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14 Jan 2005 description
report Human Rights Watch


This report is Human Rights Watch's fifteenth annual review of human rights practices around the globe.

28 May 2004 description
report UN Security Council

Security Council
4980th Meeting (AM)

In Debate on Complex Crises and UN Response, Council Considers Military, Security, Political, Economic, Social, Humanitarian Dimensions

Opening a debate today in the Security Council on complex crises and the United Nations response, the Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, Jan Egeland, said that United Nations success would be determined by the number of people it assisted and protected through swift and decisive action.

31 Oct 2003 description

The price of better health in Iraq: an extra US$ 14 per person per year
The people of Iraq have endured health problems for many years, and their sufferings have been reflected in child and maternal death rates that are much higher than they should be. More than a decade of under-investment has meant that health systems just do not respond to people’s basic health care needs.

Financial resources urgently needed

15 Apr 2003 description

(Extracted from JRS Dispatches No. 130)

25 Feb 2003 description
report UN Security Council

Security Council
4713th Meeting* (AM)

Recommendations Aim at More Precise Use of Sanctions Against Threats to Peace, While Reducing Collateral Effects

"Something between words and war" was how the State Secretary for Foreign Affairs of Sweden described sanctions to the Security Council today, during its consideration of general issues relating to their use, which included possible time limits, collateral humanitarian damage, and evasion of sanctions.

23 Apr 2001 description

Graphs and charts never tell the human story in all of its richness. For convenience, AFSC divides its work into fixed thematic and geographic categories, but we remain mindful of an overarching goal. William Penn encouraged his readers "to try what Love will do." Our aim is to be love at work in the world.

06 Nov 2000 description
report UN General Assembly

"We lived with the times", the High Commissioner for Refugees told the Third Committee (Social, Humanitarian and Cultural) this morning as it met to take up issues related to refugees, including the High Commissioner's report. Sadaka Ogata was describing the legacy of her Office during her 10-year stewardship, saying that despite the challenges, "we always tried to be on the ground with the people in need".

26 Jul 2000 description
report UN Security Council

Security Council - 4176thMeeting
Morning & Afternoon
Child soldiering must be curbed by mobilizing political pressure, addressing the economic, social and political factors behind the phenomenon, and enhancing capacities on the ground for receiving and rehabilitating child soldiers, Olara Otunnu, the Secretary-General's Special Representative on Children and Armed Conflict, told the Security Council today.

17 Apr 2000 description

A legal framework was necessary to clarify ambiguity in terms of legal standards and norms in considering sanctions, the Foreign Minister of Canada and Security Council President, Lloyd Axworthy, told journalists at a Headquarters press conference this afternoon. George Lopez, Professor of Government at the University of Notre Dame, and David Cortright, President of the Fourth Freedom Forum, also spoke.

09 Mar 2000 description
report UN Security Council

Press Release SC/6818 - 20000309
Secretary-General Says Far Too Many Peace Agreements Collapse from Lack of Post-Conflict Resources to Foster Recovery

Secretary-General Kofi Annan told the Security Council this morning that far too many peace agreements collapsed before they were implemented, and far too many States lapsed back into conflict, in part because there were not enough resources to foster post-conflict recovery and stability.

29 Nov 1999 description

Press Release - SC/6759

Security Council Told Key is Effective Deterrent Action; As Debate Begins, 23 Nations Also Present Views on United Nations Role

The international community needed to move "from a culture of reaction to a culture of prevention", Secretary-General Kofi Annan said this afternoon in an open Security Council debate on the prevention of armed conflict.

16 Sep 1999 description
report UN Security Council

Press Release SC/6728 - 19990916
The United Nations must be ready to take action to protect civilians and to respond with more than speeches and reports, Secretary-General Kofi Annan said this morning as he opened a Security Council debate on the protection of civilians in armed conflict.