlaIY

The country with the highest number of refugees, as of 2012? Pakistan, which is currently offering refuge to more than 1.6 million people. More than 2.5 million refugees have left nearby Afghanistan.

united-nations:

Take a look at this UNHCR map of refugee data. Discover data on countries of origin and asylum for states across the world, stretching as far back as 1960, and build a picture of how the world’s refugee community has changed over the last 50 years.

Interact with the map here: http://rfg.ee/mlaIY

The country with the highest number of refugees, as of 2012? Pakistan, which is currently offering refuge to more than 1.6 million people. More than 2.5 million refugees have left nearby Afghanistan.

13:20 // 1 year ago