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  • Neutrality

    International Day of Neutrality

    December 13, 2018

    On de UN calendar is filled with a variety if special days on which an international relevant topic is remembered or celebrated. Some of these have been around for a long time, like the Human Rights Day, be some days have been put on the calendar more recently and are maybe less well-known. One of these recent and possibly less known days is the International Day of Neutrality, which was commemorated yesterday, 12 December. The International Day of Neutrality was recognized by the General Assembly on 2 February 2017 with Resolution 71/275.

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  • UDHR

    Universal Declaration of Human Rights 70 years: 1948 – 2018

    November 22, 2018

    On 10 December 2018, it will be seventy years since the Universal Declaration of Human Rights was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly. Thanks to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and States’ commitments to its principles, the dignity of millions has been uplifted, untold human suffering prevented and the foundations for a most just world have been laid. To celebrate the 70th Anniversary UN Human Rights is launching a year-long campaign on 10 December.

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  • SDG16: Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions → the Peace Palace!

    November 15, 2018

    The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the United Nations that came into effect in January 2016, are the most important goals that the world should work on for the future. These goals are the successor of the Millennium Goals. In the Sustainable Development Goals, the promotion of just, peaceful and inclusive societies was included a an essential goal for the future for the first time. This is SDG16. It is a goal that matches the ideal with which the Peace Palace was founded well! The Carnegie Foundation – Peace Palace signed the SDG Charter in September 2017. A year later, on 24 September 2018, the Peace Palace was appointed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of The Netherlands as official ‘SDG 16 House’, the first of its kind in the world.

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  • In Memoriam: Kofi A. Annan (1938–2018)

    August 23, 2018

    Mr Annan, one of the world’s most celebrated diplomats and a charismatic symbol of the UN passed away peacefully on Saturday in Bern, Switzerland. He was 80 years old. Annan passed away after a short illness. The Ghanaian top diplomat was the seventh Secretary-General and served for two terms between 1997 and 2006. He was awarded the Nobel peace prize for his humanitarian work jointly with the UN as an organisation in 2001. “Kofi Annan was a global statesman and a deeply committed internationalist who fought throughout his life for a fairer and more peaceful world. During his distinguished career and leadership of the United Nations he was an ardent champion of peace, sustainable development, human rights and the rule of law,” the Kofi Annan Foundation and Annan family said in a statement.

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  • Book Launch: Oppenheim’s International Law: United Nations

    November 23, 2017

    On Tuesday, 21 November, the Great Hall of Justice was the scene of the book presentation of the newest book in the Oppenheim series ‘Oppenheim’s International Law: United Nations’. In front of distinguished guests from the International Court of Justice, the Permanent Court of Arbitration, the Hague Academy of International Law, the Carnegie Foundation, and legal specialists from abroad, this book was presented as the result of many years of hard and diligent work by Dame Rosalyn Higgins.

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  • Syria: Reports of Alleged Chemical Attack

    April 5, 2017

    4 April 2017 – United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres today said that he is “deeply disturbed” by reports of alleged use of chemical weapons in an airstrike in the Khan Shaykhun area of southern Idlib, Syria. In a statement from his spokesperson, the Secretary-General expressed heartfelt condolences to the victims of the incident and their families. He noted that the UN Security Council affirmed that the use of chemical weapons “constitutes a serious violation of international law” and runs counter to resolutions passed by the 15-member body.

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  • UN Urges Building More Just, Equal Societies

    March 21, 2017

    Speaking at an event yesterday marking the International Day of Happiness, the deputy United Nations chief called for more inclusive, equitable and balanced approaches to development that promote sustainability, poverty eradication, happiness and well-being of all peoples.

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  • Reforming UNO’s Peace and Security Architecture

    February 15, 2017

    United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres announced the establishment of an internal review team that will take forward the reforms to the UN Secretariat peace and security strategy, functioning and architecture, which he outlined when he was appointed the Secretary-General last year.

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    Database: United Nations Peacemaker

    December 21, 2016

    UN Peacemaker is part of the UN’s overall effort to provide advice and support to the Secretary-General and his Representatives in their efforts to resolve international disputes and internal conflicts. It is also intended to be useful to UN partners actively engaged in peacemaking efforts, including Member States, regional organisations, civil society, non-governmental organisations and national mediators. The website and database UN Peacemaker is also accessible via our research guide International Peace and Security.

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  • António Guterres UN Secretary-General

    December 13, 2016

    Mr. António Guterres, former Prime Minister of Portugal (1995-2002) and former UN High Commissioner for Refugees (2005-2015), was sworn in as the ninth UN Secretary-General.

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