Topic archives: UN

Crikey Worm: Awkward times for Australia at the UN

March 2, 2018 1

As expected, Australia has not got off to a great start on the United Nations Human Rights Council. Plus, Malcolm Turnbull shells out a cheeky $6 billion to buy out the states' stakes of the Snowy Hrydro. It's the news you need to know with Chris Woods.

Coalition takes a pro-Israel turn, no one notices for weeks

November 26, 2013 6

The Abbott government has changed tack on the Middle East, taking a more strident pro-Israel approach at the UN in the past fortnight. So why have they kept so quiet about it, and why aren't questions being asked?

Shot in the head, now Malala faces backlash in Pakistan

Shot in the head, now Malala faces backlash in Pakistan

July 18, 2013 17

Pakistani education advocate Malala Youseffzai did not let an attack by the Taliban silence her. Her reward? A backlash, laden with conspiracy theories and victim-bashing.

Crikey clarifier: does Australia’s refugee policy breach UN rules?

Crikey clarifier: does Australia’s refugee policy breach UN rules?

November 29, 2012 2

Australia's policy on asylum seekers has been strongly criticised -- but does it actually breach the UN's Refugee Convention? Crikey intern Rose Moloney investigates.

PM’s Palestine problem bad start to our UN stint

PM’s Palestine problem bad start to our UN stint

November 29, 2012

The Prime Minister needs to take advice from people who understand international relations. On Israel it looks like she has done the opposite, writes retired diplomat Bruce Haigh.

East Timor left to fend for itself with challenges ahead

East Timor left to fend for itself with challenges ahead

November 23, 2012

With Australia drawing down troops, the still-fragile nation of East Timor will soon be left to fend for itself. There are plenty of challenges for the country's ageing leadership ahead.

Rio+20: doing the zombie shuffle

Rio+20: doing the zombie shuffle

June 22, 2012 10

The Rio+20 conference on the environment is a zombie summit, shuffling through its paces dead-eyed, toothless, empty-handed, writes Peter Christoff, associate professor of environmental policy at the University of Melbourne.

Locals in Yasser Arafat Square: ‘we know the peace process has stopped’

September 22, 2011 5

In the eyes of Palestinians direct negotiations have become delegitimised, writes Nigel O’Connor writes from Ramallah.

Is the UN doing enough to improve global health?

September 1, 2010

A United Nations conference is underway in Melbourne this week to examine progress on its anti-poverty Millennium Development Goals. Is the UN doing enough to improve global health? Tamzin Byrne investigates for Croakey.

UN set to give Oz a serve on our racial discrimination record

August 27, 2010 12

The UN Committee that monitors breaches of the UN Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Racial Discrimination (the CERD Committee) will report on its examination of Australia this weekend.

UN sends Nicolas Cage to fight Somali pirates

November 19, 2009

Clearly the most qualified candidate for the roll, actor Nicolas has gone to Africa to meet with jailed Somali pirates in his capacity as a "Goodwill Ambassador on Drugs and Crime" for the UN.

Rooted: Australian silence at UN climate change talks

December 5, 2008 2

You have to wonder why the Australian Government paid for 30 people to go on this Christmas junket if they weren’t going to discuss the issues on the agenda, writes John Hepburn.