South Sudan’s Ministry of Finance has decided to put a hold on a plan to charge as much as $10,000 per aid worker, a plan that aid groups criticized as wrongheaded at a time of great humanitarian need.
The new U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley wants to see some changes. While she championed human rights at an event Wednesday hosted by the Council on Foreign Relations, she also criticized the United Nations without evidence or solutions. Her comments echoed the White House’s plan to reduce U.S. contributions to the U.N., taking particular aim at peacekeeping.
The Trump administration wants to cut U.S. contributions to the U.N. by more than 50 percent, according to a report from Foreign Policy. The reduction is significantly more than what was set out in a draft executive order leaked in late January. And the proposal would come on top of a proposed 37 percent cut to the U.S. Agency for International Development expected to be in the administration’s 2018 budget proposal, to be released on Thursday.
The United Nations human rights office and Human Rights Watch both released reports over the weekend detailing accounts of horrific abuses said to have been committed by security forces against Muslim Rohingya women, children and men in Myanmar.
The Trump administration is looking to make major cuts to international institutions, including the United Nations, and place a ban on refugees fleeing war in majority-Islamic counties, according to two leaked drafts of upcoming executive orders.
A pair of legislative bills introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate seek to punish the United Nations after the passage of a Security Council resolution condemning Israeli settlements in Palestinian territories.
The controversial two-month tenure for Wonder Woman as a U.N. ambassador ends today. Wonder Woman was appointed honorary ambassador for the empowerment of women and girls in late October. The announcement came on the heels of the failed effort to elect the first woman secretary-general. Portuguese diplomat and former U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres led the polls from start to finish.
Cutbacks in the Britain’s social care and welfare budgets have “systematically violated” disabled people’s rights, according to the United Nations.
Amid hunger, cholera and daily attacks in Yemen, the U.N. humanitarian chief warned, an entire generation has nearly lost its formative years, underscoring the need for peace.
In the wake of Hurricane Matthew, a group of U.S. senators wants to know whether the government is willing to blame the U.N. for cholera in Haiti.